Friday, 2 December 2016

2nd December 2016 - May his tribe increase..

Thought for the day: "What doesn't kill you gives you a lot of unhealthy coping mechanisms and a dark sense of humour.."

I have had a busy week, Monday was Chapter, Tuesday Craft Installation, Wednesday rehearsals, Thursday Scarlet Cord and Secret Monitor - and today .. I do nto have anythign to learn!!
That is a strange feeling .. so I will share Leigh Hunt's poem...
James Henry Leigh Hunt (19 October 1784 – 28 August 1859)

Abou Ben Adhem
By Leigh Hunt... 
Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
And saw, within the moonlight in his room,
Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,
An angel writing in a book of gold:—
Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
And to the presence in the room he said,
"What writest thou?"—The vision raised its head,
And with a look made of all sweet accord,
Answered, "The names of those who love the Lord."
"And is mine one?" said Abou. "Nay, not so,"
Replied the angel. Abou spoke more low,
But cheerly still; and said, "I pray thee, then,
Write me as one that loves his fellow men."

The angel wrote, and vanished. The next night
It came again with a great wakening light,
And showed the names whom love of God had blest,
And lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest. 

Well - I won't have to repeat that for a while - though it is a moving tale..

On other masonic matters I came across this little picture of the two Grand Masters

But today I have been doing the paperwork that goes with  all these hobbies of mine..
But now getting ready to go to St Briavels Castle - for the Black Company in Barracks - could be cold !

So - Cheers!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

1st December 2016 - First in 823 years? Nope!

Thought for the day:"So.. If revenge is best served cold, and revenge is sweet.. Revenge must be Ice Cream !"

So they say that this December there are five Mondays, five Saturdays and five Sundays. Apparently this onl;y happens once in every 823 years. It is termed "Moneybags" - I suppose mainly for those who were paid weekly !!
Sadly, I checked and it is an urban myth..  Good old Snopes tells me :
"Before you get too excited about this once-in-a-lifetime event and start telling your family and friends, know this: any such claims are false. Special combinations of days like 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays occur much more often than every 823 years!"

So - before you spread this myth - have a check - in fact it is best to do so with almost everything you find on the internet - especially social media. I always recall that famous quote

Oh - and white rabbits ..

and in an alternative universe...

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

30th November 2016 - Happy St Andrews

Thought for the day:"If in doubt - add brandy"

Coming up to the anniversary of the Drunken Monk Teddies and their first video ..

so thought I may share again ..

Bright sunshine today and the kitchen is nearly finished - not that I have been much help with that ...

But on another note it is of course St andrew's Day -the patron saint of Scotland...
Except of course he was not Scottish...
The patron saint was born in Bethsaida, in Galilee, which is now Israel. His remains were moved 300 years after his death to Constantinople, now Istanbul, by the Emperor Constantine. While he was generally revered in Scotland from around 1,000 AD, he didn't become its official patron saint until the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320.

He was the first Disciple..
Andrew was a fisherman before he and his brother Simon Peter became two of the 12 disciples of Jesus. He was baptised by John the Baptist and was the first disciple of Jesus. In the Greek Orthodox tradition he is known as "Prōtoklētos" (Πρωτόκλητος) - literally "the first-called”.

He is not just Saint for Scotland..
Greece, Russia, Italy’s Amalfi and Barbados also count St Andrew as their patron saint. He’s also seen as the patron saint of singers, spinsters, maidens, fishmongers, fishermen, women wanting to be mothers, gout and sore throats. St Andrew is also the patron saint of the Order of the Thistle, one of the highest ranks of chivalry in the world, second only to the Order of the Garter.

The shape of the Flag is due to his crucifixion
St Andrew was crucified in Greece on 30 November 60AD - hence the date - by order of the Roman governor Aegeas. Legend has it that he asked to be tied to an X-shaped cross because he did not feel worthy of dying on the same shape of cross as Jesus. The shape has been represented by the white cross on the Scottish flag, the Saltire, since at least 1385.

Being foreign doesn't stop people believing that his remians are in Scotland
Purported relics of St Andrew, including a tooth, kneecap, arm and finger bone, meant the town of St Andrews became a popular medieval pilgrimage site up until the 16th century - when they were destroyed in the Scottish Reformation. In 1870, the Archbishop of Amalfi sent an apparent piece of the saint's shoulder blade to Scotland, where it has since been stored in St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh.

and so ...

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

29th November 2016 - Don't be a mug...

Thought for the day:"Making a wish before uncorking the bottle is my version of blowing out candles"

I seem to be surrounded by wonderful friends..  after I had my fall back in Germany - my favourite tankard - a gift from a good LARP friend, with ornate leatherwork, was damaged so hard that it could not be used. I dutifully placed it on my belt and let it jangle with the bells - as it was still a good advert for the Crimson Moon ... but I had to drink form another tankard...

Then a new tankard arrived - again a naked lady tankard - and duly inscribed with the words Vollsanger - here all week.
Sadly this only lasted a few events.. I did not damage it - but one day the bottom just fell off. The solder must have been faulty.

I sent it back to the company but they felt that it was no longer round and that they could not fix it - so it is on my shelf...

Then at the banquet for the wolves - a small parcel was handed to me.. and inside was a replacement tankard - brand new and leatherworked as was the first one .. I share it with you ...

 My grateful thanks to the wonderful work of Nikki ...

And so ...

By Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

or as I recall it - if you can keep your head when others about you can't... you don't understand the problem...

Monday, 28 November 2016

28th November 2016 - and a few words..

Thought for the day:"I like you. You remind me of when I was young and stupid."

Meanwhile - I today I found a list. Some lists fascinate me- indeed I have a book full of meaningless lists somewheer - probably in a box in the warehouse - but this one was fairly interesting - it is the list of words that you cannot use on the BBC - or in particular upon the BBC facebook pages... I share it with you..

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I never liked bad language ...


Sunday, 27 November 2016

27th November 2016 - Back from Norsca

Thought for the day:"Sometimes I just want someone to give me a hug and say "you are going to be okay - have a chocolate and 5 million pounds"

A busy weekend, Appendant Orders in Bridgend on Saturday followed by a trip up to Kibblestone (Stone) for the Wolves' Banquet...

A steady trip up the motorway - and the sat nav led me nicely to the scout camp, which is where the problems started. I had noticed that the banquet was not on the main site.. but "just up the road"
Well - "just up the road" proved to be a little elusive - especially in the dark. I found "jubilee Drive" which looked quite promising - but after making my way down the long drive ( I did check first to see that it was drivable) the road plummeted down a steep hill and ended up at a house - with a van across the drive.. 47 point turn later - across the grass with risk of sliding wheels...

So, off we head back along the road - and into the village..  another lane heads up and looks promising - but ends up in the front garden of a private house - with three cars - I am not sure what they thought as I struggled to turn the Bothy in the very restricted space - petrified that I might knock a car...

Maybe there was an entrance at the lower section, through the council estate, and into the lanes - and so I found myself travelling further away form the site...  Put the sat nav back on to find my way back...

Back to the Scout camp - and it seemed that someone had driven a large van around the site - possible a White Camper Van - and the alarms had all gone off at the main buildings - which at least meant that there was a representation form the Scout Group - who were able to advise me as to where the Banquet was being held - but there were two groups on site - so you can never tell...

Half an hour later - I find my way up a narrow track and find a familiar face... and so the evening starts ...

Into the car park and start searching for kit - I had not really done the job properly - you know - the actual sorting out what clothes and kit you need...  that sort of thing. I had checked that I had a guitar. I had checked that I had a guitar strap to hold it in place. The rest - I sort of hoped that everything was where it was when I left it last time - and - for the main part it was...

So - in kit - bells a jingling and off to the banquet with a guitar over  a shoulder...
And - I must say - I was overwhelmed by the reaction as I walked in..
A universal cheer and it was pretty humbling to have so many people welcome you ...   Calls of "here all week" and "A green one"  but mainly - a heartfelt welcome - and that was for someone who was arriving three quarters through the event ... just in time for dinner - which was great of course

So an evening of songs and fun and chatting with the Gods and the Fay.. 

Photos will follow I am sure - though I did not take any myself..

But another great and enjoyable event among friends ...
Last until the new year ..

Praise be to the Wolves - Wolves be praised


Saturday, 26 November 2016

26th November 2016 - Off to the Wolves

Thought for the day:" Give me Coffee to help me change the things I can change - and whisky to accept the ones I cannot"

Off early
back tomorrow