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 #76

In edition #76 we will check out a Pink Floyd concert in Venise, read adoring odes to beautiful trees, see a beetle’s face up close and meet a man saving apples from extinction. I hope you enjoy this trip… Remarkable macro-photography of a Longhorn beetle Cerambyx Scopolii by Thorben Danke Originally tweeted by Thorben DankeContinue reading “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #76”

Book Review: The Sky Atlas by Edward Brooke Hitching

* No Spoilers Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Edward Brooke Hitching, history-hound, lover of quirky things and writer for the ever-popular and erudite quiz show QI, has written The Sky Atlas. A treasury and history of some of humankind’s most beautiful maps and charts. Yet this book is more than that, it’s a sparkling and glittering array ofContinue reading “Book Review: The Sky Atlas by Edward Brooke Hitching”

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet:Christmas Edition!

Ho-ho-ho and a bottle of LSD spiked egg nog…welcome to another edition of 10 Interesting Things, featuring maurauding evil elves, rainbow coloured tinsel, yuletide kitsch and ephemera to tickle your fancy and hopefully make you chuckle (as if you haven’t been exposed to enough Christmas BS already)…perhaps you may blow chunks instead of chuckle…let meContinue reading “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet:Christmas Edition!”

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #53

Do you sometimes worry that Djin will visit you in the night and hold a party inside of your dental cavities? you are not alone actually. Do you often wonder what a Spaghetti Western would sound like if it were filmed in Edo Japan, where cowboys and geishas mingled together? Someone did that for you.Continue reading “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #53”

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”

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #47

I hope you are sitting somewhere cosy and that you’re ready to have your senses delighted by this week’s interesting finds from the pelagic zone of the internet, where whale sharks and dugongs float by in Poseidon’s dreams… How to make flying dragons (1634) The flying dragon is somewhat troublesome to compose, it must beContinue reading “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #47”

Ancient Word of the Day: Crudelis

Crudelis: Latin To delight in blood and gore. Over time this word came to mean being vicious and cruel The word Crudelis comes from an even older word in Proto-Indo-European, simply Kru which means blood, gore and viscera. Kru words show up in the English language a lot in association with bloody and awful deaths.Continue reading “Ancient Word of the Day: Crudelis”

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #41

Yo-Ho-Ho and a bottle of Victorian cough syrup. Something weird happened to me today and a whole lot of barnacles suddenly attached to me on a walk, so here they are, the treasures from the internet. A virtual tour of the mythical ancient Chauvet Cave in France Raw velvety malachite shimmering with magic Via RedditContinue reading “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #41”

Beautiful maps & beautiful Welsh tales: The Mabinogion

The Mabinogion is a magical and mythical Celtic classic from the  thirteenth century or earlier. It’s thoroughly Welsh and is considered a masterpiece of medieval literature. Although written down during the middle ages, experts think these stories may date from the dawn of Celtic civilisation in Britain. The Mabinogion has given rise to all ofContinue reading “Beautiful maps & beautiful Welsh tales: The Mabinogion”