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A Newly Discovered Pictish Stone for Easter Ross

NOSAS Archaeology Blog

by Anne MacInnes

Photographs of all 4 faces of the Conan Pictish stone © HES.

Whilst on a walk close to Dingwall, I came across a site that struck me as being slightly mysterious, atmospheric and with an air of neglect about it. I was immediately fascinated, and started to try and find out more about it.

I established that it was an early religious site, privately owned, and asked the landowner if I could have permission to survey it. This granted, and because of the difficult access, I began to form a plan of just how to carry this out. A specific parking place for one car was established and the survey began.

I followed the methodology used by Susan Kruse at Kiltearn, where I had helped carry out the survey (see blog).

First of all, three of us, sectioned off the site using tapes and this enabled…

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Lightning and infertility in King Lear

Shakey Reviews

In the famous storm scene (Act 3, Scene 2), King Lear having been cast out of doors by his elder daughters, prays for a flood of cataclysmic dimensions that will drown the whole world:

Blow winds, and crack your cheeks! Rage, blow!
You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
Till you have drenched our steeples,drownedthe


and also a thunderstorm of such proportions as will not only destroy him: ‘singe my white head’ (3.2.6), but will also render the entire population sterile:

You sulph’rous and thought-executing fires,

Vaunt-couriers of oak-cleaving thunderbolts,

Singe my white head. And thou, all-shaking


Strike flat the thick rotundity o’ the world,

Crack nature’s moulds, all germens spill at once

That makes ingrateful man!


The flattening out of the world’s ‘rotundity’ could be construed as a curse upon pregnancy and fecundity, with the earth representing a pregnant woman’s body in this case presumably to be…

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Vi Subversa (Désir Nocturne #1)

Brob Tilt's zine-world

As far as I can remember Désir Nocturne was a one-off (published in 1998). It was made by Lara A. when she’d moved from Biel/Bienne (Switzerland) to Paris. Lara was the mother of the daughter she had with Pablo (‘The Prophet’) and she had collaborated in various of his zines (e.g. No Sanctuary). In this one here she published a talk with her (then) 51/2 years old daughter Suzy and an interview with ‘Flav’ (singer of ‘Paris Violence’). There’s also thoughts on love and fidelity. There’s also (a reprint of) a criticism on local exchange systems, info on fertility-signs and this account of a conversation with Vi Subversa around the time ‘Posion Girls‘ had their CD-box out…

[Translation below]

VI SUBVERSA [Frances Sokolov; born 1935, R.I.P. 2016] was the singer of the English anarcho-punk band POISON GIRLS that formed in ‘76 when she was 42 years old…

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The Great Conjunction of 1623 and the Rosicrucian Enlightenment

The World Turned Upside Down

The Temple of the Rose Cross, Teophilus Schweighardt Constantiens, 1618
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Much mainstream media attention is currently focused on the imminent conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter which is scheduled to take place on Monday 21st December 2020, and which is being hailed as the first Astronomical event of its kind since 1623. Whilst some on social media and in the tabloid press have tried to represent this phenomenon as a contemporary manifestation of the Star of Bethlehem, little or no evidence exists to support such a click bait theory whatsoever. Indeed, the actual scientific evidence contradicts any such suppositions, as the conjunction will appear very differently in the skies to those observing it in different parts of the World.

At the time of the Great Conjunction of 1623 Europe was in the throes of the Thirty Years War. A series of events that had been sparked…

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Poems and thoughts from the walking poet

When I grew up in Ely I often went carolling. To the posh houses on Cowbridge road and sometimes I ventured down Birdies Lane to Fairwater and onto Bwlch Road to even more posh houses. From the money I earned I would buy presents for my parents. Mama a brass ornament from The Bon March. Then next door to Crocker’s newsagent and a tin of Tom Thumb cigars for Dada. One memory that always stayed with me was Christmas Eve 1969 and the memory is in the poem below

What a Disguise.

The smell of turkey lingers in the air as we took our time walking up the stairs

Eldest brother a box bedroom of his own I snuggled up to little brother

two little sister’s top and tail.

Minds empty of sleep our bellies full with excitement of what he will bring.

Breathing softly and deep we fell asleep.

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A maths book from a painter

Battle of the Boyne and the sham fight

Battle of the Boyne and the sham fight

Willie Methven

False flag events – events that are staged to appear different from what they really are – are nothing new.  I believe the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland in July 1690 was a false flag – a sham fight.

Like any false flag event, in order to examine it objectively you must forget everything you have been told about it. For instance forget that the Pope supported King James. He didn’t. Forget even that this was a ‘battle’. It wasn’t.

You must set this event called the ‘Battle of the Boyne’ in the context of the emerging English empire seeking to separate itself from its old colonial master, the ancient Roman Empire controlled by the Vatican. England was looking to create a ‘New World Order’. Henry VIII started this process when he staged his falling out with the Pope allegedly over his right to marry Anne Boleyn in 1532…

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Maen Cattwg, Gelligaer, Glamorganshire