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To the Archaeological Museum of Corfu! Image
Lower mandible of a hippopotamus (c. 100,000 years old).

I believe the only species of mammal endemic to a Mediterranean island not to have been wiped out by humans is a tiny mouse on Cyprus (Mus cypriacus). #Corfu Image
Medusa & her cats. Image
“Mortgage for a house between two women. 1st half of the 2nd c. BC.” Image
The Corfiote party scene, 500 BC. More cats... ImageImage
Silenus on a donkey. Artemis on a panther. ImageImage
Rabbit, from the grave of a child (late 4th c. BC) Image

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To the seas of Suffolk, there to embark tomorrow with @jamiembrixton on a journey across England to Blackpool: coast to coast, as directly as we can, stopping off along the way to admire & explore what may lie in our path... Image
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The readiness of faith leaders to ignore the evidence of history should it conflict with their doctrinal positions is always a bit depressing
No! By and large, we owe what survives of classical literature to Christian copyists. Christian emperors might order heretical & astrological books burned - but there was never any campaign to destroy pagan learning. Quite the opposite, in fact.
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“Ghiyath Shahi filled Mandu with no less than 16,000 beautiful female slaves and the good-looking daughters of his feudatory rajahs; the walled hilltop citadel was defended by an army of five hundred armour-clad girls from Abyssinia.”
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The lift and changing rooms in the White Stuff.

H/t Hannah Robinson’s excellent @secret_unusual guide to Edinburgh
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