Sometimes, history genuinely is as exciting as teaching adverts claim it is. Usually when it involves death and blood. And vikings:
Viking sidebar: my swedish flatmate just told me that there’s viking graffiti in Istanbul. The Swedish Vikings went east to Russia and Turkey mostly, she says. Something to do with avoiding the Danes.
Here’s the graffiti, on someone’s flickr account:
In more contemporary news, I have a new puppy. She’s called Buffy the vampire slayer, and she does a very good impression of a plucked chicken (by lying on her back and curling her legs around as though they’re the wings and legs of the chicken, displaying her belly, which is pretty hairless relative to the rest of her.)