Fascinating Discussion…

I have to share this incredibly fascinating discussion from Dr David Starkey about the Wuhan virus and the aftermath in Britain. He traces historical pandemics and how they have had more or less profound effects but at a high human cost. He makes the distinction about this virus - that the cost in human life… Continue reading Fascinating Discussion…

Back In Time

I found my old blog the other day. Quite illuminating. I was a bit of a blog maniac in those days, posting several times a week, often at great length. Quite a lot was about food, more about dealing with depression. Looking back, it is interesting to see the changes. You don't notice changes in… Continue reading Back In Time

Castles – The Motte & Bailey

Castles. Camelot. Soaring stone towers. Damsels in distress. Jousting. Or if you are a gloomy soul; prisons, torture chambers, oppressive hulking grey monsters on the skyline. Well, both have elements of truth but most castles were much more humble. In England the vast majority of castles were in fact, for the longest time, wood. Simple… Continue reading Castles – The Motte & Bailey

Requiem In Pace…

Passing the cathedral on the last warm evening of autumn I heard the choir practicing. The building towered away into a bright starry sky and the sound of the organ drifted on the breeze, an echo of the ages. A cathedral has stood here in one form or another since the time of Alfred The… Continue reading Requiem In Pace…

Fortification – A Brief History… Part 1

Given my previous post about war and questioning the representation of it maybe it is a little perverse to set down to write a brief canter through the history of fortifications. However, defensive structures can, and have, prevented conflict for millennia. They have also be the focus of conflict, resistance, survival and defeat. Many castles… Continue reading Fortification – A Brief History… Part 1

After The Deluge…Part 3: Food

grilled sardines on metal plate painted wood background

Post-apocalyptic food. Is it ever mentioned? Rarely, except where it has been reduced to a joyless protein pill that meets all a human's nutritional needs or the terrifying Soylent Green. Speaking personally food is one of the great pleasures. I am sure, even in these neurotic times, I am not alone. Why should a recovering… Continue reading After The Deluge…Part 3: Food

After The Deluge… Part 2: Wood

Logo wood the original carbon fibre

Wood. The original carbon fibre composite. And still the best. Low energy, clean, green, recyclable, simple to work with and beautiful. Everything to like and universally available. A few years ago I happened across an old book, "Woodland Crafts in Britain" by an H. L. Edlin. Published just after the end of WW2 it chronicles… Continue reading After The Deluge… Part 2: Wood