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Spooky October!

The Fairy Worlds of Richard Dadd…

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Date: November 12, 2021

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“In 1864, the nine-year long effort of a mysterious and chaotic painting called “The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke” had finally been released to the world, however this would not be by the choice of the artist. As the troubled painter who had laboured for so long on this piece, had never considered this to be complete, despite the already somewhat excessive scene displayed. The name of this artist, was Richard Dadd. A Victorian painter famously known for his surreal and incredibly detailed scenes that would normally depict huge crowds of people or fairy-like characters and intricate, fantastical scenery. The tragic irony in his work being so beautifully displayed in these numerous details, was Dadd’s compulsive and obsessive mind, that would not only hinder his ability to complete his art to his own satisfaction, but would ultimately worsen over time, as he would suffer from increasing mental illness. This work is considered by many to be his ultimate achievement, but it also tells much about the fragility of a mind that’s desperate for relief and there is much to be interpreted from it, should you know a fair bit of Richard Dadd’s background. When I first encountered this painting, I felt like I had been staring for hours on end, and still managing to find something new appear from nearly everywhere I looked. I was fascinated in his techniques in creating nearly endless detail and was eager to find more examples of his work. Along the way, I also learned about his life and experiences, which tell a tragic, frightening and compelling story that revealed much meaning in his art. And today I wanted to share that story with you, as well as some of his most captivating works of art that show an enriched technique and unique talent that sadly would never truly be recognized by their own creator. This is the story and artwork of Richard Dadd.

A few errors I’ve made that I’d like to address:

– I say “Israel” instead of Palestine. I originally said “Israel” with the thought in mind that it might make the geography clearer for some viewers, but admittedly I forgot to mention that it was Palestine during the time of Richard Dadd and I apologise!
– My pronunciation of the name Titania is a tricky one. I was always taught it was acceptable to pronounce it as “Tie-tay-neea” and/or “Tit-tar-neea”, though I am aware the latter is commonly used. Including in performances that I’ve seen of the play, I have heard both pronunciations of the name used. I suppose regional dialect plays a part? Either way, until we can bring Shakespeare back to life to prove otherwise, I guess this should really be considered a To-may-toe/To-mar-toe situation.”

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Black Eyed Children Documentary – Black Eyed Kids Story – Black Eyes…


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Date: November 04, 2021

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“Our country was invaded by paranormal beings. When “Black Eyed Children” approach you, they will ask you a question. Your answer to this question may determine whether you live or perish.

Terry Johnson lived in New York City. He rode the subway, back and forth to work at two different restaurants, six days a week. One was Italian. The other was a burger joint.

He was 25 years old when he first saw a peculiar child in a subway car. Only three feet tall, wearing a basball cap. The youngster wore his cap visor down, like an army soldier. Other than that, Terry thought it was a normal ten year-old… until it looked back at him. Its eyes were shiny and wet, like the eyes of a lower animal. After that the kid basically ignored him.

The child sat there expressionless, head straight, no matter what happened. He never turned his head. He was always on the subway in the afternoons. Terry even got used to him, and when his fear subsided he grew curious. He decided to follow the kid.

He was not stalking a child. He was observing some kind of robot. Besides, he just wanted to see where the kid got off the train. He wasn’t following it home! They both rode the metro to the end of the line, and got out of the car together. As usual the creature continued to ignore him. They waited on different benches, for the first train heading back out.

Terry soon lost both of his jobs. He was unable to concentrate. Following the baseball cap became his new profession. He would observe the child for hours, riding from one end of the city to the other. Terry never had the nerve to track the creature in the evening hours, when the subway stopped running at night.

Until chance deposited them on the opposite seats in the same car. Blank, obsidian eyes of the kid, stared straight ahead… directly at Terry, unblinking. Terry tried to stare down the kid, until subway train was being parked. It slowed to a crawl and then stopped. The end of the line for the night. Terry could see into the windows of more trains on both sides.

The child smiled at him. It said, “Can you help me, mister? I need someone to walk me home.”

Terry just sat there in a state of shock.

“I’m scared,” said the child. “I could really use your help.”

Terry could only shake his head and pray the thing would understand, that his answer was “no”.

Suddenly the small boy became very angry. “It’s your responsibility to look after me! I am helpless!”

That’s when Terry closed his eyes. He thought he heard the boy walk out of the car. When he opened his eyes again the creature was gone, and he relaxed for the first time in months. It was a half hour later when he decided to leave the car himself. But when he poked his head out of the door, there was no room to descend. All the space between the parked trains was filled with black eyed children.

Terry must have passed out, because when he woke up the subway car was pulling into a station. He didn’t care what station it was. He stepped out of the car that day, and he has never since travelled by train.

Whether the black eyed children are aliens from another planet, or demons from hades, their agenda remains unknown. But if you know of their existence, it is said you are much more likely to meet one of them in person.”

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show “Sweet Transvestite”…

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Date: November 04, 2021

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“The Rocky Horror Picture Show “Sweet Transvestite”

Tim Curry: Dr. Frank-N-Furter
Susan Sarandon: Janet Weiss
Barry Bostwick: Brad Majors
Richard O’Brien: Riff Raff
Patricia Quinn: Magenta
Nell Campbell: Columbia
Jonathan Adams: Dr. Everett Von Scott
Peter Hinwood: Rocky Horror
Meat Loaf: Eddie
Charles Gray: The Criminologist
Jeremy Newson: Ralph Hapschatt
Hilary Labow: Betty Munroe

Jim Sharman (1973)”

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The Devil in the Doll…


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Date: October 30, 2021

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“Whilst stories of haunted dolls can be traced back many generations, it was not until the arrival of Hollywood characters such as ‘Chucky’ and ‘Annabel’ that the concept of possessed puppets truly cemented itself within the wider public consciousness. In this episode, we examine three allegedly true stories of toys which seemed to have a life of their own and try to determine exactly what was behind the devil in the doll.”

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The Michigan Dogman…


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Date: October 29, 2021

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“Somewhere in the north-woods darkness, a creature walks upright. And the best advice you may ever get is don’t go out… at night.”

Whilst these words appear to have been born out of a harmless April Fool’s Joke, for the residents of Michigan’s heartland they stir a deeply rooted apprehension. The fear of a mythical beast, stories of which have been passed down through the centuries. A creature known as, The Michigan Dogman.”

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