Le Avventure Di Sophia Graf

My thrilling adventures in Europe!

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Bellman's Day

Today is Bellman's Day in Hungerford. A bellman is a person who spreads town news. They go to a corner, ring a bell, and yell the news. Then they move on to the next corner. One of Hungerford's bellmans has been doing it for 50 years and that's some kind of record (I heard that it was the all-time English record, but how true does that sound?). Anyways there's a big fair and its all celebrating him. In 15 min there's going to be a competition between them to see who's the best. There's also a calliope* that has been playing all day and is really getting on my nerves, especially since it's right across the street from the hotel. I see a bellman going out with his bell, let me listen for a second. They have these really fancy odd-looking uniforms. The Hungerford website (http://www.hungerford.uk.net/index.php) has some pictures of the bellman. I wonder if they'll let the celebrated bellman win or if another one will.

*A calliope is an organ like at a travelling circus. I think they used to be in wagons, but ours is in what looks like a Coke truck without the logo. Also, all the songs its playing are American (including Stars and Stripes Forever).



Caroline said...

I went on that website and it's pretty cool. Your story is turning out pretty cool.


June 2, 2007 3:59 PM  
Anonymous said...

i agree w/ caroline...didn't have time to see the website, though...(i meant about the story),im supposedly doin spanish homework right now...


June 3, 2007 4:55 PM  
Anonymous said...

just read the website...does it annoy you how they all have accents and spell things funny???the bell man peeps seem.....interesting...


June 3, 2007 4:57 PM  
Laura said...

i bet it will be a refreshing change to be in a small town than a big commercialistic and materialistic town as S.D.! tell us all about people's personalities overseas! what different things are you eating? WHAT ARE THE FASHIONS THERE?!?!?!
i miss u!

June 3, 2007 6:11 PM  
Anonymous said...

i just wanted to let sophie know that i'm not being a meanie butt by not replying to her emails, i am replying but they aren't going through (i've tried just about everything to get them to work, too)...if anyone has any suggestions, please tell me...sorry sophie... :(


June 4, 2007 3:28 PM  
CDs said...

Hey sophie
told ms tran about your present and she got excited. She asked if it was chips and mayo??????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I didn't get what that meant but I have a feeling you do.


June 4, 2007 8:05 PM  
Carrie said...

hi sophie - it's your aunt carrie. i'm excited to hear about your trip, and i'll keep up with your and thomas's blogs.

so do they not have a newspaper there, or what? what if you miss the bellman's yelling? you have to get the news from your friends? or does he yell too loud and too long to miss him?

June 7, 2007 6:54 AM  
Anonymous said...

Hi sophie-sorry I haven't replied to any of your emails yet-I got the one with your web on it today! Sounds like your having fun! we miss you in science!

June 7, 2007 4:26 PM  
deen said...

you havn't written anything in a while...what have you guys been doing there???


June 14, 2007 11:06 PM  

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