The Adder (Or European viper) – Vipera berus

Oh, be still my beating heart! What a day. Adders are gorgeous snakes. Unbelievably pretty and exotic looking for what is the most northerly distributed member of the viper family. They are a short, stout snake, maximum length here in the UK is around 80cm (slow worms can be longer!) with a weight of upContinue reading “The Adder (Or European viper) – Vipera berus”

Théoden of Rohan On Curiosity

“We cared little for what lay beyond the borders of our land. Songs we have that tell of these things, but we are forgetting them, teaching them only to children, as a careless custom.” We Lack Discipline look at this quote from Théoden, King of Rohan, in JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and how meaningful it is for human lives, curiosity and advancement.

What’s Going On At ‘We Lack Discipline’?

It has probably not escaped the notice of any repeated readers that for the past couple of months I have not been around on social media, and have not been writing articles so much. Here’s the deal. I’m a one man band at the moment! It’s just me and for now I just don’t haveContinue reading “What’s Going On At ‘We Lack Discipline’?”

Roman History in a Nutshell – The Samnite Wars ~343 BCE – ~290 BCE

A look at Rome’s wars with the Samnites, a central italian group mainly populating the Apenning region. These wars would lead to Rome’s first direct control of Grecian culture, via Neapolis, as well as pushing their boundaries closer to the Greek and Carthaginian superpowers.

Where Have I Been? Where am I Going?

This is a difficult post to write. I’ve heard it a million times, that self-evident mantra of suicide being ‘the coward’s way out’ but that’s a load of shit. I’ve tried and it was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make in my life. Unlike almost any other decision there’s no undoing it, repairing,Continue reading “Where Have I Been? Where am I Going?”

An Update (Personal Blog)

It began as an idea. To throw a few swear words into discussions about things usually spoken about in technical terms. I wanted to break down those technical terms into simpler explanations. Individual dialects, subject-specific languages, ‘correct’ use of words are merely a trick used to disguise a topic from a public ignorant of it.Continue reading “An Update (Personal Blog)”

Roman History in a Nutshell: The Patrician Era and the Conflict of the Orders 494 BCE – 287 BCE

An overview of the first few centuries of the Roman Republic in socio-political terms. The establishment of the Republic by the Patrician class and the political enfranchisement of the plebeian class through the conflict of the orders leading to the election of Tribunes of the Plebs and the Lex Hortensia.

Roman History in a Nutshell: The Kingdom 753 BCE – 509 BCE

A look at the semi-legendary Kings of Rome, who they were and the legacy they left behind.

Roman History in a Nutshell: The Founding – 753 BCE and Before

A short look at the founding of Rome and the story of Romulus and Remus and why it’s probably bullshit!

Roman History in a Nutshell: Introduction

I am not an historian. In fact I never particularly liked history as a topic. I do find a lot of people develop more of an interest the older they get and the more they become some part of it. I’ve got a videogame collection I am fairly certain in a couple of generations youngstersContinue reading “Roman History in a Nutshell: Introduction”