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To anyone who knows me I think it is fairly obvious that I am quite a big Doctor Who fan. Following a very random discussion in the pub on Tuesday, note ideas had in the pub are rarely good. It was decided that something that really had to be tried was fish fingers and custard, as made famous by Matt Smith in his first episode, The Eleventh hour. If you haven’t seen it the clip is available on YouTube, just search fish fingers and custard.
Wednesday, when I had the day off due to industrial action at school, me and the friend who had suggested this took a trip to Tescos and tried them. Needless to say I was not overly impressed. Then again Tescos value fish fingers and cold custard are not great on their own never mind when combined together. When I went to the NaNoWriMo thank God it’s over party on Thursday and mentioned this there was general mutterings that the pub we were going to on Saturday had a fish finger sandwich on their menu as well as assorted desserts that came with custard. It was at this point I said something rather stupid. Didn’t I say that ideas had in the pub are rarely good. “I’ll try them again if you guys do.”
So with my fate now sealed it made sense to dress up and do this as properly as possible. I will happily admit that on the three times I have worn this outfit I have felt rather more mad than normal, which is not a bad thing. Sometimes I wish I had that level of insane energy all the time. Life would certainly be more interesting. Anyways I digress. Thy were a lot better this time round, probably the combination of handmade fish fingers and piping hot custard that did it, but was a lot nicer. And this time round we even managed to get photos to prove it. How many geek points do I get for this?
Right time to kick off on my Day Zero posts. Where better to start than task 54; Listen to at least one song by each band in Amy’s great big list of goth bands
For those who don’t know I have been following Amy’s blog, The Ultimate Goth Guide, for a while now and enjoy reading what she has to say. So when I thought that I should try some new music and not just keep listening to the same old stuff it made sense to start here. So Yesterday at work I listened to the following bands;
1919, according to Last.fm this band from Bradford started in 1980 ‘and set about recording heavy, melodic, intense dance music with no frills and pretentions.’ I managed to find a few of their tracks on YouTube after trying and failing on Spotify.
As such I listened to the following tracks; After the fall, Cry Wolf, Can this be Real, Caged, Dream, Repulsion, Alien, The Scream, Earth Song, Giant, Tear Down These Walls, Midas touch, and Control. My initial thoughts were that I liked them, though they are unlikely to become one of my favourite bands. They did however provide perfect background music for work. No one has questioned my strange musical tastes so far, other than to occasionally ask who an artist is so I think I have got away with it. Will certainly be adding them to my last.fm playlist and possibly buying an album in the future.
Band number two was 19ninetynine, who after much searching I found had changed their name to terrornation. They are described as ‘an instantly accessible fusion of dirty beats, haunting vocals and grinding guitars.’ Even knowing their new name I had a bit of trouble finding tracks by them but in the end managed to listen to; iThink, Snow white Eyes, and Vagabonds. It probably says enough to say that out of those my favourite was Vagabonds a cover of the New Model Army song. I did like them but doubt I will be listening to them much in the future.
Finally was 13 candles. ‘One of the most gifted of the Dark Romantic Gothic bands from Britain in the Last Century.’ Must say I agree, listened to quite a few of their tracks; Xenomorph, Siren, Listen for the Whispers, Lost Child, Flesh of the Nazarene, Carpathian Moonrise, Woman of Dark Desires, Stranger in my Own Home, Sapphire (Queen of Dusk), Disbelievers, Join me in Death, In the Name of Darkness, Death Awaits you, Prayer of Eternal Damnation, Ghosts, Alien, The Hunted, The Hunger Within, Killing for Culture, and Lifeless Passion. Easily the best out of the three band sI listened too. Will be looking for more of their stuff in the future.
In case you were wondering when I last checked there were 1045 bands on the list so I have a way to go yet.
I tried this once before but didn’t manage to complete it, partly because I lost my list half way through and sort of gave up on it, but I am going to try again.
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on your part).
Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple challenges such as New Year’s resolutions or a ‘Bucket List’. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.
I am starting my list today so it will be completed on 24th August 2014. Keep reading my blog as I will keep you updated on my progress
- Read those history books you keep buying and never opening
- Use my kindle more
- Listen to everything in my iTunes library at least once
- Give up alcohol for a month
- Give up fizzy drinks for a month
- Give up chocolate for a month
- Drink only water for a month
- Cook something from each of your recipe books
- Finish Doctor who scarf
- Spend more time with sisters
- Pick up the last of my stuff from my parents
- Rejoin the British Library
- Enter NaNoWriMo each year and complete it
- Complete NaNoEdMo
- Submit one of your books for publication
- Start my own War of the Roses research so I don’t have to rely on what other people tell me
- Tidy my room and keep it that way
- Give yourself regular manicures
- Experiment with make up more
- Stop biting nails
- Pay off debts
- Complete couch to 5k programme
- Complete the 100 push up challenge
- Complete the 200 sit up challenge
- Go vegan for a week to see if I can
- Ask 20 friends to suggest a book and then read them all
- Meet up with friends you haven’t seen in years
- Complete 100+ reading challenge
- Attend a music festival in another country
- Complete project 52 with both loupie.co.uk and ukgoth.info
- Complete weff riddles
- Learn BSL
- Improve posture
- Learn to swim
- Update address book so I have an email address, phone number and address for most people
- Learn 25 origami shapes I don’t already know
- Apply and test for Mensa
- Complete at least one scary crochet character
- Produce enough craft items to sell at the goth bring and buy
- Update my elf wood account
- Get my ears pierced again
- Complete cover to cover bible notes
- Start a diary and write in it every day for a year
- Do the 750 words challenge every day for at least a month
- Go to Whitby Goth Fest
- Rejoin the MSS and go to more events
- Get involved with Woodhouse more, don’t just turn up once a year
- Tell bank, DVLA, Skirmish magazine etc. I have moved
- Go for the lunch date to Petticoat Lane that me and Carrolle have been talking about for ages
- Get my legs waxed
- Go through all the unread books on my shelf and either get rid of them or read them.
- Write a post to celebrate each goals completion
- Write to Mike Gayle in response to his book; ‘The To-Do List’
- Listen to at least one song by each band in Amy‘s great big list of goth bands
- Sleep under the stars
- Get a massage
- Host a dinner party
- Get a better job
- Visit a place of faith other than a Christian one
- Compete my London’s Dead walks
- Become a London tour guide
- Host a themed party
- Make everyone a birthday card for a year
- Make and decorate a birthday cake for someone
- Find a frame for my bat picture and somewhere to hang it
- Work out an exercise regime and stick to it
- Try to plot my family tree
- Obtain my CBT license
- Write a panto
- Get into a 22” corset
- Tag all my photos in iPhoto
- Complete Bogle
- Clear out wardrobe
- Wear a dress on a regular non-special occasion day
- Set aside a day to make my iTunes perfect (artist/album/artwork)
- Make it to the top of an indoor climbing wall
- Learn another language
- Read a book in that language
- Complete ECDL
- Enquire about getting a bat handling license
- Watch a bat colony emerge
- Customise a my little pony
- Finish Skippy’s trenchcoat
- Go on a wolf walk
- Get a pet
- Have inner by candle light
- Do something nice for everyone in family
- Gt rid of everything I don’t need
- Dye my hair again
- Watch a sunset
- Watch the sun rise
- Build up enough muscle mass to comfortably pull my long bow
- Go to Paris with Skippy
- Learn Quenya
- Extract my DNA
- Learn to recognise 5 constellations
- Make a new kirtle
- Get some male medieval kit
- Do 5 random acts of kindness
- Spend a rainy day watching movies in my PJs
- Start a new list on day 1001
Yes I have know this for a little while but now it’s on the website it’s official. In November I will be in the Woodhouse Players production of Carpe Jugulum. Based on the book by Terry Pratchett, click here for my review.
I will be playing the vampyre Krimson. so yes after years in the London Vampyre scene without doing so I now have full filled the goth stereotype of having a stupidly spelt ‘spooky’ name.
I am rather excited about this one, as anyone who has spoken to me recently can probably confirm. Though there is just one slight problem, as my lovely flatmates have been so keen to point out, thank you guys. That is that although being a vampyre is really cool, you are now on the wrong side in a Pratchett book, which means going against the likes of Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg. Which any fan of the Discworld will tell you is a really bad idea. You’ll have to come see it if you want to know what happens though.
This post has been a long while in coming due to me not being able to get the photos to work. I actually did this walk during Febuary half term.
Anyway Newgate Prison stood on the site of what is now the Old Bailey Criminal Justice Courts, near St Pauls. This was London’s main prison right up until it’s closure in 1902. Tyburn, at the junction of Oxford Street and Edgware Road, right by Marble Arch, is the site where until 1793 was where London’s most famous gallows stood. Originally a simple gallows it was expanded in 1511 into the Tyburn tree, a giant structure 18 feet high comprising of three posts and capable of hanging 24 people at once.
The condemned would be taken by wagon from Newgate to Tyburn and this is the route that my walk took. They would have a noose tied around their necks and their hands bound so they were in the praying position when they got to Tyburn. I stated at St Paul’s station and walked along Newgate. I found the Old Bailey fairly easily and a plaque marking the site of Newgate gaol. From Old Bailey I walked across to St Sepulchre’s church, which has an interesting history of it’s own so expect another post on that. Here the condemned were given a nosegay of flowers, I just contented myself with taking some pictures of the pretty ones outside.
Then they continued along Snow Hill, across the river Fleet and down High Holborn. It is at this point I got a little confused and almost walked in the wrong direction as now the road layout has changed a bit this is no longer the most direct route and I got a bit lost. A quick glance at the A to Z I brought with me and I was all set to go again. Back on the right track I went down to Holborn Circus where I took a slight detour down Fleet Street, and then back up to St Giles where I made the next stop of the journey.
In the narrow streets of St Giles they stopped for a last drink, on the house of course, known as a cup of charity, though a few people jokingly offered to buy a round on the way back. I would have stopped in The Intrepid Fox, see my upcoming post on UKgoth.info for the history of that pub, but as they weren’t open yet I made do with The Angel, a small pub right next to St Giles church (founded 1101). Here I caused great amusement when I was asked if I was journalist after sitting there making a load of notes on my walk and then photographing my pint. Oh and yes if this really was my last drink I would have had something better than a pint of cider, but I had to pay for this one ok.
After this it was back on the wagon, never to drink again (hence the saying) and down Oxford Street to Tyburn. I have been told this part of the journey took several hours with authors trying to get permisson to publish already written works as last confessions. Now this is the part that amazes me, I had to fight through goodness knows how many tourists to get there, and I wans’t going particuarly fast and it still took me a little over half an hour to cover that distance. Imagine being dragged behind a waggon for what is probably just over a mile for hours!
Finally they made it to Tyburn where the blindfolded and hooded prisoners were strung up. They were stood on the back of a wagon annd the horses were whipped into running, leaving them hanging to die in agony by strangultion. Eventually hangings at Tyburn were banned sometime between 1759 and 1783 when the residents of Mayfair complained that the didn’t want the rabble who attended public hangings in such a presdigous area. Not because they had any objects to the hangings taking place. After this point executions were conducted at Newgate.
Some random facts for you; the executioner was allowed to keep the clothes of their victims so many wore rags, some wore more quality garments hoping they would take mercy on them and pull on their legs so they would die quicker. The best seats for viewing were right by the tree where spaces were allocated by so called pew openers. One Mammy Douglas caused outcry when she upped her prices from 2/- to 2/6 for the hanging of Dr Florence Henesy in 1758. When the doctor was reprived at the last minute there was a riot as the outraged public tried to replace him with Mammy Douglas. In 1447 five men, who had already been strung up, recieved a reprive, however the hangman insisted on stripping them and keeping their garments anyway forcing them to walk home naked. Some even occaisionally recovered after being believed dead. Even Samuel Peypes visited Tyburn in 1664 and recorded the following in his diary;
got for a shilling to stand upon the wheel of a cart, in great pain, above an hour before the execution was done.
Another post will be following on the people hanged at Tyburn and Newgate
Some random red and black outfits for you
Showing off jewellery I got for my birthday, ignore the mess behind me
Hogmanay inEdinburgh a few years ago, yes it was cold
In The Fox last night
Fleet Street is most famous for the huge number of newspaper offices housed here, but that’s not the reason I paid it a visit. As you are probably aware it is also the place where one of London’s most notorious serial killers was supposed to have lived and worked. Sweeney Todd’s barber shop was located at number 186, right next door to St Dunstan’s church. The story of Todd is believed to have first been written James Malcolm Rymer in an eighteen part penny dreadful called The String of Pearls. I have read this version it tells the story of a sailor, Lieutenant Thornhill, who goes to Todd to be shaved on his way to see the fiancée of one of his friends who didn’t return from their journey. He makes the mistake of telling Todd about the pearls he has been told to give her and is subsequently murdered.
Most recently the story of Sweeney Todd has been made into a film by the wonderful Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp in the title role. As well as being a great work of fiction there is evidence that a murderous barber may have existed in one form or another but as historians are unable to agree on even the most basic facts about him this may be an early case of urban legend.
Below is what the shop looks like now, or did when I visited back in Febuary
Right time for another London’s Dead post. Primrose Hill in Camden, opposite Regent’s park is one of the highest points in London. It was also somewhere I wanted to visit as a child as it played a key role in one of my favourite books, The one hundred and one dalmatians by Dodie Smith. For those who have not read the book Primrose Hill is where Pongo and Missis stand to alert other dogs of their stolen puppies via the twilight bark. Personally I much prefer the book, it’s a lot darker than the film, though it’s Disney what do you expect.
Anyway that’s not why I visited there this weekend. No I went because Primrose Hill was where in 1678 the body of Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey was found stabbed with his own sword. Godfrey was a well known magistrate and friend of diarist Samuel Peyps. Apparently he had been warned a few weeks earlier by Dr Israel Tong, a Presbyterian minister, and Titus Oates, an unfrocked priest of a Catholic conspiracy to replace Charles II with the Duke of York (later James II). Godfrey began investigations into this but was murdered, possibly in Somerset House on the Strand. A catholic sliversmith, Prance, later confessed to being hired to carry out the deed.
Also in 1820 there were plans to turn the area into a massive cemetery which could hold 5,000 bodies, however locals campaigned agaist this and it has remained a public park.
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Thanks to Skippy for these Photos