During a series of blog comments with my new friend, Gabriela, http://gabrielabadica.wordpress.com/ i happened to mention that the emblem for my home city is the ram. The football team are known as The Rams, and there’s even an old folk song about The Derby Ram http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACNTNJPOZ2o&feature=related (they spell Derby as Darby for some reason..?)
Oddly, the name Derby has nothing to do with a Ram as it comes from the old Danish name, Deoraby. I always understood it to mean “Place of the deer”, though i’ve also read it as “Village of the Deer”. The Stag is also the emblem for Derby and the shire.
After mentioning that we have a couple of Statues of rams in Derby, i promised to take a few photos to show Gabriela, so this blog isn’t about great photos as i took them on the way to, and then back from, the Derby Winter Beer Festival. Good real ale is not always compatible with great photography…….
Anyway, this blog is dedicated to Gabriela.