Friday, May 17, 2013

I'm Going on a Journey

Things will be very quiet around The Inevitable Spark for the next couple of weeks - I am taking an extended vacation to beautiful Scotland to explore, learn, discover, wonder and breathe. We are traveling most of the countryside during our adventure, with plans to visit at least a couple of historic battle sites.

I'm packing along Tom Holland's Rubicon, The Last Years of the Roman Republic for some reading during the long flights and down-times. While reading the prologue a few days ago this powerful quote from Machiavelli really caught my attention, and I thought I would share it here before I depart:
Prudent men are wont to say -- and this is not rashly or without good ground -- that he that would foresee what has to be should reflect on what has been, for everything that happens in the world at any time has a genuine resemblance to what happened in ancient times.
I'll see you when I get back!

Slàinte mhath,


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks FMB - I'm really looking forward to this trip.

  2. Enjoy your'll be a great one!

    I read Rubicon last year and loved it. A great follow-up read might be "The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates." Make sure to post up a few pics for all of us who can't go!

    1. Great minds! That is the book I plan on reading next.... perhaps the next project after the Romans? Maybe!

  3. That sounds awesome. Enjoy your trip.

  4. You haven't been visited by some strange dwarves and an old man smoking a pipe have you?


    Have a great time, as im sure you will :)


  5. Sounds like a plan, have a great time!