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New Trumps Game Launched, Prehistoric Sites in Cumbria

January 31, 2014
Set in Cumbria's dramatic  mountain scenery, The Carles of Castlerigg stone circle, near Keswick is one of the magnificent sites that impresses visitors and local residents alike.

Set in Cumbria’s dramatic mountain scenery, The Carles of Castlerigg stone circle, near Keswick is one of the magnificent sites that impresses visitors and local residents alike. C.Paxton photo

Cumbria has over 200 prehistoric sites and yet more remain to be discovered. There are rings of standing stones, there are stones carved with rings and cup marks, there are stones set in avenues and there are single megalithic thunderstones, mounds and Henges of several types.

Mayburgh Henge at Eamont Bridge, Penrith under the Great Bear constellation

Mayburgh Henge at Eamont Bridge, Penrith under the Great Bear constellation

In the course of researching my article for All Nippon Airways (ANA)   Wingspan in-flight magazine to appear in the February 2014 issue, my wife Kimberly and I were smitten by these fascinating monuments. “Stone Crazy” she described our condition, and I think she was right.

The more we looked into the matter, the more sites we visited and the more we visited, the greater our interest became, and the more we noticed. From Birkrigg on the Furness peninsular to Durdar near Carlisle, our investigations took us from coastal monuments to the high plateau of Moor Divock 1000 ft above sea level, then east to the Pennines , then  north into Lakeland and revealed the great diversity of  the sites – all are distinctive and different. Some intriguing similarities emerged, for example in the layout of Hardendale Cairn circle and Castlerigg’s rectangular inner enclosure,  but generally it is the diversity in form that stands out.

We are grateful to our friend Neolithic Sculptor Brian Cowper for his insights, author Robert Farrah for his excellent guidebook (Robert W.E. Farrah’s A Guide To The Stone Circles Of Cumbria ), Penrith Library’s Reference section with its volumes of The Transactions of The Cumberland and Westmorland Archaeological Society, to Archaeologist Tom Clare for his illustrated talk and his excellent book ( Prehistoric Monuments of The Lake District ).

If you are interested in Cumbria’s prehistoric sites and you like playing trumps, then you might enjoy this new pack that my wife and I made just before Christmas.

Prehistoric Sites In Cumbria Trumps

Prehistoric Sites In Cumbria Trumps Includes 32 Sites From Neolithic To Modern

Get to know these treasures through a fun learning game in which players try to win site cards off each other by ‘trumping’each others’ site characteristics. Choose the strongest category for your site to challenge your partners’ and learn about these amazing prehistoric places as you play!

This set includes information cards about 32 Cumbrian prehistoric sites such as Oddendale, White Hag, Long Meg and her daughters, Gunnerkeld, Swinside, Birkrigg, Castlerigg, Gamelands, Moor Divock’s funerary complex and more!

Great fun for all the family. Available in Kid’s pocket size (£5), or larger (£8.00) for easier reading.

You can buy them from my online shop http://thewebcat.biz/sales_gallery.html

Great Britain: Dumfries House: a Sleeping Beauty brought back to life by the Prince of Wales – Telegraph

April 21, 2013

Hugh Paxton Blog is a British royalist, a great fan of Prince Charles and his environmental and social initiatives. The link is to a story that bangs every nail very gently on the head and makes Britain a country I will continue to love. The Telegraph ran the story and it has every ingredient required to encourage and lift the spirit. I think that’s enough intro. Check the link.

To: Hugh
Subject: Dumfries House: a Sleeping Beauty brought back to life by the Prince of Wales – Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/8533968/Dumfries-House-a-Sleeping-Beauty -brought-back-to-life-by-the-Prince-of-Wales.html

Brigitte’s Pick: Anti British Sign

February 19, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog presents another Brigitte’s Pick. A sign in Scotland.

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SIGN IN A STORE WINDOW.

‘WE WOULD RATHER DO BUSINESS WITH 1000 AL QAEDA TERRORISTS THAN WITH ONE SINGLE BRITISH SOLDIER!’

This sign was prominently displayed in the window of a business in CAMPBELTOWN, SCOTLAND.

You are probably outraged at the thought of such an inflammatory statement.

However, we are a society which holds Freedom of Speech as perhaps our greatest liberty.

After all, it is ONLY A SIGN..

You may say ‘What kind of business would dare to post such a sign?’

Answer:

A FUNERAL PARLOUR.

(WHO SAID SCOTTISH UNDERTAKERS HAVE NO SENSE OF HUMOUR?)

YOU GOTTA LOVE IT!!!

= God Bless Scotland =

New Blog link: Freakyfolktales.wordpress.com

December 14, 2012

Hugh Paxton’s Blog is delighted to establish a new link – freakyfolktales.wordpress.com written and produced by author, PJ Hodge. Some great stories here – ideal for a dark Christmas night, a crackling fire and a flask of mulled wine. The graphics and photos are first rate. Like Anibalan, author of our linked Ghost Cities blog, Hodge gets this so right! A pleasure to read and it comes with a rarely bestowed Hugh Paxton blog five star rating. Check it out. You’ll not be wasting your time!

A Great Guided Walk In Lakeland: Exploring Eskdale with LME

September 5, 2012

The western Lake District is outstanding for views. Langdale, Wrynose and Eskdale are highly recommended!

Lakeland Mountain Experience Guided Walk In Eskdale Valley

2000 years of history from Roman fort at Hard Knott to Power station on the coast. Lakeland Mountain Experience Guided Walk In Eskdale Valley

Guided walking in Eskdale

Malcolm Wade, Mountain Leader of guided walks in Lakeland

Malcolm Wade, Mountain Leader of guided walks in Lakeland

by Malcolm Wade, Mountain Leader LME
I just got got back from leading a two day guided walk / wild camp in Eskdale. Day 1 took us from Boot up to Slight Side (2500 feet / 762m) and then on in the mist up to Scafell (3163 feet / 964m). The day started in bright September sunshine and promised us good visibility but alas being so high, the wind from the west brought in a thick mist to help us test our navigation skills.

The start of this walk is very gentle with a long stretch across Cat Cove with the prospect of Slight Side ahead of us for such a long way. This is always a good way to take novice walkers due to the fact that the potential severity of Scafell Crags / Broad Stand / Scafell Pike are hidden from view for such a long time – (all morning if you have mist!). Of course a guided walk with a qualified mountain leader from Lakeland Mountain Experience removes the risk or uncertainty of walking on your own. Once over Slight Side, it’s always a longer ridge walk on the ground than it looks on the map – just remember to keep the drop on your right side. Soon the Scafell summit shelter comes into view and our objective achieved and rewarded with a snack. Our chosen route for descent was to be via Foxes Tarn and then down the outflow waterfall towards Cam Spout and the Esk valley.

Read the full post with great photos on LME walks blog

Mouse deer and prehistoric Elk face-off in the castle’s cafe and burnt toast forces a retreat

August 30, 2012

Hugh Paxton’s Blog will be telling the full tale of England’s wild cattle and Chillingham castle after it has been published in All Nippon Airways in-flight magazine, Wingspan. In January.

But quite frankly some things can’t wait. And this one won’t! My brother Charles, armed only with his wife, Kimmie, and a camera risked Chillingham and were beaten back by burning toast! But fought back and the Wingspan article will be a triumph.

BLOG ED NOTE: From now on in it’s Charles in charge.

CHARLES: The Chillingham castle is everything a good castle should be: haunted, crammed with treasures and bristling with antlers and weapons, turret guns, double-handed bastard swords, lochaber axes, voulges, glaive guisarmes, horseman’s maces, saracenic armour. Dungeon with grill overlooking skeleton, gruesome torture equipment, home of Earl Grey tea and uber cattle.

As Kimmie and I reached the far end of the torture chamber there was a whiff of burnt toast, we emerged into the court yard to see two boys in earnest discussion, one imploring the other to return inside, the other flatly refusing on account of the skeleton. Then the fire alarm went off and we all vacated the castle where we were given a brief history of the place by the amiable owner.

Charles Paxton
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Hadrian’s Wall and bathrooms worth fighting for

August 24, 2012

Hadrian’s Wall, a view of the Cawfields landscape

Roman Britain is still very visible, in our straight roads, our language and in the superb architectural achievement that is Hadrian’s Wall and its adjoining forts.  Recently my wife and I have made repeated visits to the great roman wall. Stretching from east to west, from Newcastle to Maryport, Hadrian’s Wall is one of Britain’s most popular long-distance walks, but it offers great opportunities for day trips too and is definitely something a visitor to the UK should include in their itinerary. Click on the image below to view the scene at a larger scale. The landscape is wild and lovely.

A panoramic view of Hadrian’s Wall

the author at the point where the Wall joins Housteads fort

The author (a self-confessed Britunculus) at the point where the Wall joins Housteads fort

The Roman forts of Chesters, Housesteads and Vindolanda all have their own distinct charms. Chesters and Vindolanda have good museums and Carlisle’s Tullie House Museum has a superb Roman exhibition. The overwhelming sense of the intelligent organisation of the Roman army facilities is profoundly impressive. They knew what they were doing and the excellent preservation of Roman remains, even of normally perishable organic materials such as letters and sandals gives us a very privileged insight into Roman frontier life.

Chesters Fort Bath house looking over The Tyne River

Chesters Fort Bath house looking over The Tyne River

The bathing facilities at Chesters are particularly nicely preserved, I think. Hot steam baths and dry Saunas were an essential luxury for the auxiliary legionaries in northern Britain, many of whom were used to warmer southern climes. The well-designed bathrooms at Chesters are nicely situated overlooking the River Tyne and both bathing (and using the lavatory) was a social affair. The underfloor heating would be something that the troops would look forward to very much between their stints of all weather sentry duty and sallies north to battle. Bathrooms to die for?  Well, certainly bathrooms to fight tooth and nail for!

Good for maintaining morale. The Romans were using renewable energy effectively about 2000 years ago. Their hypercaust underfloor heating systems were fueled with locally harvested biomass in the same way that some progressive northern British farmers are doing today (1).

underfloor heating at Chester's fort, Hadrian's Wall

underfloor heating at Chester’s fort, Hadrian’s Wall

For the modern visitor it’s fantastic to walk among the ruins and admire the sophistication of the Roman plumbing! In my case, I must confess it is especially interesting as I’ve been working on a website for Logic, a British plumbing and heating firm serving northern England and southern Scotland. It’s funny how history repeats itself and things return to fashion. Underfloor heating in retrofitted British homes today, and particularly in new builds is a growing part of Logic’s business and it’s tied in with the Greening of British home heating.

Underfloor heating is likely to become more prevalent with the widespread adoption of renewable heating technologies such as ground and air source heat pumps (2) because the all-round radiant heating delivers good comfort at lower working temperatures in well-insulated properties. Heat pumps work like a refrigerator in reverse, ambient energy  from air, ground or water source is condensed and used for home heating and hot water supply.

If you’re considering enjoying the same sort of warmth that was appreciated by the CO of The Second Cavalry Regiment of Asturians then getting underfloor heating installed might be a good idea! Use of a timed controller is recommended because it takes a while to warm up and retains heat for a while too.

Happily these days, we don’t have to fight to qualify for, or defend the luxury of underfloor heating. One word of warning though, you won’t want to wear shoes in any room with underfloor heating, so get used to looking a little bit shorter!

What does that matter? The Romans affectionately referred to us as “Little Britons” (Britunculi)

Logic designs and installs air,ground and water source heat pumps

Logic designs and installs air, ground and water source heat pumps that use electricity to harness natural ambient heat

Newsletter

May 16, 2012

Hugh Paxton’s Blog got this and it’s well worth a read. The links are interesting. The people have a point to make and it is a very good point. The organisation has been defamed by accusations of racism but its membership includes people of colour, gays, Muslims. It isn’t fascist. It’s an angry multi-cultural movement tired of horrid behaviour. Give it a go!

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EDL Newsletter May 2012

Welcome to the EDL Newsletter for April. This month we have extended the coverage to bring you an update on the very successful demonstration in Luton and to bring you some breaking news.

We are hoping to bring you the newsletter to your in-box fortnightly instead of monthly bringing you the very latest EDL news, events and gossip. We shall also be including a short spotlight on aspects of Islam and Sharia. It is often said that knowledge is power. However, it is the use of knowledge that is power and by knowing Islam we have the knowledge to confront Islamists and their apologists and so by using this knowledge work towards highlighting the Islamist agenda and it’s incompatibility with British democracy, law and culture.

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We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to the funds for security. The items were bought for Luton. If you missed the original appeal but would still like to donate, the please do. The EDL is a voluntary organisation and is completely self-funded from generous donations.

Demonstration 17th April – Outside the Home Office London

A demonstration was held on the Tuesday of April 17th outside the Home Office. The protest was called to demand the extradition of Abu Qatada a known terrorist criminal. The protest was also held to highlight the governments reluctance to deal with terrorists especially those from abroad.

The day went very well and as usual was a peaceful (as peaceful as an EDL protest can be when the UAF/SWP/Trade Unionist thugs are in town). The police once again were in prominence, though they were probably not needed in such numbers. The UAF/SWP and the PCS trade union staged a counter-protest and traded insults with the lads and ladies of the EDL. They resorted to the usual insults of calling us racists and Islamophobes, which is really odd when you consider there were lads who were clearly non-white and who were also strangely enough Muslim.

The event was organised by the Essex Division and a big thank you must also go to the SDL who made it south across the border to lend their support. It was a tremendous success and a was good day for those who attended.

It must be remembered that whilst Abu Qatada has never been charged in the UK with any particular terrorism crime, he is under a UN embargo and is also wanted in other places around the world for his connections with various terrorist activities. He is a Jordanian and the only reason the government is being prevented from repatriating him back to Jordan, is that the European Court of Human Rights believes that any trial that he may have to stand, will use evidence against Qatada that was obtained under torture. There is no proof that this will happened and even the Jordanians themselves have made promises that no such thing will happen, our government still prevaricate.
France and Germany, have both ignored the European Court on Human Rights and deported several Islamic terror suspects. We just want our government to do the same. We want them to think of the safety of British people over the safety of a man who is clearly wanting to murder innocent people for his religion.

Luton 5th May

Saturday saw the return of the EDL to Luton. This had originally been planned as a birthday celebration, celebrating the three years since the founding of the EDL in Luton. In those three years we have highlighted the problems of Islamism and Sharia law in the UK and in Luton.

The celebrations were still held, but the day became a protest at Luton borough council and Luton in Harmony who steadfastly refuse to accept that there is a problem with Islam and Islamism in the town. This is despite yet another group of Islamic terror suspects being arrested on charges of terrorism.

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Both Tommy and Kev gave excellent speeches highlighting the blindness of the council and it’s organisation, Luton in Harmony, to Islamic radicalism that is prevalent in the town and the inaction of Luton in Harmony and the council to tackle it.

As always, the UAF were in attendance having their own counter demonstration along with the strangely named We Are Luton. Some of the UAF tried to break away from the main protest to attack the EDL but were easily contained by the police. There was some bottle throwing and other missiles thrown, but most of the disturbances came from the UAF.

It was a good day, with good speeches and was by and large peaceful. It was at this event that news of epic proportions was announced, but more of that later. Thanks to Everyone who attended and made it a special day. We also could not let the event pass without a birthday cake and sure enough one was produced.

Tommy and Kev Announce Joining of the British Freedom Party

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Congratulations to both Tommy and Kev, who on Saturday announced their intentions to join the British Freedom Party.

It has been much discussed and rumoured, but now it is a fact. Tommy and Kev have both joined the British Freedom Party. Tommy and Kev will be acting in the role of vice-chairman of the party alongside chairman Paul Weston. This marks a turning point in the history of the EDL and of the British Freedom Party. Both have the same ideals and aims. The British Freedom Party can provide the political platform, whilst the EDL will supply the support. Together we can try working to rebuild our country and rid ourselves of this cancer of Islamic extremism.

THREATS IN EUROPE: BY JOHN CLEESE

April 26, 2012

THREATS IN EUROPE: BY JOHN CLEESE

Hugh Paxton’s blog rates British humour as the funniest in the world – probably because I’m British and can understand most of the jokes. Apart from 90 percent of the jokes in Monty Python. Did anybody? does anybody?

John Cleese has always been very funny and the following gem confirms that he has not lost his touch. Great fun!

John Cleese – British writer, actor and tall person

The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved." Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." The English have not been "A Bit Cross" since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from "Tiresome" to "A Bloody Nuisance." The last time the British issued a "Bloody Nuisance" warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from "Pissed Off" to "Let’s get the Bastards." They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from "Run" to "Hide." The only two higher levels in France are "Collaborate" and "Surrender." The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France ‘s white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country’s military capability.

Italy has increased the alert level from "Shout Loudly and Excitedly" to "Elaborate Military Posturing." Two more levels remain: "Ineffective Combat Operations" and "Change Sides."

The Germans have increased their alert state from "Disdainful Arrogance" to "Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs." They also have two higher levels: "Invade a Neighbour" and "Lose."

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels .

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from "No worries" to "She’ll be alright, Mate." Two more escalation levels remain: "Crikey! I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!" and "The barbie is cancelled." So far no situation has ever warranted use of the last final escalation level.

A final thought – "Greece is collapsing, the Iranians are getting aggressive, and Rome is in disarray. Welcome back to 430 BC".

Please Support The Orton Fells Landscape Designation

February 1, 2012

Here’s your chance to help positively influence British landscape conservation! Some of our readers will have visited the British Lake District National Park and the neighbouring Yorkshire Dales National Park. The chances are good that you will have passed through some beautiful countryside in between that wasn’t designated as Park the first time around in the late 1940’s,  Westmorland’s The Orton Fells.

The Orton Fells Landscape is being considered for inclusion in the Dales National Park

The Orton Fells Landscape is now being considered for inclusion in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

It’s a wild and beautiful landscape of karstic limestone pavements, upland meadows and heather-clad moorland (home to Black Cock, a form of rare Grouse), hardy sheep and fell ponies, with the rich fertile Orton valley running to The Lunesdale gorge. It’s Eden District’s Wild West.

Fell Ponies at Sunbiggin Tarn, Orton Fells, Westmorland, Cumbria

Fell Ponies at Sunbiggin Tarn, Orton Fells, Westmorland, Cumbria

The time has come for all those of us who support our Orton Fells’ inclusion in The Dales National Park to write in to the Secretary of State for The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Caroline Spelman to voice our support and suggest amendments where they seem desirable.

Aerial view of distinctive limestone pavement overlooking The Orton valley

Aerial view of distinctive limestone pavement overlooking The Orton valley

Limestone pavement above Sunbiggin Tarn, Orton Fells

Limestone pavement above Sunbiggin Tarn, Orton Fells, rare sub-arctic flora micro-habitat of internationally recognised importance.

Why would this be a good thing?
It is likely that our Orton Fells’ inclusion in the National Park would help conserve the natural beauty of this lovely area of Westmorland for our own and future generations and would facilitate considerable economic uplift for local businesses while being an asset to the Nation and for visitors from other regions. The inclusion of our area is long overdue, everybody so far consulted agrees that the natural beauty warrants conservation. Some of the most beautiful Dales in the National Park are Cumbrian (Mallerstang with its historic Pendragon Castle for instance) and in no sense would our section of the Park be a “poor cousin”, we would preserve our identity under a wider banner that truly deserves special status for landscape quality and that is closely connected geologically and topographically with The Dales.
Naming 
We have had the spoken assurance of The Dales National Park’s Chief Executive (at the January 19th Fells To Dales Business Forum meeting in Kirkby Stephen) that the naming of our area of the Park will be arranged to best suit local wishes, for example The Westmorland Fells or Westmorland Dales. This may well be resolved at a Public inquiry, should we have one, later in the year.
Economic Benefit
At the same meeting we heard estimates of anticipated economic benefit for local businesses involved in tourism to be somewhere between 10 and 20% increase in annual turn-over, with the duration in occupancy expected to be extended to about 34 weeks in the year.
Amendments
At this stage we can still ask for amendments to the planning, if we wish. One important amendment to request would be the adoption of the northern boundary proposed by The Friends of The Lake District that would include land with superb views around Reagill and Sleagill. A good deal of thought has gone into this boundary suggestion and it enjoys popular support among many of the residents of those Parishes.
Making Your Voices Heard – Key Points

  • You don’t have to be a resident to voice your opinion on this matter. Past and prospective visitors to the area are welcome to voice their support, please state your interest and it will count.
  • In your communication please include your name, address and signature and include your message.  Do refer to the benefits mentioned above as justification if you wish.
  • Each member of your household may write in separately with equal validity.
  • Numbers count.
  • This is a once in a life-time opportunity that will have far-reaching and long lasting benefits for us and the Nation.

The address to write to, please, is:
Department for The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,
Protected Landscapes Team,
Zone 1/09 Temple Quay House,
2 The Square, Temple Quay,
Bristol
BS1 6EB
Or by email to nwvariationorders@defra.gsi.gov.uk

The deadline for getting your message to DEFRA is March 16th.
For more information on the planning, please see the Lakes To Dales Section of Natural England’s Website

 


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