No apology for these links this time. Although they do follow somewhat in their banality akin to the other links I’ve posted thus far.
:: This map of Britain found here concentrates on the British territories and kingdoms that were established during the fourth and fifth centuries, as the Saxons and Angles began their settlement of the east coast.
:: Another map showing the Anglo-Saxon royalty, ancient kingdoms and timeline.
:: Bored yet? Yeah well, too bad – a genetic map of Britain – “The similarity between southwest Wales and northern England is explicable. The northern English region was associated with the Brythonic Celtic kingdom of Rheged, and later the southern portion of historical Strathclyde. These were the cousins of the Welsh, not Gaels like the Scots, but Britons. This is evident in the name Cumbria, it has the same root as Cymry, the ethnonym of the Welsh for themselves.”
:: Rheged? Why yes indeed – with language and cultural links to Old Welsh, both being derivative of the Insular Celt language Brittonic, with some arguing that Cumbric and Old Welsh hardly merit distinction. In fact, the legacy Yr Hen Ogledd remains strong in Wales, and several important Welsh dynasties trace their lineage from Gwyr y Gogledd, the Men of the North. “A number of important early Welsh texts were attributed to the Men of the North, such as Taliesin, Aneirin, Myrddin Wyllt, and the Cynfeirdd poets. Heroes of the north such as Urien Rheged, Owain mab Urien, and Coel Hen and his descendants feature in Welsh poetry and the Welsh Triads.”
:: Language nerdery continues with this site – lord knows how I found it, Sources for the study of Scandinavian influence on Old and Middle English. And this book, The Welsh Language: A History by Janet Davies. This searchable online book, A Dictionary of the Welsh Language, Explained in English Volume 2 By William Owen Pughe. And whilst we’re on Pughe, as it were, this searchable online book is also worth a read, The Cambrian Register 1796 – A Sketch of the History of the Britons. I know. I know. I’m sorry. I’ll stop now.
:: Talking of stumbling onto links, this link concerned me hugely. Investigation Finds Signs of Secret Phone Surveillance Across London – Signs of IMSI catchers — also known as stingrays or cell-site simulators — were found at several locations in the British capital, including UK parliament, a peaceful anti-austerity protest, and the Ecuadorian embassy. It’s safe to say that privacy is dead, and that unless you are a committed technocrat devoted to the business of surveillance, the chances of you knowing the how and the why of snooping is virtually next to non-existent. Suffice to say that the military-industrial complex probably know more about you than you do. Be warned.
:: And if you’ve never read this site then I highly recommend The Intercept. News you won’t find in mainstream media with quite unflinching analysis.
:: Peppermint Mocha Truffles – ermergherd! These are amazing – AMAZING – “…easy to make, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and take only a few minutes to prepare.” Truffles, people. TRUFFLES. Just… TRUFFLES.
And you’ve fallen asleep I see.
My work here is done.