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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Thursday, June 03, 2004

    Like mentor Julian Cope I'm likely to remain a Safesurfer this holiday, a landlubber, though I'll enjoy watching the more adventurous ones from my St Ives seaview balcony.

    I shall, doubtless, though, follow Cope to many of Cornwall's megaliths, like the Men-An-Tol holed stone, pictured here from themodernantiquarian.com. Small child helpfully offering the viewer a sense of scale and perspective.

    Is Men-An-Tol a stone circle, burial chamber, fertility symbol, early Cornish donut (tough on teeth)? One of many mysteries I shall enjoy unravelling (or knotting-up further) whilst away from me keyboard these next few days.

    Join me on my journey in the company of the folks at Men-an-Tol Studio ("Publisher of Books on Cornish Fogous, Stone Circles, Standing Stones (Menhirs), Quoits (Cromlechs or Dolmens), Crosses, Holy Wells and other Antiquities: also Goddess, Pagan, Celtic and Phallic subjects.") Ahem. Their works fill my rucksack this week. Including an interesting booklet titled Sun Disc to Crucifix, a short illustrated history of the cross - a symbol which existed ages before the first proclamation of Christian doctrine anywhere and has had a very varied journey before and since: as Sun Disc, Tau Cross, Ankh Cross, Swastika, Chi Rho, Crucifix, Phallic Cross, Market Cross...

    "You don't have to be afraid, love, 'cos I'm a safesurfer darling......"