Monthly Archives: July 2019
Today is the 65th anniversary of the publication of The Fellowship of the Ring, the first part of JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. To celebrate, we’re going to have a look at Elvish writing and its remarkably analytical structure: the Tengwar signs provide a very close fit for the sounds of the Elvish languages, which is unusual among the world’s ‘real’ writing systems.
The doors of the Mines of Moria, with inscription in Sindarin, as shown in the film ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’.
The languages invented by JRR Tolkien are at the centre of his tales of Middle Earth, occasionally quoted directly but ever-present too in the names of places and people throughout his stories. Along with the languages, he created a number of writing systems to go with them, fleshing out the linguistic and cultural practices of the characters…
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A missing ingredient that research is finally exposing as deficient in the Western diet due to the vilification of such foods as eggs, cheese and liver as part of the unproven saturated fat hypothesis is Vitamin K2 which is found in abundance in such foods and also fermented foods which have declined since the introduction of refrigeration and pasteurisation.
Nattō (納豆) (extremely high in vitamin K2) is a fermented soybean product that has been consumed as a traditional food in Japan for thousands of years, mostly as breakfast food which is served with Karashi mustard, soy sauce, and sometimes Japanese onion. Nattō is often considered an acquired taste because of its powerful smell, strong flavour, and sticky, slimy texture. Within Japan, nattō is most popular in the eastern regions, including Kantō, Tōhoku, and Hokkaido and has been found to be a potent blood-clot dissolving protein and is produced by the…
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Following on from my previous post, this presentation delves even deeper into a world that is constantly revealing new evidence that what we eat is not just food for us but also millions of microbes that, if ignored, can affect our health in ways we never imagined. We meet scientists who are applying what they’ve learned in the laboratory to our everyday lives, and even experimenting on themselves with some intriguing methods (involving a turkey baster!).
Enhanced with great graphic animations, the documentary reveals how we have come to damage our microbiome, and offers possible ways to restore what has now become known as our “inner rain forest” an appropriate analogy considering what we are also doing to the planets rain forests.
It describes how exciting new research has revealed a missing piece in the obesity puzzle and that there is an entire ecosystem in (and on) our bodies that…
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Helen of Troy, also known as Helen of Sparta, was the daughter of Zeus and Leda and sister of Clytemnestra, Castor and Pollux.
Pollux shared a father with Helen (Zeus), whilst Castor’s and Clytemnestra’s father was he king of Sparta, Tyndareus.
In Greek myths, Helen was considered the most beautiful woman in the world.
By marriage she was Queen of Laconia, a province within Homeric Greece, the wife of King Menelaus, who was Agamemnon‘s brother.
When it was time for Helen to marry, many princes came to seek her hand.
During the contest, Castor and Pollux had a prominent role in dealing with the suitors, although the final decision was in the hands of King Tyndareus, Helen’s father.
Menelaus, her future husband, did not attend but sent his brother, Agamemnon on his behalf.
Before this, when Helen was a…
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Guest post by CREWS Visiting Fellow Cassandra Donnelly
The two months I have spent as a Visiting Fellow with the CREWS project were full of all things Aegean, from the Cypro-Minoan seminar series, to the Mycenaean Epigraphy Room, and the Aegean Archaeology Group’s Work-in-Progress conference. I am incredibly grateful to Pippa, the CREWS team, and the Linguistics E-Caucus for sustained discussions about Cypro-Minoan (or “super” Minoan, as it became known), Ugaritic, and other local Mediterranean script traditions.
While preparing a presentation on potmarks for the Cypro-Minoan seminar I was reminded of a little known episode in Cypro-Minoan historiography, the early correspondence of Alice E. Kober and John Franklin Daniel which centered on Cypro-Minoan (you can read their correspondence for yourself here).
Pictured right: Alice E. Kober; Pictured left: John Franklin Daniel.
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Liver is possibly the most nutrient-dense food in the world. Conventional belief is that micro nutrients are most highly concentrated in vegetables and some fruits. While this is true, their micro nutrient content doesn’t always beat what is found in liver as they are apparently more bio available from animal sources. As an example, Vitamin A in vegetables needs to be converted to Retinol in our body before it can be utilised, but in liver this process has already been done for us and is more easily assimilated. Some traditional cultures, only consume the organ meats and regard them as a source of great strength and almost magical curative powers. Many people eat liver raw to gain the most from its nutritional value and according to the Weston A Price Foundation https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/food-features/the-liver-files/ homemade liver “Pills” can be made by cutting the liver into small pill-sized pieces, freezing them for fourteen…
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