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Aleister and Augustine   Leave a comment


“Love and do as you will” – St Augustine

“Love is the law, love under will” – Aleister Crowley

“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.”  – Aleister Crowley

“Oh Lord, grant me chastity and continence, but not yet.” – St Augustine

Aleister Crowley gets some bad press, much of it generated by him.

Apparently proud to declare that his mother saw him as The Beast he adopted the number 666 as his own.

Openly bisexual at a time when homosexuality was not only illegal but something that horrified polite society, Crowley promoted sex magick – particularly gay sex magick – as a path to ultimate truth. He made no secret of his post-Nietzschian contempt for Christianity, famously remarking “One would go mad if one took the Bible seriously; but to take it seriously one must be already mad”.

It’s little wonder the tabloids of his…

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The Friendship and Feud of Arthur Conan Doyle & Harry Houdini   Leave a comment

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Edinburgh   Leave a comment

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It’s A Great, Big, Beautiful Tomorrow! Just Not Today. Never Today.   Leave a comment


by Kat Letwin

I know you get asked this a lot, but: I’d like you to picture a timeline that encompasses the entirety of human existence.

On the left-hand side  of the timeline is the appearance of Homo habilis (2.3 million years ago), the “yesterday’s classics” to “today’s hits” in the KISS 92 FM world of human evolution. I once saw a silverback gorilla that looked hauntingly like my paternal grandfather, so I’m picturing that as Homo habilis, even though it’s not scientifically accurate to do so. On the right-hand side of the timeline is us, today, right this very second. I’m picturing us, today, right this very second, and it’s scientifically accurate to do so.

It was only 200,000 years ago that archaic Homo sapiens, inventors of fire and more fire, gave way to anatomically modern humans, inventors of Motown and physics. In the context of the…

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Making Waves: The Roca Gallery, London   Leave a comment

The Prodigal Londoner

I do wonder sometimes whether I’m actually a bloke. It’s not just the obvious stuff – the fact I hate shopping, don’t like chocolate and can never remember birthdays. It’s the nightmarish tales I hear from my mates (the male ones) about moving house with their WAGs. Forget domestic goddesses. This is pure domestic demon. Take my best mate for example. He lost his dream home last month because of a soapdish: His girlfriend wanted one in the bathroom, the landlord was having none of it. ‘Seriously?!’ I exclaimed, ‘who the hell gets that excited over a bathroom?’

Famous last words as it turns out. Apparently I can get that excited over a bathroom – or at least, a bathroom showroom as I discovered thanks to Open House London. Now in its 21st year, Open House London is a weekend-long celebration of architecture and design where hundreds of…

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Vulnerability: The Birthplace of Creativity, Connection, and Authenticity   Leave a comment

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Robert Carlson’s Glass Mind   Leave a comment

Cameron Karsten's Imaginarium

BobCarlson-15Robert Carlson is an internationally-renowned glass artist and a master not in disguise.  Bob lives his life as an artist, from his work to his art collections and the uniqueness of his home, to the way he parties and likes his martinis.  I had the opportunity to photograph Bob while he was an artist-in-residence at the Museum of Glass Hot Shop in Tacoma, Washington, where he came up with and devised his newest creations from an imagination wild. Bob is pictured up, sketching his latest invention, pulling from depths of his mind something real.




BobCarlson-448On-hand apprentices assisted Bob throughout the week-long residency. Typically, after the glass is blown and cooled, he’ll spends months with the pieces, studying their forms and subtle messages found within shapes and processes.  Next he employs a reverse-painting technique using mirrors to create the imagery. These will appear on the back side of the glass structures…

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Things My Therapist Has Taught Me   Leave a comment

Sips of Jen and Tonic

bc425f09027fd13912ac10b6728e4ea3I don’t typically write serious subject matter on this blog, but a few months ago I wrote about my desire to seek therapy for a myriad of issues I’ve faced for years. A woman of my word, I began going almost immediately.

I don’t like talking to friends or family members about my problems so the idea of talking to a stranger about my innermost thoughts really put me off. Luckily, I found someone totally aces on the first try, and she has taught me some very valuable things in our time together so far.

How you feel about yourself is not a democracy.

I would never have described myself as a “people pleaser” until I started seeing her. Now I can’t believe I never saw it before. In every facet of my life I am living for someone else: at work, in relationships, with my family, among friends. No…

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To Men Bothered by Public Breastfeeding   Leave a comment

Young Mormon Feminists

“why can’t we at least try to help [men] out in an area that they are naturally weak in? Why can’t we go out of our way in such a simple thing to help them out just a little?”

“Men are very visual and wired to be that way. Maybe some men aren’t affected but I think most are very affected by seeing a woman’s boobs! No matter if its a nursing mom or a porn magazine. There [sic] brain can’t differentiate.”

“Pornography is a huge issue with many men and having your breasts out for all to see just adds fuel to fire in my opinion.”

The above are some comments that took place in a Hypnobirthing support group, a group that gravitates toward all things natural-living. Generally it is a group that is very friendly toward breastfeeding mothers, but even in a group created to…

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Pope Francis, The People’s Pope   Leave a comment

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