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September 2005

The monument Dangerous vegetation  

One often sees healthy people amble along Market Street on a sunny day. They stop to admire the lovely flowers, look up to wonder what that bright hot thing in the sky could be and then happily rush onwards to greet a friend they have spotted in the distance. Suddenly there is a yell, they come to a painful halt and can be observed rubbing one of their legs furiously.

The reason for this strange behaviour is pointed at by the red arrow on the right. You are looking at a flower stand, wonderfully well constructed from heavy iron with countless protruding ornamentations which are cunningly hidden by the flowers. All these bits of metal have several things in common: they stick out, they are hard, they are painful and they serve no useful purpose apart from providing some humorous entertainment for lookers-on.

Walking along Market Street can be painfully dangerous.

The monument The missing Market Yard  

Now that the Market Yard has gone, local farmers have had to make their own arrangements for livestock dealing. Our picture shows a sheep auction in Aghanloo. Well attended and - judging by the happy grins on the faces of the people leaving the place towing huge trailers packed with sheep - quite successful.

The Market Yard in the meantime is still a pile of rubble with no sign of building activity. Rumour has it that they plan to build a lot of flats - just what Limavady needs.

The monument Geological survey of Northern Ireland  

Our photograph shows a small two-engined plane flying just 50 metres above ground engaged in a geological survey of Northern Ireland. Locals may recognise the area. The graveyard of Aghanloo church is at the middle right edge of the picture.

The survey will last a few months and is hoped that it will locate previously unknown mineral deposits. When the plane swooped low over Benevenagh a local character was heard to utter: "I always knew there was gold in them thar hills!"

The monument A return to the stones  

We can't close this month without recording some of the answers to the question posed the previous month: "What is the meaning of the peculiar collection of sandstone gracing the centre of our town"?

Most of those who responded seemed to be as puzzled as the young lady in our photograph. Various suggestions were nevertheless put forward. Eugene suggested that it is the figure of a man lying flat on his back with the feet slightly up - ie the typical position of the Limavady working man. Estelle thought that it might represent a spaceship that landed in Limavady for reasons unknown. Damian felt that it was either a representation of the permanent floods to be expected on our planet after global warming or it started out as a drinking fountain, but the council failed to obtain planning permission. (Good one, Damian!) Rory thought that the solitary sphere represents Limavady's singular appeal.

Thanks to all who responded. Though we just won't believe that it is a likeness of St. Patrick lying on his back and studying the stars. It would take a miracle to get rid of all those clouds!


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