A new chapter

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Hey y’all you peeps! I’m here drinking coffee, thinking about my beloved blog and what to write…. For today I’m going to write something very personal, something that recently happened to me. Then we will carry on with the usual, well I should say unusual, topics…

So, as you might know already, I always had a “particular” taste and always been interested in not-very-ordinary topics and subjects. Six Feet Under had a great impact on me when I was 11. Since then I’ve always seen myself working within the funeral trade… what a dream huh?! Unfortunately in Italy is basically impossbile to get into this business as the majority of the funeral homes are family runned, so that’s why I moved to London more than one year ago, thinking that here would have been easier… silly me. Since I moved here, I always sent CVs upon CVs, but no one noticed me, until now.

Yes, with huge pride, I can inform you that in a couple of days I will start as a trainee embalmer…. and words can’t describe how happy I am. When you finally reach something that you dreamed for so long nothing else really matters.

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The thing is that the majority of the people doesn’t really understand how rewarding this job is. Helping families during the most difficult time of their lives is just an honour.

I will try to keep the blog updated anyway and trying to write another tarot reading within the end of the week.

Bye for now!

Elle. xx

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Tarot Reading

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So, as I told you, there will be some new contents on this blog. Let’s start with a bi-weekly tarot reading for each sign of the horoscope.

I’ve always enjoyed reading tarots, sometimes for fun when you are with friends, other times for an in-depth different point of view on my life.

Another thing is that I love to do the reading with a bit of music in the background. Today I’ve picked Clap Hands by Tom Waits… just perfect.

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ARIES: The Six of Swords just came out for you.

You’re about to take a journey, not necessarily a physical one, it might be a spiritual journey. You might feel lonely during this time, trying to avoid your loved ones but you really need some time for yourself. A slow process of healing is about to begin, because once the bottom has been reached there’s only one way then… and it is UP UP UP!

TAURUS: The Five of Pentacles is your card.

Life doesn’t seem very secure for you at the moment, it seems like you have doubts. It can be for some problems that you’re might facing, mainly financially speaking. You should consider your attitude towards money. It’s also a moment when you need support and being comforted from family and friends, otherwise you might have the impression of feeling ignored.

GEMINI: Four of Wands – Reversed

Given the upright Four of Wands reflects stability, the reversal of this card can indicate that you are going through a period of transition where there is little stability and security. Nevertheless you have to mantain a positive attitude and being grateful for all that you have as some good changes might come soon-

CANCER: The Hierophant

Well, my fellow Cancers (yes, I’m one of you). We need to shush and submit and be careful about “doing the right thing”, but what exactly is doing the “right” thing? The answers are within us. We have to be wise in taking some decisions but we are also supported by a strong figure (it might be a relative, partner or colleague), someone you can always count on.

LEO: The Emperor

This card shows stability and power. You have a strong figure by your side, but it might be you as well, supporting your family and loved ones and comforting those around you. Right now you need to be surrounded by loyal and trusty people and you’ll be able to change a situation that, at the moment, you’re not comfortable with.

VIRGO: Ten of Cups – Reversed

You’re not satisfied right now. A situation that you were really looking forward to is not showing up, so because of this you’re thinking that your loved ones are not supporting you. This is the right time to express your emotions as it is not healthy for you to keep everything inside and you might risk not to be true to yourself.

CAPRICORN: Five of Swords

You’re having a hard time, facing some obstacles that you were not thinking of. There might be some tension in the air but that doesn’t mean that you can’t overcome it. You just have to be strong and not too ambitious. Being humble is not always a bad thing and remember that, in certain situations, you can’t always win.

SAGITTARIUS: Seven of Cups

You’re  bit confused and, maybe, you’re daydreaming too much lately. This is the right moment for being more focused on a choice you have to make. You need to separate what it’s real from a future illusion and carefully evaluate the pros and cons of each option.

SCORPIO: Seven of Wands

You’re on top of your enemies and a winner. Nevermind the snakes that are surrounding you as they’re going to lose. You’re, slowly, overcoming obstacles and challenges thanks to your strong self-confidence. Expect to be challenged and be ready to win by showing the others how strong you are.

LIBRA: Knight of Cups

You will receive a visit soon, someone who will bring you a message, a surprise or some expected money. Maybe someone borrowed money from you and he/she is going to give it back to you. You might be invited to an event that will bring you joy and new acquaitances. This is also a great time to be more focused on your hobbies and interests.

AQUARIUS: Ace of Cups

‘Money makes the world go around’ and this is true for you guys! This is a moment of abundance, especially in the love field. You might also receive some recognition at work. This is also a time of giving and being thankful for everything you have and going to have. Step up your game!

PISCES: Page of Wands

Someone new is coming to your life, a free spirit who’s going to bring a thrill in your life. You have to be more enthusiastic towards life and let your creativity lead the way. You’re going to be involved in some new projects and activities. A trusted friend will be by your side, helping you to see the world under a new perspective.

That’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed the reading as much as I enjoyed doing it. If you have any question don’t hesitate to contact me at: sgtellepepper@yahoo.com

Elle. xo

The real chilling story of “Lolita”

I already wrote a post about the real stories and legends behing the most famous fairy tales (click HERE if you missed it)but, did you know that “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov was inspired by a real chilling story.

Florence “Sally” Horner‘s tragic story hit the country’s newspapers in 1950. Five years later, Nabokov’s novel about charming Humbert Humbert and 12-year-old Dolores Haze (a.k.a., Lolita) began to arrive in bookstores.

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On June 1948, Florence stole a note book from a local supply shop. The act was a rite of passage, the token for admittance to a girl’s club, a sorority she was eager to join. A man who claimed to be an FBI agent caught her in the act. He was way more older than the 11-year-old girl and he frightened her… but let her go, until the following day, when he appeared outside her school. This time he had some “instructions” : She’d have to convince her mother he was the father of two school friends, inviting her to a seashore vacation. He would take care of the rest with a phone call and a convincing appearance at the Camden bus depot.

His name was Frank La Salle, and he was no FBI agent. It took 21 months to break free of him, after a cross-country journey from Camden, New Jersey, to San Jose, California.

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La Salle was already a convicted rapist and molested the girl, telling her that if she didn’t comply, he’d turn her in for stealing. During these years the pair travelled the country and where she attended school he pretended to be her father.

It was almost two years until Sally was able to reach out for help and break away from her perpetrator. LaSalle was arrested and Sally was 13-year-old, but her story took a tragic turn as she died two years later, killed in a car accident.

Nabokov saved newspaper clippings about the case, which he scribbled detailed notes on, but his debt to the defining experience in Horner’s life remains largely unknown to the reading public.

Elle Palmer. xo

 

 

 

 

 

Cofiwch Dryweryn

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In 1956, the Liverpool City Council sponsored a private bill that was pushed through parliament which allowed the council to flood the Tryweryn Valley in Wales without the consent of local representatives. The village of Capel Celyn, located in the valley, was one of the last Welsh-only communities at that time; In 1956, the Welsh language was being oppressed both politically and socially by the British government. During a vote for the proposed drowning of the Tryweryn Valley, 35 of the 36 Members of Parliament in Wales voted against the bill, with one abstention. The villagers of Capel Celyn, Wales fought the bill for eight long years. Many residents participated in a march from their doomed village to London in order to protest. In London, a reporter from BBC asked one protester why he wished to save the village when it was not by any means the most important or beautiful community in Wales. He responded, “Listen. My wife may not be the most important woman in Wales, nor the most beautiful. But I love her! And I certainly wouldn’t drown her.”. Despite the efforts of Welsh citizens and local representatives, the valley of Tryweryn Wales was drowned in 1965. Today, two churches and their graveyards (one of which is a Quaker cemetery) still remain underwater in the former village of Capel Celyn along with a school, a post office and other flooded structures and farmlands.

Sadly, despite the fact that the Liverpool City Council assured the citizens of Capel Celyn that their loved one’s bodies would be relocated to another cemetery, only eight bodies were exhumed to be moved at the request of surviving family.

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Beginning in 1957, many Welsh across north and mid-Wales have written  “Cofiwch Dryweryn” (“Remember Tryweryn”) in graffiti as a reminder of history of their rocky relationship with Britain. In 2005, the Liverpool City Council officially apologized for the drowning of Tryweryn Wales.

Local legend has it that, from time to time, you can hear the bells of capel celyn tolling, in memory of the dead who were not moved.

Elle Palmer. xo

 

It’s 2018…(Oh Sh!t)

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Hey y’all my fellow weirdos! First thing first HAPPY NEW YEAR! I can’t believe it’s 2018 already! 2017 just flew and I can’t believe that I wrote my last post in june! EMBARASSING! A lot of things happened, some of them good, some of them… well, not that nice, but at least I’m here.

You will soon (and by soon I mean TOMORROW!) be reading new posts and I will also try, I promise to do my best, to offer you new contents.

In the meantime I want to thank who sent me messages and comments asking me where the hell I was. Thank you so so much!

Also, I created a Ko-fi page. If you enjoy reading my posts then here you can offer me a coffee. (Don’t worry, it’s not a subscription kind of thing, where you have to pay every month…it’s just a simple coffee and for me, being italian, means a lot!). Click HERE to take a look.

Bye for now!

Elle Palmer. xo

 

 

William Hope and the CREWE Circle

The Crewe Circle was a group of spirit photographers based in Crewe, England and led by William Hope, paranormal investigator and pioneer of the “spirit photography”.

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He first noticed his talent for photographing spirits when he was taking photos with a friend. One of the photo’s that Hope had taken showed an extra person behind his friend. It was claimed that it was his friends dead sister.

At first, the group worked in secret, scared of being suspected of witchcraft, but when an Archbishop joined the group, they made their work public. By 1922 William Hope moved to London and established himself as a professional medium. It was at this time that The Society for Psychical Research (SPR) became interested in him and his photo’s.

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Over the years the spirit photographs taken by the members of the CREWE circle have come under detailed examination and have been dismissed as fraudulent by many. Harry Price, sent by the Society for Psychical Research, claimed that Hope messed with the photo plates, but many of Hope’s supporter didn’t believe him.  One of the biggest supporter of William Hope and The Crewe Circle was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who wrote The Case for Spirit Photography, in response to Price’s claims of fraud. Hope continued to practice, despite his exposure, until his death in 1933.

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Elle. xx

 

 

 

 

Necropolis Line

London has several transport links, but did you know that there was one that used to carry dead people and their mourners?

The London Necropolis Railway was opened in 1854 and carried coffins from the Waterloo station to Brookwood cemetery. There were separate hearse cars for Anglicans and Dissenters, and three classes of carriage for the living and the dead.

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A First Class corpse received a higher level of customer care and nicely decorated carriage. Trains ran straight into the cemetery grounds, there were two stations, each for different parts of the cemetery, North for Dissenters and South for Anglicans, adjacent to the corresponding chapels. The South Station was licensed and in addition for funeral parties, offered afternoon tea to visitors strolling in the cemetery, it also operated as a pub, which did much to reconcile the locals to the giant cemetery on their doorstep.

Brookwood received the dead from overcrowded London parishes, in a series of subdivisions, many of which resemble old-fashioned churchyards with their hedges and lynch-gates. As well as accomodating Anglicans and Dissenters, Brookwood was one of the first cemeteries in Britain to offer burial facilities to Muslims and Sikhs.

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The two stations in the cemetery were demolished during the 1960s and the ruins later caught fire. The tracks were long since lifted away to be melted or reused elsewhere. In London, the entrance building to the private station at 121 Westminster Bridge Road remains largely intact, but the name Necropolis Cemetery Station that was once inscribed is no longer there.

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I love living in London, so many unusual things to discover that make a weirdo like me very happy!

Elle. xx