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 ...

On the Shoulders of Giants 20

On the Shoulders of Giants
  When Sally Cronin included me in her list of 10 nominees for The Miranda Sings Award – A chance to say I Love Me! A list of 7 things you like about yourself. I admit to quaking in my boots.  Smorgasbord: Variety is the Spice of Life Sally’s piece had all the unmistakable qualities ...

Who was Arthur? 21

Who was Arthur?
This is a companion piece to Arthur: King or Pawn on Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord: Variety is the Spice of Life   As we saw the more historians try to track down King Arthur, the more he slips through their fingers. ’On the Ruin and Conquest of Britain’ (De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae), by the British monk ...

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 ...

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 ...
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