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  • OwlHoot
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    Originally posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post

    Next: (possibly) "The Old Straight Track" by Alfred Watkins, all about ley lines apparently, but probably missing out on the obvious Ancient Aliens explanation for it all.
    I wouldn't waste your time with the ley lines book. The idea is a load of tulip from start to finish.

    The only reason our ancestors considered certain areas in the UK, and elsewhere presumably, more sacred than others, is because it's where their ancestors first settled. (All primitive people are obsessed by the spirits of their ancestors.) That in turn was because those were the few areas, such as Salisbury plain, that had not been covered in dense impenetrable forest back in c. 10,000 BC when modern humans first canoed up the rivers exploring the strange new land of what is now the UK.

    Admittedly year round springs helped, along with strange stone artifacts and shapes deposited by the receding ice, and both were in evidence in the area round Stonehenge. Back in around 7000 BC there was a row of huge wooden carved totem poles at the site where Stonehenge was later built (starting in around 3500 BC).

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  • GregRickshaw
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    Fully Automated Luxury Communism by Aaron Bastani

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  • DoctorStrangelove
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    Originally posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post
    "The Time Traveller's guide to Restoration Britain 1660 - 1700" by Ian Mortimer.

    A lot easier to read and more inneresting with it.
    Done.

    Next: Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon The Next Attack: The Globalisation of Jihad (London: Hodder and Stoughton,2005)

    Another epic that's sat on the bookshelf for knocking on for 15 years or so.

    Stone me, it reveals the neocons to be even fecking denser than I'd imagined was possible.

    In the realms of believing six impossible things before breakfast sort of dense re the invasion of Eyerack.
    Last edited by DoctorStrangelove; 1 March 2022, 13:37.

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  • DoctorStrangelove
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    Originally posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post
    "God won't save America: Psychosis of a nation" George Walden 2006.

    The whys & wherefores of the demented colonials across the pond.
    Not very inneresting by any stretch of the imagination, it was a bit like pulling teeth towards the end.

    Next:

    "The Time Traveller's guide to Restoration Britain 1660 - 1700" by Ian Mortimer.

    A lot easier to read and more inneresting with it.

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  • DoctorStrangelove
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    Originally posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post

    The answer being: "The Fever Trail: in search of the cure for Malaria" by Mark Honigsbaum.
    Took a while, but quite a good read. What those chaps went through to source the cinchona trees was remarkably remarkable.

    Next: (possibly) "The Old Straight Track" by Alfred Watkins, all about ley lines apparently, but probably missing out on the obvious Ancient Aliens explanation for it all.
    Last edited by DoctorStrangelove; 12 December 2021, 23:27.

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  • DoctorStrangelove
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    Originally posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post
    "Charles: The story of a Friendship": Michael Joseph, 1943.

    A tale of a chap & his cat.
    Charles: 1930 - 1943.

    Next:

    "God won't save America: Psychosis of a nation" George Walden 2006.

    The whys & wherefores of the demented colonials across the pond.

    And, just think, in 2006 he hadn't seen 4 years of the demented orange one.
    Last edited by DoctorStrangelove; 9 November 2021, 15:39.

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  • OwlHoot
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    The Gangbuster, by Peter Bleksley, 2002

    Good bathtub reading. Half way through it so far


    The Last Viking - The true story of King Harald Hardrada, by Don Hollway, 2021

    A bit expensive to risk getting wet in the bath, but good so far. The author is obviously a big fan of the grim old tyrant (who was killed at the Battle of Stamford Bridge while trying to conquer England in 1066, which is generally considered the end of the Viking age)


    Conversations on Quantum Gravity, Jay Armas (ed), 2021

    Good to dip into, but again not to risk dipping into the bath! Heavy going in places, by the nature of the topics, but mostly quite readable.

    edit: Did a quick web search, and it seems that, sadly, Vikings Series 6 is the last. But the good news is that it will continue, after a gap of around 100 years, with a spin-off series called "Vikings: Valhalla". This will feature among others (talk of the Devil) Harald Hardrada!
    Last edited by OwlHoot; 9 November 2021, 10:58.

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  • DoctorStrangelove
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    Originally posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post

    Fairly inneresting, now what to read next, that is the question.
    The answer being: "The Fever Trail: in search of the cure for Malaria" by Mark Honigsbaum.

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  • DoctorStrangelove
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    Originally posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post
    Next: The Birth of Modern Britain: A Journey Into Britain’s Archaeological Past: 1550 to the Present by Francis Pryor.
    Fairly inneresting, now what to read next, that is the question.

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  • NotAllThere
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    Originally posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post
    "Charles: The story of a Friendship": Michael Joseph, 1943.

    A tale of a chap & his cat.
    Ordered a copy. Thanks. (71p + £7 p&p!)

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