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Have you ever wished that you lived somewhere where life was simpler? Where everything didn’t run on computer chips? Where people live in communities, not urban sprawl? Where everything does not have to be done, not only yesterday, but preferably last week? And where magic and wonder have not been driven out? Then welcome to my Lyonnesse.

            There have always been myths and legends surrounds Lyonnesse, particularly in Arthurian stories. It is said to lie somewhere on the southwest peninsula of England, perhaps a wide tract of land between Lands’ End and the Isles of Silly.

My interpretation is of a kingdom hidden in time by the Druids, prior to the invasion of the Roman army. Not the Druids as portrayed by the Roman historians, but the peaceful lawgivers, storytellers and lore keepers that are being uncovered by archaeological investigation. By concealing, what was then, a kingdom in a bubble of time, it protected them from the outside world.

An unforeseen side-effect of hiding in time was that Lyonnesse became connected to all points in time and, by default, space as well.

Sounds interesting?Then Read on

Imagine a meteor hundreds of miles in diameter, a real earth-shattering end of the world type rock, hurtling through space. After millions of years it finally begins to spiral down through the orrery of our solar system. Past the small brass balls of the outer planets and on towards a small blue-green planet with a single moon that most of us know so well. Watch the stunning special effects as it leaves a fiery trail through the exosphere, the ionosphere, the chemosphere (with its little known hydroxyl layer), on through the somewhat patchy ozone layer in the stratosphere and finally through the cloud layer in the troposphere.

            White hot and half-molten, it impacts upon the planet. Not with an earth-shattering mushroom cloud accompanied by orchestrated thunder and lightning of the disaster movies, just a dull thud and a fizzle, as the now pebble-sized rock lands in a muddy ditch.

            Well, so much for dramatic special effects.

            Rewind the film a short way and imagine the view anyone riding the meteor would have as it plunged earthwards[1]. Wide expanses of dark blue oceans, the grey-green of the land, tipped in places with the white caps of snow. As our non-cynic closes in, details emerge. A small island in the Northern Hemisphere, criss-crossed by roads that our friend might recognise as Britain. Closer still and the proverbial patchwork of fields and hedges become visible, as the meteor heads towards the elephant’s trunk shape of the Southwest of England.

            Now freeze the picture there. Below, clearly noticeable, are the counties of Devon and Cornwall but... if you eat a really hot chilly-pepper, accidentally squirt lemon juice in your eyes and sort of squint to one side, the landscape changes and a third county is visible out if the corner of our watering eye. The shape alters from an elephant’s trunk to an elephant’s trunk with a bun, a very large bun, stuck on the end.

            Thud Fizzle...

 



[1] Provided they found a way to disregard the heat, lack of oxygen and no way of getting off before impact.

 

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