Archive for April, 2013

Tenebrous today

Posted in Wonderful Words with tags , on 30/04/2013 by Jen Healey

Wonderful wordy nerdy time!!

  • Tenebrous:  1: shut off from the light: dark or murky  2: hard to understand: obscure  3: causing gloom
  • Captious:  1: marked by an often ill-natured inclination to stress faults and raise objections (we all know at least one person like that)  2: calculated to confuse, entrap, or entangle in argument (ditto)
  • Pleiad:  a group of usually seven illustrious or brilliant persons or things
  • Anent:  about or concerning
  • Bloviate:  to speak or write verbosely and windily
  • Deglutition:  the act or process of swallowing
  • Demagogue:  a leader who appeals to people’s emotions and prejudices in order to gain power
  • Ostensible:  1: intended for display : open to view  2: being such in appearance : plausible rather than demonstrably true or real
  • Mordacious:  (a personal favourite)  1: biting or given to biting  2: biting or sharp in manner or style : caustic
  • Pilgarlic:  (tee hee)  1a: a bald head  b: a bald-headed man  2: a man looked upon with humorous contempt or mock pity
  • Ubiquitous:  existing or being everywhere at the same time : constantly encountered : widespread
  • Cavil:  to raise trivial and frivolous objection
  • Velleity:  1: the lowest degree of volition  2: a slight wish or tendency : inclination
  • Sisyphean:  of, or relating to, or suggestive of the labours of Sisyphus (hahaha – I’m such a child!) ; specifically : requiring continual and often ineffective effort (we’re back to housework!)
  • Cozen:  1: to deceive, win over, or induce to do something by artful coaxing and wheedling or shrewd trickery  2: to gain by artful coaxing or tricky deception

Shall I stop there…?  Nope, not today, here’s some more –

  • Nocebo:  a harmless substance that when taken by a patient is associated with harmful effects due to negative expectations or the psychological condition of the patient (apparently) 
  • Lachrymose:  (ohhhhh, love that one!)  1: given to tears or weeping : tearful  2: tending to cause tears : mournful
  • Impeturbable:  1: marked by extreme calm, impassivity, and steadiness  2: serene
  • Fulgent:  dazzlingly bright : radiant
  • Obeisance:  1: a movement of the body made in token of respect or submission : bow  2: acknowledgement of another’s superiority or importance : homage
  • Rectitudinous:  (hahahahaha) 1: characterized by straightness or moral integrity  2: piously self-righteous
  • Crapulous:  (I’m sure I’ve blogged this one before, but I love it, and it is initially quite fitting that it follows the above word)  1: marked by intemperance especially in eating or drinking  2: sick from excessive indulgence in liquor
  • Torpor:  1: a state of mental and motor inactivity with partial or total insensibility  2: apathy or dullness

That was fun.




Bolt Thrower

Posted in Journal, Music, Reviews with tags , on 29/04/2013 by Jen Healey

Beware the naughty swears!  There will be a fair few today.

I have, until now, resisted the urge to drop this particular name on my blog, but I can no longer.  I have a cousin in a band.  A proper band.  A proper band that plays kick-fuckin’-ass metal, has released albums and tours the world!

His name is Martin Kearns and he plays for the British death metal band Bolt Thrower!  Fuck yeah.

How fucking ridiculously proud was I this morning when, after googlizing his name, I found this on Wikipedia!?! – Click here.


That’s my cousin!!!!

I really can’t stop smiling when I think that guy and I used to play together as kids – good times.  Apart from one time that he got me into trouble over a certain story we recorded (featuring a Mr Twat, I believe) on my Fisher Price tape recorder!


I can’t quite believe I found this picture either hahahaha!  (Source)

Anyway, here’s an example of him being awesome –

Ok, I’m done being all boastful now.  I’m just so proud of him.  Love ya, cuz!

Have a great fuckin’ day!


P.s.  Bolt Thrower are touring soon – Return To Chaos 2013 – check ’em out if you’re in the area.

Bowie and Reznor!

Posted in Journal, Mental Morsels, Music, Musings, Reviews with tags , , , , , , on 27/04/2013 by Jen Healey

I may just faint from the ridiculous excitement I experienced when I found this video this morning –

Be still my beating heart!

I accept that I am probably a long way behind those ‘with it’ cool cats who have their fingers on the proverbial pulse, who have been aware of this collaboration for an age now.  I’m comfortable with that.  In fact, it underlines the opinion I have about music, art and literature in general.  It may be ephemeral, but that just means that it is there to discover at any time, you just have to look behind you once in a while.

That is the beauty of music etc. you can find something that speaks to (or for) you and is in line with where you are in that snapshot of the moment.  You get it.  You feel it gets you.  It resonates somewhere in your soul.  I don’t think it is an obscure, complex or unattainable thing, in fact, it is the exact opposite.

I may be getting a little off-track, but I enjoy ‘just going with it’, from obsession to obsession – or as I like to think of it – being interested and excited about something.  Is that so wrong?  Or weird?  Again, I don’t think so.  Nor do I want to get bogged down in defining either of those W words, today.  I’d take either over feeling world-weary or apathetic any day of the week.

Back to the star of the post, the vid, the lyrics of this are incredibly apt with my most recent perspective (realised whilst having a cup of tea in the park with a good friend of mine), which is that ‘normal people’ scare me.  They are so hostile, stressed and afraid of being human.  Scared that they won’t be able to maintain their apparent conformity with prescribed norms.  I’d like to examine the doctor.

I’ll stop before I get carried away, as is easy to do when you can’t hear the other person.

If I have introduced you to a tune/vid/artist that you enjoy – aces!  They are both seriously yummy too.

Pick your level for today…

…and enjoy it.


Trekkies everywhere

Posted in Astronomy, Journal with tags , , , on 06/04/2013 by Jen Healey

… at the Space Centre today.  It was brilliant.


To mark the end of the two-week respite from the dreaded school-run we went to Leicester for a visit at the Space Centre.  A treat in itself, but there was a Star Trek Convention there today.

We ate lunch in the same room as Jean-Luc, saw Klingons (in New Rock boots), green-skinned women and the most amazing Borg dude – it was amazing.  I know that admitting this may well confirm my status as a geek, but it was great to see people enjoying themselves, dressing up and having fun.


This was the closest likeness of the guy we saw today that I could find (photo credit).  He even moved like a drone from time to time, it was genius.

An addition to the fun indoors, we even had some sunshine today, which was a nice change for this ‘spring’.


Beth loves it there, as do I.  Although, she went up to the top of the rocket/building in the lift, but point-blank refused to go back down in it, so we had to take the stairs.  At least we didn’t have to climb up them.


I love that the section on the right is called Thor!  Also, I got to listen to a bit of Bowie at the top, and write ‘Ziggy played guitar’ on a slip of paper for a display that documented what people remember about the moon landing – tee hee.


Verbiage and friends.

Posted in Wonderful Words with tags , on 04/04/2013 by Jen Healey

Time for some wordy fun!

It’s been a long time since I shared some words from my (very old) word-a-day calendar that I had scribbled down in a notebook some years ago, so let’s do it –

  • Verbiage:  1: a profusion of words usually of little or obscure content.  2: a manner of expressing oneself in words: diction
  • Peripeteia:  a sudden or unexpected reversal of circumstances or situation especially in a literary work
  • Hegira:  a journey especially when undertaken to escape from a dangerous or undesirable situation: exodus
  • Laconic:  using or involving the use of a minimum of words: concise to the point of seeming rude or mysterious
  • Indurate:  physically or morally hardened
  • Boondoggle(hahahaha) 1: a braided cord worn by Boy Scouts as a neckerchief slide, hatband, or ornament  2:  a useless or wasteful project or activity (much like tidying up during school hols!) 
  • Grisly  1: inspiring horror or intense fear  2: inspiring disgust or distaste
  • Auctorial:  of or relating to an author
  • Edacious  1: having a huge appetite: ravenous  2: excessively eager: insatiable
  • Capricious:  governed or characterised by sudden, impulsive, and seemingly unmotivated ideas or actions:  unpredictable
  • Facile  1a:  easily accomplished, handled or attained  b: shallow or simplistic  2a: ready or fluent  b: poised or assured
  • Execrable  1: detestable  2: wretched  (this may have to be used in a sentence today…possibly at work…) 
  • Gest  1: a tale of adventures; especially a romance in verse  2: an adventure or exploit
  • Colonel Blimp:  (hahahahahah) a pompous person with out-of-date or ultra conservative views; broadly:  reactionary
  • Fustian  1: a strong cotton and linen fabric  2: high-flown or affected writing or speech; broadly:  anything high-flown or affected in style
  • Purfle:  to ornament the border or edges of

I could go on, and on, and on.  Maybe next time.

Enjoy your day.

Ha, stupid spell-checker didn’t recognise six of these words!  I bet it’d overlook – lol!

It did – fucking disgraceful.


Simple things

Posted in Journal, Mental Morsels, Music, Musings with tags , , on 03/04/2013 by Jen Healey

There were times in my childhood when cash was less than plentiful, like a great many others, both then and now.  It’s something many people may feel is a cause for shame, unless they have made lots of money since then and have their own ‘rags to riches’ tale.  I don’t feel either.  I feel grateful for not having vast sums of money when growing up, and at present, believe it or not.  I’m not saying that being skint is fun, but it is not the end of the world, nor the end of enjoyment.  Yesterday, after staying up late to watch ‘The Genius of David Bowie’, I spent time pottering around the house picking up after the family listening to Bowie repeatedly.  This is something I have previously had problems doing, as it brought back emotions that I didn’t care to relive, which was a shame as the man is truly an artist.  This may well be my favourite song of his –

Although, the lyrics of this one are… very ‘Nietzsche‘ – wonderful –

It got me feeling all nostalgic, but yet with a sense of stoic and profound, smiling to myself and feeling pleasantly moved.  You know, that thing.

In fact, I have been testing the safety of looking back into things from my childhood, through my new ‘philosophy tinted’ glasses, quite a bit of late.  It has been both empowering and quite successful in raising my mood, for free.

Prompted by scanning quite a few jars of lemon curd a recently, I decided (or succumbed to suggestion) that I had to have some on hot buttered toast, which I did and felt reminded of some pleasant times from the past.  I enjoyed it.  Then, from the same prompt, it was tinned peach slices with evaporated milk – bliss.  Both these treats were not expensive, also, priceless in their surprising purpose of making me feel close to my lovely grandma.  Not in a way that makes me sad about the fact that she is no longer here, more that I was giving a little nod to my memories of her.

Remember these? –


I have not had silver-top milk, from the milkman, for the longest time.  These were not delivered to my door, sadly, but sent over from my in-laws last week and went great with some weetabix.  Basic, yes, but that is often the most satisfying.

This post has been a little food-heavy, but I think that is one of the most direct routes to the past when, in retrospect, things felt so much more simple than now.  That can be a comforting, pleasant feeling sometimes and if it is one that is inexpensive to access then so much the better.

Music, also can be a powerfully evocative agent for certain times in our lives, for good or ill.  I am saddened when music that we once loved, and is thought of as defining a personal era, becomes difficult to listen to.  Which is why I’m all for ‘taking it back’, listening with different ears and perhaps associating it with something in the here and now, if there is not much in the past to hang it on that is not unpleasant.  It is a simple thing to enjoy, music, which is powerful and can be thought-provoking…

If you listen to that which touches your philosophies, life and perspectives, maybe challenges you and gives you pause to think.

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