Lucid Dreaming: Ancient Skill or Modern Fad?

Everyone dreams: not everyone dreams lucidly, but it’s there for those who want to step into a world (many worlds) where anything is possible. Here is the gateway to all possible futures, and the answers, if we persist, to all possible questions.

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The old gods and the new

“We won’t defeat these people by fighting their warriors. We beat them by fighting their gods. We need to kill their gods.”
So says David Morrisey in his role as Aulus Plautius, the Roman general charged, at least outwardly, with the subjugation of Rome’s latest source of plunder and taxes in the new TV series Britannia.

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The Celts, Women & Sex

“We consort openly with the best of men. You allow yourselves to be debauched in secret by the vilest.” – so said the consort of the Gaulish king to Julia Augustus, wife of the Emperor…

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Dreaming Awake

For those who have no idea what dreaming is, or are curious as to the nature of shamanic practice, the following outlines my current thinking.

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Bra-less is best

Some of us have always known this – but at last we have actual scientific proof that bras are worse than useless.

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The Matilda Effect: unconscious bias in science and reading

There was a time when I thought I wasn’t a feminist.  I was young, gay (in all senses) and worked in the male-dominated field of veterinary surgery and truly believed that as long as I could anaesthetise the next horse and get it safely back on its feet without killing it – which is a lot harder than it might sound; horses start to die the moment you lay them on their sides and if you lie them on their backs, the window is far, far smaller – then my gender, indeed my sexual orientation, was of no consequence.

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The Value of Fiction

Ian McEwan wrote a lengthy piece in yesterday’s Grauniad.  Reading it reminds me why I am beyond glad that my academic years were spent in Veterinary science, not English literature, or, heaven forfend, in a Creative Writing course where they (I assume?) teach perfectly sane men and women that the following constitutes reasonable thought:

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The lying art of historical fiction

Well yes… whenever we authors write a new book, our publicists ask us to write pieces for newspapers that are tangentially linked to the topic/genre of the book so that we get what is, in effect, a half page of free advertising and they get copy from someone who, they hope, will be a Big Name one day soon (if not already)…

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I do not want your God

Thoughts on a poem by a Native America and on gods insist that you declare war on Iraq, or burn people for having the wrong belief system, or even have as a base requirement for their own worship that a man be tortured to death…

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