Thursday, 21 February 2013


Julian, Count of Ceuta was a legendary Christian local ruler or subordinate ruler in North Africa who had a role in the Umayyad conquest of Hispania — a key event in the history of Islam, in which al-Andalus was to have a major role, and the subsequent history of what were to become Spain and Portugal.

It is in fact not certain that the man's name was truly "Julian", or that his function was indeed "Count of Ceuta", though he is commonly mentioned in Christian sources by that name and title, and as having been charged with "holding the African Pillar of Hercules for Christendom". There are many conflicting theories as to his precise function and authority. 

The reasons and circumstances for what is widely reckoned as his act of treachery to the Visigothic Kingdom and to Christianity are the subject of continued controversy, considering the far-reaching results. The fact of his being depicted as the archetypal traitor by many centuries of Spanish historiography has made more difficult the task of distinguishing fact from myth where he is concerned.

Thursday, 2 August 2012


Julian is a common male given name in Australia, Britain, United States, Ireland, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, France (as Julien), Spain, Latin America (as Julián) and elsewhere.

The name literally means, in Latin, "belonging to Julius", hence its use for the Julian calendar introduced by Julius Caesar. Some families have taken it as a female name, possibly due to the influence of the French feminine form, Julienne.

Thursday, 31 May 2007


Cat Update

Except there is no update. They haven't phoned back. Perhaps they haven't been able to get in touch with the people who currently have her. This is what I am telling myself so that I don't start fretting and wondering if I said something they didn't like the sound of. Surely, a retired old gent and a middle-aged woman are good news for a cat that wants spoiled and will be an excellent companion? I foolishly told Daddy too and now he's looking forward to having her.

Tuesday, 29 May 2007


The lady from the cat charity phoned me today. She is going to arrange for me to meet Mia's current family. I am so excited!