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Tomorrow is Valentines day a time for all lovers to get romantic and exchange gifts, cards you name it.

However in Wales there is a similar celebration but a month early. St Dwynwen’s Day (Dybb Santes Dwynwen) is on the 25th of January.

She is the welsh the patron saint of lovers and her tale as most saints are, is filled with heartache.

She lived it is said around the 5th Century and was one of twenty-four children. After being betrothed with someone more or less from birth she was devastated to fall in love with another whom she could not marry.

She prayed to God to let her forget all about her beloved and be able to carry out her father’s wishes. In response he was turned into a block of ice and she was given three wishes.

Using the wishes wisely she asked for him to be thawed out, and for lovers everywhere to have their hopes and dreams met.

After which she devoted her life to the service of god and formed a small convent off the west coat of Anglesey the remains of which can still be found today.

So next year why not celebrate the day of the lovers a few weeks early?

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The Summer Solstice is a turning point for many people for many different reasons. Each year it waited upon and celebrated. It marks the one day of the year where there are more daylight hours than darkness, from this day onward things only get shorter (until the Winter Solstice when the days begin to increase once more).

The Summer Solstice in Britain is celebrated by pagans in many different ways but the most spectacular and indeed the best known celebration occurs at Stonehenge.

Solstice 2005 - www.stonehenge.co.uk

 

Stonehenge is a site of great importance although it’s true meaning and reason for being has yet been fully agreed upon. Stonehenge is found upon Salisbury Plain and is estimated to have been erected sometime around 3,000 – 1,600 BC. The circular ring of bluestones where brought down from the Preseli Hills via methods fully unknown although this was a process that took many many years to complete. Each stone serves a purpose and it is only in recent years that archaeologists are really beginning to get to grips with the possible meanings behind each one. Early this year some exploratory ‘holes’ where dug allowing people to excavate Stonehenge for the first time in many years, the findings of which are still being processed.

When Stonehenge was created people lived more by the sun and the moon which is why the solstices where important to them. In the time we live in now these moments can very often pass by unnoticed unless a conscious effort is taken to follow them. The Summer Solstice as Stonehenge is a very important day of the year as it is the one time that a large number of people can go and celebrate actually amongst the stones themselves (within permissible times and access). Normally visitors to Stonehenge can only walk in a circle around the stones a small barrier marking the permissible boundaries.

More information can be found here: http://www.stonehenge.co.uk/ 

 

Sunrise

 

This years celebration had a police presence however the mood always tends to be rather jovial and it is very rare to have a large amount of trouble. Bands play all be it without speakers (rules are rather strict to help preserve the stones and the site), whilst people in many colours and from all over the world stand/dance/sit together to watch the sun rise (and in case you’re wondering it was at approximately 4.45 GMT this morning).

I wont go into the reasons behind why the solstice is an important day for me, or others since I’m sure if people would like to know more they will be able to look it up and I don’t want to drag religion into this journal.

Although I will say today is a joyful day and if it would only stop raining it would be perfect 🙂

www.stonehenge.co.uk

The photographs were all taken from the Stonehenge site showing people’s experience of the Solstice in 2005 (as well as the henge itself)

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The latest Coming Together charity anthology has been released today. Coming Together: With Pride contains my short hot erotic story Freedom to Serve. It is a m/f BDSM piece that I hope people will enjoy reading. You can read an excerpt of Freedom to Serve here: Be warned however the content is 18+ and therefore not work safe and adults only!

With Pride

CONTENTS:

Introduction (Will Belegon)
Today (Kally Jo Surbeck)
Raven (James Buchanan)
A Girl’s Best and Earthy Things (Heather Fowler)
Don’t Look Down (Mari Freeman)
Echoes of the Past (Mychael Black
)
A Brief Discourse… (P.S. Haven
)
When the Angels Fall (Helen Madden)
Customer Service (Eon de Beaumont)
Nuit Blanche (Giselle Renarde
)
Western Pleasure (Shanna Germain
)
Chemistry (Lisabet Sarai
)
Fire and Ice (Cassie Exline)
An Early Winter Train (C. Sanchez-Garcia)
Selling Foxx (I.M. Cupnjava)
Be Prepared (Storm Grant
)
Freedom to Serve (Nicole Gestalt)
The Personal Is Political (Jean Roberta)
Past Perfect (Alessia Brio)
About Coming Together
(Alessia Brio)

The author’s involved will not be making any money via royalties for this anthology, instead it will be donated to the charity in question. In this case that charity is AVERT.

The book is available presently from Phaze (ebook $6, print $14) however it will soon also be available from the following places:

PHAZE (ebook & print)
ARe (ebook)
AMAZON (print) & AMAZON (Kindle ebook)
FICTIONWISE (ebook) & MOBIPOCKET (ebook)
BARNES & NOBLE (print) & BOOKS-A-MILLION (print)

It’s ISBN numbers are:

Ebook: 1-59426-891-6 / 978-1-59426-891-5

Print: 1-59426-892-4 / 978-1-59426-892-2

Buying directly from Phaze will allow the organisers to donate a larger amount to the charity involved since overhead costs are decreased considerably. However wherever you buy it from I hope you will enjoy feeling good about a product that will also be doing some good behind the scenes!

You can find more information from the books homepage here: Coming Together: With Pride

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I thought I would take this time to introduce myself, and to tell you a bit about my writing.

My name is Nicole Gestalt, I write erotic fiction although I also write in many other genre’s using my other pennames.

When I’m not writing I paint (although not as much as I should do), which is my second job. You can see examples of my artwork at: http://www.lady-morbannaon.deviantart.com/gallery and below
I have been writing erotica for a little while and find it an extremely liberating genre to work with.

Temple of the Celestial Heaven

My works has been published now in both ebook and print formats.

Summer of Fire was my first publication and is available from Phaze for $2.

Summer of Fire

Here’s the blurb for you to all get a little taste:

Helen is a young, sexy policewoman. Mark is a handsome, widowed fire-fighter. Together they are investigating a series of arson attacks that have earned themselves the nickname The Summer of Fire. As the tension between them gives way to passion, they soon find that its not just the flames that have been getting them hot, but will Helen live long enough to give Mark a second chance at love?

I also have a piece in both Coming Together: Under Fire (a hot m/f BDSM piece that deals with a couple of using melted wax) and Coming Together: With Pride (another short hot BDSM m/f piece).

You can buy both Summer of Fire and Coming Together: Under Fire from the Phaze home site (http://www.king-cart.com/Phaze/product=Nicole+Gestalt/exact_match=exact), although they are also available from ARe, Amazon and many other ebook stores.

MY next ebook will be Cold Fire, also published by Phaze – I’m presently wading through the edits. It will be published at the end of July.

Cold Fire

Isn’t the cover great! The background is a piece of my artwork which I’m very excited about.
Here’s a little taste of the blurb

In his ice palace Kevalan spends his time visiting different planes bringing cold and ice at certain times of the year. On a brief visit to one he rescues a young woman. He carries her to his palace for her safety all the while worried about his feelings for her. He only has one night on this world is it enough to form a strong enough bond, and why does she look upon him so fearfully?

Later on in the year I have a Phaze Obsession heatsheet called Rekindling the Spark, I’ll post up more information when I get it!

My main journal, where I can be found lurking most days is at http://www.nicolegestalt.blogspot.com

I do have a newsletter that includes author and reader interviews as well as exclusive competitions.

If you would like to sign up just let me know!

I’ll leave it at that for now but if you have any questions about me and my writing, or anything about me in general just ask and I’ll answer.

Nicole Gestalt
Erotically Eclectic Fiction

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London is filled to the brim with famous markets, from Camden Market to Portobello Road Market (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_markets) . Each have their own unique flavour and goods to sell, and with each stall comes the sellers. (The picture below courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portobello_Road)

Porotbello Market
However as old and full of tradition as these markets appear to be they haven’t been around that long. Before them traders would tout their wares throughout the city carrying their good with them as they called out to the people passing by.

These traders or Costermongers have been around for centuries, and the job was very often passed down from parent to child so that the job remained within the family. These families however although working independently from one another had a great sense of community spirit standing by other costermonger families making sure that no one ever went short. They even invented their own type of slang used when they wanted to get shot of people they didn’t like, this slang was a very early form of what became cockney rhyming slang.

In an interesting pause here I’d just like to mention that one can not be classified as a true cockney unless they are born within the sound of the Bow Bells. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/content/articles/2005/06/03/cockneys_cabbies_feature.shtml)

As London got bigger each borough elected a Costermonger King, or Queen, who would be the spokesperson for the costermongers in that area. It was a position that held both great responsibility but also great authority and was very often also passed through the family.

At the same time as this was going on it was the fashionable thing to decorate your clothes with pearls, a sign of your status and a symbol of your wealth. Although no one is quite sure how it began the costermongers with their sense of fun and slight cheek began to copy this fashion using old white or pearl buttons.

This mimicking was taken to the next step when a man called Harry Croft covered his entire suit with the buttons, using many different patterns, which held different meanings. He did this to raise money for an orphanage and by the time he had died he had raised over £5000 (in today’s terms it works out to be around £200,000) pounds for good causes.

The below picture shows the type of buttons used (site link: http://www.paviyarns.co.uk/shop/426/811/)

Pearly King and Queen type buttons
This was picked up by the King’s and Queen’s of the various boroughs, who then gained the name they are known by today: The Pearly King’s and Queens.

The picture below shows a collection of some of the Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses (site link:http://www.the-old-sea-dog.net/uk21.html)

Pearly King and Queens
They raise money for good causes and are always seen ornately decorated in pearl-buttoned clothes, usually with young princes and princesses in tow.

If you happen to be around London and feel want to see some of them you can find them at St-Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square on the first Sunday of October or the third Sunday in May.

Some of the backs of the outfits: (site link: http://www.ourwardfamily.com/pearly_queens_kings.htm)

Pearly King and Queen backs

For more information on the Pearly King and Queen take a wander over to: http://www.pearlykingsandqueens.com/

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