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Tuesday, 10 April 2012


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Well. Aside from your description of that time's "life at sea" Elizabethan England sounds alot like modern Arkansas.

I do wonder though, would one of the best lines for picking up women in Elizabethan England've been the same as in modern-day Arkansas, "My what a beautiful tooth you have!" ?

The answwer to that, JK, is definitely 'yes', according to Mr. Mortimer!

I'd like to have gone back to my old school a couple of years after I left to thank, especially, the two best teachers I'd had (Maths and English - quite outstanding). Alas, they'd left the year before I did. I should have written but I never did. Shame on me. (Particularly since, at a 25 year re-union of pupils, the old maths teacher had written a nice letter where he let slip that he still remembered one of my class room impromptus.)

The Roman Catholics didn't get it too bad under Elizabeth - mainly she wanted them to shut up, keep their heads down, and attempt no conversions. James I planned to be even gentler until a few activists (copyright, the BBC) tried to blow him up along with the Lords and Commons.

But, yes, in many ways England was more backward than Roman Britain. Hell, in some ways it was more backward than neolithic Britain.

Observe: "A sophisticated drainage system was even incorporated into the village's design, one that included a primitive form of toilet in each dwelling."

Well David, given your reply and added to my unusual circumstances, any chance the Royal Navy has any openings for say, Captaining a rowboat dinghy? I realize berths in your "fleet" are hard to come by (unless one is an Admiral).

Far as visiting my "old school and chums" it would appear nobody but me left when electricity came to Arkansas.

To be fair, DM, building and operating a controlled water system in London in the 1500s would have been fairly tricky. However, the subject of water and its eventual control and then public access to it reminds me of a thought imparted to me by Peter Watson, author of a book called "Ideas: A History from Fire to Freud". In it, he proposed that one of the central ideas of Man which was utterly crucial to his subsequent development was that of controlling fire. Obvious when you think about it, which I hadn't until then! But similarly, I reckon the control of water was of equal importance.

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