Monday, 24 July 2017

Get down from there! Simeon Stylites and the pillar of Austerity

You had enough of people?
They are awful aren't they? With their faces and clothes, their opinions and breath, their lives and thoughts. Disgusting.
There are two ways of dealing with your misanthropy. 

The first is to kill everyone in the entire world. This is a costly exercise and would probably be quite tiring so why not try the second option.

Why not live on the top of a pillar or pole?

Simeon Stylites did it and was made a saint for his trouble. And his day is celebrated on July 24th.

Mind you he probably hated the fact he was in a club with all the other saints. Because they were people. And people are awful. 

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"God those guys are tall" thought Simeon jealously.
Simeon was an ascetic. He gave up worldly goods and lived a life of poverty to honour God. He was so irritating that the other monks thought he was showing them up asked him to leave. It was then that he decided to live on top of a pillar to escape humanity. People would bring him food and I assume someone cleaned the bottom of the pillar every so often.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

The Browning Seance

To celebrate the famous seance on 23rd July 1855, (where the poet Robert Browning and his wife witnessed several disembodied hands and floating clemati) the entrepeneur, medium and alleged professional charlatan William Talchester recorded this seance.

It took place on the same date in 1936. William Talchester reported that he had successfully contacted the famous dead poet.

Judge for yourself.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Get Lucky with Gabe!

Are you feeling low?

Think everything is conspiring against you?

Do you wish that just once things could go your way?

Do you wish you had a little bit of luck?

Well fret no more! It's July 12th!
The Archangel Gabriel has long established this to be the luckiest day of the year!

For more details check out the lovely display below!

Good Luck!

Test your luck: Roll one die. If you roll lower than your luck score then something lucky will definitely happen... if you roll higher then it's not July 12th!

Saturday, 1 July 2017

What is in the Grotto? The July Mix is here...

It is July.

 It is time to run through the fields, your hand trailing against the light brown grass so close to harvest, ignoring the angry cries of the farmer as you exploit your imagined bucolic past.

 It is time to build a grotto to celebrate Saint James. It is time to venture onto the Kalendar Heath again. Let the heat of these songs enfold you as Jim Moon reads extracts from this month’s story “Grotto Day” (written by Chris Lambert as part of “Wyrd Kalendar” due for publication in October).

 This month’s mix contains music by Goldfrapp, Terry Reid, Uriah Heep, David Cain, Be Bop Deluxe, Gordon Lightfoot, John Stewart, Laura Veirs, Roger Waters, Sesame Street, Nick Nicely, Slim Dusty, Velvet Opera and Soundgarden.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

July is coming - What is inside the Grotto?

And it came to pass that June came to an end. July waited in the wings; a coy dancer ready to  perform its first darling pirouette on the Kalendar stage.

Children ran screaming with delight, buckets full of oyster shells, to celebrate this beautiful month.

Join us in July to find what lurks within the grotto...

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Bridget Bishop -The First Victim of Salem

On this day in 1692 Bridget Bishop was executed for being a witch.

Across the world people are being murdered for their beliefs, lifestyle, orientation or as with the case of Bridget Bishop because of unfounded hysteria.

There is a detailed and terrifying account of Bridget's fate here.

To continue the fight against prejudice and injustice.
To combat regimes that oppress those who are different.

Below you will find the song "If you float you're a witch" inspired by the song of the same name from Caryl Churchill's Vinegar Tom.