Curious posts for curious people

Newgrange burial tomb

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Newgrange burial tomb

During my adventure to Ireland, I was fortunate enough to be able visit one of, if not the most important Neolithic site in Europe – Newgrange burial chamber, the most famous structure within the Brú na Bóinne complex. Having stood for over 5200 years and containing the highest concentration of Neolithic art in Europe this ancient wonder actually predates Stonehenge in England, in its original form by 200 years, but its present form by a massive 500 years and predates the Great Pyramid of Giza by roughly 700 years. Needless to say…. It’s old. The structure itself is massive, with...

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Our Lord, The Flayed One

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Aztec mythology in general is a fascinating subject, but today I’m going to focus on one badass god – Xipe Totec, otherwise known as “Our Lord the Flayed One” – Already we’re off to a good start. Xipe Totec was seen as a life-death-rebirth deity, who was also the god of agriculture & vegetation, the east, spring, liberation and the patron of gold and silversmiths, a pretty all-round guy. While his origins are uncertain, with most historians being reliant on post-conquest Spanish texts for information, in 2018 an excavation in Puebla revealed a temple dedicated to his worship. In Aztec...

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Newgate prison

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Due to lockdown, I ended up doing some digging into my family history, as there is literally nothing else to do at the moment. There’s the usual family fun – pig farming, illegal gambling parlours, hookers and gin – a heritage to be proud of. Anyway, heading back to 1776 I discovered my 4x great grandmother, Sarah Edwards. At age 27 in 1803 she had at some point travelled from the green, rolling hills of Shropshire to travel to London… Where she managed to end up banged up in Newgate prison. I manged to locate a copy of the “Middlesex...

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Highgate cemetery

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With the West cemetery of Highgate now being open to tourists for 'free range' visits, I thought I'd share some images I took of this beautiful place a few years ago. Highgate cemetery was established in 1839 and is considered one of the 'magnificent 7' cemeteries situated in London, created during the Victorian era to cope with the increasing numbers of the dead, with Highgate being the final resting place of the rich and famous. The west cemetery is famed for its the impressive architectural features including the Chapel, Colonnade, Egyptian Avenue, Circle of Lebanon, Terrace Catacombs and the mausoleum...

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The Brompton Time Machine

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The Brompton Time Machine

Located in Brompton cemetery in London lies the supposed tomb of Hannah Courtoy, given the nickname "the Brompton time machine". The cemetery itself is another of the "magnificent 7" created in the 19th century along with Highgate cemetery (there's a recent post about Highgate if you're interested). The cemetery has been frequent used in film and TV, including Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch. It features some stunning architecture, classical colonnades and underground catacombs full of ornate Victorian coffins in various states of disrepair. The most famous grave, mentioned above is the Courtoy Mausoleum. The legends surrounding the tomb perfectly marry together...

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