The Ancient Pathways of CornwallWritten by Simon Mitchell
The Saint's Way in Cornwall is a story written into land. This ancient route existed long before it was used by saints, taking advantage of unique shape of Cornwall and its rivers. Evidence (especially Pictish Art forms) suggest that Phoenicians, Egyptians and Greeks journeyed to west coasts of Britain and Ireland even before Iron Age, in search of Keltic wisdom and trade. They would hit Cornwall and Southern Ireland first.
Gold travelled from Ireland through Cornwall and down to Mediterranean via sea or overland through Brittany to early centres of civilisation. Before River Camel and River Fowey in East Cornwall became silted through tin streaming they were navigable much further inland. Prior to tin mining there would have been only a four mile gap overland between north coast River Camel (at Padstow) and South Coast River Fowey. This is a serious short-cut to alternative of travelling right round peninsula of Cornwall with its dangers of rocks, ridiculous weather and hungry pirates.
Later copper followed same route and Romans 'followed supply' back to Britain. The strong links between Ireland, Wales and Cornwall are still to be found, for example in similar labyrinth carvings found in Ireland and North Cornwall. In terms of an 'English' history, Cornwall doesn't really exist until end of Dark ages in 900AD or so, when English started invading, but there are still many clues built into land. Cornwall is a Celtic land that has its own history. It was one of earliest civilised trading nations, more linked by sea with Ireland, Wales and Brittany than by long and hazardous overland journeys to England.
Freecycle Means Free Stuff and a Cleaner EnvironmentWritten by Joe Hickman, HaLife.com
Over one million members in almost 3,000 communities worldwide are sharing their unwanted stuff.
All getting and giving is possible through an organization called Freecycle, a grassroots movement of people who give away things for free in their own towns. Each local group is run by a local volunteer moderator. All of trading is done online. Membership is free. Freecycle is open to individuals and non-profit organizations.
The Freecycle Network was started in 2003 in Tucson, Arizona, to promote waste reduction and help save desert landscape from being taken over by landfills. In just two years idea has spread worldwide. The process is quite simple. Go to www.freecycle.org and find a group near you. (If there's not one close, consider starting one yourself.) Then when you want to find a new home for something, just send an e-mail offering it to members of your Freecycle group.
Some groups have restrictions on what you can and cannot post, but most limitations are simply that item needs to be completely free, legal, and appropriate for all ages. What you offer doesn't matter: computer parts, couch, clothing, an old window, broken car, perfume, whatever. If you have it and don't want it, someone else probably can put it to good use.
If something is posted that you're interested in obtaining, simply respond to member's offer. The giver decides who receives gift and sets up a pickup time for passing on treasure. Sometimes it's as simple as "I'll leave it on front porch of 123 Main St., come by anytime."