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And while Lampie is reminding us to get on and read 'Wish you were here' I found myself re-reading 'Any Human Heart.' - for me quite the best recommendation to have emerged from our Book Club over the years. It is a relief for I have spent a good part of the weekend ploughing through a book called 'Magicians of the Gods.' With a title like that I can't imagine what I was doing buying it, but I was struck by the photos of megalithic architecture and its wispy thesis that civilisation is far older then we think but that most of it disappeared in the floods triggered twelve thousand years ago when parts of a comet exploded into the Canadian ice fields.

The civilisation that was left, (the book suggest) spread out over the world and that is why there are similarities between bits of megalithic architecture on different continents. One technology this original civilisation devised was the ability to shift ridiculously large stones and to work them without metal tools; to move them without breaking them and to lift them into walls or on end and to fit them together so that you couldn't get a cigarette paper between them.

Unfortunately, the book consists of great wodges of research findings but with little attempt to bring them together to reach a reasoned hypothesis. The comet is still out there apparently, plenty of it left to shed again as it passes close to earth which it may do in 2040 and to burn or flood us to a cinder. But it is interesting that almost every civilisation has mythic or religious tales of great floods and fire and putting two of everything into an ark to escape.

I rather wish the world would warm up do that it would be warm enough again to plant petunias and geraniums without thinking they will be blighted by frost.

Meanwhile, Mum and Dad Blackbird were feeding a fledgling yesterday that was bigger than they were. I wondered if it could be a cuckoo but it didn't have a cuckoo's colouring. Anyway they must have decided that summer had arrived with that warm spell we had in February when it was 26 degrees on the car thermometer. I make that 79 degrees in old money and with no help from a comet.!

(The photo shows part of the Trilithon from Baalbek in the Lebanon, three stone blocks each 20 metres or so long and weighing 800 tonnes)

Posted at 15th Apr 2019 - 10:13AM   Posted by Fennie   Comets Comments: 3

Withy Brook's Avatar Very interesting Fennie but not a book I would manage to plough through!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 15th Apr 2019 at 11:36AM

Fennie's Avatar Indeed, Withy - it was rather a labour of love. And now I suppose I ought to plough through the Graham Swift book. I've started it twice and stopped it twice. Shocked

Posted by: Fennie on 15th Apr 2019 at 01:37PM

Camilla's Avatar Think my daughter has read Any Human Heart Fennie and she said at the time how much she enjoyed the book. I think you must have read the book several times now Fennie?

First of June is a good time for popping out the Geraniums Fennie think the weather is a little too cold at the moment even though we have had some sunshine. The lady at the garden centre said the Perlagoniums I want wont be available until end of May .

Posted by: Camilla on 16th Apr 2019 at 10:48AM

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