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Haunted Pluckley; The Most Haunted Village In Kent
Haunted Pluckley; The Most Haunted Village In Kent
by Dennis Chambers
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Booklet, 29 Jun 2013
First published in 1984 and reprinted (my copy in 2002).

This is a SMALL A5 size BOOKLET covering the village of Pluckley and its 12 ghosts/hauntings in alphabetical order, by location and name.

The Coach and Horses
The Colonel
The Highwayman (Fright Corner)
The Miller
The Monk
The Red Lady
The Schoolmaster
The Screaming Man
The Tudor Lady
The Watercress Woman
The White Lady (St Nicholas Church)
The White Lady (Site of Surrenden Manor)

A few black and white pictures accompany the 16 pages (including front and back covers).

Brilliant to have with you when you go ghost 'hunting' on a cold and dark night in the middle of the winter!

Worth re-iterating that this is a small booklet, so the price (at time of this review) for a copy at 47 will leave a purchaser feeling ripped off.

Boudicca - Warrior Queen [DVD]
Boudicca - Warrior Queen [DVD]

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overview, 30 Sep 2012
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This documentary provides an overview concerning the events that surrounded the life and death of the native British Queen Boudicca of the Iceni who lived, fought against Roman imperialism and ultimately died as a consequence.

It sets the stage by providing a rather lengthy (half the DVD) introduction to the Roman invasion of Britain.

Throughout the ten chapters - 1. Opening; 2. Divisions; 3. People of War; 4. the Legionary; 5. Romanised; 6. Sanctuary; 7. Rebellion; 8. The Horde; 9. Total War; 10. Recovery - the viewer is treated to a number of historical locations including Maiden Castle in Dorset, Shedworth Roman Villa in Gloucestershire and Butser Iron Age Farm in Hampshire (well worth a visit!). There is also substantial use of Roman re-enactors and some nice artwork (though a horned (Viking?) warrior seemed somewhat misplaced!). Later on we are also shown the remnants of Boudicca's settlement now sadly lost under an industrial estate!

Despite what seems to be a fairly balanced perspective I felt that ultimately the documentary followed the 'Romans are civilised'/'British are barbarians' slant.

The actual history of Boudicca is nothing new to anyone familiar with the subject and this DVD follows the same route offering the viewer the death of Prasutagus, the flogging of Boudicca (with a small and informative segment on flogging in the Roman empire), the rape of her daughters, the creation and destruction of Colchester, the destruction of the Druids (who tended to be portrayed in a rather negative light) by Paulinus, his march back down Watling Street, the London destruction and on to the final annihilation of the native British `horde' (a term that to my mind unconsciously asserts the Romans are civilised perspective).

So in conclusion, this is a reasonably good introduction, not much that is new to those interested in the time of Boudicca and containing an underlying pro-Roman attitude - "however Boudicca's rebellion is interpreted or excused, it is without any doubt the bloodiest and most horrible event in the whole of Britain's island history", an assertion that is highly dubious in my opinion.

Worth a watch, but don't accept all that you're told!

Working Dictionary of the Norse Gods: Pan-European Dictionary of the Old Gods: Bk. 1
Working Dictionary of the Norse Gods: Pan-European Dictionary of the Old Gods: Bk. 1
by Sven Harnesson
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Working Dictionary, 9 April 2012
This is a book that was issued in the 1990's by the Order of the Jarls of Baelder and published by Coxland Press. Both organisations, I believe at the time of writing (April 2012) have since dissolved.
The book covers the following subjects in dictionary format:
1. The Norse/Teutonic Worlds: Introduction
2. The Eddas: Literary Sources
3. Nine Worlds of the Norse Cosmology
4. Balder & Loki
5. The Asynjor
6. The Aesir
7. The Jotuns
8. The Elves and Dwarves
9. Outlanders, Wights, Other Creatures
10. Halls & Beings & Objects
11. Attendant Structures.

It gives a pretty good overview of the characters and their attributes and surrounding myths, but it is an overview and one should refer to prime sources for the detailed myths.

In my view there are a few let downs: poor spelling and grammatical errors (which doesn't help if you are not too familiar with the myths and characters and the names are mispelt), the ommission of an index (you would think an index would not be required in a dictionary, but due to the way the book is set out, it would help to locate the name if you didn't have to search through each section), and finally, the lack of pronunciation and meanings of names (I find so many books omit these very important aspects).

Although I doubt this is available at the moment I would recommend it as a useful reference book for anyone interested in studying the Norse Myths. Personally I use it regularly.

40 Days: An Account of a Discipline
40 Days: An Account of a Discipline
by Abdullah Dougan
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sufism and Fasting, 24 Aug 2011
A book about a Fourth Way adherent that converted to Islam and was initiated into Naqshbandi Sufism.

Along with his two disciples Abdullah Dougan travelled through Afghanistan during a 40 day fast on water alone with the aim to become Man No 5 and create a mental body.

Each day has a diary narrative and, as instructed by their Teacher, his two disciples were allowed to ask one question each per day.

This is a very informative book for those interested in the Fourth Way, Sufism and Fasting.

Very easy to read and very interesting.

The Mark
The Mark
by Maurice Nicoll
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All I know is..., 14 Aug 2011
This review is from: The Mark (Paperback)
As there is no product information, I will share what I know of the book:

I saw a second hand copy of this book for sale and didn't pick it up (regretfully). This relates to the esoteric Christianity as described by Nicolls in association with his Fourth Way teachings. More specifically it refers to the original idea of sin as 'missing the mark".

Sorry, that's all I know!

I gave it 3 stars as I have no read it and therefore cannot provide an informed review.

Where the Light Touches None
Where the Light Touches None
Price: 13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Atmospheric! Mid-Paced! Heavy! Classic Riffs!, 12 Aug 2011
This album seems to have been sadly overlooked by virtue of my review being the first!

I love this album! I can't fault any song, though I do have preferences. Most are mid-paced, though there is some blast speed. Growling and screaming from the singer with synth-effects (not sure if it is a synth or guitar effects) with some brilliant riffs. Female vocals added to one or two of songs add another dimension and there are also some classical guitar riffs (only a little) which add another nice touch.

Perhaps a very slight downer is some of the production (evidently T.O. were on a first album budget) and, personally I would have preferred the drums to have been a little clearer. This is not to say that they are lost or it all sounds chaotic, as the clarity of the songs still shine through, and hence my top marks.

Therefore I totally recommend this album to any Black, Death or Heavy Metal fan. Where Light' is superior to their second album in my opinion. I bought the second based on the first and was sadly disappointed (though it is still good).

If you still aren't convinced just download one of the tracks.

WELL WORTH CHECKING OUT! Thanks to T.O. for such a great album. And, dare I say it, in my opinion, this could be up there with Reign In Blood!

Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky
Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky
by Maurice Nicoll
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource for Fourth Way Students, 15 May 2011
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These books are based on the lectures the Dr Maurice Nicholls spanning the war (WW2) years and beyond.

They are very easy to read through and cover the length and immense depth of Fourth Way teachings.

Subjects covered in volume ii include:

The Enneagram
Inner Freedom
Law of Fate and Law of Accident
Commentary on Observing "I"
On Beginning to Live More Consciously
A Note on Recurrence
A Note on Buffers
Commentary on Ccquired Conscience
Doctrine of 'I's
On Changing the Level of Our Being

Each chapter is a few pages in length making this series very easy to dip into, especially when one is pondering/working on a specific teaching.

Well worth purchasing for any Fourth Way study, or individual seeking to find a way out of the repetition of ones personality and life.

At the Heart of Darkness: Witchcraft, Black Magic and Satanism in Britain Today
At the Heart of Darkness: Witchcraft, Black Magic and Satanism in Britain Today
by John Parker
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite Thorough, 6 Dec 2010
I bought this book back in the 1990s. It is quite a thorough and well researched book in my opinion, interviewing a number of British occultists and discussing a range of topics from witchcraft through to Satanism. Unfortunately for witches it has a Satanic cover (which I really like!) which tends to unconsciously tarnish the whole book with a Satanist edge.

I bought it due to it's inclusion of the Society of Dark Lily and although the author did interview their Adept, it comes across that he probably didn't ever really understand what DL were talking about.

I would recommend it personally as an overview of the occult world. But not as a book on how to perform rituals.

The Rotten State of Britain: Who Is Causing the Crisis and How to Solve It
The Rotten State of Britain: Who Is Causing the Crisis and How to Solve It
by Eamonn Butler
Edition: Paperback

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the free thinker, 7 Jan 2010
This book provides a pretty thorough and very easy-to-read summary of the state of Britain as it enters 2010, written about the system, by someone who thinks, it seems, only in terms of the system.

The 15 Chapters commence with a precise of what is to come and then leads the reader through an analysis of the state of Britain covering topics such as economy, government, justice, nanny state, education and health. Each chapter treats the reader to an emotional ride through the ideas, policies and results of the New Labour government. Be warned! If you get aggravated by politics and the government, maybe you should meditate or go for a walk before or after reading each chapter!

There is not however - and perhaps it is outside of the books premise - an analysis of the legacy left behind by the Conservatives and how this impacted upon the New Labour government and policies.

The final chapter the author reserves for his solutions to the rotten state of Britain. This is where personally I think the book falls down. Partly because I found the final chapter a bit too short (possibly due to length of book required by publishers; we'd been treated to a lengthy narrative on the rotten state of Britain and then unfortunately been given what a short summary of possible solutions?). But what I found more disappointing was that the author appears unable to really think outside of the box.

His solutions are still part of the same system that has failed us all, if you disagree with that statement consider the homeless (not that all are necessarily unhappy living as they do), the abused, the drug abuse, the prison system, the necessity to spend most of our time working in order to live in this system and so on. There are no radical alternatives, but rather alongside decentralisaion (a positive idea in my opinion) a submission of the idea that we should all increase our working age to 68. Of course, the wealthy would not need to do this, unless of course they are too addicted to their overblown status (politicians come to mind, as do media presenters) but most of us would have to. Personally I find that idea repulsive and indicative of someone who really cannot see any alternative.

So, in conclusion. If you can only think in terms of this system, then this is a good book to read. If you are a free thinker and looking for an alternative to this sad attempt at civilisation look elsewhere.

The woman who slept with demons
The woman who slept with demons
by Eric Ericson
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Occult Story, 25 Sep 2008
I read this book after I had first read Eric Ericsons third book the Master of the Temple (which I highly recommend).

The Woman Who Slept With Demons is a fictional story about a man that is introduced (through fate/chance)to a female occultist who gives her body to gods or spiritual beings that live in a parrallel world in return for Occult power. I felt that there was a slight Lovecraftian feel to the concept of these deities, but this did not detract from the story at all.

The central male character gradually gets drawn further and further into this ladies life until he finds that he is trapped by her magic.

There is a good mix of Occult, sex and power. And I highly recommend it, as well as his other two fictional books: The Sorceror and Master of the Temple.

(Sorry this is not too precise a review, but it has been years since I have read it!)

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