“Gee my krag”

“Krag – gee my krag” sings Troubadour Iain on his album, “Krag”.

It’s of course about Eishkom’s perpetural “power kaks”. Otherwise known as “Load sh*tting.” We sacrificed a fridge to their randomness.

Well they are at it again; we’ve been without power now since last night 8pm (sharp). Except for (ready for this:) 1h am last night on the clock, the power came back, just to be switched off again as the alarm went (the alarm clock, alright) at 6 am sharp. Go figure?

People who stocked up on candles in the 1994 pre-elections paranoia (who remembers this) were accurate – but premature. Now is the time those thousands of candles, the gas bottles, gas cookers, stashed-up clean water etc come into play. We sat without water for 3 days, about 2 weeks back. No sooner has the pain of that subsided, and the power goes…

The album is available at P’kaboo of course, songs like his are more or less the only positive thing that comes out of this breakdown of the infrastructure.

Krag album

Krag en ander stories

Quick update

Bit busy, sorry about the silence.

Web work:  The following pages have been updated:

Lupa, book feature page

A Tensional Guitarist, book feature page

Marie Marshall, author page

Leslie Hyla Winton Noble, author page


This is the second “batch” of pages that are updated; the first were those pages that are accessed directly from the main menu of the P’kaboo home page.  As for now, I’m going according to clicks – the pages that are being clicked most, get their updates first.  P’kaboo is a big site with a lot of pages.


We’re working on the following titles:

“From My Cold Undead Hand” by Marie Marshall 

“Darx Circle” by Leslie Noble

“The Morrigan” (Solar Wind 5, Lyz Russo)

There are also three manuscripts in submission by authors who have not appeared previously on our site.


Going along, very busy.


13th St Patrick’s Cubs Pack:

Currently urgently in need of an Akela, as our current Akela is only there temporarily and is planning to move.  We’re holding the pack together with her help, and the help of the Scoutmaster (meaning that he does double duty on a Friday, first leading the Cubs and then the Scouts), and assistants.

If there is anyone out there who is involved with 13th St Patrick’s who is willing to go into uniform and become the new Akela, please would you step forward?  13th St Patricks is that Cubs and Scouts troupe that regularly wins the Field Day.  You’ll spot them easily.


And now after Hubbs’ birthday today, and all sorts of other commotion, let me run…


I was writing an email to a place explaining that I am self-employed, and the keyboard misfired and produced, “I am elf-employed”.




This puts a whole new slant on everything I’ve been trying to achieve!  In reality, I’m actually a slave – for that old weirdo in red-and-white.

Well, if you browse my shop you can believe it:

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Or in the more conventional Elven way:


So let me go fairy off and do whatever the elves do.  :-D

Tomorrow, School…

Back into the Matrix, tomorrow.  The brief respite is already over.

But things are going to change.  They are already changing, I can see the seedlings of change pushing their tiny green noses through the soil of everyday.  Not enough yet to flap their leaves and generate wind of change; we’re still at the pampering and nurturing change phase.

I’m still marvelling at just how much damage those burglars wreaked in our lives.  Today, finally, I have my car back, it’s running again.  I’ve been without a car for more than 3 months now.  It’s been difficult.

Time to put my nose down and work, hell-hard, on everything.  I have a few ideas…



…and the third marathon: Lord of the Rings

Samwise the Brave

Sam: The actual hero of the story.

There are a number of good heroes in this story.  Also a number of real idiots.  Pippin tends to mess everything up.  Boromir with his delusion and arrogance.  Denethor, last of the Stewards of Gondor, telling his surviving son to his face he wished he (Faramir) were dead and Boromir survived.  Sending Gondor’s horsemen to their destruction.

What gets me (what also got me about Harry Potter – the later sequels) is how Frodo becomes the perfect tragic hero.  (Harry does too.)  This got me the first time I saw the movies, by which time I’d read the books 5 times, and was never tripped up by Frodo’s tragic nature.  I don’t want to be funny, they go through hell, sure, but all that dead-seriousness is not much fun!

It also struck me this time round how Faramir, who is no less a hero than his brother Boromir (though less arrogant) is portrayed in the movie as a wuss.  A total softy.  In the book he’s brave and decisive, and his decision not to take the ring from Frodo is based in wisdom rather than in lack of character.

On the other hand Eomer really gets his moment in the sun.

Interesting to revisit this movie.  I will have to re-read the book, I’ve nearly forgotten about Fatty Bolger, Fangorn Forest and Tom Bombadil.  The first time I watched The Fellowship of the Ring, I couldn’t understand why they should have left such colourful parts out, until it struck me that Tom Bombadil actually messes up the plot because he’s totally immune to the ring.