Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Is there something of the night about him?

Or is it just a load of rubbish?

A Dark Cave! A Caldron Boiling! Thunder!

Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd.

Thrice; and once the hedge-pig whin'd.

Harpier cries:--"tis time, 'tis time.

Round about the caldron go;
In the poison'd entrails throw.--
Toad, that under cold stone,
Days and nights has thirty-one
Swelter'd venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i' the charmed pot!

Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire, burn; and caldron, bubble.

Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and howlet's wing,--
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire, burn; and caldron, bubble.

Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witch's mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digg'd i' the dark,
Liver of blaspheming Jew,
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Sliver'd in the moon's eclipse,
Nose of Turk, and Tartar's lips,
Finger of birth-strangl'd babe
Ditch-deliver'd by a drab,--
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
For the ingredients of our caldron.

Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire, burn; and caldron, bubble.

Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

O, well done! I commend your pains;
And everyone shall share i' the gains.
And now about the cauldron sing,
Like elves and fairies in a ring,
Enchanting all that you put in.

The ancient Celtic festival of Samhain

The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.

To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities.

During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other's fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.

By A.D. 43, Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain.

The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of "bobbing" for apples that is practiced today on Halloween.

By the 800s, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands. In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 All Saints' Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs. It is widely believed today that the pope was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. The celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints' Day) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween. Even later, in A.D. 1000, the church would make November 2 All Souls' Day, a day to honor the dead. It was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels, and devils. Together, the three celebrations, the eve of All Saints', All Saints', and All Souls', were called Hallowmas.


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Cometh The Goddess Eiseria

The Eve of Hallow's Eve


Changes - Blair & Cameron

No matter who you vote for an ass gets in!

My Mom told me I'd gained weight! I told her...

Grains of truth? Contemptible list?

Top 100 British Albums
(The Obsever - Sunday June 20, 2004)

1. The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses

2. Revolver, The Beatles

3. London Calling, The Clash

4. Astral Weeks, Van Morrison

5. Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles

6. The Beatles, The Beatles

7. Sticky Fingers, The Rolling Stones

8. Exile on Main St, The Rolling Stones

9. Blue Lines, Massive Attack

10. Metal Box, PiL

11. The Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars, David Bowie

12. Beggars Banquet, Rolling Stones

13. The Clash, The Clash

14. Never Mind The Bollocks, The Sex Pistols

15. Club Classics Vol 1, Soul II Soul

16. Five Leaves Left, Nick Drake

17. The Specials, The Specials

18. Closer, Joy Division

19. Definitely Maybe, Oasis

20. Loveless, My Bloody Valentine

21. The Smiths, The Smiths

22. Hounds Of Love, Kate Bush

23. For Your Pleasure, Roxy Music

24. OK Computer, Radiohead

25. Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, Pink Floyd

26. Roxy Music, Roxy Music

27. Unhalfbricking, Fairport Convention

28. Abbey Road, The Beatles

29. Roxy Music, Stranded

30. Unknown Pleasures, Joy Division

31. New Boots And Panties!!, Ian Dury And The Blockheads

32. Rubber Soul, The Beatles

33. Spirit Of Eden, Talk Talk

34. Every Picture Tells A Story, Rod Stewart

35. Bryter Layter, Nick Drake

36. Rock Bottom, Robert Wyatt

37. The Queen Is Dead, The Smiths

38. Ocean Rain, Echo And The Bunnymen

39. Low, David Bowie

40. Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin

41. The Bends, Radiohead

42. Lexicon Of Love, ABC

43. The La's, The La's

44. Bummed, Happy Mondays

45. John Lennon And The Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon And The Plastic Ono Band

46. Solid Air, John Martyn

47. Hatful Of Hollow, The Smiths

48. Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin

49. Here Come The Warm Jets, Brian Eno

50. Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake, Small Faces

51. The Yes Album, Yes

52. Handsworth Revolution, Steel Pulse

53. Just Another Diamond Day, Vashti Bunyan

54. Searching For The Young Soul Rebels, Dexys Midnight Runners

55. Entertainment, Gang Of Four

56. All Mod Cons, The Jam

57. Village Green Preservation Society, The Kinks

58. Cut, The Slits

59. Urban Hymns, The Verve

60. Maxinquaye, Tricky

61. My Aim Is True, Elvis Costello

62. Meat Is Murder, The Smiths

63. Dark Side Of The Moon, Pink Floyd

64. Aladdin Sane, David Bowie

65. Power, Corruption and Lies, New Order

66. Something Else, The Kinks

67. Moondance, Van Morrison

68. Screamadelica, Primal Scream

69. Goodbye Yellow Brickroad, Elton John

70. (What's The Story) Morning Glory, Oasis

71. The Slider, T Rex

72. Grand Prix, Teenage Fanclub

73. Jailbreak, Thin Lizzy

74. Quadrophenia, The Who

75. Original Pirate Material, The Streets

76. Parklife, Blur

77. Dusty in Memphis, Dusty Springfield

78. Let it Bleed, Rolling Stones

79. Penguin Eggs, Nic Jones

80. Station To Station, David Bowie

81. Dummy, Portishead

82. Basket Of Light, Pentangle

83. My Generation, The Who

84. Road To Freedom, Young Disciples

85. Hunky Dory, David Bowie

86. Don't Stand Me Down, Dexy's Midnight Runners

87. This Nation's Saving Grace, The Fall

88. Young Americans, David Bowie

89. Band On The Run, Wings

90. Regatta De Blanc, The Police

91. Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin

92. Paranoid, Black Sabbath

93. Parachutes, Coldplay

94. Behaviour, Pet Shop Boys

95. Dizzee Rascal, Boy In Da Corner

96. Dare, The Human League

97. Heaven Or Las Vegas, The Cocteau Twins

98. Rattlesnakes, Lloyd Cole And The Commotions

99. The Holy Bible, Manic Street Preachers

100. Sweet Dreams, The Eurythmics

Source Article:,13887,1240033,00.html

Monday, October 29, 2007

Test Patterns

It is that black!

Einst├╝rzende Neubauten Sabrina