A trip up north with John,his wife Gail and Alex started off well. Despite it being only the first days of March a lush carpet of multi-coloured crocus sprang out from the rich dark earth of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city.
We set off up the grey carpet of the A9 heading for Inverness. I was introduced to Gail and informed she was a necromancer... or a geocacher... something along those lines anyway and that she hunted for small buried objects hidden underground or in dark holes in trees... six thousand souls she has captured thus far. Her companions in the car hunted hills so we would be going our separate ways at Inverness. The Captial of the Scottish Highlands which lies further north than Moscow and level with the Sea of Okhotsk.
They have strange folklore in these northern parts and the magical power of unicorns feature strongly in their beliefs. A bitter wind tugged the car as we approached this heathen city and I prayed for guidance.
Settling down I plucked a random book from this bookcase, above, and began to read. It was a weird tale concerning a dark storm, an empty ancient ship with no one left aboard to steer her clear of the rocks and a menacing yet unseen presence at the helm.Even the ship's rats had disappeared during the voyage.
A strange unsettling post deserves a strange unsettling video. Nemesis. A song named perhaps after the hypothetical star theory which was put forward to try and explain the series of mass extinctions occurring throughout our planet's history, the cause of which is still largely unknown. Recent theories in the half life of facts and fiction now tend to shift the blame towards our own gas giant Jupiter, which may not have enjoyed as stable an orbit as it has now. Fascinating stuff for a pop record. I like Shriekback. Not your average group by any means. Who else could turn technical subject matter like this into catchy tunes. A pop song about the fossil record. You couldn't make it up.