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  • 1136: Gwenllian, the Welsh warrior woman

    02/22/2021 3:19:15 PM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 10 replies ^ | February 22, 2013 | Headsman
    On an uncertain date perhaps around February 1136, the Welsh princess Gwenllian (or Gwenlhian, or Gwenliana) lost a battle to a Norman lord, who had her summarily beheaded. This execution occurred in the aftermath of the Norman conquest. Having taken England, those invaders had made inroads into its western neighbor, even temporarily occupying much of the country. But Welsh lords pushed the Normans back, and we find those Normans at this moment in disarray over an internal succession crisis — a period known as “The Anarchy”. Seeing the opportunity, Wales’s constituent principalities rose in a “Great Revolt”. Gwenllian, that hottie...
  • Perfect 215-million-year-old dinosaur print found by girl, 4, on Welsh beach

    01/29/2021 9:40:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    WalesOnline ^ | 29 JAN 2021 | Owen Wakefield
    “The finest impression of a 215-million-year-old dinosaur print found in Britain in a decade”A four-year-old girl has stunned paelontologists after finding an “internationally important” dinosaur footprint on a trip to the supermarket. Lily Wilder, from Llandough, was walking along the coast between Barry and Sully with her father Richard when she spotted what experts from Archaeology Cymru are calling “the finest impression of a 215 million-year-old dinosaur print found in Britain in a decade”. The perfect print, which her family initially thought may have been created by an artist, was left by a small bipedal dinosaur. Experts call this type...
  • A man in a jet pack has been spotted flying over Three Cliffs Bay

    01/22/2021 11:20:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    WalesOnline ^ | 22 JAN 2021 | Nino Williams
    On-lookers were left wondering what was going onThree Cliffs Bay is one of the most breath-taking on Gower. But visitors couldn’t help but be distracted from it’s striking panorama on Thursday, January 21 - by a man flying over the bay in a jet pack. Looking like something from a movie, it is believed to be a commercial in the making. The company behind the project, Gramafilm, said it would reveal the story behind the project next month. But a spokesman for the National Trust, responsible for Three Cliffs Bay, said: “The National Trust Film Office had given permission for...
  • Lin Wood Files Emergency Motion for Writ of Mandamus filed with SCOTUS tonight

    12/30/2020 7:10:09 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 158 replies
    Document at the link. He's the plaintiff and Georgia election officials and governor the defendants.
  • The woman who has different lockdown rules depending where she is at home

    12/12/2020 6:53:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    WalesOnline ^ | 12 DEC 2020 | Janet Hughes
    Half of Mari Hutching's home is in England, the other half is in WalesHow do you know what coronavirus rules to follow when the border of England and Wales runs right through your property? Well, you don't. Mari Hutchings' house has a Welsh postcode, but sits on the English side of a stream which flows down from Newland in the Forest of Dean at the top to the River Wye at the bottom and forms one of the borders between England and Wales. Artist Mari and her husband live in the village of Redbook, which is split in two by...
  • Controversial 'Ahhh Soul' billboard replaced with one featuring Donald Trump referencing 'Mexicans'

    11/06/2020 11:00:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    WalesOnline ^ | 6 NOV 2020 | Marcus Hughes
    The company behind the ads on Newport Road, Cardiff, said they intend to use 'humour and satire to challenge bigotry'A controversial advertising hoarding featuring Kim Jong-un has been replaced with another billboard depicting Donald Trump with a reference to "Mexicans". An advert for the Soulful Food Company showing an image of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in front of a mushroom cloud with the words "Ahhh, Soul!" appeared in Cardiff's Newport Road earlier this week. The company later apologised and said it would be removing the advert following complaints from some who suggested the billboard's message was racist. The advertisement...
  • Coronavirus: Supermarkets in Wales have cordoned off 'non-essential items' - shoppers are furious

    10/24/2020 3:14:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    SKY News ^ | October 24, 2020 | By Tom Gillespie
    Shoppers in Wales have criticised government measures which mean "non-essential items" have been put behind metal barriers or covered with plastic sheeting in supermarkets. Photos on social media show products such as pillows and bedsheets under a plastic covering at a Tesco store, while a photo from a Morrisons supermarket shows children's clothes behind a cordon. One social media user has pointed how baby clothes have been deemed to be non-essential in a Tesco supermarket in Cardiff, while vodka is still available on the shelves in the same store. A photo from a Tesco store in Pengam Green shows products...
  • PIERS PRESSURE Grandparents wiped out entire village’s internet for 18 MONTHS by turning on £30 TV to watch Piers Morgan on GMB

    09/22/2020 2:21:37 PM PDT · by packrat35 · 20 replies
    The Sun ^ | 9/22/2020 | Joe Duggan, Nic North, Adam Bennett
    A RETIRED couple wiped out an entire village's internet every day for 18 months by turning on their second-hand TV to watch Piers Morgan. Alun and Elaine Rees snapped up the £30 16" Bush set three years ago on Facebook so their grandchildren could watch DVD films. But the retired couple had no idea the flatscreen TV was cutting the broadband signal for everybody in the tiny village of Aberhosan, Powys, Mid Wales. Puzzled locals in the 400-strong village spent a year-and-a-half complaining to Openreach about the dreadful signal which cut out like clockwork every day. Engineers replaced large sections...
  • Scientists identify new species of crystal-encrusted truffle, thanks to bonobos

    09/22/2020 11:32:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies ^ | September 22, 2020 | by Halle Marchese, Florida Museum of Natural History
    Scientists discovered an undescribed species of truffle, thanks to bonobos, who savor the mushrooms. Credit: Alexander Georgiev ================================================================================== Mushroom-munching bonobos in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have introduced scientists to a new species of truffle. Commonly used by Congolese communities to bait traps for small mammals, Hysterangium bonobo is also savored by bonobos, an endangered species of great ape. Scientists say the truffle hints at vast reserves of undescribed fungal diversity in the region. "Truffles aren't just for gourmet chefs—they're also for our closest relatives," said Matthew Smith, an associate professor in the University of Florida department of plant...
  • Jealous partner imprisoned girlfriend because she watched male strip show

    08/28/2020 12:41:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    WalesOnline ^ | 27 AUG 2020 | Philip Dewey
    A man told his partner she would be leaving house his "in a box" when he held her hostage after he found out she had gone to see a male strip show. Richard Badman, 50, denied falsely imprisoning his former partner Wendy Fry, 55, between November 6 and 7 last year at his home in Pontypool. It was also claimed that the defendant punched Ms Fry, held a pillow over her face, held her down, and pointed a screwdriver at her and sprayed her in the face with CS gas. A trial at Newport Crown Court, which concluded on Thursday,...
  • Man backflips into sea in the middle of Storm Ellen

    08/21/2020 3:50:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    WalesOnline ^ | 21 AUG 2020 | Laura Clements
    One man was captured doing backflips into the stormy seasA man was pictured doing backflips into stormy seas as Storm Ellen hit the Welsh coastline on Thursday evening. As waves pummelled into the concrete seawall, three unknown males took it in turns to launch themselves into the water at Saundersfoot in Pembrokeshire. Dave Richards, harbourmaster at Saundersfoot, said the actions of the three men were "totally stupid" and risked putting unnecessary strain on the RNLI and Coastguard at peak summertime. Around 100 people had gathered in the car park to watch the spectacle of the 8pm high tide which coincided...
  • The Welshman With a Massive Arsenal of Wartime Weaponry in His Barn

    08/21/2020 3:44:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    WalesOnline ^ | 18 AUG 2019 | Nathan Bevan
    Llewelyn Pritchard's collection of World War Two weapons earned him a knock on the door from the FBI when Barack Obama visited NewportWhen you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time. It was back in 2014, not long before Barack Obama flew into Newport as part of the Nato Wales summit, that Llewelyn Pritchard got a knock on the door. Men in dark suits...
  • Dad builds daughter a beauty salon in their garden because coronavirus threatened her job prospects

    08/21/2020 1:54:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    WalesOnline ^ | 8/20 | Nathan Bevan
    Andy Harris' daughter dreamed of becoming a beautician and he wasn't going to let a pandemic spoil her chancesAmy Harris had always wanted to be a beautician. And the 18-year-old from Monmouthshire was at a critical stage of her college course when the pandemic hit earlier this year, leaving her furloughed from her part-job at a salon near her home on Caerwent, outside Chepstow. However, her handyman dad Andy - who'd also seen his workload drop off during lockdown - wasn't going to let his little girl's career chances be cut to the quick by coronavirus. So he instead...
  • Daily covid death count could be scrapped ( United Kingdom )

    08/10/2020 5:09:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9 August 2020 | Anna Mikhailova
    A review will examine reports that officials were "over-exaggerating” the number of deaths from coronavirus. The official Covid-19 daily death toll may never be brought back following an investigation into Public Health England's method of counting it, the Telegraph understands. The conclusions of the review, which was ordered by Matt Hancock after it emerged officials were "over-exaggerating” deaths from the virus, are expected this week. One expected recommendation would be to stop daily reporting altogether and move to a weekly official death toll instead ... a significant proportion of the daily out-of-hospital death toll relates to patients who recovered from...
  • Quarrying of Stonehenge 'bluestones' dated to 3000 BC

    02/25/2019 6:15:40 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | February 19, 2019 | Natasha Downes, University College London
    Geologists have long known that 42 of Stonehenge's smaller stones, known as 'bluestones', came from the Preseli hills in Pembrokeshire, west Wales. Now a new study published in Antiquity pinpoints the exact locations of two of these quarries and reveals when and how the stones were quarried... Professor Mike Parker Pearson (UCL Archaeology) and leader of the team, said: "What's really exciting about these discoveries is that they take us a step closer to unlocking Stonehenge's greatest mystery - why its stones came from so far away. Every other Neolithic monument in Europe was built of megaliths brought from no...
  • Detectorist finds Roman lead pig ingot in Wales

    06/28/2020 3:51:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies ^ | June 23, 2020 | Dominic Robertson | Source: Shropshire Star
    The object found was a large lead ingot or 'pig' (about half a metre long, weighing 63 kilograms). The 'writing' reported by Mr Jones was a cast Latin inscription confirming that it was Roman and about 2,000 years old... The exploitation of Britain's natural resources was one of the reasons cited by Roman authors for the invasion of Britain by the Emperor Claudius in AD 43... Lead ore or galena contains silver as well as lead, and both were valuable commodities for the Romans. Less than a hundred lead ingots of this type are known from the mines of Roman...
  • Biotech firm: Screening to ‘avoid’ babies with Down syndrome is a ‘cash cow’

    05/27/2020 10:25:58 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Live Action News ^ | May 22 2020 | Right to Life UK
    (Right to Life UK) – A Chinese biotech firm has declared “screening out” babies with Down syndrome is a “cash cow” funding the growth of the whole business. The admission comes from a spokesperson for BGI Group – a Chinese genetics conglomerate whose main business is offering non-invasive prenatal tests, primarily used to diagnose Down syndrome. In a segment from an Aljazeera documentary titled Genesis 2.0, the spokesperson gestures towards a digital map of the world and says: “You can see clearly, especially for Down’s syndrome, we have nearly two million samples all over the world. This part is, what...
  • Man Dressed as Knight Who Prompted Armed Police Response Says He Was Just Taking a Walk in his Armour

    05/17/2020 11:36:20 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    WalesOnline ^ | 15 MAY 2020
    He was just out enjoying a spot of exerciseA man who prompted an armed police response while taking a walk in a knight fancy dress costume, complete with what appeared to be a sword, said: "I was simply enjoying a walk in my armour." History-lover Lennon Thomas, 20, was stopped in his tracks by three gun-toting police after families were shocked at what he appeared to be carrying in the park. Lennon said: "Sorry - it looks like I might have scared a few people around the lake." Student Lennon pulled on one of his selection of outfits for fantasy...
  • The Llangorse crannog

    04/25/2020 12:13:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | Wednesday 28 November 2012 | Phil Carradice
    Giraldus Cambrensis wrote about the lake in his book about journeying through Wales in the late 12th century, reporting the local tradition that the birds in the area only ever sang for a truly Welsh prince or ruler... As this 'house on the lake' was one of several royal houses belonging to the rulers of Brycheiniog... The crannog at Llangorse, in effect an artificial island, measures about 40 metres in width and is situated 30 or 40 metres off the northern shore of the lake... Timbers from the wooden palisade that used to surround the island have been dated to...
  • Treasure Hunter Finds the First Celtic Chariot Burial in Wales, Rewrites Ancient History

    04/09/2020 2:22:28 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 36 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | 11/23/18 | Ed Wheylan
    A metal detectorist in Pembrokeshire in Wales has made a discovery that could change how we understand the history of the ancient Celts. The unearthing of a Celtic chariot burial in a Welsh field astonishes experts because this find is the first of its kind in Wales. It is sure to throw light on the Welsh Iron Age and its connections with the wider Celtic world. Mike Smith, from Milford Haven, has been a metal detectorist for 30 years and is an active member of the Pembrokeshire Prospectors. Earlier this year, he was exploring a muddy field when he came...