Friday 31 March 2017

"Life, uh, finds a way..."

... except if you're a Redshirt.

Who knew that Jeff Goldblum could be wrong?

Wednesday 29 March 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 27 March 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 22 March 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 18 March 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 12 March 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 9 March 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 5 March 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 2 March 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...