Symposium 12

Symposium
These days a symposium sounds quite prestigious. It something scientists and academics attend to exchange cutting-edge ideas. So it might surprise you to know it come from the Ancient Greek for ‘Drinking Together’. Something probably not that far off the truth these days either: a load of bladdered physicists doing Stephen Hawking impressions… Cos he’s ...

Rubicon 22

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 ...

Where do you go to (now) my lovely? 15

Where do you go to (now) my lovely?
  Thanks to Kevin Morris of New Author Online for excellent his post ‘It’s my blog and I’ll swear if I like’. And Chris The Story Reading Ape for reblogging Kevin. Together they got me off my sorry slothful behind to put virtual pen to virtual paper. Something I’ve been meaning to do since watching ...

An Ancient Roman Myth 16

An Ancient Roman Myth
  Since I’ve done the Greek myths to death, how about an old Roman myth for a change? The Ancient Romans loved their orgies, right? Sex; gluttony; sickening violence: you name it they loved it. From lunchtime to dawn, guests consumed lashings of wine and exotic foods, such as ostrich and peacock brains, flamingo tongues, ...

Dun Shoppin’ 6

Dun Shoppin’
  Napoleon Bonaparte famously dismissed the British as a ‘Nation of Shopkeepers’. Or as he put it, ‘L’Angleterre est un nation de boutiquiers.’ One can imagine the insouciant sneer on his curled lip, the nonchalant Gallic shrug, the sharp exhalation of steel blue smoke before the Gauloises is impatiently stubbed into the muddy earth beneath ...
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