One of my old work colleagues (Graig M) got me into The Waterboys because we used to travel around the UK repairing PC’s and spent a lot of time driving and The Waterboys was one of his favourite CD’s to play and then because I liked it we used to listen to it more often. When I got paid one month I went out to HMV and bought four The Waterboys CD’s (I often spend most of my wages on CD’s and music) and listen to them a lot. Craig is also responsible for some of the other music I am into.
The Waterboys were formed by Mike Scott in 1983 and Mike is the only member to have remained from then til now. There have been many members over the years, some being: Anthony Thistlethwaite, Roddy Lorimer, Martyn Swain, Kevin Wilkinson, Eddi Reader, Karl Wallinger and Chris Whitten. Their musical style is a mix of Celtic, Folk and Rock N’ Roll. Some people have dubbed The Waterboys sound “The Big Music” which is named after a song off the A Pagan Place album. The same term has been used to describe some other bands such as World Party, The Alarm, Simple Minds, The Hothouse Flyers and Big Country, and a lot of their songs are centered around spirituality. The name The Waterboys is taken from Lou Reed’s song The Kids.
The self titled debut album The Waterboys was released in 1983 and has one of their most famous songs on it, A Girl Called Johnny. The song is a tribute to Patti Smith who was a great inspiration to Mike Scott alongside the likes of Bob Dylan and David Bowie. The original track listing only had eight songs but the album was re-released in 2002 and has an additional seven songs on it.
When A Pagan Place was released in 1984 it is known that the recording for it started even before The Waterboys album was released. The recording was done in two separate sessions, one in 1982 and the second in 1983 with new band members joining for the second session. This album too was re-released in 2002 with additional songs from the first recording session. Following the release The Waterboys toured the UK, with them also supporting U2 and The Pretenders at Glastonbury Festival.
1985 saw the release of This Is The Sea and was much more successful than the previous two albums and boasts their biggest hit The Whole Of The Moon which reached #26 in the UK. The song could have had more promotion, but Mike Scott refused to perform on Top Of The Pops due to them insisting they must lip sync.
The second phase of The Waterboys style started just before the release of Fisherman’s Blues in 1988 and saw them move from The Big Music into the Raggle Taggle Band style which was influenced by Mike Scott moving to Ireland and the folk music there. The album is their most successful album to date containing songs like Strange Boat, And A Bang On The Ear and Fisherman’s Blues.
Room To Roam was released in 1990 and followed in the folk style of the previous album. The album is apparently named after a passage in a George MacDonald book, Phantastes. Some of the hits from the album are A Man Is In Love, The Raggle Taggle Gypsy, Further Up – Further In and Something That Is Gone.
My favourite of The Waterboys albums, Dream Harder was released in 1993 and is a return to the more Rock style of their earlier albums. The song The Return of Pan is about the Greek God also the song The Return Of Jimi Hendrix is one of my favourite tracks on the album. Some of the other hits from the album are Corn Circles, Glastonbury Song and Preparing to Fly.
A Rock In The Weary Land was released in 2000 and was the first for seven years due to Mike Scott pursuing his solo career. The album saw another shift in style inspired by Radiohead and Beck, and Mike Scott described the style as “Sonic Rock”, another change happened in 2003 when they released Universal Hall which is mostly an acoustic album and a return to some of their earlier Celtic music.
In 2007 The Waterboys released a new album Book Of Lightning and contains some new hits like Love Will Shoot You Down, You In The Sky and The Man With The Wind At His Heels. The Waterboys played at the Return To Peace And Love Festival in Sweden on March 11th 2008.
My Top 10 The Waterboys Songs are:
01. Glastonbury Song
02. The Return Of Jimi Hendrix
03. The Whole Of The Moon
04. A Pagan Place
05. All The Things She Gave Me
06. We Are Jonah
07. Strange Boat
08. The Big Music
09. Winter Winter
10. Spiritual City
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Baphomet As above So below Satanic Gothic Occult clothing featuring Baphomet Goat Skull image with the Pagan saying, As Above, So Below.
Perfect for any followers of Baphomet, great for Pagans and Wiccans.
PopGrip with swappable top; switch out your PopTop for another design or remove it completely for wireless charging capabilities. (Not compatible with Apple MagSafe wireless charger or MagSafe wallet.)
Expandable stand to watch videos, take group photos, FaceTime, and Skype handsfree.
Advanced adhesive allows you to remove and reposition on most devices and cases.
Note: Will not stick to some silicone, waterproof, or highly textured cases. Works best with smooth, hard plastic cases. Will adhere to iPhone 11, but not to the iPhone 11 Pro nor the iPhone 11 ProMax without a suitable case.
In 1958 a Danish Clergyman Reverend Paul Nedergaard declared Santa Claus to be a pagan goblin. This was in response to a Dutch welfare organizations use of a Santa Claus image on fund raising materials.
Others have condemned Santa Claus as a secular symbol who takes the focus of the season off of Jesus Christ and places it on the receiving of gifts.
Sinter Klaas in Dutch, is not merely a fictionalized myth but a reference to Bishop Nicholas of Myra. The legend of Saint Nicolas was brought to the New World by the arrival of the Europeans. The Vikings brought the story of Saint Nicholas to Greenland, Christopher Columbus to Haiti and the Spaniards to a Florida town called Saint Nicholas Ferry, now modern day Jacksonville.
The story of Saint Nicholas Bishop of Myra is ripe with tales of his generosity and goodness, the epitome of Paul’s teaching about Love in 1 Corinthians 13.
Three things will last forever–faith, hope, and love–and the greatest of these is love.
1 Cor 13:13 NLT
Saint Nicholas faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour was displayed early in life when his parents died leaving him wealthy but orphaned. Nicholas responded by using his whole inheritance to help the poor, sick and the suffering. Nicholas was responding to the teachings found in the Bible, this time the words of Jesus recorded in Matthew 19 and Mark 10.
And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Mark 10:20-21 NLT
Nicholas later was to suffer for his faith when he was exiled and imprisoned by Roman Emperor Diocletian. The Roman persecution of Christians at that time was so great that their prisons were full of Clergyman. Roman prisons held so many Bishops, Deacons and Priests that they lacked space for the real criminals, robbers, bandits and killers.
The stuff of Legend are the many acts of the generosity of Saint Nicholas, he is said to have provided dowries for three poor young women, to have rescued a young boy from slavery, to have saved many people from famine, rescued the innocent and even to have performed miracles in the process. Thus he is known as a protector and gift giver.
Protector and giver of gifts like Christ Himself. Jesus calls the greatest commandments to Love God and Love our fellow man.
Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31 NLT
The word translated “Love” in the above verses from Mark is the Greek word Agape, meaning unconditional, non-discriminating. A love that has no strings attached and is even self sacrificing.
This Christmas when you see Santa think of the example of Saint Nicholas. His examples of faith, love and obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ are a reminder to us all this Holiday season.
We can use the examples of how Saint Nicholas kept his focus on Jesus through all things and decide to do likewise.
Depression is a psychological state of melancholy and deep sadness, with or without any evident cause, as well as a loss of appetite, insomnia, and a propensity to inactivity.
Anxiety is an undesirable and unjustified emotion whose intensity is not in proportion to its likely cause. Anxiety is different than fear. The latter implies the presence of a known actual danger. Anxiety usually manifests itself externally, in a state of nervous hyperexcitation.
Many people who suffer with these ailments usually do not want to take drugs witch could cause some pretty nasty side effects. I put this list of herbs for depression and anxiety together for those people.
Herbs for depression and anxiety
Herbs for depression:
Oats – Oats Contain a significant amount of lecithin, B vitamins, pantothenic acid, enzymes, minerals, mainly calcium and phosphorus, certain trace elements and an alkaloid, which have balancing and invigorating effects on the nervous system. The use of oats is highly recommended for people with depression.
Balm – Balm is recommended for depression because of its gentle sedative and balancing effects on the nervous system.
Valerian – This herb produces sedation on the whole autonomic and central nervous systems, decreasing anxiety, as well as blood pressure.
Mother of Thyme – Taking a hot bath with mother of thyme which have invigorating and revitalizing properties, render good results for people with depression.
Angelica – Angelica is beneficial for the treatment of depression because of its sedative and balancing properties on the nervous system.
Celery – Celery gives a feeling of vitality and well-being. Celery juice is very useful when used as a general invigorator and remineralizer, mixed with tomato, carrot, and lemon juice. It is recommended for people suffering from exhaustion or nervous depression.
Ginseng – This herb has vasorregulating properties, which balances blood pressure.
Sesame – Sesame is an excellent nutritional complement for people undergoing high mental or intellectual activity, and great for people with depression.
Sage – Sage is nervous system invigorating and has a mild stimulant action on suprarenal glands. It is thus recommended for depression.
St. Johnswort – This herb has a balancing effect on the nervous system — therefore, it is very good for depression.
Thyme – Thyme stimulates the intellectual faculties and mental agility, however lacking side effects like those of coffee or tea, to which it is a favorable substitute. It is recommended for anxiety, insomnia, and depression.
Herbs for Anxiety
Oats – (see above)
Orange Tree – Great for anxiety because it provides mild sedation, which makes it easier to calm down.
Hops – Hops acts as a sedative which helps to relax you and calm you down.
Prickly Lettuce – Prickly lettuce is similar to opium, though it does not have any noxious effect, so it may be used even with children, in whom it calms excessive activity and helps with anxiety.
Lavender – Lavender balances the autonomic and central nervous system. It is recommended in cases of nervous anxiety.
Balm – (see above)
Passion Flower – The passion flower acts as a mild anxiolytic, without risk of addiction or dependence. It is the ideal plant for those people who are under nervous pressure, and anxiety related problems.
Linden – This herb reduces the viscosity of the blood, allowing it to circulate more efficiently. This makes it great for people with high blood pressure.
Valerian – (see above)
Hawthorn – This herb has a balancing effect on blood pressure, since it decreases it in hypertensive people. Its ability to balance hypertension is evident and rapid, achieving more lasting effects than with other synthetic anti-hypertensives.
Evening Primrose – Helps to balance the nervous system and the hormonal balance. Making it ideal for people with anxiety.
Lemon Tree – The lemon tree is a sedative and antispasmodic which helps with anxiety.
Marjoram – This herb decreases the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the arterial contraction, therefore lowering the blood pressure.
Lemon Verbena – Alleviates anxiety. The results achieved are better than those of chemical tranquilizers, not causing side effects.
Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux is the story of the author’s overland travel from Cairo to Cape Town with all the adventures, people and places he encounters throughout the continent.
Paul Theroux travelled Africa from north to south in the first half of 2001. Beginning in Cairo, he travelled down the Nile in Egypt, through Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland. He travelled mostly by public transport including trains, boats, bush taxi, buses, cattle truck, rented Land Rover, canoe and hitch-hiking. As a young 20-something-year-old, Theroux had come to Africa to teach in rural Malawi as a Peace Corps volunteer and so this trip 40 years later was partly a sentimental journey but also to see how much has changed since.
The book starts in Egypt’s capital Cairo and heads south into the land of the Nubians, Sudan. Theroux travels all the way down into Kenya and then heads west to Uganda. He catches up with friends in Kampala where he had lived several years earlier. He takes a ferry across Lake Victoria to Mwanza in Tanzania and then the train to Dar es Salaam. Another train gets him to Mbeya in southern Tanzania before entering Malawi where he visits the school where he taught as a young man. This is probably the most demoralising point of the whole trip as he assesses the impact of foreign aid over the 40 years since he was there. After the treatise on development (or lack thereof), he travels via the Zambezi River into Mozambique. The next country is Zimbabwe where he experiences the effects of Mugabe’s regime on white farmers. Finally he reaches South Africa and the luxury of the Blue Train between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Theroux’s summary after this journey reveals a disappointment in the “help” foreigners have thrown at the continent but also the joy he experienced in meeting people as he travelled:
“Africa is materially more decrepit than it was when I first knew it, hungrier, poorer, less educated, more pessimistic, more corrupt, and you can’t tell the politicians from the witch doctors. Not that Africa is one place. It is an assortment of motley republics and seedy chiefdoms. I got sick, I got stranded, but I was never bored. In fact, my trip was a delight and a revelation.”
Dark Star Safari is an interesting account of Theroux’s travels, especially as he travels in Africa by means not dared by most. He is very negative about the work of foreign development organisations, which is not entirely unfair I will agree. Throughout the book however, Theroux’s style remains witty and entertaining.
Paul Theroux’s account of his overland journey from Cairo to Cape Town in Dark Star Safari follows his other stories of epic overland trips such as Riding the Iron Rooster in China and two books about the Silk Road. You may enjoy contrasting Theroux’s wit and insight with Sihle Khumalo’s Dark Continent My Black Arse. Khumalo also travelled the length of Africa from Cape Town to Cairo by public transport, but he has quite a different perspective being a native of the continent and focuses more on the travelling than the impact of foreign intervention.
Like dumb sheep to the slaughter, most of mankind continues to blindly follow pagan traditions, rather than obey God’s clear commands (Mark 7:7). Has it ever occurred to those stuffing their faces with Easter ham that Jesus would puke at the thought? Neither Jesus or Peter, James or John ever ate forbidden foods. They wouldn’t feel too comfortable at plenty of people’s dinner tables.
Even the early Gentile converts to Jewish Christianity respected the biblical dietary laws (Acts 15:20), understanding that not all foods are sanctioned by the Creator in the Holy Scriptures (I Timothy 4:5).
When John the Baptist recognized Jesus as our Passover sacrifice, he declared: “Behold the Lamb of God” (John 1:29). He didn’t say, “Here comes the Easter Bunny!” Again, like the Easter ham, the Easter rabbit is also rejected in the Bible as an abomination (Leviticus 11:6-7).
The very name of Easter exposes itself as a heathen festival, although it’s cloaked as “Christian.” Easter/Ishtar/Astarte is the Babylonian spring goddess our British-Israelite forefathers foolishly worshipped. Hence the fertility symbols of rabbits and eggs.
God isn’t fooled by such baptized paganism, such whitewashed heathen customs (Deuteronomy 12:30). He commands us to commemorate Jesus’ death every Passover and recognize His atoning work of redemption as our resurrected High Priest in Heaven, unleavening our lives of sin (I Corinthians 5:7-8).
The early Church followed Jesus’ Jewish example for several hundred years until Gentile opposition (from false converts) threatened them with a death sentence if they didn’t bow before Easter observances (the Quarto-Deciman controversy)!
A growing number now know, understand and believe the biblical account that we’re to observe Passover and that Jesus was resurrected before sunrise Sunday, “when it was yet dark” (John 10:1). Others prefer to reject this light of understanding to remain in their traditional darkness and die in their sins (John 3:19)– it’s that serious! Because if our nations don’t repent of such idolatry and immorality we’ll soon suffer national destruction, defeat and deportation! That’s why this article of faith is part of our plea to diehard Catholics and Protestants to repent.
Thankfully, every generation has those chosen few who are willing to reject holidays for holy days and “earnestly contend for the faith once delivered” (Jude 3). Hopefully, this plain truth about Easter will cause you to question your beliefs and provide some “kosher” food for thought!
Renaissance superstitions presented people with a confusing mix of enlightened insight into science, plus beliefs in the supernatural and pagan influences beyond one’s control. The Renaissance period is loosely associated with Europe from the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries. As an attempt to wrestle control from a seemingly uncontrollable world, people’s Renaissance superstitions tried to bring good luck, health and prosperity and ward off bad luck, evil spirits and disasters.
Lucky And Unlucky
Many items associated with luck have their origins in Renaissance superstitions. If someone fell from a horse, received bad news or got an injury, they noted the day and time and thereafter considered that day and time unlucky and avoided important activities. Putting on an item of clothing inside out meant the rest of the day would be unlucky. Horseshoes, clover, silver and iron were lucky charms, while spilled salt, black animals and certain days of the year were definitely unlucky.
Ghosts And Witches
Renaissance people feared a whole host of supernatural beings, blaming them for everything from sick animals and bad crops to big storms and fires. Ghosts were spirits that couldn’t rest and visited the living seeking revenge or to finish something up. Witches sought to bring people to the devil and were thought to mix potions, turn into animals and cause mischief. Fairies, demons and goblins also caused people living in the Renaissance era to participate in rituals to ward off everything from fairy visits to ghostly encounters.
The position of the planets and other heavenly bodies played an important part in Renaissance beliefs. Important activities, such as coronations, battles and business deals, were never planned without renowned astrologers to set up the time and date according to their stargazing. Horoscopes were also important to people as they went about their daily life, when they married, who they went into business with and even what to expect in their future. Eclipses were considered bad omens, while certain constellations appearing heralded a season of fortune.
Because hygiene and sanitation were poor overall, sickness was common, and many illnesses that are considered minor today often resulted in death. Diseases and infections were blamed on witches and bad humors. Therefore, many superstitions arose on how to maintain one’s health. Totems, charms, amulets and even special prayers or chants were used to keep bad health at bay or try to cure people already sick. Many Renaissance-era people believed that bad health was also a result of sinning and would turn to the Catholic Church for blessings and prayers to be healed.