My word of the day – boustrophedon. Marvellous. It means writing alternate lines left to right and right to left, so that your pen – and your eye – doesn’t have to keep darting across to the next line but simply drops down.
It looks rather like this: Today
erutcel doog yrev a ot tnew I
all about the Queen of Sheba
tuoba nwonk yllaer si gnihtoN*
her specifically, except what you read in the Bible, the Koran and in Jewish history, but the speaker put together a very interesting lecture about the history and geography of the Sheban region (more or less, modern Yemen) as well as her visit to King Solomon** and her almost mythical place in art and literature since. Nothing remains of the ancient Sheban palaces and very little of the temples or dams (they had a clever system of irrigation) but I suspect that there is a great deal of buried history that archaeologists have hardly started to find.
A couple of weeks ago I bemoaned the loss of my note book. I got a new one. And, unbelievably, I’ve left it behind, a calendar month after I lost the first. Fortunately, I realised at once rather than weeks later and I’ve phoned and they’ve rescued it for me.
I’ve never done such a thing before, I must be cracking up altogether. It’s age, darlings, I’m falling apart mentally and physically.
*it is really tricky to type and to read, hence very short lines; I’m not surprised it isn’t used any more.
Here’s a fuller explanation
**Legend has it that some malicious types wanted to portray her as a demon and so they tricked her into revealing her hairy legs. Solomon was not deterred and in his turn he tricked her into agreeing to sleeping with him.