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Hever Castle, Part Deux:

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And not a chip in sight

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wildflowers? Oh, all right then:

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He makes flutes. Somebody 'ave a word...

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Bye-bye Hever, we'll be back soon.


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“LONDON, March 29 [1970] — Gene Tunney's 30‐year‐old daughter, Joan, was charged in Amersham today with the murder of her husband, Lynn Carter Wilkin son.
She is in custody and will appear before the Magistrate's Court in nearby Chesham on Tuesday.

The Amersham police said that Mr. Wilkinson's body, showing head injuries, had been found about 9 A.M. at his home at Chenies, a village near Amer sham, which is 24 miles north of London.

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Thank you so much for that Mr Otter, I thought you might know something about obscure nefarious deeds. So it wasn't Gene Tunney who was murdered but his son-in-law. And it wasn't in 1969, but during my second trip to Germany (Grandparents Golden Wedding anniversary, only 4 of us in a Vauxhall Viva) in 1970. Well it was 50 years ago and I didn't read German newspapers then (or now).
 

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This made me smile in the Camden New Journal: June Barber (86) "got a cryptic note about volunteering for help with 'painting a wall' for the London Mural Festival". The painting in Kilburn was larger than she thought , "since I have had radiotherapy five years ago, I can see I have accumulated hundreds of wrinkles". She added, "I've lost my fridge, my oven, my hoover - the one that worked anyway. I've lost lots of things, but I haven't lost my marbles." Quite.

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Surely to make such a comparison one would have to know what an unmade freshly pissed hospital bed tastes like?
 

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Surely to make such a comparison one would have to know what an unmade freshly pissed hospital bed tastes like?
One presumes this was known, though how the certainty was arrived at is not a process to dwell on.

An angler friend told me that river fish do indeed taste revolting. 'Muddy' is one way of describing the experience.
There are ways of dealing with this, which seem a bit too much trouble to me.
 

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One presumes this was known, though how the certainty was arrived at is not a process to dwell on.

An angler friend told me that river fish do indeed taste revolting. 'Muddy' is one way of describing the experience.
There are ways of dealing with this, which seem a bit too much trouble to me.
Quite a lot of what the fish ingest IS mud, so I'm not that surprised.
 

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A few things...
walking the dogs earlier today a Muntjac walked onto the path about 10 metres in front of us. Nothing strange in that, other than it seemed completely oblivious to us, and had not a care in the world. I wonder if they are becoming urbanised like the foxes?

Over the nature reserve I suddenly became aware of a dark vertical line in my vision. At first I thought it was either my eyes playing up or something on my spectacles, it turned out to be a tall column of flying insects. As we walked under it, it dispersed but after a few feet I looked back and they had reformed.

A few minute later, walking along the line of the disused railway in dim evening light, we came within a few metres of a rabbit. We never saw it until it turned and hopped off and we saw the white underside of its tail. Our dogs immediately noticed it making wife and I wonder why evolution has given the rabbit a coat that blends in with its surroundings but a tail that completely gives its position away?
 

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Our dogs immediately noticed it making wife and I wonder why evolution has given the rabbit a coat that blends in with its surroundings but a tail that completely gives its position away?
For mating purposes, perhaps?
 

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A few things...
walking the dogs earlier today a Muntjac walked onto the path about 10 metres in front of us. Nothing strange in that, other than it seemed completely oblivious to us, and had not a care in the world. I wonder if they are becoming urbanised like the foxes? ...

Recently published research indicates exposure to human presence fosters reduced fear of predators in a variety of animals ...

Wild Animals Lose Fear of Predators Quickly After They Start Encountering Humans
https://scitechdaily.com/wild-anima...quickly-after-they-start-encountering-humans/
 

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...a rabbit. We never saw it until it turned and hopped off and we saw the white underside of its tail. Our dogs immediately noticed it making wife and I wonder why evolution has given the rabbit a coat that blends in with its surroundings but a tail that completely gives its position away?

lt’s an alarm signal to other rabbits: “I’m running for a good reason; you’d better run too!

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I've been out and about in Pyeongchang, where I used to go quite regularly to snowboard.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyeongchang_County

We had some drizzle on the first day, but the second was wonderfully autumnal (as the colours below attest) and I slept like a baby in a huge yet curiously under-occupied hotel in one of the valleys.

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I've been out and about in Pyeongchang, where I used to go quite regularly to snowboard.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyeongchang_County

We had some drizzle on the first day, but the second was wonderfully autumnal (as the colours below attest) and I slept like a baby in a huge yet curiously under-occupied hotel in one of the valleys.

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Is that a ginseng root in the last image?
 

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That would be my guess, but I don't know for sure.

Yith:

Can you read the label affixed to the jar? Is it perhaps the name of the contents?
 

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Yith:

Can you read the label affixed to the jar? Is it perhaps the name of the contents?

I can read it, but until I Googled for it I had no idea what it was!

Apparently this:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codonopsis_lanceolata

The roots of deodeok (더덕), are used in Korean cuisine. They are eaten both fresh and cooked. Grilled marinated deodeok, called deodeok-gui, is often served as a vegetarian main dish. Deodeok can be pan-fried as jeon, pickled as kimchi, or used in fusion dishes such as salads.

I think I've eaten this, but I didn't recogise it in one lump. My wife says it's 'a cousin of ginseng', which probably means a culinary not a botanical similarity.
 

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Bit risky innit? You go out to flaunt your attire in the hope of a bunk up and get eaten!
It's the dating scene too, these days.. :D
It appears many think that the tail is a visual distraction for predators when they are chasing the rabbits.
 

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One of the few stories to top the headlines above North Korea and Coronavirus lately was this from yesterday. No deaths yet confirmed, but it doesn't bare thinking about--being in here must have been the stuff of nightmares.

Fire at apartment building
This provided photo shows an apartment building in the southeastern city of Ulsan on Oct. 9, 2020, that is engulfed in a fire. At least 88 residents were transported to hospital after the fire occurred around 11:07 p.m. the previous day.

Source:
https://en.yna.co.kr/view/PYH20201009009200315?section=image/general

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Over to @Swifty's home turf for a weekend at Old Hunstanton, Norfolk. The weather could have been a lot better, but we had an excellent time.

Here are a couple of extremely random pics:

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The area is famous for its striped cliffs, though amateur geologists would do well to keep a safe distance from them...

The ignominious end of the Steam Trawler Sheraton, which was launched in 1907 and served in both World Wars, then reduced to being a bomb target for the RAF. In 1947 a storm blew it ashore at Old Hunstanton:

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Off to Norfolk Lavender and its gardens and animal park:

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Warm goat breath on an icy morning

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Irony, or is it just me?

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We've paid a fortune to be here, so you WILL enjoy yourself!

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Best selection of rubber dog turds in the UK:
unmissable

- And, taking my life in my hands for the FTMB readership:

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Gimme six!

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One of the few stories to top the headlines above North Korea and Coronavirus lately was this from yesterday. No deaths yet confirmed, but it doesn't bare thinking about--being in here must have been the stuff of nightmares.

Fire at apartment building
This provided photo shows an apartment building in the southeastern city of Ulsan on Oct. 9, 2020, that is engulfed in a fire. At least 88 residents were transported to hospital after the fire occurred around 11:07 p.m. the previous day.

Source:
https://en.yna.co.kr/view/PYH20201009009200315?section=image/general

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Looks like a Grenfell job.
 
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