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-- Sat, 25 Dec 2021 22:33 --

Susan finds Death dressed as the Hogfather and filling stockings on Hogswatch Eve.

Death makes an appearance as the Hogfather at a department store grotto.

The Canting Crew; beggars Arnold Sideways, Coffin Henry, the Duck Man and Foul Ol' Ron; are surprised by dinner falling from the sky.

Scenes from Terry Pratchett's Hogfather.

-- Mon, 20 Dec 2021 21:02 --

Three figures around a table, enjoying some beers. One is in 17th century clothing, except for sunglasses; one is the Grim Reaper in a wide-brimmed hat; one is smoking a pipe.

IN PRAISE OF ALE, c. pre-1629?
from The Academy of Compliments (1650)
by Thomas Bonham (d. 1629-ish)

When that the chill Charocco blows
 And winter tells a heavy tale,
When pies and daws and rooks and crows
Do sit and curse in frost and snows,
  Then give me ale.

Ale in a Saxon rumkin then,
 Such as will make grimalkin prate,
Bids valour burgeon in tall men,
Quickens the poet's wit and pen,
  Despises fate.

Ale, that the absent battle fights,
 And scorns the march of Swedish drum;
Disputes of princes, laws and rights;
What's done and past tells mortal wights,
  And what's to come.

Ale, that the ploughman's heart up keeps
 And equals it to tyrants' thrones;
That wipes the eye that fain would weep,
And lulls in sweet and dainty sleep
  The o'erwearied bones.

Grandchild of Ceres, barley's daughter,
 Wine's emulous neighbour if but stale,
Ennobling all the nymphs of water
And filling each man's mouth with laughter—
  Oh, give me ale!

- Thomas Bonham, “In Praise of Ale”, in Seventeenth Century Lyrics, edited by Norman Ault, London:Longmans, Green and Co., 1950, pp. 48-49.

-- Mon, 20 Dec 2021 00:55 --

View through a window from outside. It is cold and snowy, inside a festive party is going on. The guests are in animal masks and dancing with each other.

Album cover of 'Christmas Dance Party' by Jan Garber and his Orchestra.

Christmas Dance Party by Jan Garber and his Orchestra on Archive.org

-- Sun, 12 Dec 2021 13:38 --

A page of various weird Cupids.

Bernard de Monfaucon, L' antiquité expliquée et représentée en figures: Les dieux des Grecs & des Romains, Paris, 1722 (source: Heidelberg University Library).

-- Fri, 10 Dec 2021 21:47 --

Luane's World - Le Monde Perdu - Winter, Le Monde Perdu, Second Life.

-- Wed, 08 Dec 2021 21:11 --

Peep show view of a proscenium arch with cutout characters and scenery. Within, two red hands flank the text: 'Crown of John 4779'.

Peep show view of a proscenium arch with cutout characters and scenery. Within, the skeleton of an orangutan wearing a purple toga stands with a person in a blue suit and yellow gloves. The text below them reads: 'Maria Contour always called the cave dry. There he had a cross.'

Peep show view of a proscenium arch with cutout characters and scenery. Within, a mountainous landscape with a city in the foreground. In front of this is a roundel, inside of which is the portrait of a person with a blue starry background. The text below reads: 'Crazy and unwell, throat and nose.'

Peep show view of a proscenium arch with cutout characters and scenery. Within, a forest. To the right are five gibbons, in the centre is come sort of kitchen appliance, to the left is a woman in a grey suit and overcoat standing with an oranguatan skeleton in a purple toga. The text below the scene reads: 'I look from a distance. John plans the plan. The skin is brown and the nose is brown.'

Peep show view of a proscenium arch with cutout characters and scenery. Within, a view through an archway. A woman is undressing in front of a kettle. In the background is a lake and a pine forest. Below, text reads: 'Mary stepped out of the window and thought about it halfway, I was like a cat'

Peep show view of a proscenium arch with cutout characters and scenery. Within, an arabesque arcade in front of a 1950s style kitchen. An oranguatan in a purple toga and a person in a blue suit are meeting with a woman in a grey suit and overcoat. The text below reads: 'They are talking about a special annual celebration.'

-- Wed, 08 Dec 2021 20:14 --

album cover for 'Christmas Brass' by Monterey Brass. Two mirrored santas are playing the trumpet.

Album verso for 'Christmas Brass' by Monterey Brass. Santa is right up in yer face with his trumpet.

Christmas Brass by Monterey Brass on Archive.org

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