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BBC Antiques Roadshow: Austin Osman Spare

For what I believe to be the third time, Austin Osman Spare featured on Sunday’s BBC Antiques Roadshow, this time for a rather delightful portrait of an unknown male. UK visitors to this site will know that Antiques Roadshow is a popular and influential BBC programme. Nothing of much note in the evaluation but worth a watch..

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Anita Pallenberg’s love life wasn’t half as crazy as her obsession with black magic | Daily Mail Online

Pregnant with her first child, and beginning a slide into an abyss of heroin use, [Anita] Pallenberg, then 26, had a preoccupation with black magic that led her to increasingly fantastical realms. ‘I had an interest in witchcraft,’ she recalled later, ‘in Buddhism, in the black magicians that my friend, Kenneth Anger, introduced me to. The world of the occult fascinated me.’

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Ban on Aleister Crowley lecture at Oxford University | The Guardian

Oxford undergraduates are more adventurous than Oxford dons. The Oxford Poetry Society, a typically worthy undergraduate club, decided to venture on a strange fields by listening to a lecture by Mr Aleister Crowley on Gilles de Rais, a fifteenth-century magician known to history as the companion-in-arms of Joan of Arc and to children as the celebrated Bluebeard. The dons, however, took alarm, and so Mr Crowley has had to stay behind in Kent, leaving, one imagines, his inquiring young disciples to the less exciting delights of a paper on Wordsworth, or, perhaps, even on the metrical basis of Alexander Pope’s verse.

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New User Registrations Disabled [UPDATED: Re-Enabled]

Spam registrations are being made currently on the site at a rate of one every couple of minutes. Members here have rightly complained that user profiles comprising spam adverts are distracting and inappropriate. Pending the development of a technical solution, I have disabled new user registrations. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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Remnants of infamous Boleskine House near Foyers by Loch Ness offered for sale online [UPDATED]

A couple working to rebuild the fire-ravaged Boleskine House by Loch Ness are selling charred remnants of the building for £49 a bag. Past owners have included the Fraser clan, Led Zeppelin rocker Jimmy Page and infamous cult leader Aleister Crowley. A crowdfunding campaign was started last year and has so far generated more than £22,500 of the £220,000 target for donations.

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Collection dispersal

From Clive Harper: Friends and acquaintances may be surprised by an announcement recently made regarding the sale of books from my collection. So let me assure everyone that in the immortal words of Granny Weatherwax – “I ATEN’T DEAD”. However after nearly half a century of accumulating occult books, I have decided that it is time to “downsize” and over the next year or two, I shall be dispersing the vast majority of my collection.

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The Boleskine House Foundation: Appeal For Funds

“Our contractors have been working day and night for the last week. We have successfully removed several skips worth of rubbles from the “library” and “oratory” rooms. We have successfully removed any hanging remains that could damage the house over the winter. Between these tendered works and professional fees, we will be pressed for funds by the end of December. Boleskine needs your help! Please see our PayPal, GoFundMe, or sign up as a member today!”

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Trigrammaton Records releases spoken-word version of The Vision and The Voice

Never before put in ‘audiobook’ format, this release of Liber 418 from Seven Ravens comes on the 110th anniversary of the first Algerian skrying. Aleister Crowley’s The Vision & The Voice continues the Seven Ravens project of bringing the ‘Class A’ works of Crowley to a wider public. The text of all 30 aethyrs is set to an original synthesizer backing track, encompassing over 6 hours of words and music.

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