Ancient ‘Paint Factory’ Unearthed

“Twenty or 30 years ago, there was a view that Europe was really the place where all the big action was taking place – wonderful painted caves 30,000-35,000 years ago, and people decorating their bodies.

We now know that this behaviour goes back far further in Africa; it goes back to 100,000 years, perhaps even more than 100,000 years.

People were starting to express social identity in completely new ways. And there is a view that this behaviour is linked with complex language. So, it may indicate these people were communicating in a fully modern way.”

Jonathan Amos
Science correspondent, BBC News

I’ll Be Your Four-Leaf Clover

I’ve just been listening to ‘Crystal Night’ from Attacco Decente, a not-well-enough-known group from Brighton who played between 1984 – 1996. Geoff Smith has a disturbing raw power in his voice that has the ability to tear apart your emotions without even knowing what the words are. When you listen to the words they cut even deeper. One of the tracks, ‘Turn The Magic On’ has me in tears every time I hear it.

“….. ‘Cos now is forever
Now is all there is
So let me kiss you all over
I’ll be your 4 leaf clover
Flesh and blood
For fields to feed on
I think its time
To turn the magic on
I think its time
Before our chance has gone
And we return to
The soil where we came from
So let me lick you all over
I’ll be your 4 leaf clover
You can pick me
You can press me”

Wikipedia has this to say about the title of the album and the title track:

“Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, also known as Reichskristallnacht, Pogromnacht, and Novemberpogrome, was a pogrom or series of attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on November 9–10, 1938.

Jewish homes were ransacked, as were shops, towns and villages, as SA stormtroopers and civilians destroyed buildings with sledgehammers, leaving the streets covered in pieces of smashed windows—the origin of the name “Night of Broken Glass.” Ninety-one Jews were killed, and 30,000 Jewish men—a quarter of all Jewish men in Germany—were taken to concentration camps, where they were tortured for months, with over 1,000 of them dying. Around 1,668 synagogues were ransacked, and 267 set on fire. In Vienna alone 95 synagogues or houses of prayer were destroyed.”

Perception

Theories do not give final true knowledge, they give a way of looking at something. The very word “theoria” in Greek means “theatre” so it is the theatre of the mind which gives insight into the thing. 

Getting Old?

Saw a blackboard menu outside a pub the other day that said, “Over 55 Specials”!!! I’m going to have to go along just to see what they’ve got. I wonder if my driver’s licence will suffice? Or can you go on wrinkles alone?