Box Brownie: The next step

Since I found my Brownie camera in a charity shop I have been on a sharp learning curve as I have got to know it and have gradually built up a picture of how this funny black box actually works.  I plan to do a couple more blogs on the anatomy of my Brownie and […]

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Who was Pirate John ‘Eyebrows’ Thomas?

What happens when the truth turns out to be far duller than the legend?  Do you try to get the facts to fit the exciting story that you would like to believe. Or do you acknowledge that history and time can sometimes make fools of us? And then of course there is a third option. To present […]

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Crantock’s hidden rock carvings & the mystery lady

A visit to the north coast of Cornwall brings you to a place of high cliffs and wild seas.  It is a favourite with surfers and holiday-makers now.  But in the past however it was the scene of many ship wrecks. Foolish bathers were often lost in fierce and unpredictable tides. Crantock beach’s flat sand is […]

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Earthquakes across Cornwall

At 2 o’clock in the afternoon on the 1st November 1755 the sea in Mount’s Bay , Penzance rose rapidly and without warning to about 6ft above its normal level. Then it “just as quickly ebbed away”. The water continued to rise and fall in this way repeatedly for the next 5 hours. In neighbouring […]

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Mermaids sighted in Cornwall (honest!)

I took the opportunity of spending a beautiful day walking along the cliffs at Mawgan Porth.  This stunning stretch of the north Cornwall coast has high cliffs which tower above flat golden beaches. On a sunny day it is a lovely place to be.  But my walk was all in the name of research, of course. Strange Sightings In the […]

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Cornwall’s Leviathan

So is the great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.  There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made therein. Psalm 104 verses 25-26 The coastline of Cornwall is mysterious as it is majestic. That wide, wild ocean that is full of so much potential […]

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