The Past…….Cosmic Event...“My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair - But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows…”

by Bernie Bell - 09:28 on 16 September 2022

The Past…

Matters archaeological….




Even farther back in time….. https://earthlogs.org/2022/09/15/a-lower-jurassic-environmental-crisis/ …..environmental crisis – what’s one of those?


Cosmic Event....

A meteor flashed across the Northern sky on Wednesday night….. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/sep/15/fireball-seen-over-uk-confirmed-as-meteor-after-day-of-confusion

Through the ages when big events are taking place here on earth humans have seen events in the sky as being tied in with those on earth, and I’m wondering if some folk will see this as some kind of portent associated with these times we’re living in and through. Eclipses at certain times really set us off,

This got me remembering a line spoken by Cassius in Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’….‘The fault dear Brutus is not in our stars, but in ourselves that we are underlings.”

There’s  a play by JM Barrie which I read recently called ’Dear Brutus’ and, as I was reading, it took me some time to work out why it was called that.  Then I realised that in the play the characters all get a second chance – with varying degrees of difference in their lives by the end of the tale – for some of them their lives don’t change as they don’t change – and change has to start in ourselves.

I’m not summarily dismissing Astrology – I don’t know enough about it to do so – but – I do think we have a bit too much of a tendency to lay the blame for our up-heavals on a Cosmos which quite possibly isn’t a bit interested in us and our doings. 

Shakespeare again…. https://myshakespeare.me/quotes/these-late-eclipses-in-the-sun-and-moon/

Astronomy – studying patterns of movement in the celestial bodies - can tell us something as major shifts can, for example, cause shifts in weather patterns on earth.  Those shifts affect the planet,  which then has an effect on us.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyYx2NzFDuY

Dr. Euan Mackie  studied the sky-watchers of the past…. https://theorkneynews.scot/2020/11/13/a-personal-tribute-to-dr-euan-mackie-and-his-work/

Was the Ness of Brodgar a centre for astronomical observation?  https://www.nessofbrodgar.co.uk/orkney-prehistory/around-the-ness/

The Scottish physicist James Clerk-Maxwell adapted an old Scots rhyme to play with thoughts about how celestial bodies can influence each other…

"Gin a body meet a body

Flyin’ through the air,

Gin a body hit a body,

Will it fly? and where?

Ilka impact has its measure,

Ne’er a ane hae I,

Yet a’ the lads they measure me,

Or, at least, they try.


Gin a body meet a body

Altogether free,

How they travel afterwards

We do not always see.

Ilka problem has its method

By analytics high;

For me, I ken na ane o’ them,

But what the waur am I?"

One monarch going and another one taking her place, wars, shortages of necessities when those necessities are actually there for those who can afford them – that’s just us, our world. Or, that’s how I see it.

Plagues happen – but they’re spread by our care-less-ness…. https://theorkneynews.scot/2020/04/13/the-roses-of-eyam-a-parable-for-our-time/

End-note re. space-junk….. here’s a tale – years ago at a family christening, my Dad was talking with a very old nun, who was scandalised when he said that we can’t go to heaven now as there’s too much space-junk in the way. Dad had a very relaxed approach to his Catholicism – the nun – didn’t!


“My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair... But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows….”

On this date, in 1977, Marc Bolan’s car crashed into a tree, and he was gone. Who knows where the groovy little pixie-man went to – but today I thought I’d put some memories together - maybe for those who weren’t aware of him when he was here.

The Marc Bolan I revere most is from the very early days – ‘Prophets, Seers & Sages…’ and ‘My People Were Fair….’ - but  also the stuff which you just can’t beat to dance to – ’Ride a White Swan’, ‘Hot Love’, ‘Jeepster’, ‘Get It On’, ‘I Love to Boogie’.


I used to have a copy of his book of poetry ‘The Warlock of Love’, which was sold to raise funds for the Hall of Clestrain…. https://theorkneynews.scot/2021/07/26/from-the-warlock-of-love-to-the-hall-of-clestrain/

In that piece of writing I mention my sister meeting Marc…. here’s the tale…………..

I’m not sure about the year, it was before I left home, maybe 1972/3?  My sister Bridget was working as the cloakroom attendant at a nightclub in Bradford called The Penny Farthing. T Rex were playing at St. George’s Hall in Bradford. I couldn’t get a ticket so I went out that night with my friends as usual. Then I went home and went to bed. Next morning, Bid told me how T Rex and crew had come to the Penny Farthing after the concert and she’d got talking with them. She told them that her little sister was a fan and they signed a poster for me – Marc Bolan, Mickey Finn, and Steve (Peregrine) Took.
I was very good of Bid to think of me, and good of them to sign the poster for me. The thing is – I appreciate music. I’m not so bothered about the posters and paraphernalia which accompanies ‘stardom’.
Mostly my interest is in the music and much as I like his words and sounds, Marc, to me, was a pretty-boy and I never did, and still don’t, see the appeal of pretty men. This is a purely personal preference!
Anyway, less of me and my fancies, and back to the story.
There was a girl at school who was mad about T Rex – a lot of us were – and she did go in for the paraphernalia – had her hair permed – “I ain’t no square, with my corkscrew hair” – wore the badges, had their pictures all over her school books. So I gave the poster to her as it mattered more to her to have it than it did to me.
I wonder what happened to that poster – is it still a treasured possession? Or, having ‘grown up’ was she having a clear-out, looked at it wistfully, then threw it away?
It might turn up on the Antiques Roadshow one day!
So, I didn’t meet Marc Bolan, but my big sister did.

Fast-forward about 40 years, and her grand-daughters thought this was a brilliant story. They’d never heard of T Rex, but they have, now.



I said the list of 'respectful' craziness would continue…….

Next please…..


It says ‘Watch Live’…seriously, it does…..


Really hard to believe – I mean…really


Thing is – do people have no sense of humour?


Here’s one I made earlier….. https://theorkneynews.scot/2018/06/25/talking-thatch/


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