Category Archives: adventure

An Unexpected Encounter…

We took to the backroads again, nodding to Drake’s statue as we passed through Tavistock once more, climbing up towards Dartmoor. On our way south, the mists had closed around us completely and we had seen little more of the … Continue reading

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The Calling…

Because we had risen so early and wasted no time getting back on the road, we had several hours left before the ferry was to sail from Tarbert. We decided to use them seeing a little more of the island … Continue reading

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King’s Shilling…

* The king finished scrutinising his appearance in the full length mirror with a satisfying ‘gurgle’. His royal tailor had done an altogether splendid job of ‘ironing out’ the few minor discrepancies of attire which had been picked up at … Continue reading

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The New Mediaevalism…

* St George ‘cradling’ or ‘choking’ a baby dragon? (Nuremberg Chronicle 493) * ‘Our un-elected leaders murder millions of us in real-time then appear on televisual entertainment programmes to appeal for our forgiveness. * The health service routinely puts to … Continue reading

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Dark Fantasy…

  * First a formless mass of light, then the firmament of stars, then sun and moon, then sea and land, then reptiles, and birds, then beasts, and man, and then, contemplation… * If the ‘candlestick vision’ which opens the … Continue reading

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Rath-Ra…

County Roscommon, Tuesday 26th July 2022… *** *** Weirdly, our next site came with a, ‘beware of the bull’ sign! * And while there was no animal visible, there were signs of its presence liberally spread about the field. * … Continue reading

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Two Bulls: the dark-haunched…

County Sligo, Carrowmore, Tuesday 26th July 2022… *** *** Dark and dire, mighty in muzzle, long in horn; *** *** narrow flanked, beefy breasted; *** *** his thick-maned neck tough and strong; *** *** his haughty, curl-browed-head cocked high; *** … Continue reading

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Two Bulls: the fair-horned…

County Sligo, Carrowmore, Tuesday 26th July 2022… *** *** White his heavy mane and his massive hoofs pounded in purple; *** *** his body dyed, blood red, from the clay bog with a blank pap under breast and back; *** … Continue reading

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Queen Maebh’s Cairn?…

County Sligo, Carrowmore, Tuesday 26th July 2022… *** *** Whilst it is a reconstruction there is nothing to overtly suggest that it is modelled on the cairn on top of the hill? *** *** The name Maebh derives from ‘mead’ … Continue reading

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Locations…

County Sligo, Carrowmore, Tuesday 26th July 2022… *** *** Almost as impressive as the monuments themselves, if not more so, are the locations in which they are situated. *** *** If cemetery builders were artists! *** *** It is difficult … Continue reading

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