Mutton Chops At The NOB?.....And I Think To Myself…..Moths…..Joe Lycett’s At It Again…..

by Bernie Bell - 07:45 on 22 November 2022

Mutton Chops At The NOB?.....

It is possible to download a recently published  paper - ‘Life and Death of Sheep and Deer at the Ness of Brodgar’.  Among the authors of this paper are Orkney’s own Prof. Ingrid Mainland and Nick Card ( Director of the dig at the Ness of Brodgar  https://www.nessofbrodgar.co.uk/ ) .

Here it is……. https://archaeologyorkney.com/2022/11/21/ness-paper/

One thing that particularly caught my interest is…and I quote….

“This suggests they had been raised elsewhere and prime-aged animals brought to the site specifically for their meat.”

Hmmmmm..…feasting?  And that brought to mind a dream I had which I wrote about in this piece……. https://theorkneynews.scot/2018/05/05/re-the-boyne-to-brodgar-programme-iii/


And I Think To Myself…..


….what a wonderful world….



Someone contacted Mike about his Grandpa’s book ‘Methods of Moth Collecting’, and Mike responded thus…..

J H Bell did indeed live in Surrey during the 1920s, before moving to near Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire in the early 1930s.  Unfortunately I never knew him, as he died from lung cancer in his fifties, in 1949 I think – 13 years before I was born.  He and his son Peter John Bell, my father, were keen butterfly and moth collectors, and I grew up (in Tring, Hertfordshire) with a large collection in the house.  Ironically, much of the moth collection was eaten by moths in the late 1970s but the hawk moths survived and were transferred to a large double cabinet alongside the butterflies.  Before his death in 2015, my father donated this to the British Museum.  The specimens were meticulously labelled (name of the collector – either J H Bell or P J Bell – place and date), and I can imagine that this might be a valuable archive of biological material.

‘Methods of Moth Collecting’ was the first of his two books, both published by Watkins & Doncaster (better known as a scientific equipment supplier).  It is undated – a Google search suggests 1928, but I suspect it might have been a little later.  The second book, ‘Days with a Butterfly Net’, is also undated, but is certainly no earlier than 1934.  I have a copy of each of these books, given to me by my father – the first is inscribed “from ‘my son Peter’”, after the Dedication by his father.”

We gathered together the bits & pieces that we have written about moths so that we could include them in Mike’s response – which seems like a good opportunity to include them here....

http://www.spanglefish.com/berniesblog/blog.asp?blogid=15915  (this one includes links to some previously published in The Orkney News). 

And then there’s this one…



Joe Lycett’s At It Again…..

Remember this….. http://www.spanglefish.com/berniesblog/blog.asp?blogid=16011

Here he is again….  https://twitter.com/joelycett/status/1594657948525289473?cxt=HHwWgoDTgZK9rqEsAAAA

What a dear man he is.


As to the fuss about the ’One Love’ arm bands …. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/63699477

If Fifa say that anyone wearing a ‘One Love’ arm band will be booked - then the answer is for everyone to wear an arm-band.  Adopt the ‘I am Spartacus’ ploy….


Don’t give in to bullies.  Strength in Unity.

Though I question why any of the teams agreed to play there in the first place.  Repressive regimes should be exposed,  shunned and boycotted….. https://theorkneynews.scot/2020/02/01/to-quote-father-jack-hol-i-days/

In a bit of a panic, Fifa has brought forward its own "No Discrimination" campaign, which had been due to start from the quarter-finals. Captains will now be permitted (note – ‘permitted’!) to wear a No Discrimination armband for the duration of the tournament and the armbands will feature a different social campaign throughout each round. 

But….one love, is one love – one cause – the cause of our common humanity.  It’s all there – in two words.


Here’s one I made earlier….. https://theorkneynews.scot/2019/06/13/overstory-and-underland/

This blog is nothing if not diverse.  I wonder who reads it?

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