Picturesque village – Nags Head Pickhill http://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/ Thu, 21 Oct 2021 02:32:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Picturesque village – Nags Head Pickhill http://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/ 32 32 Pain Made Better, The Secret is Out Daniel O’Donnell launches an exciting new line of artisan sourdough breads from Gallaghers Bakehouse https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/pain-made-better-the-secret-is-out-daniel-odonnell-launches-an-exciting-new-line-of-artisan-sourdough-breads-from-gallaghers-bakehouse/ https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/pain-made-better-the-secret-is-out-daniel-odonnell-launches-an-exciting-new-line-of-artisan-sourdough-breads-from-gallaghers-bakehouse/#respond Wed, 20 Oct 2021 22:06:18 +0000 https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/pain-made-better-the-secret-is-out-daniel-odonnell-launches-an-exciting-new-line-of-artisan-sourdough-breads-from-gallaghers-bakehouse/

Gallaghers Bakehouse is teaming up with Donegal legend Daniel O’Donnell to celebrate the national launch of their new line of unique artisan sourdough breads and showcase their new campaign, Improved bread, the secret is revealed. Gallaghers Bakehouse has been making delicious fresh bread since 1968 in the quaint village of Ardara, County Donegal, but this exciting new range delivers all the benefits of sourdough, fermented for a light texture and flavorful taste while being full of fiber. , delivering bread that is not only tastier but also healthier. The new range is available in select Tesco, Dunnes Stores, Supervalu, Spar and Centra stores nationwide.

Speaking about the campaign, Daniel O’Donnell said: “I am delighted to be working with Gallagher’s Bakehouse to launch their exciting new line and national campaign, Pain Mieux, The Secret is out. Gallaghers Bakehouse is a staple in my kitchen. It’s fantastic to work alongside a brand that has such a strong connection to Donegal, and to see its continued growth and success.

To support the campaign, Gallaghers Bakehouse revealed a new ad featuring Daniel O’Donnell uncovering Donegal’s best kept secret. In a light video, Daniel is seen chatting with locals who are all desperate to hide the secret, in the end however, Daniel wins out and reveals that Gallaghers Bakehouse’s artisan sourdough is indeed one of Donegal’s best-kept secrets.

Using only the simplest ingredients and time, the innovative line includes products rich in health benefits including high fiber, low sugar, good gut health, digestive system and vitamins.

Greta Hammel, Marketing Director for Gallaghers Bakehouse:We are truly proud of this exciting new range of Gallaghers Bakehouse and delighted that people across the country can now enjoy a healthier and tastier choice of bread. We have developed sourdough breads that meet the daily needs of consumers and we were blown away by the initial reaction. We are excited to partner with Donegal legend Daniel O’Donnell to celebrate this next step in our growth.

To further support the launch, Gallaghers Bakehouse bread has also teamed up with the best of Donegal, GAA Icon, Michael Murphy and Miss Universe and Dancing with the Stars 2020 contestant Grainne Gallanagh.

Speaking about the campaign, Michael Murphy said: “Donegal pride runs in my blood, so I’m delighted to partner with Gallaghers Bakehouse to celebrate the launch of this new range and campaign, Improved bread, the secret is revealed. It’s a winning line for me and my family, delivering the perfect combination of tastier, healthier breads. I can’t wait to see Gallaghers Bakehouse become a national hit ”.

Speaking about the campaign, Grainne Gallanagh said: “I am delighted to participate in the Bread is better, the secret is out campaign with the Gallagher bakehouse. Everyone knows I’m obsessed with Donegal so any chance to talk about all the amazing things we have in Donegal I’m up for it. Of course, this new range of Gallaghers Bakehouse is one of them, so this partnership is perfect for me.

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Police dig up graveyard as they launch ‘archaeological investigation’ in Wiltshire village https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/police-dig-up-graveyard-as-they-launch-archaeological-investigation-in-wiltshire-village/ https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/police-dig-up-graveyard-as-they-launch-archaeological-investigation-in-wiltshire-village/#respond Tue, 19 Oct 2021 17:13:48 +0000 https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/police-dig-up-graveyard-as-they-launch-archaeological-investigation-in-wiltshire-village/

Police dig up graveyard as they launch ‘archaeological investigation’ in picturesque Wiltshire village

  • Police launched an ‘archaeological investigation’ at a Wiltshire cemetery yesterday
  • Planned excavations are taking place at St Andrew’s Church in Collingbourne Ducis
  • Forensic tents and a crime scene cordon have been set up next to 15 graves










Police began digging a cemetery as they launched an ‘archaeological investigation’ in a picturesque Wiltshire village.

Three forensic tents have been erected and a crime scene cordon has been set up around 15 graves at St Andrew’s Church in Collingbourne Ducis.

Officers stormed the cemetery early Monday morning as they prepared for the planned digs, but no details of the investigation have been released.

Residents of the village called the archaeological excavations at the cemetery “heartbreaking,” but police said relatives who have loved ones buried in the nearby area have been informed.

Wiltshire Police began digging a village graveyard as they launched an ‘archaeological investigation’ on Monday (pictured, crime scene investigators at the site)

Four police officers were seen standing guard over the cordon today as three crime scene investigators and an CID detective worked directly outside the main doors of the church.

Fresh earth thrown on a tarp could be seen at two graves next to one of the forensic tents as excavations began.

A concerned resident, who was walking his dog in the area, said: “It is worrying, but police say there is nothing to fear.

“It’s hard not to worry when they dig the cemetery right next to my house.

Three forensic tents have been erected and a crime scene cordon set up (pictured) around 15 graves at St Andrew's Church in Collingbourne Ducis

Three forensic tents have been erected and a crime scene cordon set up (pictured) around 15 graves at St Andrew’s Church in Collingbourne Ducis

Fresh earth was seen thrown over a tarp at two graves next to one of the forensic tents on Tuesday as investigation begins

Fresh earth was seen thrown over a tarp at two graves next to one of the forensic tents on Tuesday as investigation begins

“My mother is buried there but her grave is just outside the cordon so I don’t have to worry too much. Yet it cannot be a great experience for others.

“You can see dirt thrown over the graves. It must be overwhelming for those who have relatives there, especially if they can’t visit them for that long – weeks perhaps. ‘

In a statement, Wiltshire Police said: ‘This work relates to an archaeological investigation at a site carried out at the request of Wiltshire Police.

“Relatives of those whose graves are nearby have been informed.

Residents of the village called the archaeological excavations at the cemetery

Residents of the village called the archaeological excavations at the cemetery “heartbreaking”, but police said relatives who have loved ones buried in the nearby area have been informed.

No details of the operation have been disclosed by the force, which appears to be keeping any information on the investigation secret.

No details of the operation have been disclosed by the force, which appears to be keeping any information on the investigation secret.

“This should not disturb the public as the road remains open to pedestrians.”

No details of the operation have been released by the force, which appears to be keeping any information about the investigation secret for now.

The small village of Collingbourne Ducis is located on Salisbury Plain north of Tidworth, with a population of around 1,000, and the busy A338 two-lane road runs through it.

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15 stunning drone photos capture Berkshire waterfall https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/15-stunning-drone-photos-capture-berkshire-waterfall/ https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/15-stunning-drone-photos-capture-berkshire-waterfall/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 15:40:58 +0000 https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/15-stunning-drone-photos-capture-berkshire-waterfall/

For those of you who are friends with Pittsfield Firefighter Kyle Bailey, you may have seen some of the awesome drone shots he posts on his social media pages.

Bailey, who seems to have a great attitude about everything in life, took some great photos of our county that we should all see.

15 BEAUTIFUL AUTUMN DRONE SHOTS OF WEST MA AND THE BERKSHIRES

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WATCH: Here are America’s 50 Best Beach Towns

Each beach town has its own set of pros and cons, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best to live in. To find out, Stacker took a look at WalletHub data, released on June 17, 2020, which compares US beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The towns had a population of 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From these rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida won’t be surprised to learn that many of the cities featured here are in one of these two states.

Read on to see if your favorite beach town has made the cut.

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Staffordshire beauty spot named UK’s most haunted place https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/staffordshire-beauty-spot-named-uks-most-haunted-place/ https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/staffordshire-beauty-spot-named-uks-most-haunted-place/#respond Sun, 17 Oct 2021 08:04:33 +0000 https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/staffordshire-beauty-spot-named-uks-most-haunted-place/

A Staffordshire beauty spot associated with werewolf legends has been named the UK’s most haunted place.

A new list of the country’s spookiest outdoor spaces has been made – and Cannock Chase topped the list, with myths of half-man, half-wolf creatures at the top among the reasons.

The Woods made headlines earlier this year when a number of spooky dolls were discovered nailed to its trees.

Read more stories from across Staffordshire

The Wildlife and Woodland Paradise is a scenic place to hike, with breathtaking scenery and great hiking trails.



Baby dolls were found nailed to trees in Cannock Chase

However, according to GardeningExpress.co.uk’s list to mark Halloween prep, it also has a dark side to it.

A company spokesperson said, “With Halloween right around the corner, we’ve researched and revealed some of the scariest outdoor spaces in the country.

“These are places steeped in history, myths and legends, from cursed trees to vampires and werewolves. The entirety of a certain village has gained a creepy reputation over the years, and while you might assume that every cemetery could be haunted to some extent, there is one in particular that trumps the rest.

The UK’s spookiest outdoor spaces

1. Cannock Chase, West Midlands



Hunting is a beautiful place for a walk.

Cannock Chase is a large, densely forested area that has become one of the UK’s most active paranormal hotspots.

Most famous, he is known for his “werewolf” sightings and, according to myths, the monster lurks on the outskirts of Stafford.

There have been numerous reports of people living in the area who say they saw what they claim to be a “hairy wolf-type creature” walking on its hind legs around the German War Cemetery, just off Camp Road, between Stafford and Cannock.

Several witnesses say the creature jumped up on its hind legs and ran into nearby bushes when it was spotted.

2. The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

The reported hauntings terrified Heligan staff members for many years, with one gardener refusing to lock the garden himself at night.

A link is often made between the “atmosphere” in Heligan and the number of employees who were lost during the First World War.

The most haunted areas are the rock garden, the melon garden and the fruit store, where some gardeners prefer to work in pairs.

3. Green Park, London

A great place to spend a lazy afternoon in the sun, but the whole park is not so welcoming.

Legend has it that there is a sinister “tree of death” within the compound which should be avoided at all costs.

It is said that anyone who falls asleep in the shade of the branches of the tree never wakes up again.

The tree has only been identified in the past by claims of a black figure that was spotted under the tree, park rangers said they heard a man’s voice in the vicinity and moans were heard. been heard coming from the tree.

4.Queen’s Park, Glasgow

The 150-acre park is located on the south side of town and is the site of the Battle of Langside in 1568, which is said to have marked the start of the Marian Civil War.

Hundreds of the 10,000 men who fought there died – and ghosts of dead soldiers are now said to be spotted near the boating lake on the anniversary of the battle on May 13.

5. Rowton Moor, Chester

The Battle of Rowton Moor took place here during the English Civil War in 1645 and it seems to have left its mark on the earth.

It was one of the bloodiest battles in the conflict, with large numbers of English soldiers brutally killed here.

The area is now said to be haunted by ghosts of men on horseback which, according to legend, appear every year around September 24.

6. Berry Pomeroy, Devon



Britain's most haunted castle - Berry Pomeroy in Devon
Renowned Britain’s most haunted castle – Berry Pomeroy in Devon

No one really knows what happened to the castle of Berry Pomeroy, because all that remains is the shell of an old building.

Other than a cafe, it’s horribly empty. Apparently, a “Blue Lady” is known to attract passers-by, only for them to fall to their deaths.

There are also myths about a “White Lady” who haunts the dungeons after being imprisoned there.

7. Pluckley Village, Kent

The whole village of Pluckley has a reputation for being one of Britain’s most haunted – and it was named precisely by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1989.

Between 12 and 16 ghosts have been sighted in the village, including a screaming man, a highwayman who appears in “Fright Corner”, a schoolmaster found hanged by a group of children and an old woman who was smoking. on a bridge.

8. Highgate Cemetery, London

In a letter to the Hampstead and Highgate Express in 1970, a vampire sighting was reported by a bystander who noticed it while walking past the graveyard.

He said he saw “a gray figure” and asked if others had seen anything similar. Several people responded by describing a variety of ghosts believed to haunt the graveyard or the adjacent Swains Lane.

The ghosts have been described as a tall man in a hat, a spectral cyclist, a woman in white, a face shining through the bars of a door, a figure wading through a pond, a pale form, bells ringing and voices shouting.

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For the publisher:

The people of Nova Scotia love their sleepy little town. No traffic, little delinquency, rural landscapes, picturesque churches. Not much when you think about it.

Smith’s Tavern is gone, Stewart’s in the village of Voorheesville is closed, our hometown hardware store is closed, examples could fill this page. Residents from all over the city often drive to Guilderland or Bethlehem for things like services, entertainment, or to buy clothes or shoes.

The current municipal apparatus – that is, the city council and the supervisor – are all of the same party, and Americans instinctively distrust monopolies. Bad in business and worse in government.

The time has come for all voices in the city to be heard. The list of Republican candidates in Nova Scotia – Erik Grissell for city supervisor, Peter Drao and Charissa Mayer for city council and Lori Dollard for city clerk – want the chance to have your voice heard and revitalize Nova Scotia.

These highly qualified candidates favor three initiatives to awaken Nova Scotia:

– Promotion and preservation of small business in all parts of the city; nobody wants big boxes. Micro and small businesses would improve our city;

– A voice for all residents, breaking the tired monopoly. Republicans support things like town halls where all voices are heard and took into consideration; and

– Improved quality of life through a top-down review of all rules, regulations and policies that limit freedom and property rights in our city.

The current administration will highlight their achievements over the past 10 years, countable on the one hand. They will undoubtedly list things that they did not play a role in advancing.

They will cite a dilapidated barn as their greatest pride – six years and hundreds of thousands of Public dollars and it’s still nowhere.

There is a vague uproar of activity in Voorheesville – attributable to Republican presence and pressure. More is needed across town, not just in Voorheesville. Ten years is too long to wait, too little and far too late.

Replace the current dormant administration with people who will get things done and preserve our beautiful city in every corner for all.

Dean Fish

President

City of Nova Scotia

Republican Committee

Editor’s Note: The village board of directors is non-partisan, which means that its directors do not run along a party line in village elections. party affiliation. Additionally, enrollment among village residents skews Democrats with nearly a third of unaffiliated.

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Jonas Deichmann Rides 3,144 Miles Across Mexico In 4 Months, Forrest Gump Style https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/jonas-deichmann-rides-3144-miles-across-mexico-in-4-months-forrest-gump-style/ https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/jonas-deichmann-rides-3144-miles-across-mexico-in-4-months-forrest-gump-style/#respond Thu, 14 Oct 2021 20:16:37 +0000 https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/jonas-deichmann-rides-3144-miles-across-mexico-in-4-months-forrest-gump-style/

German extreme athlete Jonas Deichmann ran 120 marathons, approximately 3,144 miles, across Mexico. He completed this stage of the race in 116 days, arriving at Playa Delfine, Cancun on October 4.

Jonas Deichmann reaches Cancun – courtesy of Markus Weinberg

Jonas Deichmann in Cancun – courtesy of Markus Weinberg

It was part of his round-the-world triathlon (circling the world from Munich, Germany, swimming, cycling and running) which started in September 2020. The entire course is over 120 Ironmans. , approximately 40,000 kilometers long.

He started this running leg in Tijuana in June:

Deichmann Race Course, courtesy of Markus Weinberg

Deichmann crossed Mexico Forrest Gump-style, says his press release, referring to the movie character Forrest Gump who has crossed the United States five times while drawing an audience of people who ran with him.

He “traversed deserts, jungles and high mountains… encouraging thousands of runners to walk part of the way. ”

courtesy of Markus Weinberg

courtesy of Markus Weinberg

Deichmann, 34, documented his thoughts throughout the trip in a nutshell weekly updates, sharing that the start was tough. He had just completed the 10,000 kilometer cycling stage that took him through freezing weather conditions in Siberia.

“After 35 kilometers it becomes apparent that I have hardly run in the past 7 months,” he wrote in his Week 35 update, citing leg and back pain when pulling the equipment bag trailer for the next few days.

He cited the monotony of running past “the bushes left and right” and avoiding heat that rose to 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) sometimes with high humidity.

For his trip from San Cristobal to Palenque, Deichmann had new running companions: 10 police officers. He continued to have police escorts intermittently throughout the run.

In week 43, the local running club accompanied Deichmann and brought the local street dog who often runs with them, La Coqueta. But when the club returned home after a half marathon, the dog continued to follow Deichman and lay outside his tent that night. He found a family in El Salto to adopt him.

In a village in Ocosingo, he received as gifts homemade sugarcane schnapps and podzole (a drink made from corn.) “A local specialty. [here] is a rat stew, which is supposed to give a lot of strength, but luckily it’s not ready yet, ”he joked.

Deichmann continued to receive endless hospitality throughout his run, from being invited to a barbecue by the Pabellon mayoral candidate, to dinners, city tours, and often local drinks and fruit. . A woman from Tehuacan gave him a total of 8 melons and to avoid being rude, he accepted the gifts. With the melons and around 15 bottles of drinks, he estimated his trailer to weigh around 30 kilograms (around 66 pounds) and he struggled to climb the hill.

The TV and radio staff were consistent and outdid Deichmann a bit when he was in Tehuacan, he wrote.

“It gets hotter and wetter with every mile further down the Pacific Plain,” Deichmann said towards the end of his race. He ran for 5 days across the coastal plain above Huzantlan, claiming the heat gave him headaches and muscle cramps he hadn’t had in years.

A runner here, a former football player named Taylor who had a leg amputated due to a tumor, accompanied Deichmann on crutches and stunned him with his motivation.

At week 50, he was counting the kilometers. Over 100 people ran with him to Tuxtla Gutierrez where he was also greeted by a marimba group.

“Exactly 1000 kilometers to Cancun,” he wrote.

The landscape became “boring” again in Campeche where the roads were straight and surrounded by bushes on either side. The mayor of Merida gave her a pyramid and a stone palace, each weighing around 4 kilograms. “Very interesting,” Deichmann wrote.

“The arrival in Cancun is Monday at 1:00 pm,” he said, predicting his scenic arrival where he was greeted by many jubilant fans.

And after?

He will travel to Portugal where he will begin the last part of his 120 Ironman triathlon around the world: a 3,500 kilometer (approximately 2,175 mile) cycle path to Munich.

For now, he is recovering in Cancun for a few days and planning the last cycling stage to Munich. He is delighted to find his bicycle, which he affectionately calls “esposa” or “woman” in English.

Deichmann holds world records for several transcontinental crossings including Eurasia, Panamerica and from the North Cape to Cape Town. He added the world record for longest unassisted open water swim (450 km) during his current triathlon in December, setting the new record at double the previous record in 2016.

Completing the 40,000 km journey would also break the current world record for the longest triathlon, set at 6,759.8 km by the same man who held the previous unassisted open water swimming world record, Sean Conway.

Complete chronology of the triathlon world tour:

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Where was Sinner season 4 filmed? TV shows filming locations https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/where-was-sinner-season-4-filmed-tv-shows-filming-locations/ https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/where-was-sinner-season-4-filmed-tv-shows-filming-locations/#respond Tue, 12 Oct 2021 09:39:57 +0000 https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/where-was-sinner-season-4-filmed-tv-shows-filming-locations/

‘The Sinner’ is a crime drama series based on the novel of the same name by Petra Hammesfahr and developed for television by Derek Simonds. It revolves around Detective Harry Ambrose, who investigates a series of compelling criminal cases while battling his personal demons. In the fourth season of the critically acclaimed proceeding, Harry retires to a small fishing town in Maine, where he is hired to investigate a local tragedy.

As Harry runs around the small town to gather clues, we can explore the scenic beauty of the quaint tourist town. If you’re curious about the locations seen on the show, we’ve got you covered! Here’s everything we know about the ‘The Sinner’ Season 4 filming locations!

Sinner Season 4 Filming Locations

Principal photography for Season 4 of ‘The Sinner’ began in late April 2021 and ended in September 2021. Unlike the majority of previous seasons, the fourth season is set in Hanover, Maine. The first seasons of the series were filmed in New York and South Carolina.

However, Season 4 is the first to be filmed in Canada. The fourth season was shot on location in the province of Nova Scotia, with several cities helping to create Hanover’s face on screen. The specific filming spots for Season 4 of ‘The Sinner’ are detailed below!

Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia

The main filming location for Season 4 of “The Sinner” is Lunenburg County, located in the South Shore region of Nova Scotia.

The cast and crew filmed some footage in Lunenburg, a county port town. The scenes were shot at Bluenose Drive and parts of downtown Lunenburg. The heart of the city is a national historic site of Canada. Fishing is a major industry in Lunenburg, making it the perfect replacement for the city of Hanover.

Some footage was shot in Chester, a village on the Chester Peninsula. Chester is a popular spot for yachting enthusiasts. Other towns in Lunenburg County where filming took place include Mahone Bay and Riverport. Hubbards Beach, a white sand beach and a popular South Shore tourist destination, is also featured in season four.

Some residents of Nova Scotia were reportedly unhappy with the crew filming in their hometown during the pandemic. However, the team took great care, followed all guidelines, and operated in small, individual units to complete production. Filming of popular shows such as “Locke & Key” and “Haven” also took place in Lunenburg County.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Halifax Regional Municipality, or simply Halifax, is the capital of Nova Scotia and one of the show’s filming destinations. While in Halifax, the cast and crew shot footage in the city and were stationed at the Lord Nelson Hotel located at 1515 South Park Street.

Read more: Sinner’s Season 3 Ending Explained

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Helping Yunnan Village Thrive, Teacher Learns Vital Life Lessons https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/helping-yunnan-village-thrive-teacher-learns-vital-life-lessons/ https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/helping-yunnan-village-thrive-teacher-learns-vital-life-lessons/#respond Mon, 11 Oct 2021 01:31:35 +0000 https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/helping-yunnan-village-thrive-teacher-learns-vital-life-lessons/ By LI LEI in Beijing and LI YINGQING in Kunming | China Daily | Update: 2021-10-11 09:22

Li works with village officials during a field visit to Nujiang Prefecture in Yunnan. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Lack of modern equipment will not hold back the villagers

2014 was a pivotal year in Professor Li Xiaoyun’s research on poverty reduction.

That winter, he traveled with a team of researchers from Beijing to Hebian Village in Yunnan Province.

The picturesque Yao ethnic community, home to 58 families, sits on the edge of a subtropical forest.

Bordering Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam, Yunnan is known for its vibrant ethnic communities. For decades, it was also known to be underdeveloped and backward, and home to one of the most intractable forms of poverty in China.

What initially was to be a months-long field study of the poverty-stricken community turned into a multi-year involvement. By the end of 2017, Li and his team had helped transform Hebian into a successful tourist destination, featuring bamboo hotels, 4G internet access, nightclubs, a network of paved roads and a immersive cultural experience that attracts visitors from all over the country. .

A rural development expert at the China Agricultural University, Li said he had been involved in similar projects before Hebian, but most had been short-term and many had encountered funding problems.

Hebian offered the professor a laboratory at a time when poverty reduction was an official priority, so he seized the opportunity, gathered resources and was finally able to help break the cycle of village poverty once and for all. all.

“I’m best known as a college professor,” the 60-year-old said, “but I actually wear a number of different hats, especially as a practitioner.”

Li began his career as a rural policy researcher at the secretariat of the Communist Party of China Central Committee in 1987.

In 1994, he began teaching at the CAU and became dean of its rural development school four years later.

After decades of experience in the field, he has adopted an approach that is developmental in nature and emphasizes sustainability.

His success at Hebian is a testament to this approach, and he has helped hundreds of Yao ethnic groups escape misery by building a closed-loop industry that created jobs, not by handing out cash donations.

Hebian’s transformation has helped solidify Li’s position as a leader in China’s recent anti-poverty campaign.

Distinguished by its tailored approach, the campaign, which ran from 2012 to last year, eradicated absolute poverty from mainland China and represented an improvement in the nation’s decade-long attempt. to help inland regions stricken by poverty.

In 2012, the CCP decided at a rally in Beijing to make China a “moderately prosperous society in all respects” by this year to mark the Party’s centenary.

Absolute poverty, like that which afflicts Hebian, is in the crosshairs of the authorities.

When Li arrived in the village in 2014, poverty was rife. Children were running barefoot in front of dilapidated houses. Cattle lived alongside people in traditional bamboo buildings, and the dirt roads became muddy in the freezing rain. Without savings and without certified doctors, few inhabitants spoke Mandarin or ventured much outside the village because the change was stigmatized.

“People who sought to leave would be laughed at because they didn’t know their place,” Li said. “But in fact, seeking change is a form of progress.”

For generations, locals have managed to get by on minimal profits by cultivating sugar cane and rubber trees.

Livelihoods were often at the mercy of fluctuating demand and, due to the isolation of the village, incomes were diminished by increasing transport costs.

Li realized that the time and energy required to remake Hebian would be gigantic, and as a result, he decided to move in.

He made a diagnosis, as well as a cure. Villagers were poor because they lacked assets capable of generating sustainable income. Worse yet, they lacked the knowledge to monetize such assets that they owned. But Hebian definitely had some advantages. For example, its bamboo buildings were embodiments of Yao culture, and it overlooked stunning views of rolling tropical forests.

Li and his team decided to turn the village into a resort area that could also be used as a conference center.

Clockwise from left: Stations at Prof. Li Xiaoyun’s Xiaoyun Poverty Assistance Center in Hebian Village in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province. A cafe that Li helped develop in the village. Li poses with a woman and her child during a field survey in Zhaotong, Yunnan. [Photos provided to China Daily]

He started a charity, the Xiaoyun Poverty Aid Center, to channel fast-growing public and corporate donations.

With only three full-time employees (Li, as an executive, driver, and accountant), the center was run by volunteers, many of whom were colleagues and students from Beijing. They included professional designers and architects who helped transform the village’s traditional houses into tourist guesthouses, which now bring in quarterly incomes of between 20,000 and 50,000 yuan ($ 3,094 to $ 7,736).

In addition, Li developed an e-commerce hub to sell farm products, including organic eggs and grapefruits, as he did not believe in relying on just one source of income.

So far, the center has invested around 3 million yuan, and the government has contributed an additional 15 million yuan.

The local government has also helped by providing loans and grants to farmers looking to build new homes or run farms.

Li is known to have transformed Hebian, but he says Hebian transformed him as well.

“The most inspiring part of my years there was that I realized that people weren’t poor because they were lazy,” he said in an interview with the department. Guanvideo online video, referencing a perception that has taken deep root since China embraced the market orientation. reforms in 1978. “Quite the contrary, many of the poor are exceptionally diligent.

Li attributed the source of the village’s impoverishment to its earlier lack of modernity in the form of an industrialized way of life and production.

Specifically, Hebian had been poor because it lacked access to an appropriate supply chain, a pool of skilled labor, and the education that underpins all progress.

“Poverty is not just a question of materials, it is also a question of perception,” he said.

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Social media blackout: where is the world? https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/social-media-blackout-where-is-the-world/ https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/social-media-blackout-where-is-the-world/#respond Sat, 09 Oct 2021 22:15:04 +0000 https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/social-media-blackout-where-is-the-world/

Sunday mail

Belén Fernandez

WHEN the big social media blackout of October 4, 2021 hit, I was in the picturesque village of Himarë in southern Albania, with my feet propped up on a balcony railing, halfway looking out at the Ionian Sea, waiting looking forward to the release of Al Jazeera. my last article on New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman.

As the blackout coincided with a local internet outage, I first devoted myself to cursing Albanian networks and maniacally refreshing all the open tabs on my laptop. When the internet returned but components of Mark Zuckerberg’s digital empire – Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp – still weren’t loading, I took to Twitter to see what was wrong with the world. And a lot, it seemed, was wrong with the world. Swarms of people flooded Twitter with comments about how swarms of people were flooding Twitter.

Some tweets also clarified the absence of ETA for the restoration of other social media services. Feeling in a moment of an oxygen-free astronaut, I despaired of what to do not only with my inability to post Friedman’s article now posted on Facebook, but also how to respond to some very important WhatsApp correspondence. on hold with no credit on my Mexican Cell Phone. In a flashback to a previous technological era, I remembered something known as Skype, which I then used to send a text message to my all-important correspondent’s phone notifying them of my Gmail address. After a little more pathological refresh of the WhatsApp and Facebook tabs and looking at the same Twitter memes over and over again, I shut my laptop and phone, sat down, and plunged headlong into an existential crisis of ‘to be that person who cares about it all when she could just watch the sea. I went to bed, waking up at one in the morning to find that everything was back to normal and I could finally post my article on Facebook, where I also found a message from my WhatsApp correspondent hours before informing me that he could not access WhatsApp.

But while the effective substitution of social media for life has certainly become normalized – and even more so thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and the need for social distancing – there is nothing really normal about it.

Myself, of course, speak from a position of immense privilege; after all, many people on this earth have neither the time nor the resources to be able to engage in activities as meaningless as eternally clicking between different social media platforms on a screen.

The privilege, however, is ultimately dubious – as swathes of humanity abandon reality for an artificial technological realm in which we often promote carefully cultivated images of ourselves in order to accumulate the most ‘likes’ and other digital manifestations of approval and admiration.

By marketing our own brand of “me”, we are essentially eliminating the “me” itself, which can gradually disintegrate and evaporate in the online world.

Meanwhile, the ubiquitous technological distraction is fueling some sort of collective case of Attention Deficit Disorder – not to mention the other negative mental health repercussions of being online – all of which are a boon to an abusive pharmaceutical industry and profit oriented.

And in countries like my homeland, the United States, mass distraction is helping to thwart the kind of collective focus needed to effect systemic change.

Of course, social media also provides a platform to criticize and agitate against an American corporate plutocracy that specializes in the military and economic destruction of other nations – a topic I’ve written at length over. years.

Unfortunately, posting a bikini photo on Facebook will earn me more likes every day, which, frankly, doesn’t stop me from doing it.

Call it a normalized dependency.

Without degenerating into a mundane nostalgia for the good old days, I will say that I regularly remember sitting in the grass in my parents’ backyard in Texas about 25 years ago – and doing nothing else. just that: sit in the grass at my parents’ backyard.

In other words, I fail to do something (or nothing) in the very moment without feeling the need to digitally convey a picture of myself or my surroundings to an online audience – thus annihilating that very moment via logistics. transmission. But back to the present.

On October 5, after the doomsday six-hour social media blackout ended, Bloomberg reported that Mark Zuckerberg had suffered “a terrible week” (even though it was “only Tuesday”).

And yet the real victim, whether social media is on or off, is a human society that is hollowed out by screen time and where solidarity takes the form of, say, commiseration on Twitter about Facebook. and WhatsApp down.

It may be life as we know it, but we no longer know life at all. – Al Jazeera.

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10 games to play if you love Studio Ghibli https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/10-games-to-play-if-you-love-studio-ghibli/ https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/10-games-to-play-if-you-love-studio-ghibli/#respond Fri, 08 Oct 2021 13:45:00 +0000 https://nagsheadpickhill.co.uk/10-games-to-play-if-you-love-studio-ghibli/

Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 and has since grown into a household name around the world. They’ve made animated films that span a wide range of genres, time periods, and even worlds. From friendly spirits to mischievous giant babies, Studio Ghibli films have always had a certain charm. And it is this charm that has captivated audiences for so long.

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Some people are probably content to enjoy Studio Ghibli movies as a once in a lifetime experience – however, many others wish they could immerse themselves more in these magical worlds. While some well-known console games have been redesigned as Studio Ghibli movies, what many fans want games that offer the player experiences, worlds and characters similar to those found in the flagship Studio Ghibli films. So, for those who wish to live the Ghibli dream, these are the best games for it.


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Ni No Kuni games

Games like Studio Ghibli Swaine, Esther, Drippy, and Oliver running through a pillar-lined golden hallway away from a giant robotic cat

Ni No Kuni games may seem like the most obvious choice for fans looking for Ghibli-esque games, but there’s a good reason for it. The first of the games Ni No Kuni, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, was developed in collaboration with Studio Ghibli and longtime Ghibli collaborator Joe Hisashi. While the second no longer featured cutscenes animated specifically by them, it still retained the same artistic style and fantasy created by the legendary animation studio.

Ni No Kuni games are some of the best Isekai games available, featuring characters taken to magical worlds filled with wonders and endless possibilities. Studio Ghibli is Isekai’s master of storytelling, Spirited Away being one of the most famous films in its genre. For those looking for a perfect adaptation of the film to the game of Studio Ghibli’s iconic visual, narrative and aural style, look no further than the Ni No Kuni games.

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Rainy season

Games like Studio Ghibli wide shot of a young boy holding an umbrella and standing in the rain in his yard with a door walled up behind him

Rainy Season is an indie game from solo developer Inasa Fujio. Players can experience the wonderful beauty of childish wonder in this heartfelt game about magical realism. While its visuals clearly capture the style of a Studio Ghibli film, it is its short but sweet narrative that sums up its essence.

For those looking to experience a story similar to My Neighbor Totoro, Rainy Season might just do the trick. It even features a giant cat and a Ghibli-style soundtrack. What’s not to like?

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Friends of Ringo Ishikawa

Games like Studio Ghibli Ringo and Masaru playing table tennis on the school roof with the sun setting over the city skyline in the distance

Friends of Ringo Ishikawa is a 2D open-world beat’em up from indie developer Shin Yeo. While this may not quite resemble the family features typically created by Studio Ghibli, Ringo Ishikawa’s Philosophical Tale Friends and Themes of Youth, Friendship, Love and Future Fears make this the perfect game for a fan of Studio Ghibli’s more grounded films..

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While The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa isn’t exactly like the Ocean Waves, From Up On Poppy Hill, and Only Yesterday movies, it does offer the same feelings of nostalgia, existential dread, and philosophical reflections. It is perfect for those who want to walk around a beautiful Japanese suburb, go to school, make friends and think about the important things in life.

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Yo-kai Watch games

Games like Studio Ghibli Nathan, Edward, Jibanyan and Whisper stood on a city street surrounded by spirits outside a burger shop

The Yo-kai Watch series has perfected almost every element of what makes a Studio Ghibli movie so special. They follow curious and adventurous young people on journeys through quaint Japanese villages and towns to hunt down mystical spirits that take all kinds of forms. They are full of humor, childish wonder, spectacle and magical realism.

While some are arguably better than others, they all offer an experience similar enough that fans of Ghibli movies can jump in anytime and still prostitute themselves in a Ghibli-esque experience. While the art style and voice acting will likely leave most Studio Ghibli fans to be desired, the gameplay, themes, characters, worlds, and storytelling will keep them thoroughly entertained for a while.

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Spiritist

Games like Studio Ghibli Stella, Atul and Gwen play music on the edge of their boat with the sun setting in the distance

Spiritfarer is a magnificent game that covers a staggering range of emotional topics. Its gorgeous visual style, moving soundtrack, and colorful cast of memorable spirits make it a captivating experience. It also helps that its themes and fantasy world are incredibly reminiscent of a Studio Ghibli movie..

While Spiritfarer is a very unique game in its gameplay and storytelling, its themes of loss, grief, love, family and death are found in many Ghibli films such as Grave of the Fireflies and Spirited. Away. Fans of Studio Ghibli’s more introspective films and their emotional arcs will definitely want to check out Spiritfarer.. Remember to bring handkerchiefs.

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Attack of the Friday Monsters! A tale from Tokyo

Games like Studio Ghibli Wide Shot of Attack on the Friday Monsters cover art featuring Sohta and a friend outside a Japanese village

Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale, or more simply Attack of the Friday Monsters, is a heartwarming game about childhood and nostalgia. Although not very long, her story of friendship, childhood, television, and even Kaiju looks like some of the best Studio Ghibli has to offer.

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Set in a beautiful sleepy Japanese village, Attack of the Friday Monsters transports players to the fictionalized version of the Japanese countryside so often seen in films like Only Yesterday and My Neighbor Totoro. It only lasts the length of a movie, so those looking for a quick fix to Ghibli will fully enjoy this game.. However, even players looking to explore every nook and cranny of its delightful world will find plenty to do, including a mini-game to catch bugs.

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Behind the frame: the most beautiful landscapes

Games like Studio Ghibli close-up of a woman painting on a darkened canvas with the sun shining through a window behind her

Behind the Frame is a point-and-click adventure game that draws heavily on Studio Ghibli’s impressive library. From its magnificent animations and general art style to its melodic soundtrack, Behind the Frame offers Ghibli fans a picturesque mystery full of emotion and intrigue.

While some elements of his narrative left us with lingering questions, most of it excels at being a Studio Ghibli film on its own. Full of memorable characters, beautiful emotional arcs and wonderful paintings, Behind the Frame gives players a distinctly Ghibli experience without ever feeling unique in themselves.

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Boku No Natsuyasumi games

Games like Studio Ghibli extremely wide shot of Boku and his mother in front of an old house in the Japanese countryside with trees on either side

The Boku no Natsuyasumi series has been around since the early 2000s and was developed by Millennium Kitchens, also responsible for the Friday Monster Attack. The games center around Boku’s summer vacation in the Japanese countryside and coastal towns. Players will be able to catch bugs, swim, fish, and spend time with their families.

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While the parallels to Studio Ghibli films aren’t entirely clear, Boku no Natsuyasumi’s various sets and themes of childhood, family and nostalgia make it a perfect Ghibli-style video game. The stunning hand-drawn backgrounds seen in the game world are also reminiscent of those found in a Studio Ghibli movie.

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Games like Studio Ghibli wide shot of Rex walking through a bustling Argentum trade guild with lights hanging above him and market stalls surrounding him

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is one of the best Nintendo Switch games available with its epic storytelling, sprawling worlds and exciting battles. While many may not see the comparisons between Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and the Studio Ghibli films, it’s its fascinating characters, especially its protagonist Rex, and their growth throughout the story that make it a perfect Ghibli-style video game..

Along with its vibrant and colorful animated visuals, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 offers players an awe-inspiring narrative that focuses on the growth of its central character and his bond with his companions much like the growth of Chihiro in Spirited Away.

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Rogue galaxy

Games like Studio Ghibli Kisala and Jaster standing triumphantly in front of the sails of a ship with Jaster holding his sword over his shoulder

Developed by level 5, Rogue Galaxy is probably the closest fans who will ever have access to a Studio Ghibli movie set in space. With gorgeous visuals even for a 16-year-old game, a stunning soundtrack, and a gripping narrative set in a fantastical and vibrant universe, Rogue Galaxy offers gamers a unique take on the Studio Ghibli formula.

While it’s not always consistent with what makes the Ghibli films so special, there are plenty of elements in Rogue Galaxy that make them so magical. Its characters, writing and music are particularly noteworthy and make this classic PlayStation 2 title incredibly memorable.

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