Cornish China Clay – The Discovery of Our White Gold

One of the most iconic and memorable sites in Cornwall is a man-made one.  What the locals call the Cornish Alps.  The huge, bright-white spoil heaps left by the China Clay industry dominate the centre of the county and can be seen for literally miles and miles highlighted against a blue sky. China Clay is […]

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Celebrating the Rather Eccentric Mr Knill

John Knill loved St Ives and more than 2oo years after his death St Ives is still remembering him.  This rather eccentric philanthropist (some say smuggler) wanted to provide for the people he had grown so fond of and to guarantee that his name would be remembered for all time in the town that he made his […]

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Show Time with My Minolta SR-7 : rewind and rediscover

Roughly around 20 years ago I bought an old camera, second hand at a flea-market, it was a Minolta SR-7. I don’t remember what I paid for it but I wasn’t earning much at the time so it can’t have been expensive.  I had fun with it for a few years and then the speed and light-weight […]

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My Grumpy Grandpa & his Shires

Grandpa Dale was a quiet, stern looking man who always wore a shirt, tie and waistcoat on the farm, even on the sunniest days.  He was hard but never unkind and I adored him.  I followed him about the farm like a puppy, getting under his feet.  He always carried a roll of blackcurrant fruit pastels […]

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Langarrow: Cornwall’s Sodom & Gomorrah

Tales of lost worlds and underwater cities are the stuff of our fantasy, myth and imagination.  The legends of Atlantis and Avalon have become a part of our psyche and ingrained in our culture.  Since I was quite young I have been told the stories of the magical land of Lyonesse. The city of Arthurian legend that is said to […]

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A King and our Lost Cornish Gold

No one these days really knows what a collar stud is, let alone wears one but King George V certainly did and he is said to have kept his in a rather special place. The county of Cornwall is not really known for its treasure troves, we live in hope of a discovery like Sutton Hoo to put the our long-forgotten kings […]

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Those Ruined places: Merther

Old buildings, I feel, always have a certain presence but ruined places somehow even more so.  There is a special kind of mystery in a ruined place and I find myself drawn in and pisky-led.  My rather over-active imagination can fill these ivy-clad, tumble-down spaces with life and lives that are entirely of my own invention.  Maybe […]

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In Launceston, Throwing Stones at Mary Magdalene

Living as I do in Mid Cornwall sometimes it can feel that I am a long way from anywhere in either direction.  If I take a trip ‘down west’ then I like to make a day of it and take a picnic and the same must be said for the other direction too.   There would be very little point in going […]

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Newlyn: The Last Port for the Mayflower

We all know a little of the story of the Mayflower. Every schoolchild is told something of that famous fleet of ships that sailed to America in the last days of the summer of 1620.  And in the US I am sure that many would hope to perhaps trace their roots back to those 102 intrepid travellers who journeyed to the new world […]

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