Historically speaking we’re the lucky ones. Comfortable beds are a relatively new phenomenon. Here is a brief history of humankind’s development of the bed. After which you will be thanking your lucky stars that you have a bed at all!
North Europeans like myself are notoriously prone to bipolar “disorder” and seasonal affective “disorder.” Are these really disorders, or are our minds and bodies telling us that we are forcing ourselves into a pattern of summer productivity which is ultimately unsustainable?
The use of cannabis in human society is a practice that is older than any established religion in existence today. It is, in fact, a wonder that a plant that has been in use for over 12,000 years has not been lost to the sands of time.
It’s been raining again and there’s water flowing from the northern rivers in to the lake. The pelicans will be the first to arrive, for a big feed of fish. The grey nomads will be quick to follow.
This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 14th. What many people aren’t aware of is this is the American version of a worldwide holiday, but not necessarily when most of the world celebrates it.
Maximon isn’t an easy idol to comprehend. He is both divine and devilish, fiend and friend, a communicator to Ajaw, the supreme Mayan god, but also a trickster that may double cross whoever presents an offering.
“The more I sought, the more evidence has appeared to demonstrate the probability, nay certainty, that all men are of one blood.” Robert Fitzroy, Voyage of the Beagle and Adventure Vol. 2, 1839.
From July to November 1916, one of the bloodiest battles, not just in the First World War, but all of human history, took place. For many, the Battle of the Somme truly symbolised the horrors of the Great War.
Poverty and hunger were very real in Hamelin in 1286. Northern Europe never really recovered from the abrupt temperature drop and subsequent famine of 1257-58. The promise of food, especially delicacies like dried fruit, would have been a powerful draw.
These symbols appear distinctly pagan, consisting of linear figures, similar or identical to Viking runes or pagan Lithuanian ideograms.