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Ten Things I've Done That Others Might Not Have:

1. Stood by C.S.Lewis'grave

2. Dined at Balliol College (Oxford)'s High Table.

3. Been to a number of Hindu temples in Madras and Bangalore, including a spectacular one wholly filled with a huge statue of a black bull.

4. Translated major verse (some of the eleventh yoga of the BhagavadGita, some verses by Taliesin, and the Ode to Aphrodite and other verses by Sappho of Lesbos) from not one, but three languages which I do not know - Sanskrit, Old Welsh and early Classical Greek.

5. Translated a whole interview from Danish without knowing (at the start) a word of Danish.

6. Briefly corresponded with one of the twentieth century's greatest historians - Georges Dumezil - when I had not even started university.

7. Written out some questions for the last interview that Jack Kirby, the greatest comic-book maker of all time, ever gave.

8. Written a 500,000-word study of Dark Age British history (407-597AD) in which I believe I have demonstrated, among other things, the historical existence of King Arthur.

9. Published several comic books.

10. Visited the village of Pratica di Mare, the site of ancient Lavinium, the holy city founded, according to legend, by Aeneas and his bride Lavinia, and from which the Roman nation was said to be born.

Wow, King Arthur

Date: 2005-02-23 09:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thepreciouss.livejournal.com
I would love to read about why you think he really existed.

(I am very fond of Arthurian legend.)

Re: Wow, King Arthur

Date: 2005-02-23 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fpb.livejournal.com
You might be disappointed. The Arthur I think I discovered was not a very nice man, and he was also an especial enemy of the Church. Anyway, if you feel you can face half a million words, my book is actually on the Internet. Just google "Fabio P.Barbieri", and among the first entries you find there will be some to do with "History of Britain 407-597". In fact, you may have seen it already, since the passage in defence of the ordination of women which I pointed to you is in one of its later chapters.

Date: 2005-02-23 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] goreism.livejournal.com
3. Been to a number of Hindu temples in Madras and Bangalore, including a spectacular one wholly filled with a huge statue of a black bull.

Done this one! I'm not sure which temple you mean though, and I may have gone there as a child.

Date: 2005-02-24 01:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fpb.livejournal.com
I knew that one was the weak spot. Someone was bound to have done it. The other alternative was "I've gone snorkelling only once in my life... but it was in the Great Barrier Reef." Which is like saying that you had sex only once, but it lasted three days and nights and it was with a young Ursula Andress.

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