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GlastonburyFreePress ‏@glastofreepress 26 Jun The sweet rhythm of the Heidelberg...

Smell that ink!

Inspiring Cornish Women

Via http://dreadnoughtsouthwest.org.uk/oxygen-cast-and-tickets/

And fifteen women become tens of thousands of people. It is July 26th, 1913. Hyde Park. And the South West women are there. Sharing the same oxygen.

 

War memorials or Peace memorials

I didn't realise that the memorials were originally Peace memorials so I found this collection of letters most interesting.

Via http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/24/going-down-of-the-sun

Pondering on Whitsun....

Yesterday was WhitSunday - I remember when Whit Monday was the May Bank Holiday.. and looked up when it changed and why.

According to Wikipedia it lasted a century....

Whit Monday was officially recognised as a bank holiday in 1871 but lost this status in 1971 when the Spring Bank Holiday was created.

I'd never been quite clear on the differences between Whitsun and Pentecost

Penwith...

Came across an interesting mention in http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/adsdata/arch-721-1/dissemi...

The Manor of Connerton and the hundred and liberties of Penwith were separate from the Duchy of Cornwall and gave the Lord of the Manor’s special rights and privileges, but also came with additional duties (listed as in the 15th century: to do common suit to the court and mill of the manor; to act as reeve if so elected; to act as a conventionary tenant of the manor; to repair and maintain the property) ...

Another site http://www.newman-family-tree.net/The-Story-of-Francis-Paynter%20by%20Ia...

A landslide off Norway 8000 years ago triggered a 4-metre-high tsunami that swamped Scotland

Was caught by a paragraph in a New Scientist article on 'Fuel of the Future?' Methane hydrates [ Fuel of the future: How fiery ice could power Asia - environment - 07 March 2013 - New Scientist ]

Ancient history offers evidence to support this, says Euan Nisbet of Royal Holloway, University of London. A landslide off Norway 8000 years ago triggered a 4-metre-high tsunami that swamped Scotland. Geological data suggests it was accompanied by a massive methane release, possibly because warmer temperatures melted sea-floor hydrates (Nature, doi.org/ccf5rs).

Cornwall - May - Sycamore....

Russell gave me some lovely old books about Cornwall for my birthday, and I was struck by a reference in The Story of Cornwall by A.K. Hamilton Jenkin (March 1938) to Sycamore being part of the May traditions...

GWR wagon AA15 TOAD 68684

Was surprised to spot a reference to Hayle while watching Michael Portillo's latest railway jaunt - stopping at Didcot

Grand Tour loot of the Presa Inglesa ora story of 1779...

On a lighter note, there was some really interesting historical sleuthing behind the story of

Learning the right lessons

Saw a piece earlier in the Guardian about Steve Keen, the Australian econonmist who seems to have been more right than most on the crisis and actually saw it coming.

Larry Elliot has a good piece in The Guardian today

 


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