Back from vacation
I'm finally 100% back from a long vacation. A vacation that meant no PC, no mail, no Mozilla, etc. Wonderful!
I've also had the time to do some reading. I finished the wonderful The Name of the Rose. I watched the movie many many years ago but never read the book. Now I have and it's a really good murder mystery set in a 14th century Italian monastery.
Since I, like many others, have read The Da Vinci Code I had to read Holy Blood, Holy Grail which is the book that Dan Brown based parts of the Da Vinci Code book on. Holy Blood, Holy Grail questions many things including if Christ really did on the cross. From start to finished its filled with question and skepticism to the Christian history.
I also had the time to go to Crete. The "At a Glance" at Lonely Planet best describes Crete: Steeped in Homeric history and culture, scented by wild fennel and basil, Crete welcomes and overwhelms visitors with its wealth of myths, legends and history, a blessed and dramatic landscape, an extraordinary fusion of past and present, and an abundance of choices and experiences.
Coming back from vacation also gave me some technical problems. First my ISP gave my IP address to another customer resulting in me not being able to connect to the Internet. Then my hard drive at work uttered three blips and blow up. I had that one replaced with a fast Seagate Barracuda SATA drive. So back to reinstalling all of my applications once again.
Of course we also spend some time in our sommerhus.
"Holy Blood, Holy Grail" is pretty much a load of rubbish. In particular the secret "Priory of Sion", which also appears in "The Da Vinci Code" has been conclusively proved to be a fantasy, the invention of 20th century Frenchman called Pierre Plantard.
The Da Vinci Code is a reasonable (if overly-long) novel, and worth reading as a good story. Holy Blood is just more of the same, but ludicrously presented as fact. Read it if you like, but if you find yourself tempted to believe it, seek out also one of the many good books which provide a wealth of evidence to contradict its wild theorising.Comment by Gerv at September 1, 2005 04:31 PM | Permalink