Kite Racing in Suffolk

Kites have been popular in Suffolk since their introduction into England in the 19th Century. In 1873 Oliver Holmes was flying his kite near Aldeburgh when the wind started to blow really hard – Oliver had difficulty holding on to his kite and thought that running with his kite would make it easier to control.Continue reading “Kite Racing in Suffolk”

Dolphin Friendly Cheddar Cheese Producers (DFCCP)

Extract from the book – 40 Strange Groups This organisation promotes animal welfare and ensures that no harm comes to any dolphins during the production of cheddar cheese by its members. The cows whose milk is used in the production of the cheese are gently persuaded to enter the milking shed, either by being givenContinue reading “Dolphin Friendly Cheddar Cheese Producers (DFCCP)”

Pea Shooting from Penistone

In the Middle Ages not everyone could afford a bow and arrow, so some poorer families became proficient with a pea shooter for self-defence. As Arnold de Boycott said in 1562 “Appen peas are cheaper than arrows and are easier to returne – some arrows gette stucke in things don’t they ande breake, but themContinue reading “Pea Shooting from Penistone”

Beaver Introduction Society of the UK

Extract from the book – 40 Strange Groups This society believes that beavers should be introduced into all areas of the UK where streams and brooks regularly overflow their banks. They cite examples in the south west of England, where the recent introduction of beavers had led to less flooding during the rainy winters. BeaversContinue reading “Beaver Introduction Society of the UK”

Bo Kaap – Cape Town

Extract from – Ten Traveller’s Tales Head along Wale Street away from the city centre and in five minutes you will enter the Bo Kaap district, located on the slopes of Signal Hill, with Table Mountain looming nearby. The residents of this inner city area with its brightly painted houses invariably being picked out byContinue reading “Bo Kaap – Cape Town”

The Toasted Caiman

The Toasted Caiman, also known as the Lesser Black Caiman, is found in the rivers of South America. Its range is from Surinam to Peru, with the main concentration in the 880,000 square kilometre Orinoco Basin on the borders of Colombia and Venezuela. This caiman grows to a length of around five metres and isContinue reading “The Toasted Caiman”

Humane Mousetrap Society

Extract from the book – 40 Strange Groups To be accepted into this elite group, prospective entrants must demonstrate they’ve invented a mousetrap that no one else has thought of. The trap must not kill the mouse, so bringing your hungry pet cat to the entrance exam won’t work. Would-be members have one hour toContinue reading “Humane Mousetrap Society”

Fruit Falcon of St Lucia

The Fruit Falcon of St Lucia is unique in the Falco genus in being the only one that hunts for fruit, although the bird’s hunting methods resemble those of the other members of the genus. The falcon stands about a foot high, with a wingspan of approximately 18 inches. The fruit of the ackee growsContinue reading “Fruit Falcon of St Lucia”