On 3rd February 2015 Ashgate Publishing formally published my first book, a collection of essays entitled, “Gramsci and Foucault: A Reassessment.” The first conversation with the publisher was in January 2011, so this book has taken four years to complete. I first started reading Foucault and Gramsci myself, however, in 1995, so you could say it has been twenty years in the making. I wrote a call for chapters, distributed it widely, and chose a selection of the abstracts that were submitted to me to make a collection. Then they wrote their chapters and I organised each to be reviewed, (they rewrote them based on the reviews), formatted and edited them, indexed them, and wrote my own, too, and an introduction to the lot which you can read – also available via a link on the publisher’s webpage. I was greatly honoured that one of biggest names in the field of critical theory today, Stephen Gill, at the prestigious York University, Toronto, Canada, agreed to write a Foreword for the book. Two other big names wrote testimonials for me, for the back cover, too. It’s a great first volume, and I am suitably proud! It remains, nonetheless, just the start: there is much yet to do!
Colin Kreps threw his lot in with me – and took my surname – on 27th August 2014 – and we went back to Skye, and then for a week on the Isle of Arran, for our honeymoon. There is a full website detailing the ceremony and the honeymoon at http://www.davidandcolin.co.uk/
Today, after a lie in, we went for a walk at Burn o’Vat – a huge meltwater kettle hole left over from the glacial times that shaped most of the landscape in Scotland. Here we found that it wasn’t just a hole you could look into, but one you could walk into and examine from its bottom – very impressive!
From there we took a walk around Lock Kinold – 4.25miles in total – past delightful little coves of water lillies and bullrushes, overlooking ancient lake villages, in the shadow of more recent Celtic Cross stones. A really lovely walk indeed.
Lastly, on what was turning out to be a quiet day after Monday and Tuesday’s excursions, we paid a visit to the nearby Balronald Wood, where there is a recumbent stone circle with a (later) central cairn. This site is completely overgrown and uncared for, but clearly still visited by those who have respect for it.
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Today’s excursion was simpler and more scenic. We headed first due east to Crathes Castle. This was the seat of the Burnett family from 1323, when Robert the Bruce gave them lands. According to one information sheet at the Castle, (though reported as ‘disputed’ on the web, e.g. Scotweb, who suggest they may have been French) the Burnetts were originally Anglo-Saxon nobles from Bedfordshire, displaced by William the Conqueror, and two branches of the family exiled themselves to Scotland, one branch ending up in Aberdeenshire. The Castle here now was built by Alexander Burnett in 1596, and its contents largely . . . → Read More: Aberdeenshire 2
So here we are – my partner Colin and I – staying in a little cottage in Royal Deeside, exploring Aberdeenshire. As is my wont – and indeed much of the reasoning behind the choice of location – a good part of our holiday will be devoted to visiting ancient sites, and, after arriving late Saturday and having a lazy Sunday, today has been our first major excursion into the ancient landscape around us.
We devoted today to visiting the major recumbent stone circles in the area – so called because of the style of circle unique to North . . . → Read More: Megalithic Megamix in Aberdeenshire
– the ‘Chocolate Bar’ those aware of Climate Change hope the ‘Yet-to-be-convinced’ will bite into. Face it – we’re already fucked – the unprecedented weird-out in global weather patterns over the last few years is warning enough to the observant – but the least we can do is warn the idiots who haven’t got it yet about the floodwaters/dustbowls/generation-defining storms that are coming for them right now…. I’m off to the house-and-veg-garden-on-top-a-hill I’ve been dreaming of moving to…(I hope)
I am quite a fan of the Apple ecosystem, with my iPhone 4S, iPad2, and MacAir. But I also enjoy – and use – many Google products, too, such as Docs/Drive, and, of course, on my smartphone, GoogleMaps. It is interesting to see Tim Cook apologising for the poor quality of Apple Maps in iOS6. However, until it is clear that this has greatly improved, although I may update the iPad, I am very reluctant to upgrade my phone’s software to iOS6, and thereby lose the GoogleMaps app native to iOS5. The war between Apple and Google is starting to . . . → Read More: Interesting dilemma
The North Yorks Moors are, it must be said, completely covered in the traces of our prehistoric ancestors. Although obviously the traces in the lowlands have not fared anywhere near as well as those on the heights around Britain – particularly since the advent of agribusiness in the late 20th century – it seems also true to say that there was something special, for our ancestors, about the uplands – especially when certain high peaks could be seen for miles around, and monuments set with sightlines to those peaks. There are several such ‘sacred hills’ in the North Yorks moors . . . → Read More: The Moors – Sept 2012
This summer’s tourism is more generally Neolithic than specifically Megalithic, and closer to home than Spring’s sojourn to the Mediterranean. I am in North Yorkshire – staying in a little cottage in Helmsley – and have hippy rock musician Julian Cope’s ‘Modern Antiquarian’ (1998) with me, along with Teeside Archaeological Society’s Brian Smith and Alan Walker’s excellent ‘Rock Art & Ritual’ (2008) all about the unique Neolithic Rock Art of the North Yorks Moors, and Durham Archaeology Professor Chris Scarre’s ‘Megalithic Monuments of Britain and Ireland’ (2007) for more general reference. I also have OS Landranger Maps 94, 99, 100, . . . → Read More: North Yorkshire, Sept 2012