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Plas Newydd: Royalty and Green Skilly 

I admit to being a hopeless Anglophile. I can easily see myself sweeping down a grand staircase to greet visiting royalty, as the Angleseys of Plas Newydd in Wales did for centuries. 534 more words

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Red Sky at Noon, Hurricane Ophelia and the Memory Hole

Ex-Hurricane Ophelia caused three deaths in the Irish Republic and thousands of homes were without power. It’s the worst storm in 60 years which makes the Red Warnings by Met Eireann beforehand warranted. 605 more words

Climate Always Changes

Britain and the price of old glory

Will post-Brexit Britain be at the centre of Europe or on the lunatic fringe? 591 more words


Visiting the Puffins on Skomer Island

As a novice bird-watcher looking at the picture of a puffin, I thought “No, surely we don’t have anything that colourful and exotic-looking in Britain!” But I saw my first puffin from the boat on my first trip to a Welsh Island, and so began a forty-year love-affair with these charming birds and their island homes. 1,690 more words


Supernatural beings in the British Isles

Found on Twitter, from Tumbler…

I’ve read about a fair few and – possibly – met one or two as well…



Northern Ireland: Land of the Giants

One of my dearest friends in the world is Maggi, an 86-year old woman I met back in 1976 in my Freshman English class at college. 4,430 more words


Scotland: It's Worth the Effort

My first visit to Scotland had been a brief trip with my dear friend Carol in 1986 during which we drove up from London to see Yorkshire and the Lake District of northern England, and then crossed Hadrian’s Wall to see a bit of southern Scotland. 4,395 more words