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What to do about fairy rings and lawn mushrooms

Fairy rings also occupy a prominent place in European folklore as the location of gateways into elfin kingdoms, or places where elves gather and dance. According to the folklore, a fairy ring appears when a fairy, pixie, or elf appears. It will disappear without trace in less than five days, but if an observer waits for the elf to return to the ring, he or she may be able to capture it.

THE MARI LWYD (in Welsh, Y Fari Lwyd) is one of the strangest and most ancient of a number of customs with which people in Glamorgan and Gwent used to mark the passing of the darkest days of midwinter.the tradition involves the arrival of the horse and its party at the door of the house or pub, where they sing several introductory verses.challenges and insults in rhyme. At the end of the battlethe Mari party enters with another song.

Visit Platform 9¾. Also for Potter fans is this film location at Kings Cross Station, where young witches and wizards must go to board their train to Hogwarts. Platform 9¾ – which is complete with a stuck-in-the-wall luggage cart – is not actually located between platforms 9 and 10, but off to one side of the station

One of two known photographs of the original Ooser taken between 1883-1891. The Ooser was a horned beast of folklore for several centuries in Dorset, England. The original mask disappeared in 1897; and a 1975 replica is at the Dorset Museum. Used in a procession of Morris dancers atop the Cerne Abbas giant on May Day and St. George's Day.

This document shows the young crowned Henry VIII enthroned under the Tudor rose with orb and sceptre. The image might have been a stock one that had previously been deployed for Henry VII and adapted once Henry VIII came to the throne. This is one of several surviving images of the young Henry where he is clean shaven.

from Mail Online

Viking silver treasure hoard worth £1m unearthed after 1,000 years

The treasure is believed to have belonged to a rich Viking who buried it during the unrest following the conquest of the Viking kingdom of Northumbria in 927 by the Anglo-Saxon king Athelstan. It is believed he was unable to go back to the hoard, possibly as a result of turbulence during the period.

from Mail Online

It IS Richard III: Scientists reveal DNA results confirm 15th century king's body has been found under a car park in Leicester