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This month we have moved Yggdrasil (the local Heathen group) to tonight so that two of the speakers coming up for Druidcon at the weekend can join us. Robin Herne is a Celtic recon. and Jenny Blain is a prominent Heathen and anthropologist. Both are founder members of the APT. The plan is for the evening mainly to be one of relaxed, social interaction. Any local pagans who wish to join us are welcome.

Regarding Druidcon, it seems that, unfortunately, one of the speakers, Kris Hughes, has had to cancel.
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If you are, you may be interested in this:

Druidcon 2006
Saturday, August 26th

DruidCon is an annual conference run in Glasgow by Caer Clud. Any profits go to charity.

Speakers this year include: Jenny Blain on “Seiðr and the Otherworlds”, Robin Herne on sexual mores and habits amongst the Ancient Celts, Kris Hughes of the Anglesey Druid Order on Druidry in Wales, and Torc (P.A.C. Bloos) of Druïdische Stichting Eadhadh on “Druidry across the North Sea”. There will also be evening entertainment from Claire Hewitt and Robin Herne.

Druidcon is held at Glasgow University Union, at the corner of Kelvin Way and University Avenue. Doors open 10:00am, the conference finishes 10:00pm. More information at: http://www.druidcon.vscotland.org.uk/
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The Sunday Times is out today, with the bit about Witchfest in it. It could have been so much worse.

At Witchfest, some of us were a bit bemused by the Geddes-Wards’ talk on fairies. Or faeries, rather. In Scottish folklore, you see, fairies are not the sort of creatures you want taking any interest in you, and you certainly wouldn’t go inviting them into, well, any space where you were. However, I can now see the great usefulness of having that sort of talk: you get a man, a woman, and two kids, all in crushed velvet, etc., and you clearly have a much more photogenic scene than anything involving a big, beardy guy with a staff. I feel like someone just turned up with the “get out of jail free” cards.

The article itself is not too bad, although at no point am I accurately quoted. Some stuff attributed to me I did say, but it has been edited in such a way that the meaning is more or less altered. I did not mention Harry fucking Potter! On the other hand, I was not so worried about what the reporter would write as what the editor and sub-editor would get up to.

Yep, they fucked us. Well, me, anyway. The intro paragraph has a fairly sarcastic ring to it, but what made me yelp was the Inside box on the front page of the Ecosse section. It says: Witch doctor: A former medic is one of Scotland’s top wizards.

Oh, fucking fuck fuckity-fuck FUCK!

(Do I need to mention that I heard no one use the word wizard all day? That I told them I would not even use the word witch to describe myself? That I made no claims to being the top anything?)

The basic text, as I say, is not too bad, but it suffers from the usual thing of a reporter who does not actually know the subject trying to get it right, and not quite doing it. I have never seen any newspaper report about anything I knew about which did not suffer from the same thing, so I guess this counts as a reasonably fair article. It certainly lacks one annoying feature which used to be a staple of such reports: the balancing comment from a member of a mainstream religion (or, a load of bigoted bollocks from the more extreme clergy of the Church of Scotland).

From a different perspective, Thor and Clutha both get mentioned, as does Óðinn (who will no doubt be pleased), so that in itself is good.

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Reykyavík is to get three new places of worship in the next few years, assuming the Environmental Committee passes the applications. The Association of Icelandic Muslims wants to build a mosque, and the Russian Orthodox Church wants a church. More interesting from my point of view is this:
The Association for Medieval Norse Paganism (ásatrú) is set to receive a 1,500 - 2,000 square meter lot for a 700 sq. m. temple. The temple will include additional facilities for the congregation, a forested area close to landmark Perlan is the lot currently under discussion for the Pagans.

[From: IcelandReview]

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