December 11, 2017

I was recently asked, after having given a seminar paper on Layers in the Landscape (LitL) as invited speaker at York, what in retrospect, I would "do differently." 

I didn't give a very coherent answer.

Afterwards, in discussion with the querant (Dr. Suzi Richer),

I ex...

December 4, 2017

Dear Diary,

November 23rd, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 7.30pm.

I think that the oceans might have begun to boil. Or perhaps they already were and we were too entranced with sitting in a theatre, listening to somebody talking about how the ocean's might one day boil, too bus...

November 26, 2017

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What is it about Borth that attracts geomyths I wonder? There is a brand new one this week, regarding the proposed artistic sculpture by Robert Davies. The new myth takes the form of an online petition.

Petitions are tr...

November 20, 2017

Last week I attended a public viewing of a television programme I was involved in with the Travel Channel. The show is 'Expedition Unknown', the episode is 'England's Vanished Crown Jewels.' It's about the medieval King John, who allegedly lost his baggage train in The...

November 20, 2017

As part of the 'Europe's Lost Frontiers' project, headed by Professor Vince Gaffney at Bradford, the Doggerland sea cores have come to us in Lampeter to be processed. We recently had a team meeting in the labs, including across Skype, resulting for me in the sketch bel...

November 11, 2017

(A Macalla, After a Century's War)

From Flanders Fields the poppies grow 

Inside our houses, row on row,

They pierce our breasts with scarlet wings

And mark the place where still larks sing

Faintly in the century's woe.

These are the dead, their name is Hedd.

Their graves fil...

November 11, 2017

The other day, my daughter asked me what my favourite WW1 poem was.

I was unable to answer.

How does one pick a favourite out of war?
I muttered a generic reposte, handing her a copy of Hedd Wyn and falling back on my usual default of Yeats.

She gave me a withering look.


October 17, 2017

Recently there has been a change to the longstanding parking arrangements on the Lampeter campus of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Charges and permits have been applied to three carparks which service both town and gown. Due to the absence of any alternat...

October 15, 2017

As we wait for Ophelia, the silence thickens. Wales Online: Weather Warning

Ophelia, After Arthur


In the calm, black, evening where even stars are sleeping,

Pale Ophelia approaches like a shroud;

Floating on swift shoes made of cloud, flying in long veils…

In the nearby fo...

September 22, 2017

In June I attended the INTIMATE conference at Aberystwyth University, on the invitation of Prof Henry Lamb, to show Layers in the Landscape to compliment their Sci/Art coverage with Julian Ruddock's exhibtion 24A Earth Core Hominim Project.

Here are a few pix from the...

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