When I was doing a bit of research about Roman roads I came across this description of theirs about the British. Reading it I thought that not much has changed, certainly not here in Wales where the genes of the ancients live on largely undiluted. They described us as being – ‘madly fond of war, high spirited and quick to battle, but otherwise straightforward and not of evil character. To their temperament may be added the traits of childish boastfulness and love of decoration. They wear ornaments of gold, torques on their necks, and bracelets on their arms and wrists. While people of high rank wear dyed garments besprinkled with gold. It is this vanity which makes them unbearable in victory and completely downcast in defeat.’ Yeah, too right!

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