Monthly Archives: August 2012

Taliesin and Aneirin

The names of a number of sixth- and seventh-century bards have come down to us, as have a number of poems in Brythonic/Old Welsh. But so far as I am aware, the link between poet and poem has only reliably … Continue reading

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Apples and Beor

It is just about spring in tropical south-east Queensland and my apple tree is in blossom.   I am more than a little confused about what sort of apples were available in seventh-century Britain. Ann Hagen, in her book on … Continue reading

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Agricultural surplus and how to store it, or the seventh-century bloke (and woman) and their shed

In her recent blog, Marion Diamond wrote about the importance of potatoes: http://learnearnandreturn.wordpress.com/ In it, she makes a very important point about storing surplus food. Under European conditions, potatoes don’t store very well. They sprout if kept cool and dry … Continue reading

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Colds vs Influenza

Back in1957 or 1958, first my brother, then my father and then I contracted influenza. Despite having pneumonia last year, I don’t recall that I have ever been sicker than during that episode of what was called ‘Asian ‘Flu’. This … Continue reading

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