Tuesday, 26 May 2009

22 Letters/Rider of the white horse

These books were recommended recently... anyone got a copy??
From wikipedia:
The 22 Letters is a children's novel by Clive King written in 1966.
In the
Phoenician city state of Gebel the master builder Resh has three sons, Zayin, Nun and Aleph, and a daughter, Beth. The three sons go on three journeys: to Egypt (Sinai), to the court of King Minos (Crete) and north to Ugarit. They return and save the city from invasion with the help of the three inventions they find or discover: celestial navigation, horsemanship and alphabetic writing. Then Thera explodes. Gebel is now known as Byblos.

Rosemary Sutcliff was a British novelist, best known as a writer of highly acclaimed historical fiction. Although primarily a children's author, the quality and depth of her writing also appeals to adults, she herself once commenting that she wrote "for children of all ages from nine to ninety."
Due to her chronic sickness, she spent the majority of her time with her mother, a tireless storyteller, from whom she learned many of the Celtic and Saxon legends that she would later expand into works of historical fiction. She then worked as a painter of miniatures.

35 000 yr old Venus!


How time flies...

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Wayfarer wanderings..

... are surely how we can be encouraged to walk with mediascape in the land.

"Wayfarers, by contrast, work out their trails as they go along, adjusting their movements in response to an ongoing perceptual monitoring of their surroundings, and invariably overshooting their destinations. It is in these thoughtful and improvisatory movements along ways of life that inhabitants' knowledge is forged. Though the traces left in the landscape by pedestrian movement may be long lasting, or alternatively may fade as quickly as they are made, these trails remain firmly etched in the memories of those who follow them. Thus locomotion and cognition are inseparable, and an account of the mind must be as concerned with the work of the feet as with that of the head and hands."
- from the abstract for Thinking on one's feet: walking as a way of knowing, presented by Tim Ingold, Dept of Anthropology, Aberdeen, UK