Find the Red Thread of Fate

The Red Thread of Fate is the method that Yue Lao or The Old Man Under The Moon uses to bind people together who are fated to meet and spend the rest of their lives together. Also known as the Matchmaker Deity, he travels at night with his bundle of red silk cords, connecting people…

How To Throw A Swedish Crayfish Party or Kräftskiva

Sweden is an unusual country. What happens there is this. Most of the year they exist in a black dark. A few months of the year the sun is out all the time, even at midnight. At this time all Swedes shut up shop and go to stay in little red box houses on the…

I’m Fondue You

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the natural birth of fondue was long ago in remote Alpine huts when, snow-bound and with only stale bread crusts and cheese rinds left to eat, some genius melted the cheese, added a dash of home-made kirsch to stave off the cold, and created one of the most…

The Thirteenth Sign ⛎

1970 was a big year. The first episode of soap opera All My Children was broadcast. Black Sabbath‘s eponymous debut album was released.  The Beatles split up. Apollo 13 was launched.The first Glastonbury Festival was held.  Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin both joined the 27 Club in death. I was born, which important fact I think…

A Ghost Story For Halloween

I maybe saw a ghost in the late 1990’s. Marshall and I were exploring a then abandoned church on Balls Pond Road in Islington. I found a small anteroom on the side of the building, and was peering through a crack in the boards which covered its windows, trying to see what might be stored…

Tired out? Bake a Mabon Bread Demon

This period between the festivals of Lammas and Samhain is known to be an unchancy one, with high levels of supernatural activity. It’s wise to avoid most magical behaviour for now, as while you are likely to get heightened responses, it’s also extremely possible that the results may not turn out as you anticipated. So…

Drink The Volcano

Tonight we will see the longest Blood Moon solar eclipse of the century, and major electric storms are predicted. Get ready for a bumpy night! If you see any black birds gathering near you, stay alert. These are psychopomps, very common at times of high supernatural activity and drawn to areas of potential trouble. It…

The Black Secret of The Treacle Mines

Along with cider, clover honey and clotted cream, real black treacle is something you need to track down and get directly from the source. The mass-produced imitations are never the same as the wild treacle produced according to ancient traditional methods deep in the English countryside.  Just as you should ideally buy farm produce directly…

The Kraken Wakes

Tales of huge tentacled or horned sea creatures exist from ancient times, and persist to this day.  The Greek legend of the Scylla, a monster with six heads that Odysseus must sail past during his travels, is an example of this tradition. In 1555 Olaus Magnus wrote of a sea creature with “sharp and long…

Dancing Lions & Lucky Lettuce

This is the time of the year the terrible Nian comes out of the dark to feed, and roams the neighbourhood looking for vulnerable people it can snap up and crunch down. The Nian was originally indigenous to rural China and was close to extinction in the 1800’s, but over the years has interbred with…