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Fiery funeral

Monday, 17 September 2012


The story:

Scores of Viking warriors descended on the shores of Lough Neagh last weekend, where they engaged in battle and bade farewell to one of their own on a blazing funeral pyre, watched by hundreds of people, young and old.

The full story:

It was a re-enactment. 

Good fun, though — great spectacle. 

3 comments on “Fiery funeral

  1. Tuesday 18th September 2012 at 10:06 pm

    I take that as a great compliment, Charles. Mum did have a bit of a strange moment with the book.
    In my parents hallway there is a picture of my mother murdering my mother (it was a reconstruction showing how the woman whose skeleton they had found may have died in a Viking raid. It has pride of place alongside a photo of their double burial from Time Team and a few slightly more innocuous photos. They are both coming up this weekend to make dragons. All things considered, it’s amazing I turned out this normal!

  2. Monday 17th September 2012 at 2:14 pm

    If it’s a funny old world, Jenny, you and your Mum and Dad define it. Poor Mum! That’s a lovely story about the history book.

  3. Monday 17th September 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Been there, done that several times. I have also attended my parents’ funeral twice. (once for Time Team, once just for an exhibit at a show). In fact my Mum recently bought a book on the history of death in the Middle Ages and found a picture of her own funeral in it.

    It is actually all quite emotional. After the Time Team ‘funeral’ my friend and I actually had a good old cry. It didn’t help that another friend had written a song for the occasion. To date, both of my parents are well and healthy.

    Its a funny old world!


    Its a funny old world.

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