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Another one from a country show. Farmers hereabouts turn these up all the time, ploughing the fields (a neighbor of ours has an impressive personal collection).

The guy identified the approximate age by the style. Forgive me; I don’t remember. Most of them are Medieval.

The asymmetrical one upper left wasn’t corroded into that shape. It was for a horse with an asymmetrical hoof. So I was told.

Even these people’s garbage is interesting…

August 28, 2018 — 9:01 pm
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The exciting lamb races

All orphan lambs. The farmer said he went out early in the season when there was snow on the ground and found the first two newborns huddled next to their dead mother. Their hooves had frozen to the ground.

They’re okay now, obviously. Thus they were named after characters from Frozen. The one with the O is Olaf.

The winner, best two out of the three, was Gaston. Yes, I know that’s Beauty and the Beast. They ran out of Frozen.

August 23, 2018 — 9:49 pm
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The plain of bones

Ladies and gentlemen, the British Deer Society (I really wanted a BDS t-shirt, for reasons I didn’t care to explain to them).

The sign says something like “for display only — these deer were killed in traffic accidents or died of old age” or something like that.

I have to tell you, though — for an animal advocacy group, they displayed an awful lot of dead bits of their favorite ungulate. Including bits that were for sale.

I offered to buy Uncle B a deer-hoof door handle, but he inexplicably declined…

August 22, 2018 — 10:00 pm
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Worst case of coffee table rings ever

This again. Though we’ve had some rain now in our little corner of Jollye Olde, it’s still pretty dry and droughty everywhere. And we know what that means: 1,500 newly discovered archaeological sites poking out of the dry grass.

The one in the picture puzzles me. The article describes it as “a circle of pits, and later burial mounds and traces of a settlement.” But the circles look too neat and round to be super ancient. And they overlap so much! This was a very busy place over a very long time. For some reason.

‘Retha Franklin has joined the choir eternal. KMM takes the dick. You know what that means: NEW DEADPOOL FRIDAY.

August 15, 2018 — 8:03 pm
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This room is in the attic of a Seventeenth Century stately home in North Yorkshire. There’s an old, old legend that a woman called Mad Mary was once locked up in it for life.

In 1839, Charlotte Brontë was working nearby as a governess. She toured the house, heard the legend and BOOM, Jane Eyre.

The staircase (at right) was paneled over in 1880 and the room was lost. It was only rediscovered in 2004 when the current owner began major renovations. They have supposedly left it just as they found it.

Here are a couple of articles about it in the Telegraph and the Independent. The story is several years old, but I only ran across it today and was sure you would love it.




August 14, 2018 — 9:14 pm
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Wheat fire!

This is a thing that is happening this Summer: crop fires. This one was fairly near us, and there was one in Canterbury last week. Probably others; these ones are close enough to make the local news.

I don’t recall this happening in the States. Grass fires, yes. Wheat fires? Not that I recall. No reason why they wouldn’t, I just don’t remember it.

Drusillas is an exotic animal zoo. We’ve never been. It’s stupid money to get in, and the pitch seems aimed at kids.

It doesn’t look like any animals were hurt, though they evacuated the people.

July 25, 2018 — 9:47 pm
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It’s a plane!

Okay, not my picture. I stole it from this Sun article from Armed Forces Day. But that is totally what it looked like.

We were at a village fete, standing in the churchyard, when we heard the most extraordinary noise, and THIS went over. Low and slow.

It’s a Lancaster bomber, and it had an escort of Spitfires. It was spectacular.

Wikipedia tells me there are seventeen of these left and only two airworthy: “Of the 7,377 aircraft built, 3,736 were lost during the War (3,249 in action and 487 in ground accidents). Today 17 remain in complete form, two of which are airworthy, and eight of which are in Canada. Only four of the surviving 17 – KB839, KB882, R5868, and W4783 – flew combat sorties over continental Europe during the War.”

Where we are, the sky was black with these once. This one was flying commemorative events all weekend. We saw it again on Sunday, when we were driving to the cat sanctuary. I managed to whip out my phone and take three pictures of a completely empty sky.

I almost lead with one of those pictures, but I actually like you guys.

July 24, 2018 — 9:18 pm
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Two wrecks at low tide

A local history group searching along the coast for WWII pillboxes in Kent (spoiler: there are a shit ton of them) has discovered a previously unknown Tudor shipwreck. It was probably a merchant vessel. They’re probing it now.

The article mentions another wreck on a beach in Sussex. I think that’s one I’ve seen myself. I can’t tell you how underwhelming these things are in person: dark knobs in the general shape of a boat.

Still, if they decide to dig up the cargo — that’s when it gets cool.

Me, I ate something that disagreed with me today and I feel shit. I feel kind of shit. Not like ‘throwing up’ (or shitting) shit, but not good.

July 16, 2018 — 9:55 pm
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The things you find on eBay

Introducing the FCD MK5.2 Ghost Box Spirt Box Portal All wood design Paranormal ghost hunting. I’m sure he means ‘spirit’ – it’s a ghost detector.

His picture really sells this thing, doesn’t it?

FCD MK5.2 GHOST BOX PORTAL (New for 2018!)
This is the all new wooden case FCD ghost box device. I have been working on this new design for a while now and I believe this unit has one of the clearest and loudest sound systems in such a handy portable case.

Features: All wood case, loud clear sounds, individual tone and bass controls, continuous sweep, digital display, sound to light indicator, Aux In to play your apps through the box, Aux out to record and attach effects boxes, adjustable multi-directional antenna, uses 5 volts batteries or at home usb, carry handle and rubber feet.

The device is lovely to behold and incorporates the 5th Element crystal too. All hand made from the ground up. Watch the video for a demo of how it sounds and operates before you buy.

Made to order, £110. For a hand crafted, polished wood box incorporating a fifth element crystal, I think that’s quite the bargain. There’s video on his auction listing. It sounds to me as though it picks up (slightly disturbing) snippets of stray radio signal, and it would be easy to attach meaning to them.

Now, I won’t have Nigel savaged, please. I think he’s perfectly charming.

June 25, 2018 — 8:21 pm
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Happy Solstice

This was the oh-so-spiritual scene at Stonehenge at sunset today. Frankly, I find it preferable to the elderly hippie cosplayers they usually feature in these things. As the Evening Standard put it:

For many thousands of years, Stonehenge – England’s ancient prehistoric world heritage site – is visited over the summer solstice as a place of worship and celebration.

Individuals, or those in a group, assemble at this ancient site to conduct their own ceremonies or celebrations – the only stipulation of which being that they are respectful and tolerant of others around them.

As respectful and tolerant as you can be in the dry-land equivalent of a public swimming pool in high Summer.

Whatever. The exact time varies. I couldn’t work out if that article was this year, but whatever year it was:

In the UK, the longest day begins at 4.43am and ends at 9.21pm, which means that in Britain, we will enjoy 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight on June 21.

The solstice itself is the exact time the sun shines over the Tropic of Cancer, which this year will be at 11:07am BST.

Which makes it tomorrow, but there’s some dispute whether to observe it on the 20th or the 21st, so…you know. Follow your conscience.

June 20, 2018 — 9:55 pm
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