Suleyman Shah, Stonehenge and Shakespeare

I’m grateful that I live in a country where, for 99.99% of the time, we settle our differences through words and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

At the same time, I was fascinated to read about the tomb of Suleyman Shah in Syria, a place I admit I was unaware of until today. The mortal remains of one of their ‘founding fathers’ are clearly of the utmost value to the Turks, who have removed them at some great risk to the lives of their soldiers, while from the tone of the commentary, it’s clear that Turkey’s actions have the world’s understanding and approval.

By way of complete contrast, however, when Britain’s pagans objected to the removal of the remains of the Ancestors from Stonehenge and had the sheer temerity to raise a petition against this, let alone a heavily-armed convoy, there was absolute outrage from some quarters, resulting in the Druids and pagans being accused of being cultural traitors, delusional, Anti-Science and God only knows what other crimes against humanity.

What different worlds we live in.

“Good friend for Jesus sake forbeare,
To dig the dust enclosed here.
Blessed be the man that spares these stones,
And cursed be he that moves my bones.”

William Shakespeare’s self-penned epitaph.

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