Vita Brevis Breviter In Brevi Finietu

Vita Brevis Breviter In Brevi Finietu

Friday, 30 December 2011


So another xmas season has come and gone. Same as ever; same routine (get up, breakfast, open presents, take presents to room, wait around, eat dinner, put presents away) and similar gifts (jewellery, bath stuff, bags etc).

I definately feel that working in retail and having 'xmas offer now on' and hearing xmas songs in mid November has made me tire of this holiday very quickly. No wonder people lose their xmas spirit when they have to maintain it for several weeks!

However, I have recently discovered Instagram and I am in love! Hence the following photos with lovely Instagram filters! I have also ordered some extension tubes for my Canon and am hoping to take some nice macro shots (probably of my geckos) as soon as it gets here.

Our Mini Nightmare Before Xmas Themed Tree:
Nightmare Before Christmas Tree

Jack Skellington Xmas Tree Topper: 
Jack Skellington Tree Topper

Santa Pixie:
Santa Pixie

Snowflake Glasses:
Snowflake Glasses

 About Two Thirds Of My Xmas Presents:
Most of my Xmas presents!!

Union Jack Kitchen Bin:
Union jack kitchen bin

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Things I Love This Week

Feeling Better - Seem to keep getting ill at the moment, so glad to feel back to normal today!

Private Practice - Just finished season 4, such a good season!

Gecko Babies - Although I love them every week, Carcass is yawning a lot recently, and its the cutest thing ever. I'm a proud gecko mummy.

Moving On In Life - Its nice to feel that people from the past are still stuck in the same place on repeat and to see that I've totally changed everything and am now better off!

Day Off - And with the boy! Makes a change!!

Xmas Shopping - Being prepared meant I had all mine finished weeks ago! I feel sorry for people who leave it until last minute!! 

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Things I Love This Week

Advent Calendars - I've ended up with two, a 'Me to You' one and a Hotel Chocolat one. Nom.

Finishing Xmas Shopping - All over for another year!

Alice In Wonderland Sugar Bowl - Bought a lovely sugar bowl for a mere £10!!

New Kettle - Even though we've bought plenty of things for the new appartment already, the lovely cone shaped, red Morphy Richards kettle is definately one of my favourite items!

Masters Certification - My MA certificate arrived, its not quite as nice as my degree one, but still, people are always impressed by it!

Work Xmas Do - Good night out, and nice to see people outside of work!!

The Portrayal Of The Occult

An essay on occultism in film from my third year of my degree, part of a Spiritualities, Sacred and the Screen module.

The portrayal of the Occult, in particular Satanism and Demonic Children; focusing on the films The Exorcist,  The Omen, Rosemary’s Baby and Little Nicky

The term ‘Occult’ refers to many things, the word itself comes from the Latin word occultus which roughly translated means hidden or concealed. Primarily, it is a term used to group together the paranormal or supernatural, (Dictionary) as well as covering left-hand path religions and beliefs such as Satanism and Devil Worship. Many religious groups ranging from Abrahamic religions (for example; Christianity, Judaism, Islam) to India religions (for example; Hinduism, Sikhism) recognise the Occult in one form or another (Jenkins, 2004). However, some religions, in particular conservative Christians, view anything that is not Christian as being Satanic, or of Satan, and therefore deem anything that is un-Christian as being part of the Occult (Cult Awareness). Many of these religions deem the Occult as acts or articles of paranormal or supernatural activity which are not achieved by or through their idea of ‘God’, and are therefore considered the work of an opposing entity of some form. However, ‘Occult’ can also refer to acts that require knowledge which is not generally widely know or “talents which lie beyond the five senses” (Religious Tolerance)         
Occultism is the study of the Occult and covers topics such as ‘Magick’, alchemy, spiritualism and astrology amongst others, and also includes activities such as tarot cards, tea leaf reading and Ouija boards (Cult Awareness). Many whom study the Occult, known as Occultists, claim to follow non-traditional religions such as Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Thelema and various forms of Satanism, such as LaVeyan Satanism and Luciferianism. It is unclear when exactly Occultism appeared, yet some ideas and beliefs systems can be traced back to at least the Middle Ages (Jenkins, 2004). However between the 15th and 17th centuries Occultism had a revival in Western countries (Jenkins, 2004). Many 17th century scientists, for example Sir Isaac Newton, were accused of using the Occult within their research and experiments (Isaac Newton's Life). This revival was stopped due to the Age Of Enlightenment, which saw more people accepting reasoning from science and natural philosophy over religion (What Is The Age Of Enlightenment?).