I’ve come by a circuitous route to Alan Garner. His books weren’t a part of my childhood or adolescent reading and though I’ve had a 1970’s (?) copy of The Stone Book for many years, I’d never previously got around to reading The Stone Book Quartet – until now.
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Cartography Series: Because who doesn’t love looking at old maps? This blog series looks at the cartographic development of Canada.
Carte De L’Acadie Contenant by Jean-Baptiste-Louis Franquelin (1702). [Source] Please click on the image for a better resolution.
This map from 1702 by Jean-Baptiste-Louis Franquelin depicts the area that would become New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. A part of Quebec is shown too. At the time this area was known as Acadia, a French colony. The map shows all the ports, harbours, forests, mountains, lakes, and rivers along the banks of the St. Lawrence. (In case you were wondering what the little French blurb in the corner says). Franquelin was actually the first official cartographer of Canada.
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Via Stuart Elden
I shared this a year ago, but since it was 100 years ago today… here is the translation of Antonio Gramsci, ‘I Hate New Year’s Day’, again.
Translated by Alberto Toscano for Viewpoint.
Every morning, when I wake again under the pall of the sky, I feel that for me it is New Year’s day.
That’s why I hate these New Year’s that fall like fixed maturities, which turn life and human spirit into a commercial concern with its neat final balance, its outstanding amounts, its budget for the new management. They make us lose the continuity of life and spirit. You end up seriously thinking that between one year and the next there is a break, that a new history is beginning; you make resolutions, and you regret your irresolution, and so…
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The village master taught his little school
The village all declared how much he knew,
‘Twas certain he could write, and cipher too;
Lands he could measure, times and tides presage,
And e’en the story ran that he could gauge
Oliver Goldsmith – The Deserted Village
As I have commented on a number of occasions in the past, although most people only know Johannes Kepler, if they have heard of him at all, as the creator of his eponymous three laws of planetary motion in fact he published more than eighty books and pamphlets in his life covering a very wide range of scientific and mathematical subjects. One of those publications, which often brings a smile to the faces of those not aware of its mathematical significance, is his Nova stereometria doliorum vinariorum (which translates as The New Art of Measuring the Contents of Wine Barrels) published in 1615. A…
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Originally posted on The Museum of Thin Objects:
Thorpe, A. (2014) On Silbury Hill Little Toller Books ISBN 978 1 908213 24 2 All impressive detective-work and field research aside, On Silbury Hill is a fine stand-alone memoir. But it’s more…