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  1. On the drive yesterday while visiting the fort and wandering around the site, I had a few more thoughts regarding Mons Graupius. For example, I doubt this would have been a static fight fought in one place. With tens of thousands of Picts attacking one of the largest Roman forces ever seen, I would surmise it was fought over a huge area. As the Romans were overpowered, they would have begun to retreat back towards Aberdeen and the Picts would have chased them. The battle may have begun near Forres or Burghead, but it may have lasted all day and victory not achieved until somewhere around Elgin. Knowing the PIcts as I do there would also have been a huge monument erected to commemorate the battle. Are there any unique huge Pictish stones or landmarks around the Elgin, Burghead, Hopeman and Forres areas? What about burial cairns? The Picts would have bured the dead. What about the site of the old Duffus Castle? What was it originally built on? The entire hill itself looks too round to be natural. Could the original castle have been built on the site of a huge Pictish monument? Look at the site's proximity to Burghead. Come on, let's find the site of Mons Graupius, it isn't far away! Fuck the Romans.
  2. I had to see the fort at Burghead for myself and drove down there yesterday. This is the big enclosure on the left in the illustration above.
  3. The last broch I visited was Baile Mhargaite, and not long before that Castle Spynie, and for these last few weeks my mind has been absorbed with the Inverness area perhaps being the southern border of Pictland. Since my visit to Baile Mhargaite I've also been preoccupied with the Picts possibly being a seafaring people. Then last week I learned from a friend in Australia that the Picts had constructed a settlement and a harbour at Burghead. Then I learned that the largest Pictish fort yet uncovered is at Burghead. Archealogists from Aberdeen University have recently been excavating this PIctish settlement and have offered this as a detailed representation of what they have so far pieced together. Then I remembered that Warren MacLeod's brilliant analysis of The Agricola included compelling evidence pointing to Forres as the site of the battle of Mons Graupius, and as Burghead is only a few miles from Forres, I was overwhelmed with a clarity that stunned me. Here is Burghead in relation to Forres. Reproduced by permission of Ordnance Survey on behalf of HMSO. © Crown Copyright. All rights reserved. Piecing everything together from the last 15 years while spending time with the Picts and their brochs, this is how I see things currently. Agricola was marching along the Moray coast towards Inverness from Aberdeen. If Inverness fell, the Romans would have taken Scotland. The Picts would have known the Romans were marching from Aberdeen and would have chosen the site for their last stand against them, which I believe is somewhere very close to Forres as indicated by Warren MacLeod. The settlement at Burghead therefore, would have been needed to cater for the tens of thousands of Picts prepared for war sailing into the harbour from Orkney, Shetland, Skye and the other islands in the Hebrides, as well as the west, north and east coasts. When the Romans marched on Forres, the Picts were dug in on the high ground and were ready for them. This was their Alamo, their last stand. If they fell, Scotland would have been taken by the Romans. Their lives, the lives of their wives and children, and their very way of life would have weighed heavily on them as they faced the Romans across the battlefield. It must have been a ferocious fight with no quarter given on either side. According to Tacitus the Roman historian, the battle of Mons Graupius was a decisive Roman victory in which the Caledonii army was destroyed and scattered. According to Tacitus, over 10,000 Caledonii were killed in battle for the loss of only 360 Romans. That's what Tacitus claims. Let's look at the facts. After the battle of Mons Graupius, Agricola built no fortresses to consolidate his gains, but instead retreated quickly to his established forts south of Aberdeen. That same year, Agricola was recalled to Rome and was poisoned by the Emperor. Two to six years later, the Romans retreated further south to their fortresses along the Clyde/ Forth isthmus. Not long after that the Romans retreated out of Scotland and cowered behind Hadrian's wall. In 367 AD, the Picts with the help of the Irish invaded England and together they pushed the Romans back from their last defensive positions at Hadrian's wall. Not long after that, the Romans left Britain. The facts speak clearly for themselves. The Picts resoundingly trounced the Romans at the battle of Mons Graupius, and all the evidence points to the area around Burghead as the site of the battle.
  4. Hmmm, I posted this on Gab and a few minutes later the entire Gab network went down. This is it.
  5. The picture is clearing. I don't believe that Covid is a pathogen or a virus, I believe they have simply renamed the common cold and flu as Covid so they could get the world to take their vaccination injection. I now believe that the vax injection is a bioweapon without which you cannot get their real computer generated genuine covid 'virus'. I believe that 5G will trigger this virus in the vaccinated and cause massive genocidal deaths all over planet earth, but only among those who have had the Vax. I say again, do not have their vax at any cost. This is the gas chambers of the New World Order.
  6. All is not what it seems these days. I've no idea what's going on now. I keep listening for the sound of a trumpet.
  7. George

    Brochs Chat

    Gerald on Dun Mhaigh broch with Ben Loyal in the background.
  8. George

    Brochs Chat

    I was up at Tongue today on an adventure to photograph the Dun Mhaigh broch overlooking the Kyle of Tongue. While I was there this full rainbow photobombed the broch.
  9. George

    Photos Chat

    I was visiting the Achaneas and Achness brochs at Rosehall today and took the time to walk the banks of the nearby River Cassley. Sutherland is the most beautiful place on earth.
  10. Ah, life again hey Todd. Yeah, I can wait as long as you need. Sorry to hear you're a bit under the weather again. I hope this year is a good one for you.
  11. George

    2022

    Last week I made up my mind to start out the new year with a resounding victory, but sometimes success doesn't come easy. I've been putting off visiting the Dail Langwell broch for a few years as it is remote, there is no easy access, and it's difficult to get to. Would that be a suitable victory for New Year's day? Checked the Met weather forecasts, and after studying maps for a while, decided to go for it. I knew it would be a hard day out, but I felt ready. Here's the broch on the opposite bank of the River Cassley from the single track road. I set off early, parked up on a disused old farm, walked to the bridge, and it wasn't there. It was rotten and had been removed. Now what? The river was in heavy spate so there was no way to cross. I then tried the bridge up at Glenmuick, and that one is still there, but it is rotting fast and will probably be dismantled as it is becoming unsafe. First problem was finding somewhere to park. There isn't anywhere, and as you can't park in passing places I had to find a rough verge off the road, and then walk back to the track. From the bridge there is no path to the broch site, and it is difficult going through forested land with a tributary of the River Cassley to cross. There were deer fences too, and I had to look for gates to climb them. Don't know what I'd have done without my maps. On the way I stumbled across a few small herds of startled red deer who obviously didn't expect to see me! At one point, I thought I must have been near the broch and switched on my phone to check where I was with GPS and was surprised and dismayed to learn I was only half way there. I was already tiring and knew I'd be struggling on the way back. It took me 5 hours to reach the broch and return to the car, but I got my photos and wow, was I glad to get home. Excellent start to the year.
  12. George

    Dail Langwell

    The broch is well worth a visit and has many interesting features. If you ignore the recent sheep pens built with stone robbed from the broch, this is still one of the best preserved brochs in the area. It has exterior and interior walls, lintels, and chambers. There is no line of sight linking down to the two brochs at Rosehall, but the links will be there somewhere, either duns or chambered cairns, or perhaps even lost broch sites. One very interesting aspect of this broch is that it is double skinned, and you can see into the gap between the interior and exterior walls. However, the gap is not wide enough for people! Until now I've always assumed the gaps were made wide enough to build stairs to the galleries. After visiting this broch, I now see that access was not the main purpose for the cavity between the walls. I assume now it was for insulation to keep the interior warm in winter, and that stairs and access was a secondary consideration only if the cavity was sufficiently wide to permit it. This is a remote broch, and there is no easy access. I've been putting this one off for years as I knew it would be a hard day out and I wasn't prepared for it. Last week I felt ready, the weather was good, and I set off early. I parked at Badintagairt off the single track road and walked to the bridge. It wasn't there. I guess Ordance Survey don't update their maps as much as they should. The river was in heavy spate so there was no way to cross. I then tried the bridge up at Glenmuick, and that one is still there, though in bad repair and may not be there much longer as it is rotting and becoming unsafe. First problem was finding somewhere to park. There isn't anywhere, and as you can't park in passing places I had to find a rough verge off the road, and then walk back to the track. From the bridge there is no path to the broch site, it is difficult going through forested land with a tributary of the River Cassley to cross. I also needed my maps and it took me 5 hours of difficult walking to get to the broch and back to the car. There are deer fences across your route and you will have to look for the gates so you can climb them. This is not a recommended walk for anyone who is not fit, does not have adequate hill clothing and boots, and who has no experience of unpredictable Highland weather and remote countryside. One alternative could be to go in summer when the River Cassley is in drought and wade across the river, but you would still need to know what you are doing because if it rains these rivers can rise quickly and cut you off. Remember, I put this broch to one side for years until I knew I was fit enough before attempting it. Do your homework and plan well. Reproduced by permission of Ordnance Survey on behalf of HMSO. © Crown Copyright. All rights reserved. Disclaimer: Some brochs were built with military defensive purpose, and as such can be situated in extremely dangerous areas, such as on the edge of cliffs and ravines. Additionally, these are Iron Age structures, most of them in ruins, and they are extremely hazardous, with crumbling stone walls and hidden chambers. Existing walls, lintels, and passages could collapse at any time. The information here is provided free but it is your responsibility to ensure its accuracy, ensure your own safety, and acquire permissions for access where necessary. Accessing brochs is done entirely at your own risk.
  13. Well, not sure what's happened, but Todd is too busy with something to work on this, so I'm going to release my 3 levels. Would someone like to run through it first and hit a finish trigger so I know it all works? There is no walkthrough, and no DOZY, so you would have to play it properly like a real Raider.
  14. Do people actually still buy newspapers?
  15. George

    2021

    So, who is telling you the truth? Me or the pedophile infested shithole cockroach lucifer arse licking freemason cunts at the BBC, Facebook, Twitter and your newspapers?
  16. George

    2021

    And an excellent way to close out 2021, with a new Demo of Driving just completed this evening. That was a long night driving dark roads. There is always a way.
  17. Dictionary definition of Conspiracy Theorist - (Noun) someone way ahead of his time who tries to warn the world about what's really happening.
  18. George

    Brochs Chat

    Someone in Australia sent me this. Looks much more modern than our Highland brochs, and look inspired by them. I still believe the Picts were European refugees escaping Roman rule. Anyone any idea where and when this was constructed?
  19. George

    Truth Prints

    I'm looking forward to seeing these guys again next year. Did you know that Arctic terns visit both poles every year? They like daylight and visit both the Arctic and Antarctic during their summers. These are the true long distance voyagers.
  20. Some education for you, which might be useful.
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