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    I'm very curious to find out what started the Chimney Fire in So. Monterey County. They've said they don't think it was arson, but it just seems suspicious that only a few weeks after Lake Nacimiento opened up for camping again there's a fire.

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    Clones Castle rediscovered after 250 years
    A 17th century castle "lost" for more than 250 years has been rediscovered in the centre of a town on the Irish border.

    An archaeological excavation in Clones, County Monaghan, had failed to uncover the remains of the castle.

    But, unknown to the experts the walls of the four-storey building were still standing nearby.

    The walls were covered in ivy and hidden in undergrowth but there were clues that had been overlooked.
    It was found behind a Georgian terrace known as Castle Street, which contains a building called Castle House.

    Monaghan county heritage officer Shirley Clerkin said it shows "when you start opening your eyes, looking afresh at things, you can rediscover really, really interesting buildings".

    She said although the castle was hidden in plain sight, no one had been really looking for it.
    "There had been an excavation done in a southerly direction from here looking for the castle as part of a commercial dig but they didn't really find any upstanding remains and then we assumed there was no castle here," she said.

    She came across the building a few months ago along with local historian George Knight when they explored an area just a few metres away from the Diamond in the centre of the town.

    "We crossed over a lot of barbed wire, a lot of brambles, woody-stuff and we came in front of this building and looked up at the front wall and realised we were standing in front of something potentially very significant," she said.
    "This building had been re-used as an agricultural building and had been completely forgotten about from the point of view of it being a potential castle candidate.

    "I think there was probably a wee bit of folklore around it - kids maybe played here when they were young and pretended it was a castle and they were absolutely right, it is a castle."
    George Knight said he was aware the building existed but experts had previously dismissed it "with a cursory glance" as being "of no great historical importance".

    "It has been used as a rubbish dump for many years. The joists carrying the first floor, only one is still in place the rest have collapsed down," he said.
    "We think the original slate roof has probably collapsed down into the building as well."

    The fortified house is thought to have been built in the 1600s by the local landlords, the Lennard-Barret family, who may only have lived in it for 50 years until the outbreak of the Jacobite wars in 1688.
    It is shown on a 1741 drawing of Clones in the collection of the National Library in Dublin along with the town's other historical landmarks.

    "Clones has a lot of historical depth to it We already have early Christian sites here, we have an Augustinian abbey, a motte and bailey from Norman times and this is the next piece of the jigsaw," Shirley Clerkin said.

    "We have what we believe here to be a remnant of the plantation castle that we can see on the 1741 drawing.

    "It means that Clones really has got little bits of every period in Irish history upstanding in the town."

    Local volunteers have been cutting back some of the undergrowth to reveal more of the building, including the musket slits, fortified door, corbels and wooden floor beams.

    An open day has been held for people to come and see the castle and learn more about its history.

    Archaeologists will return to Clones to carry out excavations involving the local community to see what other artefacts can be unearthed.

    George Knight said the discovery has become the talk of the town and people were keen to learn more about the history hidden on their doorstep.

    "It really is a missing link in the story of Clones, a unique building and something that we're very keen to preserve for future generations," he said.

    "We hope that any artefacts found will remain here in Clones and the building and the artefacts associated with it will tell the full story and the history of what happened within these walls."

    Shirley Clerkin is convinced that there are more discoveries to be made.
    "I think this place has got unlimited potential," she said.

    "We already have two tunnels, we have one under the staircase here and we have one in the wall outside and there's lots of legends of tunnels in Clones, so I think maybe this is one of those little links and it's a tantalising glimpse of the past."
    That's pretty amazing!
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    Maybe for once, someone will call me "Sir" without adding, "You're making a scene."

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    Is anyone else fascinated with Fyre Festival?

    It was supposed to a luxurious weekend in the Bahamas, with tickets ranging from $4,000 to $250,000. Instead, festivalgoers say, “it looked like a refugee camp.”

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    North Carolina native William Finley told Billboard that his $2,700 “artist pass” was supposed to include an open bar, catered food, and overnight villas. Instead, he found himself lodged in “basically disaster relief tents.”

    “They're not that uncomfortable,” he allowed, “but the tents are so poorly made that they’d blow over in a second if there was any wind or rain.” A brief perusal of the #FyreFestival hashtag on Twitter includes rumors of violent altercations between festivalgoers and locals, non-existent “luxury accommodations,” packs of feral dogs and mountains of trash. One particularly haunting viral image shows one of the “catered meals” festivalgoers forked over thousands of dollars for: two pieces of bread, two pieces of cheese, and a handful of lettuce. Toto, we’re not in Indio anymore.
    Here's another great story on how it was clear it was always going to be a disaster.

    Meanwhile the event planners were holed up indoors putting together a game plan and a budget. With so little having been prepared ahead of time, the official verdict was that it would take $50 million to pull off. Planners also warned that it would be not be up to the standard they had advertised. The best idea, they said, would be to roll everyone’s tickets over to 2018 and start planning for the next year immediately. They had a meeting with the Fyre execs to deliver the news. A guy from the marketing team said, “Let’s just do it and be legends, man.”

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    That night Ja Rule gave a toast. “To living like movie stars, partying like rock stars, and fucking like porn stars.” If Ja Rule is punished for anything perhaps it should be that.

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    It's amazing and hilarious. I can't stop reading about it. So many opportunities for twitter snark!



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    The famous (former) church of Rennes-le-Chateau, at the heart of Dan Brown's "DaVinci Code" and other mystery novels, appears to have been attacked by a woman with an axe to make a point about Syria. Dressed in a white cape and a Venetian mask she went into the church and chopped of the head of the statue of Asmodeus, and continued to the altar to deface the bas-relief of Mary Magdalene. Her message; "Today, it is a day of french presidential election, while in Syria the West bombards and kills children. You are all non-believers! My husband is over there." She was stopped by someone present and taken in by the police.

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    I cannot emphasize enough that although we can take a lot of lessons from fyre festival about: conspicuous consumption, social media marketing, parallel economies, the fundamental scam artistry of the ‘young entrepreneur’ luxury economy, etc., the real lesson we should take away is how easy it is to lure a bunch of rich people onto an isolated island with no hope of escape.

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    Tribune Comment: Fyre Festival Organisers Showed Disrespect In Clashing With Regatta

    As if getting one’s head around such matters is not enough, for the promoters to have reportedly enquired if the George Town Regatta could be rescheduled lends credence to what Piers Morgan recently described as a US culture of ‘rich, publicity craving, materialistic, talentless, self absorbed, social media fanatics’ who arrogantly believe they can do as they please.
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    Yesterday 61 people have been killed in huge forest fires in central Portugal, many dying in their cars as they tried to flee the flames.

    I'm so sad.

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