My friend in Ireland sent me this.

As I said to him, let’s hope that things start getting brighter in more ways than one from now on.



  1. tris

    Just had to share this Alan Bennet
    Suggested this poem for Boris Johnson.

    a dead statesman

    I could not dig: I dared not rob:
    Therefore I lied to please the mob.
    Now all my lies are proved untrue
    And I must face the men I slew.
    What tale shall serve me here among
    Mine angry and defrauded young?
    -Rudyard Kipling

    Brilliant 👍

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  2. I went to Newgrange many moons ago. Its a very impressive tomb. There is a whole complex of them in the Boyne Valley. The Earth axis has tilted slightly since it was constructed, but the guide explained that on midwinters day the sunlight entered the tomb and shone originally on a point we might call nowadays an “altar”. She claimed this was the only place that happened. However I had been to Maes Howe years earlier where the same thing happens.

    There is an interesting article going around just now regarding the emergence of the gene for lactose tollerance on these islands. The inference of that would tie in with the archaeology of the tombs to suggest the ancient consanguinity of these bits of the terroir.

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        1. Fascinating… all aspects of it.

          The stories, the language (glad to hear it’s coming back), the Chamber, that amazing lady who could “read the runes”.

          Thank you fr sharing, David.


    1. Interesting article. What was the incidence of lactose intolerance before the influx?
      Before them furiners came over here with there fancy eating habits, their men pinching our women folk, and to maintain balance, their women pinching our men folk.
      What is now Poland and therefore I would assume the rest of Europe were eating cheese 7000 years ago. Was an early form of the brexit gene already in existence?
      When I was called South (South East England) to farm, to aid cash flow we started a dairy sheep flock. I was amazed at the number of people that were lactose intolerant asking if they could drink sheep milk (dozens). I don’t think I had met a lactose intolerant before Sussex, knew of it but thought of it as something rare. Didn’t feel to be rare in Sussex.
      Could it be one of racial purity, keeping their sexual relations close and that the lactose tolerant gene found was from unfortunate europeans who died in a foreign land?
      I for one will be paying more attention to the party nibbles of the Westminster mob, for the absence of cheese. Did you notice the silence when Ms Truss was promoted cheese at the conference? A connection between the absence of the lactose tolerant gene and having the brexit gene?

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      1. There is extensive lactose intollerance in Asia, but cheese is exported there, and presumably eaten by more than just ex pats. It may be that people in the past did not know they had lactose intollerance and ate dairy produce anyway. Then there is labneh, which is low in lactose and extensively consumed in the middle East – where the ancestral origins of agriculture are believed to originate. Apparently lactose intollerance is widespread in Semitic populations too. The ability to metabolise lactose is highest in Northern European populations so it may be that it is selected for because the ability to increase dairy consumption confers some other advantage. For instance, our low melanin skins permits us to produce vitamin D in the relative low light in North Europe. Cheese and milk are good calcium sources. Maybe that was what was selected for. There is a school of thought that eating fish was what led to our human ancestral brain growing so large, and there is another that cooking food enabled greater calorific uptake from sources of food. Of course there is another school that suggests a hunter gatherer existence was healthier for humans than a settled agrarian one – but then the organisational advantages of civilisation may outweigh that. Its all so very interesting.

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        1. It’s probably better to talk about lactase persistence, rather than lactose intolerance.

          Lactase is the enzyme that breaks down lactose in the gut. It’s present in all infants, but breaks down as they get older in most people.

          For populations where lactase persists in the gut, they were better equipped to colonise high latitudes. In turn, lactase persistent adults were more likely to pass on their DNA. Having access to a high nutrition food source, especially in winter, made up for lack of produce. Fewer animals needed to be maintained through the dark months too

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        2. Cheese development I see as originating from the nomadic hunter gathering period. Cheese could have been the saved store that saw many survive when a harsh time would have been their end without it.
          For the Truss cheese appreciation group.
          Cheese and milk are also good source of selenium, only half that of fish, particularly oily fish, prawn, shrimp and crab. Selenium is good for the reproduction system but I reckon it is esssential in the mobilising of vit D and E. If only I could have gotten my young stock (lambs and calves) to eat crab or oily fish I wouldn’t have needed to inject them with selenium. I later learned to smell when they were getting short on selenium and I would move them to a pasture that although didn’t look that great I new the livestock thrived on it. I looked on these parks as my herbal remedy kit.

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            1. I think it is better if you can receive your needed allowance from a natural source. Seafood is one of the best sources of selenium. Grains, nuts and dairy about half that of seafood.
              The ruminants in my care were affected with gut inefficiencies and muscle wasting. A blood sample showed them to be selenium deficient. After this experience I recognised the change in the smell of their dung before there was any visable symtoms. Might not work the same for humans, he adds quickly.

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          1. I heard years ago the origin theory for yoghurt was thought to have been fermentation in gourds while milk was transported. That suggestion of Selenium is very interesting. Is the deficiency in livestock a feature of farming in high latitudes too? I knew that children had the ability to metabolise lactose and that it was lost with age in many populations. There was obviously a significant evolutionary pressure to be able to keep the ability in Northern climates. This research into DNA is fascinating. And is it not curious how many of us are so keen to know our ancestry, and that of our tribe and our species?

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            1. I have farmed hill stock but they are on an extensive system. The times when I had selenium deficiency or suspected was in an upland intensive unit and lowland. Different soils one was a hungry soil, a sandy loam and the other was a silt/clay loam often called 30 minute soil, I just called it bastard soil.
              Haven’t had experience of high altitude farming, like the central massive in France or the Alps. No doubt altitude will affect trace element uptake by the plants, due in the main to temperature and the plant comunity that can thrive at altitude, ph etc. Temperature, plant community, animal dungs, lime added or deficient, moisture will effect a soil’s cation exchange which can hinder the mobilising of vitamins and trace element. I always looked on the soil as the stomach of the farm organism. I’m now going off topic.

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      2. How fiendishly cunning of you to work that out, Alan.

        I suspect further investigations may be necessary…

        Perhaps you should meet up with Ms Truss? Having been both an ardent Remainer, and an ardent leaver, she might (note might… ie, it’s unlikely) have something to add to the conversation.

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  3. Completely off topic but I’m seeing Gordon Brown on C4 News droning on about moral responsibilities.
    This from the man who pranced around pensioners’ clubs lying to the members.
    Not forgetting his response to a question about the cost of the 2nd Iraq war in the splendid words “It will cost whatever it takes”.
    He seems to be aligning himself with Martin Luther King, the Me Too movement and anything trendy as a sign of his place among the “good people” of the world.
    Will someone pass me a vomit bag?

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