Women’s Work

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 ...

Hic Jacet Arthur 14

Hic Jacet Arthur
In 1190 a major fire destroyed a large part of Glastonbury Abbey. During the restoration, monks claimed to have discovered King Arthur’s grave in the Abbey grounds. In the grave were the bones of a giant man, some smaller bones, and a fragment of golden hair. There was also a lead cross with an inscription ...

The Pool of Salmacis 12

The Pool of Salmacis
    Hephaestus, the club-footed blacksmith god was thrown down from Olympus after his mother, Hera, rejected him because he was deformed. Needless to say Hephaestus’ skill with forging weapons was so great, the Olympian gods needed him long before he needed them. To soften his heart Zeus, gave Hephaestus Aphrodite as his bride. The ...

So, did those Feet? 10

So, did those Feet?
  This is a companion piece to the William Blake post written exclusively for Smorgasbord- Variety is the Spice of Life. It explores the legend behind the lines in Blake’s poem Jerusalem… And did those feet in ancient time Walk upon England’s mountains green? And was the holy Lamb of God, On England’s pleasant pastures ...

Fantastic Beasts & where to… 2 13

Fantastic Beasts & where to… 2
Hydrarchos Sillimanii   In 1845, for a meagre 25 cents, New Yorkers gaped in open mouthed wonder at the 120 foot long skeleton of a sea serpent. Scientifically named Hydrarchos Sillimanii (until the famous Yale Professor Benjamin Silliman objected), it was exhibited in the Apollo Saloon on Broadway. Apparently the creature’s huge bones were so ...
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