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Sleeping Dragon at Priory Visitors Centre, Coventry

A beautiful ceiling boss found amongst the ruins of St Marys Priory. Note the white wash in the recesses.

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What have I been working on?

I broke up on Friday which means I have six weeks off to do some proper work. I started today with a Latin course. I have had the books for years and have decided just to get on with it.

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A collection of Green Men from Coventry

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What am I waking up too? Greek history

Back to the Greeks and history rather than mythology or theatre. Last night I listened to a survey course of liberal studies which started with Gilgamesh and finished in the modern period. It was excellent and really useful. A few years ago now I did a talk about Sir Gawain and now I’ve got to go and update my notes.

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What am I playing with? My Anglo-Saxon watering can

This is an Anglo-Saxon watering can which uses air pressure to keep the water in the container. It’s very clever and great fun to play with.

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What have I found? An interesting image

A fascinating image about the development of the English language. It’s funny to think that 360 million English speakers across the world owe their communication skills to this cultural mix.

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What am I doing? Cruising Facebook and waiting for a beard trim

What a fascinating question! But do I answer according to modern values or the medieval values? Medieval values might rule out a woman on the throne but modern values almost demand it! I think we should question such an assumption because so many men supported The Empress Maud that her claim was contested. Maybe someone with more medieval knowledge could help me out. If your interested in this and other medieval questions look at the group on Facebook, it’s really thought provoking.

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What am I thinking about? The use of history

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.

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What am I looking at? Fossil Fish

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.

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What am I doing today? Drinking coffee and listening to lectures

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.