Orela Vokes

Month: October, 2014

Trick or Treat?

I tend to be a bit cynical when it comes to Halloween; I can’t stand the mass-produced (or just plain stupid) costumes, and the concept of trick-or-treating seems a bit mean to me. But there’s a lot I do like, not least the strange mix of fear and fun. Today has got me thinking about the fact that (many) humans actually like being frightened and I’ve been reading all about the science and psychology behind it. Now I’m going to snuggle down in bed and scare myself silly with a horror movie!



A Flying Visit

Last week I managed to squeeze in a short trip to England for some much-needed family time. I had the good fortune of being in Banbury at the same time as the fair, something I went to every year until I moved away. Nothing had changed in the ten years that had passed since I was there last; it was still the same grotesque, dizzying, exciting experience. I ‘hooked-a-duck’, ate candyfloss, and even went on a ride called Star Flyer (twice, because I enjoyed it so much!) And I’ll be doing lots more flying soon, as I’m going to New Zealand in December!

Fair - Galloping Horses

Fair - Hook A Duck

Fair - Star Flyer

Fair - Star Flyer 2

Fair - Desperate Dan's

Fair - Wilson's Fast Foods

Fair - Nightmare Express

Alces Alces

Today I’ve been feeling a bit too Autumn-y so I decided to chill out with some lovely music and my art stuff. I finished painting this solitary creature; one as exotic to me as a lion or tiger, but unlike those, one that I’ve actually seen in the wild. I thought I’d share this passage from Wikipedia as it’s the kind of thing I’ve been learning in my English language history course:

Alces alces, is always called a “moose” in American English but sometimes called an “elk” in British English. That same word “elk,” as used by a North American, means a completely different and only somewhat related animal, Cervus canadensis (wapiti).The word “elk” originated from Proto-Germanic languages, from which Old English evolved. The British English word “elk” has cognates in other Indo-European languages, for example elg in Danish/Norwegian; älg in Swedish; Elch in German; and łoś in Polish (Latin alcēalcē or alcēs and Greek ἅλκη álkē are probably Germanic loanwords). In the continental-European languages, these forms of the word “elk” almost always refer to the animal called moose.”

Fascinating stuff!

Alces Alces