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Gravdigr 08-22-2011 07:02 PM

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A twofer.

Sundae 08-26-2011 08:30 AM

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Credited to Duncan Usher, Germany.
A fox cub uses a slide in a disused gravel pit. Not just once either, so without anthropomorphising the grin on his face, he must have enjoyed it.

Various places in the media and online have it.

Pico and ME 08-26-2011 10:21 AM

He had a major itch!

Pete Zicato 08-26-2011 01:31 PM


Originally Posted by Pico and ME (Post 752793)
He had a major itch!

And if he didn't when he started...

Gravdigr 08-26-2011 02:39 PM

That's awesome.

Gravdigr 09-01-2011 05:32 PM

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Not. Of. This. Earth.

TheMercenary 09-02-2011 12:19 PM

Would make a great scene for a 1950's Sci-fi.

Gravdigr 09-02-2011 05:34 PM

When I look at that pic I hear "Thus Spake Zarathustra". Elvis is in the building!!

Clodfobble 09-02-2011 11:26 PM

That's an African Cave Spider! They had people eating them once on Fear Factor.

ZenGum 09-03-2011 12:51 AM

The feelers/antannae/palps thingies on that bug look like the hands of the "Why u no ....?" guy.

Gravdigr 09-04-2011 05:29 PM

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I'm not sure that's a spider.

Maybe this guy?

Phalacrognathus muelleri.

Clodfobble 09-04-2011 06:19 PM

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Yeah, that does look closer to the silhouette. This is the African cave spider:

BigV 09-05-2011 12:46 AM

gravdigr, that is one beautiful bug.

Gravdigr 09-05-2011 03:10 AM


Originally Posted by Clodfobble (Post 754454)
This is the African cave spider:

Grue. Some.

DanaC 09-07-2011 07:31 AM

Dawn over Saddleworth Moors:


Another Saddleworth pic:


This view is from near the summit of Alderman's Hill looking across Greenfield to Alphin Pike. Folklore tells the tale of two giants, Alphin and Alder who lived on their respective hills. Both sought the affections of Rimmon, a water nymph who lived in the waters of Chew Beck below. Rimmon chose Alphin, which infuriated Alder and the two giants fought, hurling rocks at each other until Alphin was struck and killed. In her grief, Rimmon cast herself from rocks into the valley below and joined Alphin in death.

There is a strong likelihood that this tale is the mythologisation of a Dark Ages battle that could well have taken place here, between the advancing Angles of Northumbria and the Celts of Southern Rheged. Anyone familiar with the tale of the battle of Win Hill, will remember that in c.626AD, the Northumbians defeated the Mercians by rolling boulders down the hillside. The Northumbians had taken Elmet (modern day West Yorkshire) in the early part of the 7th C and advanced on Rheged, which itself fell sometime before 730AD. There are a number of pointers in the landscape to this area being an ancient boarder and even the place names leave clues. Alder being of German origin, Al being a Celtic word for a rock or a hill.

Saddleworth Moor is one of my favourite places. Whenever we go to Manchester we have to drive across the Pennines, crossing the moors as we do along the highest motorway in England. It's had a shadow cast across it since the Moors Murderers in the 60s, but for anybody raised in Manchester, or either side of that stretch of the Pennines, it's always been part of the collective conscious.

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