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Man Sets Himself On Fire Near Prince William & Kate's Home At …

A man set himself fire near Prine William and Kate’s estate in London. According to Yahoo 1 , a man in his forties set himself ablaze near Kensington Palace on Monday. Soon after first responders arrived at the scene on Monday, the disturbed individual was pronounced dead.

According to the report, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge weren’t at home at the time of incident. William and Kate and their children — Prince George, 2-and-a-half, and Princess Charlotte, 9-months spend most of their time at Anmer Hall, which is on Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk in east England. It’s unknown why the man set himself on fire near Prince William and Kate’s residence.

A London hospital reported a man the same age missing, but they didn’t confirm whether that patient was the same man who died from his injuries. “This incident is not being treated as terrorist-related,” the police said in a statement. Police were called to an area near the locked sections of Kensington Palace at 3:06 a.m. Police said this was “following reports of a man behaving suspiciously.

No one in the royal family was harmed and it’s unknown if any royal family members were home at the time of the violent incident. William and Kate were just in the news for enjoying date night at The Crown Inn in East Rudham, about 15 minutes from their Anmer Hall residence. Daily Mail 2 reported that the future king and queen of England enjoyed some quality time together there recently.

References ^ Yahoo (www.yahoo.com) ^ Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)

Duchess Kate: Kate and William to Return to Anglesey, Date Night …

Good evening, dear readers, we’re back with a brief post sharing varied updates! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will return to their former home Anglesey, North Wales on Thursday, 18 February to attend the Search and Rescue Force Disbandment Parade at RAF Valley – where Prince William served as an operational search and rescue pilot flying the Sea King helicopter for three years. According to Kensington Palace “His Royal Highness undertook a total of 156 search and rescue operations, resulting in 149 people being rescued”.

More from the press release: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Royal Air Force Valley on Thursday 18 February to attend the Search and Rescue (SAR) Force Disbandment Parade, honouring the end of more than 75 years of Royal Air Force (RAF) SAR UK operations. The day formally marks the end of the RAF’s provision of search and rescue in the UK. The events will commemorate the RAF SAR Force’s exemplary service since its inception, and enable SAR members and their families to pay tribute to the Force’s achievements.” William will have a chance to meet his former colleagues as they mark the end of an era.

For over three decades the RAF SAR Force responded to more than 34,000 callouts and rescued over 25,000 people. It’s wonderful to see William and Kate returning to Anglesey, as it was their first home together and I would say, without question, a place they were incredibly happy in. The people there were very protective of them and afforded them a level of privacy and normality which would be impossible in London.

In many ways, I think they’ve tried to recreate their life there by basing themselves in Anmer Hall in Norfolk instead of choosing to live at their apartment in Kensington Palace and William’s decision to return to flying in favour of stepping up royal duties. Readers will recall William and Kate carried out an engagement to bid farewell to Anglesey 1 back in 2013 shortly after Prince George was born. Speaking of William and Kate’s life in Norfolk, the couple were spotted enjoying a relaxing meal at the The Crown Inn 2 , in East Rudham, located just fifteen minutes from Anmer Hall.

It isn’t the first time the couple have dined there – Prince William has been spotted grabbing a spot of lunch several times too. A source told The Sun 3 they were very casually dressed with Kate wearing jeans and a navy jumper for the outing. More from the regular who spotted them: “They were very low key and it seemed quite a last minute thing.

Maybe it was a rare night out since Charlotte was born. They were both dressed down with Kate in skinny jeans and a navy jumper and just wanted a quiet table out of the way. After a quick drink at the bar, they were shown to their table.

William, 33, who was off-shift for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, had a glass of wine while Kate appeared to opt for sparkling water. They were leaning into one another chatting away, laughing and joking. It s nice for them to have a normal night out like any other parents of young children.” The Crown Inn is described as an “outstanding Norfolk country pub/restaurant” and combines traditional period features with stunning modern-day comfort and luxury hotel accommodation.

All food is prepared to order using the freshest ingredients sourced locally from farmers, fisherman and traders. This allows for variety and constant change in the menu. Below, a look at a sample of several main courses on offer at the inn including wild mushroom risotto and beer battered fish and chips.

William and Kate reportedly stayed until 10.30 pm and enjoyed a drink after their meal. The Crown Inn is known for their selection of ales in particular. It sounds like William and Kate had a lovely evening!

Next it’s time for a little ‘Tuesday Shoesday’ segment, taking a quick look at Gianvito Rossi 4 , the luxury Italian brand the Duchess has become fond of in recent months, leading many to ask, has Kate hung up her L.K. Bennett Sledges 5 for good? I think we’ll continue to see Kate wearing her tried and trusted labels, however, she’s expanding her taste in terms of what she wears for public engagements.

Let’s discuss the background of the brand first.. One could say designing elegant footwear was very much in Gianvito Rossi’s blood, as his father, Sergio Rossi, the decorated Italian shoe designer, achieved global success and Gianvito worked alongside him until 2006 when he branched out on his own. Since then he has become a major player in the industry with flagship stores dotted around the globe in Hong Kong, Milan and Paris.

Rossi’s shoes are designed to lengthen legs and minimise foot pain without sacrificing style or glamour – and this is a key selling point among customers. Below we see the brand’s signature 100 Pumps 6 – which Kate is fond of – in patent leather 7 and blue suede 8 . The brand’s block-heeled suede pumps 9 are a practical pair I can envisage Kate wearing for comfort (though, perhaps not the prettiest pair in the collection).

For an evening look, the Elodie Pumps 10 are an eye-catching pair. “Crafted of Flamingo (dark pink) macram lace layered over beige mesh, Gianvito Rossi’s Elodie pumps are styled with a suede pointed toe and slim stiletto heel.” The Embellished Ankle-Strap Sandals 11 are a fabulous pair of open toes with a slim ankle strap and killer heel. The Python Roma Pumps 12 make a stylish statement with a four-inch, self-covered stiletto heel, smooth leather lining and leather sole. The very pretty Bow-Front Pumps 13 are crafted of denim suede.

The Crystal-Embellished Pumps 14 and the Glitter & Satin Pumps 15 have a very princessy look to them. We could go on and on… Finally a look at these beauties 16 : “Gianvito Rossi’s point-toe pumps have been hand-finished in Italy from velvety soft suede.

This timeless pair is lightly cushioned for lasting comfort and detailed with delicate crossover straps.” Marc Jacobs’ latest line of lipsticks 17 includes a shade named after Princess Charlotte. Catherine Gore, global vice president and general manager of Marc Jacobs beauty, told WWD: “We wanted to commemorate this major brand milestone by creating a custom shade of Le Marc lip cr me.” She added the shade was “inspired by the deepest saturated pink tones of an English rose”. The deep pink colour is exclusively available at Harrods 18 for 24.

We’ll be looking at potential royal tour designers next. 🙂 References ^ William and Kate carried out an engagement to bid farewell to Anglesey (hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com) ^ The Crown Inn (www.crowninnnorfolk.co.uk) ^ The Sun (www.thesun.co.uk) ^ Gianvito Rossi (bit.ly) ^ L.K.

Bennett Sledges (bit.ly) ^ 100 Pumps (bit.ly) ^ patent leather (bit.ly) ^ blue suede (bit.ly) ^ block-heeled suede pumps (bit.ly) ^ Elodie Pumps (bit.ly) ^ Embellished Ankle-Strap Sandals (bit.ly) ^ Python Roma Pumps (bit.ly) ^ Bow-Front Pumps (bit.ly) ^ Crystal-Embellished Pumps (bit.ly) ^ Glitter & Satin Pumps (bit.ly) ^ these beauties (bit.ly) ^ Marc Jacobs’ latest line of lipsticks (bit.ly) ^ at Harrods (bit.ly)

Four Norfolk Gardens Set To Embrace Snowdrop Festival

Barthorpe snow drops The National Gardens Scheme is excited to invite members of the public to enjoy its first ever Snowdrop Festival in February 2016. The Festival will see more than one hundred gardens open across England and Wales through the month of February, giving visitors the opportunity to see veritable carpets of beautiful snowdrops and watch spring slowly unfurl from winter. Supported by Visit England, the Snowdrop Festival will kick-off Visit England s Year of the English Garden 2016 campaign.

And you don t have to be a galanthophile to enjoy the Snowdrop Festival. George Plumptre, Chief Executive of The National Gardens Scheme, says: With not very much to do outside at this time of year, a visit to a Snowdrop Festival garden is the perfect way to get some fresh air and really start looking forward to Spring. Whether you want to admire the different varieties of snowdrops or just have a walk in lovely surroundings, visiting a National Gardens Scheme garden in February will be the perfect escape.

Visitors to Snowdrop Festival gardens will also have the benefit of knowing that their entrance fee is supporting wonderful causes; the National Gardens Scheme currently donates over 2.6 million annually to its nursing and caring beneficiary charities, which include Marie Curie and Carers Trust. Horstead House In Norfolk the Festival gets underway with Mathew and Caroline Fleming s magnificent garden at Horstead House in Mill Road, Horstead, NR12 7AU , where there is a walk alongside the river through millions of snowdrops. The garden opens on Saturday February 20th from 11am to 4pm admission is 4 with free entry for children.

Homemade teas available. On Sunday 21st February, on the otherside of the county is Bagthorpe Hall, near East Rudham, PE31 6QY with masses of snowdrops along a scenic walks. Delicious warming soup made from vegetables grown on the estate farm will be available after your winter walk.The gardens are open from 11am to 4pm and admission is 4.00, children free.

On the 3 rd and 6 th March there are over 80 varieties of snowdrops to grab your attention at Chestnut Farm in West Beckham NR25 6NX. Here there will also be plenty of other late winter flowers to admire with some heavenly scented shrubs. Owners John and Judy McNeil Wilson have over 50 years of gardening expertise and are always keen to share their knowledge with visitors.

The gardens are open from 11 to 4pm, admission is 5 with children free. Refreshments will be available. Also on Sunday 6 th March we are delighted that the president of The Royal Horticultural Society, Sir Nicholas Bacon is opening his garden at Raveningham Hall, Raveningham near Norwich NR14 6NS.

There will be plenty of snowdrops on display in this renowned country house garden. The gardens are open from 11 to 4pm, admission is 5 with children free and home-made teas available Details of all NGS gardens opening for the Snowdrop Festival can be found on the NGS website: www.ngs.org.uk 1 Founded in 1927, The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) has donated more than 45 million to charity. The NGS gave 2.637 million to its beneficiary charities in 2015 from money raised by opening gardens in England and Wales the previous year.

Charities supported by the National Gardens Scheme include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carers Trust, The Queen s Nursing Institute and Perennial. Supported by Visit England, the National Gardens Scheme s first Snowdrop Festival will see over one hundred gardens open for snowdrops over the month of February 2016. The 2016 edition of Gardens To Visit (formerly called The Yellow Book ) listing opening details of nearly 3800 gardens, is now available to purchase from the NGS website www.ngs.org.uk 2 .

Local contact: Graham Watts National contact: Rosalind Ellis, Communications Officer, 01483 213904, [email protected] 3 advert ASD Consultants, Engineering, Architecture, Surveying Related References ^ www.ngs.org.uk (www.ngs.org.uk) ^ www.ngs.org.uk (www.ngs.org.uk) ^ [email protected] (icenipost.com)

I'll think of something later: Norfolk Churches 150-166: Cromer to …

The first of our annual September walks to raise money for the Norfolk Churches Trust back in 2002 focused on the area around where our cicerona Jill’s mother lived, Burnham Thorpe. Since then Jill’s Norfolk bases have been King’s Lynn and now Southrepps, where her moving-in coincided with an astonishingly good August festival 1 featuring top young musicians I’d met earlier in the summer. The plan this time – executed in full despite poor prognostication of the weather – was to cover 16 churches and chapels in 18 miles.

The Friday, when we travelled, was hot and sunny; Saturday, the scheduled day of the walk was scheduled to be wet until at least mid-afternoon. We persuaded Jill that we could do half of it in sunshine and the other half later on Saturday. But this plan was kiboshed – serendipitously, as it turned out – by the second of several carelessnesses which marked the long weekend: at Norwich we went straight to what looked like the platform where the branch line to Gunton and Cromer has its terminus.

Or so we thought until the familiar-looking two-carriage train left five minutes earlier, and as we moved off we saw there was another platform further up to the left where the one we should have caught was sitting. So we got out at the first stop on the way to Great Yarmouth heading east rather than north, Brundall Gardens, and found out that the next train back to Norwich was in precisely an hour. Phoned Jill, who had to drive a long way to pick us up, and had the chance of exploring two more churches I suppose I could have added to the list.

The first was petite St Lawrence Brundall, with its 13th century double bellcote, its lead font and a 16th century roundel of the gridironed saint. The second was hugely impressive and, along with Trunch, the glory of the weekend, St Andrew and St Peter Blofield. Chief of its delights are a tall tower, a stupendous octagonal font with carved scenes from the life of Christ, and some fascinating 1930s windows in memory of local benefactor Margaret Harker, including a scene of fisher girls working at Great Yarmouth.

My own photos of all these treasures and of the day of the walk itself – which turned out absolutely fine much earlier than originally forecast, clear by noon – are lost along with my precious Nokia (precious inasmuch as there were other pictures I hadn’t downloaded). The hope of its turning up has been the reason for delay in posting here. I’m hugely grateful to our fourth regular walking companion, Cally Brooke Johnson, for most of the shots featured here; I hope she’ll forgive me for having fiddled around with them.

Her first contribution is of the main temple in Cromer, Britain’s best pier according to some poll our other, which we reached by train from Gunton. We ticked off four chapels in the rain – one with boarded-up windows in the ‘new’ cemetery to the south, the one belonging to the Methodists who gave us a warm welcome as they always do, one converted into Cromer’s impressive library, and a red-brick Baptist place of worship in the High Street. But the obvious religious high point, in more ways than one owing to its tower (record-breaking for Norfolk), is St Peter and St Paul.

This snap courtesy of Discover Norfolk . A busy coffee morning was in full swing inside, and I’m grateful to the kindness of the local ladies; walking backwards to snap the very odd west window with its bleeding greens, I fell over a step and bruised my spine. By this stage my three companions had exited.

The ladies came rushing, sat me down, gave me a coffee and offered me some cake. Pevsner calls the interior ‘a little disappointing’ after the external display, but I liked its height and light. The angel roof is Victorian, but splendid.

The best glass is workshop of William Morris, c.1874, with fine angels and prophets. Since I’ve had no reply yet to my call for help from Simon Nott, whose Norfolk Churches site always has the most comprehensive images of every church he’s visited, I settled for this one of the lower panels (note the fine angels) posted on Twitter by Caroline Arscott. As I don’t do Twitter, I couldn’t ask her permission, but I hope she doesn’t mind.

Two of the parishioners told me not to miss the early 20th century Catholic church on the road to Overstrand. That meant walking along a road rather than a bit of coastline, but the building’s woody, airy interior was worth seeing. Overstrand itself turned out to be quite a religious centre, owing to the Christian Endeavour holiday home lodged within one of three Lutyens buildings in the village.

On the way we saw St Martin, ruinous in the 18th century and well restored in the early 20th. St Martin’s one curiosity, not mentioned by Pevsner, is the bread oven in the bell tower. The curious unfolded in abundance when we walked up the drive of the aforementioned CE home, the Pleasaunce.

It’s an awkward conjoining of two villas into one home for Lord Battersea, the Liberal MP, and his Jewish (Rothschild) wife, a much-loved philanthropist. The family coat of arms, splendid in itself, is somewhat out of proportion to the rest of the facade, worked on by Lutyens in 1897-9, but here I’ve taken Cal’s picture and focused in on it. The motto is ‘God tendeth the flowers’ – ‘not, we hope’, says the guide by Monica E Sykes, ‘a pun on the family name’, but why not?

Opposite are the stables with a massy tower that seems in harmony with the marine surroundings. Just beyond the porch is one of the Moroccan doors Lord Battersea brought back from his travels, looking good against a background of (I presume) William De Morgan tiles. We had the CE man in charge’s permission to wander the grounds.

The present planting has little to do with Gertrude Jekyll’s work alongside Lutyens, though the outlines of the circuar sunken garden remain, and the so-called ‘cloisters’ are rather monstrous but presumably a nice shady spot to sit in the heat of summer. Although it’s not consecrated, we thought we could claim the chapel into which the rather charming gatehouse was converted, with its odd little homage to Palladio inside (no shots from Cal to give a good impression of the interior, sadly). Returning on Sunday, we tried to see another Lutyens building, Overstrand Hall, but were warned off at the security intercom by the gates.

Lutyens’ only Nonconformist design, the Methodist Church of 1898, is, as Pevsner says, ‘a very curious design’, at least in its clerestory with its ten lunette windows, four of which you can see here.. The ladies inside were predictably delightful, and seemingly grateful that their Sunday congregation of nine sometimes got bulked up by the Christian visitors from The Pleasaunce. Bliss it was to be in Overstrand at lunchtime, because the crab and lobster shack was open and we had lashings of both, probably the best and certainly the freshest I’ve ever tasted, in the little yard at the back.

I had some rather detailed shots of the fare, all lost; there’s the Lumix camera sitting on the table beside me as a sad reminder. More walking frustratingly close to the coast led us to the real charmer of a church at Sidestrand, moved inland in 1880 from a site now eaten away by the sea. The tower counts in the list of round-tower pursuers – we saw their logo – despite the octagonal upper part.

The inside was so harmonious, making good use of Jacobean panelling. No shot of that, so – having dropped our plan to make an inland detour to St Mary Northrepps, which we saw the next day, in a lovely situation but with nothing to impress inside – onwards towards the coast, looking back towards Overstrand while here we are making our way along the path to Trimingham, where it hasn’t been eroded. As with the so-called ‘Jurassic coast’ of Dorset, the cliffs are rich in fossils, and the hunters come out in force whenever there’s a landslide, which is often.

I have my own photo of the outside of the Church of St John the Baptist, since we walked here from Southrepps on our first visit (though we saved the interior for this time). Its short west tower and the well-kept, very green churchyard make an attractive ensemble. Strictly this is the Church of the Head of John the Baptist (San Giovanni Decollato), because one such stone reproduction provided a point of pilgrimage on the way to Walsingham; where the head has gone I’m not quite sure.

Jokanaan’s face does feature in a tiny detail of the c.1500 rood screen with its eight saints. Cally didn’t snap that, but here are four of them; note the dragon and beast detail above in the second picture. We now retraced our summer steps up to a point by heading inland across the mildly hilly country no-one seems to associate with Norfolk – not so ‘very flat’, pace Coward – and after some miles passed a fine old mill to reach All Saints Gimingham.

It looks alluring flanked by trees across a field in the late afternoon light but apart from its font and a couple of benchends didn’t have much to say for itself. There was no-one to sign our forms, and – worse – no refreshment, a black mark, though it seems that everyone was up the road at Trunch preparing for the concert to be led by the vicar as part of a folk band. So we moved swiftly on in the hope of finding St Botolph’s open after 5, which of course it was.

And yes, the best of the churches came last. Trunch’s treasure in the centre of a triangle which is part village green, notes Pevsner, ‘will always remain in one’s mind as the church with the font canopy. There is however much else to be enjoyed’.

There certainly is: a fine rood screen of 1502 with much of the original colouring which fits into the lofty early Perpendicular whole very beautifully, fine stalls with misericords and imaginative benchends, their backs now up against the screen and a fine hammerbeam roof with angels. The font itself, of 1350, can easily be overlooked, given the glory all around it, which dates, like the rood screen, from half a century earlier.. The cover is one of what Pevsner cites as only four in England, locating the others are in Norwich’s St Peter Mancroft, Luton and Durham Cathedral, though I’m sure the unique font cover we saw in Terrington St Clement 2 with its 17th century Flemish paintings ough to count.

It seems astonishing that such a treasure of carving in oak is accessible to all within a much-visited church. The eight posts are decorated with vine, lily, thistle and the odd bird and beast – very odd in the case of the monkey holding a crozier, a dig at the vanity of bishops (though of course I praise the one in the Lords who voted against the scale of Osborne’s invidious tax relief proposals). The guide I bought, ‘Trunch Miscellany: A Walk Around Guide’, told us to look for the pig wearing a mitre.

We did, but in vain, for he doesn’t exist, as another guide we saw a bit later confirmed.Anyway, the posts rise up to ‘a fan-like vault with a pendant and very much cusped fields’ (Pevsner) ‘The upper stage has eight big, somewhat heavy, tripartite, hanging vaulted canopies’ (Pevsner again). And, as in the screen, traces of the original painting. With the setting sun lighting up the church tower, we set off on the last, green-lane stage of the walk – always a joy, usually yielding a sunset, though we were too much in trees to catch it entirely.

A barn owl glided and swooped around a field just past the oaktree-framed signpost featured up top (I had a couple of good shots, o Weh!). We didn’t actually reach St James Southrepps until 8.30pm, having freshened up back at Jill’s before walking across the fields in the semi-dark to the excellent pub for supper. Candles lit up the church from within, but here’s a bit more from the first visit: another outside shot to add to the one I put up in the chchugging blog notice 3 , more of the scallops friezed close to the base of the building (only collect with the St James trail starting at the Cathedral in Le Puy 4 ) and the one original fragment of glass.

Sunday morning dawned bright, and stayed so just in time for me to have a dip in the North Sea at Overstrand – childsplay compared to the waters off Fife back in July. I’d have no shame being caught at closer quarters, but the diplo-mate’s usual modesty, though he was fully clothed, forbids anything nearer than this. Then we went and spoiled the uniqueness of Saturday’s crab lunch with more of the same.

I look forward to more of that next year, when we strike out from Southrepps further north-east. I’ve finally written this up as a belated push for more contributions. If you want to help, you know where to find me – or you can always leave a message which I won’t publish and I’ll get back to you.

Previous chronicles: Mileham to Bittering, 2014 5 Beechamwell to Gooderstone, 2013 6 Ingoldisthorpe to Thornham, 2012 7 East Rudham to Helhoughton, 2011 8 Wormegay to Castle Acre, 2010 9 Walpoles to Wiggenhalls, 2009 10 King’s Lynn to Sandringham, 2008 11 Earlier walks back to 2002 BB (Before Blog) References ^ astonishingly good August festival (www.theartsdesk.com) ^ Terrington St Clement (davidnice.blogspot.co.uk) ^ chchugging blog notice (www.davidnice.blogspot.co.uk) ^ Cathedral in Le Puy (www.davidnice.blogspot.co.uk) ^ Mileham to Bittering, 2014 (www.davidnice.blogspot.co.uk) ^ Beechamwell to Gooderstone, 2013 (davidnice.blogspot.co.uk) ^ Ingoldisthorpe to Thornham, 2012 (davidnice.blogspot.co.uk) ^ East Rudham to Helhoughton, 2011 (davidnice.blogspot.co.uk) ^ Wormegay to Castle Acre, 2010 (davidnice.blogspot.co.uk) ^ Walpoles to Wiggenhalls, 2009 (davidnice.blogspot.co.uk) ^ King’s Lynn to Sandringham, 2008 (davidnice.blogspot.co.uk)