Each day from 16 September until 16 October I will be posting a daily Viking here.  16 October is my son's first birthday and I intend to bind the vikings together into a little book for him (to have when he's older).  Why Vikings?  Well firstly because the family name, Bangs, is believed to have Norse origins and may even be related to the famous Bang and Olufsen and secondly because they've been a part of my life, in a smallish way, seemingly forever.  From the saga of Noggin the Nog to the Mighty Thor with Kevin Crossley Hollands Norse Myths, a visit to Jorvik and a fancy dress appearance as a Viking in between.  Vikings have always been there on the periphery.  So now I'm bringing them front and centre.