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Riders on the Storm

The bugle was busy cowering on his sofa, whilst this brave soul took these spectacular photos of the lightning on Wednesday evening.

Lightning on Blackheath Common during a thunderstorm.  Taken by flickr user TG&BB

Lightning on Blackheath Common during a thunderstorm.  Taken by flickr user TG&BB

Lightning on Blackheath Common during a thunderstorm.  Taken by flickr user TG&BB

Click the photos to see the Flickr pages.

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Flying over Blackheath

Spotted in flickr user awesman72‘s album:

Kites

It looks so much fun, flying over the heath, I couldn’t resist doing a little bit of photoshopping…

Flying over Blackheath

It really is incredible how much lift these modern kites have.  I’m sure we could power our houses with it one day.

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Springheeled Jack – Blackheath’s Bigfoot

Spring Heeled Jack

Spring Heeled Jack on a Penny Dreadful

Before Jack the Ripper terrorising Blackheath, there was Spring Heeled Jack. Part bogeyman used to scare small children, part mysterious criminal. He was popularised in Penny Dreadfuls – cheap serialised booklets, where he was depicted almost as a comic book anti-hero. Wonderful name, Penny Dreadfuls… I wonder what the modern online equivalent is?

Picture the scene in 1837 – poor Polly Adams, slightly the worse for wear staggering around Blackheath Fair, when a terrifying figure leaps out of the darkness, like the devil himself, with glowing eyes, and vomiting blue flame…

But was he real? Or just the product of an early mass hysteria? From the Black Cat Press:

He was also the first of his kind. While legends of strange phantoms have existed since the beginning of history, Spring Heeled Jack was the first to enter the official record as a real phenomenon, or at least as one whose witnesses could be found and would testify to the veracity of their experience. Part of this may have been due to the changing culture of the early nineteenth century, and the rise of mass printing technology, the first newspapers were largely responsible for the general publics awareness of the events, but there was also something unique about him. There were other similar changes at the time too, for instance the first identifiable witnesses to the infamous ‘phantom horse and carriage’ and the classic ‘haunted mansion’ also date to the early nineteenth century, perhaps for similar reasons, and even the aforementioned Bigfoot was first spotted in Canada in the mid 1830’s according to some researchers, but none captured the public imagination as Jack did. He can in many ways be regarded as Britain’s patron saint of weirdness.

Now, my much more appealing alternate theory. In the 1830s, the Marquis of Waterford developed a top secret version of what is now known as Power-Bocking. Rather than selling them to the public, and making his fortune, he decided to terrorise young maidens by leaping out at them instead. Just look at the video below, and imagine one of these heading straight for you as you wandered over the Heath in the dark… Eeek!

See Also

Really detailed page about Spring Heeled Jack
http://www.mikedash.com/investigations_jack_paper.htm

South East London Folklore Society
http://members.lycos.co.uk/skitster/

The legend of Spring Heeled Jack
http://www.thecobrasnose.com/xxghost/shj.html

Top image is from from Wilson’s Almanac. Lower image from Wikipedia.

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Blackheath Tea Hut Changing Colour?

Blackheath Tea Hut gets a lick of paint

The Blackheath Tea Hut as always been a pleasing (or not, depending on your point of view) shade of green.  It looked like it was getting a makeover today, possibly to change hues… But no, it’s just an undercoat apparently…

Blackheath Tea Hut on Blackheath Common

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The definitive route for the Race for Life last weekend

OK, I promise this will be last post about the race for life at Blackheath for a while. 

google earth - flyby

Flickr user Mac Morrison has posted a very cool shot of the race route across Blackheath.  Many people came to the Bugle looking for the correct route – sorry I couldn’t pin it down beforehand, but it’s very nice to be able to see the route like this. 

I’m guessing it was created by carrying a GPS during the race.

There are loads of other race shots here, and loads of youtube vids of various runners.

Some of the comments on the other posts have been very poignant, and it was shocking to see how many people are affected by cancer in some form.

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Race For Life Blackheath – Photos and Video

I was wrong about the weather – it was a lovely morning!  Apparently it was the largest Race for Life in the UK. They said they’d raised more than £1 million. Video showing the beginning of the race. Interesting that there was a company handing out antiperspirants, given the persistent rumours about whether they contribute to certain types of cancer.

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5 things about the Blackheath Race for Life 2008

Race For Life

  1. The route isn’t set yet – they decide it on the day, in case of fallen trees etc.    You’d be amazed how many people are googling “What is the Race for Life route?”, and ending up here.
  2. If you don’t stretch before and after, you’ll have aching legs afterwards…  Apparently, if you turn up at 09:30am, there will be groups carrying out stretching excercises together.
  3. You don’t have to run, you can jog or walk if you don’t feel up to it.
  4. You can bring along unwanted clothes, books and DVDs to donate to their stores too.
  5. Your supporters might want to bring an umbrella.  BBC Weather for Blackeath says overcast and dry at the moment, but it feels like it might rain to me…

The Race for Life is happening on Blackheath Common in aid of Cancer Research.  It is on Sunday 13th July 2008, and starts at 10:30am.  You can donate here .  Starting point mapped here.

Bizarre photo of painted chewing gum by flickr user salimfadhley.

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