I sit down to do some work and then something distracting comes through the post. A couple of weeks ago it was the Antiquarian Astronomer, the journal of the Society for the History of Astronomy. I was a member of this, but not currently as you have to renew membership with a cheque and I own neither a chequebook nor a quill. With articles like “W. Henry Robinson: Popularising astronomy in Victorian Walsall and Birmingham” by Stuart Williams you’d expect it to be an absolute snoozefest. In fact it’s not too bad. For instance that article is actually an interesting biography of an admirable guy and looks a little at the context of his life.
The cover is interesting. It’s L’Atmosphere: Météorlogie Populaire, as discussed in Laputan Logic.
Yesterday I got the latest British Archaeology through. It’s has an awful lot to do with Stonehenge. There’s 100 years of the Druids, the Battle of the Beanfield, English Heritage’s new plans, an article on Preseli and also a look at Alan Sorrell’s work. If you’re not familiar with his art, there’s an example at Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum. The only problem is the book review section which tells me Steve Mithen has another new book out which I’m told is “his best yet”. Oh dear.More pain for my credit card.