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La Vampira

Posted in Gothic, Reviews with tags , , , on 02/10/2012 by Jen Healey

La Vampira.

Check out the artwork on this blog – awesome!

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Wuthering Heights

Posted in Astronomy, Books, Gothic, Journal, Music, Reviews with tags , , , , on 27/08/2012 by Jen Healey

Now, I’ve never been so arrogant as to consider myself as a well-read person, I know I am not.  However, I do try to remedy that whenever I can, particularly when it comes to literature that is considered ‘classic’.  As you may have guessed by the title of this entry, subtle as it is, I recently read ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte, in scary-fast style (for me anyway).  Before now I had tried to read this novel, on more than one occasion, but was never able to get more than a few pages in.  I am really glad that I did not give it up though, as this time I could not put it down, I loved it.

Subsequently my Bank Holiday Monday has sounded like this –

Or if you’d prefer Noel Fielding as Kate Bush, here you go – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJqq6LbNjEw

I have even started to learn it on my 99p piano, courtesy of YouTube.  I’m sure I’ll get sick of hearing it very soon, but today it’s been all I’ve wanted to listen to, soppy ol’ romantic that I am.  After I’d finished the book, yesterday I had a quick skim through some of the other comments/reviews left by some other members of goodreads, which I found differed wildly to my impression, for the most part.  The only one that I completely agreed with said simply “Ah Heathcliff!” – aches the heart as much as listening to the song gave me chills after I’d finished the story.  I’m as surprised as you, my friends.

My current interest in ‘classic’ art forms is not limited to literature, I’ve also been dipping my toe into classical music – stop falling off your seats!  It is mostly limited to pieces that are considered gothic in mood though.  However, thanks to Beth’s recent interest in astronomy, I have been revisiting Gustav Holst.  Beth loves Jupiter, both the planet and the piece of music, so we are both looking forward to our upcoming visit to the National Space Centre later this week (the second of the summer holidays!).

It’s been a while since we had some ‘dust’ (as hubby puts it) –

 

As for the gothic classical music, YouTube is also instrumental (punny – no?) in my discovering some pretty amazing stuff.  Check this out, it is a bit long, but pop it on in the background whilst you do something else if you don’t have the time –

Sinister stuff, eh?

 

Urgh… HOT!!!

Posted in Fledgling Foodie File, Food, Gothic, Homemade, Journal, Music with tags , , , , , , , on 27/05/2012 by Jen Healey

I hardly ever moan about it being cold, so I’m entitled to say “It is too hot”!  I’m well aware that this is nothing compared to other countries’ hot weather/temperatures, but I’m British ok, so I like it colder, cloudier, windier, rainier… you get my drift.

I have problems sleeping well in these temperatures, waking often and remembering crazy, heat-induced dreams.  I think it is time to start stopping off for some frosty frappucino-type beverages, coolness and caffeine, mmmm.  This is definitely the time of year for cold drinks, shade-seeking (as I do not yet own a gorgeously Goth parasol) and ‘full-on’ fans.

Speaking of cold drinks, I only have one sachet of Kool-Aid left from my pal in America, so I’ll be making more of these –

Thick Strawberry Milkshakes. 

They are easy and scrummy.

Please feel free to share any culinary coolers, they will be gratefully received and shared.

Today my incredibly sweet (and handsome) hubby took a trip into town with our daughter, they returned with lunch and two pressies for me!

Check ’em out –

This is the same game/box, can you tell the difference (apart from my using the flash!)?

Yes, the picture changes.  Tee hee.  Look closer –

Goodly, chaste lady becomes –

Rampant, blood-thirsty Vampire!

You gotta enjoy the little things.  It actually looks like a fun game, for 3-6 players… any takers?

They also bought this back for me –

Yes, that is a brand new copy of Mr Manson’s latest album!  Am I the luckiest, most spoilt Mummy ever or what?  How perfect are these gifts for me?!

Cool gifts on a hot day 🙂

I hope your Sunday is a good one y’all!

 

Dark Shadows!!!!!!!

Posted in Films, Gothic with tags , , , , , on 21/04/2012 by Jen Healey

SOOOOOOOO excited!!!!

Check this trailer out –

Johnny Depp, Tim Burton and Vampires… I may faint from the anticipation.

Happy Christmas, Happy Birthday, Happy Mothers Day and very happy Saturday night to me!

 

Happy Birthday to me!

Posted in Gothic, Journal with tags , , , , , , on 13/01/2012 by Jen Healey

Ok, so I’m a bit late with this, but I really haven’t had time to visit here lately.  So… catch up time.

Christmas was a lovely day, my little people had great fun with the many, many presents from Santa (who will have to watch the pennies now, I’m sure).  It really was wonderful to spend the whole festive season with my children, they really make it magical, ah to believe in Santa again.

My birthday, which I usually dread, was so lovely that my bottom lip split with all the smiling I did – I kid you not.  This was down to, as always, my sweet hubby, who will remain in the ‘good-books’ for quite some time – he still is almost two weeks later.  He had planned a surprise birthday party for me (on my 31st birthday! – New Years Day).  It wasn’t an ‘all-out’ do, just hubby, my babies and the in-laws at hubby’s parents’ house.  I don’t think that my poor mother-in-law would have appreciated her house being overrun by all the (fabulous) people in my life/address book!  But it was perfect.  My little people enjoyed playing with (or watching, in Jakey’s case) their cousins.  The food was scrummy and the cake…

The cake was FUCKING AWESOME!

Check it out –

It is almost all gone now, although I plan to save the largest black curl for as long as I can.  Which will be pretty tricky, as the black decorations turn your mouth (and fingers) really black.

Here are some more shots of the coolest cake I have ever seen –

For those of you who are not familiar with the works of the brilliant Tim Burton, this cake is based on his film The Nightmare Before Christmas.  I have started collecting selected items of NBC merch for my ‘Goth Shrine’ in my kitchen.  Here is the cake where it would have been perfect to keep it forever, if we hadn’t started eating it.

My shrine is coming along quite nicely now, thanks to recent additions since Christmas of the big Jack Skellington with his pumpkin and the mug – which I can’t quite bring myself to actually use yet (what have I become?!).

…and yes that is an actual four pack of True Blood!  It is not actually blood but Blood Orange flavour pop/soda – tee hee.

A final testament to what a massive geek I am (which I am comfortable with), is this ‘piece’ combining both vampires and the Nightmare Before Christmas – Vampire Jack!

Genius!

 

What is Goth?

Posted in Gothic, Homemade with tags , , , , , , on 29/04/2011 by Jen Healey

I think there are probably as many answers to this question as there are Goths, but for myself, this lovely ‘Lady of the Manners’ sums it up pretty well… 

http://youtu.be/mQb4rQm-7_M 

I discovered her website via Twitter and was interested to note that Stephen Fry follows her too, I was mildly surprised at that.  But Gothic Charm School, The Lady of the Manners’ website, is definitely worth a click by anyone, Goth or not.  She explains neatly and concisely what Goth is all about in her four short videos, while plugging her book ‘Gothic Charm School – An Essential Guide for Goths and Those Who Love Them’ – yes it has been added to my ever-expanding to-read list! 

She also talks about Gothic arts and crafts in the fourth video, which may be of interest to the ladies at Sew Make Believe, as Goths are usually pretty creative people – out of necessity usually, as finding non-cheesy or well-made Gothic clothes and accessories can be pretty tricky sometimes.  Also, as Jillian Venters (The Lady of the Manners) explains, we are polite, nice people who know what it is like to be picked on and excluded, so are unlikely to make anti-social meetup members. 

It is also thanks to Twitter that I have discovered Etsy, which is a really cool site for crafty people to sell their handmade creations and for shoppers to bag a unique item or two, Goth or not.  I recently Tweeted a very cool pincushion or two that I may buy in the not-so-distant future which was found on Etsy. 

Like I needed more places to spend money I don’t have!  😉

(Image source – Amazon uk)

RIP Peter Steele

Posted in Gothic, Music with tags , , on 14/04/2011 by Jen Healey

This is (pathetically) quite a tricky post to write.  I don’t really know what to say about the death of Peter Steele, frontman of the awesome gothic metal band Type O Negative, on 14th April 2010 of heart failure, other than it kinda broke my heart a little.  Do I sound like a dopey, pining teenager yet? 

Now I am not professing to be a fanatic here.  I would fail any kind of quiz on Peter Steele/Type O Negative, there is plenty of material that I have not yet given my full attention to and I don’t have any TON tattoos.  But they are my favourite band and probably always will be.  I am thirty after all, and I am yet to find anyone that even comes close to comparing to them. 

I appreciate that not everyone will agree with me that the man was incredibly sexy, but for me he was yummy (in the pre-beard days)!  Factor in his size, pallor, long black hair, and the deep, melting voice singing amazing lyrics – that is a pretty irresistible package (fans will know what I’m talking about when I say size, not just his towering height and physique – naughty pic on google images if you search for Peter Steele).  Also, he was great mates with another band who I listened to repeatedly in my teens – Pantera, who also lost a band mate in an untimely fashion (RIP Dimebag). 

Peter Steele also struck me as a bit of a romantic, it may have been an image created for publicity, but I like to think it was genuine.  After all, he was arrested for a scuffle with a love rival, shows that he cared I guess, albeit in a bit of a misguided way.  A tortured artist too, with the crazy substance abuse that unfortunately seems to always accompany such individuals.  It is always a side-effect of greatness it (depressingly) seems, that the personal lives of the best, most creative people of the world are so miserable and tormented.  Not to mention the obligatory prison-time and psych-ward stay.  Poor guy. 

On the Wikipedia link from his name, on the subject of his death, it states that he had been “enjoying a long period of sobriety and improved health and was imminently due to begin writing and recording new music”.  Gutting!  As my hubby says, he had so much more to give. 

Follow this link http://www.youtube.com/user/typeonegative?blend=1&ob=4 to watch some “sonic therapy” from Type O Negative.  For added poignancy today I would recommend ‘Everything Dies’, it gives me chills. 

We miss you Pete…

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