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King Arthur did exist but he was from Yorkshire, not Cornwall

British historian Adrian Grant believes the legendary leader was born in Barwick-in-Elmet, not Tintagel

A British historian claims to have found evidence that King Arthur really did exist – and was born near Leeds in Yorkshire, and not Tintagel in Cornwall.

Adrian Grant, 70, believes the legendary leader was born around 475AD in the kingdom’s capital, Barwick-in-Elmet, a once sprawling stronghold.

His theory disputes the folklore tale that Arthur was conceived at Tintagel – and challenges academics who believe he is just a myth and never existed. 

The conclusion is the result of a six-year research programme which Adrian embarked upon because of a reviewer’s comment about his last book.

He set out to prove or disprove Arthur’s existence by critically examining 12 major battles he is believed to have fought in during the Arthurian campaign.

But instead he uncovered what he says is the truth about the legend – and also claims to have debunked several myths along the way.

Arthurian legends have often been depicted in songs, paintings, Welsh and Irish folk tales, poems, books and in more recent times television and film.

It has previously been accepted among many historians that the Arthurian legend was a “satirical and mythologising” tale told by bards as entertainment.

However, retired high school teacher Adrian says his research proves “beyond any doubt” that Arthur was real.

He sought empirical evidence from 9th and 10th century extant texts like Historia Brittonum and the Annales Cambriae, and from British monk, Gildas The Wise writings.

Legend has it that Arthur was conceived at Tintagel in the 12th century when King Uther Pendragon used Merlin’s sorcery to appear like the Duke of Cornwall, the husband of Igraine, Arthur’s mother.

But Adrian believes Arthur was the son of Masgwid Gloff, a 5th-Century king who ruled over the kingdom of Elmet – a region located in what is now the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Arthur was born, he says, in around 475AD in the kingdom’s capital, Barwick-in-Elmet, a once sprawling stronghold.

Today, the village – seven miles east of Leeds city centre – has just under 5,000 residents.

His family castle would have stood on or near to Hall Tower Hill, an existing mound and ditch once home to an Iron Age fort.

Adrian said: “I think I have uncovered the truth. The key thing to uncovering the truth is to understand the lie, the nature of the lie and why it was told.

In the case of Arthurian legend a lot of it is not lies but satirical. A lot of Arthurian legend might be the tales told by bards as entertainment.

What you have in the legend is first of all, satire and second of all mythologising which takes place after Arthur’s death.

My understanding is, one of the reasons why it was confected was English kings wanted an heroic ancestry to match the likes of Charmalane.

They wanted an alternative hero in which they could claim descent.”

At the age of 15, Arthur was chosen by the chiefs of the ‘Hen Ogled’ or ‘Old North’ – the kingdoms of northern England – as their Pendragon, or Commander-in- Chief.

He was tasked with uniting the region’s armies and defending Brittonic lands to the south of the Antonine Wall from the Picts and Scots.

Arthur, who was never made king, developed exceptional military prowess and led 12 successful battles against the Picts and Scots before his death at the battle of Camlann in around 537AD.

Until now, Arthurian experts believed the battles – if they ever took place at all – were 
fought against the Anglo-Saxons, and not against the Picts and Scots.

The Historia Brittonum, or ‘History of the Britons’, penned by a Welsh monk called Nennius in around 830AD, and the 10th-Century Annales Cambriae, which chronicled events across Britain, are both said to support his conclusions.

This study was conducted with a view of separating fact from fiction and history from legend,” added Adrian.

Previous researchers have approached the matter in a completely different way. They have made assumptions that have turned out to be unwarranted.

I decided to approach the matter in an inverse way. For example, I started by identifying who Arthur was fighting against.

There are lots of reasons why they concluded he was fighting the anglo-saxons, I’m not ruling out that he may have done at some stage but 12 battles took place in Scotland against the Scots and Picts.

“The thing is you have a limited time scale. The first battle was in 495AD and the legend says that Arthur was selected at the age of 15.

That leaves you with a date between 475AD and 480AD as to when he was born.

We have a very small window and you have an individual with the right name and that fits all the necessary questions, there is nobody else so therefore that’s him.”

His study and conclusions appear in new book Arthur: Legend, Logic & Evidence, which is out this week.

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Gitaar Plus 2018

Nummer 3, Maart 2018.

Nu dacht ik toch altijd dat men in Schotland, doedel zak speelde, maar als ik de cover van de nieuwe Gitaar Plus zo zien dan moet ik toch mijn kennis eens bij schaven.

Zo zie je maar weer, ze zijn er niet alleen voor de gitaar liefhebbers maar ook voor de geschiedenis. Maar over gitaren gesproken. Al je weer alles wilt weten over de geweldige gitaar beurs van de NAMM 2018, dan zit je weer goed. Maar niet alleen de gitaar beurs van de NAMM komt aan bod, ook anderen, maar daarover verder op in dit artikel.

Maar zoals altijd beginnen ze met Actueel En daarin is te lezen dan Ray Thomas, de eerste Moody Blues. Hij is 76 jaar geworden. Ook is Pete Shotton van The Quarrtmen, overleden. Hij heeft de leeftijd van 75 jaar bereikt. En is daar ook weer Hebbeklingeltjes, En onze grote vriend Jan Akkerman is er ook weer met Akkerpunctuur. Tweede Kansjes en Correspondentie zijn er ook weer Evenzo De Klassiekers is met de Brain Moore MC/1 Customshop uit 2001.

De gitaren die langs komen zijn de Ibanez AFC95 VLM Archtop, de Vintage Thomas Blug Signature V6MRHDX.

You Stopped The Rain
KING KING at Musiktheater Piano Dortmund 2017-03-30

Small Room Recordings: Leif de Leeuw Band – Until Better Times – Live

En dan besteden ze aandacht aan de NAMM Beurs. Daar gebruiken ze maar liefst 6 pagina’s, geheel in kleur, voor.

En dan is er weer aandacht voor diverse interviews. King King’s Alan Nimmo, De Gitaardag in Noorder, Leif de Leeuw Band, Gitaarbeurs Groesbeek 2018 en Dick Roemerman van Guitarworks

Natuurlijk staat er nog veel meer in. Je raak weer niet uit gelezen. Ik zou zeggen, kopen dus of neem een abonnement. Of een e-mailtje naar of een telefoontje naar 020-6372274 en als je nog ouderwets een kaartje wilt sturen, dat kan ook naar Hobbies Media BV, Klaprozenweg 86, 1032 KX Amsterdam.

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Merlin trail aims to conjure up visitors

A new trail uncovering the “true story” of Merlin hopes to attract visitors to southern Scotland.

It covers more than 30 sites in Dumfries and Galloway, the Scottish Borders and up into the central belt.

It has been developed by the Arthur Trail Association to encourage people to learn about what it calls the “real man” behind the legend.

It coincides with the launch of a permanent exhibition at Moffat Museum looking at the area in the Dark Ages.

A website for the trail has also been set up.

The magician Merlin is a key figure in Arthurian legend with many different versions of his story being told.

Robin Crichton, of the ATA, believes the mythical character is based on a real-life figure with strong connections to what are now southern Scotland and northern England

“Merlin was a man of learning which is a translation of the word druid,” he said.

“If you say druid you think of people in white frocks dancing around but he was a man of learning and one of the last great druids of the old religion.”

Research has led the Borders-based author and filmmaker to conclude that Merlin was the head of a clan based near Gretna which was annihilated by rivals in a bloody battle.

He believes that caused him to flee into the Southern Uplands, then part of the Caledonian Forest.

‘International legend’

“They say Merlin went mad with the horror of the slaughter, he took to the Caledonian Forest, fled north and holed up in a cave on Hartfell just outside Moffat where he lived for 10 years avoiding capture and living off what the forest could provide,” he said.

“That was a very, very hard life he was half-starved half the time.”

Mr Crichton is dismissive of counter-claims to Merlin’s story from Wales, Cornwall and France.

“Merlin was a Welsh speaker and Welsh was the language of the whole of southern Scotland at the time that he lived,” he said.

“But with the invasions of the Angles and various others the stories got shipped to Wales for safe keeping – they developed in Wales, they were borrowed by the Normans who relocated them to Cornwall, they were then relocated to France, to Brittany.

The south of Scotland theory was advanced by Nikolai Tolstoy in his book The Quest for Merlin 30 years ago.

“I think most people do agree that the earliest Merlin legend definitely belongs to this part of the world,” he said.

Regional archaeologist Andrew Nicholson also said Dumfries and Galloway had a case for links to Merlin.

“I think that Dumfriesshire as a whole has not only a good claim for Merlin, there are links that could be put through to Arthur as well, which is part of the Merlin story,” he said.

“It is certainly as good a claim as anywhere else.

“We have enough connections in the region to suggest that elements of the Merlin story undoubtedly did originate in this region.”

‘Boost tourism’

Mark Turner, who runs Solway Tours, described it as a “fantastic opportunity” to bring more people to the area.

“There are opportunities for this type of story to be told and I think there is a market out there across the world for these types of stories,” he said.

Mr Crichton also believes that is the case.

“In Brittany there is a Merlin trail which is purely the legend – that gets 150,000 visitors a year. This can do better than that,” he said.

“It can really boost cultural tourism because it is a totally international story.”

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Old Religion

The Old Religion is the magic of the Earth itself. It is the essence which binds all things together. It will last long beyond the time of men.

— Kilgharrah
The Old Religion is a term used to describe the formerly pervasive customs and practices of Camelot, and potentially Albion on a wider scale. The Old Religion is a form of extremely powerful magic notably followed by the Druids


The Old Religion describes the customs and way of life belonging to the magic users of the kingdom. It is based on the philosophy of a sacred balance between all people, creatures, and elements of the universe which must be eternally preserved. At the heart of the religion is the balance between life and death itself.

History and Practices

In the times of the Old Religion the High Priestesses would gather on Samhain Eve on the Isle of the Blessed where they could sacrifice a living human being to tear the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead. They also used dark magic to summon from the depths of the Underworld the Fomorroh, a creature they revered which would allow them to take over the minds of their enemies, binding them to their will.

During their war with ancient kings, the High Priestesses of the Old Religion took the blood of a serving girl and mixed it with the blood of a snake, thereby creating powerful monsters that wrought destruction upon male enemies. However, the Lamia proved to be more dangerous than their creators imagined; the High Priestesses lost control of them and the Lamia continued to kill, unwilling and unable to stop.

Following the practice of the Old Religion, in the event of an unjust death being brought to one of their own, the Druids would construct shrines to appease and bring rest to restless and tormented spirits, but if this shrine were to be disturbed, the troubled spirit would possess the individual who did so and seek revenge for their death.


The Old Religion describes the customs and way of life belonging to the magic users of the kingdom. It is based on the philosophy of a sacred balance between all people, creatures, and elements of the universe which must be eternally preserved. At the heart of the religion is the balance between life and death itself.

The structure of the Old Religion remains unknown, but brief revelations indicate that it was lead by the High Priests and High Priestesses, who were among the most talented and dedicated practitioners of magic. Of great significance to the Old Religion is the Isle of the Blessed, a place at which numerous feats of magic occurred.The Old Religion is structured and remains unknown.

Known High Priests and High Priestesses

  • Nimueh – a very powerful witch who was killed by Merlin. †

  • Morgause – a sorceress smuggled to the Priestesses as an infant. †

  • Morgana – a very powerful witch and also a High Priestess of the Triple Goddess and last of her kind. †

  • Alator – a Catha warrior and High Priest of the Old Religion. †

Significant Entities 

The Cailleach – the gatekeeper to the Spirit world – is an immortal being who appeared after Morgana sacrificed Morgause on the Isle of the Blessed, thus tearing the Veil between the living world and the Spirit world. The Cailleach appeared to take no side, simply demanding payment where it was due and revealing prophetic information to both Morgana and Merlin.

The Triple Goddess – is presumably the main deity of the Old Religion, though her role is not expanded upon.


The Old Religion? Is that something you were taught?”
“It’s not something you can learn. Either it’s a part of you or it isn’t.
— Merlin and Balinor[src]

Despite the ban of magic in Camelot, followers of the Old Religion still existed. A significant minority of these people appeared to use dark magic with the intent in acting revenge on the king due to the loss of loved ones during the Great Purge. Among these were Edwin MuirdenTauren and his band of renegade sorcerers.

Other notable followers were Gaius, though he relinquished the practices of the Old Religion while still maintaining a great respect and knowledge of it. The Great Dragon and other surviving sentient magical creatures are examples of creatures who continue to sustain the Old Religion.

Known Followers:

Thomas Collins †

Gregor Muirden †

The Fisher King †

Tauren †


The route of “Old Religion” is not specifically mentioned in either the show or the legends. Historically, the Old Religion appears to be a reference to the Celtic religion that existed in Britain prior to the Roman invasion during the 1st century AD. Like the Old Religion in the series, it had a complex system of gods, mythology and religious leaders, who appear to have been the druids. The religion more or less died out after the adoption of Christianity by the Roman Empire. Subsequently the British developed their own version – Celtic Christianity. This may be the “new religion” within Albion.

The three figures of the Triple Goddess are usually described as “The Maiden Huntress”, “The Mother Goddess” and “The Death Crone”, each of which symbolises both a separate stage in the female life cycle and a phase of the moon, and often rules one of the realms of earth, heavens and the underworld.

In the legends Arthur’s religion varies. Some retellings describe King Arthur as a pagan king, very toleranttowards differing religions as Merlin is often referred to as being a druid. Arthur would also have both pagans and christians in his army. In other versions, Arthur is seen as having Christian leanings, sometimes influenced by his wife, Guinevere, to the extent where he threatens and eradicates the existence of paganism in Britain.
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Standing Rock is everywhere: one year later

A call for continued efforts to protect our water and our Earth

One year after the closing of the camp at the Standing Rock Reservation, Standing Rock is everywhere. Our collective water has been assaulted for many generations to the possible point of no return.

Our Elders foretold of a Black Snake and how the Water of Life — “Mni Woc’oni,” which is our first medicine — would be affected if we did not stop this oncoming disaster. Mni Woc’oni is part of our creation story, and the same story that exists in many creation stories around Mother Earth.

When we say “Mni Woc’oni” — Water of Life — people all over the world are now beginning to understand that it is a living spirit: it can heal when you pray with it and die if you do not respect it. We wanted the world to know there have been warnings in our prophecies and, as we see it, those warnings are now taking place. It was said water would be like gold. It was said that our spirit of water would begin to leave us.

We are at the crossroads.

In April 2016, after receiving concerns about the construction of an oil pipeline, I was invited to Sacred Stone Camp at the northeastern border of the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota to assist with a water ceremony. At that time, not many were there, but it was enough to create a prayer to wake up the people. I told the young people that Standing Rock is everywhere.

Later that month, our indigenous youth set out on foot to run from the Standing Rock Reservation to Washington D.C. in an attempt to bring attention to the poisonous bitumen oil pipeline coming through our treaty territory. For our young people, it was important to explain to U.S. government leaders that this was unacceptable.

As I look back at my experiences at Standing Rock, I think about the circle we created through prayer on December 4, 2016. Our traditional Elders asked all nations to join us and stand in prayer. Thousands, including many religious representatives, joined in prayer on that very cold day. An invitation video was made and sent all over the world.

After the prayers were offered to the fire, I asked the people to surround the camp and ride horseback around the whole perimeter. On this day, President Obama and his administration halted the Dakota Access Pipeline by denying the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers an easement that would have allowed the pipeline to cross beneath Lake Oahe.

The closing of the camp at Standing Rock a year ago and the continued construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline has been a great disappointment. So, too, was the November 2017 spill of 210,000 gallons of oil from the Keystone Pipeline, west of the Sisseton Wahpeton Reservation, despite the tribe’s fight against it since 2003. So, too, was the April 2011 spill of 1.2 million gallons of oil onto Lubicon Cree territory, northeast of Peace River.

What happened at Standing Rock has awakened many of my own people, and people across the world.

It was at Standing Rock that so many came together to share their stories and knowledge of what was happening in their territory, sharing ideas on how to move toward sustainable living in our relationship to land, water, and food. 

Standing Rock has marked the beginning of an international movement that will continue to work peacefully, purposefully, and tirelessly for the protection of water along all areas of poisonous oil pipelines and across all of Mother Earth.

In the protection of Mni Woc’oni, it is more than oil pipelines threatening the well-being and future of our water. Near the native territory of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, concentrated animal feeding operations or “CAFOs” are draining and degrading the land and water. As a result, the air is toxic, swamps have dried up, and aquifers, to which the people are supposed to have water rights, are being drained. Residents have mortgaged their homes to fight these threats in court and lost. In other places — in mining spills across South America and Africa and at Fukushima — man has gone too far.

My life’s work has been to bring attention to water and to unite all nations, all faiths in one prayer. As Keeper to the White Buffalo Calf Woman Bundle, I have also brought attention to the white animals being born, signaling us of changes globally.

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As an indigenous leader, I have supported the establishment of a World Peace and Prayer Day, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and, most recently, the Nayzul Declaration.

In our tradition, we pray for everything we eat and drink so our minds can be good. When the environment that we live in is sick and suffering, so too are the minds and decisions of our leaders.

We must continue to work together for the health and well-being of our water and our Earth.

In a Sacred Hoop of Life, there is no ending and no beginning.

Hec’ed Onipikte (that we shall live).

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Behangen moet gewoon eens gebeuren.

Maar dan wel in stijl, toch ……..

Soms krijg je via via (Anika) eens iets op gestuurd, die eigenlijk een beetje met me mee denk. Zij maakte mij attent op ridder behang. Toen ik dat zag, zag ik het gelijk aan mijn muur hangen.

Nu had een een zwarte muur. Niet dat ik dat beu was, maar wilde toch wel eens iets anders. Toen ik dit ridder behang tegen kwam, wist het het gelijk. De zwarte muur was aan vervanging toe. Ik had hem toen ooit eens geschilderd, en deze was behoorlijk beschadigd geraak in die loop der jaren.

\Wegens mijn handicap had ik wel zoiets, wie gaat dat doen voor me, of hoe ga ik het zelf doen. Maar ik dacht, eerst maar eens behang kopen, en dan moet ik wel.

Nu moet ik eerlijk zeggen dat ik blij was dat ik klaar was, ik had namelijk geen schouder en benen meer over. Ik had twee moren te doen, dus had ik drie dagen nodig om het behangen.

Nadat alles zo’n beetje klaar was, heb ik mijn zwaarden, schilden en tapijten weer terug gehangen. Ik zat toen alleen nog met een plint tegen het plafond. Maar nadat ik ik die gekocht had en het er tegen had gemonteerd, was het zo’n beetje klaar..Het enige waar ik mee zat was dat het helemaal niet mooi gedaan was rondom de muur telefoon – De huis bel, zal ik maar zeggen.

Toen ik had gevonden wat ik wilde, moest er zwaar papier komen. Maar waar haal je dat. Na een dag of wat zoeken en winkels bezoeken, vond ik eindelijk iets.

Toen ik mijn kleinzoon het behang liet zien, vond hij dat wel prachtig, geloof ik (4 jaar is hij) en wees gelijk naar mijn harnas die ik in de woonkamer heb staan.

Nu is het zon beetje klaar en het beval me prima. Het pas wel in het geheel van mijn woonkamer.

Omdat ik een boek van Baantjes aan het lezen was, en las dat er een moord was gepleegd in een souterrain en daar een openhaard stond met een schaakspel en schuin twee fauteuils, heb ik die stoelen ook maar verzet.

En zo zie je maar weer, ik blijf altijd maar bezig in mijn huis. Hier en daar wat kleine dingetje gedaan, bepaalde middeleeuwen stoel verzet, een kleine tafel, waar ik aan eet en met de laptop bezig ben, verzet. Ik heb wel de prijs moeten betalen (lichamelijk) maar ja, wat dagen flink rust genomen, en tegelijk geniet van mijn indeling, is het nu allemaal wel redelijk weer. Nog wel last van bepaalde dingen, schouder en rechter voet, maar ja.

De kamer is op deze manier wel een stuk lichter geworden.

Mijn klein zoon en samen met zijn moeder voor een week of drie op vakantie naar warme oorden, maar hij zal op kijken van het huis van opa.

Misschien denk hij wel, een normale opa en een gekke opa (hahahaha), wie weet.

Maar hoe je het ook bekijkt, de vraag is en blijft in hoe verre ik geïnspireerd ben door de middeleeuwen en al wat er bij hoor. In mijn vorige woning heb ik aan het experimenteren gegaan, met wanden, muren, behang en met meer van dat soort dingen. Omdat ik wist dat ik in die vorige woning toch niet zou blijven wonen en ik in een een eventuele nieuwe woning mijn huis zo inrichten, waar ik me volledig op mijn gemak zou voelen.

En als je dan een de nieuwe woning woont, kom je er al snel achter dat deze toch een andere indeling heeft wat bouw betreft. En eigenlijk moet je dan weer op nieuw beginnen. Maar in mijn vorige huis had ik genoeg ideeën op gedaan, om mijn nieuwe huis in te richten.

Natuurlijk heb ik een interieur die je eigenlijk nergens tegen kom. Althans, op z’n minst, heel weinig tegen kom. Want zeg nu eerlijk, wie heeft er een harnas in de woonkamer staan, of zwaarden aan de muur hangen en meer van dat soort dingen.

Omdat ik medici verzorging heb ik dagelijks, twee maal per dag, hulp in huis. En als er een nieuw komt, moet deze altijd een keertje slikken als ze mijn interieur zien. Zoiets hebben ze nog nooit gezien. Sommige vinden het mooi maar even zoveel vinder er helemaal niets aan. Maar ze staan toch altijd weer versteld te kijken. Want zoiets hebben ze nog nergens tegen gekomen.

Nu heb ik een paar honderden DVD over de middeleeuwen (films, series, documentaire enz.), en alles wat daar mee te maken heeft. En die interieuren van o.a. Kastelen geeft mijn wel vleugeltjes, zal ik maar zeggen. In King Arthur, Robin Hood, Ivanhoe, Floris, Merlin en de Musketeers beïnvloeden mijn smaak. Dus als je aan mij vraag, of het origineel is, dan moet ik zeggen van NEE. King Louis de 13 van Frankrijk (komt voor in de Musketeers), 14, 15, 16 hebben mijn genoeg geïnspireerd om tot zover te komen, waar ik nu ben.

Maar het blijf een genoegen om hier mee bezig te houden. Soms lees je iets in een boek, wat je tot nadenken zet. Een ding weet ik zeker, ik zal altijd bezig blijven, hoe dan ook.

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Helft Gescheiden Nederlanders ……….

In de dagelijkse gratis Metro krant van vrijdag 16 maart, stond wel een interessant artikelen onder de naam “Helft Gescheiden Nederlanders Gaat Niet Naar Uitvaart Van Ex.”

Nu ben ikzelf gescheiden en heb daarna, een ruin 12 jarige relatie gehad. Uit al die twee relaties heb ik kinderen. Twee (dochter en zoon) tijdens mijn huwelijk en één dochter van de relatie.

Nu heb ik in meer dan 23 jaar mijn eerste twee kinderen uit mij huwelijk niet meer gezien. Ik heb, wat ik kon – therapeuten, maatschappelijk werk in geschakeld, alles gedaan wat ik kon om dat weer te herstellen. Dat is mij niet gelukt. Een waarom. Omdat mijn ex die twee kinderen niet de waarheid heeft vertelt, en de kinderen een verhaaltje op hun mouwen heeft gespeld.

Nu is er een onderzoek geweest door uitvaartverzekeraar Nuvema. 363 gescheiden Nederlanders hebben aan dit onderzoek deel genomen. En dat was uiterst interessant.

Maar liefst 66% heeft simpel weg geen behoefte om bij de begrafenis of crematie van hun ex te zijn. 28% geeft aan te gaan omdat ze nog een goede band hadden met hun ex. Ik hoor uiteraard niet bij die 28%.

Voor veel mensen die wel gaan blijkt het hebben van kinderen een belangrijke drijfveer te zijn om wel te gaan. Ze hebben er zelf niet te behoefte aan, maar gaan om de kinderen te steunen.

De vraag is, wat ik zelf zou doen?

Iemand die ruim 23 jaar de kinderen van mijn weg houd ………..

Heel die situatie zeg iets over haar en over de kinderen, toch.

Van de ene weet ik niet of deze wel of niet in leven is. Van de andere weet ik dat ze vorige week nog wel in leven was. Maar van de ene zal ik, waarschijnlijk, nooit iets vernemen. Dus een zorg minder.

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Sensational archaeological discovery in Norway confirms Viking sag

Archaeologists working in Trondheim in Norway are amazed by the discovery of a human skeleton in the bottom of an abandoned castle well. The skeleton provides evidence that confirms dramatic historical events mentioned in the Sagas.


The location and contents of the well are mentioned in Sverre’s Saga, a chronicle of one of the kings of Norway, and one of very few historical manuscripts describing events in the Norwegian Viking age and medieval period.

Scholars have questioned the chronicle’s trustworthiness as a historical document. But now, at least one part of the saga seems to hold truth – down to the tiniest detail.

  • This is truly astonishing. As far as I know there is no known example of the discovery of an individual historically connected with an act of war as far back as the year 1197. And the fact that this actually corroborates an event described in Sverre’s saga is simply amazing, says the project leader at the site, Anna Petersén.

Man left in castle well for 800 years

In 1197 King Sverre Sigurdsson and his Birkebeiner-mercenaries were attacked and defeated in his castle stronghold, Sverresborg, by his rivals, the Baglers. According to the Saga, the Baglers burned down buildings and destroyed the castle’s freshwater supply by throwing one of King Sverre’s dead men into the well, and then filling it with stones.

Now, following a trial excavation in the well, archaeologists can confirm this dramatic story. Archaeologists managed to retrieve part of the skeleton they found in the well in 2014. A fragment of bone produced a radiocarbon date that confirmed that the individual lived and died at the end of the 12th century, the same time as the incident described in the Saga.

Skeleton and well structure

The archaeologists from The Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research have returned this year to conduct a full excavation of the well with the goal of removing the layers of dumped stone and ultimately the whole skeleton.

The excavation of the stone debris down to the very first stone that hit the Birkebeiner’s body has given the archaeologists additional insight into the nature of events in 1197. In addition, it exposed the timber posts and lining for the large castle well.

This is a unique glimpse of an important historical event. You can almost feel it. Its almost as if you were there, enthuses Petersén.

The archaeologists at Sverresborg are being supported by a forensic specialist from the Trondheim police district, which adds to the feeling that we are witnesses to the result of a brutal crime.

The excavation is funded by the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage.


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Gitaar Plus 2

Februari/maart 2018.

David Hollestelle siert op de cover, maar hij is ook iemand die ik al die jaren, vrij goed op de voet volgt.

Er is gelukkig ook weer aandacht voor de NAMM Show 2018. Ik zelf kijk daar altijd weet naar uit. Het is toch iets waar je van op de hoogte blijft wat er allemaal op gitaar aan het gebeuren is.. Maar zoals altijd beginnen ze met Actueel, dan Hebbeklingeltjes, Gitaar Iconen, Correspondentie, TweedeKansjes en Akkerpunctuur. Dat zijn de vaste punten die er steeds weer in staan.

De gitaren die de aandacht krijgen, zijnGodin 5th Avenue Kingpin, Yamaha Compass II 1200 model, 4 snarige Fender PJ Mustang basgitaar,, de Gitaar Iconen is Protetype Catalyst Linx Model en de Klassiekers van deze keer is de Takamine SEF391ME.

En dan moeten, zeker elektrische gitaren, versterkt worden. Deze keer zijn dat PRS Sonzera 20 Combo, DV Mark Littlke Jazz, en de Fender Acoustic Pro.

Ook zijn er effecten in de vorm van DSM Vintage Drive II, Earthquaker Westwood Overdrive, en de Aguilar TYLC Compressor voor de basgitaar.

Interview die er in staan, zijn van David Hollestelle, ooit gitarist van Herman Brood, en dan praten ze even bij met Taylor Guitars/.

En waar ik ieder jaar weer naar uitkijk is de NAMM show. Maar liefst met 12 pagina’s besteden ze er aandacht aan.

David Hollestelle, Cat Smoke ( Demo )

Justin Johnson Guitar Solo @ 2018 Winter NAMM Show

Ik kan mijn plezier niet op, deze maand. En natuurlijk staat er nog veel meer in. Je raak weer niet uit gelezen. Ik zou zeggen, kopen dus of neem een abonnement. Of een e-mailtje naar of een telefoontje naar 020-6372274 en als je nog ouderwets een kaartje wilt sturen, dat kan ook naar Hobbies Media BV, Klaprozenweg 86, 1032 KX Amsterdam.

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6,000-year-old baby with teeth found cradled in mother’s arm in Netherlands grave

  • Archaeologists say it is the oldest baby grave ever found in the Netherlands.

  • Discovery may reveal information about burial rites of Stone Age hunter-gatherers.

By Isabelle Gerretsen

January 31, 2018 15:01 GMT

A 6,000-year-old baby with its teeth still intact and resting in the arms of a woman, believed to be its mother, has been found in a grave in the Netherlands.

Archaeologists said it was the oldest baby grave ever found in the Netherlands. The grave, uncovered at a site in Nieuwegein in the province of Utrecht, dates back to the Stone Age.

The discovery only came to light after four exhumed skeletons were examined by archaeological consultancy RAAP in Leiden.

Scientists noticed that the right arm of the 30-year-old woman’s skeleton was bent at a strange angle. It was crooked instead of straight – the usual posture of other skeletons at the site.

Closer inspection showed bone fragments of an infant by her arm and revealed that the woman was buried cradling a baby.

“The posture of the woman’s body did not conform to what we had found so far, that is, bodies whose limbs are placed parallel to the body. We then made the moving discovery that she was in fact cradling a little baby,” project leader Helle Molthof told Dutch broadcaster NOS.

The bone fragments sent for analysis included a tiny jaw holding several baby teeth. From this, scientists concluded that the infant had died when it was just a couple of months old.

“It really makes an impression when you find little baby teeth buried in clay for 6,000 years and see how similar they are to all those milk teeth that are kept in matchboxes by parents everywhere,” Molthof said.

DNA tests will reveal whether the woman was the infant’s mother as well as the sex of the baby.

Archaeologists hope that the grave will inform them about the burial ceremonies of the hunter-gatherer communities who lived along the banks of the River Vecht.

“We know how they lived, what sort of food they ate, what their houses were like but we don’t know very much yet about how they buried their dead and what happened to the children,” Molthof said.