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Archive for August, 2013

     It’s French, its animated and it’s black and white.  The unforgettable Fear(s) Of The Dark (2007) is also this month’s Movie You Might Have Missed…

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     If it has been a while since you visited The Arcade of Arts & Arcana Gallery then here is a naughty peek at what you’ve been missing!

     The Victoriana album is just one of a series of permanent features which are regularly updated and available to view via the Gallery tab at the top of the homepage.

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     Movie fans may sense a serious disturbance in The Force this Saturday when Darth Vader’s shuttle arrives at Hull’s Movie Buffs Collectors Fair.

     Actor Dave Prowse, who gave Darth Vader his imposing presence in the original Star Wars Trilogy, will be visiting the city for the very first time to meet fans, sign autographs and enjoy some Yorkshire hospitality.

     The former Green Cross Code Man will be joined by special effects gurus and Jabba The Hutt puppeteers, Toby Philpott and John Coppinger, who have worked on a variety of memorable movies including Harry Potter, Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal.

     Movie Buffs is the seventh film and cult TV fair hosted by Hullywood Entertainment, an independent Yorkshire-based events company launched five years ago with support from The Prince’s Trust.

     This Saturday’s event will be held in the first floor atrium of Hull’s Prospect Shopping Centre from 10am – 4pm and will also feature a spectacular array of trade stands and exhibits.  Charity costume groups, such as the world-renowned UK Garrison and the UK Ghostbusters will be mingling with visitors alongside a variety of cosplayers.  Movie Buffs events have become well-known for their party atmosphere and visitors are always welcome to turn-up in fancy dress.

     Tickets for Movie Buffs, Hull 17/08/2013 are available on the door.

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     The wild imaginings of mixed-media artist and cartomancer, Patrick Valenza have more than earned a permanent place in Lily Wight’s Gallery.

     If you would like to know more about the gracious artist who lent this site its header and avatar and devised the Tarot deck that features in regular readings then step through the looking-glass…

http://www.deviantmoon.com/wordpress/

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     Throughout the month Lily Wight will be renovating and upgrading the Gallery at award-winning blog site https://lilywight.com/

     Only the most strange and beautiful images win a permanent place in the featured collections which are regularly updated and enhanced with inspiring new finds.

     The collections are listed below and you can view them in full by simply clicking on the pictures.  The Gallery is always accessible via the tab at the top of the homepage.  Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

     If you choose to share the images please include copyright information and a link to this website would be appreciated.

Automatons Album

Deviant Moon Album ©Patrick Valenza

Victoriana Album

Puppets & Marionettes Album

Macabre Album

Middle-earth Album

Faerie Lore & Fairy Tales Album

     Just click the pics to see the albums in full  🙂

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     Updated 29/07/2014

     Lughnasadh (pronounced Loo-na-sah) is one of eight festivals celebrated on the ancient Wheel Of The Year seasonal calendar.  It marks the midpoint between The Summer Solstice and The Autumn Equinox.  It was once observed when the first sheaf of corn was cut and now, most commonly, on 1st August.

     The First Harvest is named for the Irish Sun God, Lugh, who also lends his name to the Modern Irish name for August.  In Gaelic Mythology Lugh held a funeral and athletic games to honour his foster-mother, Tailtiu who died of exhaustion after clearing the land for agriculture.  Tailtiu represents an earth or harvest deity whose labours feed and nurture the people.

     At Lughnasadh tribal people throughout Western Europe and The Northern Hemisphere gave thanks for their grain and cereal harvest and sought blessings for next year’s crop.  The birth, death and rebirth of the cornfield was symbolic of the eternal cycle of all life.

     The Anglo-Saxons referred to The First Harvest as Hlaef-mass, meaning “loaf mass”.  Loaves would be baked in the shape of a corn god then broken and consumed to represent the blessings of his sacrifice.  The practice was adopted by modern Christians who refer to this festival as Lammas.

     Corn dollies, or spirit cages, are traditionally crafted at Lughnasadh to lure and capture crop spirits.  Combine this with the often misconstrued concept of sacrifice and you have the plot for The Wicker Man!

     It was common in agrarian societies for a god and goddess to marry at Beltane (1st May) and conceive a child to represent the new year and it’s harvest cycle.  In Folklore the father god “John Barleycorn” is “sacrificed” at Lughnasadh to nourish the bountiful goddess, her child and the people.  This is still reenacted today via the burning of a cornstalk effigy (not Edward Woodward).  Sometimes a bull would be sacrificed in the fields for a celebratory feast. 

     Today the people of Ireland still honour Lugh’s prowess by climbing closer to the sun, at the summit of Croagh Patrick in County Mayo, to gather bilberries for celebration foods and wine. 

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