Oh, don’t you just love these brainless Hollywood types who manage to remember one vaguely interesting and “like, you know, spiritual-sounding” word and then insist on letting it roll off their tongues whenever the opportunity arises — like they actually know what they’re talking about?
I refer, of course, to Sharon Stone’s ridiculous comments attributing the recent earthquakes in China to “karma”. To quote:
“I’m not happy about the way the Chinese are treating the Tibetans because I don’t think anyone should be unkind to anyone else. And then all this earthquake and all this stuff happened, and I thought, is that karma?”
Yes, people, the Chinese (not even the Chinese government — the Chinese) brought it on themselves. Because bad things happen to bad people. Aw, shucks, I’m so glad she cleared that one up for me.
Say what you will about Ms. Stone, however, but one thing I’m fairly sure about is that nothing bad will happen to her. Because she isn’t bad. No, now don’t look like that. She isn’t — she’s simply, and quite clearly, very, very stupid.
Today, whilst toodling around this here InterWeb thing, I happened upon a surprisingly good website on Historic Cleveland (the UK “county”, not the US city.) On it, I found the diaries of North Yorkshire landowner and businessman, Ralph Jackson, and a concise and yet wonderfully informative timeline.
As is so often the way, I learned a few things that I didn’t previously know and “coloured in” a few facts of which I was already aware — such as:
- We have a stone circle at Commondale, dating from the Neolithic period (3500-1700 BC.)
- The fort on Eston Nab (I look up at Eston Nab as I write this) was Bronze Age (1700-600 BC.)
- “In the mid-1300s [BC] the Black Death and floods ravage North Yorkshire.”
- Tocketts Mill dates from Medieval (1066 to 1500) times.
- “Natural disasters hit Cleveland in the mid-eighteenth century. Food shortages in the Great Winter of 1739-40 lead to riots, rinderpest epidemic closed cattle markets for up to six years, floods and frequent outbreaks of smallpox, cholera and typhus.”
- In the 1800s, “Stokesley is a centre for printing and publishing (Braithwaite, Pratt, Tweddell) but by the end of the century has lost much of its commercial importance.”
I’ve never written an historical novel but…