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Jorvik Skull of male aged 16-25 showing battle injuries.

York, the wild northern frontier nestling on the river Ouse is a popular and busy place. Battered by Brigantes, rampaged by Romans and harried by Norsemen, its had…

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Newark Castle on the River Trent in Nottinghamshire

Newark Castle , the medieval monument of national importance sitting on the River Trent, famous for dispatching that mad despot, bad King John.  Personally I don’t see how…

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Mosaic at Teversal village entrance

I said some time back about promising to stop visiting former coal tips. That didn’t last long, perhaps I should accept the heritage around here.  A grim legacy…

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Following on from the news that we’ve already suffered the wettest winter on record and that we’re still in it, I think we may have finally found somewhere…

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The streets around Lincoln's Christmas market

Nothing screams murder like shopping near Christmas. So either through sheer idiocy or a blatant disregard for our sanity or the safety of others, we decided to visit…

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Mullion Cove sea swell at the harbour.

Photos from our holiday on The Lizard in Cornwall including Lizard Point, Mullion, Sennen, Goonhilly, Maen Cliff, St Michael’s Mount, St Ives, Land’s End, Zennor, Mousehole, Penzance, Coverack,…

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Engine Lane Mural at Eastwood

It’s the annual 10th DH Lawrence festival, a set of events in and around DH Lawrence’s birthplace of Eastwood to celebrate the sights and sounds of the local…

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Dovedale from Thorpe Cloud

Although its on our doorstep, there’s nowhere as remote as Derbyshire for a daytrip. Though its not as remote as to remove the dragnet of surveillance but enough…

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Hemlock Stone

The idyllic English countryside, gentle rolling hills, lush green grass, a great British picnic of heavenly delights with serene and peaceful retreat. In reality, a pre-packaged sandwich and…

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For my birthday treat, I have dragged Sam to Nottingham Castle and Mortimer’s Hole. Well, it used to be a castle, its now a ducal mansion, although fragments…

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Horned Helmet, a gift to Henry VIII from the Holy Roman Emperor Maximillan 1 in 1514. This, as part of a suit of armour, was purely ceremonial, it never saw battle.

Leeds Royal Armouries – They’ve got knives, knights, sharp sticks, boomsticks, falchions, flintlocks, helmets, habergeons, mail and men-at-arms. Or as the Royal Armouries at Leeds say themselves, examples…

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Lumsdale Valley

Another trip into the deep dark hilly badlands of Derbyshire, this time to a hidden little gem called Lumsdale Valley. A wooded gorge of crumbled stone ruins from…

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Clipstone Headstocks

On this weeks extreme dog walk, a trip to my first home village of Clipstone or more precisely Clipstone Colliery, itself now part of Vicar Water Country Park.…

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