Sat. 19th March: Lanterns and rugby

It’s more than a year since it was found, but hey after nearly 2,000 years, who’s countng? An amateur metal detector found – in a field in Suffolk – the only complete Roman lantern known in Britain. It’s now in Ipswich Museum – next time I’m over in the east, I’ll make sure to go and have a look.

What with all the hype and excitement about the film The Eagle, it was exciting to see an article about it in The Independent yesterday, written by no less than Manda Scott. It’s a great read, and not just because I get a mention! Read the article here.

Off down to Dublin in a couple of hours, to watch the boys in green take on the rampaging English. Their firm duty: to deny them the Grand Slam! Despite the fact that Ireland have been victorious six out of the last seven years, I’m not totally sure about the outcome. Something to do with Ireland’s shaky performances against France and Wales… Here’s to a great match, and a beer (one only 🙂 ) afterwards.

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  1. John Salter
    Posted 21 March 2011 at 11:25 | Permalink

    Congrats for the result on Saturday Ben, England never got going but Ireland did and deserved the win!

    There was a write up in the News of the World yesterday about The Eagle as well and it was very positive. Not long to wait now! :0)

  2. John Salter
    Posted 21 March 2011 at 16:09 | Permalink

    Yahoo my local Odeon has finally confirmed that The Eagle will be showing it. I can feel the biggest bucket of popcorn coming on!

    The new Manda Scott books good then Ben, The Coming of the King? I struggled with The Emperor’s Spy to be honest!

  3. benkane
    Posted 21 March 2011 at 19:07 | Permalink

    @John: it was a hell of an atmosphere in Lansdown Road – I’ve seldom seen it that fired up. England didn’t even turn up to the show – I’ve no idea why. Great result for us! Thanks for the good wishes.

    The Eagle – have to book our babysitter so we can go asap…

    Yes, The Coming of the King is very good – I thought so anyway. Very very rich descriptions of Judaea, and excellent characterisation.

  4. John Salter
    Posted 22 March 2011 at 15:52 | Permalink

    Sounds good, I’ll give it a go. That Lantern is great eh? Makes you wonder who had that it in their hands, when and where! I was only thinking at the weekend how glad I am to have an interest in a subject that’s so vast and covers so many different subjects, characters and time! Good old Romans!

  5. benkane
    Posted 22 March 2011 at 15:57 | Permalink

    @John: I know exactly what you mean. I just hope that archaeologists, metal detectors, divers, enthusiasts etc. continue to find new artefacts, to keep us learning about the Romans…

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