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Posted 4 min 36 sec ago

Those who have followed my recent series in Esther will be interested to see this model of Xerxes' throne room in Susa, Persia. It's clear that the king could see those who enter his presence whist still giving his guards plenty of opportunity to lop down unwanted visitors.

Posted 1 day 22 hours ago

Posted 1 day 22 hours ago

The walls of old Jerusalem are rather more impressive than I imagined. Although they have been built and rebuilt by successive overlords, it is fair to say that these stones have seen some sights.

Posted 2 days 5 hours ago

In education, “The Three R’s” is a reference to the basic skills of Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. There are other versions, such as Reading, Writing and Reckoning, or Reading, Reasoning and Reciting, and so on.

Posted 3 days 7 hours ago

At my place of work we have on display some incredibly ugly plants. They were placed there by the former headmaster and I have taken it upon myself to water them in his absence. They are twisted and unkempt and their big fat leaves grow little spikes that they might better prick unwary passers-by.

Posted 3 days 21 hours ago

Posted 5 days 6 hours ago

I visited St James’ Church yard, Clapham, this week. I’m something of an oddball as I enjoy looking at grave stones. Occasionally, I find a gem:

Posted 5 days 20 hours ago

I was privileged last weekend to visit Blacko Tower. It sits on private property, but the landowner had kindly agreed to let me see it, and offered the added bonus of going up it. The OS describes it as Stansfield Tower, named after the gentleman who built it in 1890. In 1950, an inscription was placed in its wall, and refers to Psalm 127:1: