Archive for December, 2006

Nah nah nah nah nah…tagged Silent next!

Posted in creative / writing, me and my world, morecambe, pagan, werewolves vampires and ghoulies on December 28, 2006 by Khlari

Right, have tagged Silent for the next top ten annoyances of 2006……. Get in quick, time is running out!

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One by one the penguins are stealing my sanity

Posted in creative / writing, me and my world, penguins on December 28, 2006 by Khlari

I just wish I knew where that came from, I have been looking everywhere to find out, so if anyone knows……

In looking, came across this which just made me titter…..

Zoo tempts gay penguins to go straight

A German zoo has imported four female penguins from Sweden in an effort to tempt its gay penguins to go straight.

The four Swedish females were dispatched to the Bremerhaven Zoo in Bremen after it was found that three of the zoo’s five penguin pairs were homosexual.

Keepers at the zoo ordered DNA tests to be carried out on the penguins after they had been mating for years without producing any chicks.

It was only then they realised that six of the birds were living in homosexual partnerships.

Director Heike Kueck said that the zoo hoped to see some baby penguins in the coming months.

She said that the birds had been mating for years and one couple even adopted a stone that they protected like an egg.

Kueck said that the project has the support of the European Endangered Species Programme because the penguins, which are native to South America, are an endangered species.

A biologist will be on hand to monitor the experiment.

But introducing the Bremerhaven penguins to their new Swedish friends may not be as successful as hoped after earlier experiments revealed great difficulties in separating homosexual couples.

In case they show no interest, the zoo has also flown in two new male penguins “so that the ladies don’t miss out altogether”, Kueck added.

Story filed: 09:47 Tuesday 8th February 2005

Follow-up to this is: A Peculiarity of Penguins

and What is it with the Penguins?

Tagged tagged tagged. Top 10 annoyances of 2006

Posted in creative / writing, gothic, me and my world, morecambe, pagan, werewolves vampires and ghoulies on December 20, 2006 by Khlari

1. Punch Inns for ruining my social life, and other peoples’ homes and livelihoods……..in memoriam to the Morecambe Hotel

2. So called clothes-redesigners. People with stanley knives who take it upon themselves to mete out a so-called justice on other peoples’ possessions.

3. George W Bush and Tony Blair. For making the news so amazingly depressing, and for playing god in other peoples’ countries.

4. Ignorant, uninformed people who insist on believing that their realities are ‘right’ and insist on inflicting them on everyone else.

5. Positively anyone who referres to me as ‘The Bride of Dracula’ or Witchie-Poo without being my friend. Just let them wait till I start calling them ugly fat b***ar* in return…only joking, love.

6.Depressing TV reality and ‘talent’ shows. Whatever happened to proper television dramas…. nasty cheap programming for idiots, the dumbing down of the population.

7. The weather. Typical. When I’m at work, we have a heatwave, the minute the school holidays arrive, it pours it down and you are surrounded by squealing bored children who won’t go out in the rain.

8. Morecambe Beach, or lack of. When we were enjoying the 5 minute heatwave, decided to go to the beach. Only they had decided to ‘repair and rejuvenate’ it. In the height of summer. Pure Genius.

9. The one-way system in Lancaster and Morecambe. Which means it can take an hour and a half to travel 5 miles. So glad I moved from London to escape the congestion.

10. Banks and financial institution. Who punish you once, twice, and then for the next seven years just because they can, they feel this gives you the right to be trated like a child- no cards, no cheque book…..gRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

11. Margaret Thatcher…..(she’s always on my hate list. Her and net curtains. She hasn’t done anything this year, but it’s traditional.)

Love light and laughter to all at Yule

Posted in creative / writing, gothic, me and my world, morecambe, pagan on December 20, 2006 by Khlari

It’s that time of year again, when the shops are filled with glow-in the dark plastic Father Christmases and commerciality is at full throttle. Then to top it all, you have to go and spend the festive season with….your family.

Wendy Cope had it right…bah humbug.

The wonderful Amethyst Dragon has come up with the answer to all of this, by inviting our nearest and dearest urban family for a Yule celebration on Friday. This will include Myself and Mr A, AD and OH, Spicy Cauldron and D, Beaut1ful Willow, Woo and Dam, Kitty and Skit, Silent and the usual suspects from the Brigantii Moot. With assorted small persons (and no, I don’t mean elves), this brings the grand total up to a whopping 28….. Am off Friday so helping AD whiz around a bit. Will be lovely to spend the solstice (OK albeit a little late), with a family of choice….looking forward to seeing all of you….now where did I put the wrapping paper………..

Yule Lore (December 21st)

Yule, (pronounced EWE-elle) is when the dark half of the year relinquishes to the light half. Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs just a little higher and stays a little longer in the sky each day. Known as Solstice Night, or the longest night of the year, much celebration was to be had as the ancestors awaited the rebirth of the Oak King, the Sun King, the Giver of Life that warmed the frozen Earth and made her to bear forth from seeds protected through the fall and winter in her womb. Bonfires were lit in the fields, and crops and trees were “wassailed” with toasts of spiced cider. Children were escorted from house to house with gifts of clove spiked apples and oranges which were laid in baskets of evergreen boughs and wheat stalks dusted with flour. The apples and oranges represented the sun, the boughs were symbolic of immortality, the wheat stalks portrayed the harvest, and the flour was accomplishment of triumph, light, and life. Holly, mistletoe, and ivy not only decorated the outside, but also the inside of homes. It was to extend invitation to Nature Sprites to come and join the celebration. A sprig of Holly was kept near the door all year long as a constant invitation for good fortune to pay visit to the residents.The ceremonial Yule log was the highlight of the festival. In accordance to tradition, the log must either have been harvested from the householder’s land, or given as a gift… it must never have been bought. Once dragged into the house and placed in the fireplace it was decorated in seasonal greenery, doused with cider or ale, and dusted with flour before set ablaze be a piece of last years log, (held onto for just this purpose). The log would burn throughout the night, then smolder for 12 days after before being ceremonially put out. Ash is the traditional wood of the Yule log. It is the sacred world tree of the Teutons, known as Yggdrasil. An herb of the Sun, Ash brings light into the hearth at the Solstice.

A different type of Yule log, and perhaps one more suitable for modern practitioners would be the type that is used as a base to hold three candles. Find a smaller branch of oak or pine, and flatten one side so it sets upright. Drill three holes in the top side to hold red, green, and white (season), green, gold, and black (the Sun God), or white, red, and black (the Great Goddess). Continue to decorate with greenery, red and gold bows, rosebuds, cloves, and dust with flour.

Deities of Yule are all Newborn Gods, Sun Gods, Mother Goddesses, and Triple Goddesses. The best known would be the Dagda, and Brighid, the daughter of the Dagda. Brighid taught the smiths the arts of fire tending and the secrets of metal work. Brighid’s flame, like the flame of the new light, pierces the darkness of the spirit and mind, while the Dagda’s cauldron assures that Nature will always provide for all the children.

Symbolism of Yule:
Rebirth of the Sun, The longest night of the year, The Winter Solstice, Introspect, Planning for the Future.

Symbols of Yule:
Yule log, or small Yule log with 3 candles, evergreen boughs or wreaths, holly, mistletoe hung in doorways, gold pillar candles, baskets of clove studded fruit, a simmering pot of wassail, poinsettias, christmas cactus.

Herbs of Yule:
Bayberry, blessed thistle, evergreen, frankincense holly, laurel, mistletoe, oak, pine, sage, yellow cedar.

Foods of Yule:
Cookies and caraway cakes soaked in cider, fruits, nuts, pork dishes, turkey, eggnog, ginger tea, spiced cider, wassail, or lamb’s wool (ale, sugar, nutmeg, roasted apples).

Incense of Yule:
Pine, cedar, bayberry, cinnamon.

Colors of Yule:
Red, green, gold, white, silver, yellow, orange.

Stones of Yule:
Rubies, bloodstones, garnets, emeralds, diamonds.

Activities of Yule:
Caroling, wassailing the trees, burning the Yule log, decorating the Yule tree, exchanging of presents, kissing under the mistletoe, honoring Kriss Kringle the Germanic Pagan God of Yule

Spellworkings of Yule:
Peace, harmony, love, and increased happiness.

Deities of Yule:
Goddesses-Brighid, Isis, Demeter, Gaea, Diana, The Great Mother. Gods-Apollo, Ra, Odin, Lugh, The Oak King, The Horned One, The Green Man, The Divine Child, Mabon.

–Adapted by Akasha Ap Emrys For all her friends and those of like mind–

Thanks to Akasha for the above factual information,

The Secret Blog of ______, aged 39 3/4

Posted in creative / writing on December 19, 2006 by Khlari

Now this is a novel idea…someone has a blog to which they have limited the access…. forgive me, but I guess that this is, what in pre-tech times, used to be called a diary….

Or just very sad. More later……..

Bittersweet Swansong at the Morecambe Hotel

Posted in creative / writing, gothic, me and my world, morecambe, music, pagan, werewolves vampires and ghoulies on December 18, 2006 by Khlari

Yes, I know it’s taken me time to write this one…….

Last Saturday we all bade farewell to the Morecambe Hotel for what was to be the last time. It was a bittersweet evening, happy amongst friends, but also filled with a type of fin de siecle sadness for what was essentially the end of an era….

Sadder still, this has all come upon Dam and Woo through no fault of their own, although certain malicious and ill-informed tongues apparently believe otherwise, but simply because the brewery that they have the tenancy with have refused to repair the roof, and without that it is difficult to make into a viable financial concern….or to live there without endangering their health.

Since I moved up from London in July 2005, The Morecambe has been the centre of my social life, and it is where I met all the people in Morecambe that I am now lucky enough to count as friends, Woo and Dam, AD and her OH, Willow, Silent and many others……

If AD and I had not by chance mentioned on the Vintage Gothic webgroup about my move to Lancaster, and AD had not suggested that we meet up in person and suggested the Morecambe….I would never have met anyone….and these were all the people that have saved my sanity over the last few months, the people who make me laugh when I need it most, my extended urban family……..

If I’d never been to the Morecambe, I would never have met the lovely Mr A, and wouldn’t be as happy as I now am, I would still be trapped in a controlling relationship and alone miles from home rather than in a loving relationship surrounded by loving friends……..

The Morecambe has been the centre of my social life in all it’s surreal and arcane glory……if someone wrote a novel about it, no-one would believe it (I hope!)

Saturday certainly lived up to the full promise of the stickers….’I survived the Morecambe Hotel’s last night’ was definitely apt for the occasion……Some of us had been helping Dam and Woo wash polish and shift most of the day before bobbing home to don our PVC gladrags for the last performance.

The Old Rosie and JD were flowing freely as we made one last attempt to drink the pub dry. (We did succeed on both counts). The place was packed out, the mood festive yet tinged with a little melancholy around the edges.

Kev’s Karaoke was up and running with some virtuoso performances including Spicy Cauldron’s top rendition of ‘It’s a Sin’, the Morecambettes’ (AD, Willow, D and yours truly) alternative version of ‘Leader of the pack’, Mr A’s ground-shaking ‘Minnie the Moocher’, some truly awful Lene Lovich and Hazel O’Connor courtesy of me, as well as notable contributions by Helen, Geordie, Steb, Nick,, Silent ,Jeff and many others…………with a time-honoured Time Warp of course…even the baby gothlings made us proud…..

Down the middle of the bar there ran a long table surrounded by erstwhile Sanctuary and Brigantii Moot members and camp-followers, which was the noisiest, most riotous, and above all most badly behaved of the night! A smacked bottom goes out to Norm for some very interesting truffles which ensured I was a lot the worse for wear by the end of the evening…….

Some very interesting outfits were also in evidence, PVC, corsets and even Mels ‘vampire thingy’ made an appearance……. I was introduced to the sticker game, and got and gave some in very interesting places…….before bowing out drunkenly at god knows what time in the morning…..

I’m going to miss the Morecambe, it was a place of light, love and laughter, but what it has given to me cannot be taken away. True friends, a circle of happiness and some memories that will last forever.

(Silent’s photo says it all really.)

Vote Spicy Cauldron !!!! Weblog awards- time is running out….

Posted in creative / writing, gothic, me and my world, morecambe, pagan, werewolves vampires and ghoulies on December 14, 2006 by Khlari

Plug plug plug plug……

Time is nearly up to vote, so if you haven’t already voted many times for Spicy Cauldron in the 2006 Weblog Awards go and do so now and multiply so!