Dinosaur tracks to be protected

dinosaursJust a quick post, but after seeing the photo attached with this story I couldn’t resist. According to the BBC, dinosaur tracks made up to 165 million years ago in the Oxfordshire mudflats are to be protected as part of a geological conservation site. Up to 40 sets of tracks at Ardley Trackways, near Bicester, include those belonging to large dinosaurs related to Brachiosaurus and Tyrannosaurus.

Natural England confirmed it wanted to make the area a site of special scientific interest (SSSI). “Such extensive and relatively complete dinosaur trackways are otherwise unknown in England and are rare internationally,” a Natural England spokesman said.

Seriously – how cool are these?!

The gift of Nothing

nothing_mainKnow someone who has everything? Then give them nothing. This was kindly gifted to our office since we (quote) “Like meditation and stuff” (end quote).

On the box it suggests that the gift is the “ultimate in minimalism”. We were supposed to meditate, to “Allow nothing to flow through your mind and calm your soul” for “Nothing is precious. Nothing is simple. Nothing is sacred.” I dunno, it’s about equal measures daft and genius – what do you think?

If you would like to give someone Nothing for a special occasion, then go to iwantoneofthose.com and for just £3.99 you can give them nothing to show how much you care.




Build your own Stonehenge

After reading out last article about the Winter Solstice at Stonehenge, a kind reader sent us a link to this brilliant set on Play.com. If you can’t make it to Stonehenge for these incredible festivals, have no fear – you can Build your own Stonehenge and celebrate in the comfort of your own home!

For less than a fiver, Build Your Own Stonehenge comes complete with 18 ceramic rocks, moulded to look like actual Stonehenge boulders. With coding on the base of each stone, it’s easy to put the components in their proper arrangement and replicate the look of the real monument. The kit also includes a 32-page guide to answer everything you would ever want to know about the real monument.

If you find any other gems like this, let us know!



Meaning of January

January is named after the Roman God Janus. The month originally only had 29 days but Julius changed it to the 31 days that we use to this day.
Janus is the God of gates, doors and doorways often depicted with 2 heads facing in opposite directions. One head is said to look into the past whereas the other looks forward into the future. Janus is seen as the deity of new beginnings and is worshiped at the beginnings of harvest, birth and marriage.

Associated Birthstone: Garnet
Associated Flower: Carnation

Star signs: Capricorn (December 22 – January 21) and Aquarius (21 January – 19 February)

Solstice sunrise at Stonehenge

stonehengeDespite the weather, hundreds of druids and pagans still flocked to Stonehenge to celebrate the winter solstice. The ceremony to mark the shortest day of the year, began at 7:30am today, celebrating the first dawn after the darkest day.

Peter Carson, head of Stonehenge, said: “It’s not just those that see Stonehenge as a spiritual centre it is a whole multitude of people from both locally and overseas and they want to come here to celebrate the solstice. It’s one of those things you must do at least once in your life and for many of those that come they will come again and again. It’s a very special time for Stonehenge.”