About the author

Ian 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 adopted.

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 and mash.

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

He now 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 Complete Herbal

"I prithee, let me bring thee where crabs grow; and I with my long nails will dig thee pignuts"

-Caliban, The Tempest
(Caliban is, apparently, a
moon calf) [back]

Links to other sites on the web

The Tempest online
Culpeper's Herbal online
The Pignut
A botanical guide

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