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Collie colleague

This friendly collie colleague was good company



This happened many years back. Almost 10 years now and although it still makes me smile, not in jest anymore as I understand the value of cultural literacy in all its glory. 669 more words


Seminar CXXXVIII: between Offa and Irene, Cœnwulf and Charlemagne

As mentioned a couple of posts ago, on 2nd November last year I was in a little Northamptonshire town called Brixworth, crowded into its rather splendid church of All Saints with about a hundred other medievalists and interested parties for… 1,333 more words


Geoffrey Hill’s Roots

In his Mercian Hymns (1971), Geoffrey Hill creates a compelling, mythopoeic world made up of the history and the landscape of the West Midlands. He interweaves the geographies and perspectives of several figures into his poetic panorama, flitting from a child’s eye view to the gaze of the medieval king Offa to the reminiscences of an adult, and he creates an intense, cohesive picture of a time and place that is just out of step with our own. 4,156 more words


Below Westbury College, Before Bristol

The other week, I got the chance to go to a new (for me) National Trust property. Westbury College Gatehouse given to NT in 1907. 981 more words


Offa's Dyke: a springtime expedition

In a break from the usual science posts, we thought we’d give you the highs and lows of our recent Offa’s Dyke trek.

The first two days took us from Knighton to Kington and onto Hay-on-Wye, a lovely town with around 50 bookshops! 258 more words