Archive for March, 2019



autumn haiku d’automne – moss on the pines = mousse sur les pins

moss on the pines
in the swirling mist –
brush strokes dash on

moss on trees in the mist 620

mousse sur les pins
dans le brouillard au vent – 
coups de pinceau

Richard Vallance



winter haiku d’hiver – wild stallions = étalons sauvages

wild stallions dash
through snow and whipping wind –
overexposure

wild stallions in snow 620

étalons sauvages
qui courent à travers la neige –
surexposition 

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – the moon shimmers = au clair de lune

the moon shimmers
over our village canal –
ghostly gondolier

moon over the canal 620

au clair de lune
le canal du village –
gondolier fantôme 

Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps – I’m the last robin! = le dernier rouge-gorge 

I’m the last robin!
I warble my love for you –
how will you love me?

the last robin 620

le dernier rouge-gorge,
je gazouille que je t’aime –
comment m’aimes-tu ?

Richard Vallance


summer haiku – curious yellow = l’abeille curieuse

curious yellow,
the bee asks the hummingbird,
are you my sister?

hummingbird with bee 620

l’abeille curieuse
demande au colibri,
es-tu ma soeur ?

Richard Vallance


summer haiku – bee hummingbird = colibri bourdonne !

busy as a bee,
bee hummingbird, you buzz –
iridescent pearl

bee hummingbird 620

colibri bourdonne !
minuscule comme une abeille –
toi, perle irisée

Richard Vallance

The bee hummingbird is the smallest of all birds, scarcely larger than a bee.

Ce colibri, qui est le plus petit de tous les oiseaux du monde, est à peine plus grand qu’une abeille.


summer haiku d’été – whose wings tear across = à qui les ailes noires

whose wings tear across
the looming blood moon?
the thunderbird crow’s 

thunderbird crow 620

à qui les ailes noires
survolant la lune de sang ?du corbeau du tonnerre

Richard Vallance



summer haiku d’été – lil’ hooded crow = corbeau à capuche 

lil’ hooded crow
perched on his twig –  
cute as a button

hooded crow Nebelkrähe_Corvus_cornix 620

corbeau à capuche
perché sur sa ramille –
qu’il est mignon !

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été –  swept by the wind = le vent les balaie  

swept by the wind,
delirious poppies,
you blow my mind!

Emile Nolde poppies 620

le vent les balaie,
pavots délirants 
si stupéfiants !

Richard Vallance


Translation of Linear B tablet KN 558 R I 61 by Rita Roberts:

KN 558 R I 61


Translation of Linear B tablet KN 536 R i 01 by Rita Roberts:

KN 536 R i 01


winter haiku d’hiver – wind chimes tinkling = carillons qui tintent

wind chimes tinkling
in headlong gusts –
my chattering teeth

wind chimes winter 620

carillons qui tintent
dans les rafales violentes –
mes dents qui claquent

Richard Vallance



autumn haiku d’automne – smoky ole’ crow = vieux corbeau gris

smoky ole’ crow
on a long dead stump,
bored stiff with the fog

smoky crow 620

vieux corbeau gris
sur une souche morte,
mort d’ennui

Richard Vallance


senryu - stray calico cat = chatte tricolore

stray calico
mummy lonely for love -
welcome home!

stray calico mummy

chatte tricolore
maman dépourvue d’amour  -
viens chez moi !

Richard Vallance


Ancientfoods

Original article:

Sciencedaily.com

Citron

The fascinating find came to light in an investigation into a bizarre acidless mutation which makes citrus juice 1000 times less acidic.

John Innes Centre researchers used genetic analysis to trace the acidless mutations in citron, the first citrus species to be cultivated in the Mediterranean.

“Some people thought that this was a recent mutation that originated in Corsica, or somewhere in the Mediterranean, but we have found that this is not new. It’s an ancient mutation that is present in Chinese fingered citrons known as Buddha’s Hands and those used in the Sukkot Jewish ritual,” explains Dr Eugenio Butelli of the John Innes Centre and first author of the paper.

The acidless mutations have captivated botanists and breeders for centuries and appear in many citrus varieties including citron, sweet lime, limetta, lemon and sweet orange.

Acidless citrus fruit have also lost the ability to produce…

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Ancientfoods

Cosmos magazine.com

Neanderthals were top level carnivores, even after the arrival of modern humans, chemical analysis indicates.

The finding, based on measures of nitrogen and carbon isotopes in two samples of Neanderthal collagen gathered from two sites in France, confirm a carnivorous diet.

It also does not support previously published suggestions that Neanderthals dined on putrid carrion left behind by other carnivores, or freshwater fish.

The latest research, led by Klervia Jaouen from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany, tested carbon and nitrogen isotope ratios on single amino acids from collagen samples from Neanderthals recovered from sites at Les Cottés and Grotte du Renne. They conducted similar tests on faunal remains recovered from the same area.

The Neanderthal collagen, the scientists report in the journal PNAS, showed “exceptionally high [nitrogen] isotope ratios in their bulk bone or tooth collagen”.

The results, Jaouen and colleagues report, were…

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Ancientfoods

Preservation work on the 1,600-year-old inscription and wine press unearthed at the home of a wealthy Samaritan in Tzur Natan. (Galeb Abu Diab/Israel Antiquities Authority)

By Amanda Borschel-Dan

Timesofisrael.com

Rare mosaic attests to the 1,600-year-old holdings of wealthy landowner ‘Master Adios’ in the heartland of a Samaria at war with the encroaching Christian empire

A salvage excavation ahead of the construction of a new neighborhood in the central Israel village of Tzur Natan has unearthed rare written evidence of much earlier occupation — 1,600 years earlier — when the agriculturally fertile area was racked by turmoil and rebellion.

Just outside an ancient wine press in the small southern Sharon Plain settlement, the Israel Antiquities Authority team discovered a well-preserved Greek inscription from the 5th century recording a blessing for one “Master Adios.”

According to Prof. Leah Di Segni of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who deciphered the inscription, the short…

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Translation of Knossos tablet KN LD (1) 573 by Rita Roberts:

Knossos tablet KN 573 textiles

This tablet presents several difficulties. While a literal translation is adequate, we must use our imagination to render a fluent translation. For instance, in line 1.we translate “delivered free” as “tariff free”, since in line 2. the cloth is “foreign”, i.e. “imported”, as well as being “decorated”  or more accurately “embroidered”. In addition in 3. the supersyllabogram WI can mean either simply “leather” or “made of leather”, implying that there is a piece made of leather to go with the imported embroidered cloth. So as we can see, this is far from being a straightforward translation. It is in fact one of the most difficult tablets Rita Roberts has ever had to translate. 


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spring haiku de printemps – while on my computer = moi à l’ordinateur

while on my computer 
I listen through mist and snow
to the first seagull

first seagull 620

moi à l’ordinateur
j’écoute à travers la brume
la première mouette

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