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Old 27th Oct 2020, 11:32
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Originally Posted by On eyre View Post
Google is your friend. I found a reference to Joanna Bonham-carter in Wikipedia - might be a useful lead. Happy hunting 😳
A little more here: Jo Bonham Carter

In 1995, Mrs Beatrix Rankine put a 22-acre wood by Burton Hall up for sale. On hearing that a covetous sawmilling operation has its eye on the timber, Johnny Couchman contacted Captain Mike Bolton, a friend, who had lately been entrusted with finding a suitable plot to plant a wood in memory of his wife’s late grandfather, the oarsman Horace Debenham. Mike Bolton met with Mrs Rankine who, after consultation with her two daughters, happily sold it to him for less than the asking price. ‘Captain Mike’, as he is known in the area, subsequently opened the wood to the public during daylight hours and named it Ballinakelly Wood after the original townland. A large number of people are now to be found criss-crossing the paths, many walking their dogs. Among the numerous beautiful old trees is an especially interesting 500-year-old yew, which features in Aubrey Fennell’s book “Heritage Trees of Ireland” (2014). [Isn’t it amazing that if a yew planted today should get a full innings, it might not topple until AD 2520. What sort of a mad world will we have by then!? When the Du Valls were planting the yew in Ballinakelly Wood in the Tudor Age, one wonders if there is a single thing about today’s world that they could have predicted!?] Seven-acres of the wood were cleared of laurel and replanted with oak, while there is also a picnic and play area that Captain Mike keeps mown. The woods also hold several graves, including a headstone to Mrs Rankine’s daughter Jo Bonham Carter who, as the inscription reads, “spent a happy childhood at Burton Hall and loved this wood”. The entrance to the wood is on the same laneway as the 'Mad for Models' sign. The wood once adjoined the Russellstown Park demense of the Duckett family, lands well known to the Russellstown Bunburys, but was seperated when the M9 motorway opened in 2009; an additional three-acres of oak, ash and other species was planted on the other side of the motorway. (See Appendix 2 below).

Perhaps some of the Walls are buried in the old Knockaunarelic cemetery in Pollerton outside Carlow. Located on the Palatine Road, in a field that was part of Lady Denny's Pollacton estate, the cemetery was cleaned up in the summer of 2019 by a group of volunteers headed up by Dr Seamus O Morchu, who then tried to transcribe the headstones.

The reflections at the end of the document are also of some interest

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Old 27th Oct 2020, 12:29
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Noticed an ad on the Tv for painter's tape (that nice sharp edges stuff).
End tag was ' Every good paint job starts with Scotch.'
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Old 27th Oct 2020, 16:23
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' Every good paint job starts with Scotch.'
Also useful for getting plastered.
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Old 27th Oct 2020, 18:54
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And for bonding, (a rough undercoat applied prior to plastering). Which by coincidence I have been doing for the past couple of days although I cannot plaster for the life of me.
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Old 29th Oct 2020, 00:46
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Last night was the most amazing display of an electrical storm that I have seen in my 70 years.

The lightning flashed faster than every second for around 20 minutes, with the thunder being sort of continuous rolling lumps and the occasional BOOM! with the closer lightning strokes. I watched in fascination through the window, and wish now that I had video of it all. The rain wasn't too heavy, though parts nearby got 70mm in an hour.
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Old 29th Oct 2020, 07:59
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How I would have loved to see that, Ascend Charlie!!! Thunderstorms can never be long enough, loud enough or dramatic enough for me! That would have been absolute magic!!!
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Old 29th Oct 2020, 08:15
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Great news ! .....well ok, not if you want to mourn for another deceased VRP, however, it now appears Rugeley power station will be blown up after all !. Previously, Amazon having inconsiderately built a warehouse opposite, objected due to dust, and associated stuff, clogging up their air cond. Now a change of heart it seems.

Which is nice as there's four cooling towers and one big chimney to go "kerboom ! " in January......one has never seen a demolition of such, hence ones enthusiasm for the event ( assuming one is allowed out and to travel that is )
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Old 29th Oct 2020, 09:51
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Those four cooling towers.
If they were water butts: how big would the garden need to be?
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Old 29th Oct 2020, 10:50
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Originally Posted by BlueDiamond View Post
How I would have loved to see that, Ascend Charlie!!! Thunderstorms can never be long enough, loud enough or dramatic enough for me! That would have been absolute magic!!!
A couple of months back I watched a thunderstorm track up into the North Sea, starting abeam Great Yarmouth (when it woke me up at about 0200) to when it was well into the North Sea, NE of Norfolk by about 0800. I live half way along the Suffolk/Norfolk border so quite a way from Yarmouth and about 30 miles from the storm (using netweather.tv to track it) but it appeared to be just over the fence it was so clear. It must have been best part of 100+ miles away by the end and, even in the (by now) early morning light, I could still make out the flashes in the upper reaches of it. I spent a while videoing it and even caught some sprites!

I also recall another storm (which I didn't see but saw on radar) over Sussex/Kent/Essex/South Suffolk. It's effect? Traffic from Paris to LHR was routing ........ via just to the South of Norwich!!!! There was a constant stream of everything coming in from the East (Far East/Asia/Northern Europe) turning right up towards Norwich and then back down to London. Bet that was a storm to behold on the ground!!!

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Old 29th Oct 2020, 11:00
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Originally Posted by Capn Notarious View Post
Those four cooling towers.
If they were water butts: how big would the garden need to be?
At a rough guess, to the nearest sq.mm.......very.

However, if you are interested in purchasing one, and like a well known bridge, they come in easily transportable blocks, please let me know and we can proceed with a negotiated sale......
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Old 29th Oct 2020, 11:16
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I had a canal holiday on the Trent and Mersey years ago. The Rugely power station cooling towers seemed to be alongside us for most of the day, almost as if we couldn't ever escape the view. Not at all sure I'd be sorry to see them go if I lived nearby. Cooling towers never struck me as having any real architectural merit, but then I'm not a fan of stuff made from concrete, anyway. Should be fun watching them come down, as there must be lots of good view points, all along the canal towpath, perhaps.
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Old 29th Oct 2020, 12:55
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The best lightning show I witnessed was over India in the days when Honk Kong - Heathrow routed that way. We passed over the ITZ and there was about an hour of non stop electrical activity below and to one side.

It was a gin clear moonlit sky above us so presumable the crew were flying VFR as the needles would have been pointing anywhere.
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Old 29th Oct 2020, 14:34
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India for me too, riding the jump seat while bouncing around on the descent into Mumbai, needles spinning everywhere, landing and taxi lights being used to pick a way through the cells. At one point, there were so many flashes in close proximity it was like starring in a bad plane movie. (Which it was)

More disturbing was climbing out of "Jan Smooties" after a particularly loud bang and rattle, looked out the window to see a corner of a skin panel glowing bright red which dulled to black in about 3-4 seconds. viewed in daylight after landing, a blue "tempering" mark was visible,

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Old 29th Oct 2020, 14:39
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I was talking to the wife just last night about thunderstorms (and other sights) seen from the cockpit.

Some amazing storms in the tropics - too many lightning striks to count as they never stop - the cloud is always lit up.

But also blazing coloured metoers, meteors bursting into a shower of sparks, Russian rockets re-entering the atmosphere, brokenspecters, etc etc...
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Old 29th Oct 2020, 15:41
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And noctilucent clouds as well as the Aurora Borealis.
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Old 29th Oct 2020, 17:03
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Very disappointing year for thunderstorms here in Hastings UK. Plenty of them all around on lightning maps with many tracking in our direction then veering off or petering out.

Maybe it's a Hastings thing.
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Old 29th Oct 2020, 20:39
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You could move to St Leonards. They have a better class of storm there.
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Old 29th Oct 2020, 21:57
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Another lovely dinner cooked by Checkers. He's actually going to work tomorrow.
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Old 29th Oct 2020, 22:11
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Originally Posted by Mr Optimistic View Post
You could move to St Leonards. They have a better class of storm there.
Certainly was yesterday, I was in St Leotards, thought I'd nip down the hill to get some lunch while there was a break in the weather. Walking back up the hill into a strong headwind and horizontal rain was... atmospheric.
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Old 30th Oct 2020, 00:24
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On Eyre and imagegear,

Thank you very much. I'm immersed in fascinating research due to your pointers, which includes one side of my family that I had no idea were connected.

TB is a family friend, more fool me for not calling him first...

The main man posted an update recently which has opened a window on the whole story.

My wife has met and chatted to Mike, it just never occurred to her to ask him about the monument to Joanne.

Its a very unique space, with many people, including my kids and friends will no doubt share Joanne's fond memories of it.

If Mike ever needs help to maintain it, I've no doubt he'll be absolutely overrun with offers. Its a Gem.

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