The use of history, or at least a use of an impression of the past, is fascinating to me. I get my hair cut in Fargo, Coventry at a very fashionable barbershop called Dashing Blades. Dashing blades is highly branded as a steampunk/19th century salon. The quality of the thinking is really high and covers colours, signing and a work uniform which speaks of quality all of which borrowed from the past, or a impression of the past. The past is being used here to add value, intangible value, to a service. How interesting that a modernist or futuristic branding might not provide the same affect.
Now that is a great price for two very lovely fossil fish. For sale at the reptile shop in Coventry. I am a big fan of fossils and artefacts because they put you in touch with the past in a very immediate way. I wonder what creatures these fish shared their oceans with, what sky’s they swam under? I know I’m being a hopeless romantic and they were just simple fish going about their fishy business, just like countless others, but fossils bring out the imagination I think not least because of countless billions these two were selected by mindless chance to end up for sale in Coventry.
So life isn’t all too bad. I’ve got a day off today so will spend it in my lounge with my pussycat drinking coffee and listening to lectures of ancient Greeks.
This is a Neolithic and axe for sale on Coventry. It’s a beautiful piece and I might just go and pick it up this afternoon.
Today I’m teaching Stone Age. I have some lovely Stone Age tools, artefacts and stories.
Did you know that baal is the Stone Age word for fire? It’s an onomatopoeia.
I have just had a lovely day teaching Vikings in a Nottingham school. Vikings is one of my favourite topics because I get to teach some pretty funny myths. Myths are great because you get to see into a culture. A culture of cold rugged mountains, salt spray and tales by the fireside.
And I got to try out my new Viking beads from the GrimFrost. If your looking for excellent replicas these are the guys to visit.
I have a talk coming up in March that quite frankly is scaring me to death. I have to give a series of forty minute talks to some ….. teenagers! (Dan Dan Daaa!)
So yes I am brushing up on my Classical knowledge. As a young and foolish man I really hated the Classics in general and Philosophy in particular but now at the age of 30 (version 9) I have come to love them. My other interests include CS Lewis. I have read everything that Lewis wrote and now with my classical knowledge increasing I can understand him a deeper level. I never realised how much stoicism was in Mere Christianity or the Screwtape Letters!
I have just finished reading A Classical Education which proved to be a good read, full of interesting facts and enlightening.
I have already posted today that I have been reading Horrible Histories but I have also been listening to some serious Greek Philosophy. I find audio books very useful because first I have dyslexia, second I can listen to them in the car on the way to work and third because the cat can sit on my lap whilst I listen which she can not do when I am reading a book.
One of the time periods I cover in Primary Schools is the Ancient Greeks. It’s a really fun workshop covering myths, history and artefacts. In fact its one of my faviourate workshops because I work so many song lyrics into my talks. I read extensively for my workshops and constantly reread my faviourate books to keep my knowledge fresh so today I have been reading the ever popular Groovy Greeks by Terry Deary of Horrible Histories fame.
Sorry I have not posted anything today. After a horrible train journey down to Cornwall I have been recovering.
When I am sufficiently recovered I will be posting about monuments and stone circles.
Until then I leave you with some dinosaur teeth.