Treasure! Captain Kidds gems not discovered after all say UNESCO

Treasure hunt! Avast! Kidd’s legendary bounty still missing.

Treasure fail.  Gah!  I’m deeply saddened to report that contrary to what was written recently legendary missing treasure of Captain Kidd had been discovered, the Guardian writes that actually, it sadly hasn’t after all.

Load of old rubble; not a whiff of gold to be found after all.

This is very disappointing for treasure hunting fans such as myself as the story conjured up all sorts of dramatic and romantic notions of sunken ships and heaving chests bursting full of gold and gems. On the plus side, it does tentatively mean that the loot’s still out there, waiting to be discovered! Huzzah!

Captain Kidd looking despondent. No treasure found.
Poor Captain Kidd – his sunken booty’s still missing.

Previously Captain Kidd’s missing haul “found”.

The BBC and numerous other news outlets reported a month or so back that Kidds’ booty had been found – see here.  So in the spirit if adventure I drew this editorial image to celebrate.

Captain Kidds treasure found
Captain Kidds treasure found

 

Garden joy – a lawn you can be proud of!

Cutting the garden lawn with scissors to impress the neighbours.

According to an article in The Week magazine, nearly one in five gardeners admit to trimming their lawn with hand scissors in order to achieve the perfect garden.

Perfectly manicured garden!

13% say that the only reason they maintain their lawn is to impress the neighbours around them.

Garden lawn cut to size with scissors
Gardens trimmed by hand scissors by large number of gardeners.

Where on earth do they get these garden stats from?

I must say, I can’t find any evidence to validate these numbers but as it was such a fun snippet of a story I thought I’d run with it anyway.

If you’re after more valid facts and stats then I’d suggest having a looksie here where there’s a massive (i.e. 15) long list of gardening bits and pieces that should wet even the most voracious of detail consuming horticultural enthusiasts.

 

Abseiling like the SAS with Daring Doris Long

Daring Doris Long abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.

At 101 years of age, Daring Doris Long has an MBE for charity fund raising, notably for getting involved with daring abseils in aid of Rowans Hospice.  The most recent being over 100 meters down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.

Starting her unique fundraising style at the age of 85, she’s planning on beating her own age-related record for abseiling, at 102 years old; what a champ!

Go Doris!

You can find out more about this epic lady on the BBC news website, there’s a full story all about it here.

Abseiling 100 meters down Spinnaker Tower for 101 year old Daring Doris Long
Daring Doris Abseiling down Spinnaker Tower

When I was younger I loved abseiling.

Reminds me of when I was younger and used to go abseiling with the scouts.  Great fun I must say. I’ve got memories of going on a school trip, an outdoorsy type thing where we went abseiling, as I knew what I was doing, quite happily launched myself into the void of a large cave. By all accounts the instructor who was holding on to me was rather taken aback as he wasn’t used to people knowing what they were doing, and was more used to having to cajole people very very slowly down the rope.  The irony was that the experience only lasted a few seconds before I landed, whereas if I’d pottered down at a snails pace I could have enjoyed it for far longer.  Ah well.  I doubt my lesson was learned at all.

Your fundraising suggestions for a great way to raise money for charity.

What would you do to raise monies?  Got any great ideas?  Maybe sit in a bath of baked beans?  Climb to the top of the Himalayas?  Run to the end of the earth and back?  Let me know, and I’ll see if I can implement them when next I’m doing something for charity!

ELT illustration book images

ELT (English Language Teaching) illustrations.

The ELT market is huge, so a lot of publishers regularly bring out new books to cater for it.  Here’s a selection of images illustrating a young chap meeting a gorgeous goth girl in a nightclub (what a smoothy!), and introducing her to his exceedingly disapproving mother.  Poor chap, I think she looks lovely.

ELT book illustration.  Meeting a lovely young lady and introducing her to your mater.
ELT book illustration. Meeting a lovely young lady and introducing her to your mater.
ELT book illustration.  Meeting a lovely young lady and introducing her to your mater.
ELT book illustration. Meeting a lovely young lady and introducing her to your mater.
ELT book illustration.  Meeting a lovely young lady and introducing her to your mater.
ELT book illustration. Meeting a lovely young lady and introducing her to your mater.
ELT book illustration.  Meeting a lovely young lady and introducing her to your mater.
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