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I don’t think you could hide many merry men in there

Ladies and gentlemen, Sherwood Forest.

Somebody went on a hike there today; it came across my Twitter feed. It’s a park now, naturally. It blows my mind when I see something cross my threshold and I realize, ohhhhh, THAT Sherwood Forest.

Like the time Uncle B and I were out driving a ways from home and I said, “oh, look — there’s a tea room called the House at Pooh Corner.” And he was like, “no, Weasel, I’m pretty sure that’s the actual House at Pooh Corner.” And I’m like “GET. OUT!!!!

Right. Remember. Tomorrow. 6 WBT. Dead Pool Round 121.


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: May 16, 2019, 10:24 pm

And here I thought that Sherwood Forest was still a mighty wood which was capable of hiding scofflaws of the Sheriff of Nottingham… I guess things really do change in eight centuries. The link is to a satellite image of the tourist trap now known as “Sherwood Forest.”


Comment from drew458
Time: May 17, 2019, 3:30 am

Yes, all those 1000 year old mighty oaks. Cut down for firewood and to build the British wooden navy. Whatever grows in Sherwood today is probably not even 100 years old, except for 1 or 2 original trees. Betcha Robin’s forest was about 500 times bigger too. Heck, the whole island was a forest once.

Comment from BJM
Time: May 17, 2019, 4:38 am

As an American, that’s the coolest part of living in or visiting the UK. It’s hard to process that you’re standing in Anne Boleyn’s bedroom at Hever….or Beatrix Potter’s kitchen.

BTW- I see that you may soon have your own Orange Man Bad.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: May 17, 2019, 12:19 pm

@BJM – sometimes the resemblance is frightening

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: May 17, 2019, 4:01 pm

This brief video will explain what happened to many of the trees.


Comment from LesterIII
Time: May 17, 2019, 4:37 pm

Thanks, Durned! That is one of my forgotten favorites.
Yoinks! And away! Zoinks! And Away!

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: May 17, 2019, 5:46 pm

Thought for the day (and for writers of pre industrial age travel)

20 miles from Nottingham to Sherwood – at @3 miles an hour…that’s…a long freaking mincey walk (allegedly they walked toe to heel, not heel to toe) to hassle the sheriff every day ‘in it?

Now, try to imagine a column of Roman Legionnaires mincing along marching ‘toe to heel’.
Just not seeing it. Roman troops were normally expected to do about 3.5 mph.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: May 17, 2019, 5:52 pm

Herman Wouk (/woʊk/ WOHK; May 27, 1915 – May 17, 2019) was an American author.
Died just today long before 6 WBT

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: May 17, 2019, 6:59 pm

A World War II footnote about Sherwood Forest:

There was oil there. Not a huge amount – it hadn’t been worth drilling for in peacetime. But during the war, any oil that didn’t have to run the U-boat gauntlet was valuable.

Nearly all the British oil drillers were out in the Middle East or Nigeria. So they brought in 43 Oklahoma “roughnecks” to drill the wells. The field produced about 500,000 barrels.

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