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Vesta
25 March 2015 @ 06:14 am
We got to borrow a proper locale the other weekend so the crew could do their latest dance cover. Here it is. I think they are progressing. They also got interviewed for a documentary on K-POP.
On Friday they're doing their third dance competition. I hope it goes as well as the last one.





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Vesta
26 July 2014 @ 05:17 pm
So, M.R James wrote a horror story about a Swedish count. Of course I had to read it. inyadreems mentioned it could a bit ...let's say not accurate. So far James has introduced the actual Count Magnus de la Gardie. de la Gardie held positions as riksdrots, riksmarskalk, rikskansler....Drots means 'ruler' or one of the five high official posts in Sweden back in the day-he was next to the king really, riksmarsalk -Marshal of the Realm and Chancellor. He was - in other words- no lightweight. Oh! He was also a poet. He did not- as far as I know though- live at Råbäck estate. Råbäck does exist though, looks like a lovely place to visit.

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All in all I'm happy with it, in spite of the historical horrors errors. Should I feel pain over it, I will think of the unspeakable things Marvel has done to Nordic mythology.
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Vesta
23 June 2014 @ 05:34 pm
So! You need K-POP? I know the place to go!

Claranuna's Into my World

You will find album reviews, text analysis, discussion, fanfic discussion, general squee, videos...You name it!

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Vesta
20 June 2014 @ 09:45 am
Today is Midsummer Eve, tomorrow Midsummer Day. It's an old Swedish/Nordic tradtion which stems back from the heathen days. The 'proper' midsummer happens on Summer Solstice- the longest day- which is tomorrow on Midsummer Day, but since 1953 it's been regulated to celebrte Midsummer on a Saturday between 20 to 26 of June. That is to make sure that everybody get a day off.

Anyhow- old tradition! From starters this was a fertility rite- duh!It's also a sun-worship rite. Archeologists have found rock carvings which are claimed to show this. The Vikings celerated Midsummer with a 'blot'- a ritual sacrifice. From what we've gathered about the Viking blot they were regular and normally contained sex- and blood rituals. The Vikings held blot at Midsummer, Winter Solstice, Spring - and Autumnal Equinox. Those were the big ones, then there were smaller ones spread thoughout the year. Lotsa blood!

Anyhow again; back in 4 C, the church highjacked Midsummer and named it Johannes Döparens dag- John the Bapstist Day. Ever since then, the church has been trying to stop the traditional, heathen Midsummer celebrations. In 1425, Archbishop Johannes in Lund actually banned the festivites and wanted the pople to go to church to honour Johannes Döparen instead. Didn't work.

I almost forgot! Of course there were witches in the mix as well. The first Christian celebrations held -of course again- bonfires to burn witches on. That stemmed from the sun worshiping bonfires from the Bronze Age. Today we don't light any bonfires anymore but we do have Midsummer Poles. We call them Majstång- May Pole. In this case 'maj' doesn't mean the month maj (May) but is the old word for 'lövad' -decorated with foliage. The pole is a cock in disguise- yep, fertility rite. People dance around it and sing songs about little frogs and Aunt Ingegerd's old clothes. I know, that makes no sense.

Food! Traditional Swedish food is served. Pickled herring, salmon- smoked and grav. New potatoes. Gubbröra- Old Man's Mix-which is anchovies, onions, egg, parsley, dill, chives all gooped together and served on dark rye bread. Strawberries. You can cram in a Janson's Temptation if you want. Sausgaes, meatballs. Basically the same things we eat during Christmas and Easter.Don't forget the snaps though. Midsummer comes with a lot of booze and drunken mishaps. During Midsummer more accidents happen than during the rest of the year. People are out in the woods or the archipelago- drink too much, get into fights, fall overboard...

Well! That was that about Midsummer. I wish you all a happy one!


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Vesta
06 June 2014 @ 08:36 am
On this day 1523, Gustav Vasa was made king of Sweden. He was the first king of all of Sweden, until then there had been several kings and kingdoms. Today we are celebrating the beauty and unity of my fantastic country.

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04 May 2014 @ 07:16 am
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Vesta
06 April 2014 @ 01:31 pm
I like(d) Anne Rice. I've read her vampire books from cover to cover umptheen times. So! When I sa a new one by her, I grabbed it.It's called the Wolf Gift.

Happily I settled down on the couch with it. I can tell you now, after finishing it, that it's one of the worst pieces of crap I've ever read. The plot is...well I guess it's there but very invisible. The characters are stilted, the pacing of the text is non existent. Rice has also managed a Mary Sue of the worst kind. And! She's even gotten some bestiality in there- sort of.

It's about a young man who gets bitten by a werewolf- fine so far. But- this kind of werewolf can't kill innocent people, only bad guys. A few pages in, the young man turns into a right hero- bouncing around in his werewolf shape rescuing people. Because- you see- he can smell evil.
One night he meets a young woman- she's not scared of him or any such. They end up having sex-with him in his wolf form. Very particular details of her licking his snout and playing with his fur ensues. I did not need that.

A group of older and wiser werewolves eventually show up. Together they set everything right and they can all live in some sort of werewolf collective.

In the midst here, Rice has tried for a secondary plot- our 'hero' manages to turn another young man and has to deal with the aftermath of that, responsibility and the lot. There is also the question if the woman can love him as a human as well as wolf. And! Should he turn her as well? Cue the older, sensible, immortal werewolf who really is a gentleman and very understanding to the rescue.

Is my review comprehensible? Barely. The book is not. It's boring, lacking in plot and characterization. 

I give the Wolf Gift  5 Don't read! out of 5 possible.
 




 
 
Vesta
07 March 2014 @ 11:19 am
Note: This is another original short story with Mary Sue as the protagonist. She's not the standard Mary Sue, no fancy hair, clothes, no nothing. She does have problems though. With her husband, Billy Bob, with the dustbunnies and also -most likely- with her mental health. Mary Sue is stuck in a grey zone where things which shouldn't be moving are doing so, accompanied by the constant sense of terror Billy Bob has put her in. This really isn't a funny or happy story.
It's not betad, if (when) you find glaring bugs- please tell me so I can correct them. Feel free to rip it apart- feedback is appreciated.


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Title: The proper place
Author: Vesta
Pairing: Finch/Reese
Rating: R/NC-17
Category: PWP, First time (almost)
Warnings: None
Feedback: Yes please, if you would be so kind.
Disclaimers: These characters do not belong to me,

Summary: He leaned back in the chair and put his feet up on the desk. Harold never did that, he always sat primly or hunched over, asleep on the keyboard. There was something definitely naughty about sitting with his feet on Harold's desk.

Author's note: This is the first fic I've posted in years. This makes me nervous. It's also my first PoI fic, which also makes me nervous.

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Vesta
30 October 2013 @ 06:49 am
Title: The Midnight Man
Author: RollingBuffalo
Category: Horror, Halloween
Rating: PG-13 (just to be sure)
Warnings: none
Feedback: Yes, please
Note: Posted on behalf of RollingBuffalo, the accountless one. Betaread by Biggelois. The rules of the game itself were found on Creepypasta.com.

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