Monthly Archives: July 2015

Favourite Fairy Tales told in Scotland

In this rather disturbing Scottish legend, the sea monster eats a number of maidens (sacrificed to it) before it is killed off and transformed into the Shetland Islands. My five-year old bairn was not too thrilled to hear about  all … Continue reading

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Favorite Fairy Tales told in Scotland, illustrated by Adrienne Adams

Found on Petra’s Cupboard. I own my own copy and it has the best version of Little Gingerbread Man, but it’s some sort of scottish pancake and gets chased by wee bairns in wee cottages with peat fires.

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Little Bitty Raindrop

Adorable children’s story by Peggy Usher, written in 1948. Watch/listen here.

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The Land of Forgotten Beasts

Book by Barbara Werbsa, illustrated by Margot Tomes, 1964. A lovely story in which a boy who believes only in science comes to a land of mythical beasts who are fading away due to people’s lack of belief in them.

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A Woggle of Witches– Witches on the Moon

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A Woggle of Witches

by Adrienne Adams, 1971.

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A Woggle of Witches

A great children’s book, published 1971.

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Hamlet the Hip-Hopera

We’ve seen many Shakespeare productions with a contemporary iconoclastic setting,  but this musical rather blends an entirely new language of hip hop, rap and modern speech into the bard’s. While I love Shakespeare, this also has appeal for modern audiences … Continue reading

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Disturbing puppet theater

Extremely talented performer in Austria, Neville Tranter. Puppets and themes are gruesome but wickedly sardonic. His style is guignol. In this video, he lampoons the nazis and in particular here, Goering. Watch here.

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“China Through the Looking Glass”, Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibit

This week I happened to catch the final end of this installation at the Met with my daughter, la fashionista. At times I feel like I have really failed her when I remember at her age I was unconscious of … Continue reading

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