Chillingham Castle, northern England, home to the “Blue Boy” Ghost.

The Chillingham Castle, northern England, United Kingdom was originally a monastery in the late 12th century.
It attracts tourists from around the world who are eager to see the most haunted castle in Britain.
The most famous ghost of the castle is the “blue (or radiant) boy”, who according to the owners used to haunt the Pink Room in the castle.
Guests supposedly reported seeing blue flashes and a blue “halo” of light above their beds after a loud wail.
Image Credit: Photograph by David Clay.
Source: Hello From the Other Side: Most Mysterious and Haunted Places in the World – Sputnik International

Our Life Below the Surface by Andreas Franke.

1166‘Vandenberg: Life Below the Surface’ is simply a breathtaking exhibition by creative genius & Austrian photographer Andreas Franke.
The exhibit features a dozen digitally composited images on the Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg that was scuttled in May 2009.
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 The 4 x 5ft photographs stretch along 200 feet on the starboard side of the Vandenberg’s weather deck, 93 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.
Source: These Outstanding Underwater Photos Are Simply Magic

China’s Neon-Lit Alleyways by Marilyn Mugot.

Cinematic images of some of China’s neon-lit back alleys by Paris-based graphic designer and photographer Marilyn Mugot inspired by the films of David Cronenberg, Ridley Scott and Stanley Kubrick.
She visited China in November and spent six weeks exploring Chongqing, Guilin and Hong Kong, setting out for a different neighborhood as the sun went down to spend several hours wandering and shooting.

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As part of her Night Project series, she tells Wired in an interview: “I prefer to work at night because it’s exciting. The lights and the elements take on mystical and secret dimensions which are not always real but a result of my imagination.”
See more of Marilyn Mugot’s work on Instagram and at her website.
Source: Photos of China’s Neon-Lit Alleyways by Marilyn Mugot

Albert Pierrepoint, Britain’s Hangman.

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Albert followed his father and Uncle into the exclusive club of British hangmen. There were few executions in Britain in 1932, and the first execution Pierrepoint attended was in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, on 29 December 1932, when his uncle Thomas was chief executioner at the hanging of Patrick McDermott, a young Irish farmer.
He engaged his nephew as assistant executioner even though Pierrepoint had not yet observed a hanging in England and thus, despite being on the Home Office list of approved Assistant Executioners, was not allowed to officiate in England.
Pierrepoint’s first execution as “number one”  was that of nightclub owner and gangster Antonio “Babe” Mancini at Pentonville prison, London, on 17 October 1941; Mancini said “Cheerio!” before the trapdoor was sprung.
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Karel Richter (centre) shows MI5 officers where he hid documents after he had parachuted into England.
On 10 December 1941, Pierrepoint executed German spy Karel Richter at Wandsworth Prison. Writing about the execution in his memoirs, in which he changed Richter’s name to “Otto Schmidt”, Pierrepoint called it a “terrible mess”.
When Pierrepoint entered the condemned man’s cell that morning he saw that something was wrong. Richter should have been sitting at the table with his back to the door.
Pierrepoint could then easily approach the man as he stood up and pinion his wrists behind him. Instead, Richter was seated at the table facing the door. As Pierrepoint entered, Richter glowered and clenched his fists.
He stood up, threw aside one of the guards and charged headfirst at the stone wall. Stunned momentarily, Richter rose and shook his head. Two guards threw themselves on him.
After a struggle, Pierrepoint managed to get the leather strap around Richter’s wrists. As the guards pulled Richter to his feet, Pierrepoint was called back, for Richter had burst the leather strap from eye-hole to eye-hole and was free again.
After another struggle, the strap was wrapped tightly around Richter’s wrists. He was brought to the scaffold where a strap was wrapped around his ankles, followed by a cap and noose.
Just as Pierrepoint pulled the lever, Richter jumped up with bound feet. As he plummeted through the trap door, Pierrepoint could see that the noose was slipping but it became stuck under Richter’s nose. The prison medical officer determined, however, that it was an instantaneous, clean death.
On 29 August 1943, Pierrepoint married Annie Fletcher, who had run a sweet shop and tobacconist two doors from the grocery where he worked. They set up home at East Street, Newton Heath, Manchester.
Following the Second World War, the British occupation authorities conducted a series of trials of Nazi concentration camp staff, and from the initial Belsen Trial 11 death sentences were handed down in November 1945.
It was agreed that Pierrepoint would conduct the executions, and on 11 December he flew to Germany for the first time to execute the 11, plus two other Germans convicted of murdering an RAF pilot in the Netherlands in March 1945.
Over the next four years, he travelled to Germany and Austria 25 times to execute 200 war criminals.
The press discovered his identity and he became a celebrity, hailed as a sort of war hero, meting out justice to the Nazis.
The boost in income provided by the German executions allowed Pierrepoint to leave the grocery business, and he and Anne took over a pub on Manchester Road, Hollinwood, between Oldham and Failsworth.
Pierrepoint resigned in 1956 over a disagreement with the Home Office about his fees.
via Albert Pierrepoint – Wikipedia.

Old Guv Legends Christmas Luncheon – Friday, 17th November, 2017.

The Old Guv Christmas Luncheon

will be Celebrated on Friday, 17th November, 2017 from 12 Noon onwards

at the West Adelaide Function Centre, 57 Milner Road, Richmond.

Attending so far: Peter Plowman, John ‘Mooster’ Bryant, Alex ‘The Toff’ Riley, Rod ‘Puppet’ ‘Honky Tonk’ ‘Brother’ Parham, Jenny and Gary Easther, Bob Downs, Kevin Stone, Esther and Michael Harris, Candace Parham, Seamus Parham and Bek, Rob and Wendy Powell, Ray Belt, Ian ‘Meggsy’  Grunert, Graham ‘Sleepy’ Mutrie, Dennis ‘Big Den’ Grover, Ellen Krueger, Brian ‘Grubby’ Hartshorne, Barry O’Donnell, David and Marilyn Harding, Conrad and Norma Rogers, David and Wendy Walker, Jack and Helen Flack, Eunice Wright, Sue Thomas, John and Toni Manfield, Darryl and Claire Stone,

Apologies: Garth Mugford, Tony and Elaine Fitzsimmons, Coralie Hills, Keith Oxley, Don Woolman, Judy Marks. John and Di Chapman,

Salad Bar Available

RSVP No later than 10th November, 2017 to Alex Riley 0419 035 970 or Rod Parham 0424 294 450.

It’s a Lonely Life on the north-western Plains for 78 year old May.

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May McKeown looks up at the stars as she stands in the front yard of her 6,000 acre property.
May, aged 78, lives and works on her property mostly alone as her son is constantly traveling.
She inspects the property and hand-feeds her cattle daily, writing poems in her spare time about her lonely life on the flat north-west plains.
Image Credit: Photograph by David Gray/Reuters
Source: The 20 photographs of the week | Art and design | The Guardian