There is something faintly ‘ancient intercalendary’ about the time between Christmas and New Years. My sister and I refer to it as The Feast of St Bickany (between Christmas and New Years) or Bickanytide. This also leads to mild hilarity -at least we think so- in referring to Christmas as Bickany Eve. In any case, I hate ‘twixtmas’, however much entertainment publications try to get the term to take off.
Bickanytide is a time of indigestion, leftovers and regret. An often glorious time of such sloth you remain in a state of constant amazement that you haven’t been arrested or rendered to a black spot for your crimes against decency.
St Bickany is the patron saint of spending too much time with your family, and her miracles principally involve ways of keeping yourself occupied so they don’t end up in a woodchipper. As one of only two devotees of St Bickany, it falls to me to help you with said miracle.
So here are some videos for you to watch, locked in various spare rooms across the developed world. We begin with Alex Boyé’s hilarious-yet-also-good cover of Hello. What says 2015 more than a Star Wars/Hello mash-up?
Next, via Chris Knowles (who else?) is a preview of the upcoming X-Files.
Next up, a recent interview with the good Dr F:
Continuing along the ‘people I could listen to for hours’ line, here is Catherine Austin Fitts in the first of two splendid videos. She really opens up with people she trusts, it seems. But then I guess we all do.
Next up is Catherine talking to the inimicable Jay Dyer.
Changing tack somewhat/a lot, Kanye West talking at the Oxford Guild.
Onto John Anthony West talking about Symbolist Egypt. One of his better interviews of recent years.
Speaking of better presentations, here is a criminally under-watched video of Dr Sheldrake. This one’s mandatory.
There you go, kids. Hours and hours of opportunity to sit quietly and alone in the dark, necking fistfuls of antacid tablets and softly crying about holiday weight gain. (Just me, then?)