Prints Now Available: King Alfred the Great Statue Wantage

Beehive Yourself! presents:-

Have you a connection with Wantage? Or an interest in King Alfred the Great? Or know someone who does?

Christmas is coming so why not treat yourself or someone you know to a hand-made print of the King Alfred Statue.  The King Alfred statue is an icon for the town of Wantage and is situated in the middle of Wantage Market Place (Wantage Town Centre).

These prints are being sold at Dolphin Art, 23-24 Market Pl, Wantage OX12 8AE.  This is a local independent shop so please support it.  Dolphin Art sells a lot of Wantage Art or should I say, many pieces of art from local artists in the Vale of the White Horse.

My wife, Pauline Herbert, is a Wantage based artist and has begun to sell her linocut prints.  

If you LoveWantage, wouldn’t a handmade print of the King Alfred statue be a nice addition to your home or the home of someone you love.

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Ashmolean Museum Spellbound Exhibition – Magic Ritual Witchcraft – a review

 

The ‘Spellbound’ exhibition takes its visitors into the inner lives of our ancestors and takes them on a journey through the magical practises driven by fear, love and rage.  This is an excellent exhibition and you should visit it.

 

I came away from this exhibition with sense of unease.  I think it comes down to the fact that the whole notion of magical cannot be properly explained.  Yet magical can be felt, smelt, touched, seen and tasted.  I know it when I feel it; that tingle; that shiver down my spine; that sense of dejavous; my mind is transported elsewhere.

Maybe understanding the origin word from which magical is derived from might help.  Magic is the ‘art and science of causing changes in consciousness in accordance with will’.  Whose ‘will’ and whose ‘consciousness’ perhaps is pertinent to why practitioners or suspected-practioners of this art, were treated with fear and suspicion.

Consciousness has a surface and a depth.  I do wonder if the rituals, artefacts and superstitions of the past were a means of working the depths of the subconscious to manifest change.  But are the mage of the past really that different from today’s psychologists, nlp practitioners, hypnotists, advertisers, politicians, bankers, teachers?  Read More »

William Woodley: Early Years At Stanmore (beekeeping documentary)

This video is about the early life of William Woodley.  William’s mother died when he was a child and he was looked after by an elderly aunt who lived at Stanmore.  Stanmore is a hamlet in the parish of Beedon, Berkshire, England.

During the swarming season William (aged seven) would mind his aunt’s bees, which in those days would be kept in straw skeps covered with hackles.  Should one of the hives swarm he would bring notice to the neighbours by tanging pots and pans.  He would help retrieve the swarm.  

As the young William grew up, he was apprenticed to a firm of grocers at Chieveley.  He later took an interest in the clock and watch trade and returned to Beedon.  

This video touches on the folklore surrounding the Stanmore tumulus (barrow): fairies, thunder and ploughs.  I also look at the Enclosure of Stanmore.


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Don't Blame The Beekeepers - a response to ThuleanPerspective

Don’t Blame The Beekeepers – A Response to ThuleanPerspective

A video on the Thulean Perspective YouTube Channel, Varg Vilkernes says beekeepers are thieves and you shouldn’t buy honey.  But is this correct?  In a world where honeybees’ natural habit is becoming scarce and modern farming is harming pollinators, would the disappearance of beekeepers improve the lot of the honeybee?

 

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