Good news for all you Anglo-Saxon battle re-enactment fans: this year’s battle of Hastings looks to be the biggest yet. I’ve never quite understood the desire to dress up in a costume, pretend to fight and roll around in mud, but a lot of people must enjoy it — [this year’s re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings->http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=RRIBVIUKYKPLRQFIQMGCFF4AVCBQUIV0?xml=/news/2006/10/09/nhastings09.xml] looks like attracting over 3,000 warriors.
The ending to the battle will, alas, be only slightly different to the original. Roger Barry who is playing Harold, says that, “When the archers raise their bows, I will produce a dummy arrow which I will place to my eye and collapse heroically. Then I will retire to the beer tent.”
Meanwhile the remains of a [100,000 year old giant camel->http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6035113.stm] has been discovered in Syria. Just thought you ought to know.