World Story-Telling Day

World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. It is celebrated every year on the March equinox, on (or near) March 20. On World Storytelling Day, as many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible, during the same day and night. Participants tell each other about their events in order to share stories and inspiration, to learn from each other and create international contacts.

Please feel free to read anything. I think that the world needs to read again.

The Theme for this year is: 2021 – New Beginnings … Isn’t that lovely!

Do you have a favourite story? I have so many! I would say the list would be shorter ones I didn’t love, but that would be lie. I don’t think I’ve probably even read HALF the stories in the world!

I would love to hear about new stories and authors you may have read already this year ❤

Thursday Theories – Fairy Tales

Since Friday the 26th of Feb is tell a Fairy tale day. I thought it’d be a great time to have a more in-depth look at them.

I have always wanted to do a study into Fairytales, there are actual degrees and certificates for them. However, I don’t think I could ever justify the cost of studying them more, and what do you do afterwards? One day, when I win the lottery.

What are some elements to a Fairy Tale?

  • There is usually a good or bad magic element.
  • They usually take place “A long time ago” or, a “long time in the future”. They very rarely take place in the present.
  • There is usually a universal lesson.
  • There is more likely to be some sort of problem, curse or not
  • And they are usually a story where someone’s a hero or heroine, and a villian.

Fairy tales, like any good generation to generation story. Tends to change to suit that current generation, and that current era. Which means a lot of our current Fairy tale, normally made into movies by Disney, have strained away from the original tales. In my opinion, not all that bad really. If you take Hans Christen Anderson or the Brothers Grimm, their fairy tales are literally that … Grimm.

Their characters tend to go through horrible things, just to mostly die or have their heart broken in some horrible way. They are definitely not the family loving, good and love always wins of the Disney movies today! There are definitely Grimm Brother fairy tales, that would have been considered the “I.t.” by Stephen King standard, of yesteryear. The original Grimm Brothers fairytales would probably make for some fantastic horror films! So fairy tales are not just for the kiddies!

There are theories out there, that some fairy tales are based on real people and/or real life events.

Snow White:

Based on the life of Margarete von Waldeck, a 16th century Bavarian noblewoman. Margarete grew up in Bad Wildungen, where her brother used small children to work his copper mine. Severely deformed because of the physical labor mining required, they were despairingly referred to as dwarfs. The poison apple is also rooted in fact; an old man would offer tainted fruits to the workers, and other children he believed stole from him.

Margarete’s stepmother, despising her, sent the beauty, to the Brussels court to get rid of her. There Prince Philip II of Spain became her steamy lover. His father, the king of Spain, opposing the romance, dispatched Spanish agents to murder Margarete. They surreptitiously poisoned her.

Beauty and the Beast:

In 1537 there was a young boy named Petrus Gonsalvus who was regularly called a beast. Reportedly, this was most likely because he had a case of hypertrichosis, a condition that causes a person to grow hair all over their body, referred to as “werewolf syndrome.” Gonsalvus was 10 years old when he was taken from Spain, and sent to the King of France to operate as a type of court jester.

Eventually, King Henry’s wife, Catherine de’Medici (who took over after the king died), found Gonsalvus a wife — also called Catherine. Though it took some getting used to, the beauty fell in love with “the beast.” They were married for 40 years and had seven kids together, four of which also had hypertrichosis.

The Pied Piper:

In 1264, a pied piper had offered to get rid of the numerous rats in the Germanic village of Hamelin, as long as the town elders gave him a considerable amount of money upon the completion of this task. After he disposed of the rats, the elders reneged on their promise. Furious, the piper enticed the children of the village to follow him. They never returned.

Retelling…Magically Monday #3

I am sure that my readers are aware of what the word “retelling” means. For those who do not, retelling simple to repeat or ‘retell’ a story you heard and you repeat. Sometimes with extreme accuracy or with little falsehoods hear and there, exaggerations if you will.

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One of the funniest things I have been hearing lately, is how people are annoyed or bored with people retelling the Disney animated films. One person even went so far to say that Walt Disney would be turning in his grave with the unoriginal in Hollywood, because of the live action films.

Uhhh…

Apart from Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy…Those characters. Walt Disney didn’t come up with a single original thought. He retold stories that were already in the atmosphere. Walt Disney would not have a single leg to stand on, even if he did not like them. Personally, I think he would have loved them.

What is your favourite Disney movie and is it the same as the original? 

I know, I know…

I am just going to start off this post with a “I know, I know” Myths are, myths. Every story I see of Hades though, he is always trying to release the Titans. I would like to know, why?

What would have made Hades thought that the Titans wouldn’t have done anything to him? Whether he likes it or not, he is a God., like Zeus. I think the Titans would have destroyed him.

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Jussie Smollett

Who isn’t talking about this guy, am I right?

The whole situation, too me personally, is just all really odd. From Smollett to the alleged attackers, to everyone being so gosh darn eager to jump on the “we hate Jussie Smollett” bandwagon.

For myself, I don’t need proof that the alt-right, extreme Trump supporters are not very nice people, you see it everywhere, every day, we do not need someone to make it up.

What frustrates me a lot about this situation though, is just the bandwagon from everyone. While completely ignoring other people who have made allegations that are not true, which are just as bad. Like the MAGA group demanding an apology for the Smollet situation, do they understand we believe him because THEY make it so easy to believe him? What about themselves? Jacob Wohl tried and failed to make false rape allegations against Muller…Where is his apology? He doesn’t even acknowledge what he did. No one is saying that he should have the book thrown at him? #whiteprivilege much?! Not only all that, he keeps talking about Jussie Smollet like he has NEVER done something similar in his life! Despite his rape allegations being less than a year ago!

What inspired me though to write this blog was this “entertainment reporter” from the Morning Show in Australia on Channel 7. I don’t know how he got his job, but he’s very much the type that jumps on bandwagons. Harassing celebrities, he seems very eager to please. He however said something that just made me go…

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The biggest “proof” that this alleged attackers have is that he paid them with a cheque to beat him up. Now Smollett has come out saying that the cheque was to pay them for their workouts, health and diet type tips. This “reporter” said and I quote “Even if the cheques were for these two guys workout, health and diet tips. That doesn’t let Smollett off the hook”…

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If the only proof you have of someone being not truthful, isn’t true…I don’t know how to even finish off that sentence,lol. If something isn’t true, than it isn’t true…Right?

He also went on about how Smollett is on Ice, with no proof.

 

World Tell-A-Fairy-Tale Day

Who doesn’t love a good fairy-tale?

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Fairy tales – Are stories that range from those originating in folklore to more modern stories. 

Ancient Greece and Egyptian fairy tales are also known more commonly as “Myths” and to some these are still very good fairy tales. Usually fairy tales are based on some form of truth, or a collection of truths. A lot of the more modern Disney fairy tale movies are based on old stories by Hans Christen Anderson and the Grimm Brothers. And their stories are a lot darker than the Disney films we know today.

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Behind the Stories: The true stories behind classic fairy tales – Huffington Post

Fairy tales are also good lessons for children (and some adults). They have basic life lessons behind them. It’s better not to look to deep into them, usually because the message is just very simple.

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The Mabinogion

I have been watching this new series on the ABC called “The Secret Life of Books”…and it is fantastic…I highly recommend that if you can watch it, do it! It seems appropriate that on World Book Day, I would talk about books today!

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There are 11 stories all together under the Mabinogion, all come from Welsh. They are the earliest prose stories of the literature of Britain. The stories were compiled in the 12th–13th centuries from earlier oral traditions. The two main source manuscripts were created c. 1350–1410, as well as a few earlier fragments. These stories offer drama, philosophy, romance, tragedy, fantasy and humour, and were created by various narrators over time.

The stories of the Mabinogion are strongly believed to be the beginnings of the King Arthurian period.

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What are you reading today, on World Book Day today? I am finally getting around to reading this!

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Greek Giants

First may I start off with saying I love Ancient Greece, and Rome and Egypt and all those ancient places, would I want to actually live in that time?…Probably not…But a lot of those civilisations just completely fascinate me.

So I was completely fascinated to find out this week, what Historians believe created one of the Ancient Greeks most well-known mythical Giants, the cyclops. As many ancient stories and myths are created, the creatures, monster and scary bogey men” usually come from someone’s true life encounter.

Where they believed the Myth of the Cyclops come from is from the skeleton of the true ancient giant, the Mammoth.

The real animals that inspired the Cyclops (Modern Notion website).

Cyclops Myth spurred by “One-Eyed” Fossils? (National Geographic)

They believe from looking at the skulls of a Mammoth, the hole in the skull where the trunk would have been, it does look like a eye.

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Not Married, But Attached — Musings from a Tangled Mind

I know I’ve written many times before about the weird and wild world of online dating. I’ve written about the “stranger danger” Spidey sense that hits when you decide to meet a stranger in person for the first time. I’ve written about the unflattering photos of men way past their prime flaunting their topless torsos […]

via Not Married, But Attached — Musings from a Tangled Mind

Can I just begin this by saying that I feel really bad that I don’t pay much attention to this category. I created the “Single in a small city”category and then about a month later I met my now partner of roughly over two years. I always feel funny about writing being single in any form, when I’m not. However, I still love hearing about other people’s dating stories and I absolutely adore the tv show “First Dates” It’s hilarious! I think that I’ve only be right about one couple so far and I so happy for them that they were still dating after the show.

The above post is from Musings from a Tangled Mind and it’s really hilarious post, it is really great and shows what kind of odd balls there are still out there. Online dating seems to be the thing to do these days.

I met my current partner through online dating and it worked for me. I think it worked for me, I think though that it worked for me because I was “sensible” about it. I met him for the first time in a public place, I made sure I actually had an excuse to leave (if it was turning out to be horrible) and never gave out any personal information!

However, my current partner was not the first person that I met on a date from online dating, and I actually didn’t want to meet the guy. It was more at my mother’s instance. Always listen to your gut instincts! On the one and only date I went on with the other guy, it was really uncomfortable. I already didn’t want to meet him before the date. He insisted on paying for my dinner, but he kept saying how he did it. Then he insisted on dropping me off home, I was not about to let him know where I lived! Then when I convinced him to not drop me home, he left me outside by myself, on a dark street, while I waited for a taxi.