Truth be know we know so little about the earths history and 'science' is evolving as we speak so as with 'life' its an accumulation of knowledge and beliefs. For some folks the world is still flat and there is no climate change, myself I will take the best "scientific' information over the unscientific beliefs of the religious, the non thinkers, the followers and the plain brain dead like the Big Twit.
Truth is tricky, because it's so easy to fool with it. There are objective truths out there, but they aren't always things we experience directly. I rarely see that the Earth is round, in a direct sense, but I trust an accumulation of human knowledge to inform me. And then, of course, we have space photos.
We think we know things from sensory input, but even that's just an act of faith. I know it's raining because I can see it and it makes me wet ... but now watch some smart-arse say, 'It could be an illusion'. Nah. I'm wet, freezing and I want to seek shelter. I could measure the rain, etc. Smart-arse, he say, 'Your data could be an illusion too.'
Problems occur with climate change, economics and political sentiments. Where is the objective truth in these things? We only know about them through data, scientific method and empirical knowledge. Things which are very easy to ignore. I know I'm hungry, but I don't know your data-set unless I want to, or I have to ... or you ram it down my throttle.
No wonder people talk about 'post truth'. There's more truth out there than we've evolved to cope with, so people just switch off.
Anyway, today I learned that a goth girl I know is descended from Dutch partisans, who fought the Nazis in WW2. She told me the whole story, while I sat there in (almost) silence, completely awestruck.
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It is when you are using what you have learned from books that you wish you had read more.
There’s a sleepy seaside village in France with a small fishing port, a population of less than 3,000 and some very peculiar-looking houses. At a moment’s glance, they could almost appear to be an unfortunate pod of beached orcas, but look again carefully at those unusual roofs. Yes, those are boats … upside down! Local fishermen of Équihen-Plage have lived under scavenged boat hulls here for over a century and today, many of these upturned vessels now serve as a unique holiday accommodation for travellers (this could be you) visiting the French coast
They became an important symbol of the area’s history and in the 1990s, the local authorities decided to revive the unusual style by constructing a hamlet of new and improved (and slightly less basic) versions to attract holidaymakers in search of off-beat accommodation.
Good one Confused..... forwarded it to my 'cousin' a Herring Choker from Nova Scotia who forwarded it to his cousin a fisherman of Cape Breton Island where crab, lobster and fish stock are all but done! Told him that perhaps he needs to start a 'village' out there, lots o unused boats available eh!
yesterday I learnt that part of the most recent star wars film (rogue one) was filmed at the Cardington Hangers - ginormous fuckoff huge airship hangers- that are a mere spit from where the lovely Lin the boat lady lives.
and I learnt the reason they filmed there was because it was the same location they used back in the 70's for the 2nd (or 5th, or I guess maybe 6th now -continuities a bitch-) star wars film, the empire strikes back, and in the story its the same place (moon of yavin) in both films, so they used the same location, 30 years apart.
the phrase 'street urchin', meaning unruly, dirty child, roaming the streets, is derived form yrchin, which is French for hedgehog. hedgehogs were the original street urchins, roaming round the streets late at night.
which also makes me wonder if sea urchins are 'sea hedgehogs'. because that's AWESOME!
Albert lord called the poet of oral tradition a 'singer of tales' and described him as an illiterate man with a talent for strumming a simple instrument and singing many lines of verse, upward of three thousand. Where we might hear his song and think the peasant had done a good job of learning a very long poem, Lord discerned an odd characteristic to prove otherwise.
From performance to performance, the singer changed the song- shortening or lengthening it by hundreds of lines, changing the order of events, altering the names of the characters, playing out some scenes, abbreviating others. No two performances were the same. The singer of tales had not memorised a poem, nor was he improvising each performance.
Rather, Lord discovered that each singer of tales had learned hundreds of phrases, called formulae, that allowed him to compose the song spontaneously and different every time he sang it.
To Lord, this talent was comparable to learning another language. Where we might learn words and compose the ordered sentences of standard human conversation, these singer learned formulae and sang long narration songs.
When Lord asked some of the singers to tell him what a 'word' was, they could not answer him.
They thought in phrases only. We think in words. This was not merely another form of expression, it was a different way of thinking.
Among the illiterate singers who were taught to read, for instance, Lord witnessed the fading of the singers capacity to compose spontaneously.
It seemed as if the two modes of expression were not compatible.
From Off The Road by Jack Hitt
a modern day walk down the pilgrim route into Spain .
On referencing the various versions of 'The Song of Roland' a story of Charlemagne, in early medieval/dark ages.
there is an area of seabed in the atlantic, west of spain, named for british biscuits.
Peake deep was named by a sea captain after himself (modest much?) but later expeditions named a nearby sea ridge Freane and subsequent discoveries are Huntley ridge and Palmer ridge, with nearby Crumb seamount.
Just read an ace book. Helen Russell The year of living Danishly. Helen who is a journo and her husband decamp to Jutland in Denmark for his work. He gets headhunted by Lego! She refers to him thereafter as legoman in the book. So she gives a month by month highly amusing account of their adaptation to Danish life. House hunting and furnishing. Inadvertently breaking the rules for putting out rubbish and getting a visit from the Mr Beards as she called them to correct her misdemeanour. The fact that no one at all seems to be out and about in winter but at home experiencing that Danish thing Hygge. But as soon as the sun reappears they are everywhere near naked and partying. The high taxes. BUT the fantastic welfare care each citizen receives for that tax. How very relaxed and contented the population are with a very short working week and lots of leisure time to spend with family. Highly important to them The astonishingly (to us) high level of trust that they all have in each other and the government. They say it is what makes the society function. And it seems it does to a high level. An interesting social study that remains highly entertaining too.
She asked every Dane she met to rate their happiness on a scale of 1-10 every one seemed very happy and scored themselves at least 8 and most 9 or 10.
ooh I read that book last year. my favourite part is that her husband was headhunted to work for lego! like, dream company! but it was very interesting. I also got given a book on hugge last Christmas. but its all about the lykke this year...
reading the websites for both those cafes; you have to book a time slot, you have to PAY just to go in. and then your coffee whatever is extra. because basically they're rescue cats and this pays for them. bonus, no kids allowed!
"Before 1538, when parish registers began, births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials were not officially recorded, though some notes may have been kept by the priest."
Which is where I came to a road block in tracing my ancestors, with around 3,000 names documented from various branches and not finding any 'gentry' in our line the chances of going deeper is slim. Us 'peons' simply did not get recorded anyplace in other than the memory of those long gone in most cases.