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Extinction events in Ashby st Ledgers

Extinction events in Ashby st Ledgers

Ashby st Ledgers, seat of the ‘gunpowder plot’ of 1605.

I cycled through there yesterday on the way to Daventry.

Ashby st Ledgers Manor
Ashby st Ledgers Manor

This is the manor house where the plot took shape.

It was gifted by William the Conqueror around the dates of the Norman conquest to one of his subjects, Hugh de Grandmesnil.

It’s a manor house in a classical style.

The gunpowder plot was planned in the building you see straight ahead, the gatehouse, set back in privacy from the main house.

When the plot was uncovered, as the seat of a criminal event, it passed to the ownership of the crown and since has had various owners, including the pension fund of British Airways! 

Asheby st Ledgers
Asheby st Ledgers

Crop sprayer

The rest of the village is picture postcard style, apart from this crop sprayer I noticed after inhaling noxious chemicals being blown through the hedge.

Co-Op farmer sprays his grass field
Co-Op farmer sprays his grass field

No wonder we have no wildlife in this country.

Mass extinction event

As you can see this guy is coating a grass field with chemicals, sanctioned by the UK’s largest landowner, Co-Op farms who own the fields and the land around Ashby st Ledgers.

The death and destruction of the UK bird and animal population, (insects in particular), is a crisis.

It’s a crisis that’s not being dealt with, or acknowledged.

I shared a facebook post on this the other day.

The broken capitalist system is sending the planet into an irreversible death spiral in the need for our constant insistence on ‘growth’.

The death is spreading.

In times to come…

Maybe a shared vision of the future like that that inspired the gunpowder plotters to do what they did isn’t there anymore. The unstoppable machine of capitalism will gobble all the resources and turn the planet to desert.

We’re cathartically drifting toward that future.

I suppose with the benevolent dictator model, there was always a chance we we’re going to aspire to a greater goal than the acquisition of more money and wordly goods.

I think that time has passed.

Get into Stonehenge free

Get into Stonehenge free

That’s it.

That’s the title. Get into Stonehenge free.

In case you didn’t know. Stonehenge is one of the oldest monolithical worship sites in the world.

No-one really knows where the stones came from, (much like Egypt). No-one really knows how the stones were erected.

All we know, is that people came here, to this hill and took on a semblance, a vision.
Through their shared vision, they drew up a plan…. to draw together some stones.
Stones unavailable in the area. Shipped stones.
Stones that had to be erected.
All drawn in a vision….

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Burton Brewery Museum

Burton Brewery Museum

Went here the other day.

Where I’m currently moored has a history of brewing, particularly of ales. When I went into town, I was constantly reminded of this, so decided to do some investigation; in the first instance by visiting the local brewery museum.

It used to be owned by Bass, which incidentally registered the first trademark, and incidentally again was used as part of one of the website logos that I designed.

Isn’t that a coincidence…

National brewery museum

Now the museum is called the National Brewery Museum and cost £10 to enter.

We parked the boat at Shobnall marina, and were going to walk in. It’s not a pleasant walk, it’s mostly main road

Instead, took a taxi the driver giving us a history of Burton since 1960 en-route.

The museum itself is full of machinery, vats and paraphernalia associated with a malt based brewing process.

Kids find these large pieces of machinery very interesting.

Scammell Trivan - Three wheel brewing truck
Three wheel brewing truck
Barrel shaped brewing van
Barrel shaped transport van

They used to drive around in this giant barrel dropping off kegs.

The kids jumped on these, and were fiddling around.

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VOD: Barefoot thieves in Rio

VOD: Barefoot thieves in Rio

First impressions of Brazil, this video shows 20 industrious ‘workers’ on the streets of Rio.

Rio is much more upmarket than Sao Paulo, the first major city I visited when I was in Brazil.
I found Sao Paulo run down.

The only reason people weren’t interested in robbing me was I didn’t have any money.

New fangled

With the advent of the mobile phone, we have this kind of footage.

Said to have been shot over a period of a ‘few hours’.

Trade advice

If I were going to Rio, I’d go to Ipenema rather than downtown, as this is the kind of thing you can expect happening.

Here’s the video.

Street robber in Rio, Brazil
Street Robber in Rio, Brazil
The race is on…

The race is on…

To create the strongest possible Marijuana strains….

Now a legal substance in the US and Portugal; governments, agencies, police and policy makers are taking an increasingly lenient view on ‘the herb‘.bruce banner transforming

Bring on Bruce Banner

When I once went to Amsterdam, I had some ‘White Widow’, at that time considered to be one of the strongest strains of Marijuana.

Things have changed.

The market is legal, but unregulated… in terms of strength… one strain of Marijuana is the same as another.

As anyone who has smoked the stuff knows, this is not the case.

Similar to alcohol, a methods of production determine the strength of the finished product.

This is article on the strength of Marijuana shows how it’s increased.

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