A Trawl Through The Uk National Dailies: Seven
Today I’m going to take you on a mystery tour through France, England, Canada and Mexico. We’ve got a mixed bag of stories from horror to hilarious, fauna and flora and a few other titbits thrown in for good measure!
Let’s start with a couple of scary ones!
Painting Ary Scheffer’s Dante and Virgil Encountering the Shades of Francesca de Rimini and Paolo in the Underworld (1855)
During a fire in Shropshire, on the English/Welsh borders, an amateur photographer took a picture of the 90 year old local town hall burn down but the photograph showed what appeared to be the ghost of a little girl in the flames. Since it was taken back in 1995, it’s been regarded as evidence that ghosts exists but now, some 15 years later, a pensioner thinks he may have solved the mystery!
(Painting Claude Monet’s Boulevard des Capucines, Paris (1873)
And, even more scary, is the link below which shows that twins Igor and Grichka Bogdanoff, TV heart-throbs in France around 30 years ago, have not aged well! The twins are now 60 but, boy, are they freaky!!
Meanwhile, back in England, we go from freaky to mind boggling! A young woman from Lincolnshire died after doctors failed to spot a toilet brush in her buttocks! Maybe it’s due to my traditional old-fashioned upbringing but how? And why?!!
I wonder if the husband sued the health service? Think I’d be too embarrassed if it had happened to my partner!
However, in Canada, a woman is suing her phone company. Her husband discovered she was having an affair when he noticed there were some unusual items on their itemised bill! Needless to say, the poor hapless hubby left the marital residence!!
Back here in England, a survey has been carried out into the biggest annoyances that commuters have on their journeys to and from work. My gripes when I’m travelling are mobile phones ringing and people standing beside me with rucksacks over their shoulders so I have to spend the whole journey ducking and diving to avoid a black eye. But it seems that the major niggle is smelly people!! This link shows exactly what winds people up.
Once you’ve been wound up by your nightmare trip home, perhaps you like to unwind with a spot of gardening. This link gives you some tips on how to grow the perfect crop of tomatoes this year. Hope it comes in handy for those who aspire to be self-sufficient but don’t yet have green fingers!!
Painting Claude Monet’s The Water Lilly Pond (1899)
If you don’t have green fingers then I wouldn’t suggest you attempt growing the plants in the next link. Kew Gardens here in London have saved the smallest waterlily in the world from extinction. The last plant in the wild disappeared from Rwanda in 2008.
Painting Knut Ekwall (1843-1912) Fisherman and the Siren
And from the smallest to the oldest. Britain’s oldest fisherman from Cornwall is celebrating 70 years at sea and it seems he has no plans to give up yet!
But I suspect he won’t still be fishing off the Cornish coast in 2,700 years which brings me neatly to my next link.
Archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a dignitary inside a pyramid in Mexico which may be the oldest burial to have been documented in Mesoamerica.
Painting Bruno Liljefors Foxes (1885)
Completely unrelated to any of the other links but so cute I had to share it with you; an abandoned fox cub is being cared for by a lurcher called Jack. Considering lurchers are known for their hunting abilities it certainly lifts the spirits, warms the heart and makes you go “aaaahhh”!!
Portrait Joshua Horner (c1830)
I wrote an article on Anne Lister some while ago
I’ve now been informed by Tony Sharpe (Museum Assistant) of Shibden Hall that a drama based on Anne’s life is to be shown on BBC 2 on 31 May this year. There’s to be a further documentary but there’s no fixed date for it yet … but watch this space!
PS – I’ve got a couple of Monet paintings in here – apparently, according to my family tree, he’s a VERY far distant relative of mine!!