Saving Mr Banks is a film about Walt Disney’s pursuit of the film rights to the novel ‘Mary Poppins’ written by P.L Travers. Tom Hanks plays the role of legend Walt Disney; incidentally this is the first time that Disney has been depicted in a dramatic film. Emma Thompson plays the role of the novelist P.L Travers, the film documents their testy partnership during the projects pre-production in 1961.
Disney promised his daughters that he would make Mary Poppins in to a movie, not realising it would take 20 years to realise the dream. Travers proved to be very prickly and demanded contractual script and character control, this proved to be very difficult for both Disney’s idea of the film adaptation but also those in the creative team – Screenwriter Don DaGradi and the composers – brothers Richard and Robert Sherman. During the visit she was played songs by the Sherman brothers, which ended up in the 1964 film, such as A Spoonful of Sugar and Let’s Go Fly a Kite. Their original score and song (Chim-Chim-Cher-ee) won Oscars® at the 1965 ceremony (the film won five awards of its thirteen nominations). Saving Mr Banks has been directed by John Lee Hancock and the film is already being tipped for Oscar success. It is released in UK cinemas from 29th November 2013. (more…)
The Book of Life is sometimes called the Akashic Records, Akashic taking on the Sanskrit meaning of the fundamental etheric substance of the universe. Theosophy describes the Book of Life as containing extrasensory information that exists in another dimension, more simply put – a cosmic library!
Imagine a space that contains row upon rows of books, of every type you can imagine – some beautiful scrolls, coloured pages, some charred around the edges as if rescued from fires, some embossed with gold leaf pages and others so delicate due to their age…All containing the secrets of world events, all deeds that have taken place for each and every inhabitant and everything that will take place in the future. Essentially DNA of the universe gathered together as human experience that can only be accessed by adepts. (more…)
BBC’s Special 50th Anniversary Dr Who Episode – 23rd November 2013
There is much buzz surrounding the 50th anniversary episode of Dr Who titled The Day of the Doctor, certain details have been released, but they are desperately trying to keep the story under wraps. So much so that the special will be broadcast around the world at the same time; it will be the biggest simulcast in history! British viewers will be able to watch the episode in many cinemas in the UK in 3D.
Much to the disgust of die-hard fans, American fans have seen a special sneak peak trailer that was shown at the San Diego Comic-Con. Steven Moffatt (writer and producer) has claimed that he has ‘lied until his pants burned’, in order to keep the true story a secret, so it’s possible it could all be different to what we believe so far… (more…)
Firstly I would like to thank everyone who I have read for allowing me in to their lives and a big big thank you for all of you that have written feedback on the website.
I am 53 years old, living in a place that is called ‘Robin Hood Country’, I am married to the most wonderful man who is kind, caring and intrigued with the work I do. I have 9 children. 6 boys and 3 girls all age ranging from 12 – 35 years old, not to mention 3 beautiful grandchildren.
I have loved every minute of being a mum, watching my children grow, but it hasn’t always been like that. 19 years ago my son (who was a 2 year old at the time) started demonstrating bizarre mannerisms; it was as though time started to stand still for him. A year later after numerous hospital appointments, I was told my son was autistic, but it didn’t stop there they told me he was profoundly autistic. My little boy was never going to grow up in the way his peers would, he would never have a job, partner or children. Within hours my life fell apart. I remember crying, just holding him. After a few months, I began to prove people wrong. They would tell me I wouldn’t be able to potty train him. I trained him when he was three. They said he wouldn’t be able to talk, after a while he started to talk. It was such an amazing feeling. (more…)
Pyromancy was an ancient type of divination used by those in Ancient Greece and Rome. Vestal Virgins in Rome were keepers of the eternal flame; they divined the future whilst observing the forever burning flames. In these times fire was looked upon as being intrinsically pure – a primary element that would purify anything offered up be it plants, animals or people, making them acceptable to Vesta the Goddess of the Hearth.
Everything about the flames would have been analysed – the way they flickered, their height, their colour, their rise and fall, the amount of smoke, any sounds they made…
During a sacrifice it was considered good if the flames were quickly consumed, it was considered bad if the flames were disturbed by wind, took a long time to start or took a long time to burn. A favourable interpretation was taken from no sounds and a bright orange colour, but things were adverse if the fire crackled, there was a lot of smoke or it was deep red in colour.
The ancients would also divine by fire torches, a flame divided in two meant a bad omen, but a single flame or one with three or more aspects was a good sign. A bent flame could mean sickness or even death, the most feared sign was if the flame went out suddenly – signifying great disaster. (more…)
Divination Games have been performed for centuries to provide guidance during Samhein; the thin veil between the worlds at this time allows us to obtain advice from our ancestors and see a glimpse of our future…
Old fashioned divination or parlour games often involved an open fire and many involved lots of apples and nuts. So they may not be as practical today:
This is called Fortune – An engaged couple would throw a hazelnut into the embers of a fire. If the hazelnut split apart with a loud cracking noise, this was a sign that the marriage would be a strong and happy one. If the hazelnuts only caught fire and burned, this was an indication that their love would fade away. A variation of this game was to crack a walnut in half. If the walnut cracked easily into two equal sections, the guest would be lucky in love. If the walnut broke into pieces, this would signify a shattered love. (more…)
Trick or Treating is now one of the most widely recognized traditions of the Halloween holiday. Children dress up in costume and go from house to house, with a question ”Trick or treat?” as a treat they often get confectionary, occasionally money and the trick is an idle threat to perform mischief on the homeowners property if no treat is given.
In England and Ireland a form of trick or treating began many years ago in the form of souling, where children would go from door to door singing and saying prayers for the dead in return for cakes.
There is no evidence that souling was ever practiced in North America, where trick-or-treating may have developed independent of any Irish or British antecedent. (more…)
Halloween is an unusual celebration; it is neither patriotic nor historical, yet it is celebrated internationally. It weaves spirituality, death and religious beliefs into our present and historical imaginations.
Many believe that Halloween is a “pagan” or pre-European-Christian holiday with roots in Celtic traditions. Perhaps Halloween is a descendent of the Celtic Samhain festival, which, on November 1st, marked both the Celtic New Year and the day during which dead souls were believed to revisit Earth. In 731 A.D., November 1st was declared All Saints’ Day (All Hallows Day). October 31st therefore became All Hallows Eve, in time shortened to “Halloween.”
Some elements seem distinctively Native American in heritage – the pumpkin and maize – appearing in the form of candy corn and the corn shocks that decorate front porches even today.
People maintain that trick-or-treating is linked to Irish Samhain traditions and that it became popular about the time that the Irish began immigrating to the United States in large numbers. It’s thought during Samhain; people opened the (more…)
Are you a compulsive worrier? Do you overthink everything? Then Vanadinite crystal is for you, this stone will help to calm you and stop the internal chatter that goes on whenever you are quiet. Ruminating about situations that you have little control over can be a waste of energy and very tiring, let the crystal harmonise your thoughts and bring peace to your mind.
Equally, if you keep starting projects but never get to an end, then this crystal can help. It assists by bringing out your self-belief and inner-wisdom, allowing you to find the right dream to pursue, giving you the motivation and energy to see the task all the way to an end result. This crystal is especially good if projects you embark on are often abandoned due to negative thoughts and a general loss of interest when the going gets tough. (more…)
Why not celebrate Halloween throughout October, in traditional style with scary films from Marvel Sci-Fi adventures, to true horror movies…
Starting with Natalie Portman staring alongside Chris Hemsworth in the 30th October 2013 UK release of Thor: The Dark World.
Marvel’s ‘Thor: The Dark World’ continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s ‘Thor’ and ‘Marvel’s The Avengers,’ Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. (more…)