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About ritaroberts

I am a retired archaeologist. I have worked on Minoan pottery in Crete. I have also worked on Roman and Medieval pottery in England. I enjoy Archaeology and History, also Geology and collecting fossils .I am now studying the Minoan/Mycenaean scripts writings.

The Bitter Sweet Truth About What We Eat – A Debate

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The following passage is taken from the online introduction to the debate

What should we be eating to live a long and healthy life? How is it that some people can eat absolutely anything and stay slim, while others on a ‘healthy’ diet get fat? Why is it that Cubans are much healthier than Americans, despite eating on average twice the amount of sugar? To unpack the truth behind the often confusing information about the food we eat, Intelligence Squared brought together some of the world’s leading experts on the science of human nutrition and health. Sugar has recently replaced saturated fat as the nutritional enemy number one. The theory is that it messes with our metabolism and causes heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Arguing that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium in our event was acclaimed science writer Gary Taubes, whose new book The Case Against Sugar…

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Posted by on July 2, 2020 in Uncategorized

 
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Depicting writing

Depicting writing

The overwhelming tendency to talk about writing systems as linguistic codes (which they usually are in some sense) has often ignored other important aspects of writing. For instance, one way way we can study writing is as a practice or action, because writing is a thing you do. At CREWS we have been particularly interested in developing the ways we look at writing practices, because this is an area with important ramifications for the way writing looks and the place of writing in a society (and in fact you can hear me speaking about some of these issues at the beginning of this seminar video).

1280px-Scribe_E3023_mp3h8780Fourth Dynasty Egyptian statue of a seated scribe: close-up detail. Image from here.

But how can we reconstruct the ways in which writing was done, accomplished or performed in the ancient world? The nature of the act of writing is extremely dependant…

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Posted by on June 26, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Astroku 23– okami white wolf = okami loup blanc

Minoan Linear A, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae

Astroku 23– okami white wolf = okami loup blanc

English:5-7-5okami * white wolfmahingan aanakwadoon *the grace in our dreamstranslation:the white wolfthe wolf of the cloudsthe grace in our dreams  * Okami is the Japanese word for “wolf” and the kanji character appears right above the photo here.* Ojibway is an Amerindian language spoken around Eastern Ontario and West Quebec, and “mahingan aanakwadoon” * means “the wolf of the clouds”. When a white wolf appears in your dreams, he signifies grace.français :5-7-5okami * loup blancmahingan aanakwadoon *la grâce dans nos rêvestraduction :le loup blancle loup des nuagesla grâce dans nos rêves* Okami, c'est le mot japonais qui signifie “le loup”. Le symbole kanji qui signifie “okami” s'affiche au dessus de la photo du loup céleste.* L'Ojibway est une langue amérindienne qui…

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Posted by on June 23, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

A Thousand Loaves of Bread

What a lovely thought Joanna.

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Topic: A friends passing

Today I want to share with you the passing of a friend of mine and a devoted eater of my bread, Rev Harold Moss, Church of the Eternal Source. Only my husband who only eats my bread and no other( except perhaps sandwich bread), has given me so much pleasure by the look on his face when he sees I’ve baked another loaf. I meet Harold in 2004 and soon discovered he had a love of food, and an appreciation of bread which he treated like a fine wine. I gave him a loaf of bread that first time, which I think he must have taken over a month to eat, only having a small piece at a time, savoring every morsel. Who could, I ask ,pass up making bread for such a devoted fan. After that first time, it became  a tradition to make bread everytime  we went to…

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Posted by on June 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Minoan Linear A, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae

Astroku 14 what soul?  a black hole = quelle âme ? un trou noirin loving memory of George Floyd, brutally murdered by a policeman in Minneapolis, USA, on  May 25 2020 


what soul? a black holeslaughters an innocent souluniverse in tearsà la mémoire de George Floyd, abattu par un policier à Minneapolis, aux États-Unis, le 25 mai 2020  quelle âme ? un trou noirabat une âme innocentel'univers en larmesRichard Vallance© by/par Richard Vallance 2020 special effects/ effets spéciaux photos public domain Pixabay = a black hole + the Bubble Nebuladomaine public Pixabay = un trou noir + la Nébuleuse de la Bulle 

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Posted by on June 9, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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

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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.

Ingredients
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

 
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A Sense of Place WALKING THROUGH ANCIENT MYCENAE

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

 
 
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