Un-Just…….

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Evening at Liverpool’s Waterfront

Long before the Beatles created headlines for Liverpool, the skyline of the “Graces” was a skyline recognised over the world. But as of 10am this morning, those, who so called know all about culture, i.e. UNESCO, stripped Liverpool of its World Heritage Status.

Why…. because Liverpool has done its best to develop the City, fit for the times we live in, whilst protecting its heritage. In that process it has had its history, commerce and the economy of its citizens at its heart.  Liverpool, a City that has had to undergo many dramatic changes, which at times has seen its citizens suffer hardships, yet still remain proud of its long history and their unique culture.

So what do we have to understand from this decision.  That progress is frowned upon and we should view our history  pickled in aspic in a glass jar.

Liverpudlians are a tough and philosophical breed…..  they will take this blow in their stride.  Just a shame that they have to.

Where ever you are today and whatever you  doing…

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

21st July

(C) David Oakes 2021

Wordless Wednesday…… A Favourite Place

Warkworth-Castle

Location:-  Warkworth Castle, Northumberland

A defensive Castle built in a crook in the River Coquet close to the Northumberland coast.  It is suspected that it is much older, but usually dated to the 12th century, built on the instruction of Prince Henry of Scotland the Earl of Northumberland.

Where ever you are today…

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

21st July

(C) David Oakes 2021

 

 

 

More Natural Power……

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Lower Slaughter, on the banks of the Rive Eye, Gloucestershire

Yesterday I sang the praises for wind power….. but of course water has also been used for centuries to power mills.  From small village mills, as here in the Cotswold village of Lower Slaughter, to the large mills of the industrial revolution.

Obviously one needed a constant water flow, but it also needed engineering skills to channel the water into a ‘mill leat’.  This enable the force of water to be increased, sometimes stored in a mill pond, but also provided the ability to regulated flow, to match the working demands of the mill.

Today, just like yesterdays windmill they are attractions across our countryside, all reminders of our creative forefather’s.

Old or new…  please

Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

9th July

(C) David Oakes 2021

 

 

 

Thoughtful Thursday….. Nothing New

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Heage Windmill, Derbyshire

Wind turbines may well be the new technical wizardry to save us all from fuel starvation. Wind power though is far from new.  The Windmill above was built in 1797, but many earlier Windmills can still be found.  Mostly used, like Heage Mill, for the processing of Flour….  many others were used for pumping water, to drain areas of potential agricultural land and some were for the the grinding of bones.   A truly versatile source of power.

Heage Windmill is built high above the Lower Derwent Valley in Derbyshire, its six sails are unusual but all the better for catching the wind.  The name Heage, is the name for the small village that encompass this hill side.  The name itself means ‘High Edge’ more than likely derived from the Anglo-Saxon ‘Heegge’ also meaning high or lofty place.

From name to purpose…. nothing is really new.

Nor is the daily message new, but just as important….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

8th July

(C) David Oakes 2021

 

 

Wordless Wednesday….. Another Favourite Place

Hardwick-Hall

Location:- Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

We are lucky in Derbyshire, that many of our ancestors chose to build their grand homes within the county. Indeed we are spoilt for choice….. But Hardwick, is I reckon, my favourite.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

23rd June

(C) David Oakes 2021