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Europeans and Tomatoes

Atlas Obscura comes up with some pretty amazing stuff, but history is not their strong point here, complaining about why Europeans did not take to tomatoes and how they fed corn to their cattle. http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-was-wrong-with-16th-century-europeans-that-they-didnt-like-tomatoes?utm_source=Boomtrain&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20160715&bt_email=texthistory@outlook.com&bt_ts=1468592859278 Well, the most obvious thing that occurs to me here is that when the New World was discovered, Europe was … Continue reading

Antibiotic-fed Cows Emit More Methane

This is from the i paper a few days ago, and should surprise nobody who has ever taken antibiotics: Feeding antibiotics to farm animals is having an unintended consequence – fuelling global warming by almost doubling the amount of methane cattle produce. antibiotics are being so widely used in agriculture that cow dung is now … Continue reading

Namings on Alderney Edge

Namings on Alderney Edge

This is some more from the present copy of current Archaeology. Alderney edge has been inhabited by humans for thousands of years, and each age seems to have left its marks, which are now being investigated: Wherever you walk on alderney Edge, you are rare y far from large stones set at the side of … Continue reading

A Tree for Every Briton

Britain is currently struggling with the latest infestation of tree disease, but there e is a fantastic new scheme to plant a tree for every person in Britain which hopes to restore huge swathes of clear-felled countryside was well as urban areas. This will also increase the varieties of our trees. This is from Monday’s … Continue reading

Aristocracy and Hawking

Aristocracy and Hawking

One of he great Indy films of England last century was ‘A Kestrel for a Knave’, based on both animals and people having a fixed hierarchy. This is the full list, from Sports and Pastimes of the People of England: The eagle, the vulture, and the merlun, for an emperor The ger-faulcon, and the tercel … Continue reading

Living Museum Expands

Another gleam of light in the gloom of economic cutbacks for local culture and museums is the announcement that the Beamish Museum in Co. Durham is actually expanding. This is from the i 5 April. An award-winning “living museum” that replicates what working live was like in times gone by is set for a £17m … Continue reading

Climate Change and Birdlife

Climate change is having unpredicted effects on a wide range of birdlife, party due to direct effects, partly due to human factors as well. This is from the i paper last week Wrens and chiffchaffs are among those species flourishing in northern Europe, while the victims include willow tits and bramblings, as global warming improves … Continue reading

Tenby Market House

Tenby Market House

Tenby is a famous Victorian seaside resort in West Wales, with narrow streets, and great architecture, with a real sandy beach. This is its market house And this is the list of tolls they used to charge.

Border Towers Came in Threes

This is from Highways & Byways in The Border, Up the glen- the Fairy Dene, or Nameless Dene – formed by this stream [the Tweed] lies Glendearg, the ver described in the opening scenes of the Monastery [by Scott]. there are in fact, 3 towers in the glen Hillslap (now called Glendearg), Colmslie, and Langshaw. … Continue reading