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Blog: The Inventors of the Ball

At the time Saltwell Park closed in 1899, Ursula had already issued her invitations to the original Inventors’ Ball. Her contacts spanned the globe and some of her distinguished guests had already set out on their journeys, presumably to arrive in Gateshead with their host nowhere to be found. One such inventor, known affectionately by Ursula as Percival P, was one of the original guests and rumour has it, he’s set to return this year. Extracts of his travel journal can be read here:

Day 3

Rough seas as we set out from our beloved Orinoco, our destination? A faraway land in the Western Hemisphere, Gateshead, the estate of Saltwell sitting at its heart. And Ursula? This time, I can only hope that she waits for me. I have much to tell her.

But enough of the affairs of my heart, I have preparations to make, if we do, indeed, make it. A bout of sea-sickness has perturbed my esteemed companions. I myself am contemplating the possibility of particle teleportation as an alternative to sea travel.

Day 13

The journey has been largely uninteresting aside from an attack of a cloud of fruit Bora just past the Peregrine Peninsula, luckily we were able to obliterate with my puffer. Oh and a persistent shark, determined to have a peek at my precious cargo!

My thoughts again turn to Ursula. To show her just how far my horticultural spectacles have come! My penchant for plant-based pursuits is sure to impress her and intimidate my competitors especially The man from Del....Shhh, I cannot say his name!

Day 24


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