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History of the World in Soundtrack Albums 69-30BC

Cleopatra was Queen of Egypt and its last active ruler from 51 to 30 BC. As Wikipedia reports, she was a descendant of its founder Ptolemy I Soter, a Macedonian Greek general and companion of Alexander the Great After her death, Egypt became a province of the Roman Empire. Her native language was Greek, bug she was the only Ptolemaic ruler to learn Egyptian. When her father died in 51 BC, Cleopatra reigned jointly with her brother Ptolemy XIII, but a falling-out between them led to open civil war .After...

History in Soundtrack Albums Part 7: 73BC

As Wikipedia reports, Spartacus was a Thracian gladiator who was one of the escaped slave leaders in a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic. He came from Thrace, present day south-western Bulgaria, and was trained at the gladiatorial school near Capua as a heavyweight gladiator called a murmillo. These fighters carried a large oblong shield and used a sword with a broad, straight blade. In 73 BC, Spartacus led 20 slaves in a daring escape, using kitchen utensils and seizing several wagons of gladiatorial weapons and armour. They defeated...

The New Party Night

According to The Times, WFH has made Wednesday evenings the new party night. "Wednesday is the new Thursday, and Thursday the new Friday, say bar owners." But my question is - What about Monday? Can it become the new Sunday? This is going to get difficult. #WFH ...

Absolutely Anything streams on Amazon Prime

  Absolutely Anything, the movie I wrote with Terry Jones of Monty Python, is now available free on Amazon Prime. Check it out if you like Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Eddie Izzard, Joanna Lumley, Rob Riggle, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Pythons in alien suits. Oh, yes, and Robin Williams as the cute dog. #montypythons #simonpegg #katebeckinsale #robriggle @Sanjeev Bhaksar #eddie izzard #joannalumley #robinwilliams...

Word Art at the Bergamot Center

Just We went to an excellent open day at the Bergamot Centre, a bunch of galleries in an old Santa Monica freight station, where we discovered James Griffith, who combines words and images that delight the eye and brain simultaneously. Hats off, Mr Griffith.#jamesgriffith #modernart...

Toy Sculptures as NFTs

I've decided to experiment with selling iterations of my toy sculptures as NFTs. If you'd lie to check out the first one, go to https://opensea.io/assets/0x495f947276749ce646f68ac8c248420045cb7b5e/72751523873704979039662702287308917473372878656024583218538352489972749041665 [caption id="attachment_2140" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Magic[/caption]...

Roman Reactors

Boris Johnson is planning to “solve” the climate crisis by filling the UK with new nuclear power stations. But if the Romans had built reactors in Britain 2,000 years ago we would still be trying to figure out how to deal with the radioactive waste, because it lasts, effectively, forever. And if the Russians ever attacked British reactors as they did in those in the Ukraine, this small island would be facing an irreversible national disaster. Without the technology to safeguard nuclear waste and protect reactors from attack, building new atomic power...

Farewell to a best friend

With Terry Jones' death I have of course lost one of my best friends, but on the other hand I'm happy for the blessed release for him and the loving family who have been caring for him so well since the dementia struck. The sadness will pass: what Terry leaves behind is a host of happy memories for me and my family, who have known him too all these years - and loved him. George Lucas brought us together when he got me to persuade Terry to direct an episode of...

The Boy with the Squirrel

In theory, the cover of this next Dean Christmas Annual, from 1959, should be a much more reassuring image, but there is something about this little chap and his pet squirrel that is actually quite alarming. ...

Apocalypse Port

This bookstore in Fowey, Cornwall, might be onto something. And bearing in mind the revelations about Trump and the Russians, the title of the first #DuncanForrester, #AgeofTreachery, might be all too apposite. ...