Hello friend,

Have you seen that family tree advert where the hipster dude, in tasteful black and white, and in slo’ mo’, tells us that he’s part Viking? He’s clearly over the moon about this fact.

My question is this: what is the appeal of Vikings? They raped and pillaged their way across Europe, wiping out villages in their wake. They were genocidal warmongers; not unlike Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin and Chairman Mao; yet, no-one would be happy to find out they were part Nazi.

Be happy, be safe.
Graham Coutts, 11th February 2018

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