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  • in reply to: THE ADVENTURE OF CRAIC RAT THE SMELLY DRUID #11596
    Steve Williams
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    Please accept my apology; I’m more than happy to be corrected. It simply seemed to me that this particular Craic Rat story was written in response to a seperate thread in which another member argued that the invention of soap elevated the Celts above the level of mere barbarian savages which seemed to be your assertion. Interestingly this Craic Rat story does explain how ‘we barbarians’ invented soap by burning Roman philosophers and historians (which, you must admit, both explicitly, and implicitly paints a picture of the Celts being…well…barbarian savages). Also, and please correct me if I’ve misunderstood, many of your other threads go to some length to ‘explain’ what druidry ISN’T; which would suggest that you have some idea of what druidry IS, which, in turn, flies in the face of your assertion that druidry is whatever you want it to be. Your threads do, to me at least, come across as somewhat hectoring, and suggestive that none of us are ‘real’ druids (which we must be if it’s whatever we want it to be), and that we’re all just pretending. Hopefully, we all already know that the full practice of ‘real’ druidry would be impossible, not to mention extremely undesirable, in the present day (sacrificing people in wicker men WILL get you a bad name). I apologise if I seem confrontational in any way – that isn’t my intention – I’m just fairly new to this path, and was hoping to find some helpful clarity, and insight within the discussion forum.

    in reply to: THE ADVENTURE OF CRAIC RAT THE SMELLY DRUID #11577
    Steve Williams
    Participant

    Having read through a few of your threads, it’s pretty apparent that, for somebody who professes that druidry is whatever you want it to be, and not to let the ‘druid police’ control you, you seem to expend a lot of energy ridiculing people’s personal beliefs, and mocking the very cultures that birthed them. Ironically, making you something of a druid policer, yourself. Which begs the question, if you believe the Celtic cultures were so woefully inferior to Rome, and that contemporary druidry is just wasting its time with some sort of Wiccan based LARPing, why are you here? I can’t speak for anybody else, but, personally, as a Welshman, I find the Craic Rat stories offensive as their entire purpose seems to be simply to mock the ‘ignorant, smelly, Celt’ (though I could be wrong – I got bored before the end), and I’m not even starting on the ‘Wales meant Roman’ nonsense. I know it’s never a good idea to feed the troll, but I just couldn’t resist.

    in reply to: Bardic Course Materials #11485
    Steve Williams
    Participant

    All sorted, now. Thanks for the advice.

    in reply to: Bardic Course Materials #11476
    Steve Williams
    Participant

    Hi,

    Thank you both for your replies. I had already e-mail tech-support but haven’t yet received a reply (I was a little concerned because the confirmation e-mail said that I could now access part one of the Bardic Course Materials by following the link, but, as I said, there was nothing there). But, yes, I’ll give it a couple more days, and then try again. I’m just very keen to begin – I’ve been thinking about it for a good few years, and visiting the websites periodically, but I’ve finally decided to go for it.

    Thanks again.

    Steve.

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