Category Archives: What Nots

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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What’s New for the 25th of December: A new novel from Peter S. Beagle, Kage Baker’s fav Tolkien work, geographies, roots of the Oysterband and other possibly seasonal matters…

Wassail! wassail! all over the town, Our toast it is white and our ale it is brown; Our bowl it is made of the white maple tree; With the wassailing bowl, we’ll drink unto thee. First stanza of the ‘Gloucestershire … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 18th of December: Holiday Ales, An Acadian-Cajun and Irish Christmas Revels, Siberia explored, seasonal music, A Crow Girls Christmas and other seasonal matters

There is one story and one story only That will prove worth your telling, Whether as learned bard or gifted child; To it all lines or lesser gauds belong That startle with their shining Such common stories as they stray … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 13th of November: The Hobbit considered, Emma Bull’s fav libation, breakfast at Kinrowan Hall, music from Leonard Cohen, the Irish pub considered, stories that need warning labels, and other matters…

Here’s tae us! Wha’s like us? Damn few, and their all deid! Maire’s the pity. –– traditional Scots toast used by Iain Nicholas Mackenzie, our Librarian, when he hosts whisky tastings I can hear the wind driven sleet hitting on the … Continue reading

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A Travels Abroad story: Goblin’s Balls

Goblins and faeries everywhere, dancing, laughing, playing wild music and pranks . . . witches and wizards, casting spells and illusions . . . music and magic everywhere. Against the flickering low light, masks and books for your admiration or purchase; masks, in fact, everywhere you look, along … Continue reading

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Circa 1894 B&B

Pretend you’ve had a Very Rough Year. Pretend you’ve faced some challenges like never before. Pretend your health and wits have decided to take a sharp veer toward a figurative cliff, your plans (dreams, hopes, aspirations) all continuing in one … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 16th of October: An Ellis Peters mystery, a favourite reading place in Kinrowan Hall, Suzanne Vega’s ‘The Queen and the Soldier’ live, Robert E. Howard’s heroes, Hildegard von Bingen and other matters as I see fit…

The soldier came knocking upon the queen’s door He said, “I am not fighting for you any more” And the queen knew she’d seen his face someplace before And slowly she let him inside   Suzanne Vega’s ‘The Queen and … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 25th of September: A Glen Cook series, a novel that comes with its own soundtrack, people with ‘special powers,’ … and Maddy Dances, Danish jazz, the folklore of bees, and other bits and bobs as well

The novel should be understood as a structure built to accommodate the greatest possible amount of cool stuff. — Steven Brust in this Strange Horizons interview The Huddled Masses Ensemble just sent us several cases of Pendle Witches Brew, an ale with a thick, malty, … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 29th of May: Cuban and Icelandic music, new wave comics, Arthur Rackham, YA from Kage Baker and some other things as well…

‘I’m different and I’m happy,’ Calvin said. ‘But you pretend that you aren’t different.’ ‘I’m different and I like being different.’ Calvin’s voice was unnaturally loud. ‘Maybe I don’t like being different,’ Meg said, ‘But I don’t want to be like everybody else, either.’ –Madeleine L’Engle’s  A … Continue reading

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An Interview with Robin Williamson

Tim Hoke conducted this interview  in 2008. You’ve been described as a Scottish multi-instrumentalist musician, singer, songwriter, and storyteller, who first made his name as a founder member of The Incredible String Band and The Merry Band. That was over thirty … Continue reading

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