2018 – The Year In Review

2018 was a stable and good year overall!

In 2017 I wasn’t quite sure how my life was going to develop, if I would ever play guitar again, if I would ever eat a normal meal again, etc; soย I’m happy that I’ve been getting back to work after suffering an incredible set-back due to health problems that were triggered by a parasite that I caught in November 2016; the following year I suffered from both post-infectious syndrome in addition to a shoulder injury, so you can imagine my relief that I’m both back to playing and exercising again in addition to recording.

The truth is that I’ve been incredibly ill and now find myself immensely grateful for every single little thing that is positive in my life.

The timing of my illness couldn’t have been worse; it would have been preferable if everything had just kept on moving forward, but I guess that life isn’t inclined to operate like that.

2017 is the only year where no music was released from me at all since starting the whole “Commander In Chief” business with Elisabeth back in 2008, I did release an illustrated Lyric Book however (that charted), in addition to writing a lot on this blog.

I was initially planning on starting my entry with a new section called โ€œmy personal highlights,โ€œ but me being a musician and the world being the way that it is, I will start off with career-highlights instead…

  1. Getting back to work and actually being able to play again. After losing over a year of my life to health issue this is undoubtedly this year’s highlight. It has been an uphill struggle getting back to work again but I’m very happy that I’m better. I started off 2018 working because I knew that I had to bring music back into my life again even if it meant just working for some minutes or some hours every day. I experienced set backs and sometimes struggled with motivation. I found it saddening that my energy was so greatly reduced. The skin on my fingers also had to get used to playing again.

  2. Starting a Patreon page. We’ve done two successful crowdfunding campaigns in the past through Pledge Music and finally signed up to the subscription model this year. This is obviously the best was to support talent as the aim is to create a monthly salary for artistic individuals. There have been many start-ups and trends aimed at the ever-changing music industry in the aftermath of the digital tech-revolution; the Patreon model seems really cool to me. ย Needless to say: this is the best way to support me as an artist! Every month this year, since I started the page, I’ve released 2 video updates and offered album previews and downloads to my Patrons. I also created a 30 min. 10$ guitar lesson, in addition I’ve also sent out care-packages with exclusive content. Make sure that you sign up if you like my work!Screen Shot 2018-05-31 at 18.30.37
  3. Finally releasing my 3rd album!ย I buzzed about it & teased about it; in November 2018 I finally released โ€œBerit-Vol.1.โ€œ In my opinion it is the best music that I’ve written so far. The first music industry person to review it has called it โ€œa masterpiece.โ€œ I’m very proud of my 3rd album which I’ve co-produced with my manager/vocal coach/promoter/mother Elisabeth. I look forward to pushing it extensively in 2019. So far we’ve sent out signed physical CDs to 19 different countries! We did a successful independent pre-order campaign despite not having optimal reach on Facebook (and other social media websites) and without any major press outlets covering the release. We had to order another batch of CDs which is always good news and what you want as an artist, especially as an unsigned, independent one. I’m very excited about the feedback that I’ve received and once again find myself in the situation of having created something that people are willing to pay for! My hope for 2019 is that we’ll be able to get a marketing budget for my album, so that more people all around the world can get to hear my music! So far we’veย released 4 music videos for it and a teaser video, we’ve also done live streams on YouTube to promote it as well. More music videos will be shot when the new year kicks in. I can’t wait!
  4. I passed 3 million views on my YouTube channel! If this had happened a couple of years ago I would have marked it with great fanfare, I just posted a little post on my Instagram page, but I was very, very, very, happy still! I’ll drink some extra champagne on New Years and celebrate retroactively.
  5. The release of the rehearsal tapes from 2016. Since things did not play out the way that I had expected regarding the major label that I worked with in 2016 on my “secret project” it made me very happy that we actually had lots of videos from that period. Hopefully I’ll complete what I started in 2016 in 2019.
  6. ย The making of the physical version of my “Lyric Book.”ย Nothing beats having a physical copy of something you’ve created in your hands. It made me very happy to hold the very first physical copy of my Lyric book. I think it looks very exclusive and nice. I’m very proud of it. IMG_6035
  7. I had my music aired on a major Norwegian Radio Show. This was the first time that several of my recordings and the scope of my talents actually received Nationwide attention by a major broadcaster in my home country . My cover version of “Paranoid” was aired once in either 2011 or 2012 by a Metal show, but this year I actually did an interview and had both my metal and classical work covered, which I’m very grateful for.
  8. Getting on the digital front cover of Classical & Crossover Magazine.ย It has been a quiet year in terms of press with only one outlet mentioning the release of my Toccata video, and only two mentioning my return to music and the release of my first single and video from my upcoming album. So far since the release of my album last month I’ve done one interview and received one review of it. It made me very happy and grateful to see that I landed on this front page this year, it was also funny to get yet another reminder of how small the industry actually is. classical & crossover magazine
  9. My debut as a classical singer.ย While I’ve been working on Heavy Metal and classical crossover virtuoso guitar playing I’ve also been studying bel canto opera singing; I’m actually a coloratura soprano. This year I finally ย showcased this during a benefit concert that I did in order to raise money for the crumbling churches of England. It was an enormous luxury to be able to just show up to rehearsals with only a bag containing sheet-music and drinking water. I would absolutely love to do more concerts and hopefully also recordings as a classical singer. It makes my life way more easier than dragging my guitar around. Also when I sing classical I keep myself to music that has been written for my voice type, rather than doing all sorts of crazy stunts like I’ve done on my guitar and in my original music, where I’ve consistently picked pieces not written for my instrument or written extremely high notes and vocal runs combined with equally challenging guitar playing. Singing traditional classical music is certainly not a suicide mission and I enjoy it tremendously.
  10. Being in the Norwegian Grammy jury once again. My involvement with the Norwegian Grammys this time around started in the fall of 2017, I was still not quite there in terms of my health and managed to miss out on some phone conferences, but managed to listen through all of the material handing in my points. If I had had the energy then maybe I would have broken my back trying to get to the show in order to walk the red carpet and get some press, rather I chose to lay in bed.
  11. “2 Guitars: The Classical Crossover Album.”ย  The album I recorded with Craig Ogden and released in December 2014 has continued to haunt the Amazon bestseller chart! This makes me extremely happy and proud! It is a great concept indeed and something that I’m aiming to get back to next year since I want to release a second album in the spirit of what I was working on before I got ill. The fact that this album keeps on selling on its own account makes me so happy that I don’t have words. It makes me incredibly happy to feel valued as a musician and that all of my efforts are taken seriously!
  12. Getting a piano again. We finally got back a proper piano in the house this year, which made me really happy. I’ve written so many instrumental songs for piano and now I can finally revisit those and compile an album with this sort of material as well. IMG_8792
  13. The release of my 3rd book. In March this year I released a blog book featuring entries from my first two years of blogging. The book has not been successful, I don’t know if this was due to all of the pages that were made available for a preview or if people just don’t care too much. Considering that this has been my most popular blog year so far, I’m not too sure what to make of it. It is still out there though and I will eventually make the entries I’ve published between 2017 & 2018 private as well when I release book nr.2. blog book cover

These are my personal highlights from the year that was:

  1. Confirmation.ย Last year I read an awful lot that had to do with politics in Norway before I registered to vote for the very first time, this year I finished reading The Holy Bible in its entirety and was confirmed by the Bishop of Tewkesbury! The service was absolutely amazing and my mother cooked up an incredible feast for all of us who gathered in our living room afterwards to celebrate. It was a wonderful evening that will stay with me forever.
  2. Performing Together With My Family. After my mother had repeatedly been saying that we ought to do some classical singing together I just added her to my Christmas Concert as Berit Hagen & guests. That certainly changed things as I notified my siblings that they were going to be my guests as well, all of a sudden we had to get something ready for all of us together. My mother was of course behaving like the popular depiction of an opera singer not knowing if she wanted to do it going back and forth with all sorts of reasons. To cut a long story short – we did it and it was both great fun and well received. It was wonderful to share the stage with my family. I really enjoyed it and so did everybody else! ๐Ÿ™‚
  3. William’s conversations. My brother & I have never been closer! I appreciate this a lot!
  4. Nicole’s Debate Club. Now I know how it feels like to be part of the cheerleading team. Nicole and her partner were one of the three teams that won and went to the next round representing their school in a debate competition. It was great to be invited and to get insight into (once again) the best of England.
  5. Helping Eric with homework. I’ve practically co-raised my two younger siblings & I have to admit that I really enjoyed helping Eric with his pop-up book project this year. You really bond with children when you build and make things with them. I really enjoyed it, just like it was fun to ย cheer him on when he was learning how to balance on his bike! ๐Ÿ™‚
  6. Successful Fundraising. Back in high-school in the U.S.A. I was involved-ish with issues that concerned me but I always felt that I fell short. Once I moved to London to pursue my rock-star dreams charity was certainly not on the agenda. After moaning around on my blog about issues that concerned me (from 2016 onwards) I figured that I could try to raise money for my local community by doing a fundraising event; since I know that the local church (and churches all around England) are struggling. I had no idea what would happen but managed to raise lots of money and be of genuine help by using my musical talents! I repeated the success in December 2018 by doing a Christmas concert where I was able to raise lots of money for the local Village Hall! The fact that I could pull off two successful fund-raising events in a small village in The Cotswolds really made my day since I now can say that I was of genuine help and could contribute in a noticeable fashion! This was my first go at fundraising and I can say that I pulled it off! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks a lot to Rev. Colin Randall & Georgina Oldham for promoting the events.

This has been my most popular year of blogging!ย 

I can’t really believe it, but it is true! My top 3 countries are: U.S.A., U.K. & Canada! Norway is no longer in the top 3 but now finds itself on the 5th place with Australia on nr.4! These have been my most popular blog entries this year:

  1. My Skin Care Entry has become my most popular entry of all time! Lots of people are clearly searching for the various skin-care ingredients that I mentioned in this post; some of the searches are for allergic reactions! It is obvious that there is a great interest in this topic since I wrote this post back in September 2016.
  2. Self-help is a popular topic!ย This 2017 book review of Dominique Loreau’s โ€œL’art de la Simpliciteโ€œ tops the list. People are clearly in need of spiritual guidance and motivational assistance.
  3. This simple summer updateย is my top entry of everything that I’ve written this year! There isn’t really much content in the post, but there are summer-pictures of me!
  4. A brand new addition to my site, this is my home-page which I created not that long ago when I changed my blog design. The front page is only dedicated to music so that this is the 1st that people see.
  5. Pedophilia, Cannibalism, Prostitution & Racism. Yes, that is quite the title I’ll admit! Grotesque and troubling topics that were all addressed back in December 2016.
  6. This unflattering documentary about ย Chinese expansionism into the African continent tops the list once again which was what I predicted once I made it public again.
  7. This was a total jokeย meant to troll my fans & followers.
  8. Diversity – Why it is a complex issue. ย I don’t know if I should feel alarmed that these type of entries are becoming increasingly popular. Trust me, I don’t like division, hate and instability; I’ve written what I’ve written since I don’t like these things, yet I think we are heading towards dark times indeed. It’s all due to bad political management. It’s totally unnecessary as well.
  9. How to fix your apple wireless keyboard! I’m glad that I can be of help!
  10. This is the 2nd mental training/self-help book ย to make it into my top. 10!

I feel like I’ve covered a lot of very important topics this year, so it is hard for me to boil it down to only 10 entries; I’ll try:

  1. 30 Reasons to be grateful and/or things to look for. The civilian population is ill-prepared to deal with survival. Nobody really talks about the general preparedness level, I chose to do so this year after the village that I live in lost its tap water.
  2. This is Evil.ย The most sinister document I’ve come across so far suggesting ways in which to artificially create a fertility crisis in the U.S.A.
  3. When You Think You Are Healthy…ย even eco-friendly, over-priced, politically-correct food comes wrapped in plastic.
  4. The downward spiral of curiosity & honesty, I think this sums up my blog & my writing perfectly.
  5. The greatest weapon of all = us.
  6. What is the end-game of NATO’s foreign wars?
  7. What is the end-game of political activism?
  8. When you lose your headquarter while fighting a conventional enemy.
  9. Why I support the right to bear arms.
  10. Immigration is a heated topic worldwide & nobody really respects anyone’s Sovereignty unless forced to.

These were my top 9 on Instagram:

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My personal top 9 were these ones:

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I hope 2019 will be a good year! Fingers crossed!

 

“How To Resist – Turn Protest To Power” by Matthew Bolton.

“… if you want change, you need power.” (p.50)

It is not how right you are but how much power you have that will determine whether or not you can achieve it.” (p.26)

Politics is indeed too important to be left to the politicians. So vote, always vote, but that’s the bare minimum. Your democracy needs you. Yes, you.” (pp.11-12)

This is a well-written, easy-to-read handbook, authored by a white-male-community-organiser-activist, championing and (partially) fighting for the rights of those who are not part of his own in-group; which can be a risky thing to do, regardless of who you are.

…the government did adopt the 20.000 target for Syrian refugees …” (p.130)

He works hard to establish unsustainable political alliances in order to obtain temporary political gain, forcing the establishment through people-power and the media to get specific results, while artificially keeping something together that cannot possibly last…

In other words: He is successful in reaching his objectives while simultaneously working against them, by supporting issues that can potentially undermine some of his efforts in the long run…

…the government announced the ‘National Living Wage’, which, although less than the real Living Wage, has brought significant pay rises to over 2 million people, including nearly 700.000 care workers, with some who were stuck on the minimum wage getting a 10 per cent increase.” (p.93)

The following month we won the first test case and four Syrian boys stuck in the Calais “jungle” travelled legally and safely to be reunited with their families in Britain.” (p.146)

I do believe that he has his heart in the right place however and that he is a true believer in his own values and whatever cause he sees as his core-concern.

The stories of damp and mould were shocking. Parents with eczema, kids missing school with respiratory problems and toad-stools growing in the bedrooms.” (p.153)

He operates within the set frames of our Nation States and the official rules of engagement offered to its citizens, which is probably why the political establishment has publicly and officially praised him … or maybe they just couldn’t avoid him…

Rather than cast blame on out-of-touch elites, the onus is on us to work out what we want, to get organised and to build the power in order to get it.” (p.50)

There is no greater heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.” ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย Lord Acton

We are faced with a market culture that is spending hundreds of millions of pounds on advertising, telling us that our primary role in life is to be a consumer, and with a dominant political culture telling us that we are spectators in a game played out in Westminster and in TV studios.” (p.155)

It is an informative read that conservatives have to check out, even though those who are more traditionalist in nature will probably find the idea of Bolton’s activities un-appealing:

“Community organising was pioneered by the American Saul Alinsky and then further established through the work of Citizens UK’s sister organisation in the US, the Industrial Areas Foundation.”

… Saul Alinsky famously planned the first ever ‘shit-in’, where busloads of campaigners would take over all the toilets in Chicago’s O’Hare Airport for a day to bring the whole place to a standstill…” (p.119)

Bolton’s background is one of socio-economic movement, which has made him alert (through experience) of parallel realities, much like I described in this entry of mine:ย Europe & Americaโ€™s Transformation Due To Migration โ€“ My Observations as A European Globetrotter.

He however, obviously perceives economics or the global capitalist system, as the number one culprit or catalyst for injustice, whereas I’ve previously stated that mass migration and street-level diversity, resulting in gangs and neighbourhoods divided over racial or ethnic lines are much to blame for instability. I also acknowledge that human nature in and of itself is a massive obstacle to peace. There are probably many who would argue that a good solid economy would sort out the problems as laid out by me, whereas I would highlight the importance of identity, culture, natural “clustering” and a sense of belonging…

On that note it is worth mentioning what Bolton writes concerning the Salvation Army and its start in England. I find this most interesting due to the current scandals involving “grooming gangs” in the UK; meaning packs of Arab and/or Muslim men, or individuals hailing from those territories, targeting ethnic English girls for sexual exploitation.

The founders of the Salvation Army were husband and wife William and Catherine Booth and one of the social injustices that angered them was the sexual exploitation of children, which was rife in the East End of London, where they were based.”

This audacious tactic caused huge public outcry and the Criminal Law Amendment Act raising the age of female sexual consent to sixteen was hurried through Parliament in 1885.

Once again; it is dangerous to champion those who are not from ones own “in-group,” (I’m guessing that there are many who aren’t quite sure what their in-group is in the Western world of today) in addition it is also worth to note that all Nations have internal problems, which is an argument that is both used to advocate for or against replacement/mass migration.

I do find the recent scandals surrounding pedophilia in our Western entertainment industry alarming but also informative as it brings to mind accusations of hypocrisy from other population groups who feel unfairly targeted when it comes to the frequency of child abuse. Maybe the only difference is how well certain groups can cover it up…

I’m guessing that the sexual exploitation mentioned and fought against by the Salvation Army was a case of poor children being exploited by those who were wealthier; so once again the example of one class targeting a “perceived” lower class. In the other example you see non-Muslims or Whites being targeted, probably under the excuse that we are “lesser” or worth less. This is sadly a common theme when observing and hearing of human behaviour regardless of the time or location…

Funny enough an in-group can be based on: faith, occupation, financial status, race, ethnicity, sports, brands, music style and the accompanying life-style, political ideology, the county or State you live in, etc; You can form a tribe or an in-group around anything, another example are biker gangs.

With that in mind it might be of interest to add that recently I’ve pondering (among a million other things), whether many of our modern problems can be blamed on the insistence of maintaining Nation States…

Religious liberty as advocated by the U.S.A., just to pick one example, can in theory work perfectly in a “tribal-reality,” but can potentially be disastrous within the frame-work of a Nation State since it automatically undermines whatever identity pillars that are needed in order to maintain such a structure and union.

If you are going to unify a territory, you obviously need certain unifying factors.

If tribalism is promoted however, it changes everything.

No more Nation States, just competing tribes and clans, all with their own perimeters, beliefs, and values.

Rather than having “global segregation” through the much worshipped (or vilified) Nation State and its borders, you would get more localised, tribal segregation, which is what can be observed anyway, when experiencing and witnessing the voluntary tribal division internally in the major cities of the U.S.A.

This phenomenon is also becoming increasingly visible in the so-called “New-Europe.”

It might be an idea to realise when one’s territory is shifting from being “civic-minded” and becoming increasingly “tribal,” since it will leave “civic-minded” characters extremely vulnerable if they do not adapt.

To use an easy example: when I was little people did not lock their front doors if they lived out in the country, you went to bed with your front door unlocked. In the English country you have relationships that are trust-based. If societies like that are introduced to raiding parties who take advantage of their naivetรฉ then needless to say it will be a scenario of loss for your own trust-fixated-tribe.

It is also an idea to be aware when “the guillotines” are being brought out so that it doesn’t come as a surprise when they are lined up and ready, sadly it seems that those who are active politically are largely ignorant of the rage that they see from certain demographics and simply do not comprehend why people are so angry and upset. This level of detachment and genuine surprise says it all when it comes to the present state of affairs in the Western World…..

There are numerous people out there who simply do not know what they are doing or recognise the beast they are staring straight at.

Someone like Matthew Bolton understands rage and work to harness it for his own political purpose.

It is an interesting thing to note that socio-economic mobility has placed Matthew Bolton and myself on two opposite spectrums politically, even though we are united in a common awareness of issues and problems and would probably agree on many things.

One great example of impact is the 38 Degrees campaign in 2011 to stop the privatisation of UK woodlands, which involved 500.000 people signing their petition, 100.000 people emailing their MPs, and a crowdfunded poll that demonstrated wider public opposition. This rapid mobilisation of such large numbers scared the government off and plans to sell the forests were scrapped.” (p.127)

The issue is serious: an estimated 40.000 early deaths in the UK per year are linked to dangerously high NO2 levels.” (pp.121-122)

This quote in particular is without a doubt a favourite of mine, since it describes the scenario of socio-economic diversity, and the absolute ignorance of it, perfectly:

… but the gap between that bubble of privilege and the reality of south London started to grate on me. As a teenager, I was mugged in my neighbourhood twice, at knifepoint; I was punched in the face several times, and I was violently carjacked. I don’t want to make it sound worse than it was, but those things did happen and my brother and I were always aware in the back of our minds that kids in our area did get stabbed. But my school just seemed so pleased with itself, and it had nothing to say about any of those issues happening outside. One morning, the head actually started an assembly with: ‘As I sit back in my chair and hear the crack of willow on leather [cricket], I think how wonderful it is to live in Dulwich…” (pp.20-21)

Yet there is much to learn, just take a look at this:

“… Rosa Parks and Abdul Durrant were both trained in campaigning. Both were leaders in social change organisations. Their acts were not spontaneous acts of individual courage.” (p.14)

That quote is of utmost importance.

In our societies we constantly highlight the power of the “individual,” especially highlighting successful so-called lone-wolf activists such as Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King Jr.

The face of a movement however, isn’t necessarily the brain of said movement….

The Montgomery NAACP had been ย planning a bus boycott for at least a year and had been looking for the right person to be a test case to take to the courts. There had already been at least three other black passengers that year who had refused to give up their seats, but in those cases there weren’t the right ingredients for the strategy to catch light. With Rosa, however, it did.”

After reading these lines though, I’m guessing that this false image of political individualism is promoted in order for peoples’ย agitation to fail! You need a plan and you need people. In other words: you need to get organised.ย 

By selling a false narrative of successful political individualist agitation in conjunction with “free-speech,” especially in light of today’s “surveillance-state,” I assume that you can catch and uproot potential grassroots movements in their infancy, before people realise that organisation is key.

The organising culture aims to turn that individual despair and frustration into collective anger and power for change.” (p.153)

Finding common self-interest can move people over the barriers of prejudice into coalition.” (p.44)

…it is politicians and celebrities who are portrayed as the significant political actors. Ordinary people tend to be left to the role of spectators – maybe tweeting a view or featuring in a five-second vox pop, but mainly just faces in a crowd.” (p.86)

It should not be the goal of any Nation or movement to be a loose Nation or movement of atomised individuals, if they wish to succeed.

You need strong units of people; something that can be accomplished by individuals living on top of one another, just to pick one example.

If a number of individuals are forced to live in a small living space, especially if the resources are limited, it will either make or break the unit.ย 

This once again flies in the face of the more modern theories of “individual atomisation.”

Just because collectivism fails on a Federal, Nation-State level, doesn’t mean that it will be disastrous on a “unit-level” or “family-level.” In fact in this scenario it might flourish substantially, getting out the best in people, creating an environment of: all for one, one for all!

The fact that people on the right spectrum of politics are so averse towards the idea of “collectivism” puts right-wing individuals in a position where they are doomed to lose against those who are well-organised across multiple socio-economic plateaus, unless this trend changes of course.

…disempowerment feeds feelings of distrust, apathy and blame, the conditions needed for a divisive populism to spread. The Iron Rule, by contrast, requires us to make people the authors of the change they want, which then breeds confidence, agency and collaboration between people.” (p.140)

A very revealing section in Bolton’s book can be found on page 147, where he writes this:

… the reason cited by people coming to food banks are:

  1. Benefit delays or benefit changes (40 per cent)
  2. Low income (23 per cent)
  3. Debt (7 per cent)
  4. Unemployment (5 percent)

Why is this of particular interest?

Because there is this prevailing myth out there that as long as you work hard you will be rewarded accordingly…

If you depend on the charity of others or depend on benefit programs then this must undoubtedly be evidence of your own laziness, according to this narrative.

In a number of cases this couldn’t be further from the truth and it might be easier to get stuck “in the system” than a lot of people imagine.

Yet it is a problem that has to be acknowledged that the expenses of a Government are many.ย Its income is based on taxes and if one area is to be prioritised then something else will have to be sacrificed….

… our campaign for a Living Wage moved a Conservative government to make the biggest increase to the legal minimum wage since it was introduced in 1997.” (p.118)

It would be much better if family values could be re-introduced in the Western world, (especially in Northern Europe) as it would make more sense if family-members looked after their own, rather than lumping troublesome relatives unto the State! It would also be beneficial to re-focus people on the Christian value system, so that individuals and families could open up their hearts to charitable participation, rather than falling into apathy, since “the system” will handle whatever injustice that is out there….

By promoting a value-system that emphasises “good works” a Nation or Nation State stand to gain massively!

If we think of some of the great institutions we benefit from today – hospitals, schools, housing associations, trade unions and charities – these were often developed in, or sponsored by, local churches.” (p.10)

I think an unnecessary burden and load is placed on a system that must surely collapse in the end, when looking at various European Nation States today.

An initiative such as the NHS for example, should in theory work if individuals take more personal responsibility; danger looms when people do not and costs are added due to bad lifestyle choices, who’s long-term effects could have been avoided altogether or at least minimised!

Likewise when looking at “projects” and their seemingly random placement over in the asphalt-jungles of the U.S.A. there is no doubt in my mind that those buildings have been spread around in an effort to avoid “no-go-zones.” I also assume that the theory behind allowing kids from these projects into “magnet schools,” etc; is to enable upward mobility. Sadly the results are much less glamorous, but I can certainly see and understand how people can support and propose something like this since it works in theory and probably looks quite good on paper.

But there are many things that work exceptionally well …ย in theory…..

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.” ARCHBISHOP CAMARA

Bolton’s initiatives do seem genuinely well-intended though and might temporarily positively affect natives in Europe … simply by chance.

Every night he cleaned the offices of Sir John Bond, who earned ยฃ2 million a year … ‘Sir John, we work in the same office but we live in different worlds. Let me tell you what it’s like to work on ยฃ4.50 per hour and bring up six children.” (p.13)

But those individuals who advocate for better wages, have a tendency to advocate for more immigrants and cultural enrichment as well … not to forget that companies tend to outsmart efforts intended to increase wages so that their own bottom line isn’t affected negatively. Which is something I came across years (or months ago), when a petition was being passed around (which I shared here on my Blog) describing how workers had simply lost out on holidays, benefits and sick-days, due to an enforced wage-increase in the UK….

I also saw an online post not that long ago about a company in the U.S.A simply opting for “robots” when their human workers wanted better payment…

Yet another example is the outsourcing of labour to Asia and economists arguing that workers in the West either have to let go of their privileges or see their jobs lost to cheaper labour elsewhere….

In other words; there are many excuses and reasons that are cited when hordes of people find themselves out of work or find themselves forced to accept terms that are downright horrible.

I don’t intend to sound pessimistic, but it is an annoying and interesting trend to observe, especially if exposed to individuals who are worried that their town might turn into a Ghost-town due to China and the ever looming dark cloud of “outsourcing.”

Even though the media doesn’t seem too keen on reporting on it; there might be a reason as to why American workers cry of joy when their jobs are brought back due to the trade-policies of the current U.S. President Donald J. Trump.

One can only hope that the threat of Globalisation will be diminished over here in Europe as well.

Please justify to me why so many Norwegian and English goods are made in Asia?

Please explain to me why our heritage is outsourced, when our traditional dresses are manufactured by Chinese hands?

Likewise when you look at the Global network of food-trade, it is ridiculous to depend on these intricate systems, as it doesn’t take much thinking to realise that it is all unsustainable in the end!

If a change is not brought to us through politics, then climate change will surely rock our boats; we all need to re-learn how to hunt and grow our own crops, in addition to making our own clothes, etc;

We have to sever our global dependency in order to re-gain our National independence.

We have probably never been this vulnerable ever before.

Learn to hunt if you have the funds and/or learn how to grow your own food!ย 

Back to Mr. Bolton…

….his book is both a worrying and an inspiring read. I guess I and those who agree with my values, ought to be happy that this guy decided to release a book available to us all, so that those who disagree with him can learn from him!

It could be an idea to team up with individuals like him and learn from his organisation if worried and concerned about MicroPlastics in our drinking water, just to pick one example. Learning organisational skills and how to mobilise people must surely be a plus, regardless of where one can acquire this skill!

… ‘the action is in the reaction’ encourages the weaker side to provoke some kind of overreaction that can be used to strengthen their campaign or undermine the authority.” (p.79)

In fact, regardless of how vilified “community organising” might be on the right-side of politics, you might find yourself in a situation one day where a guy like Bolton will be the one who’ll help you out of your unfortunate predicament!

It is always important to remember that the capitalist system is an “organic” one where you can easily be a King one day and a pauper the next! This is such an uncomfortable thought that I guess that many would prefer to look another way; rather than reflecting on their own vulnerability!

…when it’s the less powerful side trying to influence and hold accountable the more powerful side, picking the right time for the action is key. For publicly listed companies the AGM is a good time, … For politicians, the weeks before elections are the time when they are most actively looking for votes and keen to make public appearances.” (p.82)

When writing about the art of organising; Bolton acknowledges in his book that members of the LGBTQP movement were reluctant to team up with Muslims to push for “hate-crime-enforcement” since LGBTQP advocates had been harassed by Anti-Gay Muslims in the past; yet Bolton through his own community organising was capable of bringing these two groups together, in order to push the authorities on broadening “hate-crime-initiatives.”

Bolton describes how he manages the art of getting people who hate one another to come together in order to push politicians through coordinated efforts; also involving the press.

The way to do this is to find an emotional, personal, grievance that can unite these groups.

Let’s say that you are an African who has experienced “cultural enrichment” and I also happen to have experienced something of the sort. Then we will have that one thingย in common that we’ve both been violated and that we’ve both experienced fear at the hand of the exact same group. Then that becomes what unites us, until the enemy or the issue has been sorted out. Which is a tiny detail that Bolton forgets to mention, selling the impression that these alliances become permanent, like a step towards an ever improving reality for humanity that can only grow and become better….

Bolton then goes on to describe how the issue with Western people is that we are indoctrinated into discussing and analysing broad problems, without ever really bothering to break things into tangible issues that can be purposefully worked towards….

We are therefore distracted and kept away from productive action, since we think, talk and analyse ourselves into intellectual oblivion.

Yet he writes that it can be wise to use vague and lofty words to attract those who want to “save the world,” and once you get them and have their attention, divide problems into smaller goals that are clearly expressed and defined.

So in other words…

….lure people in with “fog-talk,” then once you have them, introduce them to the real operation that they can be used for….

Building power through relationships and turning problems into issues together helps people develop political skills and gets us ready for effective action.” (p.76)

What is the grand-strategy I wonder? It seems to me that Bolton is acting on one impulse: a desire to help people, regardless of who they are. It doesn’t matter if he helps and aids the mass-importation of “New-Europeans,” if he gets citizenship for illegals, or if he helps the natural world through environmental policies.

He must obviously think in a very non-ethnocentric global fashion.

Bolton funny enough acknowledges that him and his activist group had to emotionally manipulate their very own members and people, in order to gain support for a citizen led initiative, where the goal was to secure full citizenship for illegal, undocumented immigrants in the UK.

Since the members of his own progressive group were instinctively opposed to the idea, they had to get hold of real illegals to come and share their own personal stories, in order to persuade progressive activists that this was a good thing to support. This undoubtedly displays how thin this solidarity and advocacy truly is …ย 

After reading that particular section there is no doubt in my mind that a lot of Bolton’s efforts will be unravelled as cultural and demographic tensions escalate all over Europe.

In fact, it very well might be the most important passage in Bolton’s book…

There is no doubt in my mind though that his empathy is sincere, it rather seems like he is directing these feelings in all sorts of directions, due to maybe some sort of survivors guilt on his part…

He laments in his book that he is a white-male as if though this makes him automatically “guilty” due to alleged white-male-priviledge …

…His anger radiates from the pages that he has authored, which is kind of funny. Who knows how the Western world would have looked like today, if men like him directed this rage in a patriotic, protective fashion.

In February 2016, a refugee family arrived with an eleven-month-old baby who needed urgent medical attention, which would never have been possible in the camps where the family had been stuck.” (p.130)

There are lots of English babies who die due to the incompetence of doctors and medical staff, I’ve signed and shared some of these horrifying petitions that have been passed around the internet. In addition you also have those who never see the light of day due to abortion. Of course I don’t mean to be insensitive in any kind of way; but if you don’t even prioritise your own babies, then it is quite obvious that your population group is destined for failure.

If Bolton is a patriot he will surely be a champion for the children of England?

If he had to choose: whose children would he rather save?

And most importantly: what would you do?

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“The Gospel of Thomas” translated by Svein Woje & Kari Klepp.

A “new-age” relative of mine was very eager to lend me this non-canonical gospel, once she figured out that I was reading The Holy Bible.

After having readย โ€œThe Gender Agendaโ€ by Lis Goddard & Clare Hendry., I decided to take a look at it before publishing my Old Testament review.

If you are going to write about religious texts you should preferably know what you are talking about since religion is so vital to those who believe and can be potentially life-changing for those who discover the power of it.

Yet in today’s political and cultural environment you can easily find yourself confused, which is probably the point. This morning I read a very good interview with Bishop Rachel, the 1st female bishop in the church of England, and even though the interview was very good, I couldn’t help but wonder about the presence of women in such high positions. This has nothing to do with my personal preferences; it has everything to do with the Bible texts themselves. Before you know it I’ll re-read the entire Bible just to double-check, since modern church practises clashes so monumentality with what the Bible is explicitly saying. Of course it will make you wonder what you’ve potentially missed. Yet when I re-opened my Bible while reading The Gender Agenda, my impression of what the Bible actually states, was not changed.

It would probably be better for people who fundamentally disagree with Christianity to find some other outlet for their spirituality rather than trying to change the Christian faith to fit with their own preferences….

I do posses a gigantic book about the history of Christianity, which I will certainly read soon I believe. I have too many questions, and a lot of times you can find what you are looking for by going back into the past…

“The Gospel of Thomas” has its relevancy in a very popular conspiracy, where it is claimed that women were especially targeted by the Christian church in the name of oppression. I have debunked parts of that myth as old pre-Christian mythology/spiritual practises do not come across as particularly egalitarian.

Yet it seems like there are forces so desperate to establish a certain new-ideology and/or political order, that history has to be re-written, especially anything that has to do with religious practices. In that spirit I recommend reading this:ย Ancient Greek Myths โ€“ The Universe, The Gods, And Mortals told by Jean-Pierre Vernant.

I guess the reason as to why my “new-age/spiritualist” relative was so very eager to lend me “The Gospel of Thomas” is that it undermines the very structures of the Church and can therefore be seen as a good document for subversion.

She also appears to have some big problems with the Church herself, due to her own fixation on gay’s rights. Last time we visited her she proclaimed that the greatest perpetrators in history have been “white Christian men.”

On that note I’ll zoom in on the gospel itself…

The story goes that this gospel among others was cut out of The New Testament to cover up the social egalitarianism in the early churches and throw women under the bus in order to establish the “evil-Christian-patriarchy.” The non-canonical gospels were excluded in order to hijack Jesus and keep the real-truth from the world, such as Mary Magdalene being his favourite disciple.

The foreword/preface to this translated edition is repetitive but very informative and good. It creates a great built up, addressing the controversy surrounding this non-canonical text, but it all falls flat when you finally get to the actual gospel.

To call it a dethronement of Jesus would be laughable, as you’ll feel like you’ve just read the words of a fortune-cookie-prophet reminiscent of Jaden Smith.

It is all in all a pretty bland text, so I sincerely hope that this is indeed “ancient-fake-news.”

If they do reflect the truth they are evidence of the greatest fraud in history, where an average prophet or cult leader, had some of his quotes inserted into an epic fantasy story, creating division and controversy in the Jewish world and eventually re-setting the spirituality meter all across Europe…

Considering the enormous personal sacrifice and hardships that his disciples put themselves under though, I sincerely doubt that. There is a thread that can be followed, historically speaking, and this in combination with the quality of the writing in The New Testament refutes the “conspiracy.”

It is of great importance to address it though, because this is what critics of the Christian faith will hold on to and bring up in order to debunk and ridicule the faith.

In “The Gospel of Thomas” Jesus speaks of duality coming to an end with “women becoming men, while men become women, so that all can become one” to paraphrase.

Jesus will lead Mary Magdalene “to turn her into a man, so that she can become a living spirit, that is like the spirit of men, for any woman who makes herself a man shall be allowed entry into the Kingdom of Heaven.

“The Gospel of Thomas” is a quick read and is not the bombshell that people will have you believe. The text itself is mediocre at best, but it is still worth a read, so that you know what “the haters” are going on about!

More about faith:

โ€œSimply Christianโ€ by Tom Wright.

The Slippery Slope Of Religious Liberty.

Live Footage From My Benefit Concert To Raise Funds For A Norman Church In The Cotswolds, England.

Spirituality & Archangels.

I Just Finished The Old Testament!

Love Thy Neighbour As Thyselfโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆ

Chambers โ€œghosts and spirits.โ€

Why The Bible Is Dangerous & Why The Political Correctness Brigade Wants To Keep It Away From You.

โ€œAnswers from Heavenโ€ by Theresa Cheung & Claire Broad.

Why so many Christians still literally believe in demons and Satan

Lent for the 1st time.

โ€œAn Angel Saved Meโ€ by Theresa Cheung.

Petitions To Sign & Share.

The Lion Encyclopaedia of Jesus.

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“The Gender Agenda” by Lis Goddard & Clare Hendry.

This book came into my possession courtesy of our local vicar, who lent it to me after having read my review ofย โ€œSimply Christianโ€ by Tom Wright.

The work is a discussion between two Christian women regarding female leadership and involvement in the Church.

I can hardly think of a topic more relevant in this day and age where female priests seem to be the only vicars left, in addition to female bishops, even female lesbian bishops!

With the emphasis on LGBTQ and egalitarianism it is certainly surprising to read the actual Holy Bible and see how the texts contrast with our “modern values. ”

In my review of “Simply Christian” I wrote among other things this:

“Iโ€™m also questioning the presence of female priests and authority figures within Northern European churches when it is explicitly said in 1 Timothy 2 (12) : โ€œI permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to keep silent.โ€ย I guess it can be counter-argued that women are keeping the faith alive and that it is better with female priests than no priests.”

That is probably a good place to start, because the Holy Bible does certainly not come across as a feminist manifesto, to put it that way, even though Lis Goddard seems to think so.

Her interpretation of The Holy Bible hinges on our Bibles being translated wrong … which means that both my copy of the Bible and Clare Hendry’s copy are faulty.

Lis Goddard zooms in on what could have been the intended or original meaning of certain words in the texts and she also seem to believe that Genesis depicts a gender-neutral Utopia of sorts, before the Fall….

Eve is created from Adam’s rib and God first turns to Adam when Eve has not only been disobedient but has brought her man into disobedience as well. A great deal of people will read this as follows: God created the man first, gave him a companion “of him,” and was upset with Adam when he failed in his leadership, punishing both parties (even the snake).

Lis Goddard and those who agree with her, would claim that there was no such thing as any leadership to begin with. That Adam and Eve were equals, that both were leaders in their own right, but that the Fall distorted this Utopia leading to gender-unbalance, which was finally corrected with the arrival of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom.

My impression after reading “The Gender Agenda” is that joining a Bible reading group might put you into a situation where after staring at certain passages in the Bible for a prolonged period of time, you’ll start seeing all sorts of strange things…Everything that is all of a sudden isn’t and everything that isn’t is.

In other words: if you analyse something long enough you’ll eventually get whatever you desire, seeing your own reflection after turning what you are reading into a mirror.

The same can be observed in a lot of modern journalism.

I’m not saying this to be rude, but the book certainly gives off this vibe and as I result I opened up my Bible again to read Genesis to see what I had missed.

The passage that Goddard and Hendry constantly fall back on doesn’t even occupy a full-page. It is a remarkably short section spanning from Genesis 2 (18) ย up until the Fall in Genesis 3. After reading this section again, a couple of times, I find it difficult to agree with Goddard’s interpretation.

A good point made by Hendry is that if a woman is supposed to listen to her husband, and he is the head of the household, then how does that work out if a woman is to be the head of a Church? This might be the reason as to why there were supposed to be male monarchs back in the day. Will a female Queen be “King enough”? Or will she be swayed by her husband as “the head,” in effect meaning that the man is ruling the territory rather than the actual Queen?

Yet with all of this said; it is written in the Bible that women should study, prophesy, and pray, not to forget that there are important female characters present in the Biblical texts which is something that anti-Christian critics wouldn’t acknowledge or downplay. Women are to have a role and be active, the question is how.

An interesting point made in “The Gender Agenda” is that Paul was writing to different Churches, helping them with whatever issues that they were facing. It was also mentioned that women and men were probably seated according to their gender, just like in the synagogues, which can explain why Paul says that women need to be quiet in Church. No gossiping and chit-chat in other words. Here is an interesting quote from 1 Corinthians 9 (22):

“To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”

That quote might shed some light on Paul’s letters. It is also of interest to note that disagreements was a factor from the very beginning of the establishment of the various Churches:

“I appeal to you brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgement. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’e’s people that there is quarrelling among you, my brethren.” 1 Corinthians 1 (10)

I would recommend reading Goddard & Hendry’s book as it is extremely relevant in today’s Church environment. If you’ve attended any Church services in Scandinavia or the U.K., then you’ll know what I mean.

Reading the Old & New Testament will instantly put you in a situation where you’ll be worried that you’re supporting heresy, which is probably why young people turn to Islam or Orthodox Christianity.

Pluralism and political correctness is hurting Northern churches, who would probably gain more by proclaiming God as the God and the Holy Bible as the Truth. If you start doubting yourself, then others will do as well and in today’s political and spiritual environment, I don’t know if that’s the best way forward.

To conclude; it is certainly at odds with everything in our modern pop-culture to be a practising Christian, especially if you are a woman, since being: argumentative, loud, not modestly dressed and especially having authority over men are all characteristics that are currently being celebrated, in addition to abortion. Nothing gains wider praise than women involved with the military, ministry or politics. So if you are looking at the Bible and Christianity through a conservative lens you’ll probably think that you’ve woken up in Hell, or at least in a world that is in a state of absolute chaos.

I Just Finished The Old Testament!

Why The Bible Is Dangerous & Why The Political Correctness Brigade Wants To Keep It Away From You.

The Lion Encyclopaedia of Jesus.

 

Why I Don’t Go To The Library…

This household is filled to the brim with books. Everyone is just as curious and everyone is a bit of a collector.

I myself have plenty of unread books such as: Shakespeare’s works, Viking texts, Norwegian classics, all sorts of other more modern works covering everything from the entertainment industry, to spirituality, history and whatnot. In addition there are piles of Magazines, newspapers, and little reminders to check out digital articles, recommended to me by others, or that I’ve stumbled into myself.

Add unto to this all of the other books that are around the house belonging to others, and you start looking at quite a lot of reading material.

I therefore found myself in a familiar situation when I earlier this year acquired a library card and brought with me a pile of books that remained largely unread……

The catch of course is that you’ll be billed once your books are overdue, and when you then pay the bill and re-new your “lease” you’ll only be billed again, and again, as you forget to read whatever it was that you were going to read in whatever pile stationed somewhere, wherever that was…

What I gathered from my reading about ancient England was that people sometimes created false charters to feign legitimacy to certain territory. Total tribalism was the norm before unification, which means that one excavation site cannot be held up as “national” evidence when it comes to customs and practises! People have been looking for clues regarding religious activity sometimes regarding “house placement” as an indicator of spiritual affairs.

There have been instances of tons of weapons being thrown into water and researches have been hypothesising that this had to deal with religious rituals, my gut feeling was that maybe this was an act of disarmament. Much like those who are lobbying for gun control in the U.S.A., and have successfully done so across Europe.

Ancestry worship of bones, turning into “Saint-worship” and tribes fighting among themselves for control over the English territory, all made for interesting reading, until I actually had to abort my mission and give the books back.

I never managed to finish the pile and was reminded once again of why I don’t go to the library.

“Simply Christian” by Tom Wright.

“Nobody was expecting anyone, least of all a Messiah, to rise from the dead. A crucified Messiah was a failed Messiah. When Simeon ben Kosiba was killed by the Romans in AD 135, nobody went around afterwards saying he really was the Messiah after all,…” (p.96)

This book was lent to me by my local priest who recommended it when I told him that I was reading the Holy Bible.

After I was done reading the scriptures in its entirety (which took me over a year), I ventured into Wright’s work, which is a very straightforward and easy read.

The book is very enjoyable and explains Christianity and what it really is and what it really means.

Nothing beats having the source material though and it is vital to always keep in mind that the Bible is the number one “document” or more fittingly “Testament,” to which believers are to stay true.

“Once we glimpse this vision of the Holy Spirit coming to live within human beings, …” (p.111)

I therefore recommend people who are either turning to Christianity or becoming practising Christians to actually read the Holy Bible rather than not reading at all, or only reading Church approved interpretations of the Holy works.

It is not an easy undertaking reading the scriptures, because a lot of the Old Testament make for repetitive reading, but it is worth it due to those parts that aren’t,ย and especially since it exposes you to all of that which is normally excluded from pop-culture and mainstream Church services. It is quite staggering how much that has been left out and how limited modern Christianity is when it comes to what it quotes….

I’ve written before that I was going to review the New and Old Testament, and that I’m working on a very long entry for the Old, this is all true, but I wanted to read what our priest had recommended first.

I’m glad that I did because there were certain aspects of the Christian faith that I hadn’t quite figured out, such as “God-time,” meaning that the past, present and future isn’t linear when dealing with God.

“Somehow, God’s dimension and our dimension, heaven and earth, overlap and interlock.” (p.110)

I choose to start my Testament reviews with “Simply Christian” so that others too can read and enjoy this work, hopefully avoiding misconceptions and confusion. My reviews of the Old and the New Testamentย are based on my reading of the uncensored source text and is not based on politically correct, modern-Church approved, filtered, interpretations. I intend to address: slavery, the role of women, the fact that you should not rebel against your government, the early persecution of Christians, and the divisiveness that Jesus’ presence brings into this world, all of which is based on the Holy texts themselves, but aspects that modern-churchians and pop-culture never mention.

On that note it might be fitting to reveal that Wright’s work is not particularly politically correct, and that I was somewhat surprised that my local vicar would recommend something that must surely stand opposed to a great deal of what is being promoted within Church communities today.

“But setting it out in this way feels a bit like trying to describe my best friend by offering a biochemical analysis of his genetic makeup. It is important. Indeed, if he didn’t have that makeup he wouldn’t be the same person.” (p.154)

It was a relief that the book wasn’t filled with post-modernist falsities, yet there were some conclusions that Wright arrived at that puzzled me, and his digestible promotion of Christianity appears very mild, if re-visiting the New Testament after having read “Simply Christian.”

Wright concludes that global economic justice must be one of the many goals of Christians today but the Holy Bible itself states that: “If any one does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his own family, he has disowned the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”ย 1 Timothy 5 (8)

I’m also questioning the presence of female priests and authority figures within Northern European churches when it is explicitly said in 1 Timothy 2 (12) : “I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to keep silent.”ย I guess it can be counter-argued that women are keeping the faith alive and that it is better with female priests than no priests.

I also think it is important to quote James 2 (17) & (26) since it is written that: “So faith by itself, if it has no works; is dead.” “For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so faith apart from works is dead.”

“You become like what you worship.” (p.127)

“How many times have I been grateful, faced with nightfalls both metaphorical and literal, for the old Anglican Collect which runs:

Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord;

and by thy great mercy

defend us from all perils and dangers of this night;

for the love of thy only Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.” (p.142)

“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” (p.144)

 

Chambers “ghosts and spirits.”

An interesting alphabetical overview over various paranormal phenomena throughout the ages; displaying how far back these type of stories go, with a particular focus on England and the spiritualist movement during the Victorian era; not to forget the popularisation of “the medium.”

It is of interest that poltergeist activity, at this point in time, is largely considered to be a manifestation of psychic powers. Especially within young, teenage, individuals, who are conflicted when it comes to the handling of their own emotions.

A theory is presented to the reader that hauntings are simply recordings of past events; since humans cannot interfere and interact with these manifestations, but can simply stand by and observe.

Time glitches where people all of a sudden find themselves transported for a brief moment back in time, is mentioned in short.

The work also contains a story of a very famous psychic woman, who found herself imprisoned for life after allegedly murdering her own child in the U.S.A.; it made me think of a medium over in England who was arrested by the authorities during WW2 because she knew about dead soldiers and losses before the news hit the public. This led the government to suspect that she was guilty of espionage.

Invisible entities attacking people physically is also featured.

A theory is also presented suggesting that “mediumship” might be telepathy; meaning that you get access to people’s subconsciousness!

The book also describes how some people have negative NDEs, describing a hellish experience of the afterlife. I’ve heard rumours; but this is something that you never really see mentioned in popular new-age, non-religious, books about the spiritual world.

Chambers also have some other cool books about the unexplainable; needless to say there are countless other works mentioned within “ghosts and spirits,” since this book is more or less like some sort of “spirit dictionary.”

PS. The picture of the book is not very flattering ๐Ÿ˜ฎ It is obviously a very popular, well-read library book, so I guess I now need to get a serious disinfectant for myself! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ