Does London exist?

“The Grammar of Witchcraft” by David Parry

Mandrake of Oxford, PO Box 250, Oxford, OX1 1AP, 92pp £8, 99

A haunting conceit  – Iain Sinclair

Revolution takes many forms. It can be political, artistic and even spiritual. Perhaps, that is why this collection of poems and mini-sagas by the British Anarchist and Heathen, David Parry, is so compelling. Indeed, there is a sense of discontent with the current scheme of things on every page; a feeling that the twin evils of a stale orthodoxy and meaningless social hierarchy are somehow at the very root of every problem faced by the United Kingdom, today.

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Pagans, Socialists and Humanism

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A few evenings ago, I watched the revisionist film version of the King Arthur story; starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley. Interestingly, even in this remake of the life of Briton’s national hero, the theme of Freedom was paramount. Indeed, in poetry, as well as legend, the tales told about this 6th Century patriot are revealing. He seems to have been a man who wore his kingship very well. He also seems to have been a warrior who fought to defend his people, his Country and his friends against violent invaders: qualities which are too often lacking in 21st Century politics; social attributes sadly still unknown in some countries and nation states.

However, I do not wish to discuss the retelling of this ancient legend, but talk about one of the topics raised by this film; the subject of nature warship commonly called “Paganism.” Continue reading

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