Sunday, 23 April 2017

Happy St. George's Day - UK

April 23 marks the saint’s day of England’s patron saint St George. 
Saint George and the Dragon by Gustave Moreau.
Who was Saint George? 
Why is he England's patron saint?

In hagiography, as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and one of the most prominent military saints, he is immortalised in the myth of Saint George and the Dragon. 

English schoolchildren are always taught that he was a knight who slew dragons but is there more to the historical figure?

According to legend, St George was a Roman soldier born in what is now modern-day Turkey in around 280AD and died around 303.

George's parents were Christians of Greek background, his father Gerontius (Greek: Γερόντιος, Gerontios meaning "old man" in Greek) was a Roman army official from Cappadocia, and his mother Polychronia (Greek name, meaning she who lives many years) was a Christian and a Greek native from Lydda in the Roman province of Syria Palaestina. Accounts differ regarding whether George was born in Cappadocia or Syria Palaestina but agree that he was raised at least partly in Lydda.

Very little is known about his early life but it is believed he was born to a wealthy Christian noble family. When he grew up he became a soldier and joined the retinue of Emperor Diocletian.

In 303 Diocletian, as part of a crackdown on the growing influence of the Christian community ordered that all Christian soldiers in the army should be expelled and all Roman soldiers were forced to make the traditional pagan sacrifice.

St George refused and denounced the edict in front of his fellow soldiers, declaring he was a Christian.

Diocletian initially tried to convert him with offers of wealth and land but when he refused he was beheaded on 23 April 303.

So what does he have to do with dragons? 

The myth of St George slaying a dragon originally appeared in stories told by the medieval Eastern Orthodox Church which was brought back to Europe by the Crusaders in the 10th and 11th centuries.

If he was from Turkey how did he become the patron saint of England?

King Edward III made St George the country’s official saint just after he came to the throne in 1327.

According to historian Ian Mortimer, a patron saint did not have to be from the country they were born in - they just needed to embody the characteristics the kingdom wanted to project to the outside world.

After all, as well as England, St George is also the patron saint of Portugal, Venice, Beirut, Malta, Ethiopia, Georgia, the Palestinian territories, Serbia and Lithuania.

Edward III wanted to rebuild the strength of the English monarchy after the disastrous reign of his father - St George was part of his strategy to make England one of the most powerful and warlike nations in Europe.
Source: HERE

Love and light,
Trace
xoxo

Thursday, 20 April 2017

A Carpet of Purple Flowers - Laura's Early Thoughts (prior to review)


LAURA - 
ASMR GIRL. BOOKWORM. GEEK. VLOGGER. 

Laura creates ASMR videos but what is it?
Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is an experience characterised by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. It has been compared with auditory-tactile synesthesia. Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) signifies the subjective experience of 'low-grade euphoria' characterised by 'a combination of positive feelings, and a distinct static-like tingling sensation on the skin'. It is most commonly triggered by specific acoustic, visual and digital media stimuli, and less commonly by intentional attentional control.
Read more HERE

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Playing around with Gif Creation

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Dorcha Crùn Theatre ~ 'The Alptraum of Alithia'

Dorcha Crùn Theatre 
(Fictional title - Scottish Gaelic meaning ~ Dark Crown)
Sarolta Bán
 'The Alptraum of Alithia'~ (The elf dream/nightmare of Alithia).
A play mentioned in the book 'A Carpet of Purple Flowers'.
Dylan Cole
The Dorcha Crun Theatre is not your traditional theatre. 
Inspired by the old theatres left in decay dotted about SW London. Such as - STREATHAM -  REGAL CINEMA (aka ABC & Cannon). Unfortunately in 2004, the auditorium was demolished & apartments were built on the site with the original cinema facade and foyer retained as an entrance.
Stage ~ Ruins
The play is a bizarre mix of ballet and less traditional expression. 
It serves a purpose for the character, Karian, and isn't meant to represent an actual theatre or specific method of delivery. It is fantasy. 
 Realm of Fantasy by Anacorreal.
Het National Ballet - Romeo and Juliet.
Haunting Denied Love
 Jacques Dequeker
Alithia and the Well
Connecting Worlds
Below, the superb dance of 'Sergei Polunin' reminds me of a certain scene played by a male role in 'The Alptraum of Alithia'.
Full Dance
Wanted for murder ~ On the run
Portal Escape 
Finding Love in a New World
Love and light,
Trace
xoxo

Alithia and Karian ~ A Love Story

 Book Character Inspired Post
Rogelio de Egusquiza - Tristan and Isolt
The story within a story, Karian, and Alithia by the elders ruins.
It is by this tragic love story that the character, Karian, loses his way and finds himself on earth. Condemned by his own people in Emeritias for Alithia's sudden death, he searches for a place to belong. A place where his heart can find the peace that's eluded him for centuries. Feeling empty, he is desperate to fill the hole Alithia's love left. 
 Alithia loved to ride over the lands of Emeritias. 
The young couple would meet and race and finally stop at the ruins.
 Both were torn in the ancient feud between their families. Each to be a successor on opposing sides in a war not of their making..
Their Hidden World
The Infamous Well 
 Bellwood Gardens
Read more on the character page on the book website - HERE
Meaning and history of Alithia's name:  
The name Alithia is a Teutonic baby name. In Teutonic the meaning of the name is: Noble humour.
People with this name have a deep inner desire for love and companionship, and want to work with others to achieve peace and harmony.
Soul Number: 2   Expression Number: 6
Pinterest Character Inspiration Board ~ HERE
TRISTAN UND ISOLDE 
Video still of Isolde's Death by Bill Viola, from the Opéra national de Paris production. Photo Credit: Kira Perov 
Meaning and history of Karian's name: 
(Pronounced as KEH-RIY-AHN) -  
Pinterest Character Board ~ HERE
A Nordic (Swedish) name meaning pure.
Bearer's of this name, feel and sense much. There are many things that they do not fully understand, and can possibly be deeply influenced through the thoughts of others without realizing just how  they're being affected. Moods are a problem, as can be highly inspired one minute, and the next become quite irritated and annoyed over some ill-timed remark or lack of consideration on the part of someone close to them. They may experience suffering, caused by being abandoned and sacrificed at the hands of others. It is overall a tough and challenging name to have. He has a certain flair and charm that he tends to abuse.
Karian (Persian: also Romanized as Karīān, Kareyān, and Karīyan; also known as Kariūn) is a village in Karian Rural District, in the Central District of Minab County, Hormozgan Province, Iran.
Greek spelling - Carian - The Greek historian Herodotus recorded that Carians themselves believed to be aborigines of Caria but they were also, by general consensus of ancient sources, a maritime people before being gradually pushed inland.
Soul Number: 11    Expression Number: 5
People with theses numbers tend to fight being restricted by rules and conventions. They are usually optimistic, energetic, intelligent, and make friends easily. They may be changeable, restless and rebellious.
Relating to Bethany
Three Hearts
Four Souls
and a whole lot of history
Bethany aka Bea


Love and light,
Trace
xoxo

Who are your heroes?

Who are your heroes? 
Who are you drawn to and why? 

I came across this question while browsing the net. It was something I hadn't really thought about, so it stopped me in my tracks and got me thinking. I don't tend to idolise, my heroes are usually people I know, like mum, friends, etc, that have strong views on humanity or have overcome harsh times and still remained beautiful. This is true strength. Now, that aside, I was stumped. In this context, I could pick Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Einstein, etc, but in truth, although I deeply admire them, they are too famous to be my true heroes. I would opt for people that are/were in the background, people that got left behind/faded from limelight/appear small against media greats. Nikola Tesla - who died alone in a hotel, seems, to me, to be a people's choice, I like that. I'm still finding it difficult to say 'they're my hero', as there are so many unknown heroes, so, I'll be more generalised: Creatives, Native Americans, Indigenous tribes, Sensitive souls in the world, Victims of holocausts, etc.
In a fictional context, I get to create my own hero/es. This appeals more. It is a growing manifestation of ideals/thoughts placed in a difficult environments/scenarios. You get to play with mindsets of various personality types, and, as omniscient, can create a new world and experience it's various outcomes without actual damage. Creative's (which all of us are) can experiment with ideas in a safe way and we need more of this deeper thought in the world before life-changing decisions are made.

The question 'Who are your heroes and why?' led to more insight ~

Name their top five strengths and then look inside yourself and make an honest assessment. Chances are, you embody those same talents.
What things are your heroes granting you permission to do?

Here's what I came up:
Soul seeking ~ Express myself through deeper thought processes ~ Stay original and true to self ~ To believe in the truth of freedom and justice ~ Speak up through creative play ~ Remember that love and the senses are the instruments in which we find purpose, quality, and honesty ~ Be true to the heart no matter what mainstream society lives by/believes ~ Equality for all ~ Harm ye None ~ Freedom is important ~ Protect and encourage growth in those who don't understand they are not at fault if they don't fit in.

I get frustrated, at times with the harshness of systematic living. There are not enough alternatives for people that do not 'slot' into mainstream thought/way of life. These people tend to have more difficulties because of the way they are and are pressured to conform. This is wrong. It can often lead to ill-health and 'society' failures. There should be other choices available in education and employment as we are all so very different. At some point in the future I hope this changes, in all areas of society.  It's so easy to feel small, almost drowning, in the unrealistic expectations of a monetary driven system. Diversity, understanding, and nurturing are the keys to humanity's growth.

Okay, so on a lighter level, lol. 😋
My hero is love.
Anyone who cares and wants to genuinely make the world a better place. Anyone who does their little bit, no matter how small, to make life beautiful, when able.Anyone who gives a helping hand to someone else when in the position to do so. People that stand up for those less fortunate/going through difficulties. My heroes are these people. I admire kindness and giving. No-one is perfect, but we should all try to reflect, often, on our actions and who our actions affect. Such a simple thing can change the world. 
http://laurensapala.com/what-your-heroes-say-about-the-hidden-parts-of-your-personality
Love and light,
Trace
xoxo