Hans Holbein’s Enigmatic Masterpiece -‘ The Ambassadors’ (1533)
Don’t take it at face value….
Royal Oak – Robur Carolinum
Edmond Halley planted this constellation in the southern sky in 1678 as a patriotic gesture to his monarch, Charles II of England. It commemorated the oak tree in which King Charles hid after his defeat by Oliver Cromwell’s republican forces at the Battle of Worcester in 1651. Halley formed the constellation from stars that were previously part of Argo Navis.
In 1618, James VI and I issued a ‘Book of Sports’ to counter the Puritans of Lancashire.
Drinking ‘Church Ales’ was one of the pleasures permitted on Sundays.
Church drinks promotion on Sundays had begun….
(Ref: The King’s Book of Sports. A history of the declarations of King James I, and King Charles I, as to the use of lawful sports on Sundays. LA Govett, MA, New College, Oxford 1890)
Also, a couple of interesting notes on Star Trek:
1. “Most of human history and art can be expressed in Star Trek plots.” (Stephen Fry)
2. Stephen Fry’s dissertation in his final year at Cambridge was titled Apollonian And Dionysian Themes In The Plots Of Star Trek.
(Dionysus – the Greek equivalent of Bacchus – the Roman God of Wine).
3. Star Trek’s creator, Gene Rodenberry, said that he modelled it on Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, with each episode combining an adventure with a morality tale.