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Based on the shape of the stone and its engravings, Dr Nash said it probably comes from the early-tomiddle Bronze Age period (circa 2500-1500BC) and served as a waymarker in the form of a standing stone for prehistoric communities navigating around the ritualised landscape more than 2,000 years ago.
A killer targets homeless men in a series of ritualised murder that leaves Tony and his new Oxbrdge-educated partner DI Andy Hall little to work on.
In Glasgow, the fighting was more ritualised and viewed as more of a leisure activity, said the research team, who studied six areas of Britain.
The hunt for a rapist in a football top who left his victim for dead in a quiet cul-de-sac, and the ritualised murder of a mother in a seaside resort, in which the body had a lock of hair carefully placed in each hand.
The ritualised kicking of the man paid pounds 25 million by the Football Association has already proved more entertaining than anything he and his squad created on the pitch in Germany.
But the spectacle of such ritualised bullying offends some very basic British instincts - a sense of fair play, sportsmanship and natural justice.
Actually, once over the shock of flat-capped coppers plainchanting their way through this ritualised tale of a deranged woman's search for her son, Britten's alluring music soon begins to weave its spell, and the piece is ultimately very moving.