Sunday, February 19, 2006

Quick question for British readers

In the past 36 hours, I've had a spike of traffic from the UK, all mostly via Google searches for 'terra sigillata.' This little ol' blog usually only gets about 40 hits per day, and even fewer on the weekends, but was well over 300 yesterday.

Although my header notes that I don't discuss pottery, this early post details the overlap and distinction between the potter's terra sigillata and the ancient medicinal form of the clay that I took to name this blog.

I suspect that you weren't searching for issues on medicines derived from the Earth. Was there some major pottery or clay crafting conference in England this weekend?

I'd appreciate greatly any enlightenment from my British readers...cheers!


At Sun Feb 19, 08:35:00 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

terra sigillata was a clue in a Daily Telegraph crossword puzzle

At Sun Feb 19, 10:14:00 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats right. Telegraph crossword here too

At Sun Feb 19, 10:54:00 AM EST, Blogger Abel PharmBoy said...

Many thanks!

But, you have to tell me: did my entry on terra sigillata help you solve the crossword?

Was the clue for the medicinal or the pottery version of the definition?

At Sun Feb 19, 12:26:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A clue in the Saturday Daily Telegraph gen knowledge crossword asks for another name for terra sigillata (6, 4) so earth seal doesn't quite do it. Any suggestions?

At Sun Feb 19, 03:45:00 PM EST, Blogger Abel PharmBoy said...

To the most recent anonymous poster:

The literal translation is could also be construed as "sacred earth," so does "sacred seal" fit?

Alternatively, how about "Samian ware?" I've seen that as a synonym and here is a Wikipedia entry for it, noting specifically the British reference to Samos.

Keep me posted.

At Sun Feb 19, 03:50:00 PM EST, Blogger Progressive said...

Off topic, but thanks for visiting my blog and for your comment! I'm glad to know you and your blog are out there!

At Sun Feb 19, 04:01:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Samian ware" fits in the Telegraph crossword! Thanks :-)

At Sun Feb 19, 05:43:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

as you can see - the Daily Telegraph crossword called for another name for TS. Google produces your site as a means of solving the clue
Don't know what a blooger is - sorry

At Mon Feb 20, 07:11:00 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to all and especially dear Abel Pharmboy for the answer Simian Ware. I too am a XWord addict Glad to know you're all out there and I'm not the only crazy grannie as my family think. By the way how mean and shortsighted of Sun Tel to stop the prize for GK xword. A fine way to treat SO-FAR loyal readers!!Nice to see a token gesture in Sun pullout xword. Best wishes Abel What a shock u must have had!!

At Mon Feb 20, 07:40:00 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

samian ware I SHOULD HAVE SAID oh idiot grannie YOUR SITE IS very interesting Abel And thanks again for XWord clue

At Mon Feb 20, 07:44:00 AM EST, Blogger Abel PharmBoy said...

Many thanks, Grannie and all the rest of the Telegraph Crossword Society.

Grannie, I hope that I am still using Xwords and the internet to keep my mind sharp as I get ever closer to the senior years. This has been great fun!

At Mon Feb 20, 08:08:00 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Abel - I think I just messed up a blog - have only just discovered what they are thanks to you and a grandson hastily summoned over internet to check you not a VIRUS whatever that is - he says OK. So will try again - just to say thank you SO much as I have now completed my GK crossword and like all the others live in hope of £2oo - not a lot you may think but it is to me and it is the thrill of the hunt! The name Abel Pharmboy will ever be dear to me as providing me with assistance in timewasting but so amusing hobby and in teaching me yet another weird modern activity. From a v new blogger Cheers!!as i raise a triumphant glass of Amontillado in your honour!!


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