Captured on film, here’s how the Icelandic volcano Grimsvotn managed to prevent Mr and Mrs McCutcheon of Carnwadric going to Majorca the other day.
This is the skull of St Vitalis of Assisi.
Well, he was an Italian Benedictine monk from the 14th century.
St Vitalis was born in Umbria, Italy, and is said to have lived an immoral and licentious youth.
In an attempt to atone for his early sins, he later undertook pilgrimages to shrines throughout Europe, eventually entering the Benedictine monastery at Subiaco.
After leaving the monastery, he lived the remainder of his life as a hermit near Assisi.
It is said that he wore only rags and shunned all material wealth, with the exception of a basket which he used to fetch water from a nearby stream. (A BASKET?)
He died in 1370, and word of his sanctity soon spread due to reports of numerous miracles performed on those with bladder and genital disorders. (BLADDER AND GENITAL DISORDERS?)
Auctioneer Damien Matthews, who is selling the macabre item on Sunday at an auction in County Meath, Ireland, said that the family think an ancestor brought it back from the grand tour of Europe in the 18th century.
The grand tour was an educational rite of passage for wealthy Europeans from the 17th until the 19th century, intended to provide insight into the great cultural symbols of Europe.
The head sat for many years in the family hall in County Louth, but was recently uncovered in an outhouse.
Mr Matthews said that although he couldn’t be certain it was the head of a saint: “It’s certainly ancient, and it’s certainly the head of somebody.”
What am I bid for er…..somebody’s heid?
The head, holy or otherwise, is valued at between 800 and 1,200 euros (between £698 and £1,047).
Yes that’s the latest estimate of how much the
ongoing war limited air strikes in Libya have cost the UK exchequer to date.
Yesterdays comments by Cameron and Obama were predictable:
British ministers want to see the two-month air campaign stepped up in the next few weeks. After discussing Libya with Mr Obama in Downing Street during his state visit, Mr Cameron said: “The President and I agree that we should be turning up the heat in Libya. I believe the pressure is on that regime.”
However, Mr Obama warned against “any artificial timeline in terms of how long this would take”. While promising there would be “no let-up” in the pressure on Colonel Gaddafi, he said: “Ultimately this is going to be a slow, steady progress in which we’re able to wear down the regime forces and change the political calculations of the Gaddafi regime to the point where it finally realises it is not going to control this country.”
Ah well, so much for the “limited military action” we were promised in March.