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Photo-a-day 244: Penrith Castle

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This is what’s left of Penrith Castle, built between 1399 and 1470 by William Strickland, who later became the Bishop of Carlisle. Richard III lived there for a bit, but William III gave the castle to his good friend Hans Willem Bentinck, though the King’s subjects weren’t all that impressed with his decision to give a castle to a Dutchman.

The King wasn’t particularly bothered about what his subjects thought, and went on to give Bentinck 135,000 acres of land in Ireland, too. he wanted to give him a fair chunk of Wales as well, but got scared when the whole House of Commons was united in opposition.

If Elizabeth II has a spare castle or hundred thousand acres she wants to give away, I’ll happily take them off her hands…!

This 1,787th post was filed under: Photo-a-day 2012, .

Weekend read: Why is this container so radioactive?

I’m featuring another health-related Wired feature this week: a fascinating article about the investigation surrounding a mysterious radiation-emitting shipping container which reached port in Genoa, Italy. It’s a really brilliant bit of writing.

This 1,786th post was filed under: Weekend Reads.

Photo-a-day 243: Pods

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I was moaning on Tuesday – not least on Twitter – about my inability to make good coffee at home, and as a result, I’ve been given a Nespresso machine. These are some of the pods that go in it.

It’s by far the poshest kitchen gadget I’ve ever owned. I rarely eat in restaurants with hardback menus, yet know I have one in my own home describing the 16 Nespresso “Grand Crus”…!

The coffee is very tasty – but at 30-odd pence per cup, it isn’t cheap!

This 1,785th post was filed under: Photo-a-day 2012.




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