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UK’s Last Standing Leech House

According to Atlas Obscura –

The Georgian Bedale Leech House in Bedale, North Yorkshire is the last standing leech house in the United Kingdom. It was constructed to keep them alive, fresh, and hungry for blood while they waited for druggists or doctors to use them for bloodletting.

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90 Years Of Wedded Bliss

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BBC reported in October 2016 –

A man who was one half of what is believed to be the longest-married couple in the UK has died aged 110. Karam Chand, of Bradford, died on Friday after 90 years of marriage to his wife Kartari. The pair, who tied the knot in India in 1925 during the British Raj and moved to England 40 years later, have eight children and 27 grandchildren.

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Squirrel Runs Up £300 Tab Drinking At Club

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According to The Telegraph –

“He must have flung himself on the handle and drank some as he was staggering around all over the place and moving a bit slowly. “I’ve never seen a drunk squirrel before. He was sozzled”

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Iris Grace : 5-Year-Old Artist

IrisGrace-sThe Independent reported –

A five-year-old girl with autism has garnered praise across Europe, Asia and America for her astonishing artwork. Iris Grace, who lives with her family in Leicestershire, began painting last year, and has already been praised by buyers, collectors and galleries for her work’s intense colour, immediacy, and open composition. Her paintings are sold to private art collectors in the UK and around the world for thousands of pounds each, with all profits going towards art materials and therapy.

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100 Years Ago Today – Wenman’s Lucky(?) Day

sinking ship-s2According to Wikipedia –

Wenman “Kit” Wykeham-Musgrave (1899–1989) was a Royal Navy officer who has the possibly unique distinction of having survived being torpedoed on three different ships on the same day.[1][2] He was born on 4 April 1899 at Barford, Warwick, Warwickshire, England, and was educated at Royal Naval College, Osborne, Isle of Wight, England, and at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, Devon, England.[3]

He was serving as a midshipman aboard HMS Aboukir when, on the morning of the 22 September 1914, HMS Aboukir, HMS Hogue and HMS Cressy, three pre-Dreadnought cruisers,[4][5] were on patrol in the Broad Fourteens off the Dutch coast. They were attacked by the German U-Boat U-9, which was under the command of Kapitänleutnant Otto Weddigen. Wykeham-Musgrave’s daughter, Pru Bailey-Hamilton, recounted the tale of his torpedoing during a BBC interview in 2003:[6]

“He went overboard when the Aboukir was going down and he swam like mad to get away from the suction. He was then just getting on board the Hogue and she was torpedoed. He then went and swam to the Cressy and she was also torpedoed. He eventually found a bit of driftwood, became unconscious and was eventually picked up by a Dutch trawler.”

The U-Boat torpedoed all three ships within the space of an hour. Wykeham-Musgrave survived the war and re-joined the Royal Navy in 1939, reaching the rank of commander.[3]

London Notes Monty Python’s 50th With 50 Foot Dead Parrot

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According to Fastcocreate.com –

To celebrate the achievements of the Monty Python crew, UKTV channel Gold–which will air the final performance of the reunion on Sunday–contracted with sculptor Iain Prendergast to create a 50-foot fiberglass version of the famous “Norwegian Blue” parrot. The parrot, which is famous for being dead from the moment it was sold, was placed on Monday at Potters Fields Park in South London, near Tower Bridge. This is both a fine reminder to tune in on Sunday to the broadcast and an outstanding opportunity to inspire countless visitors to declare in increasingly frantic tones that “This parrot is no more! It has ceased to be! It’s expired and gone to meet its maker! This is a late parrot! It’s a stiff!”

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Glow-In-The-Dark Paths Could Be The Future Of Street Lighting

starpathThe Telegraph reported –

Cambridge City Council has covered an historic city pathway with ultraviolet particles which turn blue when the sun sets, in what could be the future of street lighting. The technology, called ‘Starpath’, absorbs light during the day before emitting the artificial glow in the evening. It is thought technology could one day replace streetlamps as a cheaper and more energy efficient form of lighting.

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