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Census 2021

Back in 2011, we were all encouraged to take a photo of ourselves with our census forms for posterity. Hello posterity. So I decided to repeat that today, when I filled in the UK census this afternoon.

Goward Dolmen, County Down: Summer 2020

Sometimes called Pat Kearney’s big stone, you can see the remains of his long gone thatched cottage by the surprisingly large capstone. It’s thought to weigh50 tons and as slipped. But you can still easily imagine the portal tomb. Not the best sign-posted just look out for Goward Rioa and it’s up there, past a …

The Unemployed at Eton 1908

(This article was originally published in the OEA Review 2020.) A speech from an anti-poverty campaigner at Eton and the sum of £7 10s caused a flurry of combative correspondence in the Eton College Chronicle, and the national press, in 1908. It also generated this dramatic image I rediscovered during a lockdown clear out, bought …

A trip to Killowen on Carlingford Lough

Back in the middle of September, I managed to get down to Killowen on the county Down shore of Carlingford Lough between Rostrevor and Kilkeel. It has a charming stretch of beach that certainly doesn’t seem to get very many visitors. But it has some utterly stunning views both up and down the lough. (There’s …

mrktplcs 05 Oct 2020

(Original post lives here on mrktplcs.com) Cazoo, the UK used car #marketplace app has raised £240m investment and the company is now valued at over £2 billion (or over $2.5 billion), double its previous valuation. (TechCrunch) Inspiring #ecommerce case study: “In its fifth month since launch, carmats.co.uk achieved 3,157 orders, at an average order value of £36.64, meaning £115,667 …

Alciston Church, East Sussex

Sussex Churches: Alciston

Close to Firle, on the road toward Polegate is the charming village of Alciston and its pretty, but simple church in a beautiful setting. And very close to the fascinating tithe barn. The church was founded by Battle Abbey and served a monastic farm and it is has some 11 century features remaining alongside newer …