The old Prague legend of a barber-alchemist opens the story of a ring made of Moldavite, the only semi-precious stone of extra-terrestrial origin. This leads us on to the mid-life crisis of Eva, a teacher living in England, and back to her cultural heritage in Prague, Czech Republic. What is the connection between the barber-alchemist and a teacher caught up in corporate lunacy.
What is a life? When does it start, when does it end? Does it end? And is it lived in the events, or in the meaning that we find and make, after the events? The life that I now call mine started in a particular time and particular place, incongruously as if in a dream, but one that soon turned into a nightmare. In 1619 Prince Frederick the Protestant Elector Palatine ascended to the throne of Bohemia. He traveled there from Heidelberg with his beloved...