Saturday, 30 June 2007

Building Castles in Spain ....

It is strange where the mind can take you as you idly sift through your experiences with a view to writing them down. I have just returned to the UK from a trip to Spain - a much needed break, a chance to unwind and catch up with my sister and visit with friends in Gibraltar. Sitting here now, alone, on one of the coldest, wettest, most depressing days of an English summer I have ever known, I long for the warm touch of the Spanish sun on my skin and the embrace of family and friends.

Day dreaming is a great escape of course and I am reminded of a phrase that I came across in French class at grammar school when I was in my teens - "Châteaux en Espagne" - building castles in Spain the equivalent of building castles in the air, day-dreaming about about visionary projects and achieving the unattainable. But more than that, Spain was seen as the region of romance in French literature of the 13th century. The phrase embodied a burning hope for, and desire of lovers to have a place of retreat, a secluded spot, a stronghold - isolated from the prying eyes of the curious and all the irritating forces of the world, where love could be freely expressed and carried to its blissful conclusion.

Spain is indeed a land of dramatic scenery, vibrant colour, passionate people and proud traditions. More of this in coming days - but for now I admit that I have fallen in love with Spain and what I discovered there - yes I have lost my heart and I just hope that someone finds it and keeps it safe until I return ...

Más a venir

Saturday, 23 June 2007

Rocking at Glastonbury ....

No, sadly not me ... but David Hewlett's movie A Dog's Breakfast which will be shown to thousands of festival-goers at Glastonbury 2007 this weekend. Poor David couldn't make it to join in the fun in the mud because of filming for Stargate Atlantis back in Vancouver - but he recorded this outrageous intro for the movie screening- take a look:

Here's hoping everyone enjoys the film and the rain and the mud and has a fantastic time -- me - I am lucky enough to be on holiday in Spain where it is hot, sunny, dry and gorgeous and the wettest thing I have to worry about is where my next glass of wine is coming from!!

For those of you who haven't seen the movie yet or who have and want to watch it again and again, well you can now pre-order A Dog's Breakfast at - woohoo!! It isn't released until September but, hey that's not so far away!

Enjoy the mud at Glastonbury, or turn the music up loud and the sprinklers on and make love not war in your own back yard - it's all good .....

Peace AMx

Saturday, 9 June 2007

Friendship ...

Did you know that there is a drink called "Three Stages of Friendship" ? Found this on

Combine the following in a shot glass:

1 part Jack Daniel's
1 part overproof Rum (151 proof)
1 part white Tequila

it gets a 9/10 rating - mind you, only 2 votes so far - presumably the rest are still passed out in a gutter somewhere .... lol. Mind you - further research turned up a different recipe for friendship on They recommend the following - again combined in a shot glass:

1 oz Vodka
1/3 oz Tequila
1/3 oz Bourbon

Mmm - oh well - I guess you can have more that one friend - at any stage.

The most important ingredient (apart from a bottle of Tequila!) would seem to be a good friend to catch you as you fall off the barstool, to pick you up out of the gutter and to support as you stagger home. Maybe those are the three stages of friendship.

Or maybe - after the introductions, the getting to know you stage, the steady growth of regard and trust - a good friend, a close and lasting friend, is someone who will not judge you for your shortcomings, someone who understands you enough to know when to pick you up when you are down and when to leave you where you fell, to lie on your back and contemplate the stars (although they might check you for head injuries and throw a blanket over you before leaving you to your contemplation). Above all a friend is someone who you can trust to be there to take care of you when you need it. After all - you would do the same for them ...

Good friends are few and far between, in a world full of billions of people how many do we truly connect with at anything more than a superficial level? While many would argue that they are happy with their own company the reality is that your own company can be an emotional wasteland. Of course friends can hurt you, and who could hurt you more than someone who knows you inside and out? But to deny yourself friendship because of the risk of getting hurt is really to commit emotional suicide and condemn yourself to your own lonely wasteland.

On that note:

Beneath The Shell

A curtain of hostility I wove
between myself and you to save me pain.
Resolved to live my life bereft of love,
sure that my work would always keep me sane.

I had no need for friends, called no man brother.
Stepped back from friendship well before the start.
No time for sister, family or lover,
Let quest for new discoveries shield my heart.

But I must reassess my self control.
I see now how our lives are intertwined
and I myself must play a leading role
to safeguard all the fragile ties that bind.

From friendship and from love I will not flee.
No man can be an island now I see.

by Amararti

Treasure your friends,

Sunday, 3 June 2007

Alternative Fairy Tale ...

.. this is what we should have been reading as little girls!

Once upon a time, in a land far away, a beautiful, independent, self-assured princess happened upon a frog as she sat, contemplating ecological issues on the shores of an unpolluted pond in a verdant meadow near her castle.

The frog hopped into her lap and said, "Elegant Lady, I was once a handsome prince, until an evil witch cast a spell upon me".

"One kiss from you, however, and I will turn back into the dapper, young Prince that I am and then, my sweet, we can marry and set up housekeeping in your castle with my mother, where you can satisfy my needs, prepare and serve my meals, clean my clothes, bear my children, and forever feel grateful and happy doing so".

That night, as the princess dined sumptuously on lightly sautéed frog legs, delicately seasoned and accompanied by a delicious white wine and onion cream sauce, she chuckled and thought to herself:


Share with all the princesses you know!
It's sure to brighten their day!

Saturday, 2 June 2007

Fateful Day ...

Ripped from my soul - in honour of "Sunday" ...

What can I say ...
It wasn't your fault ...
Mythology has it that each of our lives is but a thread spun out by the Fates - three sisters who are blind to and uncaring of the loves and friendships of the mortal world. One spins, one measures and one cuts the thread .... they truly are The Powers That Be ...

Don't dispair ...

Friday, 1 June 2007

Just Testing ...

OK - I know it is possible to email posts to a Blog - I guess you could do this by phone while on the move. Could I be bothered - what could I possibly be doing the the world simply had to know before I had a chance to get home, grab a drink and and put my feet up to Blog from the comfort of my laptop???

Several scenarios leap to mind I suppose - all pretty grizzly and/or life-threatening - Mmm, no let's not go there.

Oh well - just in case I ever need to Blog on the run as 'twere - I wonder if this has been successful. Well if you are reading this then it has - and if you're not ... er ... Mmm ... well I guess I'm talking to myself (so what's new ... )

This is me - reporting from somewhere - under the duvet ...

Oh yes, I knew there was some point to this Blogette - check out the new Sanctuary episode now showing on YouTube

Remember that for a very, very modest sum you can watch and download fabulous HD versions from the Sanctuary For All website

Night, night and happy June ...