Oh I adore this question though I am highly suspicious that it likely doesn't come from a trainee witch.....
Difficult one to answer. Probably the most widely popular is Waterloo. The most critically acclaimed would be The Visitors. But I think my personal favourite is Super Trouper. I don't actually rate the title song much, nor the equally well known Winner Takes It All. But it does have a lot of my other favourites on it.
Tell you what, as you're so interested, I'll give you my list of top ten personal Abba favourites (in order of preference of course).
I do I do I do I do I do
Our Last Summer
Rock and roll band
(The first half of Me and Bobby's brother and the last 45 seconds of People Need Love would have made the list if the rest of the songs were as good as the good bits.)
Not really. I can't entirely rule it out but as a construct it is at odds with the way I view the world. Good and evil are within us all and I dislike the concept of demarcating the two. It is too simplistic a view. However I do believe that we all look in on Hell occasionally, but as a visualisation of our own fears and problems on the earth, not as a separate place designed for evil.
Nor do I agree with Sartre that Hell is other people. I think we are more likely to find Hell inside ourselves than in others. Kind of like your own personal room 101. I know what terrifies me at the core of my being but I would lay good odds that nobody else has a clue.
So as a separate place where the naughty end up a la Christianity - no. As a part of ourselves where we occasionally go to face our own demons - yes.
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Undoubtedly a question from a witch.
Well I don't hold a conventional view on power. The things I can do are largely irrelevant. I think people get very hung up on the trappings of witchcraft. I do not believe my power is defined by my ability to control the minutiae of my life. (Though of course it is naturally confined to an extent by the big stuff. I can no more prevent myself from being diagnosed with a terminal illness than the next person can.) Obviously I have a greater control over details than a non witch would. I can make people agree with me, I can manipulate my surroundings to a certain degree. I can change the things I dislike and I usually get my own way...But this is quite showy stuff for a witch.
The real essence of any power I have lies is my control over my own mind. I can choose how I react to things and cope with them. So I may not be able to ensure I never lose a job, a parent or a husband but I can certainly ensure none of those scenarios will ever push me to a place where I am no longer comfortable in my own mind. I can flat out guarantee I'm the least likely person I know to ever have a nervous breakdown. I think of that line in Kipling's "If" where he talks about meeting triumph and disaster and treating those two imposters just the same. Some people think witchcraft is managing your life to avoid the disaster, but to me it is about learning how to integrate the disaster in your life and not allowing it to influence you. And its perspective. So little actually matters. Not really. I have the power not to care. Interestingly enough that is one of the things that people find hardest to understand about me.
Power to me is taking control of my life and my identity and finding the courage to be honest about who I am. It's about forcing a balance. I may not have wanted to be Mrs 2.4 children but I didn't want to be the crazy cat woman living in the middle of a wood either. I didn't want to leave one group behind just to conform to the expectations of another. So my power was about creating my own niche in the world and to a certain extent refusing to live in extremes.
I suppose really its been about doing exactly what I want and compromising as little as possible – and to do that I've had to bend the world around me to accommodate the space I want to fill. That's power - to get exactly what you want at very little cost.
They can be quite temperamental little things. I’ve had experience of degus not eating for two separate reasons. The first is due to over grown teeth. I would suggest you pick your degu up, pull its mouth back gently and see if the front teeth have grown too long. If they have, then a pair of small cat/dog nail clippers can be used to gently clip the teeth down. I’d go with trimming them little and often rather than taking a lot off in one go. Leave a good 0.5 cm of tooth protruding above the gum line at both top and bottom. If the degu is struggling with overgrown back teeth then likely you will not be able to clip without sedation. I am afraid if this is the case your degu will die without veterinary assistance. However if cost is an issue and you currently claim benefits, the blue cross (UK based advice) will treat your animal for free.
The other problem I had was when my Minstrel degu had a respiratory illness. This is very common in degus and usually follows some kind of trauma or shock to them. I was advised by my vet to make a humidifier. We did this by getting a large Tupperware box, drilling a hole through it and placing a fish tank pump tube through the hole. We then pumped diluted pet disinfectant (see any reputable pet shop supplier) into the Tupperware and put Minstrel in for five mins a day to inhale the fumes and clear her lungs. Hold your degu close and see if you can hear it wheezing or struggling to breathe, if this is the case, humidifying may well be a positive course of action to take.
I’d also suggest you change its food and try some tempting sugar free treats. Try dandelion, broccoli or curly kale. Obviously anything sugary should be avoided but it may well be worth seeing if you can coax it back to eat with something really really tempting like a yoghurt drop and then switch back to non sugar when it starts eating again.
Good luck x
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