Friday, November 16, 2007

London Redux

I'm off to London and other mystical destinations this weekend.

My journey begins in a couple of hours as I board the train on a mission for work. I'll be visiting an organization that is just across the road from Mi5 headquarters... so if you hear nothing from me for the next 28 days, you know what has happened - heh heh!

I'll be staying at my sisters and I have no idea what we'll be doing (although I'm reliably informed I'll be playing Lego on Saturday night). Mys sister and Ron are looking at moving to Egypt, so I suppose it's possible they'll want to take me round the Tutankhamun exhibition. I'm not sure how I'd feel around that. It's nothing to do with superstition... and I'm actually pretty keen on studying the culture and history of ancient civilizations... I just feel a bit bad about the manner in which his corpse was treated, when Howard Carter's team went about stripping artefacts from the tomb.

Keen as I am to study the past, I think we should treat what remains of our ancestors with respect, even though the soul has long gone. Yanking corpses apart to get to jewellery doesn't come under that.

Modern archaeology has changed a lot since the time of Carter... in fact, probably a lot because of him. The discoveries of the early Egyptologists inspired the evolution of modern archaeology. To me that is his greatest legacy - triggering a hunger and passion for knowledge... not collecting a pile of pretty trinkets. To me, knowledge and wisdom are of far greater value than gold, silver, rubies, diamonds and emeralds.
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand;in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.
Proverbs 3:13-18

So back to London... and I guess I'm spoiled for choice as to what to do. If you are a regular/casual visitor here and you've looked at the general style of my blog, maybe you could suggest something. Truth be told, I'm most looking forward to Monday... as I'll be making an excursion out of the city to somewhere else of greater personal importance. However that is another tale, and it'll remain an Enigma for now. :-)
May God bless you and keep you safe wherever you are from and whatever you do with yourself this weekend.

2 comments:

  1. Aha! We always need a sister to stay with. [Most sister's are also happy for the opportunity too] Have a great time.
    Cheers

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