Argentum Vulgaris

Argentum Vulgaris is, of course, a pseudonym, but it is and has been what I am know as across the internet, I see no reason to change that. Besides, I do tend to play rough sometimes. I have said that I am not here to be nice and so I don’t pull any punches whether they are aimed at governments or companies, or indeed, people. A degree of anonymity is necessary for self preservation.

Argentum Vulgaris is Latin, it literally means ‘common silver’ and is used to refer to small change. Small change is not important, neither am I.

The real me, well I am old; sixty last birthday (2011). In Portuguese I am a velho caduco, a grouchy old man; every neighbourhood has one. My avatar represents me, far more flattering than my real self;

I have, by virtue of my age, seen and done a lot in my lifetime; more than most. I didn’t complete secondary school (Americans would call me a high school drop-out). I failed in English, I failed in maths, I excelled in sciences and the things I wanted to do. Of course, I realise the folly of that pig-headedness now, but as a teenager I was pretty much normal.

I have in recent years, with the advent of the internet, become more than politically aware. In the same way as I have become more aware of the fact that our tenure on this planet is increasingly fragile; and that is what brings me to this point.

The Mystery

I have always been interested in the mysteries and secrets of the earth, our origin/s, nature and discoveries. This avid consuming interest began in the library at primary school when I was about 8 or 9.

By the age of 12 I was reading von Daniken’s Chariots of the Gods; I never looked back, I began to question anything and everything. I stopped going to church, because I was certain ‘they’ weren’t telling the whole story. I absorbed books, both fiction and fact, like a sponge. By the time I got to high school, I had read all of Ian Fleming’s James Bond, all of Bram Stoker’s books, I had traced Dracula’s travels and pinpointed where I thought his castle would be in Romania, I also had read many of the literary classics.I was fascinated by dinosaurs and chemistry, I was the first kid at school who knew what L.A.S.E.R. meant, I learned scraps of languages, German, Dutch, Russian, I could sing songs in French and Polish, I was keen on anything armorial, medieval armour, weapons, firearms and anything that went ‘bang.’ I was a budding paleontologist in the Junior Science club at the museum and went on fossil hunting field trips.

The original Tomus Arcanum blog

Those interests have followed me throughout my life; I still question, I still marvel, I still search.

This blog, is the archive of my fathomless need to know.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Crusty Old Wine Bottles « Life is but a Labyrinth
    Sep 03, 2011 @ 15:23:11

  2. Lily Wight
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 16:59:46

    I can’t wait for your new posts! x


    • argentumvulgaris
      Jun 06, 2012 @ 20:10:51

      >Lily, welcome to the blog, I hope I can live up to your expectations.

      Don’t forget, this is one of my blogs, the links for the others are on the side bar.



      • Lily Wight
        Jun 06, 2012 @ 20:41:34

        Remember to post a pic when you get it done x

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