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Devon Shipwreck Preserved

Devon Shipwreck Preserved

This is from the i paper of 15 August: The remains of a wooden cargo ship wrecked off Devon while plying the trade route that kept Georgian dinner tables laden with port 250 years ago have been given protected status. The timbers of the vessel have been regularly exposed on the sands near Westward Ho! … Continue reading

Extincting Wolves in England & Wales

This is from Sports and Pastimes of he People of England, published in 1801. My previous post listed a lot of animals of the hunt, but wolves were absent, apparently because they were already hunted to extinction. It is generally admitted that Edgar gave up the fine of gold and silver imposed by his uncle … Continue reading

Sahara Dust

Occasionally we get warnings of dust blowing in from the Sahara, often at the height of summer when people with sensitive lungs are warned to stay indoors. this suggests that the dust is an unusual arrival, but it seems this is not the case. This is from yesterday’s i paper by Jacob Adetunji: At this … Continue reading

Climate Change and Earth’s Axis

Here’s an unexpected effect of what is claimed to be climate change, but this is only one of several factors casing an increase in demands on water supplies in the Indian sub continent. This is from the i, 9 April Groundwater levels on the Indian subcontinent have been depleted so badly by climate change intensive … Continue reading

Northsealand or Doggerland

Northsealand or Doggerland

Most of us are vaguely aware that Britain was once part of mainland Europe, and if you listen to Radio 4’s nightly Shipping Forecast, you have heard of a region called ‘Dogger’ which covers part of it. I have also come across a few accounts of North Sea Fishermen finding the remains of huge old … Continue reading

The Plague and the Borders

This is from Highways & Byways in The Border, Away back in the evil ties when the Plague ravaged through Scotland very many its victims were buried in a common grave in Linden churchyard. But the church was demolished after the Reformation and the churchyard gradually feel out of use as a pace of burial … Continue reading

A Hurricane in Jamaica

This is from The Life of Silas Told, his first job on a sailing ship as cabin boy: “As we were riding at anchor in Kingston harbour, the capital of Jamaica, waiting for a freight to England, a very great noise was heard in the atmosphere, similar to that of splitting wood, and the elements … Continue reading

Royal Censorship

The grand annual fairs were generally seen as places beyond official control, but it depends on who the audience was, and insulting the dead is never going to win friends. This is from John Evelyn’s diary of 1692: “15 Sep. there happen’d an Earthquake, which tho’ not so great as to do any harm in … Continue reading