Weird Tales Radio Show #35: Michaelmas plus the Patron Saint of Sorcerers and Viking squirrels - 27th September 2018
And to think I spent my formative years living on baked beans on toast!
The 26th of September! Why that's the Feast of St Cyprian of Antioch, the Patron Saint of witches, magicians, sorcerers, occultists, demonologists and necromancers. Wait... run that one by me again!
I was so intrigued I wrote this article for Ancient Origins – see link to preview.
The ruined church of St Saviour's Surlingham (at the Norwich end of the Norfolk Broads). Although the church has been abandoned for over 300 years, the Norfolk naturalist Ted Ellis (1909-1986) and his wife are buried in the graveyard. Picture taken earlier this year while on a walkabout with Jane Christian. Surlingham Broad is known as "the wherry graveyard" as at least 13 wherry hulls have been scuttled there.
Avast me hearties!
2pm - 4pm (BST) today (Wednesday) The Midweek Late Lunch on Smart Radio with Charles Christian. My featured artist is David Bowie and we'll be celebrating International Talk Like a Pirate Day. (No, it really is a thing.)
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Comment on the audience in a review of a recent Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets gig: "Many old couples of the retired geography teacher variety, lots of black T-shirts on fat bellies..."
It all comes down to this: One moment you are a Flower Child chilling to Pink Floyd at the UFO Club during the Summer of Love – the next thing, you've turned into an uncool retired teacher with a big belly! Carpe Diem! Where does the time go...
Out birding with Jane Christian (Mrs C) yesterday on Buckenham Marshes. Total raptor count: 3 x Common Buzzards - 2 x Hobbies - 1 x Marsh Harrier - 1 x Red Kite. And also a solitary Black Swan. (Oh no! Not a Black Swan Event – Google it.) The building is an old Norfolk Broads drainage wind-pump.
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