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Belzoni’s watercolours of Seti I’s tomb at the Bristol Museum

Born in Padua, Italy, in 1778, Giovanni Battista Belzoni led a colourful life. He studied hydraulic engineering in Rome when he was young, but then moved to the Netherlands and worked as a barber. He subsequently joined a circus in England, performing as a strongman, where he’d carry up to 12 people at a time across the circus floor (he stood in at 6′ 7″; impressive, even by today’s standards). An obvious career path, wouldn’t you agree!

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Book review: ‘Imhotep’ by Jerry Dubs

I’ve read my fair share of historical novels over the years, and a good number of these have been set in ancient Egypt. However, I hadn’t yet ventured very far into the world of self-published novels, so when a friend recommended Jerry Dubs’ Imhotep to me, I popped along to Amazon to check it out. Of course, one of the risks you take when buying self-published work is that you don’t know what you’re going to get: will the book be littered with typos and poorly constructed prose? Will the characters be well developed and believable, or will you be slapped in the face with the ramblings of someone who just hasn’t got what it takes to spin a good yarn?

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Who was Tetisheri?

Many years ago, I picked up a copy of a game called ‘Pharaoh’. It was a PC game based on strategic city building that enjoyed a great surge of popularity in the late nineties and early noughties (and still has a few dedicated disciples to this day).

You were given a choice of ancient Egyptian names to use for your character; I immediately fell in love with the name Tetisheri and spent many happy hours playing the game using this name.

I then started using Tetisheri as a username for online forums, games and, more recently, social networking, making her my firmly established online identity. When I put together my website, there was no way I could leave her behind. I’d done a little research into the real Tetisheri in the past, but I’ve decided it’s time to really bring her back to life. So, here she is.

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STORE UPDATE DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

As of 26 March 2020, the print-on-demand company I use for the items in my shop are having to cease working temporarily due to disruptions in their supply chain.

You can still buy things from my shop, but your order won’t be fulfilled until my printers are back in operation.

If you choose to buy something during lockdown, your order will remain with the printers, and I’ll keep you updated throughout.

I’m gutted to have to tell you this, but so many of us are having to make changes to our lives and to our businesses for the next while.

Thank you all so, so much for your support x