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Wyrd Island calling! (on creativity & community building)

Wyrd Island Earth - mani navasothy 24ap2017

A spider does not keep the same web for weeks! An otter does not build the one dam for ever.

Creative people are motivated by..nay.. driven by an instinct to create.. Other factors may play a part in that process – like whims, wants, needs, projections. But the deeper play is… that is who and what they are – creators.

They consume life’s experiences, thrive in emotional turmoils, observe the order and chaos around them and be moved by it, and get swept by social currents. At times they even seem to drown.

But then they find inspiration – the small log floating in all that torrents.. and they cling to it.. and fund another floating branch..and another.. Before you know it.. they’ve built a floating island around them.. It accrues width and depth..and settles down by the shores and banks.. safe harbour for others.

Sometimes the soul jumps.. back in the waters. Because it hears the call of new islands from the future.

-Mani Navasothy

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Meteors in 2017

Hi all..  a friend (Jemima Marriott) mentioned seeing a bright shooting star 2 nights ago..and it made me realise that I’d not made any notes about meteors..not only for this coming year but all last year (2016).  So a quick search on some reliable astronomy site has produced the following data.

meteor-showers-2017

Major Meteor Showers in 2017

Shower /  Radiant & direction / Morning of maximum/  Best hourly rate / Parent

-Quadrantid /  Draco (NE) /   Jan. 3 /   60-100 /  2003 EH1

-LyridLyra (E) /   April 22 /  10-20 /  Thatcher (1861 I)

-Eta Aquariid* /   Aquarius (E) /  May 6/  20-60 /  1P/Halley

-Delta Aquariid /   Aquarius (S) /   July 30 / 20 /  96P/Machholz

-Perseid*  /   Perseus (NE) /  Aug. 12 /  90 /  109P/Swift-Tuttle

-Orionid  /   Orion (SE) / Oct. 21  /  10-20 /  1P/Halley

-Southern  Taurid*  /   Taurus (S)  /   Nov. 5 /  10-20/  2P/Encke

-Leonid  /   Leo (E) / Nov. 17 /  10-20 /  55P/Tempel-Tuttle

-Geminid /    Gemini (S)  / Dec. 14 /  100-120 / 3200 Phaethon

meteors-2017

 Data taken from  http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/meteor-showers-in-2017/

I’ll write more in these soon…But this should be enough for all to atlast to male a diary note..and more importantly..  look up at the heaves for these messengers 🙂

-Mani Navasothy

ps.  Here’s when i stayed up and actually caught one on camera..few years ago. ..back in 2013.

Free the Nipple – banned art work!

These exam pieces (art works) were apparently not allowed to be exhibited in a school.   Am not usually one to share stuff from facebook onto my blogs..but as an Artist, Magician, Radical, Magician…I feel this deserves attention. -Mani

Free the Nipple - Art work
Free the Nipple – Art work by Martha Armitage   (taken from her facebook wall). 

Martha Armitage  says on her FB account:

“I CANNOT believe my paintings are not allowed to be displayed around my school as ‘it’s Ramandan and they involve breasts’. I’m disappointed in Tapton school. I believe the close bond breast feeding gives a mother and child should be celebrated and exposed to my school, not hidden away!! #freethenipple

All about BLACK-FRIDAY (quick explanation)

In a friends’ FB post I put this explanation up..and thought why not share it with everyone.  So here it is..  (open to corrections, if I have got it wrong).-Mani

`My american-grown friend explained it to me.. In America, Thanksgiving is the big `public/open/ all inclusive’ festival.. where everyone is invited to the meal.. (in comparison to X’mas where only close family is invited).. Both are equally big.. And their tradition is that until Thanksgiving is finished, no X’mas sales, decorations. trees or other initiatives even start! (unlike in UK when shops start selling xmas stuff in August!). Thanksgiving is the last Thursday of the month in November….and so the friday following it is where they start their big sales..(our equivalent of Boxing day).. It ‘s also when their first Xmas related sales start.

Black Friday

The reason for `black’ Friday..instead of pink friday or green friday or whatever is …until this point.. most shops are in the red with their accounts…and as sales start..they go from red to black So it’s actually a description in favour of the sellers and shops…

So there you go 🙂

-Mani Navasothy

-Mani Navasothy

Happy ThanksGiving Day 2014

Happy ThanksGiving Day to all who celebrate it. We all have reasons to be thankful to so many people and circumstances in our lives.. most of all..to mother Earth, and to the brothers & sisters of the plant and animal kingdoms that surround and nurture us.  #HappyThanksGivingDay

Happy ThanksGiving Day 2014
Happy ThanksGiving Day 2014

 

-Mani

Lightening Strikes Video clips (England)

Watch the Lightening Strike clips (compiled) filmed by me last night (on 18th July 2014) in London – between 3am and 4.45am. Sound take from same films, edited/ cropped and added back so will not correspond to those specific strikes.. but all recorded on same night!

-Mani Navasothy

Night Sky in June 2013- what you can see (NASA video & summary)

Butterfly Nebula: Image Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble
Butterfly Nebula:
Image Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble

What’s up in the stars for June 2013?  Am talking about astronomy now, and what you can see (mostly with naked eye, and some with small telescopes).

Here’s a video from NASA, that explains all the special features for June 2013.

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=164055491   (you can also download this video for your own personal view, at the NASA site! How good are they!)

Summary of video

1. Mercury, Veus & Jupiter

Can be seen just after sunset, in the West-North-West sky (in the constellation of Gemini)

2. Meteor Shower

On 11th June. High in SouthEast sky around 4.30am.  You can see the rare `Gamma Delphinids’ meteo shower  (close to Aquila and Capricornids..is a small constellation called Delphinus).

3. Four major Asteroids

Ceres, Pallas, Vesta & Juno are the first 4 asteroids to have been discovered. All are visible this month. Ceres & Pallas near Gemini, Juno near Aquarius.

4. Asteroid 1998 QE2

This one passed by Earth not so long ago – on 31st May 2013! A medium-large telescope is needed now to see it. Look south after 9pm..in the Constellations of Libra & Ophiucus.

5. Milky Way

By the end of June, Moon is rising very late, by midnight, so that gives plenty of evening / early night  time to look at the night sky..and without the bright light of gthe moon, parts of our galaxy Milk Way can be seen..  (as a fine dust of stars in bands that are obvious to miss. I saw this some years ago and was amazed!)

By the way asteroid Watch in NASA at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/asteroidwatch/

-Mani Navasothy

ps. The Butterfly Nebula can not be seen by naked eye or normal telescopes from Earth. I was merely sharing another beautiful image from NASA 🙂

NEWS: Stag found in Surrey Garden

NEWS flash – just  in..  Stag found in a garden in Surrey..   and it took 4 of me to tame it a bit..well, long enough for a Photo shoot…  The animal was released without harm, but decided to stay on 🙂

Stag Lord found in Surrey Garden - photo- Mani Navasothy 2013
Stag Lord found in Surrey Garden – photo- Mani Navasothy 2013

Here’s the story of this garden sculpture..   Last year, summer time, due to various wrangles…I had the extreme misfortune and sadness to prune/ cut large amounts of the Willow Tree and other tall ever green trees in the  garden. But I promised myself every piece cut off will be used.. So these sculptures are now surfacing .. 🙂

Stag sculpture - Art of Mani-co-uk
Stag sculpture – Art of Mani-co-uk

and here are the photos I used for the composite image above. 🙂  I used the software `Photoimpact 11′  (no longer supported by Correl I think.. I really must get going with Photoshop Elements..  It’s been in my laptop for 3 years..)

stag lord in surrey - photos used for composite graphics (c)MN13
stag lord in surrey – photos used for composite graphics (c)MN13

 

check more of my art & eco sculptures at www.ArtofMani.co.uk

Join PAGAN PRIDE PARADE London (2nd June 2013)

Pagan Pride Parade - London 2013 (2nde June 2013) Gather at 12pm at Red Lion Square
Pagan Pride Parade – London 2013 (2nde June 2013) Gather at 12pm at Red Lion Square

Pagan Pride Parade – is a free street-based public event.. where all the pagans, witches, wizards, druids, new agers and ordinary pagan folks come together …to celebrate their path…with a flamboyant parade. Previously organised by Jeanette Ellis for 13 years as part of Beltane Bash.

Now being organised by The Atlantis Bookshop for the 3rd year. *Police escort provided*

All welcome to the annual `Pagan Pride Parade’ in London.
Sunday 2nd June 2013. Gather outside the entrance of Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London (nearest tube: Holborn – Piccadilly Line). Meet-up 12 noon.

Wear pagan costumes, masks, bring drums & portable musical instruments, bring banners to carry …either about Pagnism or about your own pagan groups..

Procession ends at Russell Square Park..

-Mani

Society: Why must people of Britain dance on the grave of Margaret Thatcher?

Margaret Thatcher (c) Mani Navasothy 2013
Margaret Thatcher (c) Mani Navasothy 2013

When I say `people of Britain’ I mean all those who at this moment have their feet on the soil of Great Britain. So let’s get to the ones who are currently rejoicing, splitting their own spleens, plotting celebrations, protest marches and demonstrations – all against an already dead 87 year old woman – namely Margaret Thatcher!

Here’s a Question to those who are so angry that they are planning demo’s …or blasting such negativity on various internet & social network platforms..:  What is wrong with you people?  And why now? What do you hope to achieve by it all?

The woman – Margaret Thatcher – who passed away few days ago at the age of 87, was 3-times democratically elected Prime Minister of Great Britain. Let’s put a spot light on some key points here – Democratically elected!  Not once or twice..but three times.  The country chose her.  Did I say 3 times?

If people didn’t like her style or ways of politics or the way she was running the Country, then why keep electing her ..again..and again? But it happened. And as far as I know, there were no Vote-fixing, or military intimidation..or anything of the sort that has happened in some other so-called democratic countries..   No one forced anyone to vote for her.. yet people did. So no point then putting the blame (if there is any) on the woman.

As to the question of why now..?    For haven’s sake..  if there ever was a time to protest – democratically – it was while Margaret Thatcher was in power as Prime Minister.   People had had 11 years to do it then..   and if people did, and it didn’t go anywhere…well, then I can only conclude that not enough of the majority (did I mention democracy) wanted change bad enough to all come together and protest..despite whatever circumstances opposed them.   And as Great Britain was not under military or any sort of Dictatorial leadership, people had the power and freedom.. full stop.

Okay, so perhaps people felt powerless or intimidated by her leadership..  (we are talking about billions of people in the whole of UK here!). And then the inevitable happened. Her own cabinet plotted against her..  (People power..  democracy at work..in mysterious ways).   And she finally left her post..

If there was another moment to rejoice and plan demonstrations, there was the chance. She was no longer in power. People could have had their street parties then..

No.. people waited..  and got on about their lives..  for almost 2 decades..

And then ..`after’ she dies…of natural ill-health..   people now plot and plan  demonstrations..   against  dead woman..  the first woman to become Prime Minister in the country that created the first people-power parliament in the world!

This `dancing on the grave of a dead person’ is absolutely pointless, and utterly cowardice!

Collective expression.

It’s been common for mass of people ..or rather the emotions that are sinking into their human Collective (psyche) to surface at perhaps unexpected times ..and triggers.   Uk mourned for Princes Diana when she died in a car accident. It’s not that everyone loved her, but everyone’s own feelings of suppressed grief needed an outlet..and the death of Diana provided it. People rejoiced at the wedding of Prince William & Kate..  It’s not that everyone loved them…but people had a need for celebrating, and their wedding provided the opportunity. So did the Queen’s Jubilee events..

And now, with the nation’s Economy and people’s finances in dire nose dive..  (not just hitting the ground, but seem to be heading for the depths of Underworld), with no end in sight, with crisis after crisis, faith in government and banks…and papers all fast decaying..    people need to vent their frustrations..  and anger..

And so..here’s an opportunity ..  to dig out a 20 year old repressed feeling..  (some people who are about to do these demo’s weren’t even born 20 yrs ago..that’s quite a joke)…

Trouble with the world is, while someone pushes their neck in the grand noose, and takes on the weight of the people ..and works hard (doing their best), everyone lets that happen..  And then years or decades later..  people choose to act..   It’s not just unfair, but inhuman..  to want to protest against an ex-leader who did her best.. in dire circumstances.

People should not blame Margaret Thatcher now..  as they had 11 years to get rid of her then.  People should not protest now..because they’ve had almost 2 decades to do that too. (If people do want to protest, do it for a better reason..  to make a point to the current government or banks about

Next blog: How to send Love & Light energy..!
Next blog: How to send Love & Light energy..!

current circumstances! !)

The sad thing is, even in death, Margaret Thatcher is serving the Nation- by giving people a trigger to expressed their current suppressed frustrations (even though they are retro-projecting it all onto her).

Rest in peace, Margaret Thatcher…  Iron Lady..! My respects to you!!

-Mani Navasothy