Les Edwards aka Edward Miller (b. 1949 UK) - The Phantom’s Lake from The Phantom of the Opera (Bantam Classics) by Gaston Leroux, 2003
Dowth the dark side of neolithic passage tombs.
Dowth is the oldest of the passage tombs in the Boyne Valley and it has the reputation of being a man made hell mouth. Its not open to tourists but you can sneak in down a 70ft underground passage into a section rebuilt in the victorian era.
The art at Dowth is just as beautifull as other passage tombs but its construction is more primitive. It doesnt have the corbelled roof and its not water tight. Its central chambers have basin/alter stones in decorated recesses but the roof is held together by that victorian era rennovation. You really do feel like indiana jones risking your life going in.
Dowth is called Dubad/Darkness in the medieval place name stories and its the site of an Irish tower of Babel built to try to get into the heavens in a time of death and famine but it was never completed. It was owned by a king bressail and everyone in ireland came to work on it for a day and a night, so the kings sister put a spell on the place to stop the sun.
Without sunrise everyone was forced by their word to stay there until the tower was built. But Bressail raped his sister when the job was only half way done and the sun came up. The kings sister cursed the place saying darkness will forever be this places name. Dubad.
Dowth might play a role in the seasonal battle motif where two kings fight over the symbol of fertility usually a woman or a cow and summer or winter is the outcome. The kings name Bressail might be built from Bres the bad king in the battle of moytura that gets defeated by Lugh who is at Newgrange in the conception of Cu Chulainn.
Its an interesting insight into how the passage tombs might have been viewed in the medieval.
The entrance to Dowth with the decorated entrance stone still buried.
Like a cave the bruidne can be portals to the otherworld
ICYMI my live-tweeting of the Oscars tonight
And Emily Graslie wins the Oscar for Best…just best.
“Rumanian dwarf (teacher and county clerk) on his farm in Felsővisó”
In 1916 when the Romanians declared war on the Central Powers and invaded Transylvania, elements of the seasoned German Alpenkorps were deployed to support the flighty Austro-Hungarians. The Germans who fought on this front from August 1916 to the end of 1917 were named Karpathenkorps.
Among these fellows was the officer Erich Hoffmann who was quartered in the village of Felsővisó. Hoffmann was a skilled and passionate photographer who took his camera with him wherever he went. In his time in Romania he managed to fill three photo albums with pictures of the local inhabitants, including many of the dwarf depicted above who taught at the local school.
Orthodox Jews and the local inhabitants in their colourful traditional costumes were another favourite subject. Unfortunately, little more is known about Hoffmann or his fate.
So you know how UKIP said that all the floods in the UK currently are because of gay marriage
well someone’s gone and made a twitter account called @UkipWeather and let me tell you this is pure gold
and my personal favourite
"I don’t want people to matter to me too much. Sometimes it hurts too much to think about them. Ones you love who don’t love you, ones who are dead or hate you, ones who you think about but never get to be with. I like people but when I get too close, it fucks me up and I can’t get things done."
Henry Rollins (via rauchwolken)
Would you take a dip in a swimming pool that once functioned as a subway station?
Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, a center-right candidate for mayor of Paris and former environment minister, has unveiled a series of plans to turn the legendary “ghost stations” of the Paris Metro into underground oases.