Friday, October 24, 2003

TEmb21 - - The Transmitter Gallery: "Sutton Coldfield, the UKs longest serving TV transmission site, is located 1-2 miles north of the town centre in the affluent suburb of Mere Green.
The original mast was the first built outside London, extending BBC TV coverage to a large part of the Midlands from 1949 onwards."
ana the Crowthers bought a BLACK AND WHITE TV set so I use dto go round and see "What's mu line " with the rude Gilbert Harding . . Ann Robinson's predecessor.

and the QUATERMAS EXPERIMENT which was truly scary
when it was covered in leaves and I was walking home alone afterwards down the middle of Widney Lane by the trees and bushes of Parish Poles, the neglected coppice or "the wood". - TV mast

the mast in a photo
mb21 - - The Transmitter Gallery Turners Hill where I get my digital TV freeview ?


mb21 - - The Transmitter Gallery: "
Lichfield was the second ITA site, which began broadcasting in February 1956. The current mast was built in 1961. 405-line transmissions ended on 3 January 1985, and the radio stations it transmitted were gradually transferred to nearby Sutton Coldfield. The mast came back into service in 1997 as a Channel 5 transmission site. The service area covers a large part of the Midlands" - UK Aerial Photo Coverage

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Heimskringla: The Ynglinga Saga: "

It is said that the earth's circle which the human race inhabits
is torn across into many bights, so that great seas run into the
land from the out-ocean.

Thus it is known that a great sea goes
in at Narvesund (Gibralter), and up to the land of Jerusalem. From the
same sea a long sea-bight stretches towards the north-east, and
is called the Black Sea, and divides the three parts of the
earth; of which the eastern part is called Asia, and the western
is called by some Europa, by some Enea. Northward of the Black
Sea lies Swithiod the Great, or the Cold. The Great Swithiod is
reckoned by some as not less than the Great Serkland (Northern Africa); others
compare it to the Great Blueland (Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa). The northern part of
Swithiod lies uninhabited on account of frost and cold, as
likewise the southern parts of Blueland are waste from the
burning of the sun.

In Swithiod are many great domains, and many
races of men, and many kinds of languages. There are giants, and
there are dwarfs, and there are also blue men, and there are any
kinds of stranger creatures.

There are huge wild beasts, and
dreadful dragons. On the south side of the mountains which lie
outside of all inhabited lands runs a river through Swithiod,
which is properly called by the name of Tanais, but was formerly
called Tanaquisl, or Vanaquisl, and which falls into the Black
Sea. The country of the people on the Vanaquisl was called
Vanaland, or Vanaheim; and the river separates the three parts of
the world, of which the eastermost part is called Asia, and the
westermost Europe."
Heimskringla (DL SunSITE):


In this book I have had old stories written down, as I have heard them told by intelligent people, concerning chiefs who have have held dominion in the northern countries, and who spoke the Danish tongue; and also concerning some of their family branches, according to what has been told me.

Some of this is found in ancient family registers, in which the pedigrees of kings and other personages of high birth are reckoned up, and part is written down after old songs and ballads which our forefathers had for their amusement.

Now, although we cannot just say what truth there may be in these, yet we have the certainty that old and wise men held them to be true.

Thjodolf of Hvin was the skald of Harald Harfager, and he composed a poem for King Rognvald the Mountain-high, which is called 'Ynglingatal.' This Rognvald was a son of Olaf Geirstadalf, the brother of King Halfdan the Black.

In this poem thirty of his forefathers are reckoned up, and the death and burial-place of each are given. He begins with Fjolner, a son of Yngvefrey, whom the Swedes, long after his time, worshipped and sacrificed to, and from whom the race or family of the Ynglings take their name.

Eyvind Skaldaspiller also reckoned up the ancestors of Earl Hakon the Great in a poem called 'Haleygjatal', composed about Hakon; and therein he mentions Saeming, a son of Yngvefrey, and he likewise tells of the death and funeral rites of each. The lives and times of the Yngling race were written from Thjodolf's relation enlarged afterwards by the accounts of intelligent people.

As to funeral rites, the earliest age is called the Age of Burning; because all the dead were consumed by fire, and over their ashes were raised standing stones. But after Frey was buried under a cairn at Upsala, many chiefs raised cairns, as "

Which we would call a mound or tumulus.

Snorre was a Christian so although he did his best to preserve the old germanic oral poetry, he is writing from a later point of view.

"The priest Are Frode (the learned), a son of Thorgils the son of Geller, was the first man in this country who wrote down in the Norse language narratives of events both old and new.

In the beginning of his book he wrote principally about the first settlements in Iceland, the laws and government, and next of the lagmen, and how long each had administered the law; and he reckoned the years at first, until the time when Christianity was introduced into Iceland, and afterwards reckoned from that to his own times.
To this he added many other subjects, such as the lives and times of kings of Norway and Denmark, and also of England; beside accounts of great events which have taken place in this country itself.
His narratives are considered by many men of knowledge to be the most remarkable of all; because he was a man of good understanding, and so old that his birth was as far back as the year after Harald Sigurdson's fall. He wrote, as he himself says, the lives and times of the kings of Norway from the report of Od Kolson, a grandson of Hal of Sida. Od again took his information from Thorgeir Afradskol, who was an intelligent man, and so old that when Earl Hakon the Great was killed he was dwelling at Nidarnes -- the same place at which King Olaf Trygvason afterwards laid the foundation of the merchant town of Nidaros (i.e., Throndhjem) which is now there.

The priest Are came, when seven years old, to Haukadal to Hal Thorarinson, and was there fourteen years. Hal was a man of great knowledge and of excellent memory; and he could even remember being baptized, when he was three years old, by the priest Thanghrand, the year before Christianity was established by law in Iceland. Are was twelve years of age when Bishop Isleif died, and at his death eighty years had elapsed since the fall of Olaf Trygvason."

Which is the background to my long planned and over researched novel.

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Runes in Bergen: "RUNES IN BERGEN
Preliminary report from the project 'Computerising the runic
inscriptions at the Historical museum in Bergen'"

"The world's most ambitious project to build a Viking ship is currently being carried out at the Viking Ship Museum. The project involves the reconstruction of the longship, Skuldelev 2, which, with its length of 30 metres, is in a class of its own. This vessel is representative of the large ocean-going warships of the Viking Age described in sagas and scaldic verse.

Building began in 2000 and, to the largest possible extent, is being carried out using replicas of tools from the Viking Age. The ship will be launched in 2004, and in 2007 it will be sailed to Dublin where the original ship was built in 1042/1043. "

I went by in June, the tempo was relaxed but the result impressive.

a must see
The Viking Ship Museum: "In the course of the Iron Age, larger and more sophisticated political structures were established in the Danish region, and with them the importance of seafaring changed.

Seafaring became a factor in the development of a maritime kingdom, where the ability to bind a region together via ships was a requirement for the establishment and maintenance of a state.

The numerous artificial blockages of waterways from different periods clearly show how important sea routes had become militarily, but they also suggest that the defence of sea routes may have made them necessary."
The Viking Ship Museum: "How trade and exchange were organised in Denmark's pre-urban society is a leading topic for prehistoric archaeology,"

The view of VIKINGS as primarily pirates is Christian propaganda often written 300 years later , or incorporated in fiction from Iceland.

The Viking Ship Museum: "Dating to the late Viking Period, the 'boathouses' at Harre Vig "