Apr 06

Glastonbury Goddess Conference 2014

Procession of Goddess devotees

Goddess Conference 2013

In keeping with my role as Champion of the Goddess I point you in the direction of the:

Glastonbury Goddess Conference

This is the nineteenth annual Glastonbury Goddess Conference and takes place over 6 days from Tuesday 29th July to Sunday 3rd August 2014. There are also fringe events starting from Saturday 26th July.

The theme this year is Celebrating the Crone Goddess:

The third aspect of the Triple Goddess, she  is the wise one, the magician, the waning moon and winter. She represents spirituality, death and endings, transformation and regeneration.

You can book for the whole Conference or individual days, talks or workshops.

For more information go to the  Glastonbury Goddess Conference website.

Mar 18

MRI Scan Symphony

Today I try to describe the sounds heard from the machine when I had my first MRI Scan and ponder the question: Is it music?

I had thought this was going to be a very boring half-hour with nothing to do but keep still and put up with it. I had no idea this would be such an entertaining time.

You may experience a little noise he said.

That was no kind of warning for what happened.

It started off innocuously enough. There were whirring and clicking sounds, something that sounded like a small pump and a little heart beat sound in the background.

It was all really quite relaxing – I may well nod off I thought.

Then more sounds were being introduced, something like in  Mike Oldfields “Tubular Bells”, but without any melody.

After a while it’s beginning to sound like I’m at a gig of some (How shall I put it?) electronic, synthesiser band that’s gone heavy metal.

I am beginning to enjoy this. This is not boring at all. In fact, I am so entertained that I am beginning  to wish I had a recording device so I could play it back at some time.

Then.

BADA BADA BAD DADA BADA BADA BAD DADA

So much for keeping still. I must have jumped six feet.

This goes on for a while but then stops and I get a reprise of the earlier sounds.

There may l have been a new section here but with my bad memory it may well have been some of the earlier sounds again.

It’s just beginning to get slightly boring now, getting a bit repetitive, when sounds start dropping out and it’s not long before I am back outside.

Was it music?

For:

It was entertaining, it sounded to me like music. With a bit of editing you might even get something that people would listen to, maybe, even pay for.

Against:

The only against I can think of at the moment is that it was not written by a human being, just the by-product of a machine doing it’s thing.

If anybody has any views about this, either for or against, I would love to hear from you.

Mar 17

My Religious Beliefs

I will take this opportunity to explain my own religious beliefs, give some idea of what the Category “Religion, Myths and Legends” will contain and introduce you to a recent facebook friend.

Intellectually I am an atheist, but with an interest in comparative religion.

In my heart a pagan.

Actually I use the word “heart” for convenience sake. People will understand the word in this context, but I shall be exploring in the future what constitutes the heart or soul. And I do mean exploring, I have some ideas but a lot of it will be uncharted territory for me.

I was originally going to have “Religion” and “Myths and Legends” as separate categories,but, as most myths were somebody’s religion once, I have decided to combine the two and have sub-categories, which I think will work much better.

Jann has been a facebook friend for about a year but we hadn’t chatted much in that time. I knew she was into health and fitness as her status reports often were about the runs she had been on.

But, just recently, she had asked for a couple of followers on her new Twitter account so she could get a bit of practice in how to use it.

It was then I saw she had a website and, being curious, decide to visit it.

I found out she actually runs  a health and wellness centre in North Yorkshire.

To my surprise,  the name is one of the themes I was thinking of developing – It is an amazing universe ( how nobody else had got to  the URL first was amazing in itself). And then I saw she ran something called Divinely Feminine Circles. Now if that doesn’t fit into my theme of Moonlit Knight being the Champion of the Goddess nothing does.

Coincidently, this started on  March 5th., my second day out of hospital and first post since I decided that I could actually make a go of this site.

So, without further ado, I give you:

Amazing Universe

You may well owe me a drink for this Jann. Which I will collect later this year – I’m thinking here about all those lovely Yorkshire Bitters, oh, and also I have some cousins in that area that I haven’t seen for years.

 

Mar 16

Some Changes of Mind

I had already decided to delete Using WordPress. I was originally going to write about my experiences of using it, and how I solved problems of trying to get it to the way I want. But there are loads of good guides out there, and a good user community.

Anyway I’d decided  a time ago to use blogging software as a base for my site as I was tweaking with the look and feel of my site rather than actually adding content. With blogging software all you really need to do is pick a theme you like, change a few settings and go write.

I still love tweaking and I’ve found one that I can tweak to my hearts content and am using it to publish my more technical blog.

Now that I am actually writing stuff I might tweak this one some more. But apart from a couple of niggles it doesn’t look too bad.

I have also decided there will be no category for Being 60 as I want to appeal to as wide an age group as I can, and a category with that name may put people off.

I may well write posts about it (in fact I have one in mind for the future) but they will go in Maunderings.

And speaking of Maunderings:

I may be a very untidy person and my flat is a bit of a mess, but I have a tidy mind and I don’t quite like the word uncategorised. Everything should have it’s place. Putting something in Uncategorised smacks of lazy thinking.

That’s where Maunderings came in – A place to put all my uncategorised (mainly personal) thoughts without actually calling it that.

Maundering – a lovely word. It was a word I had picked up somewhere and I knew it was something to do with thoughts and I liked it’s archaic sound.

It wasn’t until I looked the word up recently that I realised it was more apt  than I thought.

I still have Uncategorised, and this will be where I put this post..  I still really want to call it something else but, for the moment though, I will at least change that z to an s.

 

Mar 15

An Interesting Evening

Or how ignorance and a false assumption led to an evening, not worth writing about into two posts and an idea for another category.

Of course, the first post is now this one.

First the ignorance. I have never had a MRI Scan before.

You may experience a little noise he said. That was no kind of warning for what happened.

Hence the second post MRI Scan Symphony

Someone must have written about this before. It’s such an amazing experience. But I am not going to check just in case I am tempted to read it and influence my own writing.

Second the false assumption. I know you shouldn’t assume but that’s it I suppose everyone does it at one time and another.

My last status on facebook was:

Hooray!! Final scan this evening and then a small celebration with friends.

The trouble is my friends didn’t know this. They don’t even know I was in hospital. I didn’t tell them.

I wasn’t going to tell anyone. I was going to tell them afterwards. “Oh, by the way, I’ve been in hospital and I’m all better now.”

The hospital though had to tell my sister. There is always a chance that going under general anaesthetic can be dangerous and they needed a next of kin.

The reason I didn’t tell anybody was that I had no idea that a visit to the doctors was going to be so dramatic. It was a sore throat, OK it was a very sore throat. I couldn’t eat and it was very hard to swallow, but I’d had this sort of thing before. I used to get very bad tonsillitis years and years ago, so as far as I was concerned I was just popping in to get some antibiotics. They used to start working almost from taking the first one.

But the doctor thought it had got too bad and was worried that it might close up my windpipe. So it was straight to Accident and Emergency.

I still wonder that if I had gone when the sore throat had first started it would have turned out different.

Now to the reason they didn’t know I was going to be out that evening.

I’d been somewhat worried that I wouldn’t be up to it.

Although the worse parts of the side-effects were over, I had taken my final steroid on Thursday, I was still getting  periods of lack of concentration and “now what did I come here for”

Twice I’d gone down to the kitchen to make a drink with coffee in my cup and a tea bag in my hand, and I use a different mug for each.

Come to think of it. Why didn’t anyone tell me about these side effects. All I got was “There may be some weight gain”. Not a problem to me, I’m a long lanky git, could most probably do with some more weight.

My sister who also had to have at one time a short course of steroids and had no such problems.

Maybe  different steroids have different effects.

Perhaps they effect different people different ways and the doctors don’t really know what the side-effects will actually be.

Or did they just forget?

So, the idea was to go and have the scan then see how I felt before I rang to see where they were in Romford.

Funnily, on the way to the bus stop, it felt that maybe I’d put my pants on back to front. but it was only that I’d got my shirt tails twisted.

The false assumption of course that they would be in Romford. They do go other places, but not often, they are usually in Romford.

Yes you guessed it.

No problem though. I can see them next weekend, I will be much better then and I can really celebrate.

I can still go into Romford get something to eat and then have a drink, and in my favourite pub now, because one of my friends has unfortunately managed to get himself barred from this establishment.

And then I had second thoughts. It is a long walk and, although it’s near another bus route to Ilford, I’ll have a longer walk home.

As there is a pub right outside where I get off the bus to home, why not have a drink there. It’s a lot closer to home and I can get some chips or something on the way back.

I have lived in this area before and used this pub on my way to or back from Ilford. Now though, I would have to go out of my way to get there. So all in all I haven’t been there for at least ten years.

I am glad now that I did. It was a pleasant surprise. They had a very nice guest beer, some flavours of which got through even my iffy taste buds. A shame it’s nearly coming to it’s end – I would love to see what it really tastes like.

Any way it was called “Black Cat” and made by Moorhouse’s Brewery which is a shame because it’s in Lancashire. Maybe I’ll get lucky and find it as a guest beer somewhere else locally.

It has a nice beer garden and smoking area out the back.

I only went into the small bar, I had forgotten how small, and the people there were very friendly and I was soon in a conversation with some of them. I didn’t really want to leave after one drink, but I hadn’t eaten for ages because of the time of the appointment. Had to leave at the time usually I would have my evening meal.

Thus the new category. I’d already had the idea for one on drink and now I have decided to have one on the places I have enjoyed drinking in. Still got to think of a name for it though.

I may also have found my new local.

Only one problem, the chip shop I was going to get some food from was closed, so it’s down to the corner shop on my road, which was also packing up, for a large packet of Chilli Heatwave Doritos and some chocolate.

Two more bonuses.   I can get in a few more whacks on the Viking Clan 3 day St. Paricks day calendar. I also get to watch Down Periscope on Movie Mix. Not great comedy by any means but with one great put-down.

“Careful, you are talking to a Superior Officer”

“No, merely a higher ranking one”

 

Mar 14

Games Without Frontiers

The idea for this post came easily to me, hardly had to think about it at all and the title nearly wrote itself. Thank you Peter.

As most of my friends on my facebook page are gamers why not start off with a little piece about on-line games.

It’s a good way to start of my Games category, which will be mostly about on-line and computer games, and might even interest some enough for them to come and pay a visit. After all, they are my only audience at the moment.

As I said most of my facebook friends are here because of the games but I don’t really know any of them. But that’s because this was just my page to play games. I would come on, play the games and go. And when I stopped playing I hardly ever came back.

But, by the very nature of the medium in which these games are played, there are no frontiers and distance means nothing.

And it leads me to wonder how many international friendships have been forged just through playing on-line games.

If any one would like to tell their own experience of this please leave a comment. It would be nice to get one other than spam. Or maybe send me a message on facebook.

You may be wondering why I am going to write about on-line games if I gave up playing them.

I gave up the facebook games because they were taking up too much of my time. I was playing the same games on both accounts to help each-other out and I’d even gone as far as making a third account for the same purpose ( he is still around somewhere). The games were also eating through my bandwidth allowance at a horrible rate because of the way they have to be written. So my on-line games fix came from the free multi-player games you had to download – but using a lot less bandwidth to play.

I do still play one game on my other account Viking Clan, mainly because I can just go on get my daily points in and go. I may also go in at times during the day. The only trouble is when they do the special three day calendar – I tend to try to see if I can do it three times instead of just being happy with one.

So if there are any Viking Clan players, I think you can do it from my Viking Clan profile Philip Sigudmu or just send friend request to Philip Dyer and take it from there.

These links will open in new tab or new window, after all you may have not finished here yet. (hopes)

Scratch that. It’s an imposition I needn’t make. After all there is always the back button or if you want a new tab there is always the right click option.

 

 

Mar 13

Coming out as a writer

I didn’t know that coming out as a writer would be so difficult or so scary or so mentally and physically draining.

Originally I wasn’t going to do it so soon. I was going to write more posts actually relating to the theme of the site, get a bit more content in.

But then, what started as a little bit of fun escalated.

I’d just finished yesterdays post.Looked at it and was pleased with it.

I thought  – not bad actually. It said what I wanted to say. The writing of it had actually clarified a couple of issues for me. It gave a little advice and managed to even fit in a bit of my own personal philosophy.

Yes, I was feeling smug. I felt like a writer.

To celebrate I thought I’d have a little joke on my Twitter account. Only one follower and she’s a friend. The idea was to have me declare myself a writer and be congratulated by my main account.

But I couldn’t get it to work. I was answering my own tweet with the wrong account and I couldn’t make it look like a proper conversation so I gave up. That will learn me, I’ve had it a year and really only used it to follow so I’m a beginner at tweeting. But in my defence I had imagined it would be simple.

Is it just me being stupid or does anybody else find this a most annoyingly difficult program to learn to use?

(Aside: Not only am I now learning to write I’m learning the art of publicity too. This could be more fun than I first thought.)

I still wanted to do it though and I’ve also got two facebook accounts. Even I could manage this on facebook.

Moonlit Knight: Today is the day I become a writer

Philip Dyer:   Hi MK so gongrats are in order yes? Doesn’t declaring it like that sound pretty smug 🙂

(Had to add the smiley didn’t want my other account to seem to harsh)

Moonlit Knight: Hi Phil long time no see. ha ha yes I’m feeling very smug at the moment. Didn’t say I was a good writer though  and it’s only a blog.

And done: Or so I thought.

Now I have a tendency to either jump into something with both feet or become the world’s worst procrastinator. Both have a time and place – but I often get it wrong.

But I am really sure now this is both feet time.

And I have an audience right here.

It would be nice to have some readers right in on the start.

Scary, but I must confess to a being a bit of a showman and the statement “Today is the day I become a writer.” is definitely a dramatic entrance too good to waste.

But it’s easy to be a bit of a showman with family and friends, but complete strangers?

And most of my friends on this account are complete strangers. I started it to somehow fit in with my site but then used it mainly to play the facebook games. Nearly everyone here is because of that. Then when I gave up playing it became rather neglected, I didn’t use it for anything socially much.

So I use my other account to ease me in.

I write the link, I take a deep breath and press enter.

I really didn’t expect that preview just a little link. Yes, I know now I could have just removed the preview – but I panicked.

The tagline did look a bit pretentious and I hate pretentiousness in others. The last thing I want to look is pretentious. If I ever show any sign of that – have a word in my ear.

So I used my other account to try and defuse the situation and wonder what to do. Ah yes bring in the old tagline – that could be useful.

That done only a couple more posts to wrap it up.

I felt actually exhausted, I was very glad nobody else commented, I couldn’t face any questions so I just cut and run.

But at least it was done and I could take a rest.

And yes the old tagline was more like me so I changed it back even though It’s made a complete mess of the top layout. I have a couple of niggles about that anyway so it looks like I must get my technical hands dirty.

Changing the tagline does have another benefit – it’s clarified that I shall write as me not as the character as I was originally going to do.

The silver in the knight’s hair is not all moonlight, on closer inspection the armour is battered and slightly tarnished but he is still a knight, a knight still on a quest.

Addendum:

Finally braved going back to facebook. After all that I had nothing to worry about. Two likes that came from the first post. And nothing new. Most probably not seen by anybody else.

I am kind of disappointed. I was quite hoping somebody would have noticed the duplicity. The other day uploaded the same photos to both accounts and used one as my new profile picture on my main account.

The lack of notice is no problem. I am going to be busy using the account to update when I do a  post that is relevant to my theme.

As most of these friends  are gameplayers I may be writing about that they are interested in. I do expect a mass exodus though. Thinking about it I may have to start it – some of these players may well be children and some of my posts will not have suitable content.

Mar 12

Maunderings

I still seem to have the writing bug. Ideas for the site are resurfacing and new ones keep on popping up – sometimes too fast – I’m having to take notes. (Note to technical self: Maybe a review of of note taking software) See.

But, I thought I would take some time and reflect on, “Why now?”

It maybe be because last December was my 60th Birthday.

The feeling that after all these years I really haven’t  really done anything with my life. I am not complaining here – I have had great time along the way and intend  to carry on that way for a very long time.

Maybe it’s my shot at immortality of a kind.

But then again, the idea of Moonlit Knight has been around for ages. I liked the design of my site and still remember how pleased I felt with myself when I converted it from HTML, using tables to php and CSS.

I tried using the blog format thinking this would give me a freer approach. This was not the first and this goes back to April 2011 but it still never really got going.

It may have been the catalyst but there was still the big chance that it would also never get going.

My stay in hospital was a big contributory cause:

Four days without TV, the internet or computer games and no worries except, “When’s  dinner?” But a lot of time to think. So much time. What to do with it when the library books finished, when the papers are read, when the crosswords done. Luckily two of the days were Saturday and Sunday. That certainly sparked the creative juices.

But still.

And then I realised why this idea had never really got of the ground. I lacked confidence in my abilities as a writer. I had seen other sites and weblogs and had been discouraged – I was never going to be worthy of being in their company.

And then it hit me. It really didn’t matter at all about how good other people were at doing this.

This is my website – it’s for me.

I shall treat it as I have done so far with my life. To enjoy the journey to the best of my abilities. It doesn’t matter what other people think.

If I can entertain, inform or even maybe help people on the way, that would be, as Internal Dialogue so succinctly put it “A bonus.”

Thank You.

Mar 11

Get well soon Phil Collins

As a fan of a band I suck.

It wasn’t until I read the article about Peter Gabriel in The Mail On Sunday that I knew Phil Collins was having health problems and that they went so far back.

I have a Genesis Category, but with only one post.

And I haven’t even bought an album in ages.

This is especially bad as their music, both band and solo careers, has played such a major part in my life.

And, of course, if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t even be here, certainly not as the Moonlit Knight, not with this theme and most probably not even as a blogger.

I shall try to make amends.

Mar 11

Last health update I promise

No more of those feeling stoned periods since Sunday – thank goodness. Concentration does wander a bit but improving. Actually though when it does I go for a walk in the garden which is a lot healthier than my old self where I spent too much time at my computer in one go. Must keep it up.

Technical skills still a bit fuzzy. Which is a shame I really want to go over to the other side of my dual boot machine and play with my new Linux Mint.

Looks like I shall have to stay with my creative side for a while. I can always do some non technical posts on my other blog.

My only real gripe at the moment is taste. My mouth still feels like rubbish, getting some flavours, I know what I’m eating but I’m missing something and texture feels all wrong. And I really fancy a burger.

Edit so I don’t have to be seen to be a liar.

I am not sure yet if it’s because my taste buds had suddenly improved or my choice of meal this evening was inspired – but oh, it was so mmmmmm.

I was so satisfied I am going to give a big hand and a free plug to:

Iceland Italian Stonebaked Mediterranean Vegetable Pizza.