hic Regina sita est tali contecta sepulcro quod coniunx statuit respondens eius amori. haec post bis denos secum transsegerat annum et quartum mensem restantibus octo diebus; rursum victura reditura ad lumina rursum. nam sperare potest ideo quod surgat in aevom … Continue reading
Ryknild Street, Roman road built in 1st century AD from Metchley fort, Edgbaston, to Wall near Lichfield, Staffordshire. This landscape in Sutton Park has never been built on.
‘Memory has no rules or regular habits; it loses much that was important and yet clings on to and preserves quite small things which, like stray, unconnected footprints, have escaped erosion by the winds and tides of time. Recalling people, … Continue reading
In 1970 I bought a copy of Ivan Bilibin’s The Frog Prince, published before the Russian Revolution. I was bowled over by Bilibin’s extraordinary skill and his evocation of a mythical Russia of the Middle Ages. It’s good to see … Continue reading
History and Language in Oldbury, Worcestershire Talk given in Oldbury on 15 May 2012 My father had a keen interest in local words, and in 1974, when I bought David Wilson’s very useful handbook Staffordshire Dialect Words: A Historical Survey … Continue reading
Bûm yn dy garu lawer gwaith Do lawer awr mewn mwynder maith Bum yn dy gusanu Lisa gêl Yr oedd dy gwmni’n well na’r mêl Fy nghangen lân, fy nghowlad glyd Tydi yw’r lanaf yn y byd Tydi sy’n peri … Continue reading