Month: January 2015

20th January 2015 / Procrastination

More than one-third of American adults wake up in the middle of the night on a regular basis. Of those who experience “nocturnal awakenings,” nearly half are unable to fall back asleep right away. Doctors frequently diagnose this condition as a sleep disorder called “middle-of-the-night insomnia,” and prescribe medication to treat it.

Mounting evidence suggests, however, that nocturnal awakenings aren’t abnormal at all; they are the natural rhythm that your body gravitates toward. According to historians and psychiatrists alike, it is the compressed, continuous eight-hour sleep routine to which everyone aspires today that is unprecedented in human history. We’ve been sleeping all wrong lately — so if you have “insomnia,” you may actually be doing things right.

15th January 2015 / Procrastination

Nothing to look at here – nothing, what so ever.

I am really hoping that my house does not get burgled. I have committed to blogging as much as possible this year. Nothing like the disaster that was the bet two years ago – where I foolishly took on Dragondrop on a 365 blog dual. No no, just the regular; Blog as much as possible but do not put too much pressure on yourself.

14th January 2015 / Folklore

In indigenous cultures, men and woman are recognized by the length and glory of their hair. The cutting of hair by oppressors has long represented the submission and defeat of a People, through humiliation. The way a People comb, braid, tie and colour, their Hair is of great significance.  Each hair style represents a different frame of mind.

Hair is largely believed by them to be an extension of your thoughts.  Hair styles are especially important for they portray and announce participation in various events. Your hair style indicates your state of merriment or mourning at a given time, whether you’re marriageable or married, your age, and tribal status.  It is a representation of your feelings and your life situation.

7th January 2015 / Hermeticism

The Daily Mail (I know!) has a fascinating feature on David Latimer and his soon to be 54-year-old bottle garden that he started on Easter Sunday back in 1960.

6th January 2015 / Music


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6th January 2015 / Music

Bob Copper used to tell a funny story against himself. When he and his brothers once sang a folk song in a Sussex pub during a game of darts, they were met with the angry cry: “Shut that bloody dirgy old noise up”.

Copper, who died in 2004, was born 100 years ago (January 6 1915) and is rightly hailed as one of the key figures in 20th-century English folk music. His centenary is being celebrated on January 24 at Cecil Sharp House, the home of the English Folk Dance & Song Society, in a day of events and talks that culminate in a concert featuring, among others, The Copper Family, Martin Carthy, Maddy Prior, Oak, Spiro, Nancy Wallace, Jon Boden, Fay Hield, Neil McSweeney and Jim Causley.

The famous singing family of Rottingdean, East Sussex, are revered for their work collecting English folksongs. Bob Copper’s earliest musical memories were of sitting around the fire singing with his father, Jim, and his grandfather James Copper, who was born in 1845. An essay on the songs of James Copper and Thomas Copper, Bob’s great-uncle, was presented at the inaugural meeting of the English Folk Song Society in 1899.

3rd January 2015 / Human Rights Issues

Everybody I know has heard about Cadbury’s Chocolates – but this letter entry piqued my interest.

A New Hero Of Mine

I found this on white feather diaries is a social media storytelling project marking the centenary of World War I. It offers an insight into overlooked aspects of war: resistance to killing and the relief of suffering. This diary entry I stumbled across was eloquently penned by Laurence Cadbury.

Laurence was a Quaker engineer from Birmingham. As the son of George Cadbury, then head of the famous chocolate firm, he was immersed in the world of Quakerism. He was also at home in upper class society as a result of his family’s wealth and his private education.

Laurence’s training as an engineer combined skill with personal enthusiasm. He was fascinated by cars – at a time when most people in Britain had never ridden in one. He was particularly attached to his own car, which he named “the Beetle”.

War came when Laurence was 25.

2nd January 2015 / Folklore

Prague is a city steeped in history both known and otherwise, and the darker side of the Czech capitol’s past is brought to light in evocative displays at The Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of Old Prague, which looks at some of the famous dabblers in the dark arts that have called the city home.

As king of much of eastern Europe and eventually Holy Roman Emperor during the 16th century, Rudolf II was not known as an especially effective ruler, but he is widely remembered for his interest and patronage of the occult arts. It was during his reign that he turned Prague into the unofficial capitol of the dark arts. Funding a number of alchemists and other so-called sorcerers, most notably the likes of Edward Kelley and John Dee, Rudolf created possibly the most active period of occult practice in history.