The Hunters Return to the Castle

The Hunters Return to the Castle


Lord of the Flies Summary

During an unnamed time of war, a plane carrying a group of British schoolboys is shot down over the Pacific. The pilot of the plane is killed, but many of the boys survive the crash and find themselves deserted on an uninhabited island, where they are alone without adult supervision. The first two boys introduced are the main protagonists of the story: Ralph is among the oldest of the boys, handsome and confident, while Piggy, as he is derisively called, is a pudgy asthmatic boy with glasses who nevertheless possesses a keen intelligence. Ralph finds a conch shell, and when he blows it the other boys gather together. Among these boys is Jack Merridew, an aggressive boy who marches at the head of his choir. Ralph, whom the other boys choose as chief, leads Jack and another boy, Simon, on an expedition to explore the island. On their expedition they determine that they are, in fact, on a deserted island and decide that they need to find food. The three boys find a pig, which Jack prepares to kill but finally balks before he can actually stab it.

When the boys return from their expedition, Ralph calls a meeting and attempts to set rules of order for the island. Jack agrees with Ralph, for the existence of rules means the existence of punishment for those who break them, but Piggy reprimands Jack for his lack of concern over long-term issues of survival. Ralph proposes that they build a fire on the mountain which could signal their presence to any passing ships. The boys start building the fire, but the younger boys lose interest when the task proves too difficult for them. Piggy proves essential to the process: the boys use his glasses to start the fire. After they start the fire, Piggy loses his temper and criticizes the other boys for not building shelters first. He worries that they still do not know how many boys there are, and he believes that one of them is already missing.

While Jack tries to hunt pigs, Ralph orchestrates the building of shelters for the boys. The smallest boys have not helped at all, while the boys in Jack's choir, whose duty is to hunt for food, have spent the day swimming. Jack tells Ralph that he feels as if he is being hunted himself when he hunts for pigs. When Simon, the only boy who has consistently helped Ralph, leaves presumably to take a bath, Ralph and Jack go to find him at the bathing pool. But Simon instead is walking around the jungle alone. He finds a serene open space with aromatic bushes and flowers.

The boys soon settle into a daily pattern on the island. The youngest of the boys, known generally as the "littluns," spend most of the day searching for fruit to eat. When the boys play, they still obey some sense of decency toward one another, despite the lack of parental authority. Jack continues to hunt, while Piggy, who is accepted as an outsider among the boys, considers building a sundial. A ship passes by the island but does not stop, perhaps because the fire has burned out. Piggy blames Jack for letting the fire die, for he and his hunters have been preoccupied with killing a pig at the expense of their duty, and Jack punches Piggy, breaking one lens of his glasses. Jack and the hunters chant, "Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Bash her in" in celebration of the kill, and they perform a dance in which Maurice pretends to be a pig and the others pretend to attack him.

Ralph becomes concerned by the behavior of Jack and the hunters and begins to appreciate Piggy's maturity. He calls an assembly in which he criticizes the boys for not assisting with the fire or the building of the shelters. He insists that the fire is the most important thing on the island, for it is their one chance for rescue, and declares that the only place where they should have a fire is on the mountaintop. Ralph admits that he is frightened but says that there is no legitimate reason to be afraid. Jack then yells at the littluns for their fear and for not helping with hunting or building shelters. He proclaims that there is no beast on the island, as some of the boys believe, but then a littlun, Phil, tells that he had a nightmare and when he awoke saw something moving among the trees. Simon says that Phil probably saw Simon, for he was walking in the jungle that night. But the littluns begin to worry about the beast, which they conceive as a ghost or a squid. Piggy and Ralph fight once more, and when Ralph attempts to assert the rules of order, Jack asks rhetorically whether anyone cares about the rules. Ralph in turn insists that the rules are all that they have. Jack then decides to lead an expedition to hunt the beast, leaving only Ralph, Piggy and Simon behind. Piggy warns Ralph that if Jack becomes chief, the boys will never be rescued.

That night, during an aerial battle, a pilot parachutes down the island. The pilot dies, possibly on impact. The next morning, as the twins Sam and Eric are adding kindling to the fire, they spot the pilot and mistake him for the beast. They scramble down the mountain and wake up Ralph. Jack calls for a hunt, but Piggy insists that they should stay together, for the beast may not come near them. Jack claims that the conch is now irrelevant. He takes a swing at Ralph when Ralph accuses Jack of not wanting to be rescued. Ralph decides to join the hunters on their expedition to find the beast, despite his wish to rekindle the fire on the mountain. When they reach the other side of the island, Jack expresses his wish to build a fort near the sea.

The hunters, while searching for the beast, find a boar that attacks Jack, but Jack stabs it and it runs away. The hunters go into a frenzy, lapsing into their "kill the pig" chant once again. Ralph realizes that Piggy remains with the littluns back on the other side of the island, and Simon offers to go back and tell Piggy that the other boys will not be back that night. Ralph realizes that Jack hates him and confronts him about that fact. Jack mocks Ralph for not wanting to hunt, claiming that it stems from cowardice, but when the boys see what they believe to be the beast they run away.

Ralph returns to the shelters to find Piggy and tells him that they saw the beast, but Piggy remains skeptical. Ralph dismisses the hunters as boys with sticks, but Jack accuses him of calling his hunters cowards. Jack attempts to assert control over the other boys, calling for Ralph's removal as chief, but when Ralph retains the support of the other boys Jack runs away, crying. Piggy suggests that, if the beast prevents them from getting to the mountaintop, they should build a fire on the beach, and reassures them that they will survive if they behave with common sense. Simon leaves to sit in the open space that he found earlier. Jack claims that he will be the chief of the hunters and that they will go to the castle rock where they plan to build a fort and have a feast. The hunters kill a pig, and Jack smears the blood over Maurice's face. They then cut off the head and leave it on a stake as an offering for the beast. Jack brings several hunters back to the shelters, where he invites the other boys to join his tribe and offers them meat and the opportunity to hunt and have fun. All of the boys, except for Ralph and Piggy, join Jack.

Meanwhile, Simon finds the pig's head that the hunters had left. He dubs it The Lord of the Flies because of the insects that swarm around it. He believes that it speaks to him, telling him how foolish he is and that the other boys think he is insane. The pig's head claims that it is the beast, and it mocks the idea that the beast could be hunted and killed. Simon falls down and loses consciousness. After he regains consciousness and wanders around, he sees the dead pilot that the boys perceived to be the beast and realizes what it actually is. He rushes down the mountain to alert the other boys about what he has found.

Ralph and Piggy, who are playing at the lagoon alone, decide to find the other boys to make sure that nothing unfortunate happens while they are pretending to be hunters. When they find Jack, Ralph and Jack argue over who will be chief. When Piggy claims that he gets to speak because he has the conch, Jack tells him that the conch does not count on his side of the island. The boys panic when Ralph warns them that a storm is coming. As the storm begins, Simon rushes from the forest, telling about the dead body on the mountain. Under the impression that he is the beast, the boys descend on Simon and kill him.

Back on the other side of the island, Ralph and Piggy discuss Simon's death. They both took part in the murder, but they attempt to justify their behavior as motivated by fear and instinct. The only four boys who are not part of Jack's tribe are Ralph and Piggy and the twins, Sam and Eric, who help tend to the fire. At Castle Rock, Jack rules over the boys with the trappings of an idol. He has kept one boy tied up, and he instills fear in the other boys by warning them about the beast and the intruders. When Bill asks Jack how they will start a fire, Jack claims that they will steal the fire from the other boys. Meanwhile, Ralph, Piggy and the twins work on keeping the fire going but find that it is too difficult to do by themselves. They return to the shelters to sleep. During the night, the hunters attack the four boys, who fight them off but suffer considerable injuries. Piggy learns the purpose of the attack: they came to steal his glasses.

After the attack, the four boys decide to go to the castle rock to appeal to Jack as civilized people. They groom themselves to appear presentable and dress themselves in normal schoolboy clothes. When they reach Castle Rock, Ralph summons the other boys with the conch. Jack arrives from hunting and tells Ralph and Piggy to leave them alone. When Jack refuses to listen to Ralph's appeals to justice, Ralph calls the boys painted fools. Jack takes Sam and Eric as prisoners and orders them to be tied up. Piggy asks Jack and his hunters whether it is better to be a pack of painted Indians or sensible like Ralph, but Roger tips a rock over on Piggy, causing him to fall down the mountain to the beach. The impact kills him and, to the delight of Jack, shatters the conch shell. Jack declares himself chief and hurls his spear at Ralph, who runs away.

Ralph hides near Castle Rock, where he can see the other boys, whom he no longer recognizes as civilized English boys but as savages. He crawls to the entrance of Jack's camp, where Sam and Eric are now stationed as guards, and they give him some meat and urge him to leave. While Ralph hides, he realizes that the other boys are rolling rocks down the mountain. Ralph evades the other boys who are hunting for him, then realizes that they are setting the forest on fire in order to smoke him out-and thus will destroy whatever fruit is left on the island.

Running for his life, Ralph finally collapses on the beach, where a naval officer has arrived with his ship. He thinks that the boys have only been playing games, and he scolds them for not behaving in a more organized and responsible manner as is the British custom. As the boys prepare to leave the island for home, Ralph weeps for the death of Piggy and for the end of the boys' innocence.


Episode 3: English Civil War - Newark - River Trent

This episode sees Rick and Beau head to the vast River Trent, site of one of the greatest strongholds of the English Civil War – Newark Castle. In the first official search of the waterway, the River Hunters will be searching for lost Civil War relics that reveal the secrets of this brutal battleground. The duo start their search directly next to the castle and find evidence from the key advances in warfare at the time, which eventually helped lead to the King’s demise. They also discover musket balls among other lost items that help picture the harrowing life in this turbulent time.


Bloody Beginnings

Chillingham was occupied from prehistoric times. During the Second World War, an impromptu excavation in the castle grounds by a German POW uncovering flint and antler arrowheads and axes dating to the Bronze Age. These tools may be evidence of a prehistoric hunting camp. Or it may have been an early manifestation of war. By the Iron Age, local tribes had established a fort at Chillington, on nearby Ross Hill, which overlooks the present castle&rsquos grounds. Perhaps this was the original ‘homestead of Ceofel&rsquo that gives Chillingham its name.

By the 1200s, the conflict was increasing along the borderlands between England and Scotland. Monks had built a house on the land below Ross Hill. This monastery was converted into a fortified manor house with just one tower and a curtain wall. The monarchy placed the new castle in the hands of the Grey family in 1246. The Greys were descendants of the Croys, kin of William the Conqueror. Tasked with holding the border around Chillingham, it was they who turned the manor into a fortress, constructing its dungeons, torture chamber and battlements.

In 1297, the First Scottish War of Independence broke out. That same year, the forces of William Wallace raided Chillington, burning local women and children alive in a church. However, in 1298, Edward I, &ldquothe Hammer of the Scots&rdquo made Chillington his base for the campaign against Scotland. Chillington&rsquos dungeon began to fill with enemy prisoners- Scottish women and children, as well as soldiers and spies. Legend says that King Edward personally appointed the man who was to deal with them: John Sage.

The Rack at Chillington Castle. Google Images.

Sage was supposedly a soldier who had risen through the ranks to become a lieutenant in Edward&rsquos army. When a leg injury forced him to retire from combat, he begged the King to find him a role. So, Edward, had him appointed torturer at Chillington castle. Sage was a sadist and hated the Scots. Over the three years of war, he reputedly tortured some 50 prisoners a week. When the war ended, Sage burnt the remaining adult prisoners alive in the grounds of the castle while their children watched from what is known as the Edward Room or Killing Room. Sage later hacked these children to death with an ax still displayed in the castle.

In all, 7500 Scottish prisoners reputedly died at Chillington their bodies dumped into its lake. John Sage also met his end at Chillington. One evening, Sage killed his lover Elizabeth Charlton, strangling her during a sex game on the rack in Chillington&rsquos torture chamber. Unfortunately for Sage, Elizabeth&rsquos father was a leader of the powerful border reivers, outlaw gangs who plagued the borderlands but were vital to the fight against the Scots. To avoid losing the Reivers to the enemy, Edward I handed Sage over to justice. He was sentenced to hang at Chillington but was torn apart while he still lived. Others would soon join Sage&rsquos ghost and those of his victims.


Ghana’s Slave Castles: The Shocking Story of the Ghanaian Cape Coast

Take a close look at the coast of Ghana, and you will find myriad ancient castles and forts. Marking the beginning of the slaves’ perilous journey during the era of the slave trade, these fortresses were the last memory slaves had of their homeland before being shipped off across the Atlantic, never to return again. Read more about the shocking history of Ghana’s slave fortresses and their significance to modern-day Ghana…

Between 1482 and 1786, clusters of castles and forts were erected along the 500 kilometer-long coastline of Ghana between Keta in the East and Beyin in the west. Back then, Ghana was called the Gold Coast due to its vast quantities of gold, and these strongholds served as fortified trading posts offering protection from other foreign settlers and threats from the African population.

Placed strategically as links in the trade routes established by the Portuguese in the 15th century, who were the first settlers on the Gold Coast, the forts thereafter were seized, attacked, exchanged, sold and abandoned during almost four centuries of struggle between European powers for domination over the Gold Coast.

As early as the 1500s, the settlers’ interest turned to the slave trade in light of the growing demand for human labor in the New World (the Americas and the Caribbean). From holding gold, ivory and other wares, the castles gradually imprisoned slaves, who were reduced to yet another commodity. The majestic fortresses along Ghana’s breathtaking coast housed dark dungeons, overflowing with misery and despair, right up until the slave trade was gradually abolished by each of the colonial powers in the first half of the 1800s. But by this point, the irreversible and immeasurable damage was done, and from West Africa alone it is estimated that six million slaves had been shipped to other countries. About 10-15% perished at sea during the so-called Middle Passage, never reaching their final destination.

The castles were the ultimate stop in many ways. They provided the last experience that men and women had in their homeland before their final departure. For those who didn’t make it to the new world, the castles were the last place they ever saw on land. The last shreds of hope would wither away with every day of captivity in the castle. On the seaboard side of the coastal slave castles, was ‘the door of no return’, a portal through which the slaves were lowered into boats, and then loaded like cargo onto big slaving ships further out at sea, never to set foot in their homeland again and with a final goodbye to the freedom they once knew.

One of the most famous castles in Ghana’s dark episode of slavery is the Cape Coast Castle. It began as a trade lodge constructed by the Portuguese in 1555 on a part of the Gold Coast, which later became known as the Cape Coast. In 1653, following Sweden’s conquest of the Cape Coast, the Swedish Africa Company constructed a permanent wooden fortress for trade in timber and gold. A decade later, the fort was reconstructed in stone when the Danes seized power from the Swedish.

The fort then passed through the hands of the Dutch and even a local Fetu chief at some point, before being conquered by the British in 1664. Over the years the fort was increasingly used for the developing slave trade, which came to a peak in the 18th century. By 1700, the fort had been transformed into a castle and also served as the headquarters of the British colonial governor.

Up to 1,000 male and 500 female slaves were shackled and crammed in the castle’s dank, poorly ventilated dungeons, with no space to lie down and very little light. Without water or sanitation, the floor of the dungeon was littered with human waste and many captives fell seriously ill. The men were separated from the women, and the captors regularly raped the helpless women. The castle also featured confinement cells — small pitch-black spaces for prisoners who revolted or were seen as rebellious. Once the slaves set foot in the castle, they could spend up to three months in captivity under these dreadful conditions before being shipped off to the New World.

An environment of harsh contrasts, the castle also had some extravagant chambers, devoid of the stench and misery of the dungeons, only a couple of meters below. For example, the British governor and officers’ quarters were spacious and airy, with beautiful parquet floors and scenic views of the blue waters of Atlantic. There was also a chapel in the castle enclosure for the officers, traders and their families as they went about their normal day-to-day life completely detached from the unfathomable human suffering they were consciously inflicting.

The castle’s involvement with slavery eventually stopped as a result of Britain’s ban on the slave trade. Cape Coast Castle went back to its previous function as an essential site for (non-human) commodity trade, after which it was turned into an army training facility. In 1957, when Ghana became the first African state to regain independence from British colonial rule, the ownership of the Cape Coast Castle was transferred to the new government and subsequently to the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board. The castle only underwent considerable restoration work in the early 1990s with the help of donor funds, and is currently a well-visited museum and historical site.

Watch the video of the Obama family’s Visit to the Cape Coast Castle:

Another famous slave castle is the Elmina Castle (often called St. George’s Castle), situated in the town of Elmina about 13 kilometers from the Cape Coast Castle. Known as the oldest European structure in Ghana, the castle’s construction began in 1482 following the arrival of the Portuguese on the Gold Coast in 1471, and served to protect the Portuguese settlement area, named São Jorge da Mina (St. George of the Mines).

Over the decades, various parts of the Castle were rebuilt, with trade remaining its main focus. However, by the 17th century most of this trade was in people. In 1637, the Dutch seized control of the Gold Coast and continued to use the Elmina Castle as a place to ‘store’ slaves until their departure. The Dutch made some substantial changes to the Castle, such as setting up a marketplace where slaves could be auctioned. The conditions were similar to that of the neighboring Cape Coast Castle. In the dungeons light could only enter through the doorways or a few small holes at either end of the ceiling. Any revolt was harshly disciplined. Men were sent to the condemned cell with no lighting and were starved to death, while women were beaten and chained to cannon balls in the courtyard. Mindful of possible attacks, the Dutch built a bastion, Fort Coenraadsburg (also known as St. Jago), on the hill opposite Elmina Castle, which overlooked its big brother’s house of horrors.

Under the rule of the Dutch West Indies Company, around 30,000 slaves a year passed through Elmina’s door of no return, right up until 1814 when the Dutch slave trade was abolished, seven years after the British. Ceded to the British in 1872, Elmina Castle was hardly in use until Ghana’s independence. Thereafter it became a training center for Ghanaian police recruits and surprisingly a school for some time, before also being converted into a history museum.

Other castles and forts that remain include Fort Christiansborg (or Osu Castle), the Ussher Fort and Fort James. Besides museums, some fortresses have been transformed into government offices, prisons, and guesthouses while others are nothing more than abandoned stone ruins with a few walls standing. UNESCO has declared many of these castles and forts World Heritage sites of great historical importance. However, due to limited funding, preservation has been limited and the sites continue to deteriorate.

Watch a UNESCO documentary on the Forts and Castles on the Ghanaian Coast:

Today 30-odd surviving forts, castles and former trading posts can be found along Ghana’s coast, many bearing witness to the largest (forced) migration in history and to the atrocities humanity is capable of committing. Castles such as Elmina, Cape Coast and Ussher Fort have been turned into museums and offer guided tours. Somewhat moving, these tours literally walk visitors through the history of slave castles, bringing to life the heartbreaking experiences of the slaves.

Extremely popular among African American tourists who want to find out more about their heritage, nowadays the castles are also welcoming more and more local Ghanaians interested in learning about the slave period in their country. More than just museums, these castles are filled with haunting histories, revealing the horrors of the slave trade. By serving as strong reminder of Ghana’s dark history, the castles continue to pay respect to the millions of people who languished at the hands of slavers. They are far from forgotten, even in the 21st century.


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The church on the Landoll's property burned to the ground.

The property also has hills and woods that required a lot more work to navigate back then. Exhuming all of those bodies was no easy task, and having to deal with the emotional stress of cutting ties with your church and having to put your departed loved ones&apos bodies in a new plot of land only made things much worse.

Shortly after the bodies were exhumed and relocated, the church on the Landoll&aposs property in Loudonville, Ohio burned to the ground. 

We even saw remnants of it in our tour of the grounds and it was located not too far from the cemetery. Our biggest question about the church burning to the ground was whether or not there was foul play involved.


The Simon Wiesenthal Centre

There wasn't actually a group of Nazi hunters running around New York enacting their own form of brutal justice on former Nazis in the 1970s. However, was a group with similar overall goals.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre was established in 1977 (the same year Hunters takes place). It's self-described as a human rights organization that researches the Holocaust and hate. It's named after Simon Wiesenthal, a concentration camp survivor who devoted his life to tracking down escaped Nazis after WWII so they could be tried for their crimes (not tortured and killed in secret). Wiesenthal even played a minor role in catching Adolf Eichmann, one of the leading architects of the Holocaust.

It seems likely that Al Pacino's character is at least partially inspired by Wiesenthal and the organization that bears his name. However, Hunters obviously takes things in a much more violent (and entertaining connection).


The 16 Biggest HGTV Scandals of All Time

Even if you&rsquove been living under a rock &mdash a sad one-bedroom rock with old wallpaper, underutilized closet space, and no cable! &mdash you probably still know all about Home and Garden Television. (It's the network has made you jealous of your best friend's under-rock home because it's 4 square feet larger and has a deck.)

Better known by its popular acronym HGTV, the cable channel runs a number of addictive shows where perky hosts turn shit boxes into more habitable (read: more monochromatic, cookie-cutter) shit boxes. You know you've got a Pinterest board full of their best tips! It's important to keep up with the latest trends in throw pillows, after all. And you know what else it's important to keep up with!? The

that surround the hugely popular station. Here are some of the hottest of hot-mess moments from HGTV's history &mdash drama that even a coat or five of shiplap can't cover up.

1. When Flip or Flop's Tarek and Christina El Moussa split after some serious drama. The couple announced their split with a statement to People magazine Dec. 12, stating that they had faced "challenges" in their marriage, and in particular citing an "unfortunate misunderstanding about six months ago" as the big issue. TMZ offered up more details on that "misunderstanding," describing it as "a scary incident involving guns and a feared suicide attempt." After a big fight, police were called to the couple's home and saw Tarek running from the property with a gun (Christina also fled the house crying). After being found by police, Tarek explained he had gone out with his gun to "blow off some steam."

2. And when one of the Property Brothers got in a bar brawl. Jonathan Scott, one of the esteemed Property Bros, got into a bar fight at a North Dakota last June and reportedly had to be dragged from the premises. The drinking establishment was apparently closed at the time, and Jonathan and his crew got upset when their drinks were taken away . fast-forward to the bar&rsquos bouncer allegedly having Scott in a headlock and the TV star calling 911 to report that he&rsquod been assaulted. At the end of the day TMZ&rsquos video of the altercation proved not to be enough to get the Property Bro et al in trouble, and charges were dropped due to a lack of evidence.

3. When a Love It or List It home was maybe destroyed. A North Carolina couple filed a lawsuit in April against the production company behind Love it or List It, claiming their home was left &ldquoirreparably damaged&rdquo after the show filmed. The Miami Herald reported that Deena Murphy and Timothy Sullivan asked the production company to clean up the shoddy work of the construction company hired to work on the couple&rsquos house. Apparently they left the place in major disarray, with low-grade carpet, ruined floors, and windows painted shut. Not great!

4. When it was revealed that House Hunters is a GD lie. When former House Hunters participant Bobi Jensen flat-out called the show a sham, I was initially like, &ldquoWHAT!&rdquo and then after a moment of processing it, I was all, &ldquoOh yeah totally. That makes a lot of sense.&rdquo In a now-infamous 2012 post on the Hooked on Houses blog, Jensen shared that HGTV producers didn&rsquot like her initial plan to remodel her current home so she could rent it out and basically told her that the episode would be about her family&rsquos desperation for more square footage instead. They also forced Jensen to buy the new house before the episode aired, and the houses they toured on the show belonged to family friends. Shots fired!

When it became apparent that HGTV wasn't gonna be able to throw a drape over this scandal, they gave the following statement to EW:

So, they basically admitted everything, and also admitted nothing. That's more crafty than Joanna with sub-par siding!

5. And when the beginning of Fixer Upper was hella fake. Herein starts all your fave juicy Fixer Upper scandals &mdash sit down and get comfy, OK!? According to season three participant David Ridley in a November 2016 interview with Fox News, the home-picking process at the beginning of Fixer Upper is fake AF. Similar to what Bobi Jensen said about House Hunters, Ridley claimed that he&rsquod been forced to purchase a new home before even applying for the show. "You have to be under contract to be on the show. They show you other homes but you already have one," he said. "After they select you, they send your house to Chip and Joanna and their design team." Tsk, tsk, HGTV.

6. When the world learned that the Fixer Upper homeowners don't get to keep their furniture either. I hope you're sitting down because it's true: the people who have their homes fixer upped don't get to keep their fly new furnishings. Say it ain't so, Joanna! (She can't, because it is.)

I guess the people could go to Magnolia Market if they want to buy the furniture back? I mean, if they even have a parking lot. (Please see no. 8 below.)

7. When Chip and Joanna didn't like their fixed-up houses being rented out on Airbnb. Apparently lots of people like to rent out their Fixer Upper houses on Airbnb, and Chip and Joanna aren't too fond of that. Maybe if they let them keep their furniture, they wouldn't need to, IDK! They issued this very measured statement about it:

Translation: We're straight-up pissed and this isn't happening again. (Meanwhile, Fixer Upper's "Barndominium" is in the midst of a second local dispute following the owner's attempts to rent it out, the Waco-Tribune Herald reports. So these problems are not going away!

8. When Chip and Joanna Gaines got hit with $1 million lawsuit. Chip and Joanna are in the process of being sued for $1 million over the property around their Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, Texas. It&rsquos a bit complicated, but basically the alley next to the market doesn&rsquot belong to Gaineses, and they had a lease agreement with the previous owners to use it for customer parking. However, when the old owners sold the alley, the new owners decided not to renew the lease (apparently planning instead to charge Magnolia Market customers for parking, because duh). Chip put up a gate to separate the free/not-free parking lots, but the alley's owners are now seeking between $200,000 and $1 million in damages from said gate on their property and want it removed. That&rsquos some major drama for the parking lot of a country market in middle-of-nowhere Texas &mdash it probably has nothing to do with the fact that the owners are HGTV stars, right.

9. And when Chip and Joanna Gaines's pastor preached conservative, anti-gay values. Last month, BuzzFeed wrote about the Gaineses' affiliation with a non-denominational evangelical church whose pastor, Jimmy Seibert, opposes homosexuality and gay marriage. In response, HGTV issued a statement affirming the network&rsquos commitment to LGBT rights, writing, "We don&rsquot discriminate against members of the LGBT community in any of our shows. HGTV is proud to have a crystal clear, consistent record of including people from all walks of life in its series." Chip and Joanna never responded, except to ask their fans to stop harassing writers who covered the story.

10. Also when a show was canceled before it even got on the air. HGTV was set to debut a new show, Flip It Forward, in October of 2014, but it was soon pulled from the lineup when one of the star&rsquos controversial comments about same-sex marriage, abortion, and Islam caused major uproar. The show was four weeks into production when it was revealed that the hosts, twin brothers David and Jason Benham, had led prayers at anti-gay protests and their father, Flip Benham, was an extreme anti-choice, conspiracy theorist preacher. The show was quickly shut down, and we are never to speak of the Benham brothers again!

11. When the star of Rehab Addict hid her second pregnancy and also got caught in a custody fight. When Nicole Curtis, the star of the highly addictive (but never on! What gives, HGTV!?) Rehab Addict, was pregnant with her second kid, Harper, she kept her baby bump hidden using all sorts of visual trickery. (She did announce her pregnancy on Facebook.) Curtis later explained it was because she didn&rsquot want the public to know her business, which is totally fair. The public isn't entitled to knowing everything about our favorite celebrities! Just most things!

Additionally, in her memoir, Better Than New, Curtis gets real about the hard custody battle she fought with her youngest son&rsquos father. According to Fox News, she was banned from taking him to worksites with toxins present and was warned she would face jail time for skipping out on expenses, attorney fees, and missed visits between her son and her ex.

12. Also when Curtis royally pissed off her neighbors and almost lost her home. Because renovations on the Rehab Addict's Minneapolis home were moving at a glacial pace, her neighbors started complaining to the city council. The city council found that Curtis's renovation was a "burden" on her community, and some of her neighbors crashed a charity fundraiser at her home to inspect the house.

For her part, Curtis never spoke directly with any of the complainers, choosing to address everything on Facebook: "The long and short of it is I wrote done big checks to people we felt we could trust to get this done -and it didn't," she wrote in a comment. "By the time we got caught up to speed it was a hot mess and we were onto other projects and quite frankly, my family comes first."

13. When Flip or Flop charged its fans a lot of money to learn how to flip homes from them &mdash and then never showed up. According to the Associated Press, fans of the show were tricked into signing up for expensive classes where the show&rsquos hosts, Tarek and Christina, were supposed to teach them their flipping ways. In interviews, former students complained the hosts never showed up, there wasn&rsquot any real instruction, and the only thing they learned was how to sign up for more courses. HGTV claims to have known nothing about the classes, so their hands are clean.

14. When the winner of Ellen&rsquos Design Challenge possibly stole his "original" design and was disqualified. When furniture designer Tim McLellan won the 2015 contest &mdash and the $100,000 prize &mdash he was ecstatic. Well, ecstatic until he was quickly dethroned when it was revealed that his final challenge was actually "plagiarized" from another designer. In under a week, his title and spoils were taken away and given to fellow finalist Katie Stout.

In a subsequent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, McLellan denied he has consciously copied anyone else's work. While not giving him back the win, Ellen commiserated with him, sagely saying, "Most furniture is a derivate of something. Maybe something starts it, but chairs, tables, everything &mdash it&rsquos similar."

15. When people freaked out over the suggestion to use an American Flag as a tablecloth. In 2013, a HGTV segment called "Classic Fourth of July Table Setting Ideas," suggested using a nylon flag as a table runner "so spills can be easily wiped off and the flag can later be hung with pride on a flag pole." The internet wasn't having it, and quickly bombarded the network's Facebook page with, um, unpleasant comments.

HGTV removed the article from its website and issued an apology:

16. And when hardly anybody keeps their "dream homes." Since 1997, HGTV has been giving away a "dream home" valued at over $1 million every year to one lucky winner. Sounds awesome, right? Wrong! The accompanying taxes are so high that every winner save two has sold their homes almost immediately. Maybe they should consider renaming the sweepstakes, "Nightmare IRS Shacks," or something catchier?

The drama continues to this day, literally. Oh, HGTV!

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The Hunters Return to the Castle - History

With its original features and unique furnishings, all set in 40 acres of land, there is something to delight and enchant visitors of all ages.

Built in 1263 it is one of the very few castles in Scotland that still belongs to the original family. The 757 year old castle is the smallest of the West Kilbride castles and is about 24 feet long by 21 feet wide and 34 feet to the ramparts, but it has been greatly extended throughout the years.

Hunterston Castle is part of the wider Estate that comprises of 300 acres of land which is outrightly owned by the Hunter family, although over 2000 acres are farmed through leasing from owners like EDF Energy who own the Hunterston B Power Station and Clydeport who own the Deep Sea Port.

The castle comprises of 3 floors in the new tower and 2 floors in the new extension. Over the years there has been many alterations, however the original tower has not changed since it was built.

This website is dedicated specifically to the actual castle itself and not the associated newer buildings added over the more recent years.


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