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The Curious Case of the Devil’s Foot-Prints (or the Great Devon Mystery of 1855)

9th Feb 2015

The Curious Case of the Devil’s Foot-Prints (or the Great Devon Mystery of 1855)

Devon, 8/9 February 1855 Of all the strange weather stories I have read about over the last few years, I remember that of the Devil’s Footprints above all. It happened exactly 160 years ago, on the night of 8 February 1855. It is a mystery of Sherlockian proportions. It remains unsolved to this day. The start of 1855 was...

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Historical Miscellany #36 – A Roast Dinner Cooked on the Ice over the River Exe [1855]

7th Feb 2015

Historical Miscellany #36  - A Roast Dinner Cooked on the Ice over the River Exe [1855]

(From The Royal Cornwall Gazette, Falmouth Packet, and General Advertiser, 23 February 1855) A singular occurrence in gastronomic science was tried on Tuesday week, on the ice in the centre of the River Exe, at St Thomas. The severity of the frost having coated the surface of the river with a thick crust of ice, capable of...

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Filey Bay: Rain shower over Flamborough Head

5th Feb 2015

Filey Bay: Rain shower over Flamborough Head

I spent every other childhood holiday on the east Yorkshire coast visiting family. I've long wanted to go back and take a decent photograph of Filey Bay - the syrupy morning light, the vast skies reflecting in puddles on the sand (which is especially suited for cricket) - and I was happy to get this on Tuesday morning. It's been...

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On Rainbows

22nd Oct 2014

On Rainbows

(Westminster Pier, 21 October 2014) Yesterday the dying fragments of Hurricane Gonzalo blew over London. I woke in the night. It was about four in the morning and the bedroom window was rattling in its frame. We’re at the beginning of storm season. October and November are typically the worst months for violent weather and...

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Historical Miscellany #35 – The Sensations of a Drowning Man, 1847

13th Oct 2014

Historical Miscellany #35 - The Sensations of a Drowning Man, 1847

Francis Beaufort: The Sensations of a Drowning Man (Link)

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