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    • Upsidedown Bear
    • By Upsidedown Bear 29th Oct 15, 2:22 PM
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    Upsidedown Bear
    The Alphabetty Happy Chatty thread
    • #1
    • 29th Oct 15, 2:22 PM
    The Alphabetty Happy Chatty thread 29th Oct 15 at 2:22 PM
    Hello lovely alphabettys old and new and welcome to the new Alphabetty thread


    Everyone is welcome whether or not you have previously posted
    We are very friendly so please say hello

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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 26th Apr 19, 2:55 PM
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    Good afternoon lovely people

    I hope you're all in fine fettle on this glorious Friday.

    Greenery trimmed Alfie. Grass was cut yesterday - like you, expecting rain.

    Washing up and cooking done, nibbled too much though!
    Originally posted by Sleazy

    Hiya Sleazy Hope you're ok. You're not alone, I've
    been nibbling my way through loads of Easter eggs this

    I blame my two little granddaughters, leading Nanny
    Alfie astray!

    Very little rain down my way, mainly a mix of sunshine &
    cloud, so have everything crossed for rain today!
    The garden/wildlife would benefit from a decent spot of

    Edit ..... Still no rain but we have a weather warning issued
    for later today/tomorrow re Storm Hannah.

    Sigh .... just as I was ready to post this, (much earlier this
    morning), lovely ancient lappy threw a hissy fit & conked out
    on me. Still, where there's a will, there's a way! I've
    just about managed to fix him ... temporarily.....

    Bobby Moore Fund

    Bobby Moore was just 51 years old when he died. Shortly after his
    death in 1993, Bobby’s widow Stephanie Moore MBE set up the
    Bobby Moore Fund in partnership with Cancer Research UK to fund
    pioneering bowel cancer research

    Now in its 26th year, the fund has raised over £26 million and
    continues to go from strength to strength. Since Bobby’s death,
    mortality rates for bowel cancer have fallen by more than 30%,
    but sadly it still kills 44 people in the UK every day, so we still have
    so much more to do.

    Our purpose is simple – together we will beat bowel cancer.

    Football Shirt Friday

    April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, so the Bobby Moore Fund
    needs you to get behind us and raise funds for our pioneering
    bowel cancer research. Whether you fundraise at work, your
    school, your local sports club or go solo, we have lots of materials
    to help get you started.

    Most importantly, don’t forget, Football Shirt Friday is back on 26
    April. If you give a shirt about beating bowel cancer, make sure
    you donate £5 to the Bobby Moore Fund.

    Help a Horse Day

    The Horse Trust is the World's Oldest Horse Charity

    For over 130 years our Home of Rest for Horses has specialised in
    providing retirement and respite for working horses and ponies.
    These hard-working equine public servants have served our nation
    in the Police, the Army or with charities which use horses to help
    people. We also provide sanctuary to horses, ponies and donkeys
    who have suffered from cruelty or neglect and who are in
    desperate need of specialist treatment and care.

    It is at our Home of Rest for Horses that we demonstrate best
    practice and deliver professional training in horse care and welfare.
    We have invested in funding veterinary research that has led to
    major advances in horse care. This training and research helps
    develop the knowledge and skills needed to improve the care,
    welfare and quality of life of all horses.

    From our very first day on 10th May 1886 we have relied entirely
    on donations from the general public to support our work.

    Read our story to find out what makes The Horse Trust a very
    special organisation and how you can help.

    The greatest threat to the Bornean orangutan population is
    currently the loss and degradation of its forest habitat, especially
    as a result of the conversion of forests for oil palm development. 🐒

    In recent years, the Orangutan Foundation has had to rescue a
    constant flow of orangutans from these areas, often from the last
    tree standing. We are able to support this project because of your
    kind donations. Read about how they are protecting their future:

    8 Mind Blowing Orangutan Facts | Our Planet | Netflix

    Netflix Kids & Family

    Published on Apr 15, 2019

    Can you believe that orangutans spend almost their entire lives up
    in the rainforest canopies? They clearly aren’t afraid of heights!

    As the Notre-Dame rebuild fund reaches hundreds of millions after
    the devastating fire in the French capital, Ellis focuses on some of
    nature's own cathedrals in desperate need of their own


    Have a great weekend all, take care.

    Alfie xxx
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 29th Apr 19, 5:53 AM
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    Good morning lovely people

    I hope you've all had a great weekend. Heads up all animal
    lovers! I've recently posted a PDSA Pet Survey comp in
    the Competition forum .... if anyone fancies entering - just
    click on the link below.

    E: 31/07 PDSA My Pet Survey Win £200 hamper for
    your dog or cat

    My Pet Survey

    Welcome to PDSA’s My Pet Survey! Do you have a pet? If so, we
    would love to hear more about your four-legged furry friend! It won’t
    take long to complete our survey and as a thank you we’ll give you
    the opportunity to enter our FREE prize draw to win a fantastic
    hamper for your dog or cat worth £200 .....

    April 29 is World Wish Day®, the anniversary of the wish that
    inspired the founding of Make-A-Wish.

    In 1980, 7-year-old Chris Greicius inspired the creation of Make-A-
    Wish. Chris was diagnosed with leukaemia, a form of cancer, and
    wished to be a Policeman. Thanks to his Mother, her friends and a
    group of police officers – his wish was made a life-changing reality.

    In 1986, Make-A-Wish was founded in the UK – 31 years later and
    we’ve helped transform the lives of more than 12,000 seriously ill
    children by granting their One True Wish.

    A Wish Takes More Than Magic

    Here in the UK, hundreds of children turn to us every month. To
    make their One True Wish a reality, we need your help. A wish
    takes so much more than magic, it takes hours of planning,
    dedicated volunteers and incredible fundraisers.

    Our specially-trained Wish Visitors visit the child to uncover their
    One True Wish. A dedicated Wishgranter then works with the child
    to design their wish to ensure it's the most life-changing
    experience possible.

    Wish Anticipation can be as powerful as the wish itself. It builds
    the excitement and it empowers the child by actively involving
    them in the creation of their wish.

    Finally, the wish takes place because we have people like you who
    make all of this possible by donating and fundraising.

    Do you know a child with a critical illness who would benefit from a
    life-changing wish? Refer a child for a wish here.

    How you can help transform lives this World Wish Day

    This World Wish Day, there are lots of ways you can get involved in
    helping seriously ill children.... [Cont'd] >>

    29 April - 5 May 2019

    The nation’s largest celebration of coffee, all for a good


    During UK Coffee Week thousands of participating coffee shops,
    retailers and foodservice outlets fundraise for Project Waterfall - a
    charitable initiative bringing clean water, sanitation and education
    to coffee-growing communities across the world.

    Whether they donate money from every cup of coffee they serve,
    host events, or even organise town coffee crawls, their efforts give
    coffee lovers across the UK the chance to support Project
    Waterfall, and make their cup matter, simply by enjoying their
    daily coffee.



    Whether you’re a coffee drinker, independent business or market
    leader, UK Coffee Week is an opportunity for you to have fun and
    give back.

    100% of the funds raised during the week go to Project Waterfall’s
    efforts to bring clean water, education and sanitation to coffee-
    growing communities throughout the world. This is made possible
    thanks to the incredible support from our sponsors, who
    generously fund the running costs of the campaign.





    UK Coffee Week is a fundraising campaign for Project Waterfall.

    Since 2011, Project Waterfall has raised over £1 million, changing
    over 37,000 lives in Nicaragua, Tanzania, Rwanda, Vietnam,
    Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia.

    UK Coffee Week 2019 will continue to raise funds for Project
    Waterfall’s ongoing work in the rural Jabi Tehnan district of
    Ethiopia. FIND OUT MORE >

    The country’s biggest celebration of gardening

    Monday 29 April - Sunday 5 May 2019

    What's happening this year?

    We're calling on gardeners up and down the country to share their
    love of home-grown produce with this year's RHS theme – Edible

    It’s clear that people are keen to reconnect with where their
    food comes from. We’re supporting this burgeoning interest
    by encouraging people, groups, societies, garden centres,
    nurseries and other organisations to showcase their edible
    expertise, and highlight all things grow-your-own.

    Guy Barter, RHS Chief Horticulturist

    Everything you need to know

    When did National Gardening Week start?
    Why is the week so important?
    How can you get involved?

    Share what you’re up to during National Gardening Week

    Tell us what you’re doing to celebrate Edible Britain by using the
    #NationalGardeningWeek hashtag on social media. Post a photo or
    video to show us what you’re growing and tag the RHS, we'll be
    sharing our favourite posts throughout the week.

    Get involved

    We're a UK charity established to share the best in gardening. We
    want to enrich everyone's life through plants, and make the UK a
    greener and more beautiful place. >>

    [The following message was posted yesterday - Alzheimer's
    Society, Facebook]

    A huge thank you to all the runners taking part in the Virgin Money
    London Marathon for Dementia Revolution today! Barbara Windsor
    has shared a special good luck message for everyone taking part,
    including her husband Scott Mitchell who’s running along with her
    Eastenders cast mates as part of Barbara’s Revolutionaries.
    They’ve smashed their fundraising target already but you can still
    support them by heading to:

    This year we’ve joined forces with Alzheimer's Research UK as
    Charity of the Year with our Dementia Revolution campaign to
    power groundbreaking research, overthrow old attitudes and lead
    the charge towards a cure:

    Join the Revolution

    Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK have joined
    forces to start the Dementia Revolution. Donate today and lead the
    charge towards a cure for dementia.

    On the night of 27th April 1944, during World War Two, a terrible
    tragedy unfolded just off Slapton Sands on the south coast of

    Exercise Tiger

    by Ellen Castelow

    On the night of 27th April 1944 during World War Two, a terrible
    tragedy unfolded just off Slapton Sands on the coast of Devon.
    946 American servicemen died during Exercise Tiger, the
    rehearsals for the D-Day landing on Utah Beach in Normandy,

    As part of the build-up to D-Day, in 1943 some 3,000 local
    residents in the areas around Slapton, Strete, Torcross,
    Blackawton and East Allington in South Devon were evacuated
    from their homes in order for the American military to carry out

    The area around Slapton Sands was selected for these exercises
    because it bore a great resemblance to parts of the French coast,
    the location chosen for largest invasion by sea of the war – the
    Normandy landings.

    The beautiful and usually tranquil River Dart filled up with landing
    craft and ships for the operation. Nissen huts sprang up in
    Coronation Park in Dartmouth and new slipways and ramps were
    built on the river’s edge, all the way from Dartmouth up to

    Exercise Tiger was designed to be as realistic as possible and on
    22nd April 1944 it began. Landing craft loaded with soldiers, tanks
    and equipment were deployed along the coast.

    However, unbeknown to the military, under cover of darkness nine
    German E-boats (fast attack craft) had managed to slip in amongst
    them in Lyme Bay. Two landing ships were sunk and a third badly
    damaged. Lack of training on the use of life vests, heavy packs
    and the cold water contributed to the disaster: many men drowned
    or died of hypothermia before they could be rescued. Over 700
    Americans lost their lives.... [Cont'd] >>

    A set of bootprints for each of the 749 GIs that died have been laid
    out to mark the 75th anniversary of Exercise Tiger.

    A ceremony has taken place in memory of the 749 American
    service personnel who were killed by Nazis in British waters as
    they rehearsed for the D-Day landings.

    A set of bootprints for each of the GIs that died have been laid out
    on Slapton Sands, in Devon.

    It marks the 75th anniversary of Exercise Tiger, the secret mission
    to prepare for the Allied invasion of Normandy.

    The troops were killed on April 28 when a Royal Navy convoy
    carrying them was attacked by E-boats from Nazi Germany's

    Artist Martin Barraud created the installation which was unveiled
    by the Remembered charity and will raise money for veteran
    employment projects.

    Mr Barraud also designed last year's There But Not There
    campaign, which placed silhouettes of First World War "Tommy"
    troops across the UK, to mark the centenary of the end of the war.

    "Last year our Tommy campaign captured the hearts of the nation,
    whilst giving a substantial boost to the mental health and
    wellbeing of veterans across the UK," he said.

    "A year on and we're hoping the great British public will get behind
    our D-Day 75 campaign by purchasing their own Bootprints to
    mark the great sacrifice of our WW2 heroes, in particular those
    who helped kick-start the liberation of Europe with the invasion of
    Normandy on D-Day."

    The Exercise Tiger incident was only nominally reported afterwards
    because of the strict secrecy of the D-Day landings.... [Cont'd] >

    JUST LAUNCHED: Register now for our Trek for Troops Great War
    Challenge 2020!

    Follow in the footsteps of our war heroes on an epic charity
    challenge along one of the Great War's front lines.

    Join us in 2020 for an incredible 3-day trek along the World War
    One Western Front for a military or veteran charity of your choice.

    Meeting at the Imperial War Museum in London, we’ll travel to
    Albert in the Somme of Hauts-de-France and trek a whopping
    89km to Belgium in the footsteps of soldiers who fought in the
    Great War.

    Together, we'll keep calm and carry on walking from the
    Banzentine in France to the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium's
    West Flanders, taking in a load of WW1 landmarks as we go,
    including the Thipeval Memorial to the Missing, Mont St Eloi and
    Tyne Cot - and that's only to name a few!

    Gaining fascinating insight into the Great War and the battles
    along the Western Front, we’ll have the perfect chance to pay our
    respects to the fallen, while making friends, getting fit and most
    importantly, raising crucial funds for military and veteran charities
    across the UK.

    Places are likely to go very quickly for this awesome challenge, so
    please register soon so you don't miss out!

    Have a lovely day all, take care.

    Alfie xxx
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 29th Apr 19, 7:00 AM
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    Good morning Alfie!

    Hope that you're well. Just catching up but your last two posts have some interesting stuff, especially WW2 which interests me. There was another beach in Dorset where a tragedy happened too, but the name escapes me at the moment (and I don't know the anniversary date).

    National Gardening Week? Like to pop round for some practice?
    Weekly Distance Walked 27km / Total For Year 1271 km

    Quod scripsi, scripsi
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 30th Apr 19, 5:40 AM
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    • 65,187 Thanks

    Good morning lovely people

    Good morning Alfie!

    Hope that you're well. Just catching up but your last two posts have some interesting stuff, especially WW2 which interests me. There was another beach in Dorset where a tragedy happened too, but the name escapes me at the moment (and I don't know the anniversary date).

    National Gardening Week? Like to pop round for some practice?
    Originally posted by Sleazy

    Hellooeee Sleazy

    Lol, I'll politely decline your gardening offer if that's
    ok with you! Hahahaha Good try though!
    I've got plenty to do in my garden, always out there
    pottering about, doing this n' that.

    Just heard on the TV that gardening is good for body &
    soul - simple yet effective! Must admit, I even find the
    weeding therapeutic. Maybe that's the reason why
    I'm very rarely poorly & usually quite a happy bunny!
    (Swiftly touches nearest piece of wood)!

    I found another fascinating article yesterday re Dorset &
    D-Day ....

    Tyneham: Dorset's lost D-Day village

    Over one month in 1943 a group of residents was ordered to leave
    their Dorset village after the government took it over for military
    training. Seventy years on people are being warned not to take a
    rose-tinted view of the village which was left "frozen in time".

    'Thank you for treating the village kindly', read a note pinned to
    Tyneham's church door as the final inhabitants hurriedly left in

    The estate and village, nestled near the Dorset coast, had been
    commandeered as a tank firing range ahead of D-Day with its 225
    inhabitants told to leave their homes.

    They never returned.

    After seven decades, the roofless shells of a post office, farm-
    houses, a rectory and cottages offer passing curious walkers
    and visitors a glimpse of the life of a long-departed
    community.... [Cont'd] >>

    Further D-Day articles below .....

    New Forest WW2 D Day at Lepe - what happened and why?

    Two years of planning, which had to be kept secret, had gone into
    the preparation of this amazing military feat. This has been hard to
    beat in military history, since it happened on 6th June 1944.

    Troops, their vehicles and supplies all left the New Forest coast
    bound for the beaches of Normandy. This D day campaign was the
    Allies effort to drive the German army out of occupied France and
    bring World War 2 to an end.

    This is the role that the New Forest at Lepe played:

    Major and vital departure point for vehicles, troops and supplies

    A construction site for part of the prefabricated floating Mulberry

    Mainline base for the P.L.U.T.O. pipeline

    Again, the New Forest played a major role in hiding troops,
    their ammunition, equipment and vehicles in various secret
    locations. The shore station HMS Mastodon was based at Exbury
    House and controlled this operation.

    Operation Overlord was so secret that even locals were
    unaware of what was going on. As there were spies within the New
    Forest who were feeding information to the Germans, this level of
    subterfuge was even more remarkable.

    Even the local milkman had to sign the Official Secrets Act
    before he could deliver to the site canteen!

    At Lepe Country Park, where it stands today, there were 21 army
    huts on the grassy area above the cliffs. If you visit there now, you
    will see what a stunning view you have across the Solent, but also
    how great care would have to have been taken not to be spotted
    by the enemy, from the air or sea.

    This area was also mounted with anti aircraft guns which were
    used not only against enemy aircraft but also V1 Flying bombs or
    "Doodlebugs". I have heard many tales of these bombs and my
    family seemed to love looking out for them and waiting for them to
    go silent and then running for cover like mad!

    Today there is a restaurant area at Lepe which used to be barracks
    and a cobblers shop! Apparently, this was vital as the troops must
    have got through lots of boot repairs whilst stationed here over the
    two years.

    Once they had set off on the D day landings, the barracks were
    turned into hospital facilities for the wounded to be quickly shipped
    back across the Solent and the Channel from the beaches of

    The troops had been assembled and had eaten, lived and slept
    under their vehicles for days whist hiding in the surrounding woods
    and tracks, waiting for the command to move forward.

    Temporary wharves, leading to pierheads allowed the vehicles to
    be loaded onto ships. Today, you can see .... [Cont'd] >>

    In the run up to D-Day in June 1944, Hampshire and the South
    Coast was a hive of military activity.

    Tens of thousands of soldiers practiced their battle drills, military
    supremos worked on tactics, and engineers came up with some
    ingenious technical ways of making the highly dangerous beach
    landings as effective as possible.

    Meanwhile countless civilians worked to prepare and supply the
    invasion force - all under a remarkable cloak of secrecy.

    On D-Day - 6 June 1944, the Allies landed around 156,000 troops
    in Normandy - most departed from ports along the Hampshire and
    Dorset coasts.

    As well as British and American troops, personnel from Australia,
    Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, France, Greece, the
    Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Poland took part in the

    While the invasion marked the beginning of the end of World War
    II, there was a terrible price paid. Total Allied casualties on D-Day
    itself are estimated at 10,000, including 2,500 dead, while more
    than 425,000 Allied and German troops were killed, wounded or
    went missing during the Battle of Normandy..... [Cont'd] >>


    UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, and UNESCO Goodwill
    Ambassador Herbie Hancock today announced the programme for
    the 2019 edition of International Jazz Day, which will be launched
    in Australia and celebrated in more than 190 countries around the

    The 2019 All-Star Global Concert will be webcast for free on,, YouTube and Facebook at 15:00 UTC /
    11:00 New York / 16:00 Paris on Tuesday, April 30.


    New Article: Hannah Beswick, the Mummy in the Clock. Until the
    20th century taphophobia, the fear of being buried alive, wasn’t
    irrational. In the 19th century, there were several documented
    cases of people pronounced dead who were interred in family
    vaults, only to wake up after the funeral party had left...

    Hannah Beswick, the Mummy in the Clock

    by Miriam Bibby

    Taphophobia, the fear of being buried alive and waking up in one’s
    own grave, is the stuff of nightmares. It has provided the
    inspiration for some of the most cold-sweat inducing horror stories
    and films ever produced, including at least four tales by the master
    of the genre himself, Edgar Allan Poe.

    Although phobias are technically “irrational fears”, until the 20th
    century the fear of being buried alive wasn’t irrational. Prior to the
    establishment of sound scientific means for identifying the point of
    death, the medical profession couldn’t always tell, particularly in
    the case of people in deep comas and those who had apparently
    drowned. In fact, one early resuscitation society was called The
    Society for the Recovery of Persons Apparently Drowned (later the
    Royal Humane Society).

    In the 19th century, there were several documented cases of
    individuals pronounced dead who were interred in family vaults
    only to wake up after the funeral party had left. Some stories were
    genuine, others legendary, such as that of Ann Hill Carter Lee,
    mother of General Robert E Lee who said to have been interred
    alive but was found in time by a sexton and restored to her family.

    The fear was sufficiently widespread for societies such as the
    Association for the Prevention of Premature Burial to be
    established. Inventors created practical means of attracting
    attention should premature burial take place, the best-known
    contraption being that of the wonderfully named Count Karnice-

    The count designed a spring-based system using a ball placed on
    the corpse’s chest that would automatically open a box on the
    surface to let in air if there was movement in the body. A bell
    would also ring and a flag begin to wave to attract attention to the
    grave, leading to the hair-raising possibility of people suffering
    heart attacks as a corpse began to wave at them. (“Coo-ee! Let
    me out!”) .... [Cont'd] >>

    Have a brilliant Tuesday all, take care.

    Alfie xxx
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 1st May 19, 8:56 AM
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    Good morning, happy May Day!

    Happy May Day! Traditionally the first day of summer, May 1st is also
    associated with fun, revelry and fertility....

    May Day Celebrations

    by Ben Johnson

    Many folklore customs have their roots planted firmly back in the
    Dark Ages, when the ancient Celts had divided their year by four
    major festivals. Beltane or ‘the fire of Bel’, had particular
    significance to the Celts as it represented the first day of summer
    and was celebrated with bonfires to welcome in the new season.
    Still celebrated today, we perhaps know Beltane better as May 1st,
    or May Day.

    Down through the centuries May Day has been associated with
    fun, revelry and perhaps most important of all, fertility. The Day
    would be marked with village folk cavorting round the maypole,
    the selection of the May Queen and the dancing figure of the Jack-
    in-the-Green at the head of the procession. Jack is thought to be a
    relic from those enlightened days when our ancient ancestors
    worshipped trees.

    These pagan roots did little to endear these May Day festivities
    with the either the established Church or State. In the sixteenth
    century riots followed when May Day celebrations were banned.
    Fourteen rioters were hanged, and Henry VIII is said to have
    pardoned a further 400 who had been sentenced to death.

    The May Day festivities all but vanished following the Civil War
    when Oliver Cromwell and his Puritans took control of the country
    in 1645. Describing maypole dancing as ‘a heathenish vanity
    generally abused to superstition and wickedness’, legislation was
    passed which saw the end of village maypoles throughout the

    Dancing did not return to the village greens until the restoration of
    Charles II. ‘The Merry Monarch’ helped ensure the support of his
    subjects with the erection of a massive 40 metre high maypole in
    London’s Strand. This pole signalled the return of the fun times,
    and remained standing for almost fifty years.... [Cont'd] >>

    Have a lovely day all, take care.

    Alfie xxx
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 2nd May 19, 5:48 AM
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    Good morning lovely people

    I hope you're all in fine fettle on this glorious day.

    Heads up cyclists! If anyone fancies their chances of winning a
    bike, please click on the link below .....

    E: 07/05 Win a Specialized 2019 road bike

    To celebrate the Eden Classic on 12 May, we've teamed up with
    Clive Mitchell Cycles to offer you the chance to win a Specialized
    2019 road bike.

    About the Eden Classic

    The Eden Classic sportive is a non-competitive mass participation
    cycle ride offering three spectacular rides that take in the most
    scenic parts of the south coast in Cornwall.

    Can I still enter the Classic?

    This year, the Eden Classic takes place on 12 May, and entries
    close at 11pm on Tuesday 7 May 2019. You can also come along
    and sign up on the day.

    Find out more about the Classic >>

    About the prize

    To celebrate the Eden Classic, we've teamed up with Clive Mitchell
    Cycles, who have kindly donated a men's Specialized Allez Elite
    road bike or a women's Specialized Dolce Elite road bike, both
    retailing at £1050, to be won by one lucky person!

    How to enter the competition

    Fill out the form below >>

    No purchase necessary, entrants must be 18 or over. See the full
    terms and conditions here >>

    Entry to the competition closes at midnight on Tuesday 7 May

    Everything you need to know about the Tour de Yorkshire 2019:
    timings, best places to watch, riders participating.

    Millions of spectators are expected to line the route of this year’s
    Tour De Yorkshire cycling spectacle.

    The four-day event is being held in the region for the fifth year in a
    row and is taking place this weekend between May 2 to 5.

    The men's Tour de Yorkshire competition will take place every day
    from Thursday to Sunday; while the Asda Women's race will be
    held in the mornings of Friday and Saturday.

    On your bike, trike or tandem 🚲 – you don’t need to be a scientist
    to help find a treatment for dementia. Ride to raise funds!

    From London to Brighton, to a lap of the park or anything in
    between. It’s up to you.

    Challenge yourself for dementia research, and raise money in a
    way that’s totally you.

    A charity bike ride can mean anything (coast-to-coast tandem
    challenge, anyone?). Whatever’s good for you is good for us. So
    fundraise your way.

    Pull on that (slightly snug) lycra – or slip into fancy dress for a bit
    of a laugh. If you’re looking for ways to get friends, family or
    workmates involved, head out as a team.

    Whatever you’re planning, make it wheely good. After all, it’s

    Here at Historic UK we love to celebrate the quirky and unusual.
    Check out these 5 unique Bed and Breakfasts, including a Norman
    castle, an old police station and even a knight under canvas!

    Quirky and Unusual B&Bs

    If you’re looking for a short break or weekend away with a
    difference, browse our list of quirky and unique B&Bs. We have
    scoured the UK to put together our favourite five historic – and
    perhaps a little bit eccentric – bed and breakfasts. Our
    suggestions include a Norman castle, an old police station and
    even a knight under canvas!

    Our top 5 quirky and unique B&B’s

    #1 Old Lock Up Guest House, Wirksworth, Derbyshire

    Our first choice is the Old Lock Up Guest House at Wirksworth near
    Matlock in Derbyshire. Built in 1842, at first it was used as a
    magistrates house and then as a police station for 100 years. The
    cells housed local criminals, and to give you an idea of what it was
    like for prisoners in the 1800s, one cell has been preserved with
    the original steel-lined door and stone flagged floor.

    Nowadays things are very different – you can even enjoy a soak in
    a double airbath in one of the four cells, and another cell houses
    the bar! The guest rooms include the Magistrates Room, the
    Solicitors Room and two rooms in the converted Coach House.
    There is also the beautifully renovated Gothic Chapel, furnished
    with a beautiful antique bed, for a truly unique hideaway.

    Ideally situated close to the M1 and only thirteen miles from
    Derby, The Old Lock Up is a perfect base for exploring the Peak
    District. Local attractions include the Crich Tramway Museum, The
    Heights of Abraham and of course Chatsworth House... [Cont'd] >

    Have a great day all, take care.

    Alfie xxx
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 2nd May 19, 8:55 AM
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    Thanks Alfie, and hope that you're well.

    Got the Outlaws visiting at the end of the month and might think about that quirky b and b for a night away as it's not too far and Bob will be ok on his own for a night.
    Weekly Distance Walked 27km / Total For Year 1271 km

    Quod scripsi, scripsi
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 5th May 19, 7:46 AM
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    Good morning lovely people

    Thanks Alfie, and hope that you're well.

    Got the Outlaws visiting at the end of the month and might think about that quirky b and b for a night away as it's not too far and Bob will be ok on his own for a night.
    Originally posted by Sleazy

    Hiya Sleazy

    I'm very well, many thanks for asking. How are you doing?
    Have a wonderful time with the Outlaws, how long are they
    visiting? I think they'll be delighted to stay in that quirky

    Heads up all lovers/followers of Rugby! If anyone fancies their
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    International Dawn Chorus Day

    Sunday 5th of May, 2019

    A celebration of nature's symphony

    Taking place on the first Sunday of May, International Dawn
    Chorus Day is the worldwide celebration of nature's greatest
    symphony. All across the world people rise early to revel in the
    sweet sound of birdsong, from rattling wrens in Rotherham to
    crooning cowbirds in the Caribbean.

    Every year there are early morning walks with experts to help you
    enjoy a start to the day filled with birdsong. Use our event finder
    to track down a Dawn Chorus walk near you.

    And remember, if you can't make it to an event just open your
    window - and listen...

    Urban beginnings

    Dawn Chorus Day has grown from a small event in Birmingham in
    the 1980s to a global annual celebration, enjoyed in over eighty
    countries. You don't need to be surrounded by countryside to
    enjoy nature's symphony - cities have songbirds of their own.
    Beyond the cooing of pigeons you could hear the serenade of
    robins and blackbirds, the chatter of house sparrows and the
    laughing calls of herring gulls, to name just a few!

    Imagine spring without bird song. Imagine summer without a
    bee’s busy buzz. 56% of UK wildlife is in decline and time’s running
    out to protect what’s left. Spread the word – don’t let nature’s
    music stop.

    Hedgehog Awareness Week runs from 5th – 11th May 2019 and
    hedgehoggy events are being organised all around the country!

    Hedgehog Awareness Week is organised by the British Hedgehog
    Preservation Society (BHPS) and takes place every year. It aims to
    highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how you can help
    them. This year the Charity is asking people to make a space for
    hedgehogs to live in their garden, this could be in the form of a log
    pile or wild area (that will also provide a buffet of creepy crawlies)
    or a more formal hedgehog home. The Society has a free
    downloadable plan for building a hedgehog home on their website

    There are many other simple things we can all do to help

    Make sure there are CD case sized gaps in boundary fences and
    walls to allow easy passage.

    Move piles of rubbish to a new site before burning it.

    Check areas carefully before mowing or strimming.

    Ensure netting is kept at a safe height.

    Check compost heaps before digging the fork in.

    Stop or reduce the amount of pesticides and poisons used.

    Cover drains or deep holes.

    Ensure there is an easy route out of ponds & pools.

    BHPS is hoping to raise £1,000 during Hedgehog Awareness Week
    2019, You can donate to the 2019 #hedgehogweek appeal at

    Leaflets and posters are available on the Charity’s website or they can post copies out on
    request..... [Cont'd] >>

    Coming soon! A special two part series on Channel 5 about
    #Hedgehogs presented by Steve Backshall, Brian May and two of
    our lovely Patrons John Challis and David Domoney! First episode
    airs on Wednesday 8th May - right in the middle of

    International Compost Awareness Week is a significant event in
    the calendars of a lot of gardeners and allotment connoisseurs.
    This year it runs from Sunday 5th May to Saturday 10th May 2019.
    It was set up to boost awareness to the natural and exciting world
    of composting and this year it is even more significant. The media
    has been rife with programs detailing the issues affecting our
    planet and people are thinking about eco-friendly approaches and
    their carbon footprint. As we are more conscious of our impact on
    the planet, it could be a great time to start considering composting
    at home.

    Composting is a cheap and environmentally friendly way of feeding
    your garden naturally and can help reduce the release of nitrous
    oxide. Currently, most UK councils take your food waste away, but
    this can prove exhaustive and uses fuel to collect. If most of the
    people in your neighbourhood composted imagine how you could
    reduce emissions! In addition to the eco-friendly aspect,
    composting is a great project for the whole family. Kids can get
    involved and learn so much about gardening and the environment,
    maybe they will grow up to cultivate their own patch! It also
    provides a fantastic foundation for growing your own veg and
    herbs which could cut your food bills.

    If you haven’t already started to use your garden and food waste
    to feed your plants, browse some of our articles on composting to
    find out how you can get started. A good one to get you started is
    ‘How composting can help your garden and your bank account’.
    We also have books on composting to help you.

    Penzance May Horns

    Where: Penzance, Cornwall - starting at the Tolcarne Inn
    When: First Sunday in May
    Time: 7.30 pm

    Penzance is the setting for an annual revival of an ancient Cornish
    custom which vanished during the early years of the twentieth
    century: the Blowing of May Horns. Tin trumpets were the chosen
    instruments of the day, and the horn blowing was accompanied by
    whistles and processions to welcome in the May.

    Nowadays the customs takes place on the first Sunday evening of
    the new month of May and all are welcome to attend, especially if
    you bring a whistle, horn or drum (there were all sizes up to a
    didgeridoo when we visited!) and dress in shades of white and

    The custom begins as dusk falls at the Tolcarne Inn at Newlyn then
    the assembled party walk to Penzance accompanied by musicians,
    the Master of Ceremonies, the Lord and Lady of the May and
    beastie Old Ned, who dies and revives several times en route.

    Helpful Hints

    If you enjoy wearing flowers in your hair, this is a great
    opportunity to do it! Making lots of noise is encouraged, especially
    on the approach bridge to Penzance where such horn blowing is

    In 2019 it will be on Sunday May 5th.

    The event is organised by the Cornish Culture Association. If
    searching for the Facebook page, be aware that it has been listed
    as both May Horns and May ‘Orns in the past!

    Click here for the event website:

    Click here for the Facebook page:

    4th May, 1951...the opening of the Festival of Britain. The event
    lasted just five months, yet the main London Festival site attracted
    two million more visitors than the Millennium Dome during the
    whole of 2000.

    The Festival of Britain 1951

    by Ben Johnson

    In 1951, just six years after World War II, Britain’s towns and
    cities still showed the scars of war that remained a constant
    reminder of the turmoil of the previous years. With the aim of
    promoting the feeling of recovery, the Festival of Britain opened to
    the public on the 4th May 1951, celebrating British industry, arts
    and science and inspiring the thought of a better Britain. This also
    happened to be the same year they celebrated the centenary,
    almost to the day, of the 1851 Great Exhibition. Coincidence? We
    think not! [Cont'd] >>

    New Article: Britain's Trojan History.

    Written by the ancient Britons, this history goes back to such early
    times that many historians cannot believe it to be true; some
    ridicule it and some ignore it completely. It takes us back 1,500
    years before the Saxons arrived in the island, and more than
    1,000 years before the Roman occupation. Incredibly, it has its
    origins in the Trojan War...

    Britain’s Trojan History

    by Bernard Jones

    Whenever we think about the history of Britain, we could be
    mistaken in believing that this history begins with the Romans. It
    is as if there is a big black hole in the historical record before this
    time and then, suddenly, we have people in the island. It is, of
    course, a very convenient place to start because most
    commentators use the writings of Caesar to help them begin their
    exposition. When the Romans left Britain, the island was
    immediately subjected to the incursions of the Angles and the
    Saxons, and they became the ruling power in Britain. Here again,
    it is relatively easy for commentators to take up or continue their
    accounts simply by referring to the Angle and Saxon chronicles.

    There is, however, a genuine history of Britain prior to these times.
    It is a neglected history and one that was expurgated from the
    school curriculum throughout the land in our so-called ‘modern
    age’. This history was written by the ancient Britons and it goes
    back to such early times that many historians cannot believe it to
    be true; some ridicule it because they cannot prove it to be false,
    and some ignore it completely. This history takes us back 1,500
    years before the Saxons arrived in the island, and more than
    1,000 years before the Roman occupation. Incredibly, it has its
    origins in the Trojan War. [Cont'd] >>

    Have a lovely Sunday all, take care.

    Alfie xxx
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 13th May 19, 5:52 PM
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    Good afternoon lovely people

    I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend, it's a glorious
    weather day here, & I hope it's the same for you.

    Mental Health Awareness Week

    Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness
    Week takes place from 13-19 May 2019. The theme this year is
    Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies.

    Body image issues can affect all of us at any age. During the week
    we are publishing new research and campaigning for change.....
    [Cont'd] >>


    Coeliac UK Awareness Week 2019

    Awareness Week from 13 – 19 May, is about diagnosis and we
    want more people to ask themselves, ‘Is it coeliac disease?’

    Up to half a million people are living with symptoms of
    undiagnosed coeliac disease and not knowing what's wrong. With
    your help, we could reach them with our online assessment to set
    them on the path to diagnosis and improve their lives. Only 3% of
    British adults aware that the symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel
    syndrome) are also common symptoms of coeliac disease and we
    urge anyone with IBS to ask their GP for a coeliac disease blood
    test, if they have not already had one.

    Why not get involved and:

    Help get people diagnosed by telling them about our online
    assessment to help them understand if they need to be tested for
    coeliac disease. Share it on social media using the hashtag
    #isitcoeliacdisease and tell your family and friends about it.

    Share our social media posts so more people hear about the
    symptoms of coeliac disease. Facebook l Instagram l Twitter

    Add our Twibbon to support Coeliac UK Awareness Week by adding
    a Twibbon to your social media accounts now!

    Display posters you can order from us on notice boards or GP
    surgeries and pharmacies in your local area.

    Blog about how you got diagnosed so more people hear about your
    experiences and share our online assessment. Your story might
    sound familiar to someone and help them realise they need to
    seek diagnosis.

    Upload a short video to our social media at or tag us in a video on Twitter
    @coeliac_uk and Instagram using the hashtag #isitcoeliacdisease
    and tell people about how getting diagnosed has changed your life.

    Be #IsitCoeliacDisease by sharing your symptoms before your
    diagnosis so more people see how complex coeliac disease is. Use
    one of our speech bubble cards to write your symptoms, name and
    age, then send us a photo of you holding it or post to our social
    media. Post your photo to your own Facebook page, as well as
    ours, and also on Twitter and Instagram using the
    #CoeliacUKAwarenessWeek hashtag. The more people the photos
    reach, the better.

    Set up a Facebook fundraiser. It's so easy to set up a Facebook
    Fundraising event in aid of Coeliac UK Awareness Week, click here
    to start!

    Support us with membership by joining our charity today for as
    little as £2 a month and help improve the lives of those with
    coeliac disease.

    Whatever you can do to help, you will be helping us to reach more
    people who need to know that their symptoms could be
    undiagnosed coeliac disease. And what a difference that could
    make to someone..... [Cont'd] >>

    Want to help save the planet? Eating more veggie food is a
    delicious way to do your bit for the environment and we have 50
    things to help you do just that!

    Meet BOSH!

    “We’re completely hyped to be working with National Vegetarian
    Week, proving that veggie food can taste absolutely phenomenal.”

    Find out more about Henry and Ian and their new cook book –
    BISH BASH BOSH! [Cont'd] >>

    Every year in May, Dying Matters and our coalition members host
    an Awareness Week, which gives us an unparalleled opportunity to
    place the importance of talking about dying, death and
    bereavement firmly on the national agenda. In 2019, the week will
    run from 13th to the 19th of May and the theme is Are We Ready?

    Foster Care Fortnight™ is The Fostering Network's annual
    campaign to raise the profile of fostering and to show how foster
    care transforms lives. It is also the UK's biggest foster carer
    recruitment campaign. Over 8,000 new foster families are needed
    in the next 12 months alone to care for a range of children, with
    the greatest need being for foster carers for older children, sibling
    groups and disabled children.

    Foster Care Fortnight 2019 is taking place from 13 to 26 May.


    We believe that foster care changes futures - the futures of
    fostered children and young people and the futures of the foster
    families who care for them.

    Have you ever had a moment in your life which you can look back
    on and see that your future changed at that time? Perhaps it was a
    teacher telling you that you were really good at something that is
    now your career? Or a relationship which led you to move? Or a
    trip overseas which gave you a different outlook on life? What was
    your moment? Fostering has the potential to be life-changing for
    fostered children and young people - it can #changeafuture.

    This Foster Care Fortnight we want you to know that fostering is
    about changing futures. And, if you think you have the relevant
    skills and experience, we're calling on you to consider becoming
    foster carers so that you can also #changeafuture.

    Be Nice To Nettles Week

    Monday 13 May

    Celebrating the diverse range of benefits and positive impacts
    nettles can have on everyday life.

    Sadly, the most recent online presence that we can find for Be Nice
    to Nettles week, is this website from 2014. >> But we think this
    celebration is one worth continuing!

    The website has links to nettle natural history and usage,
    activities, games and more. We’d love to hear about your nettle
    actives – let us know via @MuddyFaces

    More about nettles, from The Wildlife Trusts, here. >>

    Did you know?

    The Stinging Nettle has been used for food, herbal remedies, dyes
    and fibres for hundreds of years. During the Second World War,
    children were encouraged to collect them so that they could be
    used to produce a dark green dye for camouflage.

    It’s the debate dividing the nation (no, not that one) - which is
    better, jam first or cream first?

    We’re inviting you to bake for what you believe in and join the
    National Trust’s Great Scone Bake fundraising event on this year's
    National Cream Tea Day, on Friday 28 June 2019.

    Whether you're a first-time baker or seasoned campaigner, join
    people across the nation and fly the flag for your favourite way to
    serve a scone - Devon or Cornish style - by hosting a cream tea
    fundraiser on Friday 28 June.

    Rally your friends, family and colleagues to make, sell and scoff
    scones to support the National Trust as your favourite charity, and
    raise money to protect the places you love. Find all the ingredients
    you need to whip-up a successful bake sale with our fundraising kit
    and tips below.

    Request your Great Scone Bake fundraising kit now >>

    Let's raise some dough

    The money you raise could help keep coastal paths safe or
    conserve a medieval tapestry. Your efforts could help restore the
    landscape to its natural state, so animals and plants can thrive.
    Rest assured that donations raised will ensure special places stay
    special, forever, for everyone.

    Today in 1787...the 'First Fleet' of 11 ships leave Great Britain to
    found a penal colony that will become the first European
    settlement in Australia.

    British Convicts to Australia

    by Jessica Brain

    26th January is the official national day of Australia and marks the
    arrival of the First Fleet of British ships and the raising of the Union
    flag at Sydney Cove. Australia continues to recognise the story of
    its modern founding to this day.

    The First Fleet as it became known, was formed of 11 ships that
    left from Portsmouth in southern England on 13th May 1787. This
    was an historic voyage across oceans to the other side of the world
    in order to establish the first European settlement, and penal
    colony, in Australia..... [Cont'd] >>

    11th May, 1812...the assassination of British Prime Minister
    Spencer Perceval by John Bellingham, a Liverpool merchant
    refused compensation by the government for his five years of
    unjust imprisonment in Russia. Shot through the heart at close
    range whilst walking through the lobby of Parliament, Perceval is
    the only British Prime Minister to be assassinated.

    Spencer Perceval

    by Jessica Brain

    Spencer Perceval, born on 1st November 1762, was a trained
    lawyer who later entered the world of politics and served as British
    Prime Minister from 4th October 1809 until his death on 11th May
    1812. Unfortunately for Perceval, he was not to be remembered
    for his service to the politics but rather his ill-fated ending, the
    only British Prime Minister to be assassinated.... [Cont'd] >>

    On a different note - not sure if anyone else loves Marmite as
    much as I do. This was posted on 10th May ......

    Did you spot Marmite in the Google Doodle today? Some love it,
    some hate it, but there is something special about Marmite, as
    Lucy Wills discovered in the 1920s. The pioneer medical researcher
    discovered folic acid and changed prenatal care forever. Find out
    how Lucy Wills uncovered a medical marvel in Marmite:

    Have a lovely evening all, take care.

    Alfie xxx
    Last edited by AlfieBlue; 13-05-2019 at 6:16 PM.
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 13th May 19, 6:34 PM
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    Thanks Alfie, interesting about the Trojans and the posts today on mental health and IBS as well. I have diverticulitis and might see if a gluten free diet helps. Also a vegetarian as you know, not sure how well the two go together!
    Weekly Distance Walked 27km / Total For Year 1271 km

    Quod scripsi, scripsi
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 17th May 19, 4:32 PM
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    Good afternoon lovely people

    Thanks Alfie, interesting about the Trojans and the posts today on mental health and IBS as well. I have diverticulitis and might see if a gluten free diet helps. Also a vegetarian as you know, not sure how well the two go together!
    Originally posted by Sleazy

    Hi Sleazy

    You'll be able to combine the two - this site is a great starting
    point ......

    Excellent info on gluten free food/recipes etc & also further
    interesting information available if you're a member, so well
    worth signing up. Ignore the meat stuff. The good news is
    that you can still enjoy drinkies! Cheers!

    Further links ....

    I vaguely recall that the coeliac website also had a list of
    various stores/supermarkets (stocking vegetarian gluten
    free ready meals/ingredients),? which is only available to
    members. Once you've signed up, you'll be able to have a
    good browse.

    Puffin picture plea: Snaps needed to help save endangered

    Puffins are vulnerable to extinction, with concerns they may be
    facing a reduction in available food due to climate change.

    People with a keen photographic eye are being asked to join the
    "puffarazzi" and snap pictures of puffins with fish in their bills to
    help find out what the seabirds are feeding their young.

    In a continuation of a citizen science scheme launched in 2017, the
    Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is asking for help
    in its bid to identify areas where the threatened species are
    struggling to find the large stocks of nutritious fish it needs to feed
    their chicks.

    More than 600 people sent in 1,402 photos from almost 40
    colonies in the first year of the project, and researchers want an
    even greater number of submissions across the spring and
    summer of 2019 and 2020.... [Cont'd] >>

    Endangered Species Day

    How Can You Take Action to Save Species?

    By David Robinson, Endangered Species Day Director, Endangered
    Species Coalition

    On Monday, the world woke up to a devastating report from the
    United Nations that brought scientific confirmation to some of our
    biggest fears: human civilization is pushing the planet into a
    massive extinction. The report shows that as many as one million
    plant and animal species are at risk of extinction. The report – a
    nearly three-year effort with contributions from almost 150
    scientists from 50 nations – projects that biodiversity loss will
    likely increase through 2050 unless widescale changes are made.

    Climate change, overfishing, habitat loss, pollution, and the spread
    of invasive species were highlighted in the report as some of the
    major ways humanity is reducing biodiversity.

    Now, more than ever before in our lives, we need to come
    together to act to save imperiled species and protect our shared
    home. That urgent need is a driving force behind the 2019
    Endangered Species Day.

    Endangered Species Day is a global day of action to save species
    and celebrate conservation successes. The Endangered Species
    Coalition proposed the day to the U.S. Senate in 2006 and
    obtained a unanimous resolution proclaiming Endangered Species
    Day to be recognized every year on the third Friday in
    May..... [Cont'd] >>


    Today is Endangered Species Day. We're celebrating the amazing
    species that are struggling to survive despite increasing sea levels
    caused by climate change, habitat destruction due to deforestation
    and species loss due to the illegal wildlife trade .

    Sadly, 1 in 6 species are at risk of extinction due to climate change
    – but by joining us for Wear it Wild on Friday 7 June 2019 you can
    help protect species and their incredible habitats!


    With only around 100 adults left in the wild, the Amur leopard
    could be the most endangered big cat on Earth.

    But new data from camera trap monitoring, in the 'Land of the
    Leopard National Park' Russia, this year revealed that Amur
    leopard numbers are stable and slowly growing.

    The stability of Amur leopard numbers is great news, but we still
    have a long way to go to ensure these animals are no longer
    threatened with extinction.


    Join us and support the protection of endangered species like the
    Amur leopard, we're asking you to Wear it Wild on 7 June. By
    wearing a leopard-print shirt, baking a wildlife-themed cake or
    wearing a piece of jewellery from the Tatty Devine Wild Collection;
    we can raise money to help save this endangered species. Our
    decisions now will have an impact on generations to come!

    #TheTimeIsNow Mass Lobby

    Join thousands of people in Westminster to tell MPs the time is
    now for action

    On 26th June thousands of us will gather at Westminster, central
    London, to call on our politicians to set the foundations for a
    brighter, greener and safer world. People across the globe are
    suffering from the effects of climate change and our wildlife
    populations are being wiped out. The time is now for MPs to end
    the UK’s contribution to climate change and pass ambitious laws
    for nature's recovery on land and at sea. We simply don’t have
    time to waste. Join us to show our politicians the way to a

    Sign up on the map below, so that we know to see you there!
    See the information under the map for more details about the
    day..... [Cont'd] >>

    Today in 1900...during the Second Boer War, the siege of Mafeking
    (Mahikeng) is finally lifted. The Relief of Mafeking as it becomes
    known is a resounding victory for the British over the Boers. The
    garrison commander Robert Baden-Powell will later go on to found
    the Scouting Movement.

    British military staff at Mafeking

    Flies - whether you love them or hate them they play an important
    part in our ecosystem. Without them there would be no chocolate
    — because flies are the cacao tree’s only pollinators. Half of the
    world’s fly families play roles in pollination; and greenbottle
    maggots do a wonderful job of eating necrotic tissue and are a
    vital part of western medicine. #pollinatorpledge #flies
    #countryside #chocolate

    and last but not least ....

    Love this verse! .......


    Back in the days of tanners and bobs,
    When Mothers had patience and Fathers had jobs.
    When football team families wore hand me down shoes,
    And T.V gave only two channels to chose.

    Back in the days of threepenny bits,
    when schools employed nurses to search for your nits.
    When snowballs were harmless; ice slides were permitted
    and all of your jumpers were warm and hand knitted.

    Back in the days of hot ginger beers,
    when children remained so for more than six years.
    When children respected what older folks said,
    and pot was a thing you kept under your bed.

    Back in the days of Listen with Mother,
    when neighbours were friendly and talked to each other.
    When cars were so rare you could play in the street.
    When Doctors made house calls; Police walked the beat.

    Back in the days of Milligan’s Goons,
    when butter was butter and songs all had tunes.
    It was dumplings for dinner and trifle for tea,
    and your annual break was a day by the sea.

    Back in the days of Dixon’s Dock Green,
    Crackerjack pens and Lyons ice cream.
    When children could freely wear National Health glasses,
    and teachers all stood at the FRONT of their classes

    Back in the days of rocking and reeling,
    when mobiles were things that you hung from the ceiling.
    When woodwork and pottery got taught in schools,
    and everyone dreamed of a win on the pools.

    Back in the days when I was a lad,
    I can’t help but smile for the fun that I had.
    Hopscotch and roller skates; snowballs to lob.
    Back in the days of tanners and bobs.

    D.Wood 2012©

    Have a wonderful Friday all, take care.

    Alfie xxx
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 17th May 19, 5:37 PM
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    Thanks Alfie, especially for the links which I'll copy. Didn't know about the midge flies ...
    Weekly Distance Walked 27km / Total For Year 1271 km

    Quod scripsi, scripsi
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 20th May 19, 5:09 AM
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    Good morning all!

    Tired and exhausted from Not Sleeping here.
    I suppose Not Sleeping is the neighbouring village to Great Snoring!

    See you all later.
    Have a safe day.
    Weekly Distance Walked 27km / Total For Year 1271 km

    Quod scripsi, scripsi
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 20th May 19, 10:32 AM
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    Good morning lovely people
    I hope you're all in fine fettle on this glorious Monday!

    Hellooeee Sleazy

    Good morning all!

    Tired and exhausted from Not Sleeping here.
    I suppose Not Sleeping is the neighbouring village to Great Snoring!

    See you all later.
    Have a safe day.
    Originally posted by Sleazy

    Not only is there a village called Great Snoring .....

    Great Snoring (archaic English: Snoring Magna) is a rural village in
    North Norfolk by the River Stiffkey, in the east of England. It is
    situated approximately 25 miles (40 km) north-west from the city
    and county town of Norwich, and 2 miles (3 km) north from the
    larger village of Little Snoring.

    we also have ...

    Really love the quirky names!

    World Bee Day | 20 May

    The importance of celebrating World Bee Day

    Observing World Bee Day on 20 May each year will draw attention
    to the essential role bees and other pollinators play in keeping
    people and the planet healthy. It provides an opportunity for
    governments, organizations, civil society and concerned citizens
    everywhere to promote actions that will protect and enhance
    pollinators and their habitats, improve their abundance and
    diversity, and support the sustainable development of beekeeping.

    The date for this observance was chosen as it was the day Anton
    Janša, a pioneer of modern apiculture, was born. Janša came from
    a family of beekeepers in Slovenia, where beekeeping is an
    important agricultural activity with a long-standing tradition.

    The proposal set forth by the Republic of Slovenia, with the
    support of Apimondia, the International Federation of Beekeepers’
    Associations and FAO, to celebrate World Bee Day on 20 May each
    year met with approval by the United Nations General Assembly in

    World Bee Day intends to shine a light on the habitat of pollinators
    to improve the conditions for their survival so that bees and other
    pollinators may thrive..... [Cont'd] >>

    If you’ve been residing under a rock or in ‘Game of Thrones’ exile
    for the past month, you might have missed that fact that London
    has been the focal point for the fight against climate change
    thanks to the Extinction Rebellion protesters. And those green,
    environment-loving vibes are set to continue into the summer.
    Brent Council is getting ready to plant seven miles of wildflowers
    to help London’s dwindling bee population.

    A recent study has shown that more than 97 percent of the UK’s
    wildflower meadows have disappeared since World War II. To
    counter the effects of this floral decline, Brent Council in north
    London is sowing 22 wildflower meadows in the borough’s parks
    and open spaces.

    The council is ploughing plots that have been picked as meadow
    areas and, once the ground is ready, seeds including ragged robin,
    cowslip and common poppy are to be sown to encourage more
    visits from pollinating insects (and brighten up the place nicely,
    too.) [Cont'd] >>

    Grow a wildflower meadow, and create a lively feeding and nesting
    ground for insects, birds and small animals.

    The majestic flowers and grasses, bursting with colour, will be an
    attractive feature in your garden.

    Our countryside was once full of meadows bursting with a
    gorgeous variety of flowering plants, supporting butterflies,
    insects, farmland birds and other wildlife.

    But since the 1930s, we have lost over 99% of what are called
    'unimproved grasslands', and those that are left are fragmented.
    However, you can create something of the same feel in your own

    Preparing the ground and removing the weeds may take several
    weeks, and you can do this at any time of year. But autumn is the
    best month for sowing your seeds..... [Cont'd] >>

    British Sandwich Week is a week-long celebration of the greatest
    food to go and quite possibly the most iconic British culinary
    invention, the Sandwich.

    The humble sandwich is celebrated in all it’s glory during British
    Sandwich Week and year on year the buzz around the week seems
    to grow with more and more companies using the week to
    promote their business.#BritishSandwichWeek trends across
    twitter during the week and newspapers, magazines, TV shows
    and radio programmes join in celebrating what is a staple British

    Sandwich manufacturers and retailers across the UK all have their
    own way of celebrating this fantastic food, many offering special
    promotions and new ranges during British Sandwich Week.
    Several will also be building on their charitable links by donating
    some of their proceeds or even having buy-one-donate-one
    initiatives for customers to take part in.

    On the theme of celebrating, the sandwich industry also holds it’s
    annual Awards, the Sammies, where the Best New Sandwich,
    Sandwich Retailer of the Year and many more are crowned.
    Like the Oscars, we recognise that there’s so much that goes on
    behind the scenes and have Technical awards, Marketing and so

    • Visit the Sammies Awards Website

    We hope to engage with members again for British Sandwich Week
    2019 and continue to promote the sandwich. The dates for British
    Sandwich Week 2019 are 19th-26th May so don’t miss out on the
    action. #BritishSandwichWeek #Sammies19 #sandwiches

    All it takes is a conversation to see we’re still us

    A child sees the person for who they are. This Dementia Action
    Week, watch what happens when kids interview people with

    Get involved, share the film today.

    You’ll help challenge misconceptions and show that people with
    dementia are still themselves, all you need to do is ask.

    Alzheimer’s Society’s research shows that many people are worried
    about ‘saying the wrong thing’ to people living with dementia. And
    despite almost all of us knowing someone affected, two-thirds of
    people living with dementia report feeling isolated and lonely.

    That’s why this Dementia Action Week, we’re encouraging
    everyone to take action by starting a conversation with someone
    living with dementia they know; whether it’s calling a relative with
    dementia or visiting a neighbour, it’s time to start talking.

    We understand that it can be difficult to know what to say. But
    we’ve teamed up with people affected by dementia to give you the
    best tips for getting a conversation started:

    ‘Talk to me, smile, be a little patient and give me time to reply.’

    'A simple ‘hello’, ask about the weather, anything that you feel
    comfortable with.’

    'Just be yourself and yes, we will make mistakes but it’s ok to
    laugh along with us.’

    'I love it when people ask me questions. It gives me an
    opportunity to show that people with dementia exist, that we can
    still contribute to things going on around us and that life goes on.
    It makes me feel good. It makes me feel like me again'

    'Just don’t ask if I remember.’

    'Don’t be afraid. All it takes is a conversation to see we’re still us.’

    If you’re still unsure on how to get the conversation started, we’re
    here to help you. Read our Ask Us Anything booklet for more tips
    and advice. You don’t have to be nervous saying the wrong thing
    either. We’ve got tips on what not to say to someone with
    dementia on our blog.

    Even in the later stages of dementia when having a conversation
    might become difficult, keeping in touch means a lot. Seeing
    friends and loved ones brings feelings of happiness and comfort,
    and the ‘emotional memory’ remains with people living with
    dementia long after the memory of the visit may have gone.

    Noise Action Week 20-25 May, 2019

    Noise Action Week is coordintated every year by Environmental
    Protection UK. The week is an opportunity to raise awareness of
    the cost of noise to the health and well being of communities and

    Noise Action Week provides a focus for raising the profile of
    unhealthy noise.

    Why is it important to raise awareness of noise reduction?

    Noise can disturb us at home, study, work and leisure

    We all have the capacity to make noise that disturbs others

    Investigating noise complaints costs councils £130 – £7k per

    Noise harms our health – the Chief Medical Officer likened it to
    junk food – while we might enjoy some loud sound – repeated
    exposure will harm our health.

    Noise disrupts our natural environment – disturbing wildlife

    Who can help with noise?

    We all can – by being more considerate when carrying out noisy

    Local councils – are required to investigate noise problems by law

    Housing providers

    Mediation services

    To keep in touch with our work on noise sign up to our mailing list
    by contacting:

    Research shows that loud sound can have a significant impact on
    human health, as well as doing devastating damage to ecosystems.
    It is crucial that more members of the public be aware of the modern
    sound-related health threats that extend far beyond music.⁣

    #QuietMark #QuietRevolution #noisenews #hearingdamage
    #deafness #publicawareness #loud #loudsounds #publichealth
    #personalhealth #noisepollution #ecosystem #noisereduction
    #turnitdown #nonprofit #nonprofits #NoiseAbatementSociety


    At Living Streets, we've created the greatest national Walk to
    School celebration where pupils and grown-ups around the UK
    unite for one week of walking to school.

    Each year we develop a new five-day walking challenge aimed at
    primary schools - the perfect activity to take part in during Walk to
    School Week.

    This year, to celebrate our 90th anniversary, the challenge will get
    to the heart of walking and how it can benefit the whole
    community as well as improve individual wellbeing.

    JOIN US 20-24 MAY 2019



    This year is Living Streets' 90th anniversary, and with this special
    occasion, we've picked a theme that is very close to our heart and
    cause. We will take pupils on a special walking journey re-tracing
    the steps of our greatest achievements over the course of the last
    90 years.

    British Tomato Fortnight

    It’s British Tomato Fortnight from 20th May – 2 June 2019 a time
    to celebrate all that is glorious about our wonderful British
    tomatoes, fresh, tasty and healthy containing vitamins, minerals,
    flavonoids, and natural pigments, making a delicious natural snack
    which not only tastes great, but is also good for you!

    British tomato crops are grown in glasshouses, protected from the
    cold and able to soak up the sunshine and as British growers
    supply the ‘local market’ that means the tomatoes stay on the
    plant for longer, develop the best flavour and are as fresh as they
    can be. British tomato growers use natural means of pest and
    disease control as well as employing some two million bumblebees
    a year to pollinate their tomato crops.

    Starting back in 2004 (when it was then British Tomato Week) the
    BTGA has been involved in a multitude of events from space
    hopper races outside the Palace of Westminster, as well as serving
    fresh British tomatoes to the MPs inside the House of Commons;
    Cordon Bleu cookery schools; sponsored runs dressed as a
    tomato; in-store tastings and competitions; nursery visits;
    numerous radio interviews and always producing exciting new
    recipes which are available on our website. This year we have
    gone a step further and created four stop motion recipe videos
    illustrating some quick and easy tomato meals (scroll down to see
    them all).

    So why buy British?

    Buying British isn’t just about supporting local growers it also
    means you are buying the freshest and tastiest tomatoes available
    and it’s good to know that when you buy something from your
    supermarket or greengrocer you are getting exactly what you
    want. We don’t want you to buy them just because they are British
    but because, like us, you think they are the best.

    Top tip: never put your tomatoes in the fridge

    Swim a Memory Mile

    Event Type: Swimming in memory of a loved one

    Date: All year round

    Location: Your favourite swimming spot

    Unite against dementia by swimming a memory mile!

    Sign up to swim a mile, you can swim it all in one go or over
    weeks or months. Pick your favourite place to swim, your local
    pool, the sea, a lake, a river, the bath (well, maybe not in the

    It’ll be tough but whether you do the doggy paddle or the
    butterfly, we know you are up to the challenge.

    However and wherever you choose to swim every penny you raise
    will help us support more people affected by dementia and get us
    closer to a cure.

    Plus if you raise over £100 you’ll get a stylish swimming hat!

    Simply sign up to get your free fundraising pack to get
    started.... [Cont'd] >>

    Gloworm Festival Needs You?

    How do you fancy being in the Gloworm Crew? We're looking for
    more people to join our brilliant bunch of volunteers!

    Volunteers will gain free access to the festival for themselves and
    their family. You'll be able to camp, get fed and watered while you
    work and have lots and lots of fun! All YOU need to do it work one
    of the two days over the weekend!

    Our volunteers come back year after year, and it's fast becoming
    one great big happy family!

    If you think you have what it takes to be a true Glowormer, then
    please email

    All applicants will be contacted week commencing June 3rd.

    Mind Hike: Dawn to Dusk

    Join us for this fantastic 12 hour trekking challenge in the Scottish
    Highlands. This hike will test every ounce of you, both physically
    and mentally, while engaging in an event that requires genuine
    teamwork to achieve your goal.

    When: 11 October 2019
    Until: 12 October 2019
    Registration deadline: 02 August 2019

    About the event

    Starting at the crack of dawn, you and your teammates will hike
    for 12 hours through the spectacular Scottish Highlands. With a
    varied terrain involving long distances and plenty of ups and
    downs, you'll need to set yourself a goal to get fit and build up
    stamina and you'll be rewarded with incredible views from sunrise
    to sunset, not to mention your well-deserved celebration dinner!

    This is an extreme challenge that will require preparation and
    dedication and we guarantee you will create memories that will
    stay with you for a lifetime.

    How we'll support you

    Whether you are a seasoned hiker or a first-timer, Mind will be
    with you every step of the way. We will do all that we can to
    ensure that your Mind Hike experience is one you will never
    forget.... [Cont'd] >>

    Cont'd ...
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    • By AlfieBlue 20th May 19, 10:38 AM
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    We're looking for volunteers to join us at the awesome rock
    festival, Download!

    Taking place in Derbyshire's Donington Park, you could see the
    likes of Tool, Slipknot, Slayer and more whilst helping us reduce
    plastic pollution at our Deposit Return Scheme points.

    If you're available to volunteer from 13th - 16th June we'd love to
    hear from you! Fill in this form and email
    any q's to

    London Bridges Challenge 2019

    Sun 29 September 2019

    Join us and 5,000 fellow London Bridgers on 29 September as,
    united, we walk to change our future across 10 miles and 12 iconic

    Bring family and friends together for a special day

    See the best sights in our capital

    Support someone you love affected by diabetes

    Stand beside thousands of others living with the condition

    Make walking a lifestyle and challenge yourself to complete 10

    Registration info

    Registration fee: £5

    Children under 18 walk for free

    You must be 18 or over to register, children are very welcome to
    join in with a parent or guardian but can't formally register

    There's no minimum sponsorship, but if we all aim for £120 we can
    make a huge difference

    Event details:

    Sunday 29 September 2019

    A 10 mile walk starting in Battersea Park and finishing in Potters
    Fields Park

    What will you get?

    A welcome pack and support from our London Bridges Challenge

    2019 London Bridges Challenge T-shirt

    On the day guide

    Refreshments and snacks on the day

    A medal

    The official title of 'Diabetes UK London Bridger'

    The London Bridges Challenge starts in the picturesque Battersea
    Park and finishes in Potters Fields Park, overlooking the famous
    Tower Bridge.

    You'll walk 10 miles, cross 12 of London's finest bridges and join
    the fight for a world where diabetes can do no harm.... [Cont'd] >>

    For someone with blood cancer, one phone call can change their
    life. One phone call about one matching stranger can give them a
    future - the stem cell transplant that can cure their blood cancer.

    Anthony Nolan is the charity that finds matching donors for people
    with blood cancer – and gives them a second chance of life.

    We’re saving lives right now. Three lives a day, in fact. But we
    can’t do it without your support.

    Without you, there is no cure.


    What termites can teach architects

    By Carolyn Fry

    Termite mounds are proving to be an innovative source of
    inspiration to architects - could we benefit from using biomimicry
    to solve complex human challenges?

    If there’s one thing Mother Nature’s good at, it’s being efficient.

    Take a termite mound, for example.

    These conical mud towers that punctuate the parched red
    landscapes of the tropics are built by termites harvesting mud
    from below the ground, mixing it with saliva and extruding it. Each
    mound is the result of hundreds of insects making individual
    decisions on when and where to place these gobbets of ‘cement’,
    guided by climatic, environmental and social conditions. The
    constant war fought between competing termites for precious mud
    resources and desirable locations, and the repeated recycling of
    materials by weathering, results in an efficient and sustainable
    building. This finished termite ‘tower block’ is far larger a
    construction than an individual insect could build, and can house a
    vast colony of termites.

    If we are to truly take a leaf out of Mother Nature's book, we must
    mimic nature's processes.... [Cont'd] >>

    18th May, 1964...two tribes went to war in Brighton. Thousands of
    Mods (riding Vespa scooters and sporting neat suits and parkas)
    and Rockers (long-haired bikers clad in leathers) converged on this
    seaside town and a pitched battle broke out. Weapons of choice
    were flick-knives for the Mods and bicycle chains for the Rockers,
    as well as deckchairs, bottles and stones. Police arrested hundreds
    of teenagers, many of whom were fined and some even received
    short prison sentences.

    Over the same weekend, similar fights also broke out in several
    other seaside towns in the south of England. This tribal rioting was
    recreated in the 1979 film 'Quadrophenia'.

    The Great British Seaside Holiday

    by Ellen Castelow

    The great British seaside holiday came into its heyday in the post
    war years, the 1950s and 1960s. Now affordable to many through
    paid annual leave (thanks to the Holiday Pay Act 1938), the
    destinations of choice depended largely on where you lived. For
    example in the north, those from the mill towns, Manchester,
    Liverpool or Glasgow would most likely go to Blackpool or
    Morecambe: those from Leeds would head for Scarborough or
    Filey. Londoners might choose Brighton or Margate.

    If you were heading some distance for your holiday, for example
    driving to the popular resorts of Torbay or the West Country, it
    would take a full day to travel there as there were no motorways
    in the early post war years. The first stretch of motorway in the UK
    to be opened was the Preston Bypass in 1958: not much use if you
    were heading to Cornwall or Devon! [Cont'd] >>

    and last but not least ....

    Today in 1609...Shakespeare's Sonnets are first published
    in London.

    “Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
    Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
    Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
    And summer's lease hath all too short a date:..."

    Have a great day all, take care.

    Alfie xxx
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    Good morning lovely people
    I hope you're all in fine fettle on this glorious Monday!

    Hellooeee Sleazy

    Originally posted by AlfieBlue
    Good Morning Alfie...hope you are well

    Not sure about the Good......with it being Monday and all that

    The Sun is shining though
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 20th May 19, 5:20 PM
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    Good Morning Alfie...hope you are well

    Not sure about the Good......with it being Monday and all that

    The Sun is shining though
    Originally posted by colinw

    Hi Colin,

    I'm very well, thank you. I hope you're ok too, despite it
    being a Monday.

    But yay! I do believe we have a Spring bank holiday due

    Are you #seizuresavvy?

    Epilepsy can happen to anyone. Would you know what to do if you
    saw someone having a seizure? For National Epilepsy Week (20-26
    May 2019) we are launching a new campaign aimed at giving
    people the basic tools of seizure first aid that could help save a

    The campaign is focusing on tonic clonic seizures as these are the
    type of seizure that are most easily recognised. The charity’s new
    campaign gives people three simple but key instructions to
    remember in an emergency: “Calm, Cushion, Call.” [Cont'd] >>

    Alfie xxx
    • Bowtieday
    • By Bowtieday 16th Aug 19, 7:22 AM
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    Obstacle a tie and wear it! It is that basic, in spite of the fact that tying a necktie isn't! Numerous bits of attire can be combined with the thrived bow, and presumably the most prominent look is the catch into shirt. Of course, it might look somewhat dated, however the works of art never beyond words… neckties have been worn by individuals hoping to establish better connections since the seventeenth century.
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