Monday, April 09, 2012
In the deserts of Western Libya, on cliffs and boulders along the edge of a dry riverbed called Wadi Mattendush, are rock carvings cut by a culture making the jump from hunter-gathering to nomadic pastoral farming around 4,000 years ago. Possibly re-cut many times, their carvings show animals in a Libya before the Sahara arrived – giraffes and elephants are accurately depicted. One carving shows two dog-headed men dragging away the body of a rhino, or possibly using magic to control it.
Welcome to the working week. After a peculiar weekend when I was either laid low with a cold (Rhinovirus and diabetes are not a good mix) or struggling with the intermittently recalcitrant BT broadband, both me and the computer are back on duty, albeit both a little battered. Today we have some jolly stuff for you all. We have a revealing interview with Michael Des Barres during which he manages to namecheck both Byron and Muddy Waters without sounding even a little bit pretentious. I am getting to like this man more and more:
I was pootling about on YouTube when I found a fascinating interview with Chris Squire from Yes talking about the day he met Jimi Hendrix. As there are four different Yes products on the Gonzo roster I can afford to be self indulgent here:
Regular readers will have read my ramblings in praise of the wonderful Troy Donockley, uillean piper supreme. Now you can check him out as well with an exclusive slice from his new album:
Whilst on the subject of Troy D, here is a review from Holland. It seems they like him nearly as much as I do:
And finally an excerpt from a fascinating interview from a Greek website. The interviewee? None other than another of my faves; Judge Smith. And as his current album 'Orfeas' is a retelling of an ancient Greek myth, it seems oddly appropriate:
Hopefully things will be back to normal tomorrow.
New on the Frontiers of Anthropology:
New on Benny's Blog, an updated Thelma Todd Bibliography:
On this day in 1912 the Titanic left South Hampton on her ill-fated maiden voyage.
And now the news:
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How Butterflies Adapt When Climate Changes
Because it would be even more tasteless of me to post this on the anniversary of the ship hitting the iceberg here’s that video of the rapping dog from that awful Titanic cartoon now so we can all get it out of our system:
New on the Frontiers of Zoology:
A Different Spin on a story posted by Nick Redfern that is making the rounds currently:
New on Frontiers of Anthropology
A notice about Ringshaped Shellmounds made during the Archaic Period
suggested by Teresa Drusin:
And on Benny's Blog, a notice about the 1940 movie Misbehaving Husbands
mentioning the minor mystery of Which Carole Did Harry Langdon Mean By That?