No. Don’t Stop the Carnival 14

No. Don’t Stop the Carnival
When I was young, a carnival was a travelling funfair or a parade. Today ‘Carnival’ and ‘Mardi Gras’ are used in the UK for organised street festivals like the Manchester Mardi Gras and the Notting Hill Carnival – both in August. The above illustrate how word meanings change over time. The originally Carnival or Carne ...

The miracle at Knock 20

The miracle at Knock
I might be getting soft in my old age, but I seem to be developing sympathy for other people’s feelings. So, before I get on with the deconstruction, let me assure readers of a sensitive disposition, this is not about whether Knock is a sacred site. There are lots of sacred sites pre-dating Christianity by ...

Camelot 14

Camelot
I often wondered why historians referred to the JFK’s presidency as ‘Camelot.’ Camelot was Arthur’s capital, and like everything to do with Arthur, its origins are shrouded in mystery. No one is sure where the name came from. There is no consistent spelling in early manuscripts: which is not unusual. Some suggest it might be ...

Thomas the Rhymer Book Review 8

Thomas the Rhymer Book Review
Book Review Thomas the Rhymer by Robbie Cheadle My review (By Robbie Cheadle) Just about the worst thing that can happen to any family is the disappearance of a child. This is exactly what happens in Jack’s family and, worse still, Jack is a witness to his older brother’s sudden and troubling disappearance. The facts ...

Girt Dog of Langport 20

Girt Dog of Langport
  This is a companion piece to The Glastonbury Zodiac on Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord: Variety is the Spice of Life   The thirteenth figure of the Glastonbury Zodiac is the guardian Girt Dog. ‘Girt’ comes from the same root as ‘girdle’ meaning to contain or encompass. The giant beast, based round the town of Langport, is ...
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