So I'm reading Howard Pyle's The Book of Pirates and came across this illustration from 1903, the caption is "How buccaneers kept Christmas". If only I'd have known I'd have gone Xmas shopping on the Spanish Main, not Iceland.
Here's me writing more weird folklore stuff – this time for Ancient Origins (behind a paywall I'm afraid) – where I look at the similarities between the Western fairy/fae traditions and the Eastern jinn/genies.
Ickenham Station on the London Underground (Piccadilly & Metropolitan Lines): on winter evenings a ghostly figure of a woman wearing a red scarf stands at the end of the London-bound platform, close to where she fell or jumped onto the 'live' rail and was fatally electrocuted. She sometimes waves before disappearing. According to the Paranormal Database, she was first seen in the 1950s.
In the second of our two Holiday Specials - this week the Weird Tales Radio Show discusses Demons and Evil Archaeology with Dr Heather Lynn plus our second guest Tobias Churton explains why Aleister Crowley was the Godfather of the Swinging Sixties.
Very chuffed to report the newsletter of the renown Ghost Club has published an article of mine on "profane burials". It includes the notorious Lord Byron verse about a recently deceased politician – we should treat more politicians with contempt...
Posterity will ne’er survey
A nobler grave than this:
Here lie the bones of Castlereagh:
Stop, traveller, and piss.
Madagascar's giant Baobab Trees in the early morning. (Photo by Stephen Gollan) Reminds me of a Roger Dean album cover for a Prog-Rock band in the early 1970s...
"When you hear people lament the lack of traditional Christmas ask them for some ale or cider while pondering who will play the Lord of Misrule, because fornication, heavy drinking, and subverting the social order are what a traditional Christmas is all about."
Christmas is also a time to remember those in less fortunate circumstances so this year I'm supporting an animal charity that helps cats trapped in homes with folk singers.
Excellent, balanced piece by Nic Rigby for the BBC on the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident of 40 years ago – although it will probably upset the KoolAid drinkers who've made a career out of being UFO "experts" on the strength of this one incident. Incidentally we talked to Nick Redfern about Rendlesham earlier this year on the Weird Tales Radio Show (see second link) – he was also of the opinion that whatever actually happened, it wasn't little green aliens.
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