The Spear of Destiny 16

The Spear of Destiny
  John’s Gospel records during the crucifixion, a Roman centurion pierced Christ’s side with his spear causing blood and water to spill out of the wound. The centurion is unnamed, but tradition claims he was called Longinus. Early Christians believed he was the same centurion who saw the empty tomb after the resurrection and cried ...

Fantastic Beasts & where to… 4 27

Fantastic Beasts & where to... 4
The Thylacine* The Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger was not a tiger but the largest surviving marsupial predator in modern Australia, and its outlying islands of Tasmania and New Guinea. It was called a ‘tiger’ because it had stripes across its lower back which faded with age. It was also called the Tasmanian Wolf, which seems ...

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 ...

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 ...
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