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    St Columba & Iona

    I couldn't find a thread on this topic, so I'm starting this one: There's a piece on the BBC website: Scientists uncover St Columba's cell on Iona Archaeologists say they have identified the remains of the cell of St Columba on the Scottish island of Iona. They have used radiocarbon dating to...
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    Megaliths & Moonlight

    Ancient stone monuments may have been used for mysterious moonlit ceremonies, say archaeologists Sarah Knapton, Science Editor 7 July 2017 • 10:00pm Ancient stone monuments may have been used for mysterious night-time ceremonies, archaeologists believe, after finding that some rock carvings...
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    Air Displays

    I'm working on the theory that air displays are a form of modern art that can be seen all over Britain every summer. But now things are changing: 7th July Shoreham air disaster forces change of plan for Red Arrows display during Falmouth Week There'll be no more sights such as this over...
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    Body Dismorphia: Young Girls Seek Vaginal Surgery

    Vagina surgery 'sought by girls as young as nine' By Jean Mackenzie Victoria Derbyshire programme Girls as young as nine are seeking surgery on their vagina because they are distressed by its appearance, the Victoria Derbyshire show has been told. Dr Naomi Crouch, a leading adolescent...
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    Once I had a secret love...

    An unusual love story... The Plymouth couple who found forbidden love in a TB sanatorium By CGOSLING | Posted: June 01, 2017 A Plymouth couple who met in a Dartmoor Tuberculosis sanatorium after both contracting the deadly illness, are celebrating 60 years of happy marriage today...
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    Mystery SOS

    SOS mystery in remote Western Australia stumps police Is it a false alarm, or a genuine plea for help? An SOS signal made of rocks in a remote part of Western Australia has prompted fears that someone, or more than one person, could be missing. The distress signal was spotted by a helicopter...
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    The Isdal Woman

    Very long and fascinating article: Isdal Woman: The mystery death haunting Norway for 46 years By Helier Cheung BBC News, Bergen In November 1970, the badly burnt body of a woman was found in a remote spot in Norway's Isdalen valley. Someone had cut the labels off her clothes, and scraped...
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    Unusual Family Business

    The man who has spent his life making pickled onions in Stonehouse By Sarah_Herald | Posted: April 29, 2017 Video: 40s It is not a great time to be pickling onions, but this man's family has been doing just that since 1880 – and he's not giving up any time soon. Peter Ede, of Ede's Pickled...
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    Armed police called to Gweek Boatyard

    The second mention of Gweek in the news today: Armed police called to Gweek Boatyard Armed police attended Gweek Quay Boatyard after being called in by a private company engaged in a civil matter last Thursday The incident related to a man thought to be resident in premises at the Gweek...
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    Giant Rabbit Dies On United Airlines Flight

    United Airlines in fresh PR nightmare after rabbit set to be world’s biggest dies on UK flight Chris Graham 26 April 2017 • 7:20am United Airlines is battling another PR nightmare after a rabbit destined to be the world’s biggest died on a flight from Britain to the US. The airline, which...
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    Ascension Island and St Helena 'cut off'

    Hundreds stranded in mid-Atlantic after 'runway potholes' limit flights to Ascension Island Simon Pipe 17 April 2017 • 7:02am Hundreds of people have been stranded in the mid-Atlantic on Ascension Island after potholes on the runway reportedly caused the partial closure of its US air base...
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    Arson: Growing Menace?

    I get the impression from the news that arson is becoming more common these days. This story describes the total destruction of a historic old building: Huge fire at Grade I listed stately home in Dorset leaves 'just the walls standing' Adam Boult 15 April 2017 • 11:28am A historic mansion in...
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    Tetris Therapy

    How Tetris therapy could help patients By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online Tetris is a relatively basic yet compelling video game. The aim is to line up falling blocks so they fit together in horizontal rows. When a perfect line with no gaps is made, it will vanish, making room...
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    Bert Trautmann

    German PoW and hero goalie stars in tale of reconciliation Film tells how Bert Trautmann, who played in Cup final with broken neck, overcame Nazi past As a piece of fiction, a film about a former Nazi paratrooper who becomes a hero of English football might struggle to convince audiences. But...
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    Police Called On Tree-Cutters 'Making Rooks Homeless'

    Police were called to Veryan by neighbours trying to protect rooks from being made homeless By WBCaroline | Posted: March 16, 2017 Video, 41s. Villagers called police on workers spotted chopping down trees that are home to 500 resident rooks. Neighbours are enraged because the work to fell a...
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    Treasure Trove—In A Piano

    No need to go trudging round muddy fields with a metal-detector - just look in your piano! Piano gold hoard is 'life-changing' sovereign stockpile A hoard of gold discovered hidden inside an old piano has been revealed to be a collection of sovereign coins. The discovery was made in Shropshire...
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    The Origin Of Spectacles (Eyeglasses)

    Eyeglasses were being made over a century earlier: The earliest recorded working telescopes were the refracting telescopes that appeared in the Netherlands in 1608. Their development is credited to three individuals: Hans Lippershey and Zacharias Janssen, who were spectacle makers in...
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    St Piran & Other Celtic Saints... In Granite

    Cornish granite giant to set sail for saints valley in Brittany Carving a giant granite statue of St Piran, transporting it from Mabe to Falmouth by traction engine then having rowers haul it through town before it sets sail for Brittany aboard an old fishing vessel. This may sound bizarre...
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    Explosion at French Nuclear power station

    French nuclear power plant explosion: Blast at EDF's Flamanville station 'does not cause radioactive leak' Authorities say there is 'no nuclear risk' from accident in reactor's turbine hall Lizzie Dearden Thursday 9 February 2017 13:18 GMT Several people are being treated for smoke inhalation...
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    Petition started for retiring officer to keep his police dog

    Petition started for retiring officer to keep his police dog 6 February 2017 More than 15,000 people have signed a petition to allow a police dog to retire with her handler. Sgt David Evans, from Shropshire, is "heartbroken" at the prospect of not being able to keep four-year-old Ivy when he...
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    Bodmin Jail to become Hotel?

    Bodmin Jail is claimed to be one of Britain's most haunted places... A proposal is being made to create a 63 bed hotel at popular Bodmin Jail tourist attraction By C_Becquart | Posted: January 18, 2017 Proposals are being considered to demolish buildings at a major Cornish visitor attraction...
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    Where Was King Arthur's Camelot?

    Researchers claim to identify Camelot's location - say it was nowhere near Tintagel or Cornwall By LBarton | Posted: January 14, 2017 A retired academic has claimed to have solved a 1,400-year-old riddle surrounding the location of Camelot - and it's not in Cornwall but 300 miles away in...
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    Press Freedom under threat

    If there's better place for this story, Mods, please shift it. YOUR newspaper needs your help NOW! A message to readers from Packet editor Paul Armstrong Imagine, for a moment, life without the Packet. Even if you are not a weekly purchaser of the printed newspaper, you – or someone you know or...
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    Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey

    Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey | Episode 1 Telegraph Video 13 December 2016 · 5:56pm Joanna begins her Greek Odyssey at the Parthenon in Athens, created by the ancient Greeks two and a half thousand years ago. From here Joanna travels around the southern region of Greece from Athens to the...
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    The Disappearance Of Margaret Fleming

    This is a strange one: Garden dug up of missing woman last seen in public in 1999 The garden of a woman reported missing in Inverclyde six weeks ago is to be excavated after it emerged she was last seen in public 17 years ago. Police Scotland said that apart from her carers, the last...
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    Kangaroo mothering is good for kids

    'Kangaroo mothering' helps boost a child's health and intelligence, study finds Henry Bodkin 12 December 2016 • 6:00am Kangaroo mothering”, the practice of continuous skin-to-skin contact with a newborn baby, results in healthier, more intelligent and successful offspring, a new study...
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    Caesarean Births & Human Evolution

    Caesarean births 'affecting human evolution' By Helen Briggs BBC News The regular use of Caesarean sections is having an impact on human evolution, say scientists. More mothers now need surgery to deliver a baby due to their narrow pelvis size, according to a study. Researchers estimate cases...
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    Geographically Challenged

    Devon has a brand identity issue with German tourists who think it's part of Cornwall By Oli_Vergnault | Posted: December 03, 2016 We all know how much German tourists love Cornwall. They simply can't get enough of the place and love anything the Duchy has to offer from its rugged coastline...
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    Historic hotel opposite Exeter Cathedral collapses in fire

    Exeter fire: Royal Clarence Hotel collapses as blaze rages Video A hotel has begun to collapse in a massive fire that has raged throughout the night. The front of the Royal Clarence, described as England's oldest hotel, has started to fall away in the blaze in Exeter, Devon. The fire began at...
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    Lightfields

    New ITV drama series on ITV Hub: Supernatural drama series spanning three time periods. A tragic death in 1944 sends ghostly ripples down the years ensuring that truth will eventually surface, whatever the cost. 4 Episodes so far, I've only just started watching it, but it seems promising...
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    Two earthquakes in Cornwall?

    Cornwall hit by 2.3 magnitude earthquake at Liskeard By cg_graham | Posted: October 27, 2016 Cornwall has been struck by a 2.3 magnitude earthquake, with the centre of the quake at Liskeard. There are no reports of any damage this morning. Kirstin Lemon, of the British Geological Survey...
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    Catholics & Cremation

    Vatican bans Catholics from keeping ashes of loved ones at home Cremation guidelines state remains cannot be scattered or kept at home but rather stored in a sacred, church-approved place Harriet Sherwood Religion correspondent Tuesday 25 October 2016 14.41 BST Catholics are forbidden from...
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    Pedals The Walking Bear killed

    Killing of Pedals 'the walking bear' sparks hunting debate He may have been the internet's most cherished bear. But news of the apparent slaying of Pedals - who became famous for walking upright on his hind legs through the suburbs of New Jersey - has outraged many animal lovers. The "official...
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    New 'Turing Law' proposed

    Gay men convicted of now-abolished sex offences to be pardoned Thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of now-abolished sexual offences are to receive posthumous pardons, the government has announced. It will mean formal pardons for those convicted over consensual same-sex relationships...
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    Wycliffe Cornwall detective TV drama

    I've started reviewing ITV's Hub of these programmes: eg, http://www.itv.com/hub/wycliffe/WFEa95a002 I watched most of them when they first broadcast live in the 90s, but I wasn't very impressed. But now I remember I was watching on a small B&W mobile TV at the time. The pictures on ITV hub...
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    Where do babies come from?

    Hollie McNish: The things new mothers aren't always told Hollie McNish is a poet who writes about motherhood - from morning sickness and breastfeeding in public to the impossibility of ever finishing a hot cup of tea. Here she argues that taboos still prevent people talking openly about...
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    Council offers tax breaks to Christians.

    This is the first I've heard about this. I may have to dig out my baptismal certificate again! Cornwall Council to offer tax breaks based on religious beliefs By cg_graham | Posted: August 20, 2016 Cornwall Council is granting tax-breaks to people because of their religious beliefs – and...
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    Swallows and Amazons: new film

    Some topics are difficult to pigeonhole, and this is one: From MI6 to tea with Trotsky: the secret life of Swallows and Amazons author Arthur Ransome Lewis Jones 7 August 2016 • 8:00am "Any book worth reading by children,” wrote Arthur Ransome in his autobiography, “is also worth reading by...
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    Bridge collapse causes rail chaos

    A road bridge over the railway partly fell onto the track. Barrow upon Soar bridge collapse causes rail chaos The sudden collapse of a bridge has caused major disruption to trains between the East Midlands and London. The collapse, at Barrow Upon Soar, near Loughborough, happened in the early...
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    Giant Miner stalks the land

    ...well, Devon and Cornwall, anyway! Giant miner puppet walks through Cornwall A giant puppet of a Cornish miner has taken its first steps on a 130-mile journey. The 10-metre (32.8ft) Man Engine will travel across the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site to mark the 10th year of its Unesco...
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    A new map of the human brain

    Updated map of the human brain hailed as a scientific tour de force Researchers reveal that human brain has at least 180 different regions, confirming the existence of 83 known regions and adding 97 new ones Ian Sample Science editor Wednesday 20 July 2016 18.00 BST When the German neurologist...
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    Liverpool Heritage status threatened

    Liverpool waterfront heritage status at risk as mayor rejects UN plea Unesco urges two-year moratorium on new development at world heritage site but Joe Anderson says it would stifle development Nazia Parveen North of England correspondent Sunday 17 July 2016 13.52 BST The world heritage site...
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    New Robot Wars coming...

    Trailer here, to get your glands secreting! http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p040cvp9/robot-wars-meet-the-house-robots Robot Wars - Meet the House Robots Back in the days when the internet was a little baby, and we had to make our own entertainment… we all watched a programme called...
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    Legal Name Fraud

    Why are these Legal Name Fraud billboards appearing in Cornwall? By CGBen | Posted: June 07, 2016 These bizarre advertising boards are appearing all over the country - including here in Cornwall - and no one knows why. You may have even seen one yourself. There's one in Truro next to the...
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    Running the South West Coast Path (SWCP)

    Now my attitude to exercise is, if you're healthy, you don't need it. If you're not healthy it can be dangerous! :twisted: Nevertheless some people do put themselves through the torments of exercise. Here's an account of one such long distance run, which happens to pass through one of my...
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    Jonathan Meades on Italy and Fascism

    The man is back! (A little more aged, but then aren't we all...) Ben Building: Mussolini, Monuments and Modernism Having previously investigated the architecture of Hitler and Stalin's regimes, Jonathan Meades turns his attention to another notorious 20th-century European dictator, Mussolini...
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    Losing Friends (The Science)

    The age at which you start losing friends Studies show that the number of friends we have declines consistently as we get older Elsa Vulliamy Scientists have revealed the age at which men and women start to lose their friends: and it’s a lot earlier than most people would have thought. The...
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    They Died Too Young

    A new thread, for stories like this: Goodbye Mrs Nosworthy, tributes after shock death of 'inspirational' 36-year-old teacher By RDoddHerald | Posted: May 19, 2016 A teacher from Riverside Primary School in Plymouth has died after suffering a stroke. Kirsten Nosworthy, 36, was admitted to...
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    Demolitions by Explosive

    I couldn't find a general purpose demolitions thread, although videos of tower blocks collapsing (or sometimes not!) appear regularly on the internet. Just to be different, there's no video of this one, as it hasn't happened yet, and it's a bridge, not a building: Concrete cancer bridge over the...
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    Bad Drivers

    We have other threads on bad driving, but they're usually just one-off stories. Cars 'forced to undertake woman spotted doing her makeup on major Plymouth road' By Herald_alexs | Posted: May 11, 2016 Reckless drivers have been told to pay attention to the road after a woman was spotted doing...
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