The start of Black History Month begins (in America, Canada and the UK)

It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated in February in the United States and Canada, while in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom it is observed in October. The group chose the second week in February in 1926 to celebrate “N**ro History Week.” The week was symbolic in that it was the same week of the birthdays of former President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave and prominent abolitionist movement activist.

So what can one do, to help and support during this Black History Month.

Well, learning about some Black History is always a good start, and nothing white washed either.

According to a book published by the UNIA, ‘Red is the colour of the blood which men must shed for their redemption and liberty; black is the colour of the noble and distinguished race to which we belong; green is the colour of the luxuriant vegetation of our Motherland.

The Oprah Magazine, have some really good suggestions and places, people you can look at:

Books written by black authors,

Black Americans you and I may not know about,

The Oprah Magazine even has a directory of Black-Owned US Bookstores, please click on my link above to find out more!

Woo, and according to the magazine as well. Mattel have made a doll honoring Dr. Maya Angelou! I’m into good Barbie “Dolls”.

As a white woman, I do feel a little uncomfortable telling people “Where to go” so to speak, haha. This is why this post is short. I would love if it’s alright if I can tell people “where to go”, and give out a bit of information over the next month. I’m not sure if it’s appropriate. What I will finish off with though, is the theme for this years Black History Month.

The Black History Month 2021 theme, “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity” explores the African diaspora, and the spread of Black families across the United States.

Which is quiet lovely. When I think about it, I think I actually watch more shows that are about Black Families, than white ones, lol. White Family tv shows, seems to have the same “recipe”. I’m hoping when they say “Family” as well, I do hope they mean to represent families, that are not always blood too.

Thursday Theories – Aphrodite, Venus

This is the theory that actually inspired me to write about Theories.

You can get the link here, where I first became really interested in writing about these topics. I needed to do more research into other theories first, so I had more than just this one. Fantastic thing though, I am in love with programs from National Geographic. Always an interesting starting point

This blog post is about the Goddess, Venus.

There are three different Gods, they talk about. The one that spoke to me most though, the one that really got me, was the episode about Venus.

As you probably all know, Gods and Goddesses are generally taken from other cultures. So Venus, is more than likely based on Aphrodite.

The biggest reason why this particular video, episode of the series fascinated me was because, and in case you hadn’t noticed, I consider myself to be a trans ally. Now I had tapped the three episodes at the beginning of 2020, but didn’t actually get around to watching them until closer to the end, because we needed more space.

When I got around to watching it. The Professor, begins in Cyprus, the goddess’s birthplace, Bettany decodes Venus’s relationship to the Greek goddess Aphrodite, and, in turn, Aphrodite’s mixed-up origins both as a Cypriot spirit of fertility and procreation – but also, as a descendant of the prehistoric war goddesses of the Near and Middle East, Ishtar, Inanna and Astarte. We start to see the Venus is about desire of all kinds – malign as well as benign. Hughes meets world experts who reveal the mysterious and obscure ways this ancient goddess was imagined and worshipped (including as a bearded, gender-fluid woman and even as a giant, sinister, volcanic rock).

Which is obviously a far cry from the “set in stone” so to speak, image of Venus being a all “natural” woman. It really did peak my interest, considering how many TERFs out there, use Venus/Aphrodite as being nothing more than a woman. When you really get into it, Venus, Aphrodite, Ishtar, Innana and Astarte weren’t necessarily worshiped because of love and chocolates. But more they were worshipped, because of the strong feelings they invoked in individuals. Strong feelings of love and hate, of desire, of sexuality.

John Oliver’s – History Instagram

I love everything John Oliver. Not only is he funny, but he explains things so that anyone can understand them. What I also love about him as well though, he does love place like Museums and Libraries. During Covid19, we forget about these little places of History. I am so glad that someone with such a big platform, choose to do this.

Remember, that a LOT of Museums are struggling, where you can do a lot for them, online.

Huzzah for the Tsar!

Over a hundred years ago today…(102 years ago). The Romanov family was brutally murdered (not just executed) by Bolshevik agents with gunshots and bayonets at the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg. Too this day it’s still a mystery whether or not Lenin actually gave the order to kill the family or not.

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There has been so much myth and legend surrounding this Royal family. None more so, than the legend of Anastasia Romanov. Did she escape? Didn’t she? Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia remains were found and DNA tested in 2007, and were found to be that of Maria and her brother. Anastasia’s remains were likely one of the bodies that had been found earlier. It was always very unlikely that the Duchess and her brother had escaped.

Romanov imposters sprang up all over the world. The most famous claimant was Anna Anderson, whose case remained in the German courts for more than 30 years until a 1970 ruling declared no conclusive evidence proving Anderson was or was not Anastasia. Anderson’s story inspired both the French play on which the 1956 film and 1997 animated film of the same name were based.

The Romanov family has completely fascinated me ever since I can remember. I do think though a lot of that was based on, for me, the Boney M song “Rasputin”. The “Sorcery” and magic, this one man’s influence over a powerful family. The story of Anastasia…There is so much magic, mystery and myth, that surrounds this one family.

Just posting this again, for good measure.

“Once Upon a December” is actually one of my most favourite non-Disney Princess, Fox, fantasy song films.  (It’s kind of confusing,lol). Sometimes I like to pretend her father in this, is my great grandfather, or my grandfather whose passed on…They both loved Christmas ❤

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Royalty…Magical Monday #4

Which Royal do you feel the most sorry for?

The Royal I feel most sorry for Lady Jane Grey…or Queen Jane…For 9 days…

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That’s right doggo…The Lady Jane Grey was only Queen for 9 days.

Jane was the great-granddaughter of Henry VII ( 7th not 8th) through his younger daughter Mary (Henry the 8ths sister) and was a first cousin once removed of Edward VI. (Son to King Henry the 8th).

In June 1553, Edward VI wrote his will, nominating Jane and her male heirs as successors to the Crown, in part because his half-sister Mary was Roman Catholic, while Jane was a committed Protestant and would support the reformed Church of England, whose foundation Edward claimed to have laid. The will removed his half-sisters, Mary and Elizabeth, from the line of succession on account of their illegitimacy, subverting their claims under the Third Succession Act.

Mystery History

Mystery History

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    • The challenge is to write a piece of historical fiction about it. There’s a

150 word limit. Try not to use the words tree & green.Tag 3 people to use the same genre of writing and this photo to create a post.

I was nominated by the lovely Nova to do this challenge. I just have to say it’s one of the most interesting challenges I’ve had so far. I hope I do it some justice! Do you know how hard it is to not write “tree”?lol

“The Dryads Crib”

Dryads are known for the affinity to the forests and the plants that they are born from. That they are fiercely protective of what is theirs.  If a Dryad wanders to far away from the where they are too care for, they will whither and die. If it’s “crib” dies so does the Dryad.

The picture above is of what is also known as a “Dryads Crib”. It’s commonly known that when Dryads are born, they will tend to group the baby dryads together, much like a modern day delivery room. While in a cocoon type sleep, they will grow until they are eventually delivered, safely grown and protected from the roots, up.

This such an interesting challenge, I would like to challenge:

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Tikaalik

What is a Tikaalik?

Tikaatlik – Wikipedia

A Tikaalik is a lobe-finned fish from the late Devonian period (375 million years ago).

I was watching a series of David Attenboroughs. I love the guy, I really do, he does so much for animals and their conservation. As well as his absolutely brilliant documentaries. I do not watch them that often though, mainly because they leave me crying most of the time.

So, what is so special about this lobe-finned fish?

As I learnt on this particular season. The discovery of this fish was a historic discovery. It was the first fish that walked out of the water! It was the next step in the evolution change!

Did I spell lobe-finned fish, correct enough times?

 

Brazil National Museum

Devastating, just devastating…This has to be the saddest thing I have read/seen all day.

Fire engulfs Brazil’s National museum 

The museum houses more than 20m artefacts including dinosaur fossils, a meteorite and a 12,000-year-old human skeleton. There have been no reports of injuries and the cause of the fire is not yet clear.

It’s just all gone.

What is National Reconciliation Week?

https://www.reconciliation.org.au/

National Reconciliation Week started as the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation in 1993 Under the guidance of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (now Reconciliation
Australia), it evolved into the week-long celebration.

Every year, it is held between two significant milestones in Australia’s history, May 27 and June 3. May 27 is the anniversary of the 1967 referendum. More than 90 per cent of Australians voted ‘Yes’ to count Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the census and give the Australian Government the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The day before 26th of May, is National Sorry Day, which was first held in Sydney in 1998 and is now commemorated nationally to remember and honour the Stolen Generations.

We spend this week learning about Australia’s Indigenous people and the impact that us, the settlers have had on the people. We look at the past, but also the future as well. How we can make things better. How including the Indigenous people can actually help towards the Australian society.

The theme for this National Reconciliation Week is  – Don’t make History a Mystery. My plan for this week is to then, do some research and then share it with you. I’m not sure what I am going to look into…So watch this space for more! We will all learn a little something.

Where I work we are to make a pledge of how we are going to help History becoming a Mystery.