Dick and Rick Hoyt are a father-and-son team from Massachusetts who together
compete in marathons when they're not in a triathlon — that daunting, almost superhuman, combination
of 26.2 miles of running, 112 miles of bicycling, and 2.4 miles of swimming.
Together they have climbed mountains, and once trekked 3,735 miles across
It’s a remarkable record of exertion — all the more so when you consider that
Rick can't walk or talk.
Millions of people worldwide are forced to walk long distances on a daily basis to collect their water requirements for the day.Traditional
methods of collecting water include the use of 20-liter (5-gallon)
buckets, which are laboriously carried on the head. Extensive suffering occurs in the process. This method is very time and energy consuming and is also the cause of many serious health problems. More
This place is a hovel. No, really. Originally this meant a
medieval one-room dwelling, with a central fire, made by an
agricultural labourer using whatever natural materials came to hand.
The Hovel: branches of oak support the wattle-and-daub ceiling in the sitting room More pictures
hovels were cleared in Tudor and Elizabethan times, and the few that
survived were modernised beyond recognition. This one came within the
Manor of Ludgershall, in Buckinghamshire, owned by Geoffrey, Bishop of
Coutances, a trusted friend of William the Conqueror.
The Hovel has windows that peek out under the fringe of a
deep thatched roof of combed wheat reed. It stands on the edge of the
village green, and is reached by a small bridge over the brook.
sitting-room ceiling is supported by branches of oak; billowing
plaster, daubed on a mattress of twisted twigs, follows their bends and
curves to a maximum height of 6ft 2in, and the walls wave in and out
The brick fireplace
houses a contemporary wood-burning stove, behind which is now the
second bedroom. Opposite is the galley kitchen, with a slate worktop
and Belfast sink. The main bedroom and bathroom are an addition, the
latter having a cast-iron roll-top bath and a chequerboard marble floor.
half-acre garden needs attention, but the owners until 2002 were keen
plantsmen, and topiaried box hedging, weeping pear, copper plum, apple
and cherry trees, and wisteria can still be found, along with roses
round the door. A bay-fronted, timber summerhouse under a
cedar-shingled roof, with power and light, can also be found. Perfect
for guests, writers - and other hobbits.
The Hovel in Ludgershall, Bucks, is for sale at £375,000 ($655,000) through John D Wood (01865 311522, e-mail: oxford@johndwo
One of the most fascinating reading experiences in my life resulted from the purchase of six diaries in an antique shop in Connecticut. The diary was written by a farmer in Connecticut in the early 1900s. I paid only a dollar apiece for the small books but received from their reading hours of pleasure. The author wrote of the routine events and people in his life: weather, chores, the daily trips to town, visits, and visitors. This man did not lead an exciting life--at least by today's standards, but it was very interesting to me. I skipped not a single page and was sorry to have come to the end. As I recall, a few clippings from local newspapers, ticket stubs and wire tags from fruit trees fell from the pages as I read. My pleasure reading this man's daily jottings may stem from the voyeur in me, or the researcher/writer & book collector I am. But, having admitted how much I enjoyed this experience I am also glad to learn that I am not alone in my nosy, spying into other people's lives. But then, my experiences pale as compared to the fellow whose collection is found here.