Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Moon In Your Mouth


  Goldfrapp's new album Silver Eye is out on Friday!!!

  Here's the single "Anymore":

  And here's "Moon In Your Mouth" - no video yet, just the song:

  Happiness abounds!!!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Of Commas and Contrails

  During a busy weekend, I managed to escape certain necessities for an hour and get some fresh air. Amongst all that air were these: 

A lone buzzard circling over the scrub across the road from Castlette DeVice

A comma butterfly basking in the sun - Yes, we had warm sunshine yesterday with more due for the rest of this week!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Beaky feeding a young Redshirt
  Despite it being just an ordinary day of little consequence, chores still need doing, things still need to be done, and plants, pets and other lifeforms still need to be fed, watered, and the like. 

 A little over a month ago, just after Tim's triumphant half-arsed return to blogging, we reluctantly agreed to look after his minions Army of Darkness, as he clearly couldn't be bothered with them anymore. 
And it's a good job we did, as he hasn't been seen since!
  Yes. Castlette Device and its modest estate is now home to some of the prettiest-
 And stupidest!
  And stupidest cannon fodder ever to grace the small screen: Redshirts!

Saturday, March 18, 2017


  Eeeek! I'm falling behind! March is already halfway through and I'm still languishing here as if I've not got through the second week yet! I mean, this time last year, I'd bored you with yet another set of photographs from drifting around the North Norfolk countryside, with a further batch hot lukewarm on their tails. And what have I got? Nothing.

  Nothing except for a short list of books that I've read since the last book update.
 Yeah, and you're behind on them too, as you didn't publish a book post in February!
Because he hadn't finished enough to warrant a post. Lazy sod.
  Hey! I've been busy with other things.
  How dare you! That orb and gown were veritable masterpieces! Plus, they were very well received.
 Ha! How much did you have to pay the reviewers?
  Right. That's enough from you. Why don't you two go and plan our next jaunt over the Cusp?
And, preferably get lost there!
  That'd be nice... Anyway: Books. After all the excitement of looking at other peoples bookcases, actually reading the books has been a bit of a slog (except for the always delightful Trillions). Here's what I've read since January:

6. Headlong Flight (Star Trek: The Next Generation), by Dayton Ward

7. Trillions, by Nicholas Fisk

8. The Deep Range, by Arthur C. Clarke

9. A Fall of Moondust, by Arthur C. Clarke

10. The Long Mirage (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), by David R. George III


  That's it for now. I'm going out for a walk while the sun's out. Then I might make a start on this month's Star Trek Art Challenge. Maybe...

  See you later!

A boat I saw last weekend.
Posted here for no reason other than there's nowhere else for it to go.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Nothing you haven't seen before...

  Yes. Yet more photos from Sidestrand, Overstrand, and Cromer beaches. The ones I kind of threatened you with last weekend.

Here we are on Sidestrand beach...

... looking East towards Trimingham with nary a soul (nor groyne) in sight.

The chalk beds have been exposed - this is what happens sans groynes!

Thursday, March 09, 2017

"Pamela Anderson will not be invited."*

  Good news everybody! Ms Scarlet in the Pantry with the Can-Opener, the unofficial and unauthorised biography of our very own Ms Scarlet is published today - Just in time for her birthday!

  And, being the attentive and sharing witch that I am, I have at my disposal an exclusive excerpt from chapter ten "A Day In The Life". You won't find this using amuze.bouke.cusp's 'Look Inside' feature!

  As always, just click the pics to embigulate to, if not prodigious, then at least quite large (and readable) proportions.


The most hideous painting in the world - Courtesy of original Coven founder member, Dora
For those not in the know, may I present: Lakeland

Sunday, March 05, 2017

The Early Bird Catches the Sun...

 ...because who wants to catch worms? Besides, it's raining now...

  The Parents' are away for the weekend, so I've been house-sitting their new abode. It's only a two minute walk from the beach, so I popped out reasonably early this morning with Camera. This is a selection of what I came back with:

If I'd got up a little earlier, I would have seen the sun rise over the North Sea
(in the distance are Sidestrand and Trimingham)

North. Ish. Probably North North East?

Around the cliff there on the left is Cromer.
Although there's still a lot of Overstrand before one gets to Cromer

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Of Prophet's Tears and Verteron Nodes...

  OK. Here is my entry for the February Art Challenge as mentioned in the previous post.

"Hey, you lot! Come and look at this" yelled the first verteron node.
"Oooh! The Prophets have been crying golden tears again" said the second.
"I can see my face in it..."


  As you can tell - and as Witchface kindly pointed out - I didn't even try to come up with anything new. Instead, I combined the sculpturalesque golden "Tear of the Prophets" with my paper lantern-filled green glass demijohn (from the most recent Items of Interest post) to create an unfilmed scene from the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine pilot episode "Emissary".
  The lanterns stood in for the verteron nodes present in the Celestial Temple/wormhole, and in my photo, they're peering at the Tear (or orb, as they are also known) containing Jadzia Dax as it passes by on the way to Deep Space 9.

  I did try stuffing the orb in the demijohn with the lights, but it just looked all wobbly like a soap opera flashback/dream sequence...  

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Celestial Temple cries golden tears

  As I don't have anything else prepared - well, certainly nothing that's actually finished - you're going to have to put up with some Star Trek stuff.

  And I'm not sorry.

  But don't worry, it's just a couple of VERY quick sketches and a physical cut-n-paste job for the other social media site that I frequent. Remember? I told you about it here. And here.
Anyway, February's Art Challenge is "Pilot", and here is the challenge:  

With the pilot episode of Star Trek Discovery coming (eventually) I thought it might be cool to look back at the first episodes of the Star Trek shows and pick something from your favourite that clearly represents that episode.

Maybe you like the "man-skirts" of Encounter at Farpoint or Number One from The Cage, Jake fishing in the holodeck from The Emissary or Harry being abducted and experimented on in Caretaker... actually that might have been any episode :whistle:

  Ideally, neither of these will be my final entry, but as there're only two more days left in this month, the likelyhood is that I won't get anything else done*.
  Just in case my creations are so appalling that those of you who may be fans of Deep Space Nine can't recognise them, I went with DS9's "Emissary" and the scene where Jadzia Dax as a Tear of the Prophets is ejected from the Celestial Temple/wormhole:

* I think we all know The Host isn't even going to try.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Blue and Green...

 Well. What a selection of guesses as to the previous post's Item of Interest! My fancy hasn't been tickled like that in quite some time, let me tell you.
 One of you managed to correctly identify the item in question, but before I reveal who it was, I'd like to share my favourite fancy ticklers. So, in no particular order, the preposterous runners up are:

 Mr Peenee with "I keep thinking it has something to do with the Statue of Liberty, probably because of the color, but it seems unlikely the S of L has taken up refuge in the Castelette. Although in a world where Donald Trump runs the American government, sort of, I guess "unlikely" is a shaky concept."
 Shaky, indeed, Peenee. Especially as I discovered Lady Liberty trying to get in the catflap the other day when I got home from work. Needless to say, she was a little on the large side to squeeze through, so I shooed her out to the pond where she stands in place of one of the solar-powered garden lights (that don't work because of the lack of sunlight Britain enjoys). Turns out she just wanted a little holiday from all the "goings on" across the Pond...
 She won't keep still, though, and all her tramping around has turned the garden into a mud bath! On the plus side, she does stand in for Cromer lighthouse when the bulb needs changing.

 Jon, with: "You've managed to get a courgette? During this crisis?"
 Yuck! No! Although I did buy an iceberg lettuce for the outrageous price of £1.40 the other day!

 Hound, with: "A corner of a cover you have made for one of the alien plants in the greenhouse?"
 I'm disappointed in you, Hound, as it was you (or your comment here) that inspired this thing! But you have reminded me that I need to feed those voracious plants...

::holds nose and heaves bucket of fermenting mince out of the airing cupboard::

 So. Without further ado - or maybe a little ado as this teaser photo attests:

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Items of Interest: ...Should Never Be Seen

 Yes, it's back. After a little over a year since the last one, Items of Interest returns!

 What - you may be asking - has prompted this comeback? Well, just something I overheard from one of you. Oh, and that this is quick and easy as I have had (and will have) very little time to myselves what with getting The Parents' moved into their new abode, and dealing with The Royal Visit, aka the arrival for the weekend of Indescribable, The Little Witch, and Babyzooky.

 So. On with the show: For those of you who are new to this, or have forgotten what to do since the last Items of Interest post (and the one before that brought us the infamous "nylon netting shower pom pom on a string thingamie"), the rules are as follows:
 Just guess what these particular photos are of and, if you're very lucky, win a prize (yet to be determined)*. And I don't mean the photo up there as that's the logo image (from The Towering Disco Inferno). No. The photo's below (after the jump).

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Moving for the sake of a toilet roll holder

 I haven't been around as much as I'd've liked this past week or two, but I do have a reason: The Parents are on the verge of moving house - the big day being this Monday. 
 Obviously, this means that their selfless, abled-bodied, only son - i.e. me - has been kept busy with various heavy lifting, packing, cleaning, and storage tasks. In fact, I've just returned from The Parents' having loaded Car full of boxes of things that The Mother doesn't want the removal men to lose or break. 
 As I drifted in and out of The Mother's stream of wittering, I caught this little nugget of information: "This will be the first house I've lived in with a [built in] toilet roll holder!" 
I couldn't bear to ask if that was the reason for moving...


 In other news, a couple of days ago, my viewing of Harry Hill's You've Been Framed was rudely interrupted by the phone ringing. After much exasperated sighing, I heaved myself off the sofa and answered the phone to a really-quite-convincing and very youthful Lancashire-accented: "Have you seen my friend? Kimberley?"