Archive for July, 2019



summer haiku d’été – the rose on the wall = la rose sur le mur

the rose on the wall
suddenly cries out,oh windless wind!”




la rose sur le mur
crie subitement,
« quel vent sans vent ! » 

Richard Vallance

for/ pour Colette Genest


summer haiku d’été – seagulls = trop de mouettes

so many seagulls
swarm his boat
the fisherman cusses



trop de mouettes
encerclent son bâteau –
le pêcheur sacre

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – the stallion = l’étalon

the stallion
on lightning hooves
outstrips thunder




l’étalon
aux sabots d’éclair
dépasse le tonnerre

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – the fresh breeze = la brise fraîche

the fresh breeze
running through your hair
my lover beau!





la brise fraîche
effleure tes cheuveux
mon bel amoureux !

Richard Vallance


summer haiku – with our first kiss = le premier baiser

with our first kiss
in the forest
we boys fall in love




le premier baiser
dans la forêt
nous sommes amoureux

Richard Vallance

For Wild Life Enthusiasts


Ritaroberts's Blog

I thought my fellow bloggers would like to read something different for a change from my Linear B Studies . So this post is all about a very special gentleman,  Artist Ben  Waddams. Originally from Buckinghamshire South East England, Ben now lives in Shropshire England and is a successful British Wildlife Artist.

Ben also has a feature column in the Mid Wales Journal which I read every week, this is because my dear friend posts these papers to me from England to Crete, where I now live so that I keep up to date with what’s going on both in England and Wales.

Here Ben talks a little about his work.

Ben has lived in the United States for many years on several different occasions and traveled in search of  exotic wildlife across Central America and Africa. “I have been lucky enough to have lived and  traveled through some truly mesmerizing area’s of the world and this is where I take my inspiration…

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summer haiku July 14 – all blue white and red = haiku d’été le 14 juillet  – bleu blanc et rouge

all blue white and red
on Bastille Day – 
flypast plumes





tout bleu blanc et rouge
le jour de la Bastille –
défilé aérien

Richard Vallance


summer haiku – a train whips past = un train en vitesse

a train whips past
a string of silos –
doppler effect




un train en vitesse
dépasse plusieurs silos –
l’effet doppler

Richard Vallance


winter haiku d’hiver - snow and smoke = la neige et la fumée

snow and smoke
trailing after the train
dust the forest hills




écoulées du train
la neige et la fumée
couvrent la forêt

Richard Vallance


summer haiku – the Amazon = l’Amazone

the Amazon
snakes by oxbow lakes –
poisonous snakes!





l’Amazone serpente
autour les lacs oxbow –
serpents venimeux !

Richard Vallance

summer haiku – the red, red rose = la rose si rouge


summer haiku – the red, red rose = la rose si rouge

the red, red rose
I cup in your hands  –
the blush on your cheeks




la rose si rouge
que je mets dans tes mains –
tes joues roses

Richard Vallance


The top of Minoan Linear A Tablet ZA 20 (Zakros) restored on academia.edu

Click on the link below to read this key contribution to research into Minoan Linear A tablets:





Minoan Linear A tablets appear to be classed in two primary areas of interest (a) agriculture, and more specifically, crops and grains and (b) religious and sacerdotal. It is to the former that we turn our attention in this study. Focusing on certain Linear A tablets which deal primarily or almost exclusively with grains, we find that these three tablets yield the most promising results, Haghia Triada tablets HT 86 & 95 and Zakros tablet ZA 20. While HT 86 and HT 95 are intact, ZA 20 is not. Other Linear A tablets from Haghia Triada also contribute to our findings.





Is it possible to envision an intact version of the original ZA 20 tablet from Zakros? We believe so, and with that firmly in mind we have attempted the first ever restoration of the top of ZA 20, resulting in what amounts to a plausible intact version, however hypothetical, of the original.  So without further ado, we present the full restoration of our version of Linear A tablet ZA 20.





Exploring the origins of the apple


Ancientfoods

Wild apples

Recent archaeological finds of ancient preserved apple seeds across Europe and West Asia combined with historical, paleontological, and recently published genetic data are presenting a fascinating new narrative for one of our most familiar fruits. The apple was originally spread by ancient megafauna and later as a process of trade along the Silk Road. When previously separated varieties came into contact, hybridization and grafting allowed for the development of the varieties that we know today.

Source: Exploring the origins of the apple

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Ancientfoods

Israeli researchers raised a glass Wednesday to celebrate a long-brewing project of making beer and mead using yeasts extracted from ancient clay vessels —some over 5,000 years old.

By ILAN BEN ZION

Apnews.com

Archaeologists and microbiologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority and four Israeli universities teamed up to study yeast colonies found in microscopic pores in pottery fragments. The shards were found at Egyptian, Philistine and Judean archaeological sites in Israel spanning from 3,000 BC to the 4th century BC.

The scientists are touting the brews made from “resurrected” yeasts as an important step in experimental archaeology, a field that seeks to reconstruct the past in order to better understand the flavor of the ancient world.

“What we discovered was that yeast can actually survive for a very, very long time without food,” said Hebrew University microbiologist Michael Klutstein. “Today we are able to salvage all these living organisms that…

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senryu – lapis lazuli


senryu – lapis lazuli

lapis lazuli
inlaid in a silver ring –
royal talisman 




lapis lazuli
dans une alliance d’argent –
talisman royal

Richard Vallance

illustration, ancient Minoan silver ring inlaid with lapis lazuli, ca. 1,500 BCE
Illustration, alliance minoen d’argent marqueté de lapis lazuli, vers 1.500 AVJC


summer haiku – lighting flash = un coup d’éclair

thunderhead,
lighting flash –
hide under the bed!




un nuage de tonnerre,  
un coup d’éclair –
cache-toi sous le lit !

Richard Vallance
 

funny senryu rigolo! – a frowning ghost =  un fantôme fâché

a frowning ghost
with yellow boobs –
two fried eggs




un fantôme fâché
aux nibards jaunes –
deux oeufs au plat 
 
Richard Vallance

Now don't get all twisted out of shape if you don't like the word boobs! This is meant to be funny, that's all.

summer haiku – a ginger cat = un chat roux


summer haiku – a ginger cat = un chat roux

a ginger cat
scouts a blue butterfly –
entente cordiale




un chat roux
guette un papillon bleu –
entente cordiale

Richard Vallance
 

summer haiku – a flash of lightning = un seul éclair
 
a flash of lightning
thunder rumbles in the sky
the sweet scent of rain




un seul éclair
le tonnerre gronde dans le ciel
le parfum de la pluie

Régis Auffray

translated into French/ traduit en français par Richard Vallance 


senryu - would you join me = m’accompagnez-vous 

would you join me,
my fine feathered friends?
... lots to crow about!




m’accompagnez-vous,
mes amis aux plumes fines ?
... l’on va pavoiser !
 
Richard Vallance

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