Don’t forget to download my expanded Faffy the Leprechaun eBook. Its available here and it comes in all formats. And the best deal is…… IT IS ONLY 99 cents. What more could you want for St Patrick’s Day?
Just been reviewing some of my old pictures and I thought I’d share this place with you all.
Bartlow is a small village close to Linton, Cambridge and contains one of the most fascinating pieces of history. These are Romano-British burial mounds dating from the 1st or 2nd century AD. For more information on the history etc. visit here or here.
The thing I found so fascinating about this site is its relative obscurity. These are the largest known Romano-British burial mounds in Europe and yet on the day of our visit the site was empty. Not a single visitor except for me and my wife. No-one seems to know about them.
The day we visited was also a beautiful summer’s day so you can’t put the lack of visitors down to the weather. They are also not that easy to find. It took us several hours of walking before we found them. Not because they are that isolated. They are actually only a 5-10 minute walk behind Bartlow church which itself is a bit of an oddity in that it possesses a round tower. Quite unusual in this part of the country and likewise it was empty of visitors.
Restorations there have uncovered some fascinating wall art under coats of lime wash. Well worth a visit too and there’s more info on Bartlow Church here.
But anyway. After much searching we eventually found the mounds. Only 3 remain of the original 7 or more I believe. A railway was responsible for some of the destruction as they blocked the route although ironically the railway has long gone although the mounds (or at least some of them) still remain.
But you will be amazed if you do visit and I highly recommend it. After a bit of a trek down the side of the church and behind some private residences you pass over an old railway bridge. Keep going and suddenly the site just opens up in front of you. It is so peaceful and undisturbed and I promise you it will take your breath away. There is an information board there and the site is obviously kept tended but that is it. Magnificent.
There are steps up the largest mound but it takes some climbing and it left me out of breath particularly as I smoked at the time. Hard on the calves too. But climb it if you can. We sat up there for an hour or so just enjoying the view and the peace and quiet of the site. Fantastic too was the realization that we were sitting atop almost 2000 years of British history. And in all that time we saw only one person walking their dog. Such peace, such history, such beauty. And all for free. Make sure you visit but be aware there is no parking as such although you can leave the car by the church entrance.
Enjoy the pictures.
© 2014 Stan M Rogers. All rights reserved.
Worry in those pretty eyes
Such weight such crystal depth
So many tears have passed
Too many fears behind those sad eyes
Each tear, a fear. A dragon.
Its fiery breath scorching your hope. Your love.
It smells of death
It grows. It grows more
Until it consumes you
Your life under scaly control
In those pretty eyes
Those worry eyes
You want to fight … and must
You can make it small again
Eyes can smile again
And banish pain
I believe in you
I can be your strength
But only close, not at arm’s length.
© 2014 Stan M Rogers. All rights reserved.
I occasionally put the odd political joke or comment up on Facebook and was pulled up on it last week by a friend suggesting it might be better to put political commentary on a more relevant site. (Are there any?) Should we apply the same rule for ‘sports’ comments ‘religious’ or even pet comments? Should we ban Kitty pictures?
I am actually not political in the least. Republican or Democrat, Labour or Conservative. They are all the same to me. It is the greed and self-serving self-aggrandizement of politicians that offends me. We do not actually have Democracy in most western societies. We usually have the same old career politicians taking turns every few years to get their snouts in the trough. That is why I no longer vote. These politicians are there as a career not to better your lot.
We vote one lot of self-seekers out to put another lot of self-seekers in every few years. None of them particularly represent the average person, in fact the only times they deign to get their hands dirty with the common masses is come election time.
I am against injustice where a man earning hundreds of dollars per hour tries to stop a man on minimum wage see his own wages bettered by a few bucks. The politicians always scream greed or socialism when the average guy tries to do this. No doubt slave owners said the same. Ending slavery will mean the end of society. We cannot make a profit if we have to pay people … but they did didn’t they. In fact slavery never really went away. 90% of western populations are not a lot better off than the old time slaves were. They work long hours in lousy jobs to make profits for the business owners to live the good life. Nothing has really changed too much over the centuries.
My idea of ideal politics is no politics. No parties and no self-seekers. I believe we should try Sortition. This was used by the Athenians a couple of Millennia ago. The idea is that there are no parties. Our representatives would be picked by lottery. There would obviously need to be checks and balances. Jury selection actually uses Sortition and similar but more stringent rules could be put in place.
These would be my suggestions.
Representatives would be changed at different times. Say we have a representative assembly of 400. We would change 100 in year one, another hundred in year two and so on. Every four years would see a totally new house. House leaders could be voted in by the representatives every two years.
Some kind of screening would be necessary such as in jury selection. Representatives would need at least a good standard of education and no criminal record. Maybe even some kind of weighting could be applied. The simplest would be making sure equal numbers of men and women are selected.
Remuneration for representatives would be paid at the minimum working wage plus 10%. That would be an incentive to improve everybody’s lot. They could claim expenses but only of the basic kind. No paid cars, houses or first class travel. Also no private healthcare as a perk. Healthcare should be free at the point of need as should all education including university. These essentials should be an investment in society not an avoidable expense. Representative’s jobs should also be legally held open for their return.
Now wouldn’t this all be so much better than the bunch of idiots we suffer now?
Please vote in the poll.
Oh yes I almost forgot the cute kitty pic.
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Heard of Lycamobile? They are a mobile phone network in the UK and also worldwide. I have a phone in the UK with one of their sim cards in. It is actually a spare Samsung which I purchased unlocked for about £7 from Sainsbury’s a while back.
Why? Well Lyca offered a great way for me to ring my wife in the USA. Calls were only around 5 pence per minute, a lot cheaper than using the main networks so I slapped one of their free sim cards into the phone and away I went. Lots of calls to my baby without breaking the bank before I traveled to the USA myself.
All well and good and now that I am in the USA I noticed their offer to send a sim card to friends/family in the USA. This offer also applied for other countries too. It offered very cheap if not free calls between Lyca phones in the two countries. Brilliant I thought. I gave my mum the Samsung phone with Lyca’s sim card in it and aimed to get another Family and Friends sim card in the USA so we could enjoy cheap calls and also so my mum could call me easily in an emergency.
I applied on behalf of my wife back in November (2013) and waited for the sim card to arrive. After a month I tried again … no response.
Next I contacted their customer services … no response. After several more fruitless emails to their customer complaints department, I finally gave up believing the whole offer to be a scam. Yes I did receive replies but in poor English and they had no satisfactory result.
I heard no more until last week when I received a sim card from them. It seems that my sim card has been putting its feet up in the Caribbean for a couple of months. It actually came to us in February (2014) via Montserrat, West Indies. I must admit that with the amount of snow and bitter cold we are experiencing here in Ohio I quite envy it. See the pictures below. The Merry Christmas greetings on the envelope I find to be a bit of a piss-take seeing as we are almost at Valentine’s Day now.
Oh … and the sim card? Absolutely no bloody use whatsoever. It is a UK sim card which does not work in the USA. I despair of Lycamobile’s customer service which has been … I was going to say appalling, but it has actually been non-existent. I had even re-sent our US address to them several times. Thank you so much Lycamobile for this entirely frustrating waste of time.
Q&A’s from Smashwords.
Interview with Stan Rogers
2) Jack Kerouac’s On The Road. Great characters and gritty writing.
3) Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure. Fantastic story. Very allegorical as is the Title. Such beautiful description of the times and landscapes. Everyone should read at least one Thomas Hardy book.
4) Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’urbervilles, for the same reasons as above.
5) Finally Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy. Fantastic science fiction from the writer of I, Robot.
What’s the story behind your latest book?
Don’t forget. Faffy is available as a $0.99 ebook download in all formats. Click Faffy’s picture to visit the site.
First of all thanks to all the people that have been viewing my blog. My hits have rocketed recently and it’s mostly due to my little friend Faffy the Leprechaun. What started as just a little bit of fun has turned into an avalanche of readers.
And so I have decided to launch Faffy as an eBook. He has been tidied up a little and expanded also. It is still only a short novelette but well worth the price.I set the price at the absolute minimum that the publisher would allow barring making it free. It is launching at the incredibly low price of only $0.99 … begorrah.
Here’s the blurb for the story:-
Imagine turning up for work one day to find the place in chaos. Deliveries have gone to the wrong addresses for no apparent reason. It has to be sorted out … and quickly. You need help and you need it fast but it comes from an unexpected quarter. Enter Faffy the Leprechaun and his helpers including a Zombie from Yorkshire and various other strange characters.Can it be done even with the help of Faffy’s poteen?
I am also launching Faffy as a print version. It is done but I am awaiting the first book to arrive from the publishers so I can check it for errors before releasing it. It will be a bit more expensive at around the $6.00 but still well worth it.
So people go get your $0.99 ebook today. It is available in all flavours (Kindle,Apple,Nook,PDF, etc etc).and prepare to be shilelaghed by Faffy.
Faffy the Leprechaun is available at Smashwords. Click here to be taken to the site.