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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Formby Live Music Festival 2016

The Formby Live Music Festival,  held 24-26 June 2016, saw some great local talent.

The photos and short videos below give a small example of what was on offer.

Brilliant performers and a great day out...

Pat Regan © 

Now on OTS News 

Emergency response teams called in after discovery of sinister object on River Alt

A mystery object, discovered on 23 June 2016 in the River Alt estuary mud flats (Hightown, Liverpool), had the experts baffled.

Ex-coast guard officer, Paul Harrison, examined photos of the object. He was not 100% sure of its identity. 

Ex-coastguard officer, Paul Harrison, who now runs Seavoice Training:

Police were also unable to identify the object.

Shortly after this the police along with fire, search and rescue, were joined by a bomb expert at the estuary scene due to the suspicious nature of the unknown device.

The identity of the sinister looking ‘thing’ still remained a mystery as it became clear that a very close inspection was needed to give an answer. 

An explosives expert braved the dangerous mud to reach the object. Police officers moved members of the public back to a safe distance.

Thankfully, the object was finally identified as an old buoy trapped in an upright position in the mud.

During WW2 the Luftwaffe dropped thousands of bombs on Liverpool. Many unexplored Nazi bombs have been discovered since that time. 

Tons of rubble from bombed out properties in Liverpool still rests on the banks of the Alt estuary. 

Better ‘safe than sorry’ said the police. Panic over! 

Pat Regan © 

Friday, 24 June 2016

New UK Independence Day arrives

Brexit: UK votes to leave EU in historic referendum

Britain says, OUT!
24 June 2016

It’s an historical day for Britain as it finally rejects over 40 years of unpopular European bureaucracy and red tape.

Leave won by 52% to 48% with England and Wales voting strongly for Brexit, while London, Scotland and Northern Ireland backed staying in the EU. UKIP leader Nigel Farage hailed it as the UK's "independence day" but the Remain camp called it a "catastrophe".
One young Englishman’s personal opinion (filmed yesterday) of the situation. 

Strong opinions both ways across the land and finally we vote to leave the EU.
Cameron to stand down as leader after backing the wrong horse. He tells the country that he is not the captain to steer the UK’s ship.
Remain - supporting loser, David Cameron, states that he is quitting as Prime Minister in autumn following his historical defeat. The PM had urged the country to vote Remain but was defeated by 52% to 48% despite London, Scotland and Northern Ireland backing staying in. Can we expect to see similar forthcoming major-player resignations and leadership challenges in the Labour Party and Liberal Democrats? 
Britain now needs strong leadership. Nevertheless, can we trust the politically engineering clutch of leadership-chasing Tories to put the country’s needs ‘before’ their own private political ambitions?  
We undoubtedly have exciting times ahead yet must expect a period of uncertainty and adjustment. 
How long will it be before someone suggests (whoops I just did) a new flag to mark 'Brexit'? Perhaps we need a competition for the design? 
Historically, Britain has a fine heritage of fierce independence and the pioneer spirit. Today this was an aspect of the national psyche seen yet again.
Whatever your opinion and vote, Britain now needs to move forward in a positive spirit of united action for the benefit of all.
Happy UK Independence Day to everyone. 

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Britain: Remain or Leave - the decision is yours

A nation: by the referendum divided

Well folks what's it going to be, in or out? 

You have a chance to make a difference so USE it! 

Polls suggest that it's going to be a close thing. 

Will you vote on issues of finance, personal circumstances, possibly bias against blatant bureaucracy or perhaps national pride?

According to the Daily Mail…

‘Britain is split down the middle with just two days of the referendum battle to go. As voters prepare to go to the polls on Thursday to decide the future of the nation, YouGov data revealed deep splits.’

The Independent states…

‘The first opinion polls on the EU referendum since the killing of the MP Jo Cox have suggested the ‘Remain’ campaign is pulling back into the lead.’

Brexit the Movie

The Mirror says…

‘It is less than 48 hours until polls open for the EU referendum on June 23 - and the final week has brought a deluge of polls. Leave has gained ground over the closing stages, with increasing numbers of poll results pointing to Brexit, although generally when undecided voters are excluded. The Europe question has split the Tory party, with key Conservatives Michael Gove and Boris Johnson part of the Leave campaign and David Cameron avoiding going head to head with any of his fellow Blues.’

One way or another, will YOU vote?

If you don't then it will be no use complaining when the result rolls in.

Pat Regan © 

Monday, 20 June 2016

Midsummer Solstice arrives once again

Of all archetypal symbols making an imposing impact on the human spirit, probably none remains more intensely embedded in our subconscious than the circle or the wheel. Once again the solar orb, the great life-giver, reaches its full pinnacle of supremacy. 

The circle is an emblem of constancy within existence. It is a sign of the Lunar/Solar principles and it is a symbol of timelessness because it has no beginning and no end.

As a symbol of the Sun it is at its most captivating zenith during the Midsummer Solstice. This is a special period when the solar orb is at its highest point in the heavens. At this time almost all natural growth is at the peak of its potential. 

The Wheel of the Year from this day on can only trundle downhill towards autumn and the desolate approach of midwinter. Whether we like it or not we are all an indispensable part of the organic universal plan of things. We do however have freewill and the ability to delay or increase our destinies according to our own irresponsible or prudent actions. 

Our ancient ancestors knew this fact well and yet they also realised that without fair chance or good luck, life could be poor, intolerable or ultimately disastrous.

The Roman Goddess of fate and luck was known as Fortuna, hence the other name for chance, i.e. fortune. This deity was often associated with a ship's rudder, sphere, cornucopia or wheel. Fortuna humbles even the most regal members in society. Prodigious emperors would often show images of her in their private chambers to remind them of her power over destiny. Without her blessings they realised that all their efforts would amount to nothing. So great an adoration did Fortuna amass that the Romans built eight separate Temples to honour her in their city.

Fortuna’s Temple at Antium in Latium was very popular with the Italians. Adherents would send abundant quantities of gifts and offerings from all over the country, in the hope of attracting the Goddess's goodwill. Fortuna had a feast day soon after the Midsummer Solstice in June when slaves too would be welcomed into the festivities, for the Goddess could even smile kindly on the most subjugated folk in the melting pot of the class structure. Who does not even now in modern times, protest or celebrate over one's good luck or calamity in life?

The Wheel of Fortuna is still clear today as the tenth card of the Major Arcana in the Tarot pack.

Anxious gamblers still watch anxiously as the casino roulette wheel spins for or against them and people who capriciously open books to seek answers to their enquiries owe much to Fortuna. A native of Latium, Numerius Sufficius, became troubled by a returning dream that led him to a rock where he discovered wooden lots. These small pieces of oak wood had ancient characters carved into them to express predictions from the Goddess. The answers from these symbols were thus considered divinely inspired. The last act of trusting one's destiny to the Goddess by 'drawing lots' is a tradition that's survived through thousands of years to contemporary times.

The wheel/circle and its links with Midsummer Pagan Fire Festivals are very ancient indeed. 

Long before Christianity invaded our green shores, the Neolithic Peoples worshipped their gods and buried their dead at countless sites of stone circles. The day of the 'Longest Sun' was (is) a sacred time, a time to conciliate the old gods to safeguard a successful harvest and future growth. 

Ancient people in olden times ignited Midsummer Eve fires high up on hill tops. The relationship with solar permanence is of course self-explanatory.

It is by no coincidence that the early Church decided to hold the feast day of St. John the Baptist at Midsummer. Our earliest ancestors needed rain as well as sun to make good crops and countless old customs give us a strong clues to this fact.

One old tradition involved a huge straw bound wheel being ignited then rolled down a hillside into a river. This event was mystically representative of the Sun's vigour intermingling with the water element to produce good growth in vegetation, etc.

New Age gurus, with their sanitised, white light, metaphysical notions may come and go along with the flow of life, yet the wonderful fluctuating cycles of nature remain intact. The Church, ever willing to exploit our old native traditions for its own ends, naturally saw this unique Pagan festival as an excellent occasion to convert into one of its own; hence the 'water' associations with a 'baptising' saint.

A great deal of our ancient Pagan heritage has been insidiously commandeered in this fashion; initially by the iron fist of monotheistic theocracy and by plastic pretenders liking the Pagan style. Nevertheless, more and more people are now rediscovering the old organic truths once again.

The ancient wholesome spirituality of the planet was always there for the taking, yet mankind’s fundamentalist quest for power corrupted it into something it never was throughout the ages. 

Pat Regan © 

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Woodvale Rally 2016

Images from the Woodvale Rally

This event was held at Victoria Park, Southport, on 18th and 19th June 2016.

Woodvale Rally is run by the 1st Southport Scout Group, raising funds to help youngsters with their scouting activities, camps and trips; also to assist local charities with donations.

A dull day with light rain later on but there was still plenty to see at the Rally.

Lots of family fun.

Pat Regan © 

Woodvale Rally
PO Box 30
Southport, Merseyside PR9 9ZN
United Kingdom, Company Number: 05011044