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Nicol Valentin

Do you Have What It Takes to Be the Lord of Misrule?

If you’re looking for some seasonal work, you might want to try for the Lord of Misrule. Of course, you’ll have to travel back in time, anywhere between the 13th and 16th centuries would be best. Relocation to Britain, Ireland, or Newfoundland may be required. Positions can be attained at estates, royal courts, and even big name colleges such as Oxford and Cambridge. Please be aware the job is also known…

Big Mistakes Don’t Mean You Won’t Make It Big

Success. It’s something most parents want for their children. It doesn’t matter when or where you live, no parent wants to see their child struggle. Of course people define success differently. Take the Vikings for example. Success for themĀ  included going out into the world and doing some really great looting and conquering. That’s how it went for Bjorn Ironsides, anyway. Hairy Britches and his son Vikings were sort…

Louis XIV And The Triumph Of The Big Wigs

  Hair. As women we obsess over it. We slather it with products to make it bouncy, shiny, straight or curly. Back in the 80’s some of us were even mean enough to tease it. It’s not just us though, men are just as guilty. Maybe they don’t discuss it as much as we do, but they’re smart enough to understand we ladies appreciate a well-groomed…

Wanna be a Gypsy? Better Learn These 10 Things

You’ve dreamed about it haven’t you. It’s ok, we’ve all been there. It happens on days when you’re sick of cleaning, sick of working, sick or running your kids from one activity to another. You imagine yourself free from every tie that binds you, traveling wherever your heart leads, living for yourself and your family instead of your mortgage payment. You see yourself out in…

Have you met Da Vinci’s little devil?

“Giacomo came to live with me on the feast of St. Mary Magdalene 1490, aged 10 years” (from the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci) It was a warm July day when the door creaked open at the Corte Vecchia, the old medieval castle turned art studio. Situated across the street from Milan’s cathedral, it was once home to the notorious Visconti family. Despite its proximity to all things holy, the castle…