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LITERATURE: Storyboards

Written by Ben Kesp

It is time to give an update on the storyboards and how they are progressing.  The idea of the storyboards is to follow a story as a work in progress and read how it unfolds on a regular basis.  I am open to the idea of receiving suggestions about developing the story and characters.  I must admit the story on Storyboard I called “Friday” has been some what neglected throughout this year and I have started to work on it again.  I received a suggestion from a friend who wants to remain anonymous of where I should take the story line next, even if this is a little challenging.  I welcome further suggestions and ideas. 
The Storyboard II has a story called the “Letter” which is set in Malta and the underground city of Valletta. I am working an idea of creating an underground city based on an actual subterranean labyrinth of tunnels and reservoirs under the city of Valletta that were designed during its construction in the 16th century. 

Updated 2016: The Story Boards h…

HIST & MYTH: King Brian Ború (c. 941 - 1014) Part II

Continuing with Brian Ború (Part 1) after he had successfully taken Dublin and reappointed Silkbeard as the city ruler, he had been dissatisfied that his agreement with the High King in the year 997 had not been fulfilled. The compromise was to recognise Brian as King of the southern provinces which included Munster and Leinster allowing for the province of Connaught to follow. He set out to continue his struggle to control a united Ireland. Brian led an army against the High King Máel Sechnaill’s power base in Meath. High King Máel Sechnaill’s closest ally was the King of Connaught, Cathal mac Conchobar mac Taidg, however the river Shannon divided both their Kingdoms. The same river that Brian Ború easily navigated with his naval fleet and this proposed a problem. 
Máel Sechnaill had two bridges built crossing the river Shannon to allow the armies of Connaught and Meath to cross into each other’s Kingdoms and at the same time hindering Brian’s naval vessels. What happened after …

LITERATURE: Homographs

I received an e-mail from a friend some time ago that I found very interesting and worth sharing. I do not own this material or even know who the author is. I hope you enjoy. 

Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than one meaning. A homograph that is also pronounced differently is a heteronym.

Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose,…

LITERATURE: Malta Update III

Written by Ben Kesp
Soaring temperatures of 30 degrees and climbing, signals that the summer is well underway in Malta. It might be a little later than normal this year but the island is already heaving under the influx of visitors whose numbers will treble that of the local island population. 

What has caught my interest in Malta since my last update? There are many things! Books about Malta, well I have read quite a number! The fortifications, the churches, the museums - especially in Mdina, the Malta railway line (yes it had one!), Valletta, Malta’s road to independence and The Knights. I have visited many places including the great town of Mdina - the original capital of Malta and Buskett - the only forested landscape on the island. Well worth the visits.


Malta like Ireland has a link to the old world. Ancient temples and tombs without forgetting to mention the famous Hypogeum (underground temple). These are all links to a time long gone. I have seen many of these ancient temples…

HIST & MYTH: King Brian Ború (c.941 – 1014) - Part I

1014 AD a mighty and bloody battle took place at Clontarf, north of Dublin City where many nobles lost their lives including Irish Kings, Scotsmen, Norse Gaels, Scandinavians and the last of Ireland’s greatest High Kings. 

What has history said of Brian Ború? He was an Irish King, a great military leader and a King with a vision for a united Ireland. He was the first Irish King to take the title of Ireland’s High Kingship and make it what it was and not just as a ceremonial position that it had been. He had begun to form a united Ireland under one rule aligning himself as King with the church similar to the system used in France and England.


Ireland at this period was split into five provinces, Munster, Leinster, Connaught, Meath (Tara) and Ulster. Each of these were ruled by a King/Queen and within these provinces were further smaller kingdoms, some large and small ruled by a lesser King/Queen. The overall title of King for the country was elected as the High King whose royal seat …

LITERATURE: The Statue

Written by Ben Kesp

Copyright © 2013 Ben Kesp

I sit alone in my room, watching with a slow breath the unstoppable rain falling from high above.  Fred and Alice keep me company. Two pigeons.  I’m not even sure if they are male or female, but I think the names Fred and Alice suit them.  They huddle together to gain shelter as much as the window ledge will allow. A flash of light cuts through the dark grey storm clouds.  The roll of thunder follows shortly afterwards. I allow my stare to gaze on the tall statue of the female warrior standing strongly against the beating rain in gratitude, cooling herself from the blistering sun.  Her arms are outstretched, holding a sword in her right and a battle axe in her left.  She stands alone today, with no crowds of people sitting beneath, chatting, eating and having their photos taken with her.  I imagine she feels at peace in the rain.  Did she move?!  The tree branch outside my window battling against the wind obscures my view.  I think I saw her …