Dune is (still) Star Wars for Goths

One of my earliest sci-fi experiences – before ever seeing a Star Wars or Star Trek film – was the infamous David Lynch-directed 1984 film adaptation ‘Dune’, of Frank Herbert’s 1965 epic novel. Whilst being far too young for this deeply disquieting and epically complex story, I was mesmerized by its scope, unearthliness and action – relative to the capabilities of the mid-Eighties special effects anyway. I am certain this went a long way to influencing me towards becoming The Blogging Goth I am today.

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Happy Festiween!

Welcome to the month-log celebration that is Halloween – from October 1st to 31st the world gets that little bit more spooky! Not to mention, crammed full of events for the discerning goth. I’m looking ahead to where I’ll be, and where I’d want to be if there was more than one of me!

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Trek Transylvania, and help drac-cats!

Some stereotypes are just true, and I am confident many of my readers are as passionate about cats as much as they are about the myth of Dracula! But how about long walks and healthy exercise in the shadow of the Count’s ancestral home?

The mountains of Transylvania
The mountains of Transylvania
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“Hate Crime in the North” – Sophie Lancaster’s murder and the changes that followed, in discussion

A Yorkshire-based charity, dedicated to tackling the deeply set prejudices and intolerances that are prevalent across our local communities, is about to launch a series of ‘Changing Perspectives’ events aimed at highlighting how historical atrocities, such as The Holocaust are relevant to societal issues we face today.

The organisation running the events, The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre in Huddersfield, was set up in 2018 by Leeds based charity, Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association (HSFA) in partnership with the University of Huddersfield. 

Launching the series with an event on hate crime in the north, the centre will be joined by well-known public figures including, Dr Sylvia Lancaster OBE, mother of murdered Sophie Lancaster and advisor for the Government’s Independent Advisory Group for Hate Crime. The event will explore how Sophie’s murder led to political and social change.

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Visiting the Glasgow Necropolis

How do you celebrate your birthday? Jelly and ice-cream? Heavy session at the pub? Candlelit meal for two?

How about a guided tour of a vast cemetery, housing 50,000 dead on a prominent hill overlooking Glasgow? Every visit I’ve made to this fine city has been capped with a visit to the Père Lachaise of Scotland, but the delectable Dr. C had never had the pleasure before – so I arranged a visit with the helpful folk at Friends of Glasgow Necropolis and was lucky enough to secure two places on their very first tour, on the very first day they reopened after COVID lockdown.

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