Heat Wave Reveals Hidden Archaeological Sites Across England (Photos) | The Weather Channel

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Hot, dry conditions this summer in England have revealed mysterious Stone Age ceremonial monuments, Iron Age settlements, burial mounds and a Roman farm.

Source: Heat Wave Reveals Hidden Archaeological Sites Across England (Photos) | The Weather Channel

This is fascinating!

“A scorching heat wave that has left much of the English countryside dusty and brown has also uncovered parts of the country’s past that have been buried for millennia.

“Archaeologists have been flying over the parched landscape this summer looking for patterns in the fields. As the soil dried out , ‘mysterious Neolithic ceremonial monuments, Iron Age settlements, square barrows and a Roman farm’ have become visible, Historic England said in a news release this week.”

Follow the link for more information, and/or see this Guardian article.

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Britain as it once was… Britain as it should be.

Westminster, London 1960’s. Not a stab vest, crash barrier or armed police officer to be seen.”

When Britain was British.

Jethro Tull: Fires at Midnight (Songs From The Wood, 1977)

“I believe in fires at midnight,

When the dogs have all been fed:

A golden toddy on the mantle,

A broken gun beneath the bed…”

I have always thought of Songs from the Wood as in some ways the quintessential British countryside album, and this song as the quintessential British countryside song. As such, it fits perfectly into the “Blighty Boys” concept!

It appears that, in some ways at least, the band itself agrees:

“Jethro Tull’s tenth album was inspired by Ian Anderson’s departure to a more rural environment in a transition which bore clear influence on the writing and recording process, with the band notably doffing a cap to British folklore and countryside.”

Songwriter and Jethro Tull lead singer Ian Anderson has also noted that the album was “for all the band members… a reaffirmation of our Britishness.”

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Blighty Boys!

What is a “Blighty Boy”…?

Blighty Boy!

This is a Blighty Boy!

In notable contradistinction to his chief adversary, the distressingly numerous, if decidedly unimpressive, Nu-“Male” (note the quotes), the Blighty Boy is the John Bull of the 21st century. Rule Britannia!

I wish I could claim credit for creating this meme, and the concept it embodies! But alas, I did not. I found it on the internet, and adapted it slightly (the original was “Blighty Boi,” which is way too metrosexual for me) to suit the purposes of The Anglophilic Anglican.

With that change of spelling, The Anglophilic Anglican proudly declares himself a Blighty Boy – at least in principle and philosophy, despite not living in Blighty, and lacking (currently, but hopefully not permanently) “a wholesome, steady relationship.” And I further declare that “Blighty Boys” will be a new category and tag for this blog, referring to traditional English / British culture, viewed from a masculine perspective!

Some (potentially) helpful links and images:

Parliamentary sovereignty: actually, I believe in the sovereignty of the Sovereign: the Monarch, currently Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II – health and long life to her! But I can get onboard with the Sovereignty of Queen-in-Parliament… formally, in the UK, “Queen [or King] in Parliament under God.”

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Roast Dinner with seasonal, local produce – the latter recipes are a bit fancy, but hey! I’m a bit of a “foodie”…

Book of Common Prayer Service, plus an explanation of why “The Book of Common Prayer Is Still A Big Deal.”

The Book of Common Prayer Is Still a Big Deal

“Rugged, strong hands… Works on the land, in industry, or serving society in a useful way.”

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“Applauds Army parades and stands to attention for the National Anthem.”

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The “obligations [the class system] places on the privileged“:

“Paternalism is a much-discredited word these days, but it ought to be remembered that the old, aristocratic ideal of society, however much it involved one side knowing its place and another exercising an arbitrary authority, relied on re-distributing a small part of your largesse to those less fortunately situated… Noblesse continues to oblige, and in a world full of new, tax-avoiding, prole-hating, obligation-avoiding money, old, duty-conscious, stately-home money can sometimes seem a very desirable friend to cultivate.”

Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, was a scion of old-school aristocracy which is still bound by the concept of ‘noblesse oblige’Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, was a scion of old-school aristocracy which is still bound by the concept of ‘noblesse oblige’ (Christopher Thomond/The Guardian)

“Drinks loose-leaf tea with whole milk.”

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Impressive collection of Airfix models:

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“Loves a cheeky pint…”

Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson is freed on bail | Daily Mail Online

Tommy Robinson has been freed from Onley prison near Rugby today after appealing against his contempt conviction

Judges have sensationally freed the ex-EDL leader, 35, after ruling it was ‘unfair’ to give him 13 months in prison during a ‘muddled’ court case held just five hours after his arrest.

Source: Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson is freed on bail | Daily Mail Online

Sometime justice does occur, after all! While Tommy Robinson’s sentence was not overturned, the ruling – which has the practical effect of releasing him on bail until his case can be re-heard – does deliver some pretty scathing judgements on how the case was handled in the first place:

“Today appeal judges ordered Robinson be released on bail and he will face a fresh contempt of court hearing at the Old Bailey in London ‘as soon as possible.’

“Tommy Robinson streamed an hour-long Facebook Live at an Asian [Britspeak for Pakistani Muslim] sex gang trial outside Leeds Crown Court in May and was later arrested and jailed for 13 months after admitting being in contempt of court – but was freed on bail today [July 31st].

“His case has sparked protests across the UK and a groundswell of support among the right in America, who claimed his incarceration violated freedom of speech.

“President Trump’s former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon led the calls for his release and called him a ‘solid guy’ and the ‘backbone of this country’ while in the UK last month.

“Two weeks ago Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, appealed against his 13-month jail term for contempt of court claiming the punishment was ‘excessive’ and the hearing was ‘rushed.’

“The Court of Appeal quashed his conviction saying the decision to jail him within five hours of his arrest ‘gave rise to unfairness’ and ignored court rules.

“A panel of three senior judges also criticised Judge Geoffrey Marson QC, the judge who sent him to prison, saying he gave ‘no clarity’ about what parts of Robinson’s Facebook Live video were in contempt of court.

“[Marson] ignored the fact the film was deleted shortly after his arrest and also denied Robinson the chance to defend himself properly by not adjourning the case to another day, the ruling said.

“Robinson’s successful appeal caused supporters to cry with joy and cheer wildly before chanting ‘Tommy’s coming home’ to the tune of England football anthem Three Lions.”

As I say, it’s not over yet! But this is certainly a positive development, not least for Robinson’s own physical safety and psycho-emotional well-being. Thanks be to God!

Excellent news – British activist Tommy Robinson released on bail!

Statement from pro-British, anti-mass-immigration activist Tommy Robinson upon his release from a prison he should never have been sent to in the first pace. The battle isn’t over, by a long shot! But this is excellent news, and long overdue. God be thanked!

God Save the Queen!

A rousing rendition of the British National Anthem, “God Save the Queen”!

Lyrics follow:

God save our gracious Queen!
Long live our noble Queen!
God save the Queen!
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen!

O Lord our God, arise!
Scatter her enemies,
And make them fall.
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks;
On Thee our hopes we fix:
God save us all!

Thy choicest gifts in store,
On her be pleased to pour:
Long may she reign!
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause,
To sing with heart and voice:
God save the Queen!