Friday, 30 May 2008

The Building of Stonehenge


I find that I haven't posted here for a fortnight - most embarrassing, and I can't think why, except that the weather has been unusually good here in the wild and wacky north, and so I have been a-busy digging and planting and mowing and pruning.

Okay - excuses over...I picked up this interesting piece on the BBC website. Permission was granted recently for a limited archaeological dig on the ancient site of Stonehenge and new information is beginning to emerge about the building and history of the place:
The Building of Stonehenge Check out the video - it's very evocative.

The work was done in April and is to be shown in the Autumn on the BBC Timewatch programme. There is loads of information on theTimewatch page. I can't wait.

Thursday, 15 May 2008

Which European City Do You Belong In?

Hurray! I got Paris!




You Belong in Paris



You enjoy all that life has to offer, and you can appreciate the fine tastes and sites of Paris.

You're the perfect person to wander the streets of Paris aimlessly, enjoying architecture and a crepe.

Monday, 12 May 2008

Doctor Who - Be the Director


Is this the coolest thing on the planet? The BBC has given us the chance to make our own Doctor Who trailer - I know, it's so exciting. I wish I was ten so I could actually tell people I was doing it. People in my real world think I'm weird enough as it is without telling them I play at making Doctor Who trailers when I should be washing the dishes.

Anyway, here's the link Trailer Maker - go ahead and try it. I was so desperate to share my news, especially with my Whovian blogging friends (and you know who you are!) that I haven't actually made mine yet. I'll save it as a special treat for once I've done some proper grown-up work.

Happy Monday everyone!

...Update...Update...

Well, I ignored the tottering pile of dishes in the kitchen and did the much more creative thing of having a bash at the trailer. Here's my first go - I'm sure you can do better...

My Trailer

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Mencken Makes Mincemeat of Politicians

Monday's Bit of Wisdom almost sneaking under the wire, but not quite, of the Monday deadline - must do better, must do better...

I found these thoughts of the American journalist H.L. Mencken. Famous for his biting wit, I had no idea he was a seer as well - how else could he, writing in the early part of the 20th century, be describing political life in 2008? Plus ca change...

A couple of salvos in the general direction of politicians first:

A good politician is as unthinkable as an honest burglar. 1925

If there had been any formidable body of cannibals in the country he would have promised to provide them with free missionaries fattened at the taxpayer's expense. (of Harry Truman's success in the 1948 Presidential campaign)

He could (and I'm sure would) have been writing these two today:

The worst government is often the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression. 1956

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. 1923

And my favourite:

Puritanism. The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.


Have a great week everyone, and remember - "There is always a well-known solution to every human problem - neat, plausible and wrong" (Mencken, 1920)

Sunday, 4 May 2008

Blog No. 3

I began another blog a couple of weeks ago and I reckon it's ready now for visitors so I thought I'd have a little ad for it here.

Called Rosehip or Prune?, it is a place to share experiences about being middle-aged and unwillingly sinlge, whether through death or divorce.

Widowed at 47, it's now getting on for three years since the Golfer died and I am still not as 'back to normal' as I would have liked to be. This, no doubt, is a reflection as much of my preconceptions of what widowhood was (grieve like mad for six months, begin to get better for the next six, then get back out there and get on with your life) as of any deficiencies in me, but still, widowhood is not at all what I thought is was going to be, and I thought it might be useful to tell other people what it's like and, especially, to hear from other people in the same boat.

I believe that divorce can be as traumatic and certainly as life-changing as bereavement so I'd love to hear from the divorced and crinkly too.

So come on over and visit at Rosehip or Prune? - look forward to seeing you!

Friday, 2 May 2008

The Rhyming Cephalopod

I found an excellent poem over on The Digital Cuttlefish, via The Barefoot Bum, via Kel's blogroll over on The Osterley Times...can you tell I've been hitchhiking round the blogosphere today?
Here are the first couple of verses to get you going:

By chance of birth
We're here on Earth,
More lucky than we know
With such a brain
As can explain
The way these things must go

That life began
Not with a man
Named Adam, and his Eve
But molecules
In tidal pools
That replicate and cleave


Find the rest of the poem at The Digital Cuttlefish

Pollution Saves Lives!!

Unashamedly purloined from Daddy Papersurfer, here is the Friday Funny for this week:


Makes you think...or at least have a quiet snigger...Have a great weekend everyone!