Frequently asked questions


Q My teacher asked me to write a term paper on "The Kalevala" and it's now nearly the end of term, so I went to the library to get myself a copy, yesterday and I discovered it's this, like really massive book about 6 inches thick, so rather than actually reading it, I had a look on the web, but there was hardly anything about it except for this one page that said it was something to do with the moon or something, so what I really want to know is can you do my homework for me?

A I have the utmost sympathy with your predicament...... (*snigger*)......
Isn't the web a funny place? Just by writing a webpage with a certain word on it makes me a world expert. BUT if you have a specific question, or have useful comments about my site, I may be able to help or point you in the right direction. A far better approach would be something like this:

I am the great-grandson of the craftsman who made that weird hatstand that you were so interested in. He was a member of the freemasonic order of the croissant, which had links to the Birmingham Lunar Society, and which preserved the secret recipe for Pictish heather beer, which had been passed down through the ages. I think I've got the recipe in the attic somewhere......
While I look for it, do you feel that the Kalevala as it stands is an accurate representation of age old Finnish epic poetry, or has it been influenced by late 19th century Finnish Nationalism?


Q I am the great-grandson of the craftsman who made that weird hatstand that you were so interested in. He was a member of the freemasonic order of the croissant, which had links to the Birmingham Lunar Society, and which preserved the secret recipe for Pictish heather beer, which had been passed down through the ages. I think I've got the recipe in the attic somewhere......
While I look for it, do you feel that the Kalevala as it stands is an accurate representation of age old Finnish epic poetry, or has it been influenced by late 19th century Finnish Nationalism?

A Wow, that is incredible! I suspected as much all along. But where do Led Zeppelin fit into this? The thing about The Kalevala is that it had been an oral tradition for centuries before it was written down, and consequently the stories may have changed considerably in the telling and existed in many different versions. When the stories were written down in the late 19th century political bias crept in ....

Q Why isn't there a calendar of planting dates for astrological gardeners?

A There is considerable disagreement about which particular cosmic events will benefit or harm plants the most, and several systems in operation. Some of the websites I have linked to produce calendars like this (or did last time I looked). I don't have time to produce a calendar every year, but if you buy an almanac, you can work it out for yourself. Better still, buy a copy of "Planting by the moon" by Nick Kollerstrom (link on Lunar Gardening page)

Q I live in the tropics and wish to make a sundial/moondial how should I go about this?

A A sundial for the tropics will probably have to be rectangular rather than round, although there are a surprising variety of sundials in all shapes and sizes. My best advice is to get a copy of "Sundials: Their Theory and construction" by A.E.Waugh. Failing that, send me your latitude and I will try and work out some details for you. I did make a sundial suitable for the Falkland islands once, but that was only because I had the plans upside down :-)

Q Would you be interested in my page about......?

A: If it has anything to do with the moon, or any other topic on these pages (or even if it doesn't), I will almost certainly be interested enough to give you a link.

Q I think you are have got some/all of this site badly wrong. should I tell you?

A Of course! I'm not an expert. Constructive criticism is always useful

Q Can I use one of the pictures or some of the text from this site on my page?

A Please contact me by leaving a message in the guestbook first (so I can link to you), and be sure to link back to this site. These pages are all added to from time to time, so it would probably be better to link to one of my pages, rather than duplicating it somewhere else

Q Why don't you have any backgrounds/graphics/java script on your pages?

A I believe that reading information on the internet should be as quick and easy as reading a book. This is why I have tried to keep my pages simple and quick to load. Many people (myself included) don't have access to computers which can cope with heavy graphics. I'm not an expert on html, so if anyone knows how I could make my pages faster, please leave a message in the guestbook.



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