Monthly Archives: February 2016

What’s New for the 28th of February: Fairy Tales, Americana Music and Other Matters

Once upon a time fairy tales were told to audiences of young and old alike. It is only in the last century that such tales were deemed fit only for small children, stripped of much of their original complexity, sensuality, … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: A One-Armed Queen

Dear Nick,  A storyteller regaled us in the Pub late one night. She showed up on a spring night so horrible that no visitors from the nearby Estates was to be seen here. So it was with some surprise that … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 21st of February: Dead Can Dance, live Celtic music from two very different bands, the Mouse Guard, a SF military series, drinking songs and a bit more.

I only laid the cobbles for the streets of Bordertown; it took all of us, an entire community, to bring the city to life. And that’s as it should be. Community, friendship, art: stirred together, they make a powerful magic. … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Foxes

Though fox hunting by the gentry was common in Scotland for centuries, this Estate never allowed them to be hunted here, so the Estate foxes have thrived. Even when we had a Gameskeeper here, before we abolished that position and … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 14th of February: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, bluegrass, music from Solas, Parisian culinary memories, fantastic Victoriana and much more!

Darkness, Darkness Be my pillow Take my hand And let me sleep In the coolness of your shadow In the silence of your deep Jesse Colin Young Breakfast was waiting for me as I came down the stairs. Canadian bacon … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Jenny Thistlethwaite (A Letter to Mauve)

Written by Robert ‘Red’ Macdonald, The Steward at Kinrowan between The Wars, to his friend Mauve, about a resident of Faerie who was visiting Kinrowan. The letter was copied by Robbie to his Journal, dated 17th of October 1923 Greetings … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 7th of February: chicha music, not so great chocolate, Toll House cookies, North Carolina music, Hungarian and Japanese folklore in fiction, music from the Taraf De Haïdouks and much more!

Discourse is not discord. —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez I overheard Cat and Robert debating in our Pub over who was the best stylist when writing fantasy currently. Cat choose Brokedown Palace as reviewed by Robert to bolster his contention that Steven Brust was … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Eggnog

A Québécois band introduced eggnog to this Estate back in the Fifties by its French name lait de poule (literally, “hen’s milk”). Eggnog’s a deceptively easy drink to make and consequently a bit hard to get precisely right. They were … Continue reading

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