Category Archives: Social

Poems about family and society.

Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps Free Ebook

I’ve made my old book (2012) that light-heartedly twists the Wizard of Oz theme into one of good pagans and bad monotheists; inspired by the Homes Children historic child abuse being uncovered by Margaret Humphreys (told in the Oranges and Sunshine book and film, starring Emily Watson; as well as ‘nice’ movies like Crocodile Dundee and Australia) and the industrial scale street grooming (much of it targeting Homes Children) largely uncovered at the time. It has a veggie werewolf hero and lots of anthropomorphic characters travelling Australia; and a body, mind and spirit theme replacing heart, brain and courage; free on Smashwords (need a free account) as part of their coronavirus Authors Give Back promotion. You can use the code on the site or CR86V.
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/325567

Half Year Hair Personal Experiment

After yesterday’s blog had photos of me, a doctor of philosophy, at the start of October 2019, half a year later of not cutting hair or shaving over the coldest six months; and  self-isolating ‘beyond humanity‘ nearly all the time!; which included mistYmuse 2019/20, I looked like this:

Nostradamus Extra: French Terrorist Attack New ‘Coincidence’?

At about the time I was writing yesterday’s blog post there was a deadly terrorist attack in France by a Sudanese immigrant, that is probably Islamist inspired. Using Nostradamus-supporters logic, they could be considered linked, as Nostradamus was French, and I was writing about Covid-19 taking the place of terrorism to make my nightmares come true!

Kill the Messenger!

My ‘negatives’ (many of them right-wing!) would probably blame me (kill the messenger!; as many have died in the name of witchery in the past – seriously discussed by me in support of the innocent in XaW Files: Beyond Humanity), but there were no visitors from France to this blog yesterday according to the statistics, so unless the attacker was unconsciously motivated by me (even though I didn’t want it!) it was another circumstantial coincidence.

My book sales don’t seem to suggest I have any influence at all, but my ‘negatives’ seem to think I’m all powerful!!

Nightmares Come True

More generally, and perhaps a possibility, I could link yesterday’s terrorist attack with the current big death count and empty streets from Covid-19 for my partly nightmarish doom-mongering over the last twenty years: which has completely changed my life and mindset.

It’s all interweaved with real events already taking place though, and that have taken place since, but on a smaller scale in the UK, bigger in Europe; since 9/11, which when I watched it after returning from university at about 10/11pm and seeing it on the news seemed like a nightmare materialising; an experience many are supposed to have shared; but I hadn’t had any thought of it happening before –  to look at the news on the computer I was using for example.

The Covid-19 death toll has made the IS attacks seem minor in comparison, and I thought would have demoralised their efforts to destroy Europe, but some of their supporters seem to feel the need to kill a few more!

Nostradamus and Me: Beyond Humanity!

Like Nostradamus, I think my writing includes a lot that could be considered prophetic for the current Covid-19 pandemic. There was a theme of self-isolation and distancing towards the end of the greenYgrey era, culminating with the apocalyptical ending, and title ‘Beyond Humanity’. It was a general feeling though, combining terrorism and overpopulation, rather than a clear sighting.

I didn’t see the extent of it in Europe and the USA even when it was making its away across from China. The first reports of hundreds of deaths per day in Italy were a big shock!

Circumstantial Coincidences?

When I posted a link to a previous post containing reference to my Children of the Quorn (Children of the Corn parody that preceded the emergence of Greta Thunberg and the school strike movement – I don’t know if she was inspired by it though!?) last week the blog post was mostly about criticising Ozzy for selling a toy celebrating him biting the head off a bat; the coronavirus is thought to have originated in bats, before getting into the food chain in Wuhan.

When I looked for the first mention of mistYmuse on this site (inspired by the end of mistYmuse 2019/20, and my mapping of my horizon posts this week) this morning the unrelated 2018 post’s main photo is of Gwyneth Paltrow, star of Contagion, a disaster movie that gives a much clearer prediction of the Covid crisis: starting in China from a bat. Director Steven Soderbergh said that making the movie made him think a real pandemic was only a matter of time!

Over the last couple of years I also watched the Ancient Aliens episode on plagues and epidemics, also from 2011, and also saying another pandemic was due. It focused on how the Fatima sighting (generally claimed as sun/religious [Wikipedia], but they think could have been a UFO) had preceded the Spanish Flu pandemic a century ago. It thinks aliens use pandemics to control the human population. I think that’s a slim possibility, but lets humanity off the hook; as blaming higher powers such as gods too.

Modern Shamen or Creative Thinker?

I have had a lot of sights, thoughts and dreams that I think could be considered prophetic, but they are all unproveable, and most people probably have them too, and if they predict disaster they aren’t usually acted upon anyway (as the current crisis shows, governments and workers are reluctant to stop the economy/travel even when disasters are happening !) so there’s no point claiming them… kind of like the vague muddled messages I saw people describing in the ‘Mothman Prophecies‘ movie about the  Point Pleasant bridge collapse.

There is one bit of data that does back up my claim that I had some kind of transcendental thoughts during the writing of XaW Files: Beyond Humanity: I had by far my best Fantasy Football Season (it was also the season Leicester totally upset the odds by winning the real Premier League, which was probably a factor?.. and probably not connected?.. as I hope the chairman’s later helicopter crash outside their ground wasn’t!).

XaW Files: Beyond Humanity

So I think XaW Files should only be bought as a brilliant book of fiction with deep thinking writer insights, but as Neil Young said about his songs, he doesn’t write them, he just writes them down; I haven’t felt like writing fiction much since, but have written a couple of short stories!

Do I think I’m as good as most of the ‘Western shamen’ making money out of it: probably, yes.
Do I think I’m as good as adult-lifelong religious shamen and meditators: probably, not.

Do I want to think myself special: Yes
Do I want to be blamed for disasters: No

So if I can’t stop disasters, and am just going to be called a charlatan, I’ll stick to just being a writer and poet; and I still believe in my work… and that it’s been criminally overlooked… but if you’ve read it, as more people seem to do than sales show… then that’s something for me.

Now, I think I’m best suited to little poetic philosophy snippets that I freely post in spontaneous prose on Facebook!

 

Fatboy Slim Closes mistYmuse 2019/20

We’re overtime on mistYmuse 2019/20 now, as we started early in October last year – it runs for the traditionally toughest four months of the year weather-wise, and puts a good spin on it by focusing on the late sunrises in the first two months, and increasing light in the second half.

British Summer Time to GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) / UTC (Coordinated Universal Time)

In October the sunrises seemed to be getting towards the late sunrise times of mid-December, which are ideal for the start of most people’s days, being between 8-9am across the UK; as well as giving more darkness for sleep.

As I wrote in a blog here on fmpoetry (October 22nd), focusing on the Leeds time, mistYmuse central!:

‘The sunrise times will reach their BST late peak on Saturday October 26th at 07.53, and with the clocks going back to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)/(UTC) overnight, they’ll go back to 06.55 – back earlier than the sunrise time of September 25th (06.56).
They’ll continue getting later a couple of minutes a day, and will reach Saturday’s sunrise time of 07.53 again just over a month later on November 27th.’

GMT/UTC to BST

Now, in contrast, we changed from GMT/UTC to BST  last week, moving the clocks forward an hour from 05.48 on the 28th March, to 06. 45 on the 29th March; with the three minutes difference the normal process for this time of year.

The sunrises (really the time when we can see the sun, due to our planet’s axis tilt and orbit around our star, according to astronomy) continue getting about three minutes earlier (as if we’re climbing a stairs in a skyscraper for a better view, with each day a step).

As it took just under a month to get back to the time before the hour clock change in October/November, it will reach the March 28th/29th time of 05.48 over the 22nd to 23rd April: 5.49 to 5.46.

So enjoy the darker mornings and later sunrises this month, and for all those who’ve completed mistYmuse 2019/20 I praise you! (it seems a long time since Scooter opened it!!):

Try not to look directly at the sun; or spend too much time in front of screens.. and avoid groomers and covid like the plague!

Looking on the bright side, I read there’s a bright new comet in the sky that should be visible to the naked eye soon…

Sun Rising Spring Equinox in Leeds Photos

Sunrise quote  by a better runner than me, followed by a few of my sunrise photos from the Leeds spring equinox, from pre to post, and then my books, that also celebrated twilight times, and tried to create a better UK and world, following Scandinavia’s green example:

“Why run? I run because I am an animal. I run because it is part of my genetic wiring. I run because millions of years of evolution have left me programmed to run. And finally, I run because there’s no better way to see the sun rise and set… What the years have shown me is that running clarifies the thinking process as well as purifies the body. I think best – most broadly and most fully – when I am running.” ~ Amby Burfoot

Sunrise Times and Monthly Differences Update

Another month of mistYmuse 2019/20 (#mYm2020) another hour earlier for the sunrise  – now in Leeds on the last day of February, the 29th in this leap year, at 06.55. Dropping below the 7am mark after the end of January saw it fall under the 8am mark.

It is about 90 minutes earlier than the latest sunrise of the winter at 08.24, which included December 31st. An hour of that increase has been this month, after only half an hour in January.

Likewise, in the other direction, sunset is at 17.52, over an hour later than the end of last month at 16.44. January had seen an increase of 50 minutes, from 15.54.

So that’s an increase of over two hours of light during February. Sunrise and sunset are really the Earth’s rotation bringing where you live on the planet back around to face the sun, and then away from it, as it takes 24 hours to rotate, giving us day and night.

Unfortunately, a few storms and other rain have flooded many parts of the UK. The mistYmuse is a festival of light, putting a positive spin on the traditionally most difficult four months of the year in the UK and northern hemisphere, so some bad weather is expected. I know it won’t provide any support for those physically affected by adverse weather.

I started the greenYgrey after seeing such floods already, as in 2000, and listening to warnings about likely affects of climate change. I don’t know if it is climate change, but it looks like what they predicted.