Browsing All posts tagged under »Icelandic«

Numbers, Planets and One-armed Deities

May 3, 2011


You use them every day of your life, but did you know that every time you write in your diary, look at a calendar, arrange a date or look at a timeable, you’re opening up a world of numbers, mythology, celestial bodies and deities? This week I was on the Tube when I saw a […]

Ye Olde Englishe. A Thorny business, indeed…

April 4, 2011


I was at the British Library the other day, having a look at what turned out to be a rather interesting exhibition called ‘Evolving English‘. On display were a nice range of old texts – including some of the earliest examples of written English. They gave some ‘translations’ – showing how certain lines were meant […]

Where art thou? Why we’re so chummy with God

February 22, 2011


I was at my granddad’s funeral the other day. (Don’t worry, this post will get chirpier.) It was terribly sad, of course, but as the ceremony went on, the atmosphere brightened as we remembered his life. At the end of the service came the unbiquitous Lord’s Prayer, and uh-oh… it’s the new-fangled one that just […]