Coals to Newcastle or what? Yes I am talking about the deal with Australia, do we really need more meat in this country in the form of cattle and sheep? Cross farmer on Farming Today was venting his anger on the trade deal this government has made with Australia, pushing out the better environmental standards that British farmers have.
Then surprise, surprise, the Liberal Democrats have won a seat over the Conservatives in Buckinghamshire. These things do happen of course, unexpected political party wins and it is very British to vote for a different party when we see the need to give the presiding government a jump start into reality.
Not so good news, ageing is a built in genetic fault, this made me laugh because it is such an obvious fact, we are just living longer of course because of better resources.
|Rising like a phoenix|
Jennie remembered the Neolithic young child laid on a swan's wing in death the other week, and it brought to mind the poem by Gary Snyder...
Under the Hills near the Moravia River
She lay there midst
Mammoth, reindeer, and wolf bones;
Diadem of fox teeth round her brow
Ocher under her hips
26,640 plus or minus 110 years before "now".
Burnt reindeer-pelvis bone bits
in her mouth,
Bones of two men lying by her side,
one each side.
I am listening to Underland by Robert Macfarlane at the moment and he begins in the first chapter with wonderful words about the Neolithic hand prints found inside caves. How the ochre is blown gently from the hand to reveal the print on the cave wall. How far we have come and yet hardly at all, us humans ;) Care and love in the Neanderthal period, you know those people that were different from us, though, I will whisper this quietly, we all have some Neanderthal in us.
Snyder got it wrong, they were in fact three males that lay there you can read about it here, but even so, the ceremony of burial strikes one as so civilised.
Paleolithic Art Masterpieces - Chauvet Cave.
Werner Herzog's - Cave of Forgotten Dreams video is no longer free but somehow he managed to capture the exhilarating experience of the Chauvet Cave with its vast art works that leave you humbled by their vivid representation.