In this picture from the Chester Zoo, we see some packys getting themselves a nice cool drink of water. Either that, or it’s a big lake of tea. The Chester Zoo is in England, after all!
Photo found here.
British English versus American English!
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(yes he’s on a lead)
Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire, England
Temple Newsam is reported to be the most haunted house in Yorkshire, with the most famous ghost being Mary Ingram, commonly known as “The Blue Lady”
Creeping fog in Dunnerdale Valley, Lake District, England
Down to the Sea, Clovelly, England
This blog stands in solidarity with the British academic community currently on strike.
Market logics and profit should have no space in education.
West Norwood Cemetery, London; 30.9.2019
December 7th 1545 saw the birth of Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley, the Anglo-Scottish aristocrat and second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots.
He may not have been born in Scotland, but he is definitely undeniably linked to the life of our favourite Queen, Mary Stuart, he also had a claim to the Scottish throne. He was born near Leeds, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, to Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox, and Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox. However, later evidence suggested he was probably born in 1546.
He received a fine education and was fully aware of his social status. He learned Latin, Gaelic, English, and French and was an excellent singer, dancer, and lute player. He also became good at horseback riding and hunting and had a passion for hawks and weapon.
Darnley’s father , a Scot, Matthew Stewart had chosen the English side in the War of the Rough Wooing and was considered a traitor of Scotland. Thus, he lost his fortune and was exiled for 22 years. On his mother’s side, Henry was related to the English king Henry VII and Margaret Tudor, while on his father’s side, he was connected to James II of Scotland. His potential marriage to his cousin Mary, Queen of Scots, was his mother’s dream since his childhood. She even sent him to meet her in France when Mary was already a widow, but they were attracted to each other much later, when Mary helped him recover from measles.
Mary and Darnley shared a grandmother, Margaret Tudor who was married to James IV of Scotland, Margaret was the daughter of King Henry VII, this made both of them in line to throne of both England and Scotland.
Although, by blood, he had the right to the throne, Lord Darnley’s main accomplishment was becoming King Consort of Scotland by marrying Mary, Queen of Scots. However, before that, he was made the Lord of Ardmanoch and the Earl of Ross in 1565. Later, he was also made the Duke of Albany. He met Mary at the ‘Wemyss Castle’ in Fife, and she immediately took notice of him. He was tall and attractive, and as the Queen was a tall woman herself, he definitely stood out amidst the short and unappealing men who surrounded her at the court. He was also well-educated and refined and could continue conversations that raised her interest. He was of noble descent and a Catholic, all reasons to be considered suitable to marry the Queen. Despite his reputation of being arrogant and selfish and not at all popular in the high society, Mary chose him as her husband. The wedding took place at the ‘Chapel of the Holyrood Palace,’ on July 19, 1565. They were married according to Roman Catholic tradition, but Henry, being influenced by Protestantism, chose not to take part in the nuptial mass that followed the wedding.
It did not take the Queen long to realise that her new husband was not the man she thought he was. His mean character came to light, along with his obsession to receive the “Crown Matrimonial,” which would have made him the heir to the throne if the Queen did not have a child before she died. Mary refused. One month after the wedding, she discovered she was going to have a baby. The tension in the family only increased, as Henry became more brutal even though his wife was pregnant and needed a peaceful environment.
The Queen needed someone to turn to and chose her private secretary, Rizzio. This immediately raised suspicions from the King, who considered him a threat. Together with a group of nobles, he decided to kill Rizzio. The murder was shocking, not only because they stabbed him many times but also because it happened in front of the pregnant and shocked Queen Mary. There were voices that claimed that they let her see it on purpose, hoping that she would lose the baby. Rumors also suggested that Rizzio was the father of the baby.
This was Lord Darnley’s desperate way to force the Queen’s hand. He also made a deal with the noble Protestants to have them sustain his claim to the “Crown Matrimonial” in front of the parliament. He agreed to give them back their lands and titles in exchange for this. Although Henry later made a declaration saying he had nothing to do with the murder, the Queen had already lost all faith in him.
Things came to a head on February 9, 1567 when he was murdered in Edinburgh. He had been staying at Kirk o’Field, trying to recover from smallpox (or syphilis, as rumours claimed), when he was driven out of his room by two explosions in the middle of the night. He was found smothered outside the house.
His death remained a mystery, although it was suspected that the Queen and her next husband, the Earl of Bothwell, had plotted it. Darnley was buried in the ‘Royal Vault’ in Holyrood Abbey, near several other royal figures.
The second pic is a facial reconstruction based on his skull by boffins at The University of Edinburgh, I think it is very much like the portrait.
Hyde Park, 2017
stones making fun of walker wearing his shorts backwards in training 👀
This is the year that Baby Nightsong goes to look at the Shadows and Light show at the Eden Project.
In Cornwall, England.
This is photo number 341 of 365.
Il sole ogni mattina è uno spettacolo bellissimo e tuttavia la maggior parte del pubblico dorme ancora.
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