Ancient Word of the Day: Nightmarish Nursery Rhymes

The sweet little rhymes and refrains that fills out childhoods are actually full of ghoulish and gruesome revelations. Here are some creepy examples… The rhythmic patterns of nursery rhymes provided an ideal framework for infants and children to develop language. Mary, Mary, quite contrary,How does your garden grow?With silver bells, and cockle shells,And pretty maidsContinue reading “Ancient Word of the Day: Nightmarish Nursery Rhymes”

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #71

This week we approach another ‘I love lamp‘ addict (it seems they are everywhere), we discover some uplifting environmental news, rebellious jewellery, a humungous ancient crocodillian and more. Stay safe, stay sane and keep smiling muchachos… In the future, you’ll be able to carry your phone in your pocket! Massfield News Journal, 1963 Who wouldContinue reading “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #71”

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #59

I hope you enjoy this magic carpet ride into the apricot sunset of your impossible dreams… A mysterious and erudite scribe named Thoth Thoth is the ancient Egyptian god of the moon. He also represented reckoning, learning and writing. He was held to be the inventor of writing, the creator of languages, the scribe andContinue reading “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #59”

10 Interesting Things I Found: All Hallow’s Eve Ultra Fattened Up Edition

All Hallows Eve, Samhain, Halloween, All Souls Night, Dia de los Muertos – whatever you call it, tonight is auspicious as the time when the veil between the worlds thins and becomes easier to walk through. Faeries, ghouls, ghosts and strange beasts romp and roam in the shadows and await patiently to be welcomed inside.Continue reading “10 Interesting Things I Found: All Hallow’s Eve Ultra Fattened Up Edition”

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #57

Welcome to another intergalactic edition of cool and interesting things from the internet that I’ve channeled from another dimension straight into your mind. I hope you enjoy these my friends… Full moon macabre hijinx Via AP Strange on Twitter Audrey Tatou’s intimate and candid photos of herself I have always been fascinated by and sortContinue reading “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #57”

Ancient word of the day: Adder

Snakes, serpents, vipers, adders – they all convey ancient power of life over death, of emerging in ones full power to take back what belongs to them, of transformation and return. A potent ancestral spirit and augur from the Land of the Dead. Adder The Adder Vipera berus is the only venomous snake in Britain.Continue reading “Ancient word of the day: Adder”

Ancient word of the day: Algorithm

The ancient Muslim empire in the city of Baghdad was the birthplace of the word (and the concept of the) algorithm. In the year 820 AD, a Persian genius named Muhammed ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi created the concept of the algorithm and algebra in an ancient book called Kitab al-Jebr. The book Kitab al-Jebr (later latinisedContinue reading “Ancient word of the day: Algorithm”

Alfabeto Pittorico: A curious alphabet of splendid architecture

Antonio Basoli was an celebrated Italian artist who lived in the 18th and 19th centuries, working mostly in Bologna. He is known for these beautiful architectural alphabet engravings called Alfabeto Pittorico. I love the ornate architecture and romanticism of these pieces and the sense of depth in these pieces. What do you think? Via DesignContinue reading “Alfabeto Pittorico: A curious alphabet of splendid architecture”

My All Time Favourite Top-Ten Non-Fiction History Books

Here’s a collection of some of the non-fiction I have reviewed in the past, ranked as a top ten. The subject matter and time periods vary, but I really like the history of medicine, psychology, symbolism, medieval history, animals and more. 1. The Book of Symbols by the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS)Continue reading “My All Time Favourite Top-Ten Non-Fiction History Books”