Monthly Archives: March 2019

senryu – will you look at that! = il faut le voir !

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senryu – will you look at that! = il faut le voir !will you look at that!my norwegian forest cat –his eyes mesmerize

Lorenzoseyes 620il faut le voir !mon chat forestier norvégien –ses yeux hypnotisent Richard Vallance

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Posted by on March 30, 2019 in Uncategorized


The Food Pyramid – A Lesson From Ancient Egypt

The following is an unusual post for me but it seems that many people are beginning to look in all seriousness about the food they eat. The current thinking is leaning towards a low carbohydrate diet, especially those suffering with such illnesses as Diabetes, heart decease hypertension and even cancer. I myself am diabetic (type 2) along with the rest of my family,all except my youngest son who has recently been diagnosed as now being “in remission” from diabetes. This is because he has, for the past 2 years, researched current views on the causes behind the condition which effects millions of people worldwide and are told that diabetes is an incurable chronic condition that only gets worse and will requite medication for life. He has now decided to share his findings by starting a blog from which I shall from time to time be re-blogging.

low carb for life

The Egyptian diet was primarily carbohydrate rich, coming from bread, fruits, vegetables and honey. Occasionally they would eat fish, waterfowl and red meat, a diet that every doctor would have us eat today to avoid obesity, heart disease. and diabetes.

Ancient Egyptians idealized images of themselves in their tomb paintings but in reality their statues seem to show a different picture, many of the statues showed men with, man boobs and a bloated stomach, could this be from the phytoestrogens in the amount of wheat they ate and beer they drank?

In the 1800’s scientists performed autopsies on Egyptian mummies and what they found was evidence of heart disease. The paleopathologist Sir Marc Armand Ruffer wrote

“I cannot therefore at present give any reason why arterial disease should have been so prevalent in ancient Egypt. I think, however, that it is interesting to find that it was common, and that…

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Posted by on March 28, 2019 in Uncategorized


Translation of Linear B Tablets KN 515 R r 11 & KN 516 Rs 12 by Rita Roberts

This gold cloth must have been exquisite.

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Translation of Linear B Tablets KN 515 R r 11 & KN 516 Rs 12 by Rita Roberts:

Linear B tablets KN 515 & 516

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Posted by on March 27, 2019 in Uncategorized


winter haiku d’hiver – wild stallions = étalons sauvages

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winter haiku d’hiver – wild stallions = étalons sauvageswild stallions dashthrough snow and whipping wind –overexposure

wild stallions in snow 620étalons sauvagesqui courent à travers la neige –surexposition Richard Vallance

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Posted by on March 26, 2019 in Uncategorized


Evie Swire and Mary Anning.

You may ask, what has Evie Swire got in common with Mary Anning.?  Well, Mary Anning is a well known Victorian fossil collector, in fact, she was the first female to collect fossils. Evie is an 11  year old  who lives in a small village in Dorset, who also collects fossils  and her heroine is Mary Anning, so much so that she was puzzled as to why there was no statue erected in her area at Lyme Regis in honour of Mary. Evie asked her mother this question but she didn’t know either .This gave Evie and her mum Anya the inspiration to make some enquiries  A few phone calls and various meetings some time later and Evie and her mum along with others eager to help, began a campaign to raise money for this statue.You can read more about this on the following link–could-cost-up-to-300k/

See also the following link for more about where you can donate if interested, for the Mary Anning statue.

Evie Swire The young girl who has inspired many people to help her launch a campaign for a statue to be erected of Mary Anning. She now has many supporting her along with her mother Anya Pearson, Councillor Cheryll Reynolds, Esther Yarnold and many others including Sir David Attenborough.She must be very proud of herself I know everyone else is.


Mary Anning.

Mary Anning was a 19th century British fossil collector, who earned her living finding and preparing fossils, in Lyme Regis, Dorset where she lived. She discovered many important finds which included the first Ichthyosaur, as well as some important fish fossils.

Although Mary was well known in geological circles in Britain, Europe and America and made a great deal of money from her best finds, she struggled financially for most of her life. In 1818 Mary Anning came to the attention of Thomas Birch, a rich fossil collector, when she sold him a Ichthyosaur skeleton. A year later, he was so disturbed by the poverty of the Anning family, which was at the point of having to sell their furniture to make ends meet. Thomas Birch arranged for the sale at auction of his own fossil collection, the proceeds ( some 400 pounds) were given to the Annings. Besides providing much needed funds, the public auction raised the profile of the Anning family in the geological community. However, she lost 300 pounds in 1835 on unwise investments, but was saved by a government pension of 25 pounds per year which was organized by one of her friends William Buckland.


Mary and her brother Joseph Anning set up a table of “curiosities”  where they knew visitors to Lyme Regis had become a popular seaside resort in order to sell their wares to tourists. After Joseph made a very important find of an Ichthyosaur skull in 1810 and Mary discovered the associated skeleton one year later, they became known to geologists and amateurs interested in fossils. Their passion for fossils grew to be the main source of income and stock in trade were Invertebrate fossils such as, ammonite and bellamnite shells, and sold for a few shillings. The vertebrate fossils were much rarer and exceptional specimens like an almost complete Ichthyosaur skeleton could sell for much more.

Mary Anning’s fossil shop

Mary Anning’s  Plesiosaur – London

The source for these fossils then and still today are the coastal cliffs that surround Lyme, which are a part of a geological formation known as the Blue Lias.


Posted by on March 25, 2019 in Uncategorized


Translation of Linear B tablet KN 558 R I 61 by Rita Roberts

These last 2 translations are among those for my final year of my Linear B study. I will then have to prepare for my final thesis. Thank you to all my friends who have been following and taking interest. Much appreciated.

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Translation of Linear B tablet KN 558 R I 61 by Rita Roberts:

KN 558 R I 61

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Posted by on March 23, 2019 in Uncategorized


Translation of Knossos tablet KN LD (1) 573 by Rita Roberts

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Translation of Knossos tablet KN LD (1) 573 by Rita Roberts:

Knossos tablet KN 573 textilesThis tablet presents several difficulties. While a literal translation is adequate, we must use our imagination to render a fluent translation. For instance, in line 1.we translate “delivered free” as “tariff free”, since in line 2. the cloth is “foreign”, i.e. “imported”, as well as being “decorated”  or more accurately “embroidered”. In addition in 3. the supersyllabogram WI can mean either simply “leather” or “made of leather”, implying that there is a piece made of leather to go with the imported embroidered cloth. So as we can see, this is far from being a straightforward translation. It is in fact one of the most difficult tablets Rita Roberts has ever had to translate. 

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Posted by on March 22, 2019 in Uncategorized


Doors of Arkadi I

Doors of Arkadi I

This is a place I visited some years ago and was astounded to learn of the tragedy carried out there.

An Evolving Life

This is one from my archive. Last summer one one of our forays to Crete we visited the Arkadi Monastery. The Monastery lies in the west of the island, southeast of the coastal town of Rethymnon. It reached its heyday in the 16th century when the current catholicon (cathedral or main church) was built. At one time, the monastery was noted as a place for arts and scientific knowledge with a school and a rich library.

It is a fortified Monastary. The triple aisled catholicon sits in the middle of the central courtyard. It’s baroque façade with double doors is balanced by a fake door between.

Hanging above this is a rudimentary and rusty iron bell.

Around the central church are monk’s cells and other offices of the monastery, built along the fortification wall.

The monks’ cells are plain with simple doors, often ornamented with a cross.

The monastery, despite…

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Posted by on March 22, 2019 in Uncategorized


5th century Greek inscription found at site of ancient Samaritan rebellion


Preservation work on the 1,600-year-old inscription and wine press unearthed at the home of a wealthy Samaritan in Tzur Natan. (Galeb Abu Diab/Israel Antiquities Authority)

By Amanda Borschel-Dan

Rare mosaic attests to the 1,600-year-old holdings of wealthy landowner ‘Master Adios’ in the heartland of a Samaria at war with the encroaching Christian empire

A salvage excavation ahead of the construction of a new neighborhood in the central Israel village of Tzur Natan has unearthed rare written evidence of much earlier occupation — 1,600 years earlier — when the agriculturally fertile area was racked by turmoil and rebellion.

Just outside an ancient wine press in the small southern Sharon Plain settlement, the Israel Antiquities Authority team discovered a well-preserved Greek inscription from the 5th century recording a blessing for one “Master Adios.”

According to Prof. Leah Di Segni of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who deciphered the inscription, the short…

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Posted by on March 21, 2019 in Uncategorized


summer haiku d’été – lotus Buddha = Bouddha lotus

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summer haiku d’été – lotus Buddha = Bouddha lotuslotus Buddha,cat sound asleep in his lap –eternal bliss

Buddha and cat asleep 620Bouddha lotus,chat endormi sur ses genoux –extase éternelleRichard Vallance

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Posted by on March 20, 2019 in Uncategorized

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