The Night Climbers of Cambridge By Whipplesnaith

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A long time ago a man with a pen name of Whipplesnaith wrote a book about a very secret order of young men that climb the spires and roofs of colleges in old time Cambridge. Amazing by the fact that it gives step by step instruction that by today is mostly still relevant for those up to try it. Heres what Wikipedia says about it…

The Night Climbers of Cambridge is a book written under the pseudonym “Whipplesnaith” about nocturnal climbing on the Colleges and town buildings of Cambridge in the 1930s.

“Whipplesnaith” is apparently a pseudonym for Noel Howard Symington, although the book is the work of several contributors. One of them, Eric Wadhams, a choral scholar at King’s, either took or was featured in most of the photographs [1]The book was originally published in October 1937 by Chatto and Windus, revised in November 1937 and was re-printed in 1952 and 1953. The second edition contains a re-ordered selection of photographs and a missing diagram explaining the escape from the roof of Marks and Spencers.

The book is now highly sought after, especially in Cambridge itself where it is still regarded as one of few “guidebooks” to the routes onto the roofs of the town’s ancient buildings. Famous climbs documented in the book are the ascent of King’s College and St. John’s College chapels and the “Senate House leap”, together with many photographic plates.

A new authorised edition of The Night Climbers of Cambridge was published on 26 October 2007 by The Oleander Press, Cambridge, to mark the 70th anniversary of the original edition.

This book is really a must read based solely on its interesting nature. Check it out online at…

http://www.insectnation.org/projects/nightclimbers/html/

35 Million Dollar Car Collection Found in Abondoned Barn In Portugal

A while ago I came accross an unbelievable article about a man from New York who bought a property in Portugal and upon finding a locked barn, opened it and found 35 million in automobiles inside. Here is the story I had found.

Courtesy, CuriousType.com

A recently retired New York man wanted to use his retirement funds wisely, he and his wife decided to buy a home and a few acres in Portugal.

They found a perfect and out of the way farm at a decent price. The modest farm had been vacant for 15 years; the owner and wife both had died, and there were no heirs.

The estate was being sold to pay back taxes. There had been several lookers, but the large barn had steel doors, and they had been welded shut. No one wanted to go to the extra expense to see what was in the barn, and it wasn’t complimentary to the property anyway… (basically and eyesore) so, no one made an offer on the place.

The New York couple bought it as is, paying just over half of the property’s worth; moved in, and set about to access the barn… curiosity was killing him.

So, he and his wife bought a generator and a couple of grinders… and cut thru the welds.
Amazing… Total value of all vehicles… over 35 Million US dollars!

The man and his wife had full title to the complete lot of vehicles.

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