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Halloween Brain Blood Vodka

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With Halloween just around the corner, this has to be best Halloween ‘Themed’ Drinks idea for the budding mad scientist to create, simply add chilled Vodka and Lime juice to a shot glass, then use a straw or small tea-spoon to drip Irish cream into the mix. The acidity from the lime juice will cause the Irish cream to curdle, creating realistic blobs of ‘brain’ and for that extra ‘gore’ just add a few drops of blood-red grenadine into the drinks and abracadabra you have Halloween Blood Brain Vodka Shots.
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Lonely Church

St Mary’s Church, Lead

(near Saxton) Tadcaster, North Yorkshire (Also know as The Ramblers’ Church)

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This shot won the Awesome Architectural Shot (AAS) of the Day on Instagram

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The History (Via The Church Conservation Trust)

“Since being rescued by a group of walkers in 1931, St Mary’s has been known as the Ramblers’ Church. The repairs made then are recorded on the back of the church door. The church stands alone in the middle of a field filled with the bumps and furrows of earthworks that indicate the site of a Medieval manor house, for which St Mary’s was probably originally the chapel.

Nearby is Towton, the site of the War of the Roses battle, believed to be bloodiest in English history which brought the Wars of the Roses to an end in 1461. Ten thousand men are said to have been killed, and Cock Beck, the little stream which you cross to get to St Mary’s, is said to have run red with blood. You can find monuments to crusading knights in this tiny 14th-century church.

Despite its awesome history, St Mary’s is a peaceful place. The tiny rectangular building is very simple. It was probably built by the Tyas family, whose massive grave slabs are set into the floor. Carved with heraldic symbols and inscriptions, and dating from the 13th-century, they are an important and interesting collection.

Later additions were made to the church in the 18th-century, with a rustic pulpit, clerk’s pew, reading desk and painted texts.”

This was so much fun to be apart of over the last six weeks, with the final theme ‘Calm’ my favourite one. Thanks again to Ian Street at Into The Orchard for such a brilliant idea, looking forward to the next ‘Photo Fun’ project?

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So incredibly the summer holidays have drawn to a close and with it our #summerphotofun project.  As I mentioned when we started this me and the kids had no idea what would happen and if anyone would show any interest, in fact it was their idea to put it on the blog to see what would happen, but these last six weeks have been really special.  People who I have not met and had no knowledge of before this have got involved and as well as the pictures I’ve started to get to know new and interesting people through this which I hope will continue.  Each week people have chipped in with their interpretations of the themes picked by the kids and it has been wonderful watching them all come in and seeing how different people all view the same subject.  My own children have grasped the idea and as…

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Really looking forward to seeing Krankenhaus 6 with these guys over at Into The Orchard

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British Sea Power are a quintessentially British rock group.

They have been ploughing their own unique musical furrow for around seven years now and they seem to get more eccentric as they get older. Not for them the trappings of arena stardom, oh no. They prefer to play in Cornish tin mines and release EPs every month. I wrote a post on them some time back which you can read here.

I’ve just got back from seeing them at their own club night in Bright on called Krankenhaus.

In line with their own, shall we say *unique brand of thinking* they are not touring this year (after a couple of particularly heavy years on the road) instead hosting their own evenings where they can do what the hell they like. Each month the format differs but it basically centres around BSP playing a full set. On this occasion it…

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One of the best Sci-Fi book blogs I’ve read recently by Ian Street, brilliantly researched and written

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Picture Credit: Bertrand Benoit

A few weeks ago I became involved in a few comment exchanges after Phil Kirby’s post ‘There’s more to life than books you know (but not much more)’ on the fabulous Culture Vulture blog . Phil had described (with tongue sort of in cheek I think) his dislike for many forms of literature including graphic novels and sci-fi. The graphic novel was quickly put to bed with the mention of Maus (Art Spiegleman), a book for me that uniquely showcases what can be achieved through the graphic medium and, I’d argue, deals with the subject matter in a way so powerful it surpasses the traditional written format. If you’ve not read it then I would urge you to get hold of a copy and prepare to be amazed.

We then of course moved on to the thorny issue of sci-fi where I knocked up a hasty…

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