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

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

 

 

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

Hunterian Museum

Hello y’all fellow weirdos! It’s been a while since my last post, my apologies, but life here in London is crazy. Anyway, I’m always on the lookout for unordinary places to visit…and believe me, here in London there are loads of them! Lucky me!

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Finally I had the chance to visit the Hunterian Museum, which is the home of the biggest collection of human and animal anatomical and pathological specimens I’ve ever seen in my life.

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All those little jars filled with your fears, because yes, if you are like me and suffer from entomophobia (aka insectophobia), then you might have some problems. Trust me, this is the closest I can be to a (dead) insect, although the iridescent beetles were too cute.

 

If you are into medicine and surgery, or if you are an all-round weirdo like myself, you might find the section they have regarding surgery history very fascinating. Cases full of old medical devices that make you cringe when thinking of their use.

Here you can also admire the skeleton of Charles Byrne – the Irish giant, well preserved foetuses, deformities, bizarre animals and so on. This museum is a treasure for the curious minds and even if you don’t have a “medical background” it definitely worth the visit, is free and the gift shop is adorable, here you will find tiny glow-in-the-dark skeletons, skeleton t-shirts and a lot of interesting books.

The Hunterian Museum
Royal College of Surgeons
35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London, WC2A 3PE

Elle. xx

Kensal Green Cemetery

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When I’m in a very bad mood I usually go and have a walk in a cemetery, and luckily for me, the Kensal Green Cemetery is just around the corner from wher I live.

Founded as the General Cemetery of All Souls, Kensal Green Cemetery was the first of the “Magnificent Seven” garden-style cemeteries in London. The others are: West Norwood Cemetery, Highgate Cemetery, Abney Park Cemetery, Nunhead Cemetery, Brompton Cemetery and Tower Hamlets Cemetery… which I’m planning to visit them all.

The gothic architecture gives to this place a very suggestive atmosphere, moreover the grey sky and the biting wind added a scary undertone to this experience. Indeed I couldn’t visit the entire place as it was rainy and the muddy ground didn’t help, but definitely will pay another visit again, as I said is just around the corner.

The Friends of Kensal Green, an organistation involved in the preservation of the cemetery, offer guided tours every Sunday afternoon from the beginning of March to the end of October and the first and third Sunday of the month in November, December, January and February. At the end of the tour there will be tea and biscuits inside the Dissenters’ Chapel. –Here– all the infos you might need.

A big, important thing is that The Weirdo is finally on YouTube! Here’s my very first video, but to be honest I’m still trying to understand how this whole thing works (including the editing program!) Hope you will enjoy it! Of course, remember to subscribe if you don’t want to miss my weird adventures here in London!

Elle. x

New city, new life


Hey y’all fellow weirdos! 

I’ve finally moved to London and at the moment the situation is complete madness! I’m on an emotional roller coaster as a Super Bowl speaker would say! 

Getting a room here is even crazier but apparently I found one that is in a very lovely area and there’s also an old victorian cemetery very close to the house. Talking about cemeteries, the first place I’ve been to since my moving, has been my beloved Golders Green Crematorium which is like home for me, but more importantly I’ve seen my dearest friend Eric, who also happens to work at the Crematorium. I didn’t tell him anything about my moving so I tried to organize a little surprise. See, even a weirdo like me can do this kind of nice things, especially if they’re directed to an amazing friend ❤️ 

This is mainly a little post to update you all, just a quick chitchat between fellow weirdos and to let you know that the blog is still open and that there will be new interesting posts as soon as I’m all settled. 

Elle. xx