Thursday, 19 May 2022

Review ~ Final Blend Robusto Maduro 5″ x 50 (7/10)


These were a limited run, Famous Smoke exclusive in 2010.
Here is the official description:

Final Blend cigars are the result of a marathon cigar sampling session held in Nicaragua, and as so often happens, the very last blend is what earned these uber-flavorful, medium-bodied cigars their name. The 'final blend' is...a core of Dominican, Colombian and Indonesian tobaccos rolled in dark, oily Brazilian Mata Fina Oscuro wrappers. Earthy, sweet, and spicy flavors weave in and out as notes of cocoa and coffee bean surface for a deliciously complex, MUST-TRY cigar.

At some point that year I ended up with one in one of their samplers, but it wasn't really on my radar at the time. Since then, it's been hanging around in my humidors, getting shifted from one to the other in my various re-organising as my collection has expanded, and I never got round to smoking it, as I never really read or heard much of anything about them and it wasn't high on my list to try.

Well, today, it just sorta jumped out at me, and I picked it up. Initially, I thought maybe my hygrometer was out of whack, because the thing was rock hard, and pretty lightweight, so I thought it was too dry, but all other sticks in that humi were as expected, and, on closer inspection, it didn't look dried out, cracked, or in any other way compromised. It was smooth, dark, with a nice sheen, lightly veined, and almost velvety to the touch and on the lips. Smelled wonderfully rich and just a little sweet, giving me hope that it would be a worthwhile smoke.


It was!! Alas, it may well be the only one I ever get to enjoy. About halfway through, I looked it up, knowing I wanted to find more of them, only to find the sad news of the aforementioned limited run.

As always, I employed the "light and cut" method, though, in this case, it was light and punch. It took a little while to light all the way to the centre, as the thing is really incredibly packed, but it was easy to light evenly, and the pre-smoke aroma was pleasantly earthy and dark.
The first couple puffs gave a hit of "crisp" (not sure how else to describe it), dry leather, moving quickly to a rich, deep, oily leather with thick, dense, chewy smoke that totally coated my mouth. Midway through second third, hints of espresso started creeping in, with slight chocolate in the aftertaste.
Strong espresso on the retrohale, and increasingly more creamy chocolate notes adding to leather and coffee toward end of second third.
Into the last third, it had morphed into a warm, mocha latte, with a slight, mellow, almost nutty nuance, though the leather notes were still peeking through on the back of the tongue.
Perfect draw throughout, very slightly uneven burn, but nothing a couple touch-ups couldn't fix, white/grey semi-solid/slightly flaky ash.

All in all a very nice, medium strength smoke, and I'll be on the lookout should they ever return! I give it a solid 7/10.





 

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Manumission

Being that I am a woman of honour, my word is my bond. Thus, I find it offensive when my honour is called into question without good cause. 

HOWEVER, for those who still wish to doubt, quibble, or otherwise question my status, find below the entire slave record, including the proof of my manumission. If anyone requires additional clarification, my dear friend, former owner, and Free Man of my City has graciously agreed to explain further. Simply ask, and I will put you in contact with him. Good luck.




 


Sunday, 27 March 2022

Metal Metal Mayhem Playlist & Recorded Show ~ 2022.03.26


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Featured Full Album
Her True Nature
By:
The Nest
Released: March 24, 2022

Label: Van Records

Playlist


  1. Children of Bodom - Oops, i did it again (03:21)
  2. Helloween - I Want Out (04:43)
  3. HammerFall - Crimson Thunder (05:04)
  4. Iron Mask - Morgana's Castle (05:11)
  5. Freedom Call - Follow Your Heart (03:51)
  6. Atrocity - Pandæmonium (06:10)
  7. Fleshgod Apocalypse - The Egoism (06:22)
  8. Zornheym - Subjugation Of The Cellist (01:20)
  9. Acacia - One Last Nightmare (05:49)
  10. Septicflesh - Anubis (04:17)
  11. Winterstorm - Fire of Dreams (05:33)
  12. Дрыгва (Drygva) - Вясна (Vesna) (04:03)
  13. All Ends - Close My Eyes (02:59)
  14. The Nest - Thalatian Vibe (06:38)
  15. The Nest - Her True Nature (10:20)
  16. The Nest - We Are One (09:50)
  17. The Nest - Vague à l'âme (09:31)
  18. The Nest - The Way Of All Flesh (10:10)
  19. The Nest - Altar (05:58)
  20. The Nest - Le Feu (09:08)
  21. Грай (Grai) - Млада (Mlada) (04:09)
  22. Grai - Vesna (03:29)
  23. 恆月三途 (Crescent Lament) - 煙花易寒 (Once Blossomy) (04:52)
  24. Soilwork - A Whisp Of The Atlantic (16:31)
  25. The HU - The Legend of Mother Swan (05:25)
  26. Vanden Plas - Fatal Arcadia (08:22)
  27. Slay Duggee - Baby Shark (Heavy Metal) (01:45)

Thursday, 24 March 2022

Metal Metal Mayhem X Playlist & Recorded Show ~ 2022.03.22


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Featured Full Albums

 
Span of Æons
By:
Daeth Daemon
Released:
March 17, 2022
Label: Van Records  

*~ AND ~*

Sumerian Tombs
By:
Sumerian Tombs
Released:
March 18, 2022
Label:
Van Records

Playlist


  1. Nanowar Of Steel - Sulle Aliquote Della Libertà (03:29)
  2. Labyrinth - Finally Free (06:23)
  3. Korpiklaani - Anolan Aukeat (03:04)
  4. Axel Rudi Pell - Eagle (06:53)
  5. Rivers Of Nihil - Terrestria IV: The Work (11:29)
  6. Powerwolf - Reverent Of Rats (02:54)
  7. Accept - Samson And Delilah (04:31)
  8. Slaughter to Prevail - Head On A Plate (04:25)
  9. Moonspell - Darkness In Paradise [Candlemass Cover] (07:10)
  10. Therion - Ten Courts Of Diyu (05:29)
  11. UMC - Captain Jack (Metal Version) (04:11)
  12. Blind Guardian - Secrets Of The American Gods (06:38)
  13. Sirenia - Voyage Voyage (04:18)
  14. Chalice Of Sin - Nightmare (03:57)
  15. Aeon - Just One Kill (04:18)
  16. Tragedy - Tragedy (2021 Remastered Version) (03:41)
  17. Dragony - Legends Never Die (03:43)
  18. Epica - Twilight Reverie - The Hypnagogic State (04:29)
  19. Hypocrisy - Gods Of The Underground (04:48)
  20. Everdawn - The Last Eden (04:59)
  21. Van Canto - From The End (04:54)
  22. Flotsam And Jetsam - Undone (03:19)
  23. Impaled Nazarene - Unholy Necromancy (02:30)
  24. Daeth Daemon - Deathspell Glacier (01:38)
  25. Daeth Daemon - Extermination Ghost (03:29)
  26. Daeth Daemon - Feasting The Swines (03:53)
  27. Daeth Daemon - Fall of the Sulphur Angel (04:04)
  28. Daeth Daemon - Twisted Pariah (04:38)
  29. Daeth Daemon - Abyss of Alienation (02:18)
  30. Daeth Daemon - Anticipation of Evil (04:44)
  31. Daeth Daemon - Walls of Enslavement (03:29)
  32. Daeth Daemon - Nocturnal Crossroads (04:22)
  33. Sumerian Tombs - Enter The Netherealm (01:11)
  34. Sumerian Tombs - Bloodspell Of The Ancients (06:49)
  35. Sumerian Tombs - Light Of Death (07:27)
  36. Sumerian Tombs - Tomb Lurker (06:35)
  37. Sumerian Tombs - Altars Of The Past (06:58)
  38. Sumerian Tombs - The Key - Bloodmeditation (05:16)
  39. Sumerian Tombs - Transcending The Veil (00:31)
  40. Sumerian Tombs - Vampyric Dominance (07:12)
  41. Unleashed - Here at the End of the World (05:04)
  42. Cynic - Architects Of Consciousness (06:20)
  43. Anette Olzon - Roll The Dice (04:48)
  44. Saxon - See My Friends (02:58)
  45. Timo Tolkki's Avalon Feat. Mar - Time (06:06)
  46. Beast In Black - My Dystopia (05:51)
  47. (Artist unknown) - Badger Badger Badger (Metal Remix) (01:30)
  48. Maryjanedaniel - Baby Shark (EXTREME METAL Cover) (01:38)

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Real Life "Panther Girls/Women" Are Not Gorean

 
Yes, I know this view is terribly unpopular amongst a certain subset of women in Gorean circles, but I stand by it, and have reasonable arguments to back it up. 

The discussion of the panther women/girls arises frequently in Gorean venues, and there are invariably those women who identify as such, arguing that they are Gorean, and that their identification as panthers is perfectly legitimate, since they existed in the books and are, therefore, Gorean. 

There is a fatal flaw in this logic, however. 

As with all the characters in the books who were originally from the planet, Gor, the panther girls/women were Gorean. They were Gorean because they were from Gor, regardless of their philosophical ideals, beliefs, or behaviour.

Their inclusion in the books were used as an allegory to many real life women and modern, societal elements or movements, and, as a contrast against the ideals by which the majority of Gorean society lived in the stories.

Being Gorean in real life means making a conscious decision to embrace and live according to the philosophies, tenets, & ideals put forth within the books. So, lets take a look at what the books say about panther women...

(Bold formatting in quotes added by me, for emphasis.)

    "Slave girls who escape masters or some free women, who will not accept the matches arranged by their parents, or reject the culture of Gor, occasionally flee to these forests and live together in bands..."
    ~ Assassin of Gor,   Page 293-294
Sometimes free women, miserable and unhappy in their lives, resentful of the conventional constraints commonly imposed on them in the cities and towns, fleeing unwanted matches, debtors hoping to escape the law and such, attempted to join a band of Panther Girls.
    ~ Smugglers of Gor, Page 277
        "Who are these women?" I asked. "Where do they come from?"
    "Some were doubtless once slaves," said Ute. "Others were once free women. Perhaps they did not care for matches arranged by their parents. Perhaps they did not care for the ways of their cities with respect to women..."
    ~ Captive of Gor,   Page 81-82
So, these are women who reject the culture of Gor. They are not happy with the conventional, Gorean ways, and wish to live otherwise. Now, in the fiction, these Gorean ways are forced upon them. They did not make a choice to be Gorean, only to then reject Gorean ways. They are stuck on a planet with certain, nearly worldwide, views which they do not share. It is understandable, even reasonable, for them to take drastic measures to escape to the forests to live a life they choose, rather than a life forced upon them. 

They chose to become outlaws because they were completely against Gorean ethos, or because their respective cities did not allow them to be themselves - perhaps tried to impose some rather ridiculous (and often, unnatural, by the way) societal mores upon them, so fled to the forests to do their own thing.
VERY Gorean, if you ask me. They chose freedom over a form of enslavement. Cause, lets face it.. being a FW, especially in some of the the cities of the books was not really what could be called real freedom.

How is any of that relevant to living on Earth, in real life though? 

It is not. If one does not wish to adhere to Gorean ethos - to live according to Gorean beliefs, tenets, ideals - if one does not wish to embrace Gorean ways, there is a VERY simple solution...

Don't be Gorean!

That's all there is to it! Modern society and the laws therein are on your side. You are free to come and go as you please in the majority of cities in the developed world, and many elsewhere too. You are not going to be forced into an arranged marriage, forcibly enslaved, made to wear robes and veils, have a male chaperone, etc. There are hardly any establishments from which you are barred, simply because you are a free female. You can wear what you want, dance as you please, be as sensuous and provocative as you like, and have sex (or not) with any consenting adult, without fear of being brought before a magistrate and legally enslaved. 

 

Gorean women - that is, women who choose to adhere to Gorean principles in their real, daily life - understand and embrace our  womanhood and femininity. We know we are not the same as men, and that people are not simply identical creatures with some different reproductive parts, and we revel in that fact and our differences.

"Are panther girls truly so strong?" she asked.
"Not really," I said. "Once captured and conquered, collared and silked, their thigh burned by the iron, thrown to a man's feet, they are as quick to kiss and lick as any woman. Indeed, they make superb slaves. They bring high prices in the markets. They are only girls desperate to fight their femininity. "
    ~ Beasts of Gor, Page 239-240

Now, I would argue that the panther women in the books were definitely stronger than most of their city dwelling counterparts, and absolutely stronger and more capable than the average, real life, Earth dwelling person in developed countries. They had to be, if they wished to survive the harsh conditions of the Gorean wilderness. they were skilled with weapons, hunting big, dangerous game, forestry, building and maintaining their own shelters, tracking and navigating, and just general self reliance. They were regularly able to capture, hold, and sell free men, even getting the jump on seasoned warriors some of the time, so yeah... They were actually pretty badass, but that isn't the point.

     Panther Girls are commonly filled with hatred; they commonly resent and hate men, whom it seems, oddly enough, they appear to envy and attempt to emulate, but, interestingly, perhaps even more, they commonly resent and hate typical free women, perhaps because such women are too female, and too unlike men.
    ~ Smugglers of Gor, Page 277

The point is that they commonly deny their very nature as women. They force themselves to deny their sexuality to the point that they completely lose their everloving minds every so often, and have to go do some feral, rabid "dance" ritual where they tear off their clothes and scream and moan in misery, clawing at the earth and the sky, and/or raping any captured men they have handy because they can't help themselves. And they do all this insane self denial because they fear being lost to their own natures and brought to their knees at the feet of strong men. Not fear of strong men forcibly enslaving them, but fear of their own bodies and emotions enslaving them. 

Now, I'm sure that some of them are not denying anything, and are just doing what they gotta to do be able to live authentically, and more power to them. But again, that's not a thing here in reality.

 There is no need for free women to be the frigid, sexless, and emotionally devoid creatures they were expected to be in some of the societies in the books (note: there were several book societies in which this was NOT the case.. Free women wore more reasonable clothing, went where they pleased, alone or not, etc

I believe it's pretty clear that the Panthers of the books were there simply to show that there were some women who were neither slave material, nor the completely repressed FW of the cities.

Here in reality, we can, and I feel, should, if we are to call ourselves Gorean, allow our FULL natures to shine through, as appropriate; rather than pretend. I believe that is a lot of what the extremes were there in the books to teach us.

It's very important to remember that the extremes were created as literary devices to make points.

 Some self identified "Panthers" claim that they choose the moniker because they identify with the strong, wild, free roaming traits of the panther women of the books.

I identify with all of those traits as well. I am rather well trained and skilled in hand to hand and combat with weapons. I can survive out in the forests on my own quite well (less easily, as I get older and old injuries come back to bite me in the ass, but still just fine...), as well as on the streets, or pretty much anywhere else I find myself, on my own, and generally end up protecting others also. I am strong, proud, fierce when need be, etc...

My point though, was that, although I identify in many ways with the Panthers, I don't identify as one. It is unnecessary. Like I said before, we don't have to make that choice here on Earth. We are Gorean, and we are free. And on Earth, in reality, that freedom can absolutely encompass all that the Panthers of the books had to run away to the forests to have.

I also identify with the Torvaldslanders, having Norse heritage and a goodly part of my spiritual path being based in Asatru, but I do not call myself a Torvie either. Because it is a fictional element that serves no real purpose outside of the books, in my opinion, since we already HAVE the equivalents here.

Metal Metal Mayhem Playlist & Recorded Show ~ 2022.03.12


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Featured Full Album
Eulogies
By:
Wolves At The Gate
Released: March 11, 2022

Label: Solid State Records

Playlist


  1. Lego's Lost Project - Rock n_Roll Is Dead [Metal Cover] (03:27)
  2. Whyzdom - Notre Dame (06:42)
  3. Unleashed - It Is Finished (03:19)
  4. Van Canto - Thunderstruck (04:52)
  5. Saxon - The Pilgrimage (06:28)
  6. Tragedy - Total Eclipse of the Heart (2021 Remastered Version) (06:46)
  7. Timo Tolkki's Avalon - The Fire And The Sinner Feat. Jake E, Brittney Slayes (03:23)
  8. Therion - El Primer Sol (03:37)
  9. Slaughter to Prevail - Ouroboros (03:47)
  10. Sirenia - This Curse Of Mine (04:20)
  11. Powerwolf - Undress To Confess (03:31)
  12. Nightfall - Wolves In Thy Head (04:02)
  13. Wolves At The Gate - Shadows (03:23)
  14. Wolves At The Gate - Peace That Starts The War (02:49)
  15. Wolves At The Gate - Kiss the Wave (03:49)
  16. Wolves At The Gate - Lights & Fire (03:30)
  17. Wolves At The Gate - Eulogies (03:32)
  18. Wolves At The Gate - Weight of Glory (02:46)
  19. Wolves At The Gate - Deadweight (03:48)
  20. Wolves At The Gate - No Tomorrow (03:24)
  21. Wolves At The Gate - Stop The Bleeding (03:55)
  22. Wolves At The Gate - White Flag (02:44)
  23. Wolves At The Gate - Out of Sight (03:26)
  24. Wolves At The Gate - Embracing Accusation (04:15)
  25. Wolves At The Gate - Silent Anthem (05:26)
  26. Rivers Of Nihil - Maybe One Day (07:03)
  27. Korpiklaani - Huolettomat (04:16)
  28. Epica - Synergize - Manic Manifest (06:57)
  29. Nanowar Of Steel - Gabonzo Robot (04:20)
  30. Dragony - Battle Royale (06:09)
  31. Eclipse - Things We Love (03:41)
  32. Cynic - Shar-216 (00:22)
  33. Heart Healer - This Is Not The End (06:35)
  34. Everdawn - Rider Of The Storm (04:10)
  35. Labyrinth - A Reason To Survive (04:30)
  36. Impaled Nazarene - Triumphant Return Of The Antichrist (01:59)
  37. Winterage - The Amazing Toymaker (16:30)
  38. Moonspell - City Quitter (Outro) (03:00)
  39. Kneel Before None!! - Baby Shark (death metal version) (01:38)

Wednesday, 9 March 2022

Music, Madness & Mayhem (60s&70s) ~ Playlist & Recorded Show ~ 2022.03.09


Today's theme was "Peace, Love & Psychedelia". That means Hippie music, psychedelic rock, folk, anti war anthems - groovy tunes that evoke flower children, free love, and bell bottoms.  
 
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Playlist


  1. Led Zeppelin - In the Light (08:45)
  2. Peter, Paul & Mary - Blowin' In the Wind (02:56)
  3. Kingston Trio - Merry Minuet (02:48)
  4. The Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn! (03:57)
  5. John Lennon - Imagine (03:31)
  6. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - Teach Your Children (03:31)
  7. Crosby Stills and Nash - Teach Your Children (02:53)
  8. Lynard Skynard - Free Bird (10:08)
  9. Pink Floyd - Childhood's End (04:33)
  10. The Mamas & the Papas - Go Where You Wanna Go (02:30)
  11. Peter, Paul & Mary - This Land Is Your Land (02:25)
  12. America - A Horse With No Name (04:07)
  13. The Moody Blues - Dawn, Dawn Is A Feeling (03:49)
  14. Carpenters - The Night Has A Thousand Eyes (02:17)
  15. Iron Butterfly - Flowers and Beads (03:09)
  16. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son (02:19)
  17. Jimi Hendrix - The Wind Cries Mary (03:21)
  18. The Beatles - All You Need Is Love (03:47)
  19. Peter,Paul and Mary - The Times They Are A' Changin' (04:08)
  20. Crimson and Clover - Tommy James & The Shondells (05:22)
  21. Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit (02:33)
  22. Grateful Dead - Truckin' (05:08)
  23. The Animals - The House Of The Rising Sun (04:16)
  24. Simon and Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence (03:06)
  25. Simon and Garfunkel - The Sun Is Burning (02:49)
  26. Harry Chapin - Story Of A Life (05:19)
  27. The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations (03:39)
  28. Rare Earth - Nice To Be With You (02:23)
  29. Lyon Bros Band Kids - Baby Shark (Band Pop) (00:24)