Happy Birthday, Boss

Bruce Springsteen turns 70 today. It’s hard to think of another rocker of his age who is still so close to the top of his game: no semi-retirement with occasional fanbase-only comebacks, he’s still putting stuff out regularly that seems to be accepted as culturally relevant – and is still recognised as one of the … More Happy Birthday, Boss

Ancient British myths, and a question of names…

Hello all. I wanted to share some thoughts, and also a poser that’s been nagging at me recently. It’s a technical hurdle I’ve set myself…: I’m doing a session soon at my daughter’s school, on ancient British myths – they do “The Celts” every year so I thought I’d offer my services. It’s kind of … More Ancient British myths, and a question of names…

A Welsh Dreaming? People, Place and the Past in the Mabinogion

One thing that was on my mind a lot this last summer is the Mabinogion – specifically the fourth branch, “Math ap Mathonwy”. For those of you wondering what these unfamiliar words mean, the Mabinogion is a cycle of interrelated Welsh stories found in two manuscripts from around about the fourteenth century; there are four … More A Welsh Dreaming? People, Place and the Past in the Mabinogion