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Knockfarrel (Hillfort) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Ledmore (Chambered Cairn) — Images

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Cnoc Chaornaidh North-West (Chambered Cairn) — Images

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Hi, I'm GLADMAN... aka Citizen Cairn'd. Or if you prefer, Robert. Now aside from (apparently) having an illustrious historical forebear in W E Gladstone, I've a passion for attempting to understand the more prosaic lives of the pioneering prehistoric inhabitants of these British Isles, seeking out the visible (and sometimes not so visible) remains they left behind in order to ask the questions... "why here? ... why did it matter so; why such commitment?.. and why should I/do I care?". Needless to say I'm still pondering such intangibles. Now I've a particular liking for those upland piles of stone with the appropriately monumental views; visiting them, I think, helps engender a certain 'connection' - however nebulous - with this land of ours, a reference point for those of us struggling to make sense of this so-called 'computer world' Kraftwerk warned us was a'coming in 1981.... danke, mein herren.

Suffice to say, then, that mine is not an exercise in dryly cataloguing sites for the benefit of future generations - as much as I might try (honest) I haven't yet been able to embrace altruism to that extent - but rather an attempt to try and reconcile why I am often so incredibly moved by these constructions of stone and/or earth representing a time when everything was, by all accounts, literally a matter of life and death. Yeah, just as an empty house appears to retain echoes of past humanity... an illusion, perhaps, but symptomatic of the consciousness that apparently sets us apart as a species... so does the stone circle, the chambered cairn, the long barrow and the mountain top funerary cairn. We may only be able to hypothesise as to the nature of human interaction undertaken. But clearly it mattered. A lot.

I make no claims for my contributions except to state that I've done my best to relate what I've seen. Yeah, enjoying the moment always takes precedent. After all life is not a rehearsal. I'd like to think some of them convey something of what an enthusiastic 'self taught' amateur has felt. Hence if you like what you see/read, why thank you! But please go see for yourself, make up your own mind, relate what you think, share what you experienced... yeah, do your own thing, so helping to keep the facists, communists, misogynists, authoritarians of all creeds (champagne Tories, myopic self righteous socialist utopian hypocrites, nationalists, SWP loons ...) and the dark shadow of organised religion from the door. As the great, flawed Ian Dury once said, 'Be inspired, be inspiring, be magnificent!' And thus the circle turns in on itself to go round again, as upon the great kerb stones at Bru na Boinne.... Reasons to be Cheerful.. Part Infinity.

However... let's not get carried away. Steady now. In a society where computer generated fantasy is all too prevalent, where many people seem - to me - unable to even venture outside without plugging into the 'matrix' machine, please be aware that reaching some of the more remote, upland sites in the British Isles can be potentially dangerous - even life threatening - for the unprepared... or arrogant. I've been naïve/stupid, yet luckily got away with some pretty crass errors in my time. Just about. So treat the landscape and weather with the respect they deserve; take map, compass, waterproofs (etc) and hopefully you won't go too far wrong. Help turn that limited wannabe squaddie route marching mentality on its head by taking as long as you can, let being part of this planet soak in. Hey, if it all seems a bit daunting at first why not pop a question in the Forum? That's why Mr Cope puts up the readies to run TMA.... Thank you Julian.

So cheers... to Mr Cope for being his inspirational, annoying, confrontational self, showing that field archaeology can be FUN! - hey, who'd have thought it? ...to my sister (the wondrous Mam Cymru) for using her female 'micro' vision to help me see the detail throughout an ongoing re-exploration of the South Walian uplands, albeit upon dodgy ankles, knees etc... to my own mam for insisting 'young men should have adventures' (that was a while back, now).... and my Dad for unwittingly inspiring a profound love of high places. Oh, and to Aubrey Burl for those pioneering guides BC.... 'Before Cope'.

For what it's worth some of my other inspirational people are:

Charles Darwin (for his humanity... amongst, er, 'other things'... although let's not forget Wallace for forcing the great man's hand);

And then, in no particular order:

George Orwell (magnificent essayist with the ability to change his mind); Michael Collins (things are not often black and white...); Winston Churchill (for all his many profound faults... since without him I would not be here now. It would appear Mr Cope despises Winston. I disagree; a privilege Mr Churchill - and Mr Cope - have accorded me. Thank you gentlemen); Martin Gore (favourite songwriter... from just up the road!); Big Steve Chamberlain (sorely missed); Mr Beethoven; Giorgio Moroder & his analogue sequencers; Richard Dawkins (much maligned by people unable to grasp just how dangerous this new Dark Age of psychopathic, devolutionary religious resurgence really is); The Pogues (for my North Walian soundtrack); Sophie Scholl (words fail me); W A Mozart (ditto); Michel Faber; Manic Street Preachers (the true spirit and voice of South Wales); Alan Pearlman.. for the sublime ARP Odyssey... particularly in the hands of Billy Currie; Nigel Kennedy; Will Shakespeare (words don't come easy to me - but they did to him); Kraftwerk; Harry Hill (there's only one way to find out!); Claudia Brucken; Marc Almond; Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy; Christopher Hitchens (verging upon Orwell's brilliance?); Mulder and Scully; John Le Mesurier ('do you think that's wise, sir?' The coolest man) .... and anyone who has ever asked 'Why?' - the true legacy of punk. Thank you Mr Lydon.

Oh, last but not least, Gaelic beauty Karen Matheson... the Scottish trips wouldn't have been the same without that voice. 'The call is unspoken, never unheard'.

George Orwell - '...during times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act'....

Truman Capote - 'Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavour'.

W E Gladstone - 'Men are apt to mistake the strength of their feeling for the strength of their argument. The heated mind resents the chill touch and relentless scrutiny of logic'.

William Blake - 'A truth that's told with bad intent; Beats all the lies you can invent'

John Lydon - 'It is a reward to be chastised by the ignorant'.

Christopher Hitchens - 'Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way.'

Sarah Cracknell - 'I walk the side streets home; even when I'm on my own...'

Winston Churchill - 'KBO'.

Finally, regrettably... having witnessed several instances of pointless personal animosity over the years from the inevitable lunatic element: Martin L. Gore (with apologies) -

'Now I'm not looking for absolution
Forgiveness for the things I do
But before you come to any conclusions
Try walking in my boots'

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