Will Ritson and The Ritson Museum


Will Ritson (1808–1890) was born at Row Foot and grew up as any farmboy, learning as he would the ways of work, nature and the landscape. Always loving a good tale he became known for his elaborate lies, but it was not until he became the landlord of the Wastwater Hotel (now called the Wasdale Head Inn, (some accounts say The Huntsmans Inn)) did his fame begin to spread when all and sundry made the journey to Wasdale to hear “The Biggest Liar In The World.” Luminaries such as Wordsworth and De Quincey would first get stoned out of their Continue reading Will Ritson and The Ritson Museum

The Island of Sound


https://soundcloud.com/alan-alan-whittaker/complete-forecast I was uploading the above to Soundcloud and looking at the wav file I saw an island with towers, castles and forests so I made the picture. The words are of course Shakespeare as spoken by Caliban in The Tempest. My own words on Complete Forecast are slightly less worthy. Related posts: AND A STORY! Asphyxius Markham and The Book of Evil. Part 1: The Whitechapel Horror

Where it all began for me


WIZARDMARRAS WIRELESS SHOW KING REAL AND THE HOODLUMS 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL Intro – Marcel Steiner King Real Chant – Pete Moser & Cast Orchestre DC Dansette – Dancing Royal Property – Julie Clark & Marcel Steiner Blind As A Blizzard – Julie Lloyd Kafusalem/Smiffys Glass Eye – WSI/Dan Fox Dos Bauls – Aramenco Maximum Security Girls – Julie Lloyd/David Marcus/Alan Whittaker & Tom Lawrence Gaz Bridgens – The Bones Of Lady Thatcher Nothing – Tom Lawrence Camel March – WSI Bedlam Boys – Julie Clark & Cast Vision 2 – Kevin Wilkins Fire Music – Pez? Winster Gallop – WSI Continue reading Where it all began for me


Croydon bedamned!


This whole thing about Croydon has got my dander up! In as OCD manner as I could possibly muster I did a Google Earth on these lakes as I was in a mood to get seriously medieval on their sorry asses. article in the gutter press here As Wizardmarra, holder of the ancient title passed as a sacred gift down the misted forests and endless hotel corridors of time from one to another since the days that King Coel himself called for his pipe, his bowl and his Fiddlers Three. The Original Wizardmarra was the warm up act. I uphold Continue reading Croydon bedamned!

All things must pass… Introducing Wizardmarras Wireless Show


I decided it was time for a small change and so the podcast is no longer Wizardmarras Drystone Wireless Show merely Wizardmarras Wireless Show. I thought it was high time I ditched the Drystone altogether, no use hanging on to past glories that no longer have any relevance to the here and now. This also marks the first podcast episode and the first blog that can be accessed directly from wizardmarra.com, they’ll still be available from podmatic and blogger for the time being but in a month or two when any bugs that may surface have been ironed by my Continue reading All things must pass… Introducing Wizardmarras Wireless Show