It’s officially cold as hell in Philadelphia right now. Things are not as bad here as they are in the Midwest, where actual temperatures dropped way below zero, but the wind chill early Thursday morning in Philly was a negative number, so it counts. Earlier this week, as temperatures were starting to plunge across the region, a loud boom was heard in South Philly. The noise came in the wee hours of Tuesday morning and disturbed residents’ sleep cycles and security cameras alike. Everyone was generally left without an answer — that is, until one possible explanation cropped up. They’re called frost quakes — think earthquakes, but icy — and they have been a hot (or rather, cold) topic of Internet discussion these last few days thanks to the polar vortex. The technical term for a frost quake is a cryoseism, and one occurs, according to a recent study from Northern Illinois University, when “the unexpected, fast-action cracking at the surface of … [Read more...] about Was that loud boom in South Philly earlier this week caused by a frost quake?
News / UK and world by Press Association July 18, 2018, 10:22 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter The Prince of Wales has issued a stark warning about the threat to Britain’s native plants and trees from foreign pests and diseases, saying he fears a “wasteland”. Speaking on the BBC2 show Gardeners’ World, he called on those buying plants to ask garden centres about their bio-security policy and where their stock was sourced. And he urged plant nurseries to “react quicker in terms of quarantining” to stop the spread of threats from abroad. The heir to the throne was interviewed for the show earlier in the year on his Highgrove Estate in Gloucestershire, where he has established a garden. Charles told one of the show’s presenters, Adam Frost: “I remember Dutch Elm disease all those years ago and that was totally devastating here in … [Read more...] about Prince Charles discusses bio-security in Gardeners’ World interview
PUBLISHED: 11:22 11 July 2018 Sarah Chambers Head of site RHS Ian Le Gros receives the new building at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, near Chelmsford, from Stuart Boardley (right), director of Brooks and Wood Ltd. Also pictured is Gary Knight (left), associate director, Concertus Design and Property Consultants. Picture: PAUL NIXON PHOTOGRAPHY Paul Nixon Photography 01473430707 07904296577 An Ipswich building firm has officially handed over a £4.5m scheme for a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) garden in Essex. The new build at Hyde Hall in Essex just completed by Brooks and Wood Ltd. of Ipswich Picture: PAUL NIXON PHOTOGRAPHY The year-long project at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, near Chelmsford, was carried out by Brooks and Wood Ltd, which has worked on two other major schemes at the garden since 2008. Hyde Hall was bequeathed to the society by the Robinson family in the early 1990s and the gardens have since grown into a major attraction receiving visitors from all over the world. … [Read more...] about Ipswich construction firm hands over £4.5m scheme at RHS garden in Essex
A raccoon scurries up the side of the UBS Tower in St. Paul, Minn., on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP) (MPR News) **Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.** On the roster: Raccoon Congress - I’ll Tell You What: We’ll see what happens - NRSC won’t back Stewart - Ryan cuts a deal on DREAMers to avoid revolt - In NOLA, the potholes are so bad that they fight back RACCOON CONGRESSWatching American politics in the past decade has sometimes felt a little bit like watching that skinny little raccoon scale the side of the UBS Plaza in Minneapolis. account ricocheted around the world, social media users demanded to know why the fire department, the bank that’s name is on the building or even a civilian in a helicopter could not intervene to save the #mprraccoon. President Trump. Except for the handful of mostly ready-to-retire Republicans who have spoken out against … [Read more...] about Raccoon Congress
0 Have your say Jane Horrocks, Samantha Morton, Sadie Frost, Billie Piper will be among the stars heading down the Edinburgh Film Festival’s red carpet this month, organisers have revealed. Comedy favourites Ben Elton and Rob Brydon will be joined by actress Beattie Edmondson, daughter of Adrian Edmondson and Jennifer Saunders, in the line-up of special guests at the event.Award-winning Scottish filmmakers Bill Forsyth and Kevin Macdonald will be joined by other home-grown stars like Kelly Macdonald, whose new film, Puzzle, will open the event, while Sophie Kennedy Clark, will launch two films, Lucid and Obey.Former stand-up Elton, writer of The Young Ones and Blackadder, will be unveiling his first film for 17 years, an Australian-set comedy, Three Summers, a romantic comedy set at a folk festival. Former Home and Away and Grey’s Anatomy star Melissa George will be launching another Australian film, The Butterfly Tree, which she stars as a … [Read more...] about Edinburgh film festival reveals line-up of stars heading down red carpet