07 Aug

In Search of Sophia: the Egyptian Princess

In Search of Sophia: the Egyptian Princess

In ancient days, in other lives, long past, but not forgotten.
In Adonai and Babylon, Etruscans and Egyptians came to my temple –
Journeyed to the valley of the moon. (Jim Gannon, Black Widow)

This is the account of Sir Craig Hudson, emeritus professor of Egyptology and Middle Eastern Studies at Bradenstoke College, Kingston University. Read More

14 Jul

Tiffy-Lou and the Witches of Wyre

TIFFY-LOU AND THE WITCHES OF WYRE

Then hurrah for the Lancashire witches
Whose smiles every bosom enriches –
Oh, dearly I prize the pretty blue eyes,
Of the pride of the Lancashire witches.

(Axon Ballads 069)

 

There is a large boulder by the side of the path in the churchyard of St Anne’s in Woodplumpton and a small sign says that it marks the grave of Meg Shelton – a local witch in the late seventeenth century. Meg was known as the “Fylde Hag” and apparently got up to all sorts of mischief – stealing the milk from other people’s cattle and transforming herself into animals, etc. Read More