I was thinking of updating the mistYmuse today, as it’s over two weeks in now (started November 21st, a month before midwinter) and there are only two weeks until the Winter Solstice, when it will be midwinter in the northern hemisphere. The MIST of mistYmuse stands for Most Ideal Sunrise Time, and now that we are only a fortnight away from December 21st we are in the best four weeks for seeing the sunrise as late as possible, and it is now in the 8-9am hour in Blighty.
Advent Calendarists joined the December party on the 1st of course, and have to wait another four days for their biggest day on the 25th.
I’ve been seeing in the news that lots of people have thankfully been up popping POP (PinkyOrangePurple) pictures, such as this classic one featured on the BBC:
I just wrote a blog post on this site’s sister site, fmpoetry, with an update about the POPolution.
As the USA prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving, and break up the time between Halloween (Samhain) and Christmas (Midwinter), it’s time once again for greenYgreyliens and POPolutionaries to party like its spring/summer again in the U.K. and northern hemisphere: MIST and mistYmuse (combining MIST [Most Ideal Sunrise Times, November 21st – January 21st] and MUSE [Midwinter Until Spring Equinox, January 21st – March 21st] eves.
The more serious side is that it hopefully helps people who don’t like the winter, such as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) sufferers survive the harsher weather and reduced sunlight of the next four months. I noticed Iceland has a similar strategy when I visited in January, as they keep their winter decorations up until spring!
The positive side to this time of year for me is that sunrises are later in the morning (8-9am, instead of the early hours in midsummer), and there isn’t too long until the sunset twilight time; only about seven or eight hours later.
New Pagan Festival
It’s one of the newest pagan festivals in the human world, but not the only one, and open to non-pagans too of course. The sky is for everybody.
Last year when I was in the USA my visit coincided with the summer Manhattanhenge, when New Yorkers celebrate the best day of the year for the sunset and sunrise lining up between the skyscrapers, as the stone henge builders of prehistoric times built their great structures to receive the light at special times of the year: solstices (December and June) and equinoxes (March and September) around the 21st of the month. I didn’t know about if before, and saw it in the media. It’s also on Wikipedia.
In the UK, Milton Keynes was built with that in mind, I found out after looking up Manhattenhenge on Wikipedia above.
POP if You Want To
As I believe the sky is for everybody, I also think it’s up to you what you see or want to see there. I’ve been pushing POP (PinkyOrangePurple) as the more normal colour combination to the traditional red (pre-POPularised by the red sky at night and red sky in the morning proverbs), but sometimes there is only one or two colours, and there is rare red. So if you see red you see red, and don’t feel under any obligation to POP all the time.
Last week I was lucky to see a pretty good POP sunset. Here’s some photos:
I wrote about twilight times a lot in XaW Files, when I first noticed the POP (PinkyOrangePurple) dominant colours, sometimes writing at this time of the year. I think it would make a great Winter Solstice Christmas present.
I was thinking of my time in Finland recently… three times.
First was when I was writing about photosynthesis, and thought of this photo taken in a Helsinki park:
Second was writing about how I’d wanted New Labour to follow the Scandinavian example twenty years ago on thefmpoetry blog.
The third was reading that Finland is the safest country in the world according to the World Economic Forum. Iceland was third and Norway ninth. The UK was down in 78th, even below the USA I think of as a bad example; maybe it’s the other way around?
Congratulations to Wolfsburg Women for winning 6-0 in Madrid to go through to the Champions League quarter-final 10-0 on aggregate versus Athletico. Commiserations to the Spanish team.
Wolfsburg women of course featured in XaW Files: Beyond Humanity, and were already very successful. Alexandra Popp starred then, and scored in this latest game. New star player Pernille Harder also scored one.
After another apology to the Akureyri Thor ladies team yesterday I hoped it would be the end of the matter, but something told me last night I had missed something: maybe it was Thor himself, or even Freya. Norse mythology is my favourite by the way, and that’s how I think ‘religion’ should be treated in the twenty-first century (in Christian time!): with openness and humour.
Great Save by Stephanie Bukovec and Saving Tackle by Someone’s Dottir
As a former goalie myself I thought I had to mention the great save by Thor Akureyri goalie Stephanie Bukovec, who’s Croatian, near the end of the highlights. There was also a tough saving tackle to prevent a goal from the rebound by one of the five Thor dottir defenders (could be the cast of a fairy tale, like Snow White and the Seven Dwarves: Bukovec and the Five Dottirs!), who I can tell from my XaW Files: Beyond Humanity research hail from Iceland, and either Hanne, Asgrim, Hlyn, Einar or Kristin: Hannesdottir, Asgrimsdottir, Hlynsdottir, Einarsdottir or Kristinsdottir. By their place in the centre of defence I reckon it’s most likely to be Hlynsdottir, followed by Asgrimsdottir or Einarsdottir!?:
I didn’t know any of the Thor players before researching it this morning, so all the rest of this blog post has developed from that real thought that I’d forgotten to mention the great point-blank save by the Thor goalie, that I’d have really been proud of when I was playing in goal… and proud of the outfield skill, shots and header shown in the game too.
Here’s the Wolfe TV highlights again for you to check out the save and tackle yourself, and good luck to Thor for the future, and especially those long trips back to Akureyri! Good luck to Wolfsburg for the weekend too of course.
Another week, another apology to Akureyri. After a triple apology last week, following Wolfsburg Women’s 1-0 win there, with the winner scored by my player of the century, Pernille Harder; and suggesting they adopt the It’s a Long Way to Tipperary song, after neither the greenYgrey or me reached there, I saw that Wolfsburg finished off the job with a 2-0 win in Wolfsburg, with Harder getting the first. Wolfsburg were of course stars of my last fantasy fiction travel quest trilogy, XaW Files: Beyond Humanity.
Respectful Admiration and Parody Comedy, greenYgrey style
To show this is mostly parody comedy, I didn’t even know it was a two-leg tie, or I would have suggested the second leg as a great time to introduce their version of the famous war song.
However, in true greenYgrey style, just because I’m writing it as parody comedy doesn’t mean I don’t take women’s football seriously, or am insincere in my respect and admiration for Pernille Harder and the rest of the Wolfsburg team, or their Akureyri Thor opponents.
There was a mixture of skilful football and hard tackling in the game. Harder took her headed goal coolly well, and curling shots and intricate back-flicks were my highlights from the highlights on YouTube:
I would have loved to have been there, but haven’t received an invite!
Akureyri is the second biggest population city in Iceland, but the greenYgrey and fellow travellers didn’t make it to the north inXaW Files: Beyond Humanity. Then I didn’t make it when I went to Iceland in January. I thought about it, but the winter bus service was more expensive than comprehensive, and it was quite a long way to Akureyri from Reykjavik.
Thor v Wolfsburg
Then it was a bittersweet (greenYgrey bitterYsweet) moment last week when I saw Wolfsburg women had beaten Akureyri’s Thor ladies 1-0, with none other than Pernille Harder scoring the winner!
At least you’ve now made it to a special Akureyri 3, and by way of consolation, I would like to suggest a song for you when returning from your next football trip: adapting It’s a Long Way to Tipperary to Akureyri. I don’t think it will outdo the thunder clap, but maybe it could be an accompaniment.
Mark Knopfler Back on The Road
Talking of special threes, I’ve got another two relevant stories to make this a triptych trilogy thingy! Similar to my 31st anniversary blending of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road with The Talking Heads’ Road to Nowhere, Mark Knopfler’s new album is called Down The Road Wherever, with travel a metaphor for his music, as explained in this Louder Sound article. Moreover, it also has a great greenYgrey road to the horizon image:
The photo could be Iceland, but is probably towards the wild west of the USA.
I also heard Still Corners’ The Trip for the first time today, and really liked it, reminding me of Mazzy Starr. It also has a nice POP (PinkyOrangePurple) celestial object in the cover picture… and a greenYgrey car in the foreground!
Risking making this blog post a quartet, I went back on the road last week, for a couple of hours each way at least, for a nice journey to my gYg of the year, as described in sister site fmpoetry.
Thirty-one years on the road to nowhere searching for somewhere without a care think I found some times and places looked like I could only understand faces looking back at the sun with summer wind on my back wish they’d been wolf, lynx and bear if I’d really been a-were!
I included a Wolfsburg women’s football team story in my last of a fantasy trilogy travel quest XaW Files: Beyond Humanity. That story starred Alexandra Popp, whose name fitted in with the pop art theme of searching for the lost Andy Warhol of the greenYgrey world: Andy Wolfhol.
I also included a Doro Pesch of Warlock story to criticise women’s historic persecution through witchcraft/magick accusations.
Wolfsburg Magic not Magick
Watching some of the women’s European Championships last year, Denmark’s captain Pernille Harder was one of the standout players. So it was like the arrival of a prodigal daughter when I found out at the end of last season that Harder was now playing for Wolfsburg. They reached the final of the European Cup, but lost to Lyon, who’ve won it three years in a row now.
Another standout player at the European Championships was Lieke Martens. So when I named my Fantasy Football team for the 2018 World Cup I chose: 2 Lieke Pernille, with a few wordplay meanings to play with.
Only afterwards did I look up Pernille Harder on Wikipedia, and found she is in a relationship with fellow female footballer, Magdalena Erikkson.
My Feminism ‘Beyond Humanity’
Those who think I’ve just been supporting women such as Popp, Pesch and Harder for my own selfish reasons would probably think I’d be horrified at finding that out, but in fact I’m very happy for them, and hope they’re relationship remains happy forever.
Moreover, I called my main fantasy team for the next Premier League season PerNILle 10is Love, wordplaying love standing for nil in tennis scoring.
So if women have been put off supporting me or buying my books by people who claim anything other than the greenYgrey years were supportive of women, then they were misled.
Pernille would have been an ideal woman for me, but the next best thing to being with her, is to think that she is happy… especially at Wolfsburg!
That might sound ‘creepy’ to those who only base relationships on sex, power and money, but like I said in the greenYgrey years, they were an attempt to form a ‘higher form of love’, inspired by my years in the rave/clubbing scene, and as a reaction to seemingly more and more grooming… in dear ol’ Blighty at least!
I always said I did it unconditionally, and that’s the way I still feel, but now after a decade I’m probably going to move onto something else, unless there’s a lot more positive activity in the near future.