Paul Andruss – Author 6

Paul Andruss - Author
Paul Andruss is the author of 2 contrasting fantasy novels   Thomas the Rhymer – a magical fantasy for ages 11 to adult about a boy attempting to save fairy Thomas the Rhymer, while trying to rescue his brother from a selfish fairy queen       Finn Mac Cool – rude, crude and funny, ...

Rubicon 14

Rubicon
You would be forgiven for thinking Rubicon is a bit like Comic-con, but for people who love jewellery. It isn’t. The Rubicon was a shallow meandering river in North Italy that ran along Ancient Rome’s boundary. To prevent trouble, the Senate decreed no general could bring his legions across such borders into Roman territory. Over ...

What’s in a Name? (Vol 1) 35

What’s in a Name? (Vol 1)
Book Review: What’s in a Name? (Vol 1) by Sally Cronin   I always feel sad reaching the end of a Sally Cronin book. It is not simply because I feel a chapter of my life has closed. Nor because I will no longer be dragged along, a willing, nay eager, voyeur into the lives ...

Fantastic Beasts & where to… 3 13

Fantastic Beasts & where to… 3
Palug’s Cat The North Wales holiday island of Anglesey seems a funny place for an ABC to roam. ABC: Alien Big Cat. Not one that came down in a flying saucer; although believe me people claim to see all sorts. And it must be said, Anglesey does have a nuclear power plant so I suppose ...

Fevered Threads 12

Fevered Threads
Bess’ Tapestry (Andruss) As we saw women traditionally wove not only cloth, but also spells. This is how labour-intensive weaving was: In 2003 Dr Jacqi Wood recreated a collared hood beautifully preserved in a peat bog. A collared hood includes a yoke sitting over the the chest and upper back. Using early medieval technology, Dr ...

Women’s Work 21

Women's Work
Threads I span These I weave Then I cut   No one has any idea when weaving started. Perhaps it originated long before we were even human. Chimpanzees loosely weave branches and leaves into sleeping platforms in the trees. It is likely proto-humans wove baskets, not only to carry goods but also to fish. A ...
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