Vulcan 03 The Forging of History (episode two)

Four prospects of myth and neo-liberalism. The mythology of neo-liberalism and global corporate mythology is much written about but only Jack Adams applied Joseph Campbell’s four prospects of myth to the issue. He first started to use Campbell’s analysis...

Vulcan 02 The Forging of History (episode one)

Vulcan Part 2: The Forging of History Episode One: The seeds of religion. In this history, the first point to be very clear on is that religion did not exist until it was invented by and through the innovations produced by farming and the creation of surplus. This...

Mythology, Gods and Days of the Week

Mythology, Gods and days of the week Mythology, Gods and days of the week is an episode in the series “A Conversation with Simon Roper”. In our exchange, we consider the history and mythology in the days of the week. We use the names of the days of the...

A Conversation with Simon Roper

Simon Roper produces superb YouTube content on Saxon language and its place in English today. A Conversation with Simon Roper When I first came across Simon’s YouTube content I was completely captivated with the insights into the language of the past. Simon is...

Mythologies. The Death of Free Speech.

Mythologies. The Death of Free Speech. Thursday 21st January 2021, the story of Ms Anchan, the Thai civil servant jailed for 43 years for posting criticism on social media of the Thai Royal family, is the subject of an audio mediacast and features on this site’s...

Toes Curling Crumbly Edge

Toes Curling Crumbly Edge Toes Curling Crumbly Edge is a book of stories and poems offering ideas and insights as the basis for future mythologies. How do we see the future? What are the aspirations we hold within our hearts? How can humanity change and evolve? These...

Sneak Thief Landlords and Pub Survival

Sneak Thief Landlords and Pub Survival is a story of viral contamination which could threaten our pub heritage in 2020. Whilst we are all looking in one direction, the sneak thief steals behind our backs and robs us of something we treasure. Today, 14th April 2020, as...

The Mayflower WGC

The Mayflower : Our pubs change with the times because they are a part of our culture. Culture itself can be defined as ‘the interface of the human psyche with the environment’, consequently, in more simple words, as the world changes so does our culture. Therefore as the world changes so do our pubs change.

Old London Pubs and Landscapes

Old London Pubs and Landscapes.Seven Sisters, North London, 2018. Old London Pubs and Landscapes Old London pubs and landscapes and their history 200 yrs ago is always interesting. In this article we can see some of what London looked like before development and place...

The Beginning of the Universe as told by Mrs Rupert Bear

The Beginning of the Universe (as told by Mrs Rupert Bear) This was my first poem, written in 1991. Written to a brief for The Independent newspaper weekly poetry competition, it won first prize. Rupert Bear Annuals had always appeared in my Christmas stocking as a...

Dreams

Dreams We all dream, that is a certainty, but we do not all remember our dreams and those of us who do remember do not remember all of them. These dreams are strange because when we are dreaming it all seems so real. Such reality is strange because we know that the...

Mine

Mine is a poem about the idea that we are all balancing on the ledge of eternity extracting our moments of life from the universe. Just one step forward and we are plunged into infinity without any chance of again touching the firm ground of being. We are all part of...

Beer, history and archaeology

Beer History and Archaeology is a blend of fiction and fact. This amalgamation seems appropriate given the title and I thought I would try to merge writing as entertainment with writing as knowledge. For all those interested in brewing, beer and pubs, I would hope...

The history behind Micropubs

The History Behind Micropubs The history behind micropubs in the UK is intrinsically linked to the traditions of a ‘public house’. This unique history is discussed in the blog article ‘Is Pub History Real History’ but the point of this piece is...

The Reading Rooms Wheathampstead

The Reading Rooms, Wheathampstead 07.56 Planning a trip out tonight to go and sample The Reading Rooms Wheathampstead. A micropub with a great name for someone like me. I will get some photos and write a report here later. Lesson Number One When planning a trip out to...

The Lambeth Walk

The Lambeth Walk, London The Lambeth Walk pub in London is named after a road in the UK’s capital but also reflects the local indigenous Pearlie Kings and Queens culture. In other posts, I have been talking about our history of pubs and its connection with the...

Pub History Disney World

Pub History Disney World Our English pubs are more riddled with history than they are with woodworm. However, as with all histories, we need to ask critical questions about what we believe versus what is actually real. In the words ‘Pub History Disney...

Is Pub History Real History?

Is pub history real history? The essence of this question concerns the historical importance of pubs within the discourse of history. Meaning that we are questioning if pubs are more than places where people go to drink alcohol. Whilst to all people fascinated by pub...
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