The kids in the UK got their exam results this week. They take their General Certificate of Secondary Education exams at 16 years old, in June and then get the results in August, two months later. They actually have to apply for jobs or university before they get the results, which might seem bloody stupid; but it must make sense to someone. Anyway, they have finished phase one of the brainwashing; now for the serious stuff.
Could there be a hoard of gold buried at Wednesbury, undiscovered for nearly a thousand years? Ethelfleda or Æthelflæd was known as the Lady of the Mercians and was a warrior princess who fought against the Vikings. Her younger brother Edward also led the fight against the Vikings throughout Staffordshire and beyond. It is said the hoard of gold now known as the ‘Staffordshire hoard’ belonged to Edward, given to him by their father King Alfred. But what happened to the hoard of his sister, Ethelfleda? (more…)