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    Warwick Castle

    Link to the castle's web site.  It seems they have a full schedule of activities in and around the castle for the entire spring and summer.  I'm guessing it's now a tourist trap.  I clicked around the web site for various photos and such.

    If you like really old architecture and castles and history, Warwick Castle is one of the places to investigate.

    No, I've never been there..., just read about it in various histories and biographies.

    Oh, and I like castles.

    I did know that many rhododendrons have quite a lot of toxicity, fatal in some cases.  It's one of those plants where one should 'look, but don't touch' - at least not without wearing gloves and protective clothing.

    It would be a good idea to eradicate the plant near where anyone keeps beehives.

    Toxicology

    Some species of rhododendron are poisonous to grazing animals because of a toxin called grayanotoxin in their pollen and nectar. People have been known to become ill from eating honey made by bees feeding on rhododendron and azalea flowers. Xenophon described the odd behavior of Greek soldiers after having consumed honey in a village surrounded by Rhododendron ponticum during the march of the Ten Thousand in 401 BC. Pompey's soldiers reportedly suffered lethal casualties following the consumption of honey made from Rhododendron deliberately left behind by Pontic forces in 67 BC during the Third Mithridatic War. Later, it was recognized that honey resulting from these plants has a slightly hallucinogenic and laxative effect.[27] The suspect rhododendrons are Rhododendron ponticum and Rhododendron luteum (formerly Azalea pontica), both found in northern Asia Minor. Eleven similar cases have been documented in Istanbul, Turkey during the 1980s.[28] Rhododendron is extremely toxic to horses, with some animals dying within a few hours of ingesting the plant, although most horses tend to avoid it if they have access to good forage. The effects of R. ponticum was mentioned in the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes as a proposed way to arrange a fake execution.[29] It was also mentioned in the third episode of Season 2 of BBC's Sherlock (TV series), and has been speculated to have been a part of Sherlock's fake death scheme.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Sun May 05, 2013 at 08:08:16 PM PDT

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