Oski and the Amulet, revisited

Graphic novel originally commissioned by York Archaeological Trust for display at the Jorvik Viking Festival

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in cave
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sssssh coloured 02
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halls and cave
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oski light coloured
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wall carve
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roam
mouse
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parrot
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an
ana m baby thing
ana m bird
ana footer
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carved three heads painted
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amanda hall in pastels 01
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farm 02
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cellar colour
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mala 06 darkened
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oski head
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mum n dad coloured
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boat burial coloured
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boat burial coloured cropped
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guilty coloured
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slaughter
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mala swamp light 09 cropped
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oski small
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thunder goddess
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ana oski 04
ana footer
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nature girl 04
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forest healing
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creature spirits alarmed 02 coloured
flying horse ana
ana footer
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journey coloured
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fire
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falling flames 02 painted squared right 07
falling flames 02 painted squared up 06
falling flames 02 painted squared left 09
falling flames 02 painted squared down 08
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falling darkness 03 right painted
falling darkness 04 up painted
falling darkness 01 left painted
falling darkness 02 down painted
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falling into ice 01
falling into ice 02 slim
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falling into ice 03 short
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ice cities -01coloured
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ice cities -02 crop coloured
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ice queen on tower
ana m ice
anna m ice speaks
ana footer
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oski away version one
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throng of frost 03 boo
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creature spirits alarmed 03 coloured cropped
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deep under 02 temp
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dwarf in ice 02
come with us
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animals push 01 temp
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dwarves anvil
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into light 02
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high seat 04
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amulet 03
help with bear
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path of ice 01 temp
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howling
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huge pit 01 temp
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huge pit 02 down temp
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blue bear
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oski do 02
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throng of frost 03 boo flipped
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amulet hook
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huge bear 01 temp
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bear free 01 temp
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falls 01 temp
must leap 01 temp
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fell fall
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grassy bank
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ana elf 02
ana footer
jul come
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elf table
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jul log
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song weaves
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edge of night song
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stepped darkness
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special one 04 darkened
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trees come
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path
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skulls
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dare
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fire wall
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carved three heads painted darkened
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tower dark enter
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door 02 coloured
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door open oski coloured 01
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rocky place
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oski halls 02
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stairs 01
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stairs 02
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distant door
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door flames
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mala sudden
mala at last
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mala swamp light 09
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mala stairs coloured 07
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mala n oski 03 cut
mala knew
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mala 06 darkened flipped
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mala to darkness
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have parents
have you
have amulet
what wanted
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tricked
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mum n dad coloured
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brightly
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oski light coloured
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cloak
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oski train 02 coloured
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amulet hook flipped
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so so long
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LBSword
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mala falls 01
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frozen
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cellar colour
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her friends 01
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ana elf 02
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freinds along
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amulet 03
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her sword
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fwooosh
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aside
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unstoppable
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stands blow
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heap
die
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forever
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blade of light
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powerful
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rise above
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into bones
cannot
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mala n oski 03
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gloating
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limp
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cracks
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mala falls 01
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mala falls 04 left
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mala falls 05 down
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mala falls 06 right
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scream
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in cave
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carved three heads painted
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orphan
nothing
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creak
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parents
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holding
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thunder goddess
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We Joined the Pumpkin Train

Yes the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin invited me along to tell spooky stories for their Pumpkin Train event. Here are a few films and pics of our time there – and some of my spooky poems below.

We were thrilled to be invited aboard the locomotive engine, a diesel, models of which are still in production or are being renovated for industrial useage.

We were thrilled when Kerry the engine driver invited us aboard the engine. We were there for the Pumpkin Train day so were on our way to the pumpkin patch. The train journey is normally twice as long but is shortened to allow time for everyone to get a pumpkin. Parents and children would all get a pumpkin, so a family of five would gather five pumpkins; and them pumpkins were pretty huge. There were around 1500 of them on the day we were there, and most of them went. They were set out in the shape of a bulls face and it was pretty scattered by we got there in the afternoon.

Kerry is a retired army general who gave forty years of service. Throughout that time he maintained is interest and involvement in museum. He tells me that he was fascinated by the railways from the age of three, and continued to volunteer while he was a general. His workmates told him this was pretty unusual. Most army members who fly accomplish around 2000 hours, Kerry loved to fly, and managed over five thousand hours flight time, plus over five thousand hours flying helicopters. He only stopped flying when he became a general with several thousand under his command.

As you can see, Heidi is an active member of the board, and all the fascinating people I met that day are enthusiastic and give of their time. In Britain if a museum is described as ‘national’ then admission is free and the place is funded, not so here in Wisconsin. This wonderful museum is kept alive by that enthusiasm and the price you pay at the door; your support is what makes the place thrive.

There were giant spooky inflatables everywhere, this one was a favourite for us. Besides Packman we also found ourselves wondering what would Scooby do?

We had a frightening trip along Cass Street too.

My poem We are the Skellies

My poem Watch Out for Witches

Tolkein’s Troll…

Link to Ghost stories

Link to pics of the British National Railway Museum

Kiddie Books Reading Suggestions – ‘Buy books!’

Kiddie Books Reading Suggestions – ‘Buy books!’

These are just samples from these wonderful authors.

A few words from me…

Mr Men and the Tooth Fairy

Peppa Goes on Holiday

Mr Happy and the Wizard

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The Little Isle; An Illustrated Tale of Faerie – First Draft

The Little Isle; An Illustrated Tale of the Realms of Faerie – this magical collaboration is slowly building towards becoming a publication and will feature these words below with the marvellous artwork of New York-based artist and designer Toni DB. For this first edition you will need to content yourselves with my illustrative scribbles which are in here for fun and to help get the process started. Samples of Toni’s illustrations appear at the foot of the blog as an idea of the quality of her work.

The Little Isle

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Let Snowdrop Fairy flutter,

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A crumbling pixy utter,

Does no one now believe?

No one now believe

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Rock troll in mountain melds

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Where elf-lore was upheld

No longer real belief

Oh, you who once believed

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Bumbling Hobb is sadly gone

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Where Titania is frowned upon

Doubters scoff belief

Where doubters scoff belief

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The fabled ancients say,

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As tall tree people sway,

You no longer believe

No longer believe

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Jackie Paper blows

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With Samwise to goodness knows

The land of disbelieve

Land of disbelieve

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Eritrea altered course

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White waves leaping horse

Die as you disbelieve

As you so disbelieve

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Will o the wisp will splutter,

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Wish Fairy dying stutter,

Death of belief

Death I believe

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Dragon-heart, Camelot, clover

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Flower-painter, cobbler, prince; all over

In doubt you lost belief

All gone, oh yes, believe

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Sleepy hill or hidden meadow

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Timeless tower or treasured bower

Forgotten to believe

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Too modern to believe

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The turn of page, the nod of dream

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The whirl of pool, the trickster’s scheme

Are all beyond belief

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Belief beyond we leave

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Let dandelion fly, or white fluff sail

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Let all cream curdle, each story fail

Die without you; disbelieve

You do not now believe

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No stones open, no princess dance

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A swan is just a swan, a frog will not advance

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A foolish past believe

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They used to all believe

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Go sweep the moon, go skip the primrose

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Smash the tooth, the lost morose

Forget all once believed

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To dwindle we believe

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Dwindle we believe

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Dwindle

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For those of you still wishing

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The fey are all diminishing

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No matter how you weave

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No matter how you weave

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Or does a little glimmer stubborn

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Provide a tiny isle to live on

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In the way that you perceive?

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In the way that you perceive

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So still the faerie weave

In the way that you believe

In the way that you believe

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Believe

Say, faerie live today

In the way that I believe

In the way that I believe

The way

I believei believe box

Adrian Spendlow

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Oski and the Amulet – Graphic Novel Created for Jorvik Viking Festival

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in cave
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sssssh coloured 02
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halls and cave
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oski light coloured
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wall carve
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roam
mouse
ana footer
parrot
ana footer
an
ana m baby thing
ana m bird
ana footer
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carved three heads painted
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amanda hall in pastels 01
story box 09
farm 02
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cellar colour
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mala 06 darkened
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oski head
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mum n dad coloured
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boat burial coloured
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boat burial coloured cropped
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guilty coloured
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slaughter
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mala swamp light 09 cropped
story box 09j
oski small
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thunder goddess
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ana oski 04
ana footer
story box 09m
nature girl 04
story box 09n
forest healing
story box 09o
creature spirits alarmed 02 coloured
flying horse ana
ana footer
story box 09p
journey coloured
story box 09q
fire
story box 09r
falling flames 02 painted squared right 07
falling flames 02 painted squared up 06
falling flames 02 painted squared left 09
falling flames 02 painted squared down 08
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falling darkness 03 right painted
falling darkness 04 up painted
falling darkness 01 left painted
falling darkness 02 down painted
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falling into ice 01
falling into ice 02 slim
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falling into ice 03 short
story box 09v
ice cities -01coloured
story box 09w
ice cities -02 crop coloured
story box 09x
ice queen on tower
ana m ice
anna m ice speaks
ana footer
story box 09y
oski away version one
story box 09z
throng of frost 03 boo
story box 09za
creature spirits alarmed 03 coloured cropped
story box 09zb
deep under 02 temp
story box 09zc
dwarf in ice 02
come with us
story box 09zd
animals push 01 temp
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dwarves anvil
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into light 02
story box 09zg
high seat 04
story box 09zh
amulet 03
help with bear
story box 09zi
path of ice 01 temp
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howling
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huge pit 01 temp
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huge pit 02 down temp
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blue bear
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oski do 02
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throng of frost 03 boo flipped
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amulet hook
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huge bear 01 temp
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bear free 01 temp
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falls 01 temp
must leap 01 temp
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fell fall
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grassy bank
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ana elf 02
ana footer
jul come
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elf table
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jul log
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song weaves
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edge of night song
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stepped darkness
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special one 04 darkened
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trees come
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path
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skulls
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dare
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fire wall
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carved three heads painted darkened
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tower dark enter
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door 02 coloured
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door open oski coloured 01
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rocky place
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oski halls 02
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stairs 01
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stairs 02
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distant door
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door flames
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mala sudden
mala at last
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mala swamp light 09
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mala stairs coloured 07
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mala n oski 03 cut
mala knew
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mala 06 darkened flipped
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mala to darkness
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have parents
have you
have amulet
what wanted
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tricked
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mum n dad coloured
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brightly
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oski light coloured
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cloak
ana oski cloak 01
ana footer
oski train 02 coloured
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amulet hook flipped
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so so long
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LBSword
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mala falls 01
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frozen
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cellar colour
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her friends 01
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ana elf 02
ana footer
freinds along
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amulet 03
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her sword
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fwooosh
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aside
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unstoppable
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stands blow
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heap
die
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forever
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blade of light
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powerful
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rise above
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into bones
cannot
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story box 09zzzza
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mala n oski 03
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gloating
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limp
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cracks
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mala falls 01
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mala falls 03 up
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mala falls 04 left
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mala falls 05 down
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mala falls 06 right
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mala falls 08 montage
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scream
screaming
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in cave
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carved three heads painted
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orphan
nothing
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creak
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parents
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holding
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thunder goddess
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Just call me Pied

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Just call me Pied

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I know that secretly I am Adrian Spendlow the storyteller, but for the sake of this blog, and for the amazing Rollercoastival, I am Pied, yes call me Pied. I am the Pied Piper but you can call me Pied.

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I was too, many coloured i.e. pied and to be honest Piper is somewhat of an honorary title. Yes when I piped children agreed that they would follow me but the truth is that is because I made a very rude noise.

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My piping aside; what a great time we had. I was thrilled to have such good crowds of families. When you think that Coastival has around a hundred events going on, many of which are part of Rollercoastival, (the children’s and families’ activities), it was great to have such good sized groups.

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Kate at work
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If everyone did as well for numbers there must have been thousands and thousands and thousands attending events. Well a lot.

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And what great groups they were. Everyone was game for fun.

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We told stories, we created stories we created the perfect place to live – and it was Scarborough!

We paraded,

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by Martha

we serenaded from balconies,

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Pippa

we did art, (that’s why I am doing this blog cos of the great artwork),

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Mark (one of the dads)
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we made or chose musical instruments.

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There was a king,

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and he was in a castle.

You have to have a horrid bit for me the Pied Piper to rescue you all from so you can end up somewhere nice.

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We made up some horrid places;

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all from the imaginations of children.

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We were kind and cuddly and that made the moody king grumpy. I will tell you how bad he is, he picks his nose! Starving we were, and we cried out, “We want sweets!” All we got was sprouts, and sprouts, oh and loads more sprouts; badly cooked. Even worse than that, he stamped on our tiddlywinks. We begged and begged for food and all we got were puddings, those really horrid sorts. His wife the queen wanted to go shopping so he stole all our money.

He even stole our teddy bears. The teddy bears got made alive and turned into monsters (they were rather silly monsters).

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This wolf is by parent called Adrian

“You should be nice!” we cried.

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“I don’t like sharing! I shall send my silly monsters after you.”

We played hide and seek! Then we heard the sweet sound of the pipes and they led us away. The Pied Piper took us all away and we paraded through to Scarborough. It was lovely.

Footnote: the piping of course wasn’t lovely but I didn’t want to spoil the story with wizzpopping noises.

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Other children complained of the king forcing them to hoolahoop for his entertainment, bouncing balls for hours and lots of fighting. Worst of all being told they were funny! Naughty kings tell secrets, trip you up, sing songs about you and like fighting.

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Most horrid of all he made them go to school! Good job we all escaped upon the Skylark

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This was actually about the Sea Goddess Ran but it fits here nicely

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and followed Pied to Scarborough.

We told stories along the way. There were magical baby horses (‘called foals actually’),

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dragon-like serpents,

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a hero dressed as a bear,

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a beautiful young woman in a tower,

trolls in caves,

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by Mark’s son age 2
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cattle from all over the world for the serpent to eat,

shrunken treasure,

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by Delilah

a funny little man in a cave,

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by Ellie

spears, weddings, unicorns,

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by Matilda
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mums what help, dads what tell stories,

seeing the sea, rainbow bridges,

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by Delilah

wolves,

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Greg was a helper and he lied about his age
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apple trees,

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strange but beautiful ladies of the sea – what are they called again? Merrymaids is it????

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There were also mystery sharks appearing in Scarborough (True!) and a true love story with a message in a bottle.

Oh and how the goddess of love she cried, oh how she cried.

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We were so glad to get away from the evil king, He had given us all bracelets with eyes in that watched you and he complained that we were whining all the time. He wouldn’t let us go near the glittering golden apples and oh how we longed to wear pink. He said we were never ready on time (which was true actually), called us Contrary Mary’s who never gave him any peace and quiet. He has got peace and quiet now, because he is all alone and we have ran away. We had to run away as he had sent tarantulas to scare us.

I will tell you how bad he was, he wouldn’t let our friends visit and gave us jelly that looked nice but was made with horrid things.

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That is why we are happy to be in a magical land called Scarborough.

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A magical land. Ask us what it is like if you like and we will tell you. It is nice. We are happy and we have friends. The whole world is places to play with cushions all over the place so you don’t bang your chin when you fall. Everything is made from Lego except the candy floss trees and the candy floss grass.

There is no school. No wait we missed school, so there is school; you learn how to wrap presents and how to make sweets, cos it is Christmas every day and there are always presents. The rullers at school are gummy bear rulers so we don’t really bother drawing straight lines much.

When you live in a candy castle all the stories have happy endings.

We live in a land where it is fine because you are with your mummies and everyone laughs at everyone’s jokes (even Adrian’s).

Come and live in tree houses with us there is bacon for breakfast and teddies hug you back.

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Mark’s son aged 2 drew this teddy and it is the first time he has done a drawing to look like something

Even pringles are chocolate and chocolate twists grow from chocolate tress. Besides the chocolate fountain is an ever filling bowl of anything you want and a help yourself forever ice cream van.

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That is how great it is.

We didn’t want to live in the king’s castle any more as he had stinky feet and made us always be busy. If we didn’t work hard enough he chased us with ninja turtles.

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This is Libby’s beetle not a ninja turtle

They were very naughty and played tricks on us all and called us cheeky monkeys.

No wonder we are happy in magical Scarborough with its candy castle.

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by Kate

Sweetie land has toffee apple trees and it is sunny all the time. It is great to be all families together and we even like the blue sheep. Flying on foxes and magical unicorns are our favourite hobbies and everyone has a bicycle, and a tricycle and a unicycle what they can ride easy.

Peaceful it is and always warm and everyone can swim.

We play pass the parcel and hokey cokey and hopscotch and twister and football too.

Come with us, let the Pied Piper lead the way to where everything is sunny and warm.

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(If i have missed anybodies name off or anything do please let me know)

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