Monthly Archives: January 2017

What’s New for the 29th of January: fantastic fiction set in London, music from Nightnoise, an audio songbook for Utah Phillips, Deborah Grabien’s comfort food and other cool things

It’s hardly a wonder that they call London the most elusive city in the world. Its character changes from one street to the next. There’s no rhyme or reason, no pattern to the place. You could take six people at … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Walking: Sunny Days

On sunny days in the winter, as long as the wind is not too strong, a walk outside can be just what the doctor ordered, especially after days of snow and gloom. It’s wise to take a pair of sunglasses, … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 22nd of January: music from De Danann, Nordic new age, Jazz music, cleaning the Kinrowan Hall under-eaves, a super-antihero, and other matters…

All things are known, but most things are forgotten. It takes a special magic to remember them. — Grandfather of Tallis in his Journal, from Robert Holdstock’s Lavondyss We’re really in the harshest part of Winter on this Scottish Estate, so the residents … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Blizzard (A Letter to Tessa)

A letter from Lady Alexandra Margaret Quinn, Head Gardener here in the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, her botanist friend who is on an extended botanical collecting trip in the Ottoman Empire and elsewhere. She copied her letters into … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 15th of January: A Nordic Music edition

Behind every traditional hardanger fiddle tune, there is always a story, always a fairy tale, and you actually tell the stories when you play the fiddle. — Annbjørg Lien There is a sharp edge in the air when you venture outside that … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Several Annies

It was a dark and stormy night. More precisely, it was a dark and stormy Wednesday night and I’d escaped to the weekly Chix with Stix gathering in the room behind the Library. Most of the time it’s the domain … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 8th of January: Pamela Dean’s favourite ballad, art from Meinrad Craighead, music from Kathryn Tickell and Jackson Browne & David Lindley, a toast by Hob Glading and other matters

To absent friends, lost loves, old gods, and the season of mists; and may each and every one of us always give the devil his due. — Hob Gadling, toasting upon Dream’s journey as told in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Santas! (A Letter to Tessa)

A letter from Lady Alexandra Margaret Quinn, Head Gardener here in the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, to Tessa, her botanist friend who is on an extended botanical collecting trip in the Ottoman Empire and elsewhere. She copied her … Continue reading

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Charles de Lint Edition

Have a drink and listen to the music. — Charles de Lint’s Forests Of The Heart I always think of de Lint as being one of those writers fit for reading a cold winter’s night. So when I was looking … Continue reading

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Classical Music: In The Beginning

Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast, To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak. William Congreve, The Mourning Bride If music be the food of love, play on. . . . William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night There are many … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 1st of January: music from Sunas, banana French toast, music in fiction and other matters…

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot,and auld lang syne? — Robert Burns Shhh… We need to be more than just a wee bit quieter than usual as a lot of the residents of this … Continue reading

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