We’re all just pieces of meat… apparently Ok, so… those that follow me on twitter will clearly know that my dreams are somewhat, erm, strange at best of times… and last night’s didnt disappoint.  So I thought I’d make a “record” of these, in case I ever find myself needing a “clinically insane plea”. 8th June 2011 I am walking home, when I receive a phone-call on my UK number.  The person at the other end of the phone tells me that unfortunately I have been unsuccessful in my application to become “a French Assistant” due to a tragic accident… Upon getting “home” I realise that the accident in question has resulted in someone dying and ending up like a packet of Serrano Ham.  Yes, a dead person was in my house, as a cold meat - literally…. Unfortunately, the inevitable happened… I made a sandwich. I then began to play with my nephew with some toy cars, which he dropped down a flight of stairs, and when we both went to retrieve it, we both felt a very evil presence - so intense that my nephew (who’s 2 years old) turned to be and said - “Why do we always have these bad thoughts when we’re down here”. Oh, and the weirdness continues… because next up I’m bathing said nephew in a kitchen sink… and the water has some kind of strange “red” substance swirling in it… oh but don’t worry - I was well aware in my dream that said substance was not blood. Now, there you have it…. Interpret that as you will. Possible things that could have influenced my head before going to sleep: I got into a “discussion” regarding the Human Centipede  Bedtime reading - “The Psychopath Test - by Jon Ronson” I’m on a diet I’m applying (and being rejected) for many jobs It’s my nephew’s birthday party today

We’re all just pieces of meat… apparently

Ok, so… those that follow me on twitter will clearly know that my dreams are somewhat, erm, strange at best of times… and last night’s didnt disappoint.  So I thought I’d make a “record” of these, in case I ever find myself needing a “clinically insane plea”.

8th June 2011

I am walking home, when I receive a phone-call on my UK number.  The person at the other end of the phone tells me that unfortunately I have been unsuccessful in my application to become “a French Assistant” due to a tragic accident…

Upon getting “home” I realise that the accident in question has resulted in someone dying and ending up like a packet of Serrano Ham.  Yes, a dead person was in my house, as a cold meat - literally….

Unfortunately, the inevitable happened… I made a sandwich.

I then began to play with my nephew with some toy cars, which he dropped down a flight of stairs, and when we both went to retrieve it, we both felt a very evil presence - so intense that my nephew (who’s 2 years old) turned to be and said - “Why do we always have these bad thoughts when we’re down here”.

Oh, and the weirdness continues… because next up I’m bathing said nephew in a kitchen sink… and the water has some kind of strange “red” substance swirling in it… oh but don’t worry - I was well aware in my dream that said substance was not blood.

Now, there you have it…. Interpret that as you will.

Possible things that could have influenced my head before going to sleep:

  • I got into a “discussion” regarding the Human Centipede 
  • Bedtime reading - “The Psychopath Test - by Jon Ronson”
  • I’m on a diet
  • I’m applying (and being rejected) for many jobs
  • It’s my nephew’s birthday party today
As a little girl I always accompanied my Grandmother to the cemetery to tend to my Grandfather’s tomb… But finding it amongst the milliard of tombs was always a challenge.

But my Grandmother had a trick - “Find the lady weeping over a trunk”.

She would then tell me the same story, time and again, which I never tired of hearing…

"There was once a beautiful lady getting ready to meet her love, not knowing which of her pretty dresses to choose from her trunk.  But there she waited and waited, and her love never came…"

"And right there, surrounded by all her pretty dresses, she collapsed, weeping, onto her trunk, dying of a broken heart… forever waiting for her love".

I now visit that same tomb, to tend to my Grandmother and my Grandfather - and every time I search for the lady weeping atop her trunk, forever waiting for her love to come… and at that moment I become the little girl again, holding my grandmother’s hand, listening to that story again and again…

It’s not important what you do or don’t believe in… But every time I visit that tomb, and I see the weeping lady I know my grandmother is right there to greet me - be it in my memories or in spirit - but frankly, in that moment, I don’t care which.
Spent some days with the lovely people up in Tarragona looking at some awesome bones.  Even got to use this mammoth of an electron microscope - awesomes that is all.
Does this nail the issue? "What we are bringing to the world is the best archaeological argument ever made that two of the nails from the crucifixion of Jesus have been found," he told Reuters. "Do I know 100% yes, these are them? I don’t." Need I say more? http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/apr/12/jesus-crucifixion-nails-discovery

Does this nail the issue?

"What we are bringing to the world is the best archaeological argument ever made that two of the nails from the crucifixion of Jesus have been found," he told Reuters. "Do I know 100% yes, these are them? I don’t."

Need I say more?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/apr/12/jesus-crucifixion-nails-discovery

Underwater Treasures LONDON (Reuters) – A rare World War Two German bomber, shot down over the English Channel in 1940 and hidden for years by shifting sands at the bottom of the sea, is so well preserved a British museum wants to raise it. The Dornier 17 — thought to be world’s last known example — was hit as it took part in the Battle of Britain. It ditched in the sea just off the Kent coast, southeast England, in an area known as the Goodwin Sands. The plane came to rest upside-down in 50 feet of water and has become partially visible from time to time as the sands retreated before being buried again. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110408/lf_nm_life/us_britain_warplane

Underwater Treasures

LONDON (Reuters) – A rare World War Two German bomber, shot down over the English Channel in 1940 and hidden for years by shifting sands at the bottom of the sea, is so well preserved a British museum wants to raise it.

The Dornier 17 — thought to be world’s last known example — was hit as it took part in the Battle of Britain.

It ditched in the sea just off the Kent coast, southeast England, in an area known as the Goodwin Sands.

The plane came to rest upside-down in 50 feet of water and has become partially visible from time to time as the sands retreated before being buried again.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110408/lf_nm_life/us_britain_warplane

Coming out of the “Cave” Being an archaeologist and Palaeolithic researcher for the last 11 years, the use of “sensationalism” to sell results angers me a little.  Granted it is a “dog eat dog” world out there to get published… and there are many many brick walls one will constantly hit, it is still demoralising that significant results will not get published, or even worse - IGNORED - because they will not “sell” newspapers or magazines.   I refer to the latest of these such stories… the “Gay Caveman” who has been causing quite a storm in the “public” domain, but unfortunately not so much in the academic world, or at least not to that extent… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/8433527/First-homosexual-caveman-found.html I cringed and immediately was not that interested in this story, as soon as I saw the tagline.  Once again the headline has tried to sell the story to the public, and almost to some extent devalued the results somewhat.  We are talking about a rarity here… a significant rarity - that needs to be explored, discussed and researched.  I’m afraid that instead of stimulating much thought about what it means for this site, this population - most people are now discussing the origins of homosexuality, and other such “popular” discussions and arguments… and not seeing the real archaeological value of this discovery. Rant over… 

Coming out of the “Cave”

Being an archaeologist and Palaeolithic researcher for the last 11 years, the use of “sensationalism” to sell results angers me a little.  Granted it is a “dog eat dog” world out there to get published… and there are many many brick walls one will constantly hit, it is still demoralising that significant results will not get published, or even worse - IGNORED - because they will not “sell” newspapers or magazines.  

I refer to the latest of these such stories… the “Gay Caveman” who has been causing quite a storm in the “public” domain, but unfortunately not so much in the academic world, or at least not to that extent…

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/8433527/First-homosexual-caveman-found.html

I cringed and immediately was not that interested in this story, as soon as I saw the tagline.  Once again the headline has tried to sell the story to the public, and almost to some extent devalued the results somewhat.  We are talking about a rarity here… a significant rarity - that needs to be explored, discussed and researched.  I’m afraid that instead of stimulating much thought about what it means for this site, this population - most people are now discussing the origins of homosexuality, and other such “popular” discussions and arguments… and not seeing the real archaeological value of this discovery.

Rant over…