The Sunday Post : Culture

Jake’s Sunday post this week is culture – not as easy as you would think, but here is my offering! Pop on over and join in or see how other people have interpreted it.

My Chambers Dictionary defines culture as :

The result of cultivation; the state of being cultivated; refinement in manners, thought, taste, etc; loosely,Β theΒ arts; a type of civilisation; the attitudes and values which inform a society; a crop of micro-organisms, eg bacteria, grown in a solid or liquid medium in a laboratory.

I’ll skip the science and instead show you just a little culture from my city.

A touch of Rock to celebrate World Peace Day

Some Cafe culture, at least three choices in Princesshay Square

Some Cultural heritage provided by history re-inactment

Busking Hip-hop

Last but not least one of the High Street sculptures, 6 metres high, stainless steel and I love it but as always with these installations it has been controversial. Engraved on it are some of the Exeter Riddles, from one of the oldest books of Old English poetry, dating back to the tenth century. To add to the mystery the riddles are engraved backwards to be read in the reflections.

Here are two of the riddles.

Some acres of this Middle Earth are handsomely attired with the hardest, sharpest, most bitter of man’s fine belongings:

It is cut, threshed, couched, kilned, mashed, strained, sparged, yeasted, covered, wracked, and carried far to the doors of men.

A quickening delight lies in this treasure, lingers and lasts for men who, from experience, indulge their inclinations and don’t rail against them; and then after death it begins to gab, to gossip, wrecklessly.

Shrewd men must think carefully must think carefully what this creature is.

Any ideas?

I am a strange creature with various voices.

I can bark like a dog, bleat like a goat, honk like a goose, shreek like a hawk, and at time I imitate the ashen eagle, the battle bird’s cry;

the vulture’s croak trips off my tongue and them mew of the seagull as I sit here saucily.

The capital G suggests my name and AE, R, and O assist it so do H and I. I am called what these six characters clearly spell out.

I’ll come back in a couple of days and add the answers!

36 thoughts on “The Sunday Post : Culture

  1. “the riddles are engraved backwards to be read in the reflections.”
    Love it!!

    And I have absolutely no idea of the answer to those riddles. I guess I fail the Medieval IQ test! πŸ˜‰

    1. Don’t worry Sharon I would ever work them out either! Well maybe the first. Imagine working them out from the original Old English – impossible πŸ™‚ Thanks for coming around honey, I always love your visits πŸ™‚

    1. They are very difficult and that’s after they have been translated from Old English! Yes, Exeter is a lovely little city with lots of history. Thanks for coming round πŸ™‚

  2. Wow! Stunning post as usual hon! Love the photo’s! Great entry! πŸ™‚
    Oh, I love riddles!
    1. Ale
    2. Magpie

    *big hugs*

  3. Love your interpretation of culture. Not sure about riddles. I’ve never been great at solving them. Good thing I’m not Bilbo Baggins or I would have been killed by Gollum.

  4. Haven’t been to Exeter for nearly a decade, (though I loved visiting, when I lived in Plymouth,) so have never seen the cone with the riddles. It sounds magical – even though I couldn’t figure them out! Thank you for a super post, Gilly πŸ™‚

    1. Exeter has changed in those years, you would still love it! I couldn’t do the riddles either honey and i’m glad you liked it, thanks πŸ™‚

  5. what a fascinating post! thanks for providing the answers everyone – i am usually not very good at these types of riddles. once the answer is there, then of course it makes sense. πŸ™‚
    i also like the idea of the riddles being seen best in the reflections. how clever is that! thanks for sharing.

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