Category: I like it

corner of the tenth-century manuscript of the Book of Taliesin in Middle Welsh

Taliesin on Mead

The Book of Taliesin is a late Middle Welsh version of the ales of Gwion Bach and Taliesin, mostly around the court of Maelgyn Gynedd.  It was written in the 1550s, the same [..]

the Exeter Book

Answer Me This Riddle

The Anglo-Saxons were great riddlers.   An author I genuinely respect, Cindy Renfrow, says this is Riddle 25 from the Exeter Book, or Codex Exoniensis, a tenth century book of [..]

Medieval man writing on a stand

Can you answer this riddle?

 Can you answer this riddle? I am man’s treasure, taken from the woods, Cliff-sides, hill-slopes, valleys, downs; By day wings bear me in the buzzing air, Slip me under a [..]

Gillian Clarke poem “Home”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/oct/22/john-lewis-poem-gillian-clarke This poem is part of a window display at the Cardiff branch of department store John Lewis.  In the midst of our color-blazing, air-chilling autumn, when I am planning [..]

human skeleton from chin to hips

Sometimes students really get it

I used to teach Anatomy and Physiology – a twelve-month long, three hour a week course, half anatomy, half physiology.  A&P has a deadly reputation for difficulty and tedium that it [..]

Gramophone and coffin made of paper

Mystery Afoot: Edinburgh paper sculptures

I have been enchanted following the mystery of the glorious paper scupltures that magically appear around Edinburgh centers of books and stories.  Have you seen one?  First of all, no one knows [..]

resonator style guitar with pierced metal front

Prepping for the Country Music Marathon, 2007

Blogpost, early 2007 I ran ten miles today.   I love my cushy U. Wisconsin at Milwaukee socks, but they’r hotsocks – they bunch and chafe a bit over time.   ow [..]

two glasses of wine side by side, one red and one white

Riesling – an historical grape

DNA studies by Ferdinand Regner indicates that one parent of the modern Riesling vine is Gouais Blanc, known in Germany as Weißer Heunisch , brought to Burgundy from Croatia by [..]

two glasses showing red wine with and without oak aging

Tempranillo Wine, the rich Spanish red

Tempranillo is a variety of black grape native to Spain.  It is called Spain’s “noble grape”, and is the main variety used in Rioja[1].  Spanish cultivation of vitis vinifera, the [..]

a long line of large oak beer barrels on their side, three deep