Monthly Archives: January 2016

What’s New for the 31st of January: A Philip Glass chamber opera, the Two Fat Ladies, The Faeries’ Oracle, Irish drinking songs, live music from Mari Boine Persen, feline centric fiction and much more

Never try to outstubborn a cat.– Lazarus Long in Robert A. Heinlein’s Time Enough for Love, also found in The Notebooks of Lazarus Long The felines here are a story all by themselves. That’s Ysbaddaden (‘King of all Giants’ from the … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Our Rooms

Kinrowan Hall’s a vast sprawling going back far longer than one would suspect and it’s been added unto more often than perhaps was for the better. What that means that we who are staff here each have private space that’s unique. … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 24th of January: del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, Yugoslav folk music, Richard and Linda Thompson doing trad Irish music, Cape Breton music, a wee hedgehog puppet, Finnan hadddie, more chocolate, Armenian folk music, fantasy noir and a lot more!

Whatever happened next, good or bad, it would be wonderful finding out. — Mathew Swift, the Midnight Mayor, in Kate Griffin’s A Madness of Angels Ahhhh, plump pork sausages sizzling in their own fat, eggs any way you like them, palacsinta … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Finnan hadddie

There are certain winter foods that I look forward to every year and which the Kinrowan kitchen serves just often enough that hardly anyone wearies of them. One such food is finnan haddie. It’s a traditional Scottish fish dish made … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 17th of January: railroad diner food, Josepha Sherman on her fav tune, a Horslips biography, Grateful Dawg music, music from the Old Blind dogs and much, much more!

There were two sisters
 came walkin’ down the stream Oh the wind and rain The one behind pushed the other one in Cryin’ oh the dreadful wind and rain ‘The Wind and The Rain’ by Red Clay Rambers There’s nothing … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: The Coyotes

The Coyotes was what they called themselves. They’d sent me a packet with the usual glowing look at themselves, a live CD, and, still fairly unusual, a DVD of the band performing. That’s when I noticed that they were an … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 10th of January : Skating and other Winter pleasures, a favoured local bookstore, comfort foods, tequila, the joy of knitting, a noir graphic novel, pickled shark, Japanese superheroes, an Appalachian Mountain mystery series and a lot more

I thought I knew what cold was, before cold stripped me bare of thought, then blinded me and froze my heart. I could not feel such cold and live; cold forced me into something other, something not quite human, who … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Skating and Other Pleasures

One of the great pleasures of winter at this Scottish estate is ice skating and other ice-related activities. That’s all done on the Mill Pond, made possible by the restoration of the mill dam for generating low head hydro power … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 3rd of January: Music from the Chieftains and the Bothy Band, German chocolate redux, a guide to mysteries and much more

She looks like the wizened old crone in that painting Jilly did for Geordie when he got into this kick of learning fiddle tunes with the word ‘hag’ in the title: ‘the Hag in the Kiln,’ ‘Old Hag You Have … Continue reading

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