goram the giant ▴ ashton court, bristol, england

according to folklore, two giant brothers, vincent and goram, fancied the same woman, avona. she offered herself to whichever of them could drain the lake between bradford-on-avon and bristol. the sculpture depicts the loser, goram, who overheated while hard at work, drank a huge quantity of ale and fell asleep in his favourite (stone) chair.


Celtic Coin of the Dobunni King Corio

This is a ‘Tree Type’ gold stater of the Dobunni tribe. It was struck circa 20 BC  to AD 5 during the rule of Corio. On the obverse is the image of a tree-like emblem known as a Dobunnic Tree, with a pellet below. The reverse bears the name Co[rio] above a triple-tailed, stylized Celtic horse, with a wheel below and other symbols in the field.  The Dobunnic Tree’s meaning is unclear although corn, ferns and a form of a wreath have all been suggested as explanations.

The Dobunni were one of the Iron Age tribes living in the British Isles prior to the Roman invasion of Britain (43-84 AD). They lived in the southwestern part of Britain that roughly coincides with the English counties of Bristol, Gloucestershire and the north of Somerset, although at times their territory may have extended into parts of what are now Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, and Warwickshire. Their capital acquired the Roman name of Corinium Dobunnorum, which is today known as Cirencester. Unlike the Silures, their neighbors in what later became southeast Wales, the Dobunni were not a warlike people and submitted to the Romans before they even reached their lands. Afterwards they readily adopted the Romano-British lifestyle.

Corio was a 'king’ of the southwestern Dobunni. No one knows if 'king’ is the correct term for their leaders however, it is likely that this is what the Romans called them. The Dobunni rulers are only known from names found on their coinage and the exact order of each of their reigns has yet to be determined. Some of the other Dobunni kings’ names are Anted, Eisu, Aatti, Comux, Inham and Bodvoc.

Fidget spinners recalled as local authorities warn of choking and internal bleeding dangers

They’re the latest toy craze that’s taken over school playgrounds: fidget spinners.

But some are now being recalled from the shelves over safety fears.

Hundreds of fidget spinners have been taken out of supermarkets and off market stalls due to warnings that their batteries could cause choking and internal bleeding if swallowed by young children.

Trading standards officers from Bath and North East Somerset Council called for the move after finding they contain no safety information or minimum age.

The council warned that some of the spinners featured LED lights with lithium-ion batteries, which could cause internal bleeding if ingested.

Martin Veale, cabinet member for community services at B&NES, said: “Fidget spinners are new and currently very popular among young people.

“We want to ensure that, when using these devices, young people are safe.

“Our Trading Standards officers have been looking at some of the spinners on sale and found them to have very small dangerous parts, so for public safety it’s only right that they be withdrawn from sale.

“Anyone buying a fidget spinner should purchase it from a reputable trader and ensure the safety warnings can be clearly seen on the packaging.”

Fidget spinners were originally designed to improve fine motor skills in children with autism and other special needs.

Supposedly, they help decrease stress and improve concentration and focus.

Make sure you check for safety precautions before buying one for your child and ensure they know how to play with it safely.