About the authorIan was found in 1976, in a silk chrysalis on top of Glastonbury Tor, England.
Nearby was an illustrated horoscope, which
indicated that he had been born (or possibly hatched) on July 11th of that year;
and a note which read simply: "changeling do not
disturb". He was delivered to social services who arranged for him to be
He was educated at St Frodoberts School for the severely
bemused, but ran away at the age of 16, to join the Space Cadets. Soon after,
during routine training, he became separated from the rest of his squadron, and
was marooned on the dark side of the moon, where he remained for several months
surviving on a diet of clangers
Eventually, his distress flares were spotted by a
travelling sales team from the star system of Vega. The Vegans took him to a
remote part of Devon, England where they could land their craft without
attracting too much attention. It was there that he discovered a previously
unknown tribe of hunter gatherers, whom he lived with and studied for about a
year. The tribe initiated him into their most secret ceremonies, and conferred
upon him the honorary title of "Pignut", the name of one of their most
valued food plants*.
spends most of his time exploring time, space and his own head to research this
site. He can be contacted by pigeon post, telepathy, email (driansanders[at]yahoo.com) or through the guestbook.
Names: They are called earth-nuts, earth-chesnuts, ground-nuts, ciper
nuts, and in Sussex pig-nuts. A description of them were needless, for
every child knows them.
Government and virtues: They are something hot and
dry in quality, under the dominion of Venus; they provoke lust exceedingly, and
stir up those sports she is mistress of; the seed is excellent good to provoke
urine; and so also is the root, but it does not perform it so forcibly as the
seed doth. The root being dried and beaten into powder, and the powder being
made into an electuary, is a singular remedy for spitting and pissing of blood,
as the former chesnut was for coughs.
Taken from Culpeper's
"I prithee, let me bring thee where crabs grow; and I with my
long nails will dig thee pignuts"
(Caliban is, apparently, a moon calf) [back]
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