W.I.P. Dark Age Northumbrians

St Bede’s Holy Dipping Well

I first discovered Holy Wells during a caravan holiday in Cornwall many years ago. It was in the days before Sat Nav and I noticed there were lots of Holy sites dotted about the Ordinance Survey map.

The holy sites were named after saints and were called wells. We didn’t get the chance to visit any of them though. Most of the holy wells seemed to be miles away from any village and well away from any road.

I vaguely wondered why anyone would want to ‘dig’ wells so far away from where they lived. There seemed to be rivers and streams so much nearer to the nearest villages shown on the map. I was fascinated and had never heard about Holy Wells before then.

Recently I was out walking Near Monkton Village with my best friend and discovered by chance that we have our own Holy Well here in South Tyneside. The information was on a vandalised information board near the village. A map showing a few paths through pleasant nearby post industrial reclaimed countryside and there on the board, barely visible through the scratched and burned Perspex, the name Saint Bede’s Well.

Bede’s well is easily accessible but sadly it had been filled with builders rubble and there was litter and broken glass scattered about the area. Just last week my best friend and I revisited the site. The Holy Well, still filled with rubble, had been used as a fireplace.

Ancient sacred site. Saint Bede’s Well.

I am researching Holy Wells and ancient beliefs and myths but I think most of our heritage has been lost. There was so much immigration into the area during the early years of the industrial revolution that I guess the old ways were simply forgotten as the way of life changed. Rural reliance on Mother Nature to Urban reliance on an employer.

Elsewhere in our region, away from great shipbuilding rivers and coal fields, there are still traces of our pre-industrial era ancestors. There are other holy sites. Sites which were sacred long before Christianity came to these shores. There are myths and legends too. Those myths and legends carry with them an insight into the beliefs and spirituality of the people who lived in these Islands long before the Romans brought their modern ways and beliefs here.

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The Laser Clinic Morpeth (Blog style)

Shining light on unwanted hair

I found The Laser Clinic Morpeth Ltd when I looked into alternatives to shaving off the dark facial hair I felt I had been cursed with. Facial hair on women is a lot more common than most people realise. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects 10% of women and one common symptom is growing dark facial hair which starts during puberty. Growing facial hair can lead to loss of confidence and low self esteem.

Laser hair removal, where laser light travels down the hair and burns out the follicle, was once offered to PCOS sufferers by the NHS. The treatment is still recommended but no longer funded by them.

There are very few clinics offering treatment in my area, Tyneside. I didn’t fancy Newcastle, the city isn’t car friendly. From my research I learned one side effect is redness where the Laser light had burned down to the follicle. It’s a temporary effect but I didn’t fancy walking the streets or standing at a bus stop with a red face. The clinic I chose was near Morpeth north of Newcastle. The web site said there was plenty of car parking space yards from reception. The cost of treatment seemed reasonable and I was willing to pay. I hate shaving.

My Sat Nav took me to the Laser clinic without any fuss. It is just a few miles from the A1. As I pulled into the car park I saw Susan the clinics owner, coming down the short path from the reception room to greet me. We had already messaged via Email and she had explained that a patch test would have to be done before the start of treatment. Like all cosmetic procedures there are some risks and side effects and Susan explained them to me. The risks are low and side effects temporary but everyone is different hence the need for a patch test. Susan helped me fill in forms which collected relevant medical information, and she explained what is meant by ‘informed consent’.

Susan is very friendly and personable, I felt immediately at ease. Susan has clients from as far as Bishop Auckland in the south and Jedburgh to the North. She can keep her prices down because she has low overheads and business rates are not as high as those in the city.

Susan has many clients who come to her because of unwanted hair growth due to PCOS. ‘‘I enjoy my work as a Laser Technician and get a great sense of satisfaction knowing I am helping people with their skin problems which in turn boosts clients self confidence and self esteem.’’ Susan can treat a wide range of skin complaints including thread-vein, rosacea, scar and pigmentation removal and acne scarring. Laser hair removal treatment does take multiple sessions to work effectively. Hair grows in phases. Facial hair grows then is dormant over a 4 to 8 week period and needs to be in the growing phase for the treatment to work.

I asked Susan about the beginnings of her Laser Clinic business. She told me about the stress of trying to juggle family life and a nine to five job in a Science Laboratory in nearby Morpeth. ‘‘I just felt I was not in control of my life’’ she explained. ‘‘Neil my husband was a Fire Fighter working shifts that couldn’t fit around our family life. I felt I was letting our young daughter Holly down. Organising childcare was a nightmare and having to beg for time off to see Holly on sports days and what have you was very stressful.’’

One day a work colleague told her they were having a tattoo removed, another had already told her she was having Laser Hair removal. Susan was curious and did some research. ‘‘I was looking for a way to take back control of my life. Escaping the nine to five seemed the only way so I needed to be my own boss.’’

Susan learned all she could about Laser Treatment. She contacted manufacturers and studied with Manchester University gaining the qualifications and skill necessary to operate Laser equipment effectively and safely.

‘‘Lynton, the company I bought my Laser machines from are brilliant’’ Susan told me. ‘‘I still work closely with them. I can ask for advice from one of their medical doctors if there’s something I’m not certain about and they take care of the regular servicing and calibration of my machines. I’m just so happy now I have control over my own life and It’s such a joy knowing I am able to use my Laser Technician skills to help my clients with their skin problems’’

All of Susan’s machines are NHS approved and Susan is a fully trained and qualified technician but she has had clients who have had treatment elsewhere who didn’t get the results they wanted. She told of one man who came to her for help with thread-veins. ‘‘He came to me with a low expectation of what could be done for him. His first words as he came through the door were ‘Right, I know there’s nothing you can do but I’m here so lets get on with it.’ The poor man was desperate. He couldn’t believe the result after I treated him and was over the moon. The problem is there are cheap machines on the market and they are not NHS approved so can’t be expected to produce the same level of success that more expensive machines can attain.’’

‘‘A lot of my business comes from word of mouth but when people have laser treatment from another place and don’t get the result they expect, they tell their friends and their friends think laser treatment doesn’t work. It’s such a shame because laser treatment does work and it does help people.’’

There is some discomfort during treatment I have found. Many people describe it as like being twanged with an elastic band and multiple treatment sessions will be required. I don’t mind a little discomfort. I am so glad I found Susan and her Lasers.

The Laser Clinic can be found online at www.thelaserclinic.org.uk
or Email susan@thelaserclinic.org.uk for more information.

By Pauline Stoker

Creation and everything

Pseudo Science fact or Pseudo Science fiction. You decide dear reader.

Just my own flight of fancy through the pseudo universe

A small journey through my imagination and an example of my own style of creative writing.

It is mind boggling. The physical universe is expanding in all directions but the rate of expansion is affected by gravity. That’s why galaxies seem to be spiral shaped. Time is distorted and swirled about by the thing in the middle of Galaxies and gives the illusion of being a spiral shape. The area between spiral arms may look empty but those are areas where time speeds up and stars travel faster through space before seeming to clump up in the denser area as time slows down again.

The physical universe is only one part of creation. In the beginning there were no physical laws only our spirit which exists outside of space and time. Then there was light which filled the universe which was without dimension. Then came time and space which was created as light condensed into individual packets of energy. Space/time expands in all directions, each moment of space/time expanding away from every other moment. Space expands into space/time. The whole of creation is within us. The spirit world runs parallel to the physical world and is outside of space and time.

Creation is ongoing and is evolution. Evolution is the product and purpose of creation. When mass is created from energy there is matter and an equal amount of anti matter. Scientist’s fret over why the newly formed particles don’t annihilate one another. In the beginning laws formed as matter was created which ensured evolution would take place. Light energy can change form and evolve. Neutrons are in balance for this reason. The way we think of electrons and such like is wrong anyway. Our imaginations cannot really ‘see’ them as they are. The realm outside of the physical which is out side of time and space and which runs parallel is also Creation. It is where we exist. We evolve in spirit.

The creator is all that has been created. In the beginning there was the creator/spirit. Then came everything in the physical realm, everything in the spirit realm mirrored creation. Just as light became physical and laws came into being by division in this physical realm, so the process mirrored that in the spirit realm. Long story short, our true selves are evolved from Creation. That is why we have the knowledge of what’s right and wrong within us. True life is love. There is more but now I am at the point where there are no words to explain. It can only be felt by our spirit which is infinite and exists outside of space and time.

The physical universe is a never ending process. Eventually all the matter and physical laws associated with this realm will fall into the void at the centre of at least one galaxy in any cluster. There are no laws in the void, only light which fills the void. When outside is inside it starts again. Perhaps the area at the centre of each galaxy is the ongoing Big Bang and is impenetrable. Infinite universes like this one created in every moment in the same space. Because of the nature of time, each newly created Universe evolves at the same time, in the same space. Doesn’t matter which it is, both are true at the same time perhaps. Just how I see it. It is amazing that we can use our imagination and intuition to explore such things though. Go anywhere, do anything, totally unrestrained by the physical which has no control over our inner being. Unless we allow it!

Coming soon.

How Human Kind is manipulated and controlled by the Dark forces of Anti Creation.

Welcome to my weird and wonderful Universe. Mind the gap lol. xx