I was hoping to pick up on Robbie's thread about the Quiet Man Cottage in Ireland but looking back either I've missed it or it was wiped out. But anyway I my last thread about my visit to London I referred to a mysterious man from Kent.
If you are standing in a queue for two and a half hours you tend to talk to your neighbours - yes even the English get to be sociable eventually- this man told me an amazing story which even if half true is weird and goes a long way to explaining the reasons why the John Wayne Cottage in the Quiet Man is in the state it is.
Apparently this man is a Quiet Man fan and has a large collection of Quiet Man memorabillia. He also told me that the Cottage is owned by a man named Conway or Conroy (I think it begins with C). He lives in California. Apparently the cottage is all that he owns just the area that the house was built on. The man from Kent told me that he owns all of the land round the cottage even to the extent of the bridge and stream in the front of the cottage, he stated that his boundary starts at the very walls of the cottage, a fact that I find very hard to believe. He said that Conway or whoever can't afford to renovate the cottage back to its original, state and as Roland has already intimated couldn't if he wanted to because so many stones have been taken as souveniers, he told me that it was in one of the papers that a women from Boston had had her fireplace built from stones taken from the cottage.
Our mystery man had offered to buy the cottage many times but the owner will not sale as he is hoping for investors but so far without any luck. The reason that people will not invest is that his reasons are purely motivated by self interest and not for the common good.
I think its an amazing story or coincidence that this man happened to be standing behind us and tagged along with us all day. If you believe him or think that he was just shooting a line I don't know I tell it like it is, you pays your money you takes your choice. But I won't forget London in a hurry.