summer haiku d’été – see me play the flute = je joue de la flûte

Minoan Linear A, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae

summer haiku d'été – see me play the flute = je joue de la flûte

see me play the fluteda-dancing in the moonlight?meow we'll have funje joue de la flûtem'y vois-tu au clair de lune ?miaou on s'amuseRichard Vallance© by/ par Richard Vallancegreeting card with a Tuxedo cat/ carte de voeux illustrée avec un chat Tuxedo!!!!!So sing along!Dancing in the MoonlightWe get it on most every night
When that moon is big and bright
It's a supernatural delight
Everybody was dancin' in the moonlightEverybody here is out of sight
They don't bark and they don't bite
They keep things loose, they keep things light
Everybody was dancing in the moonlightDancing in the moonlight
Everybody's feeling warm and bright
It's such a fine and natural sight
Everybody's dancing in the moonlightWe like our fun and we…

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Posted by on May 20, 2020 in Uncategorized


Ancient Lenses: Optical Lenses at Knossos.

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The ancient Linear B tablets which I have been working on are so very small, that I often wondered how the Minoan scribes were able to see to write them, let alone read each others scripts, until I came across this wonderful article about Ancient Lenses.:

To date, the earliest lenses identified in context are from the IV/V Dynasties of Egypt, dating back to about 4,500 years ago (e.g; the superb ‘Le Scribe Accroupi’ and ‘ the Kai ‘ in the Louvre; added fine examples are located in the Cairo Museum) Latter examples have been found in Knossos (Minoan Heraklion Museum); ca 3,500 years ago). Another, possibly 5th century BC, lens was found in a sacred cave on Mount Ida Crete. It was more powerful and of better quality than the Nimrud lens which is the oldest lens in the world now in the British Museum.

Nimrud Lens

The Nimrud Lens The oldest Lens in the world.

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Posted by on May 11, 2020 in Uncategorized


senryu – do you know? = le sais-tu? = si angeli

Minoan Linear A, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae

senryu – do you know? = le sais-tu?   = si angeli 

consolation in the coronavirus pandemicdo you know? you seeangels live on earth with us where they adore us allla consolation durant la pandémie du coronavirusle sais-tu? vois-tu ?des anges vivent parmi nous etils nous adorent tousconsolazione durante la pandemia del coronavirussì angelivivono con noi eci adoranoRichard Vallance© by/ par Richard Vallance 2020photo public domain/ domaine public Pixabay

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Posted by on May 2, 2020 in Uncategorized


Eureka Bread

low carb for life

Having attempted many of the low carb bread recipes the internet has to offer, I continually found them to be either very complicated, expensive and time consuming to produce, eggy, falling apart easily or having a strange aftertaste especially when using psyllium. This recipe, which is an adaptation from a chaffle recipe from Serious Keto is, in my opinion, the closest to real bread so far. It actually holds together, doesn’t taste eggy, doesn’t have an aftertaste and works for sandwiches, burgers, toast, mini pizza bases and even handles a good dunking in fondue.

4 tablespoons Almond Flour
2 tablespoons Cream Cheese
2 tablespoons Grated Mozzarella*
2 Egg Whites
1 tablespoon milled Flax Seed (freshly milled in a coffee grinder if possible)
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
Sea Salt to taste
To create a smoother texture pulse the grated mozzarella in a processor. This really does make a…

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Posted by on May 1, 2020 in Uncategorized



A Sense of Place                                WALKING THROUGH ANCIENT MYCENAE

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Mycenae: the place the myth and legend.  It was from here that King Agamemnon set out for the Trojan War, leading the allied troops of the Greek lands across the northern Aegean Sea to a long drawn-out siege and seemingly interminable hand-to-hand battles.  So the epic poems of Homer sang.

The king returned here, with his new, captured girl, the daughter of King Priam of Troy, Cassandra.  Here he was slaughtered by his wife, Clytemnestra and her new lover, Aegisthus, almost as soon as he arrived home; Clytemnestra had, understandably, never forgiven Agamemnon for sacrificing their daughter, Iphigenia, to gain favourable winds to sail to Troy.  So the epic poems of the 600s and 500s BC and the dramatic tragedies of Athens of the 400s BC tell.   The stories lived on as Greek vases and Roman frescoes and epics would vividly tell their stories.

To walk in Mycenae is…

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Posted by on April 30, 2020 in Uncategorized


The Arthurian Realm: The Abductions of Guinevere

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John_Collier_Queen_Guinevres_MayingGuinever Goes A-Maying – (Cropped) – by John Collier [Public domain]

Coveting Guinevere

The theme of the abduction of Queen Guinevere runs throughout Arthurian tradition and is taken up by numerous medieval writers.  Caradoc of Llancarfan mentions it in his version of the Life of Gildas, as does Geoffrey of Monmouth, in Historia Regum Brittaniae, (History of the Kings of Britain).  The theme is also taken up by medieval French poets Chrétien de Troyes and Robert de Boron, and in the work of Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d’Arthur.   Here we look in brief at various versions of the abduction and then discuss ideas about how they may have been influenced by pagan elements and may be distant echoes of the dramas of ancient gods and goddesses before the arrival of Christianity.

Caradoc of Llancarfan

Probably one of the earliest examples of the abduction of Guinevere comes from…

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Posted by on April 14, 2020 in Uncategorized


Ancient Chaco royalty ordered ‘catered’ food


Topic: No time to Cook?

Elite priests living in a spectacular spiritual outpost built high on a southwestern Colorado mountain ridge a thousand years ago likely had their meals catered by commoners living in the valley below, according to preliminary new research by a University of Colorado at Boulder archaeology team.

New findings from the Chimney Rock archaeological site near Pagosa Springs, Colo., suggest that resident elites were dining on elk and deer, unlike the workers who constructed the site, who were eating smaller game, according to CU-Boulder Professor Steve Lekson, who directed the excavation. The royalty at Chimney Rock — an “outlier” of the brawny Chaco Canyon culture centered 90 miles away in northern New Mexico that ruled the Southwest with a heavy hand from about A.D. 850 to 1150 — were likely tended to through a complex social, economic and political network, Lekson said.

“While our analysis has…

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Posted by on April 13, 2020 in Uncategorized

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