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senryu – I’m bent out of shape = je suis hors moi

I’m bent out of shape
by all your stupid barking!
who needs dogs?




je suis hors moi
à cause de vos aboiements bêtes !
à bas les chiens !

Richard Vallance


Ancientfoods

An international team has analyzed eight prehistoric individuals, including the first genome-wide data from a 15,000-year-old Anatolian hunter-gatherer, and found that the first Anatolian farmers were direct descendants of local hunter-gatherers. These findings provide support for archaeological evidence that farming was adopted and developed by local hunter-gatherers, rather than being introduced by a large movement of people from another area. Interestingly, the study also indicates a pattern of genetic interactions with neighboring groups.

Source: First Anatolian farmers were local hunter-gatherers that adopted agriculture

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Ancientfoods

New scientist.com

By Michael Le Page

Did ancient Egyptian children compete to see who could spit seeds the furthest as they ate watermelons? It seems likely, because thanks to some DNA detective work we now know for sure that the ancient Egyptians ate domesticated watermelons with sweet, red flesh.

The wild watermelons found in parts of Africa are nothing like the domesticated varieties. They are small, round and have white flesh with a very bitter taste due to compounds called cucurbitacins. There’s long been debate about when and where they were domesticated, with some suggesting it took place in south Africa or west Africa.

However, pictures on the walls of at least three ancient Egyptian tombs depict what look like watermelons – including one that looks strikingly like modern varieties (pictured below). And in the 19th century, watermelon leaves were found placed on a mummy in a tomb dating…

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summer haiku d’été – lazy ole’ lynx = lynx paresseux

lazy ole’ lynx
lollin’ in the grass –
it ain’t catnip but...




lynx paresseux
qui se prélasse dans l’herbe  –
l’herbe aux chats ? non, mais ...

Richard Vallance


summer haiku... or not haiku d’été... oui ou non  – Shrödinger’s frog = la grenouille de Shrödinger

in the new old pond
Shrödinger’s frog croaks
and croaks and not




dans l’étang sans âge
la grenouille de Shrödinger
coasse oui et non

Richard Vallance 

Why did I repeat the word croaks in the English haiku? Think about it.  

I do not expect too many people to get this one, but if you do, great!


funny senryu rigolo – keep calm = reste calme

keep calm
and be a lynx  – 
I am




reste calme
et sois un lynx
comme moi

Richard Vallance


Ritaroberts's Blog

via The Acropolis Museum and the return of the Parthenon Sculptures: Back to the future – The Archaeology News Network

FOR THOSE OF YOU INTERESTED IN THE RETURN OF THE PARTHENON MARBLES PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT ON YOUR THOUGHTS HERE ON MY BLOG. tHANK YOU.

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funny Japanese autumn haiku, not the frog again!  – haiku rigolo japonais d’automne, pas encore la grenouille ! 

in the cold pond
the frog croaks his last – 
and croaks *

* The English pun cannot be replicated in French.




dans l’étang froid
la grenouille coasse... la fin – 
elle est morte *

* Le jeu de mots en anglais ne se reproduit pas en français. De toute façon, ça reste comique !

Richard Vallance  

senryu – rummaging = ils fourragent


senryu – rummaging = ils fourragent

rummaging
through the dump –
starving polar bears




maigres ils fourragent
parmi la décharge –
les ours polaires

Richard Vallance



autumn haiku d’autumn - cold rain = la pluie froide

cold rain
splattered on the window - 
our cosy hearth




la fenêtre
éclaboussée de pluie froide -
le foyer chaud

Richard Vallance

Restoration the full text of the badly damaged Linear A tablet from Gournia:




Here we see my restoration of the full text of the badly damaged Linear A tablet from Gournia, which includes line 0. at the top and line 4. at the bottom. This is just a personal interpretation, which may stray from the actual text of the original tablet... but we cannot really know this. Note that the RECTO (front side) and the VERSO (reverse side) are reversed. If you horizontally flip the VERSO it fits correctly into the RECTO. So this means that we have to read the text on the RECTO from left to right (dextrograde) and on the VERSO from right to left (sinistrograde). The reconstruction certainly makes sense. It was hard work, but worth it and fun! 


summer haiku d’été − Russian sailor = marin russe

Russian sailor
on his tall ship −
some tall order!




marin russe
sur son grand voilier −
mais quel grand défi !

Richard Vallance

NOTE that a tall ship is a special kind of sailing vessel with very tall masts. 

MINOAN TIME: New Theories, New Assets – Solar Calendars


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With not a few global friends, I share the aim of bringing Minoan ways and values into our living. With a 2000-year record of successful civilization (not to mention their longer positive influences), Minoans should be the starting-point among the ancestral teachers we choose for building the future.

I’d like to suggest how central the Minoans’ sense of time was to their success. So, for thinking forward, here is a survey of recent evidences for the workings of time in Minoan culture, some ideas on what they can do for us, and a short list of sources from the experts.

A Few Basics

The calendar that we build from cycles of the seasons, sun, moon and stars structures and organizes what we do with each day and year. From farming to finance, calendrics is such a powerfully useful tool toward accomplishment that it’s no wonder every ancient society created these…

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Canadian variant of Basho’s Old Pond haiku

the beaver pond... 
a frog leaps -
plop! splash!




To head off criticisms that I should not have said plop! and then ... splash!, think about it. When a small amphibian such as a frog leaps into water, the first sound we hear is plop!... and then splash!

l’étang des castors ...
la grenouille y saute -
plouf ! grand plouf ! 

Richard Vallance

You can compare this with 32 translations of the Old Pond haiku, here:
http://www.bopsecrets.org/gateway/passages/basho-frog.htm



summer haiga d’été – in southern France = dans le midi

swirling heat 
in southern France –
so sumac thrives




la chaleur accablante 
dans le midi –
le sumac partout

Richard Vallance

spring haiga de printemps – two lilacs = deux lilas


spring haiga de printemps – two lilacs = deux lilas

two lilacs  – 
when I’m in love
they are too




deux lilas  – 
si je suis amoureux
eux aussi

Richard Vallance


summer haiga d’été – floral decoupage =  découpage de fleurs

floral decoupage
my mother’s last –
mixed emotions




découpage de fleurs
l’ultime de ma mère –
je suis en émoi

Richard Vallance

I now have this lovely decoupage in my hallway, the last my mother, Agnes Vallance Janke, ever made in 1995 before she passed away on August 18, 1997.  


severely damaged Linear A fragment from Gournia:





To the best of my ability, I have attempted to read the syllabograms and ideograms on the severely damaged Linear A fragment from Gournia, but it is so badly damaged that it is hard to tell if I have interpreted all the signs well enough. At any rate, the interpretations I have attempted hang together.





							

spring haiga de printemps – surfing in waves = déferlant en vagues 

surfing in waves
by the forest path
trilliums bloom




déferlant en vagues 
près du sentier du bois
les trilles fleurissent

Richard Vallance

photo by Richard Vallance, May 2019


senryu – hair curled up = cheveux bouclés

hair swept up,
this lad’s a knockout!
kiss his bow tie!




cheveux bouclés,
ce garçon est si chic !
quel papillon !

Richard Vallance


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