IF you've walked along Cardiff's Castle Street of an evening and wondered where the sound of laughter and clip-clopping
coconut horseshoes was coming from: don't be alarmed.
and losers: High Horse Award Tory throwback Nicholas Soames, Churchill's grandson, wins two bags of manure for clip-clopping
on a nag down the lanes of Sussex.
At a steady five miles an hour Mr Jim McEnaney, above, has spent the last 22 years working with horses like Billy, a five year-old shire clip-clopping
their way as the lorries trundle past.
around the snow-dusted cobbles aboard a horse-drawn carriage may even bring out your romantic side, while boat tours glide underneath bridges lit by fairy-lights.
The singing, dancing, elaborate costume changes and clip-clopping
with coconut shells are taken care of by the cast.
Once upon a time, Little Gruff DJ went clip-clopping
to her work, talking on the radio and telly, and was confronted by the first troll.
A horse-drawn wagon was very popular for a trip around the common accompanied by the clip-clopping
of the large horses.
But even if that was certainly true it still wasn't hard to imagine how exciting it must have been for villagers in places as remote as Karlyk, Karain and TaE-kynpaE-a to hear those particular donkeys clip-clopping
into town bringing news from the outside world in the days before television that are now almost inconceivable to us.
The piano sets up a clip-clopping
motion and then paints the text at the breakout and run down the street with short accented figures and smooth triplets and running sixteenths.
The sound of leather, brass and chains, the clip-clopping
of hooves pulling our passenger-laden dray never fails to turn heads and draw big smiles and a cheery wave.
After a while, a couple of blokes with gold stuff on their sleeves strolled nonchalantly through the 'lounge' in the company of a girl (sorry ladies, but she was a girl, still learning how to put lippie on and looking for all the world as if she was playing dress-up with her mum's old uniform from TEAL days) who was clip-clopping
along in the manner of female adolescents with loose court shoes whilst enjoying the sound of horses hooves that results.
But, in the jagged city, they still see crouched in the doorway the Irishcapped beggar, blowing melody into his penny whistle for the indifferent throng passing over him - led by the clip-clopping
of the high-heeled women in camel coats, who link arms to enter each shop like an invading army.