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A road near Avebury stones in Wiltshire could be permanently closed to protect the World Heritage Site (WHS). A new joint management plan for Avebury and Stonehenge recommends closing the B4003, which runs south of the circle.

Beth Thomas, WHS co-ordinator, said traffic along the narrow road was "damaging the archaeological fabric" and closure had to be considered. But Ben Butler, who farms nearby, said it was "an important route for farm traffic" and a "vital access road".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-32792684
A road near Avebury stone circle in Wiltshire could be permanently closed, to protect the World Heritage Site.
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Photographer Alejandro Prieto was in the right place at exactly the right time to get this shot, which he submitted to the 2015 Traveler Photo Contest.
Get your daily dose of outstanding travel photos. Today: A photographer searching for big predators finds a smaller one instead.
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I'm not sure if anyone else has noticed, but since about 2am the Conservatives have been extraordinarily quiet. When the exit poll showing unexpected success for the Conservatives came through, Theresa May and Micheal Gove on TV were understandably cautious, and as the reality of the situation became clearer they weren't as happy as you'd expect. Then they all disappeared.

I wonder if they're in shock. Their manifesto and subsequent announcements were expensive, £8bn for the NHS, new roads, housing, infrastructure, increasing tax allowances, saving incentives, childcare funding, lowering all sorts of taxes. And there's other big costs on the horizon: more social care, growing pension costs, defenseman spending, many more children to enter primary education. And cuts promised, that £12bn on working age welfare that they've said aren't prepared.

There's also problems with the economy: consistently lower growth than promised, bigger debts and deficits than forecast, a huge problem where productivity is lower than France.

And political issues: a promised referendum on EU membership with associated instability to markets, currency, industry, investment and employment. There's no effective UKIP but plenty of UKIP voters to fan the political right.

I think they're in crisis. They're not in a coalition any more, they cant blame the other party. The fault of the last Labour government is increasingly remote. They can't drop their bumper manifesto for a thin coalition document.

The Conservatives have now got a majority, the buck stops with them. They're working hard on how they're going to spin this unexpected success.

#ge2015 #election #conservatives
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Great post, it's true it seems that governments have less and less control over shaping the economy, they tend to allow the financial sector to provide growth, when that collapses in to recession no one seems to know what to do, so they pump in some liquidity in the hope that it'll be a shot of adrenaline, that is all they have. 
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I just watched this stunning film, a personal narrative on Jack Lieb's filming, It starts with life in London before D-Day, embarking from Plymouth, the invasion on 6th June 1944, the liberation of Paris and the fall of Berlin, with an eloquent commentary on war.  Many of the scenes looked familiar, just there's the shock of war going on in them.
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The tallest stone at Stonehenge points towards the sunrise on the midwinter solstice, according to a new theory from a steward at the site.
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It’s amazing what you can do with a few rakes, a stick and a piece of string! This map was etched into the sand at Whiteford Burrows on the Gower. See how here: bit.ly/1Dsnyif 
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Archaeologists believe first stone circle to be found on Devon moorland for 100 years lends weight to idea of liaison between communities there 5,000 years ago
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The High Line is thus a perfect example of “environmental gentrification” – the growing phenomenon of rising property values in the wake of a large-scale urban greening project. It’s a bit like the introduction of a new transportation hub or other major infrastructure project: while intended to serve existing residents, in reality it tends to increase land values to the point that those who live there are forced to leave. This exodus in turn transforms the sociological contours of the area and, by extension, the spatial segregation of the entire city.
With upwards of 5 million visitors each year, the popularity of New York’s High Line has created difficulties for local residents and small businesses. So is there a better way of introducing nature into our cities?
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Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, launches a report on St George’s day that concludes the South West can produce 100% of its energy needs from renewables – and have some left over to export.

The study shows that a renewable energy revolution could create 122, 000 jobs across the region and add over £4bn a year to the South West economy. Nuclear and fossil fuels are a distraction says the report:

“We must slay those particular dragons” said Molly Scott Cato, “they are having a chilling effect, freezing out investment for renewable generation, as well as taking up all the additional grid capacity.”

The report identifies that a mix of renewable energy resources could, in combination with energy saving, better-quality homes and improved methods of storage, address concerns about baseload and peaks in demand. 


Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, launches a report on St George's day that concludes the South West can produce 100% of its energy needs from renewables – and have some left over to export. The study shows that a renewable energy revolution could create 122, 000 jobs across the region and add over ...
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Starting from Kathmandu at 4,600 feet, the crew from Teton Gravity Research traveled by helicopter to 24,000 feet on supplemental oxygen to capture the majestic Himalaya in this captivating short f...
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