Reigh Belisama

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Occupation River Ribble - the Most Important estuarine River in Britain
Location South Ribble and Preston, West Yorkshire to Lancashire and out to the Irish Sea, United Kingdom
Introduction In Roman-British times, the River Ribble was known as Reigh Belisama, the goddess of Shining Waters. Reigh means waters, and bel shining. Ptolemy mentions the Belisama estuary at coordinates corresponding to the mouth of the Ribble. In Britain, only the River Wharfe and the River Ribble are known to have named deities, and both rivers begin on Cam Fell in the Pennines... I'm J. A. Brunning, a local resident of the River Ribble, and set up the Save The Ribble Campaign with friends who, like me, live by this beautiful River and are passionate about protecting it for its own sake, and for future generations. Our campaign was successful - we SAVED THE RIBBLE from a damaging barrage & inappropriate riverside developments... I'm also a writer... see Ribble Babel blog at for more about the writing me... You can contact Save The Ribble via the comments tab on RibbleBabel or J A Brunning on Facebook or @ribblebabel on Twitter.
Interests Rivers, Mudflats, Saltmarsh, Estuaries, Writing, Environment, Ribble Way, Walking, Cycling, Atlantic Salmon, Sea Trout, Barbel, Bird watching, countryside, Bees, Insects, Water Voles, Quality of Life, space to breathe, Preston Northend, Writing, writing, writing, babble, babble, babel...
Favorite Movies The Dambusters, Weight of Water, A River Runs Through It
Favorite Music Max Richter, Arvo Part, Sigur Ros, Low, Svarte Greiner, Helios, Eluvium, Ocean Songs, Explosions in the Sky, Silver Mount Zion, Mogwai, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Polmo Polpo, Mono, Mercury Rev, Joe Strummer, The Clash, Muse
Favorite Books A Whim Set in Concrete, by Sian Best, The Wind in the Willows, Waterland, Ribble: River and Valley, by Malcolm Greenhalgh, The Book Thief, The Outcast, Northern Lights, Coraline, Fugitive Pieces, Gormenghast, The English Patient, Lolly Willowes, The Road

Your pajamas have duckies on them. Why did you switch from choo-choos?

because the ducks float better on the incoming tide