Chapter eighteen of Journey To Conservatoire is now up at http://www.avevale.org/index.php/episodes-plays/10-epsodes-plays/31-journey-to-conservatoire and part thirteen of Sam Armitage's new adventure in the chronicles of Mary-Sue Montfitchet, "Northcombe," is available at http://www.avevale.org/index.php/guests for your perusal and enjoyment!
Chapter seventeen of Journey To Conservatoire is now up at http://www.avevale.org/index.php/episodes-plays/10-epsodes-plays/31-journey-to-conservatoire and part twelve of Sam Armitage's new adventure in the chronicles of Mary-Sue Montfitchet, "Northcombe," is available at http://www.avevale.org/index.php/guests for your perusal and enjoyment!

Apologies for the further delay. I hope to maintain the schedule from now on.
http://zandernyrond.bandcamp.com/album/the-toad-and-other-strangenesses

Here's my half of the shared album I did with Talis Kimberley many many years ago, rescued from mp3dom and available on Bandcamp. The quality's not brilliant, but the songs are quite good, I think. If I could only get rid of that bloke singing...
Chapter sixteen of Journey To Conservatoire is now up at http://www.avevale.org/index.php/episodes-plays/10-epsodes-plays/31-journey-to-conservatoire and part eleven of Sam Armitage's new adventure in the chronicles of Mary-Sue Montfitchet, "Northcombe," is available at http://www.avevale.org/index.php/guests for your perusal and enjoyment!

The next chapter will have two songs in it!
Chapter fifteen of Journey To Conservatoire is now up at http://www.avevale.org/index.php/episodes-plays/10-epsodes-plays/31-journey-to-conservatoire and part ten of Sam Armitage's new adventure in the chronicles of Mary-Sue Montfitchet, "Northcombe," is available at http://www.avevale.org/index.php/guests for your perusal and enjoyment!

These last few chapters of Conservatoire have been devoid of Gestalt ​songs, for reasons related to the plot, but I hope to remedy that very soon...

EDIT: link now fixed.
Chapter fourteen of Journey To Conservatoire is now up at http://www.avevale.org/…/10-eps…/31-journey-to-conservatoire and part nine of Sam Armitage's new adventure in the chronicles of Mary-Sue Montfitchet, "Northcombe," is available at http://www.avevale.org/index.php/guests for your perusal and enjoyment!

It's good to be back writing again. Many thanks, also, to the friend who donated last week. I may not be able to ask any more, but it really does help keep us afloat.
Chapter thirteen of Journey To Conservatoire is now up at http://www.avevale.org/…/10-eps…/31-journey-to-conservatoire and part eight of Sam Armitage's new adventure in the chronicles of Mary-Sue Montfitchet, "Northcombe," is available at http://www.avevale.org/index.php/guests for your perusal and enjoyment!

Sorry about the further delay.
Chapter twelve of Journey To Conservatoire is now up at http://www.avevale.org/index.php/episodes-plays/10-epsodes-plays/31-journey-to-conservatoire and part seven of Sam Armitage's new adventure in the chronicles of Mary-Sue Montfitchet, "Northcombe," is available at http://www.avevale.org/index.php/guests for your perusal and enjoyment!

Sorry about the long wait, which was due to Reasons. Hopefully normal service will now be resumed.
Chapter nine (and when I say chapter nine, I of course mean chapter ELEVEN!) of Journey To Conservatoire is now up at http://www.avevale.org/index.php/episodes-plays/10-epsodes-plays/31-journey-to-conservatoire for your perusal.

"Northcombe" will continue when I remember to ask Sam for the next bit. (Sorry.)
Chapter nine of Journey To Conservatoire is now up at http://www.avevale.org/index.php/episodes-plays/10-epsodes-plays/31-journey-to-conservatoire and part five of Sam Armitage's new adventure in the chronicles of Mary-Sue Montfitchet, "Northcombe," is available at http://www.avevale.org/index.php/guests for your perusal and enjoyment!
Quoted from my friend Talis Kimberley-Fairbourn:

(Warning for suicide trigger)

* * *

'Sanctions' is the word the DWP uses.

What it means is: "You know that minimum amount you get in benefits, not quite enough to live on but you exist and your debts are only growing slowly? We're stopping all that. Live on nothing. Nothing. For several weeks. Or several months - we'll choose. Our call.

"Don't eat. Don't catch the bus to the library to use the internet. Don't have electricity in your home, even if you need the fridge to keep your life-saving insulin cool. Don't eat some more. Unless you walk to the Food Bank, and ha ha, you can't cook the pasta or the rice, can you? No electricity.

"Live on nothing. Or starve. We really don't care. We have targets, you see.

"So starve. Freeze. Despair. Kill yourself. That's what we mean by 'sanctions'."

* * *

So tell me, dear folk of this green and pleasant land, this kindly, fair-minded RICH country of ours - are you angry enough yet? Are you?

THIS is why I am doing politics. Because I AM NOT OK WITH THIS.
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And this is why I have been talking about politics, and blogging about politics, and making myself angry and depressed about politics, for some time; because I have seen this coming for thirty years, and every time I thought there was a possible other way, that someone decent was going to get into power, sure enough the pigs turned into people. And now it's happening, and people are dying, and it's possible someone reading this right now is thinking that it's right that they should do so. If that's you, read what Talis has written again, search your heart and conceive, just for a moment, that you might be mistaken.

There is one chance. One party in Westminster right now that is not okay with "sanctions." One party that, if it gets into power, will change this. None of the others will. None of the others will even try. I'm talking, of course, about the Green Party, and right away you're sitting back and making contemptuous noises, because obviously they've got no chance. Even their leader thinks they'll be lucky to get three seats.

Well, you can think that. You can certainly think that. And you can go and vote for your usual party in May, or vote for someone you don't agree with to stop someone else getting in, or whatever you do. Just be aware that you're voting for the status quo, and the status quo is that up there. The status quo is people dying of poverty in a rich country because the government wants them to. You are voting for that. Unless you vote Green, and tell everyone you know what is happening and that they should vote Green, and maybe put a sticker in your window or on your car. I'm sure there are stickers.

Never mind all the bullshit about dustbins in Brighton and the rest. This is life and death. Get the Greens into power in May, confound everyone's expectations, and people will live who would otherwise have died for no reason. I am not overdramatising, I am not lying, I am not deluded and I am not drunk. What I am...is angry.

Britain has one, very very slight, hope. You can tell me it's impossible...or you can help to make it possible. And if you choose the former option, please don't bother.

Vote Green in May.
Decision time. We will not be at the filkcon this year, for health-related reasons compounded by unwheelediness. Heartfelt apologies to everyone. You couldn't be more disappointed than we are.

Hopefully next year.
Chapter nine of Journey To Conservatoire is now up at http://www.avevale.org/index.php/episodes-plays/10-epsodes-plays/31-journey-to-conservatoire and part five of Sam Armitage's new adventure in the chronicles of Mary-Sue Montfitchet, "Northcombe," is available at http://www.avevale.org/index.php/guests for your perusal and enjoyment!

And these episodes go out with love to [personal profile] aunty_marion, whose birthday was yesterday.

He's back!

Jan. 22nd, 2015 04:14 pm
Great news! Sam has returned from the wilds of the north to the land of the band that's broad, and there will be "Northcombe" again! Look out for a new episode coming this weekend to http://www.avevale.org/index.php/guests for your pleasure!

(And, of course, there will be another chapter of Journey To Conservatoire as well. Watch this space!)
Chapter eight of Journey To Conservatoire is now up at http://www.avevale.org/index.php/episodes-plays/10-epsodes-plays/31-journey-to-conservatoire for your perusal and enjoyment.

Sam Armitage's "Northcombe" will resume in due course. He has had to absent himself from internetity a while due to family illness. Good wishes will be welcomed and passed on.
Chapter seven of Journey To Conservatoire is now up at http://www.avevale.org/index.php/episodes-plays/10-epsodes-plays/31-journey-to-conservatoire for your perusal and enjoyment.

Sam Armitage's "Northcombe" will resume in due course. He has had to absent himself from internetity a while due to family illness. Good wishes will be welcomed and passed on.
The new episode of Journey To Conservatoire will go up tomorrow. Northcombe is on hold due to family illness.

Apologies for the delay.
Chapter six of Journey To Conservatoire is now up at http://www.avevale.org/index.php/episodes-plays/10-epsodes-plays/31-journey-to-conservatoire and part four of Sam Armitage's new adventure in the chronicles of Mary-Sue Montfitchet, "Northcombe," is available at http://www.avevale.org/index.php/guests for your perusal and enjoyment.

Many thanks to Sam for getting me over an awkward bit.
Chapter five of Journey To Conservatoire is now up at http://www.avevale.org/index.php/episodes-plays/10-epsodes-plays/31-journey-to-conservatoire and part three of Sam Armitage's new adventure in the chronicles of Mary-Sue Montfitchet, "Northcombe," is available at http://www.avevale.org/index.php/guests for your perusal and enjoyment.

And if you enjoy what you see, please consider leaving a donation on the Support Avevale page. I will be removing the Paypal links this week, so this is the last hurrah for Avevale as any kind of source of income for us. I will of course continue to write and publish on the site, and anyone who knows either of my emails can still donate that way if they choose, but there can be no question of my offering any kind of exchange of goods for donations.

Thank you for your support. It's been fun and it has helped in many ways.

New episodes next week.
...to all of our friends who celebrate Christmas, and to all of you whatever you celebrate, love and good wishes.

And may 2015 be a year in which suffering is relieved, fears prove groundless, and things begin at last to get better. For all of us.
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