Hail Thrice Great Tahuti!

An ambitious title I think to myself dear reader, but a note to the ‘Lord of Holy Words’ (as inventor of writing and the arts) is rather appropriate at this time. Being endowed with complete knowledge and wisdom he is kept rather busy with all manner of business. Here’s hoping he answers. Tahuti (ancient Egyptian)…Read more Hail Thrice Great Tahuti!

Bridge of Sighs by Jan Malique #writephoto

My contribution to Sue's photo prompt this week sees the return of an old, em, youngish old friend Little Troll. Like many trolls he lives under a bridge in a tardis like home but that’s where the similarity ends. He’s not a typical example of his kind, what troll has refined tastes in food, literature…Read more Bridge of Sighs by Jan Malique #writephoto

Reminisces: Favourite Scooby-Doo Monsters and Villains

This post came about due to a morning’s clear out of a storage box containing old comics and diaries. It felt rather strange looking over the past but they were good memories. Shall we shall these artifacts are my equivalent of Proust’s madeleines.  There are regular repeats of children's cartoons on television and I thought…Read more Reminisces: Favourite Scooby-Doo Monsters and Villains

Fairy tales: Faces Glimpsed in the Forest

Many of us have grown up with the older versions of fairy tales, visceral stories that were handed down from generation to generation. I certainly recall the earlier folk tales, devouring each tale with zeal, especially those of the Brothers Grimm. The Brothers collected and revised an enormous number of oral and written narratives covering…Read more Fairy tales: Faces Glimpsed in the Forest

A Matchmaker Advises: Coping with the First Romantic Encounter

  Disclaimer A warning to those of a sensitive nature, this post is decidedly tongue in cheek. I advise not proceeding any further without smelling salts if this is the case. The advice provided in the article should be taken with a pinch of low sodium salt/no salt. Thank you. I’ve often pondered on the…Read more A Matchmaker Advises: Coping with the First Romantic Encounter

A Pause for Thought: There’s No Place Like Gnome

My exploration of the often mysterious and surreal world of gnomes.

 

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The garden gnome is not to be considered either common or an aberration of the foulest kind. Throughout history this often shy creature has been spotted in forest glades and on the fringes of human encampments. A creature of Elemental Earth the gnome has been attributed with protective powers over the treasures buried within the Earth. A symbol of good luck these creatures have formed a symbiotic relationship with humanity, with benefits on both sides. As for their name, what does it signify? The word is thought to variously mean “earth-dwelling spirit” or “earth-dweller” from the Latin (gnomus) and Greek (genomos). Paracelus referred to these creatures as Pygmae and Umbragines. You may wonder why the lecture? Indulge me a little; the background information may help to elicit sympathy for this magnificent creature’s plight in our modern world.

The ancients believed gnomes had power over the rocks, vegetation and…

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If you’re a Superhero, I’m Elvis: 10 forgotten comic superheroes

I am sure many of us have dreamed of being a superhero, fighting the forces of crime, evil and helping the elderly across the road. The allure of saving the world yet remaining humble and unassuming resonates strongly with adventurous nerds. In recent years the likes of X-Men, Iron Man, Spiderman. Green Lantern and Captain…Read more If you’re a Superhero, I’m Elvis: 10 forgotten comic superheroes

Conversation with the Jackal Shaman: In the Hall of Ma’at and Weighing of the Heart Ritual

White Rabbit looks into the distance, deep in thought. The Jackal Shaman and I watch him. Rather than break the silence we converse in signs and symbols. You may well ask how that’s achieved. Pens and pieces of card. Neither mystical nor magical. Or is it? Ancient sigils imbued with mystery and knowledge, they open…Read more Conversation with the Jackal Shaman: In the Hall of Ma’at and Weighing of the Heart Ritual