I wanted to post this a few days ago but needed first a little technical help from a friend. Last week R and I crossed the Solent to the Isle of Wight to watch the Ryde Illuminated Carnival which, you may be surprised to learn is the oldest carnival in the UK and was patronised by Queen Victoria herself. That aside, it is now one of the best provincial carnivals in the country having a heady mix of Brazilian Samba and English Rose Carnival Queens. A good time was had by all but among the drumming and dancing were a set of costumes that stopped me in my stride. Four or five skeletal horses and their bony riders looking like nothing so much as the drawings and paintings of Clive Hicks-Jenkins in his Mari Lwyd series or his illustrations for Equus come to life and prancing down the hill towards us.
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