Hunters and Traders… The Tin Islands…

There is much to do, but I do not believe I’m capable of doing it.

Found a couple of old school reports this morning, in one of two tool cases that are mainly filled with old Giles Annuals.     

One was from first year (1989), the other was from third year (1991). The first year report was not too bad. The third year  was a disaster. There were a few ‘positives’ to take from it all.  Why am I so fixated on those times? 

My planned writing exercises have been put on hold.  I’ve decided to try putting ideas of ‘being creative’ out of my mind. I’m scared that what I think is creative is just plain craziness.

It is normally just a fear like a shadow which doesn’t bother me, hence it is like a shadow. Shadows don’t bother me. They are what they are. Shadows actually fascinate me. I don’t think describing the feeling is possible at this time or necessary really. 

This lockdown business is really getting on my nerves too and might be clouding my judgement about things…

In the coming days I’m going to copy from some old school books I found on Internet Archive. read the first couple of  Harry Potter books. And I’m going to relistening to the talking book of  Robert Tombs’s ‘The English and their History.’ 

I think the school book will be a good accompaniment to the grown up talking book which I will be listening to again. 

This is from Highroads of History, Book 1—Tales of the Home-Land
Published in 1929 by Thomas Nelson and Sons, Ltd. 


Little children, in these pages

You shall learn the tale of ages; 

You shall learn the wondrous story

Of our Britain’s fame and glory.

You shall learn how many a war man

—Kelt and Saxon, Dane and Norman—

Men of courage, might, and grace,

Blended all in Britain’s race.

You shall learn how much you owe

To your sires of long ago ;

How they fought and died, that we 

Might be great and might be free ;
How the waves that hemmed them round

Were their highway ; how they found 

Rich new lands that grew to be

Brighter Britains o’er the sea ;
How they made our island yield

Treasure from the mine and field ;

How the labours of their hands

Filled the marts of many lands ;
How the golden hoards of trade

Blessed the poor and freed the slave,

Raised the fallen, built the school,

So that Wisdom’s power might rule
Little children, think awhile

On your fathers’ love and toil ;

How they strove from age to age

To leave you this proud heritage.
So must you, when youth is done

And the work of life begun,

Thus right nobly play your part,

Serving Britain hand and heart.                                                  



1. You all love stories. This is a book of stories for little girls and boys.  I hope the stories in it will please you very much.   

2. Stories can be told in two ways. They can be told in words and they can be told in pictures. In this book you will find bothword stories and picture stories.    

3. The words and the pictures will tell youstories of our land in days gone by. They will tell you about far-off days when our country was wild, and the people were savages.    

4. They will also tell you about the great deeds that men and women have done from that time down to the present day.    

5. Look at the pictures very carefully. Theyare great pictures. Very clever men and women have painted them.    

6. Read the pictures and read the lessons.You will be learning their history—that is, the story of past times. The nicest way to learn history is to read stories in words and stories in pictures.    

7.  Now let us begin with the picture on page 11. On the left-hand side you see peoplewho are not much better than savages. They are wild and rough.    

8. Who are these people ? They are people who lived in our land a very long time ago.They are called Britons, just as we are. In the picture you see a British man, his wife, and his three children.    

9. They wear little clothing. The man andthe boy wear the skins of wild animals. They do not know how to make cloth, boots, or hats.   

10. Now look at the people on the right-hand side of the picture. They are not sav-ages. They wear clothes made of cloth, and they have hats on their heads.     11. They can make many useful and pretty things. They know much more than the Britons.   

12. Their faces are darker than the faces of the Britons. This tells us that their home isin a land where the sun is much hotter than it is in Britain. 

Picture from page 11.


1. These strangers live far away. They havecome to our land in ships. You see that they have brought with them cloth, jewels, and other bright and pretty things. They have come to trade with the Britons.    

2. They are showing a piece of cloth to the Britons. The mother and the girls are much pleased with the cloth. They are trying it on, and are thinking that it will make prettydresses.    

3. The British man wishes to buy the cloth for his wife and daughters. He offers his bear skin for it. The chief trader seemsto be saying, “Oh dear, no ; my cloth is worthfar more than that.”   

4. Perhaps the Briton will offer the traderthree or four skins. Then he will get a piece of cloth for them.   

5. Now, where did the Briton get the bear skins? There are no wild bears in our landnow. No, but in far-off days there weremany bears and other wild animals in this country.    

6. The Britains hunted these wild animalswith spears. Sometimes they caught them in traps. The Britons of those days were hunters.    

7. The traders are glad to have the skins. They will take them away in their ships, and sell them to people in other lands. Still, Ithink they have come for something else. They have come for tin. There are two blocks of tin near the British woman.   

8. Why do they need tin ? Yo make swordsans spears. We make them of steel, but in those far-off days they were made of copperand tin mixed together.   

9. Tin is not found in many lands, but inthose days there was plenty of tin in Britain. The Britons found it in the beds of the rivers.When the traders knew this, they came to our land to buy the tin.    

10. I think the Briton will get a large piece of cloth, if he gives the trader his blocks of tin. 


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