Lying awake, staring at the clock alone in your own silent space tick tock tick tock is all you hear no sign of sleep, not a trace. Lay on your head hope to drop off but still you fight to shut down the brain is ticking the mind is roaring like a saddened unhappy clown. Get up again, drink some water then try to battle once more throwing the duvet over your head after watching the shadows on the door. Nothing you do can make any difference your more awake now than you were read a book, do a puzzle unwind all the tension in there. Try with the light dimmed, close your eyes sleep will eventually come try to unwind, close your mind eventually your body will succumb. Lying here still alert will this nightmare end? watch tv, drink more fluids your driving to a dead end. Hours go by and still no sleep its just another one of those nights even your medication fails losing the war and the fights. Morning arrives, two hours kip not enough when you have to work now I want to sleep forever and feel like a right bloody burke. Insomnia is a Horrible disease It strikes when you least expect it.
June 18, 2022
The Disappearing Ninth Legion
The Roman army’s Ninth Legion successfully conquered England in A.D. 43 and—with the exception of the odd rebellion—kept control of the bottom half of Britain for the next 74 years. Then, from A.D. 117 onward, the entire legion suddenly vanished from the historical record. Today, no one has any idea what happened to them.
One of the most popular theories is that they marched north into Scotland to fight an uprising of the Picts. This story has gained traction in fiction as the basis of several books and films, but some historians believe the legion simply left to go fight elsewhere. It’s also been speculated they were defeated in a battle against Rome’s nemesis, the Parthians, in Iran. Another possibility is that they lost against a Jewish uprising in A.D. 132.
One clue suggests that things had started to go wrong for the Ninth even before that time. When Emperor Hadrian turned up in A.D. 122, he brought another legion with him, the Sixth. He proceeded to build a wall across the north of England, then called Britannia, to keep out the people north of the border. If they had recently wiped out a renowned arm of his military, that would have beeen a very good reason to erect such a structure.