After finishing an article on my political blog (Scottish Independent People) I suddenly realised how divergent the themes were and I just wanted to share that thought:
Climategate: a question of the nature of science and evidence on one of the most global issues: the global climate.
Mons Graupius: the battle that in effect turned the tide of Roman expansion in Britain and obviously important in its own right following my recent discovery (Iconic Caledonian battle of Mons Graupius located.) But like Climategate, this also raises questions about the nature of evidence but this time in the location and identification of the site of this iconic battle of Caledonian independence.
#indyref: it was the way I had put the hashtag in the title and forgot to make use of it, that made me realise that this was not only about the sense of national identity, nationhood and national sovereignty implied in the Scottish independence debate, but this was also a twitter hashtag – symbolising the most modern up to date and almost instantaneous communication. That contrasts with the way, the Caledonians are often perceived as being “beyond the known world” and therefore ignorant natives with no knowledge of the Roman world. The reality we glimpse, is that whilst they were far from Rome, they knew much about the Roman atrocities in other countries.
Also whilst minor there were several allusions of equally divergent yet somehow related themes:
- The US declaration of independence
- Declaration of independence
- The bringing of early Christianity to Britain
- The Israel – Palestinian conflict (stemming from the Roman occupation)
- The nature of time (I use the correct 138AD not the frankly idiotic 138CE/13BCE – where the 8 & B can easily be confused – which I have done at least once).