• Mudlark replied to the topic Resolution

    @Miapatrick  @ScaryB

    Yes, that ‘So I’m told’ was freighted with a lot of potential meaning, and in ‘Listen’ the situation of the boy in the barn suggested that, if not actually orphaned, he had been separated from family for purposes of training in some kind of elite academy.  On the other hand, also in ‘Listen’, we saw the Doctor putting young R…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @thane16

    No need for apologies, puro, it didn’t register with me as rudeness anyway – although it’s possible my perception is clouded at the moment by the fact that my sinuses are bunged up and I’ve been coughing my lungs up for the past three days 🙁

    The tale of the pasta reminded me of a story I was told of two of my nephews (the froglets)…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @thane16

    why are giblets bad?

    There is nothing bad about them if they are used as intended and boiled up to make a flavourful stock to use in making gravy or, combined with the remnants of the carcase, to make soup.

    They are not so good if the butcher has tucked them inside the cavity, possibly in a little plastic bag, and like @idiotsavon you…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Resolution

    @pedant

    A lone Dalek. Always more interesting than an army of them.

    Very true. Just as Eccleston Doctor’s encounter with the lone, semi dormant Dalek and his reaction to it conveyed the menace of the species far better than later massed battalions, this resurrected specimen had real impact and allowed Whittaker to display her full range as the…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Happy New Year everybody.  May it bring personal joys and rewards to leaven any cares, worries and disappointments delivered by the outer world.

    I didn’t feel up to seeing the New Year in, having brought home an unwanted Christmas present in the form of a respiratory infection. It’s a good excuse, though, to spend today slopping round in my…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Wishing everyone here a happy and peaceful Christmas and a good New Year

    I’m off to France tomorrow, sporting not very festive sutures on my nose (should have asked them to use tinsel) but will be back in time to view and discuss the New Year Special

    Mudlark

     

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Website comments (2)

    @thane16 (puro)

    It be a slow tortoise but I be getting there in the end

    And I have the very T shirt.  On the front is a head-on view of a cheerful-looking tortoise advancing and the legend I may be slow …

    On the back is the rear view of the tortoise retreating and  … but I get there

    Mind you, that was acquired in another context; I don’t g…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @pedant

    you’ve just rather elegantly illustrated the key element of scientific method

    Which is how archaeologists and those engaged in the ancillary disciplines roll these days –  though there are still some whose heads appear to be a bit too elevated in the conjectural clouds or who are inclined to give rather *too* free a rein to their im…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 (puro)

    The lavender with the two petals like butterfly wings (I think of them as rabbit ears) is French Lavender (lavandula stoechas).  In  our climate it is slightly more tender than other types, though it will survive frosts if there is sharp drainage and no chance of waterlogging.

    100% humidity without rain sounds appalling

    As for t…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @pedant

    Yeah, ‘demonstrate’ might have been a better choice of word, though obviously I was using ‘proof’ in the sense in which historians and archaeologists sometimes use it, not according to strict scientific or mathematical usage. I’m not totally clueless.

    As an illustration of what I mean, I was once tasked with evaluating an earthwork site…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @idiotsavon

    I don’t think the two theories are mutually exclusive – far from it.

    They aren’t, I agree. The evidence suggests that the Europe, Asia and the Americas were originally populated by descendants of very small groups of modern humans who survived a bottleneck in their migration from Africa, and since we can assume these migrants and the…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 (puro)

    (Moving the horticultural advice column to the pub, which seems a more appropriate place than the sofa for such a topic. Anyway I feel I need a drink).

    I looked up potential problems with lavender and it seems that the most likely cause of yellowing leaves is a fungal disease which attacks the roots, leaving them black and mushy,…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @thane16 (puro)

    Delighted that the information was useful. I was a bit worried that the information might be more than you wanted.

    ‘Loam’ is the right term for the soil you describe in your father’s garden and is the ideal to aim for, but achieving that does need a lot of preparatory work unless you are lucky enough to have a garden where…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @idiotsavon

    I was a bit rushed when I posted earlier, but I have been thinking further about what you wrote and am inclined to continue the discussion, even though it means straying further off topic.

    The idea that the interwoven threads in traditional stories have their origin in a prehistory common to all speakers of Indo-European languages is…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @idiotsavon

    So that might explain why the Grimm brothers didn’t confine themselves to purely German tales: they didn’t see folk tales as existing in geographical isolation

    The point is that by the time the Grimm brothers were collecting them the stories had been thoroughly assimilated into German folk culture and given a regional twist, and the…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @thane16

    Marl in common English usage and according to the Oxford dictionary definition is a soil consisting of clay and lime used as a fertiliser. The marl which was used in this way in parts of Norfolk is to be found as a subsoil beneath lighter sandy top soils and overlying the chalk.

    If your camellia looks healthy, with dark green, glossy…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @idiotsavon

    Yes, there is always that cross connection of recurrent themes and it goes back a very long way. People don’t always realise how much traffic there was across the whole of Europe, not only in goods but in cultural ideas and material traditions, even in prehistory. This was further facilitated during the centuries of the Roman empire,…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @thane16

    I’ve always assumed sand is, well, sand! With a normal pH and not at all acidic

    I was generalising, of course, but sandy soils do tend to be acidic as well as low in fertility; the latter because they are so free draining that the nutrients get leached out.  In parts of Norfolk the soils are sandy and light from glacial deposits ov…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @Craig

    I emailed that link to my brother in France and his response this morning was. ‘Nice one! But isn’t there a worrying bit at the end where she falls off a cliff holding it, into an all-consuming fire, and the whole country comes crashing down?’

  • Mudlark replied to the topic It Takes You Away

    @CathAnnabel

    The Antizone certainly shared some characteristics with the labyrinth, and Ribbons perhaps the Minotaur

    The labyrinth and the minotaur of classical legend are to me firmly rooted in the Mediterranean and sun-baked Knossos, not the North of myth, legend and fairy tale which is evoked here. The Antizone reminded me more of a natural…[Read more]

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