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Weyland’s Whey, June 17th Column, Faun Review

“Magick is the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with the will.”

–Aleister Crowley

MUSIC Review


German group.  Pagan, folk, medieval music and darkwave.  Performances combine medieval and modern instruments like the hurdy-gurdy, lutes, bagpipes and celtic harp.  Their vocals are in diverse languages including Latin, Greek, German and English.  Formed in 1998.

I had the good fortune to score a telephone interview with one of the band members a few years ago during my first stint with PaganPages.  (How many years ago?  Oh, about umpteen, back when I was still in my frisky fifties!)  It was an absolute pleasure and the friendliest interview I’ve ever had.

And in case you’re wondering, yeah, I still listen to them.

Verdict: 5 broomsticks.

Source: Long ago interview, Wikipedia and Oliver’s Tyr site.

TV Review

Xploration Outer Space

The show is aimed toward kids but has drawn in a big adult audience too.  (Including yours truly.) It’s easy to see why–fast paced, accessible and informative, you can learn a lot here. The latest episodes I’ve watched were concerned with explorations of the moon and Mars.  Both human and unmanned journeys were examined in detail.  Half hour episodes.  Hosted by Emily Calandrelli.  Fox.

My vote: 5 broomsticks.

FILM Review

House of Frankenstein

Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr. and John Carradine.  1944.  Universal.

Karloff played Dr. Gustav Niemann.  To me, the Doc was Karloff’s most formidable villain.  Unconvinced?  Here’s why: Dr. Niemann revives Dracula–yeppers,  the Dracula–to get revenge on someone.  Drac does the job, but only lasts about 20 minutes into the film.  As soon as he becomes inconvenient, the Doc snuffs him.  Him, Dracula!  Now that’s a villain!

My verdict: 3 broomsticks.

Svengoolie, MeTV.

Free Plug Department

Sparkle arranged a Tarot reading for me for Father’s Day.  We went to Grey Strega, and she’s awesome.  Expect to see an interview with her in this column soon.  But don’t take my word for it–google her and see for yourself.


Weyland Smith is a columnist for PaganPages blog.  He likes to read, write, watch films and TV and hang out with his girlfriend Sparkle and their furkids.  He and Sparkle adore games and each other.  As Wey likes to say, “Everything is magic!”

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