The Devil in Devon

The Devil in Devon
  In February 1855 around the Exe Estuary in Devon, England, a trail of cloven hoof prints stretching for between 40 and 100 miles appeared overnight in a fresh fall of heavy snow. The footprints were about 4 inches long and 3 across in single file with a stride length of between 8 to 16 ...

Erotica

Erotica
Hands up anyone who thinks they can recognise the statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus, London? Put your hands down now… because it isn’t Eros! It’s his brother Anteros No, I didn’t know that either. Did we really believe those prudish Victorians would raise a statue to the god of desire and sexual attraction? Whose ...

Friday the Thirteenth – Unlucky for Some

Friday the Thirteenth - Unlucky for Some
  Saturday the 14th and I successfully avoided the jinx of Friday the 13th again! I didn’t want to post anything until the witching hour had passed, just in case. As it turned out, Friday 13th was quite a pleasant day… but then, I am not one of the Knights Templar. On Friday 13th October ...

A Sure-fire Headache Cure

A Sure-fire Headache Cure
  Willow leaves and bark are mentioned in texts from ancient Assyria, Sumer and Egypt as being beneficial for aches and fever. Native Americans used willow for pain relief. This is because willow is high in salicylic acid a precursor to modern Aspirin. The ancient Greek physician, Hippocates – the Father of Medicine, wrote a ...
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