||[Jun. 27th, 2005|11:16 pm]
Ok, so Feile Draiochta ROCKED... I'd say it Rocked the kasbah, but that's muslim (I think) and I don't know what the pagan equivalent of a kasbah is.
I got up around 10 and got in there for about 1pm (or was it noon, I can't remember). The talks and demos that I went to were brilliant! I went to four in total:
- A talk by Lady Olivia Robertson on Star Children. It was a great talk, although she didn't use a microphone, and relied on what she said was a loud voice. For the most part she was right, but sometimes I couldn't make out what she was saying, and her talk was one that you had to pay extremely close attention to... to every word in fact. As a result, I lost track of some bits, and her voice was less audible the further into the talk she went. Which was a pity because I really wanted to hear what she was saying
- A story-telling session by Bev Meadows/Richardson - I was blown away by that. See, we had him give a talk before. Well, we didn't but the Newman society did, and they'd booked him before they even knew we existed, so to save face on both our parts, we shared the event. Unfortunately, the Newman soc just asked him to talk on "What is paganism" and he wasn't that good. But when he was storytelling, and just getting us in touch with history in a nice way, that was where his strong point lay. To be perfectly honest, I'd love to have him back doing something for pagansoc for something like that.
- A martial arts demo - it was of Silat which seems really rich both internally and externally. I can see a lot of similarities between it and Tai Chi, but also a lot of differences. That said, I still had thoughts of Dan Doherty saying "This is how you do a testicle crunch, lad!". But the people seem to have such a personal relationship with their weapons... it's as personal as a tarot reader and their deck of cards. Now maybe there's the same in Tai Chi, but I've just never see it.
- A Poi workshop - BEST THING EVER! Ok, I wasn't that great but wow it was fun! Near the end of the hour with just all the spinning and the music, I was going into a nice little trance-like state. Plus I got to keep the poi! Like I said, I wasn't that great, but Ani (the person running the workshop) realised that it would be a good idea for me to learn to treat it like a weapon. So she showed me how to do a figure of 8 (well, the problem is, I can't learn that stuff by watching, I have to learn by doing. Once I have the feel of it, I know it. But that's a bit of a problem when starting off) and then told me to stand side on, and to bend the figure of 8 around my body... so it's a kind of shield. And I got ot spar with her a little bit. Yeah, that'd be my favourite of the 4.
After dinner, there were 4 different events on - an exhibition of Poi dancing. Whereupon she said "Now I want volunteers from the workshop to come up here as well.", and then made a beeline for myself and Greg. So, Greg and I duelled... that way, no self-consciousness because we were concentrating on each other.
Then there was a trad music session, a belly dancing exhibition (no audience participation), and then a really cool band called the Hitmen. They played lots of fun music really well. This may sound like a weak description, but it was just brilliant. I was up dancing for most of it. I even got to headbang. What was more entertaining was that it started others off, and these were people who I didn't think would even think of it - I had made the mistake of forgetting that these people were pagans... in other words, open-minded and fun nutters.
One thing was that there was someone there who I like. I mean, REALLY like. I'm not going to say who, but basically, if I wasn't trans, I'd possibly have asked them out by now (of course there's a big Circle of Friends problem... possibly 2, but that's something else). Either way, I had a great time with them as well that day, which I did like.
So overall, Saturday rocked
the kasbah the altar... whatever.