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by Simon21
Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:41 am
Forum: Old World
Topic: They Gave Their Lives For Tourism.
Replies: 5
Views: 207

Re: They Gave Their Lives For Tourism.

When you overthrow a democratically elected government, kill thousands, institute a regime of state torture and murder (young women a speciality) on a regular basis with the West winking all the while and pouring in subsidies, this is the sort of thing that is likely to happen. I wouldn't visit Sisi...
by Simon21
Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:24 am
Forum: Old World
Topic: They Gave Their Lives For Tourism.
Replies: 5
Views: 207

Re: They Gave Their Lives For Tourism.

Hmmm that wouldn't be when ordinary Egyptians attacked the fanatics with their bare hands and saved several valuable white lives at a cost to their own. In stark contrast to the US/Russian armed and paid for brave Egyptian military (free and violent virginity tests for all female suspects) who turne...
by Simon21
Sat Apr 03, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: Old World
Topic: They Gave Their Lives For Tourism.
Replies: 5
Views: 207

Re: They Gave Their Lives For Tourism.

Maybe they can do something for the impoverished Egyptian people, as they never did during life.
by Simon21
Fri Mar 12, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: Old World
Topic: Great Pyramid "Air Shafts"
Replies: 8
Views: 701

Re: Great Pyramid "Air Shafts"

It is an interesting issue. It partly comes from the idea that apart from the Romans (and the Greeks) the only people who achieved anything in the world were white westerners. Whole books were written on Zimbabwe trying to identify who its mysterious builders must have been (phoenicians, israelites ...
by Simon21
Thu Mar 04, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: Old World
Topic: Okay, So It Isn't Exactly a Munich beer Hall...
Replies: 4
Views: 523

Re: Okay, So It Isn't Exactly a Munich beer Hall...

Fermented bitter porridge for everyone!
by Simon21
Sun Feb 28, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: Old World
Topic: Digging season confirmed
Replies: 0
Views: 258

Digging season confirmed

Just had the dates for this year's dig at Vindolanda confirmed. According to Anthony Birley big things are expected this year. Volunteers are apparently lining up so they have arranged for two extra seasons. Can't decide to take a slot at the beginning when they re breaking new ground, or at the end...
by Simon21
Sun Feb 28, 2021 2:34 pm
Forum: Old World
Topic: Okay, So It Isn't Exactly a Munich beer Hall...
Replies: 4
Views: 523

Re: Okay, So It Isn't Exactly a Munich beer Hall...

My eldest went on a tour of Soweto and was offered the chance to drink at a Shebeen (supposedly illegal beer stube - so illegal there were tourist tours of it). The beverage of choice was "kaffirbeer", allegedly the oldest type of beer in the world and the one allegedly drunk in Egypt etc. It's serv...
by Simon21
Sun Feb 28, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Old World
Topic: Pompeii Continues To Reveal Its Treasures
Replies: 1
Views: 223

Re: Pompeii Continues To Reveal Its Treasures

This is certainly a great and interesting discovery. The only fly in the ointment is the designation. Surely four wheels is a cart or coach not a chariot. But clearly there is much still to be found at Pompeii, if it is not robbed out first. There is still the great mystery of why a precious chunky ...
by Simon21
Sun Jan 31, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: Old World
Topic: The Dig
Replies: 2
Views: 379

The Dig

Well worth a viewing on Netflix. Examines the dig at Sutton Hoo. Again profiling the British class obsession. Not totally accurate in its details, apparently Mrs Pretty (a convinced spiritualist) authorised the Dig when one of her regular house guests reported seeing Anglo Saxon ghosts processing ar...
by Simon21
Sun Jan 31, 2021 10:30 am
Forum: Old World
Topic: The Dig
Replies: 0
Views: 295

The Dig

Well worth a viewing on Netflix. Examines the dig at Sutton Hoo. Again profiling the British class obsession. Not totally accurate in its details, apparently Mrs Pretty (a convinced spiritualist) authorised the Dig when one of her house guests reported seeing a ghost on Mound 1 as she was dressing f...
by Simon21
Sat Jan 30, 2021 1:49 pm
Forum: New World
Topic: Squatters in Caral?
Replies: 6
Views: 859

Re: Squatters in Caral?

Typical comfortable westerner response! Bullets don't grow on trees FYI, and then there are the firearms, gun oil etc. It all adds up.#
by Simon21
Tue Jan 26, 2021 5:49 am
Forum: New World
Topic: Squatters in Caral?
Replies: 6
Views: 859

Re: Squatters in Caral?

Bury them five metres underground? Surprisingly thorough. The cause here seems clear enough as does the solution. Give the people land elsewhere or pay them for what they have lost. They are not squatting in pursuit of some mystical/political ideology, they are trying to provide for their families. ...
by Simon21
Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:26 am
Forum: Old World
Topic: I Don't Know About This One
Replies: 5
Views: 632

Re: I Don't Know About This One

Must have had a lot of time on their hands. I believe they called Egypt "the black land". On a wider note it is of course interesting to consider how ancient entities saw themselves. We all think defining a country is fairly easy, but in the ancient world it was a lot more fluid bit more like how Na...
by Simon21
Thu Jan 14, 2021 2:42 am
Forum: New World
Topic: Squatters in Caral?
Replies: 6
Views: 859

Re: Squatters in Caral?

Sounds accurate. Isn't it true in Mexico (Guatemala) that some archaeologists have to have heavily armed bodyguards? On a recent programme on military archaeology in Poland the archaeologists had barely broken ground when a group of suspicious vehicles suddenly appeared.
by Simon21
Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:57 pm
Forum: Old World
Topic: I Don't Know About This One
Replies: 5
Views: 632

Re: I Don't Know About This One

Seems suspiciously definitive. "So far" might be a useful corollary. And why do people who write about the ME do so in weird language - "the land of Canaan", just Canaan. Archaeologists from the land of Britain, came to the land of Egypt along with others from the land of France, the land of Italy e...