One the Sixth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Six Hands of Glory, Five Golden Pentacles, Four Dragon's Eggs, Three Unicorn Horns, Two Copies of the Necronomicon, And a Cockatrice in a Pear Tree...
One the Fifth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Five Golden Pentacles, Four Dragon's Eggs, Three Unicorn Horns, Two Copies of the Necronomicon, And a Cockatrice in a Pear Tree...
One the Fourth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Four Dragon's Eggs, Three Unicorn Horns, Two Copies of the Necronomicon, And a Cockatrice in a Pear Tree...
One the Third Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Three Unicorn Horns, Two Copies of the Necronomicon, And a Cockatrice in a Pear Tree...
One the Second Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Two Copies of the Necronomicon (second editions, bound in Cthulhu skin, slightly foxed) And a Cockatrice in a Pear Tree.
Instead of a conventional Christmas card, this year Janie Christian painted me a Merry Krampus picture. The oil painting is based on an image she found online, as she was unable to find a suitable Krampus locally who was prepared to pose for the picture.
To all our readers...
I hope you have a Rudolph red-nose glowing, Twelve Days of sleighride-jingling,
stocking-bulging, star of Bethlehem twinkling, Noddy-Wizard-Pogues Rocking*,
carol-singing, deck the halls with holly-ing, robin tweeting, pagan no-sanity clausing,
Winterval Equinox celebrating, TV Dr Who box-set bingeing, Bing-crooning,
veggie-dinner Feastmas, post-eating burping, inappropriate mistletoe-snogging
and rosé-wining paracetamol booze-snoozing, mince pie exceeding Xmas…
Merry Meet, Merry Part, & Merry Meet Again
words by Andrew Darlington, image by Gino Cinganelli – because they echo my sentiments!!!
* Readers unfamiliar with UK Christmas hit singles may have to Google this
Our top story revisits the infamous Highgate Vampire case and asks was it a hoax, a modern urban myth – or just bad science? We're also discussing spooky stories with author Paul Finch. On a Christmastide theme, we have the sad tale of the Mistletoe Bride – a young woman entombed alive when a game of Hide-and-Seek went badly wrong – and there's also everything you need to know about Yule Logs. And, finally, how some canny Yorkshireman once hunted a dragon with nothing more than Parkin!
Earlier this week Blue Origin (that's the spaceflight business started by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos) launched its New Shepard rocket for the seventh time from its West Texas launch site. The mission – known Mission 7 (M7) – featured the next-generation booster and the first flight of Crew Capsule 2.0, which has extra large windows for maximum visibility. The pilot was Mannequin Skywalker (geddit?) and the capsule reached an apogee of 322,405 feet / 98.27 kilometres / 61 miles in its 11 minute flight. The video (taken from onboard cameras) is just over 11 minutes in length.
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