Sort of a short backstory:
The Canyon of Life is so named for the abundance of rare plants, found nowhere else on earth and capable of healing any ailment, that grow at its heart. No one knows how the canyon came to be, but all have heard of the treasures it holds. However, the name “Canyon of Life” is wildly misleading. Those who brave this canyon set out with heavy hearts, knowing full well that their chances of success are slim, but feeling the rewards outweigh the risks. They kiss their loved ones for the last time, share one final moment with friends and companions they will leave behind, and head to their probable deaths. For even if they evade the gangs of crooks and marauders that flock to the canyon for its riches, few have faced the Colossus dwelling in its foggy recesses and lived to tell the tale.
I want them to be here. ok.
reblogging for the dog
wow, i love all of these, especially the faerie with the grub! haha
26 November 2013
Dear Friends of the Goose Fair,
You may well have read in the local press that during 2014 Northumberland County Council will undertake a programme of significant refurbishment to Ovingham Bridge lasting up to 9 months. During that time the bridge will be closed to all traffic and NCC will require works compounds on both sides of the river.
Unfortunately the location of the compound on the North side will be on a significant part of the Goose Fair field and the pathway across the first part of the field will be excavated and increased in width to deal with heavy vehicles accessing the works compound. A fenced off pedestrian walkway will also be constructed.
We recently met with representatives of both the Parish Council and NCC so as to understand the extent of the potential disruption which will coincide with the Goose Fair date in June. Our conclusion was that the Fair could not be held in the usual location. We have examined possible alternative sites and NCC would be willing to provide assistance in making them viable but unfortunately we feel that none are suitable to host our usual Goose Fair. It is therefore with some regret that at a committee meeting last night we took the decision that there will not be a Goose Fair in 2014.
As mentioned we have looked at alternative sites but all were either too small or have access issues, and of course in addition we cannot be sure what effect the bridge closure would have on attendance. We do not want to put on a Fair which the public would not recognise as the traditional Goose Fair with its unique identity.
We are looking at having some kind of small village “event” near the usual Goose Fair date to keep the idea alive locally but it will be small in comparison.
We do hope you understand our position and the bridge does need some much needed attention. Rest assured we will be back in 2015!
Chairman – Ovingham Reading Room
Come down to the OvingJAM featuring a load of young, local acoustic musicians! All money made will be going towards the Save the Children Typhoon Appeal (Philippines), so get yourself along!
Hawaiian Shirt Friday
Ovingham Reading Rooms
Friday 6th December 7-11pm
£2 on the door
Live music all night!
Slate presents an amazing, interactive digital version of Olaus Magnus’ 1539 Carta Marina, a chart that portrays the sea as teeming with monsters…
When the chart was made, in the early years of the Age of Exploration, there was a lingering belief in the existence of griffins, unicorns, dragons, the phoenix, the monstrous races, and a host of other unnatural creatures. Modern science was in its infancy. Although adherents to the direct observation of nature would soon challenge hearsay and tradition and begin to classify animal life, at the time the medieval imagination was still free to shape its own forms of the natural world. The chart’s giant lobster gripping a swimmer in its claws, a monster being mistaken for an island, and a mast-high serpent devouring sailors would have represented actual fears of the unknown deep.
Those and Olaus’ other fanciful sea beasts are not mere decorations to fill empty spaces. Nor are they only visual metaphors for dangers lurking in the sea. Intended as representations of actual marine life, they are identified in the map’s key.
Click through to Slate to explore the stories of each creature, and read more on the chart’s origins…