We arrived the day the Giants were in town. Their third and last appearance and the city was thronged with families eager to see them. Our objective was The Terrracotta Army, an enterprise of antiquity on a far grander scale.
Next evening, Jodie Whittaker made her debut as Dr Who, set in Sheffield. How about Liverpool? Another time, Another Place.
What might someone from another time make of today's sea-crossing from the Isle of Man? The Vikings, for instance. In Douglas, we were recommended the Viking exhibition by a lady on reception at The Manx Museum. Her eyes lit up, 'The Vikings, no-one taught us about them at school. Come to that, no one taught us about The Isle of Man.' Picture a Viking long-ship crossing the solitude of the Irish Sea, the oarsmen awed by passing whales and dolphins. Transpose them to our time and long before their long-ship enters the Mersey Channel they'll see sunlight dazzling a throng of wind-turbines. And gas platforms. What would the Vikings have made of this proliferation of wind-farms? Coming to Liverpool, the vast city and the crowds thronging to see The Giants would be bewildering. Giant puppets hidden in clouds of smoke and hoisted by cranes.
China's First Emperor and his terracotta warriors might strike a chord with the Vikings. Faintly. In his quest for immortality emperor Qin Shi Huang was buried in a suit of armour made of pieces of jade. A gold horse accompanies him, his chariot and charioteers. A Viking ship-burial, where a warrior is buried with weapons, jewellery and grave goods that will serve in the next world is an echo of Qin Shi Huang's ambition. But nothing like the scale of the Terracotta Army.
At Peel Castle, St Patrick's Isle, a Viking lady was buried with grave goods. Her necklace of amber and glass beads indicates her wealth and status, and extensive Viking trade routes.
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