• Places

    Into The Wilds

    by  • August 16, 2018 • British Mythology, Magic, Mysteries, Mythology, Places • 2 Comments

    The Dionysian Mysteries were a ritual of ancient Greece and Rome which sometimes used intoxicants and other trance-inducing techniques (like dance and music) to remove inhibitions and social constraints, liberating the individual to return to a natural state. We all need to return to that natural state from time to time – if not,...

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    A Guide To The Pubs Of Britain #1: Hagen & Hyde

    by  • June 19, 2017 • Places, Pubs • 2 Comments

    In the introduction to this irregular series, I wrote about the importance of pubs for creatives as conducive environments for thinking and dreaming, disconnected from the real world.  And so I thought it only right that I begin this meandering tour of Britain’s finest pubs for writers and artists on my doorstep, at Hagen...

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    The Old Ways

    by  • August 31, 2015 • In the Grip of Rome, Places • 0 Comments

    Walk across Britain on any of the old ways and you’re embarking on a mystical journey.  That’s the interesting thing about these ancient paths and tracks, some of which date back thousands of years, these holloways and drove-roads and trails.  They’re more than just routes between geographical points.  They reach back in time, back...

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    Stonehenge Design Inspired By Sound

    by  • February 17, 2012 • History, Places, Standing Stones • 1 Comment

    Music could have been an inspiration for the design of Stonehenge, according to an American researcher. Steven Waller’s intriguing idea is that ancient Britons could have based the layout of the great monument, in part, on the way they perceived sound. Archaeoacoustics is a growing field, with researchers reporting interesting results from many prehistoric...

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