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Since 2015, the prince has worked as a helicopter pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service. There, he works 9.5 hour shifts, clocking up an average of 20 hours per week - the salary for which is donated to charity.

Based on these hours and the royal engagements, Prince William will have worked the equivalent of 34 of the possible 53 working days in 2017 so far.

Silence for a few moments. Harriet felt that Wimsey ought to be saying, ‘How well you dance.’ Since he did not say it, she became convinced that she was dancing like a wax doll with sawdust legs. Wimsey had never danced with her, never held her in his arms before. It should have been an epoch-making moment for him. But his mind appeared to be concentrated upon the dull personality of an East Anglian farmer. She fell a victim to an inferiority complex, and tripped over her partner’s feet.
‘Sorry,’ said Wimsey, accepting responsibility like a gentleman.
‘It’s my fault,’ said Harriet. ‘I’m a rotten dancer. Don’t bother about me. Let’s stop. You haven’t got to be polite to me, you know.’
Worse and worse. She was being peevish and egotistical. Wimsey glanced down at her in surprise and then suddenly smiled.
‘Darling, if you danced like an elderly elephant with arthritis, I would dance the sun and moon into the sea with you. I have waited a thousand years to see you dance in that frock.’
‘Idiot,’ said Harriet.
—  Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers

anonymous asked:

I just got quite a bit of amazon giftcards, any books on Traditional Witchcraft you'd recommend ?

I’m going to assume you are looking for books that are a little more “workable” as opposed to strictly historical. Not knowing how familiar you are with the subject, I’ll just rattle off a few titles. Some are older, some more current:

  • Cunning Folk And Familiar Spirits by Emma Wilby (folkloric, historical, anthropological, and comparative religious perspectives - excellent!)
  • Masks of Misrule by Nigel Jackson (I’ll always recommend Jackson) 
  • Call of the Horned Piper by Nigel Jackson 
  • Mastering Witchcraft by Paul Huson (older practical book of witchcraft; pre-’tradcraft’ with ceremonial influences; pretty much a classic)
  • The Secrets of East Anglian Magic by Nigel Pennick
  • The Devil’s Plantation: East Anglian Lore, Witchcraft & Folk-Magic by Nigel Pearson (a region I’m particularly fond of) 
  • Balkan Traditional Witchcraft by Radomir Ristic and Michael C. Carter (regional, Eastern European)
  • A Deed Without a Name by Lee Morgan (I’m adding this just because it’s one of those recent titles that’s fairly popular now; provides a decent, if light, overview)

There’s a few for you. And here’s a list of academic and historical texts.


Tom Licence has a Ph.D., and he’s a garbage man.

When you think of archaeology, you might think of Roman ruins, ancient Egypt or Indiana Jones. But Licence works in the field of “garbology.” While some may dig deep down to get to the good stuff — ancient tombs, residences, bones — Licence looks at the top layers, which, where he lives in England, are filled with Victorian-era garbage.

Studying what people threw away 150 years ago, Licence is getting to the bottom of an important issue: how much we throw away, and how to change that.

“We dig up rubbish,” says Licence, who is the director of the Centre of East Anglian Studies at the University of East Anglia. (His doctorate is in history.) “We’re interested in what people threw away and how we became a throwaway society.”

Digging Up The Roots Of Modern Waste In Victorian-Era Rubbish

Photos: Rich Preston/NPR, Lauren Frayer for NPR, Courtesy of the Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising

  • Royal Military Academy Sandhurst 
    • Officer Cadet - January 2006
    • Army Officer ( commissioned after 44-week training course )
    • Graduation Parade - 15 December 2006
  • Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals) 
    • Second Lieutenant - December 2006 
    • Lieutenant - December 2007
    • Bovington Camp, Dorset (4 months)
  • Royal Navy
    • June - August, 2008
    • Sub-Lieutenant 
    • Britannia Royal Naval College
    • HMS Iron Duke ( five-week deployment )
  • Royal Air Force
    • RAF Cranwell ( four-month training course )
    • RAF Wings - 11 April 2008
    • Flight Lieutenant Wales
    • Defence Helicopter Flying School at RAF Shawbury - graduated January 2010 
    • Search and Rescue Training Unit at RAF Valley Anglesey - transferred 26 January 2010 
      • C Flight No. 22 Squadron
      • 156 search and rescue operations
    • Falklands Islands Deployment - February-March, 2012 with No. 1564 Flight  
    • Operational Captain - June 2012
    • Left SAR/military - September 2013 ( due to privatization of SAR )
  • East Anglian Air Ambulance
    • 13 July 2015 - present
    • Pilot
    • Based in Cambridge
    • Donates full salary (approximately £40,000 per year) to the Air Ambulance charity 

  • Honorary Military Appointments
    • Royal Colonel of the Irish Guards - 10 February 2011
    • Honorary Air Commandant: RAF Coningsby - 3 October 2008 
    • Commodore-in-Chief: Scotland, Royal Naval Command - 8 August 2006 
    • Commodore-in-Chief: Submarines, Royal Naval Command - 8 August 2006 
    • Commodore-in-Chief: HMNB Clyde - 8 August 2006

Yesterday Prince George celebrated his second birthday with a party at his parents’ country retreat - Anmer Hall.

Guests have been pictured arriving at the couple’s Norfolk home, which sits in the grounds of the Queen’s Sandringham Estate, with his great grandfather Prince Philip as one of the first to turn up.

Several Land rovers and Volvo estate cars were seen driving up to the gates for the bash at 4pm.

Last year, Prince George celebrated turning one with a party at Kensington Palace, but this year’s affair promises to be more understated.

His mother the Duchess of Cambridge has done the bulk of the organising while Prince William gets his teeth into his new job as a pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

According to reports, the toddler’s maternal grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton were on the guest list along with Kate’s brother and sister, while William’s father Prince Charles and his wife Camilla miss the event as they were on a riyal tour of the West Country.
Prince Harry was absent as he is currently doing charity work in Namibia.

The young boy’s great grandparents Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were also attended.

The guest list is unlikely to be too A-List though, in keeping with William and Kate’s desire to give their children a normal upbringing.
As well as several of George’s young friends, some of his godparents are also expected to show up.(x)


Plant of the Day
Sunday 24 May 2015

The lost bearded irises bred by the artist Sir Cedric Morris who ran the East Anglian Art School at Benton End, Hadleigh, Suffolk from 1940, are being found and grown by Sarah Cook, the past Head Gardener at Sissinghurst Castle (National Trust). Morris was a notable Iris breeder preferring to create cultivars with softer colours. His plants were shown at the Chelsea Show, London, in the late 1940’s until the mid 1950’s. Thanks to Cook and Howard Nursery the plants were back again having been collected from all over the world, though sadly many cultivars are still missing. The beautiful backdrops were painted by Cherryl Fountain and helped explain the connection between Sir Cedric Morris as an Iris breeder and an artist. The exhibit received a well deserved Gold Medal and was my favourite exhibit this year.

Jill Raggett


♛ HRH The Duke of Cambridge

Full Name: William Arthur Philip Louis ♛ Born: 21 June 1982 in St Mary’s Hospital, London ♛ 2nd in Line - House of Windsor ♛ Parents: HRH The Prince of Wales & Diana, Princess of Wales (d. 1997) ♛ Siblings: HRH Prince Henry of Wales ♛ Spouse: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge (m. 2011) ♛ Children: TRHs Prince George of Cambridge (b. 2013) & Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (b. 2015) ♛ Civilian Occupation: Pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance

Prince William starts his air ambulance pilot jobs as he admits to first day nerves.

William clocked on at 7am today for his first shift as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA), which is based at Cambridge Airport.
As the Duke and his crewmates made the final checks on the H145 helicopter, William told assembled journalists of his excitement - and nerves - ahead of beginning the new job.

‘It’s my first day and I’m feeling the nerves,’ he said. 'We’re starting off on a wet Cambridge day, but I’m really looking forward to getting started. 'It’s been a lot of effort and patience in training but we’re here now and I’m looking forward to doing the job.’

To allow for royal duties, he will complete about two-thirds of the normal shift pattern but he is expected to work a full rota in the early months of the role to allow him to settle in.
Today he will work alongside pilot Captain Dave Kelly, Dr Gemma Mullen and paramedic Tim Daniels.



The East Anglian Air Ambulance is marking National Air Ambulance Week  (#NAAW2016) with a BBC Future project offering a look ‘Inside the trauma team where Prince William works’.

When I put my Air Ambulance hat on and I come here and I fly, I’m one of the team, I want to get the job done and at the end of the day feel like I’ve made a difference and a contribution.When I turn up, people are a little bit unsure about how to be around me and they are not sure how far they can push it more than anything. Within literally an hour of being with me, it is fairly obvious you can go quite far with me and I can take most things.                  – Duke of Cambridge