It's the Freaky Folklore Friday edition of the Inside Skinny with St Anthony, Treadwells & Ancient Origins
And we're off with three more stories starting with this one (via Reuters) about a special church ceremony in Madrid to bless pets. Yes, yesterday (17th January) was the Feast of St Anthony – that's St Anthony the Great, one of the early Christian "Desert Fathers" (died AD 356) who started as a hermit in the Egyptian desert and ended up laying the foundations for Christian monasticism. Along the way he was kind to animals and cured a pig, which subsequently became devoted to him. There's cute pet footage in the accompanying video.
Next up... a sign of the times from the Treadwells esoteric book shop in London, as they continue to host and curate sell out events...
Finally... our very good friends at Ancient Origins have just published the latest edition of their new monthly magazine, containing among many other the things, the first of a new regular column by me on the Ritual Year...
The Inside Skinny: Folklore + Life on the Moon + Throwback Thursday + come back Elizabeth Bathory all is forgiven
And we kick off today's stories with a reminder that the 17th of January is "Old Twelvey" or Old 12th Night because here in the UK some people still haven't got over the Julian-to-Gregorian calendar change in 1752! Still, it provides an another excuse to go wassailing!
It seems like it was only the other day we were all stunned by the news the Chinese had succeeded in growing cotton seed on their new Moon lander spacecraft. Hang in, it was only the other day. Well it's gone to join the choir eternal – it's now dead – it couldn't survive the lunar night. Story by The Register.
Finally... Throwback Thursday – Austrian actors Senta Berger + Marissa Mell + Maria Perschy circa 1963.
Next up a picture (taken by Scott Mahaskey of Politico) which neatly sums-up the whole out-of-control #socialmedia and #fakenews scene in 2018. It shows Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey leaving a congressional hearing in Washington while being heckled by InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. But why is the congressional aide behind Dorsey wearing Google Glasses? Who is the journalist stilling wearing a 1980s-style Casio watch? And is that cop sporting a Rolex?
Starting THIS Wednesday (16th January) on the Urban Fantasist... a daily inside skinny news section covering geek – tech – urban myths – folklore – media – the weird – and anything else that takes my fancy!
For all fans of the British cousin of the Yeti and Bigfoot – now mainly seen in carvings in Suffolk churches.
Scratch the surface of the Christian Christmas and you'll find an undercurrent of Paganism (full story is behind the Ancient Origins paywall).
And in other Ancient Origins news, I've just started a column on the Ritual Year for their monthly magazine.
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