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The last township that survived the Highland Clearances

The last township that survived the Highland Clearances
Alison Campsie
Published: 11:09 Updated: 11:23 Wednesday 26 July 2017

It is a remarkable window into old Scotland and a way of life lived for hundreds of years.

Auchindrain in Argyll, a scattering of cottages and longhouses south of Inverary, was first recorded more than 500 years ago.

It is now considered the last standing example of a Scottish township, where residents banded together in a joint tenancy and shared responsibility for paying the rent and working the land.

Today, it stands today much as it did in the late 1700s after surviving the Highland Clearances given its landowner, the Duke of Argyll, rejected advice to break down the township and turn the land into individual crofts.

Incredibly, the township survived until 1963 when the last tenant, Eddie McCallum, surrendered his tenancy with the Duke and left Auchindrain for good. His family had farmed there 1829.

More: https://www.scotsman.com/news/the-last-township-that-survived-the-highland-clearances-1-4514302

North Korea signs....

📌 1985: North Korea signs Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty
📌 1992: North Korea signs historic agreement to halt nuclear program!
📌 1994: North Korea signs historic agreement to halt nuclear program!
📌 1999: North Korea signs historic agreement to end missile tests
📌 2000: North Korea signs historic agreement to reunify Korea! Nobel Peace Prize is awarded
📌 2005: North Korea declares support for "denuclearization" of Korean peninsula
📌 2005: North Korea signs historic agreement to halt nuclear program and "denuclearize"!
📌 2006: North Korea declares support for "denuclearization" of Korean peninsula
📌 2006: North Korea again support for "denuclearization" of Korean peninsula
📌 2007: North Korea signs historic agreement to halt nuclear program!
📌 2007: N&S Korea sign agreement on reunification
📌 2010: North Korea commits to ending Korean War
📌 2010: North Korea announces commitment to "denuclearize"
📌 2010: North Korea again announces commitment to "denuclearize"
📌 2011: North Korea announces plan to halt nuclear and missile tests
📌 2012: North Korea announces halt to nuclear program
📌 2015: North Korea offers to halt nuclear tests
📌 2016: North Korea again announces support for "denuclearization"

Copied from an Indivisible Facebook post.

The Sandhill Crane Story - Mark Smith

Mark Smith
Published on Jun 7, 2017
I followed a pair of nesting Sandhill Cranes for 3 months. In that short time span, I captured hours worth of incredible footage and walked among these majestic birds. The things I learned humbled me, saddened me and taught me more than I could ever have imagined. Take a small peek inside the incredible life of these awesome birds.

I always wanted a compilation like this one

From the old Laverne & Shirley TV show. This was brought to mind by the thread begun by red dog 1 Post a line from a TV show and see if anyone can guess what show it's from without using Google.

Lenny & Squiggy were my favorite part of that show!

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Ninety-seven years ago today, the first bombs ever dropped on American soil fell

Contributing Editor Nate Morris’ Facebook post about 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre goes viral
By The Black Wall St Times on June 4, 2018

Ninety-seven years ago today, the first bombs ever dropped on American soil fell on the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, OK.

Greenwood ― the most preeminent black community in the United States at the time ― was home to 10,000 residents and contained scores of black-owned businesses, hotels, restaurants, law offices, doctors offices, movie theaters, and more. Following an incident between a young black man and a young white woman in a downtown elevator, many of the nearly 3,200 Klan members in Tulsa and countless more white vigilantes armed themselves with firearms and marched north to Greenwood.

They opened fire in the streets, set businesses and homes ablaze, and dropped napalm-like bombs from fertilizer planes flying overhead.

With the help of the National Guard and the local police force, they arrested nearly 6,000 black residents and forced them into temporary internment camps in the Brady Theater ― now a popular Tulsa music venue ― while their thriving community was systematically leveled. Many of those imprisoned were starved, beaten and killed in the same space the city hosts jubilant concerts in today.

More: https://theblackwallsttimes.com/2018/06/04/contributing-editor-nate-morris-facebook-post-about-1921-tulsa-race-massacre-goes-viral/

The original Facebook post from May 31: https://www.facebook.com/nate.morris.va/posts/10157692894764129

At least 25 dead after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts

Source: CNN

At least 25 dead after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts

By Claudia Dominguez and Emanuella Grinberg, CNN
Updated 12:33 AM ET, Mon June 4, 2018

(CNN)Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted on Sunday for the second time this year, leaving at least 25 people dead and 20 injured, as officials warned of continued volcanic activity.
The volcanic eruption spewed a river of red, hot lava and belched thick clouds of smoke nearly six miles into the air, according to the CONRED, the government's national coordinator for disaster reduction.
The CONRED confirmed late Sunday that the official death toll had increased to 25.
It urged residents living near the volcano to evacuate immediately and warned residents of the towns of Chimaltenango, Sacatepequez and Escuintla to watch out for volcanic rocks and ash.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/03/americas/guatemala-fuego-volcano-erupts/index.html

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Snakes in a bag - bring back the iconic Eastern indigo snake

Snakes in a bag
Service and partners work together to bring back the iconic Eastern indigo snake

By Dan Chapman, Public Affairs SpecialistMay 25, 2018

Andalusia, Alabama — A gaggle of biologists, zookeepers, college students and government officials traipsed through the Deep South longleaf pine forest one recent, gorgeous spring morning carefully clutching white pillowcases.

They were looking for holes. More specifically, gopher tortoise burrows into which they could deposit their precious cargo of Eastern indigo snakes, aka “Emperors of the Forest.”

The smooth, black, long — longest in North America — indigo snake is listed as federally threatened under the Endangered Species Act and in dire need of propagation and restoration to historical habitats. An all-hands-on-deck approach towards saving the much-loved, non-venomous indigo from extinction creates odd bedfellows.

Tony Brady, deputy project leader at Welaka National Fish Hatchery.
Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS.

“There he goes,” said Tony Brady, a fishery biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as a snake slithered from his pillowcase into a burrow at the Conecuh National Forest. “When we release them, we know we’ve done our job.”


It's massive, a unicorn and keeps you cool

Six foot unicorn sprinkler goes on sale
It's massive, a unicorn and keeps you cool

ByPhilippa Jenkins
17:45, 29 MAY 2018

Have you got anyone in your household who is obsessed with unicorns?

There may be something currently on sale which would be right up their street while the warm weather lasts.

Let’s face it, there's nothing better on a hot summer day than dusting of the barbecue, setting up the garden furniture and filling the paddling pool for the kids.

But this summer you can take it one step further and be the envy of all your neighbours with a six foot inflatable unicorn sprinkler.

More: https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/six-foot-unicorn-sprinkler-goes-1620624

A NEW Simon's Cat - Crow

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