The Shannara Chronicles Episode 7 ‘Breakline’ recap

The-Shannara-ChroniclesThe Shannara Chronicles continues its summer run on SPIKE. You can catch The Shannara Chronicles Season 1 on SPIKE TV Thursday nights at 2300 ET/PT.

The Shannara Chronicles is based on the second book of the original Shannara series, The Elfstones of Shannara written by Terry Brooks.

The Shannara Chronicles Episode 7: Breakline

Amberle and Eretria run from bloodthirsty Elf Hunters who relish in cutting off elves’ ears for fun, while Wil searches for them with the help of an unexpected friend.

The Shannara Chronicles stars Austin Butler (Wil), Ivana Baquero (Eretria), Manu Bennett (Allanon), Aaron Jakubenko (Ander) and Marcus Vanco (Bandon) along with new cast members Vanessa Morgan (Lyria), Malese Jow (Mareth), Gentry White (Garet), Caroline Chikezie (Queen Tamlin), and Desmond Chiam (General Riga).

Medieval Irish castle is glioblastoma patient’s gift to others

Corofin CastlePaul Roberts is a lucky man. The glioblastoma multiforme patient has long outlived the dire prognosis he was handed more than six years ago when he was diagnosed with this incurable form of brain cancer.

Grateful for the time he’s had, the native of Ireland has purchased a medieval castle — Corofin Castle in County Galway, Ireland, — that he will restore for use as a place for glioblastoma patients and their families to visit and relax.

“I’m 58 years old now, and I’ve had an unusually lucky run with this,” Roberts said of his treatment. “Only a few people manage to survive this long with the disease.”

Glioblastoma, or GBM, is the same cancer recently diagnosed in U.S. Sen. John McCain, whose treatment journey is just getting started. Beau Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, died from the disease in 2015; U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy was another victim in 2009.

Now, though, Roberts stays active planning his restoration project. The castle, built, in 1451, sits on five acres and the crumbling structure needs a massive amount of work. He will soon launch a crowdfunding site where people can sponsor materials. He’ll also welcome travelers who want to visit Ireland and do a little volunteer work.

His nonprofit Corofin Castle Heritage Park and its board of directors will oversee the project. He’s already raised $130,000 and expects he’ll need $500,000 to finish the work. He also would like to build or move a handful of stone thatched Irish cottage to the site for families to use.

The Shannara Chronicles Episode 6 ‘Pykon’ recap

The-Shannara-ChroniclesThe Shannara Chronicles continues its summer run on SPIKE. You can catch The Shannara Chronicles Season 1 on SPIKE TV Thursday nights at 2300 ET/PT.

The Shannara Chronicles is based on the second book of the original Shannara series, The Elfstones of Shannara written by Terry Brooks.

The Shannara Chronicles Episode 6: Pykon

On the run from the relentless Reaper, Amberle, Wil and Eretria take shelter in Pykon, a snowy Elvin outpost that houses a grisly secret. Meanwhile, Ander and Slanter make a devastating discovery about the Dagda Mor’s forces.

The Shannara Chronicles stars Austin Butler (Wil), Ivana Baquero (Eretria), Manu Bennett (Allanon), Aaron Jakubenko (Ander) and Marcus Vanco (Bandon) along with new cast members Vanessa Morgan (Lyria), Malese Jow (Mareth), Gentry White (Garet), Caroline Chikezie (Queen Tamlin), and Desmond Chiam (General Riga).

Skull of 1,000 year old Arctic chieftain’s infant heir found encased in Persian bronze bowl

The skull pieces were discovered by archeologists above the Arctic Circle on the remote permafrost Gydan peninsula close to the Kara Sea in Yamalo-Nenets autonomous region. Scientists last year announced the find of the turquoise-coloured bronze bowl fragment – originally from Persia, some 6,000 kilometres to the south – but now say that this unique…

Dark Ages Fort Built by Mysterious ‘Painted People’ Found in Scotland

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A fort that is more than 1,000 years old, dating back to the time of Alfred the Great, has been unearthed in Scotland, more than 200 years after it was thought to have been completely destroyed. The ancient fort was built by the Picts, a loose confederation of tribes who lived in what is now…

Plague Grave Weighed Down with Stones and Sand Shows Fear of Body Snatchers

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Archaeologists have discovered a centuries-old grave at a medieval burial site in London where plague victims, religious dissenters and poor people were laid to rest from the 1500s, and uncovered early evidence of people trying to stop grave robbing. The New Churchyard, or Bedlam burial ground, is a huge graveyard in the center of London…

Medieval Coptic wall-paintings uncovered at Egyptian monastery

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Restorers working at the Monastery of St. Bishoy in the Wadi El-Natroun area have uncovered a number of medieval-era wall-paintings and architectural elements in the monastery’s old church. “While removing the modern layer of mortar from the walls of the monastery’s old church, several coloured wall-paintings were uncovered,” Mohamed Abdellatif, deputy antiquities minister for archaeological…

Medieval Manuscripts Are a DNA Smorgasbord

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In 2010, bioarchaeologist Matthew Collins of the University of Copenhagen and his colleagues realized that the parchment used in medieval manuscripts, which is made of scraped and stretched animal skins, was actually a repository of information about the history of domestic animals in Europe. Chris Baraniuk at New Scientist reports that Collins and his team…

Vandals attack Wallingford Castle leaving a repair bill of £500,000

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Vandals have damaged historic medieval ruins in Wallingford, leaving the town council with a repair bill of £500,000. Wallingford Castle was one of the greatest medieval castles in England and the ruins in Castle Gardens are its last surviving visible remains. Now the town council is weighing up the cost of the repairs, alongside other…

Medieval skeleton buried at Halton Castle on display

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One of two skeletons unearthed at Halton Castle is on view for the first time in a new display at Norton Priory Museum. The skeletons were found buried in the lower bailey of the castle during a community dig. More than 300 adults and children helped to uncover fascinating finds in 2015. Archaeologists say the…

The Shannara Chronicles Episode 5 ‘Reaper’ recap

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The Shannara Chronicles continues its summer run on SPIKE. You can catch The Shannara Chronicles Season 1 on SPIKE TV Thursday nights at 2300 ET/PT. The Shannara Chronicles is based on the second book of the original Shannara series, The Elfstones of Shannara written by Terry Brooks. The Shannara Chronicles Episode 5: Reaper Amberle, Wil…

Wooden hut associated with St Columba dates to his lifetime, archaeologists discover

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Archaeologists have uncovered conclusive evidence that a wooden hut traditionally associated with St Columba at his ancient monastery on the island of Iona dates to his lifetime in the late sixth century. Carbon dating has led to the breakthrough, which proves samples of hazel charcoal unearthed in an excavation of a wattle and timber structure…

Medieval Russian Warrior vs Drone

A little Medieval vs Modern fun for your Friday…

Kingdoms and Castles available today

Kingdoms and Castles is a mix between SimCity and a Tower defense game, based in medieval times. Build your city, keep the peasants happy and fight off Viking hoards. You can buy Kingdoms and Castle on Steam now! About This Game Kingdoms and Castles is a game about growing a kingdom from a tiny hamlet…

Star Wars Goes Medieval

Any fan of Star Wars knows it is steeped in medieval tradition. Artist André Araújo (know for Marvel’s Spidey and Inhumans) released a print titled ‘Star Wars Medieval.’ Which is just as it sounds, a medieval take on the most famous Star Wars characters. Star Wars itself is a very classic type of story— about…