Controversial History of a Cardigans Name


The Cardigan Welsh Corgi Association development over the past eighty five years, along with its dedication to the furtherance of the breed, to many I'm certain, represents an untold story. The Association history is not just about a breed, it is about people that took up the responsibility and made things and changes happen. While some of the early years are well documented in the Association archives much I fear will, within a few years be lost for ever and all that will remain will be just names in print, or maybe nameless photo's, that will bear no known reflection of their part in the Association history.

So before returning to the murkiness of those forgotten years let us delve into the story's behind the names of some of today's Cardigans. Well maybe we may only need one name to satisfy the editors dream of filling this issue. It is a name that came about solely by nature and the way the genes fell. Thus the markings gave birth to a name that did little more than describe his markings, or so one was to think. It became a name that has become so controversial and it is a story that started some 25years earlier. The following maybe part of the breeds history at some stage in the future.

Elizabeth Kolbert of The New York Times wrote, his rise to stardom has provoked anguished commentaries about just what he stands for. Some commentators have called him a metaphor for a nation gone soft in the head. Others have seen him as proof of Britain's deep-seated attraction to trash. Sir Michael Parkinson confessed that he "didn't get it", and found him "far from amusing." He did however attract many top names, and he had Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear as his limo driver in one show,

At the height of his fame he attracted nearly 17million television viewers, such was his poularity that he had three theme park's open in the nineties, that became the U.Ks challenge to Disney. In the east we had Lowestoft, The park at Cricket St. Thomas in Somerset, and the third in Morecambe with the later costing the council some £2m when it was forced to close 13 weeks later. For some unknown reason unlike Disney all failed and have now fallen into derelict condition. Questions should have been asked as to why the National Trust never stepped in to save this piece of English heritage.

Like most males he could turn his hand to any thing, and at one stage in his career he was being trained to be the new England goal keeper by no other than David Seamen. Sadly this all came to an abrupt end when David scored a goal during a training session causing the new trainee to rip up a goal post and leave the ground in utter rage. It is sad that no one ever tried to persuade him to return, for had they done so we just may have had a second world cup victory. Hindsight is such a wonderful thing.

He set a new trend in fashion, and made quest appearances in many T.V shows and pantomime. He even had a large range of merchandise created bearing his name, which I'm sure became a collector's dream. Then of course came the Christmas number one in 1993, that for some unknown reason was some time later voted the most annoying Christmas number one ever. Now this must have pleased Meat Loaf whose song "I'd Do Anything for Love stood number 2 in the charts that Christmas. Imaging getting second in a class and the judge's critique said that the first was the most annoying dog they had ever judged.

Of course when it comes to famous people and names, others will always jump on the band wagon. Like a John McLagan, who changed his name by deed poll to our famous friend and stood in the in the Littleborough and Saddleworth by-election in 1995. Personally I'm of the opinion that most of our politicians are like our T.V personality, so maybe he would have got elected had he come up with something different.

Some became so impressed with our famous friends polka dot colours. One painted his newly wed brother Steve's house while the couple where away on honeymoon. This apparently was done in revenge, for while this joker was on his honeymoon brother Steve had built a brick wall across his driveway some six years earlier. When the couple returned home their house stood out a glowing pink even at 4am in the morning. It was reported that the newly wed mother of two said “it was a shock to start with”. I'm not quite certain if she was referring to the colour of the house or the fact she got a couple of children so fast.”

Villagers in Jan 2014 threatened to revive their famous protest tactics if plans for a controversial sewage pipe went ahead. The last time the idyllic view from Port Appin in Argyll was under threat, a secret army painted the local lighthouse pink with yellow spots in the dead of night – in protest at proposals to replace it with a modern, rectangular structure.

Pictures of the new protest painted Sgeirr Bhuidhe lighthouse were published around the world.

And now residents, who won their 2001 battle with Northern Lighthouse Board, say a second protest is brewing. Education Minister and local MSP Mike Russell said he has been in touch with Scottish Water, adding: “I’m sure they don’t need reminded Port Appin has a history of finding eye-catching ways of drawing national attention to anything or anyone that threatens its remarkable scenery”. (well worth reading) details many great exploits of our character and while I'm unable to verify what is correct or fiction, it is well documented else where on the excellent work he did on the dangers of drugs with young children. I can't however recall him being an after dinner speaker at Charles and Camilla's wedding in 2005. Nor presenting I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!, before being replaced by Ant and Dec. Questions also need asking on the correctness of after being sacked by ITV he entered a mental health clinic after several incidents of indecent exposure. These saw him run naked on to the Millennium Stadium in 2002 during the FA Cup Final. He was also caught live on TV lying himself naked on the snooker table during that same years World Snooker Final.

Sadly they say he was pronounced dead some years ago, which I think is a statement we all could agree with. But further investigation on the internet brought up some very interesting facts. It all occurred on the other side of the world, during a trawling expedition off New Zealand in June 2003, at a depth between 1013 and 1340 ms The scientists and crew on board the RV Tangaroa affectionately call this fish, …............(Yes we can now all believe in reincarnation.) and this is the story.

The scientists and crew on board the RV Tangaroa affectionately called this fish 'Mr Blobby'. The fish's body is flabby and not adapted to be out of water! The yellowish 'blob' on the right side of Mr Blobby's mouth is a parasitic copepod.

Mr Blobby is
a psychrolutid fish (family Psychrolutidae). Fishes in this family are called the fathead sculpins. They are found in marine waters of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans at depths between 100 m and 1600 m. The common name 'fathead sculpin' refers to the large, globular head and 'floppy' skin that is typical of these fishes.

The fish now resides in the Australian Museum Ichthyology Collection. It was initially fixed in formaldehyde and is now preserved in 70% ethyl alcohol. The fixation process has 'tightened' Mr Blobby's skin so his 'nose' has shrunk and he no longer retains his 'cute
' look.


And then another reincarnation happened, and we all know that story to date

Thanks to the following, Google thats given 19 pages to his memory. .