How To Be A Skandilizatrix

Bored? Want to piss off members of your local community – but with style? Take a leaf out of Elena Dalok’s book. Elena Dalok lived in St Mary Abchurch in the City of London and was had up before an ecclesiastical court in 1493 for practice of sorcery and being a slanderer. We don’t know … Continue reading How To Be A Skandilizatrix

The Pythonissa: A Slippery Soothsayer

Here’s a new insult for you: Margery Ryvel was excommunicated by the church in April 1348 for practising divination, superstition and illusion. Whichever clerk wrote the report that survives in the Register of John de Grandisson, Bishop of Exeter, clearly did not like her or her activities. The report reads as a barely-concealed rant on … Continue reading The Pythonissa: A Slippery Soothsayer

The Great York Geek Guide

York is well known for many things – Vikings, medieval buildings and study, chocolate makers, Bettys’ Tea Rooms – but there’s one cultural aspect that you might not expect: York’s thriving geeky scene. There’s loads going on, and with York Unleashed Comic-Con growing every year, it’s something that’s only going to get bigger! Here’s my … Continue reading The Great York Geek Guide

Hermione Granger and the Rickly Hallows

It is exactly page 295 of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The middle of paragraph 5, to be precise. HARRY and HERMIONE are mucking about with her Time-Turner and have just saved the Hippogriff BUCKBEAK from execution. SCENE: Edge of the Forbidden Forest, dusk. HARRY and HERMIONE are leading BUCKBEAK behind bushes. A … Continue reading Hermione Granger and the Rickly Hallows

Get North and Get Fed: Independent Coffee Houses in Newcastle

Have you ever visited Newcastle and Gateshead, the capital city of the North East? No? Tsk. You’re missing out. NewcastleGateshead is currently hosting the Great Exhibition of the North, an event that’s literally taking over the entire city. New interactive exhibits, installations and events are being superimposed onto existing cultural sites and re-imagined displays to … Continue reading Get North and Get Fed: Independent Coffee Houses in Newcastle

In Which I Introduce My Nemesis

Readers, I have found my nemesis. Every good character has a nemesis. Harry Potter has Voldemort. Kirk has Khan. Sherlock Holmes has Professor Moriarty. I have Bastard McFeathertush, Esq., pigeon. This all started a few weeks ago. The boyfriend and I went on holiday to Edinburgh for a few days. We had a lovely time … Continue reading In Which I Introduce My Nemesis