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tea advent calendar by artfultea

if you’re counting down to christmas, you could totally celebrate with this tasty tea advent calendar. hang it in your apartment and enjoy a delicious cup of tea — so cozy!! choose from classic or festive flavors.

The promo pics for ‘An Unearthly Child’ never fail to amuse me; Ian’s start off all normal:

 -and then suddenly it’s like the photographer just told him 'now be sexy! bite the pencil or something!’ - to which William Russell obviously replied 'Sure thing! Will do!’ because then next we had this:

LOL ;)

The Classical Calendar: April 21
753 BCE

Happy Birthday Rome!

Well, yeah according to Roman tradition, on this day in 753 BCE, Romulus founded the city of Rome, spawning a successful monarchy, an even more successful Republic, a monstrous Empire which consumed everything in front of it, and then finally a fragile and crumbling empire, which moved its capital over a thousand kilometers to the east.

So we know the traditional stories behind the foundation of Rome (Very briefly… Romulus + Remus: children of a god and a priestess, abandoned at birth, grow up, have a fight, one kills the other, founds Rome, lives happily ever after; and Aeneas: guy gets his ass handed to him during the Trojan War, runs from the ruins of Troy, has many adventures in a pro-Augustus propaganda-filled epic, his children end up tying up the blood connections with Romulus and Remus).

Realistically though, evidence of human settlement which predates the 753 BCE foundation date has been found. Not only does this predate the traditional date, it blows it out of the water, suggesting that there has been human settlement at this location for some 14,000 years, with pastoral settlements and permanent dwellings being created much earlier than Romulus’ foundations.

Either way, the evidence is still open to interpretation - it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that the villages on the hills which now encompass Rome banded together in the eight century BCE to form one city.

But the mythology is much more fun.

The Classical Calendar: April 12 (ii)

65 CE

The Death of Seneca

Seneca was a well known Roman statesman, who was also a renowned author, penning several philosophical works, as well as tragedies, letters and a satire.

He acted as advisor for Caligula (and nearly lost his life over it) and Nero (who made him kill himself when a conspiracy to poison the Emperor emerged). He was also banished by Claudius, who succeeded Caligula, on the grounds of his adulterous affair with Caligula’s sister. So not a stellar record when it came to interactions with the emperors…