Councillors, Counselors and Consultants

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Researched, Written and Edited by

Tim

In the editorial “Sires, Siress’, Mentors and Self” I wrote about connections between individuals and their closest “advisors”, the way in which individuals could be connected with groups and the relative merits of standing on their own feet. It’s an important aspect of being part of the modern living Vampyre culture and can provide a sense of stability and belonging.

In this editorial the point will be to look into methods of co-operation that could be used in the culture to promote communication and goals between organisations.

I guess that pretty much everyone is in the know about the various histories of attempts to form “Councils” and “Co-operatives” within the modern culture. From 1997 and the Long Black Veil events, which gave rise to the original, “The Black Veil”, code of vampyre ethics and common sense to the year 2000 and the formation of COVICA, a council of collected elders from different traditions, there have been subsequent attempts to create “councils”, “enclaves” and the like that, one by one, seem to have fallen by the wayside for one reason or another.

In fact, not so very long back a public post revealed that the leader of one organisation was stepping down for the purposes of concentrating on, and I quote, “…“dealing with the community as a whole, specifically the Leadership of the VC in order to change it.”

The obvious questions here must be, “What is meant by the term, “Leadership of the VC” and why does it need to be changed? Is it bad, broken or faulty? Are we talking about a “Council of Leaders”? A committee of Leaders? A Court of Leaders? And, perhaps more importantly, who are our new “Leaders” going to be? Who are the nominees? When will voting open and who’s got the “Golden Envelope” for the “Top Job”?

No matter how you cut it it’s going to be a hard sell, as my dear friend Lady CG pointed out to me once, “Getting Vampires to agree is like trying to herd cats” and with that image firmly in mind let’s see if we can divine some possible, workable, options.

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The “Council”

If it’s to be “Councillors” then we have a sitting Council, these can be formed in two ways, by popular election (and I don’t mean democracy as in vote preferences, I mean ONE person, ONE vote) which is the preferred manner of election. Naturally the majority vote carries the day but you will only get a representation of a population group and you won’t ever know whether that is the TOTAL population or simply a proportion of the population.

The best that could be arrived at is that this will end up as an indication of preference.

As a prime example of a functional establishment we read that, in the Gotham Halo, the following structure/s is, or are, in place and within this we can recognise a firmly established precedent for the use of “Royal title” in the word “Regent”:

Society Nocturnus Of Gotham (S.N.O.G)

“S.N.O.G. (Society Nocturnus Of Gotham)

It is a society consisting of various Houses/Clans/Groups initiated in 2000.”

 “Court of Lazarus

They are the Metropolitan Court of Gotham and sister Court to Society Nocturnus Of Gotham. They are a society consisting of various Houses/Clans/Groups initiated in 2002.”

Council Positions (Within Courts)

Note, these positions may vary in definition and/or responsibility between courts.

Regent (elected) Sheriff (elected) High Templar/Ronin Magistrate (elected) Treasurer (council elected)

Ambassador (appointed) Deputy (Sheriff – appointed) Seraphim Guild (appointed) Scribe/Keeper of the Scrolls (appointed)

The Order of The Black Marble, first established in 2002, is dedicated to maintaining peaceful relations (The Pax Vampyri) between all Courts, Communities, Orders and Societies.

The Black Trinity is a collection of three covenants by which The Order of the Black Marble is governed.

I.Recognize and respect all Vampire Courts, Communities, Orders and Societies.

II.Resolve rather than create conflict.

III.Revel in our shared heritage.

(reproduced by permission)

There is no doubt that there is a large influence of formality in this model, however, think on this, formality breeds respectful conversation, discussion and debate. From those two things come realistic and achievable goals.

 

The second way in which a Council can be formed is by bringing a body of individual groups together and having each one nominate a “Council Member” as a member organisation. This manner ensures that the interests of all the member groups are represented and each has an equal, one vote, at any decision making time. The one drawback here is that it needs to be decided how a deadlock will be broken if such a thing occurs. Do you maintain an uneven number of member groups, thereby making a deadlock very rare unless an organisation abstains from voting (hey, stranger things have happened at sea right?)

The only other way you could break deadlock is to have one person be the “conscience” of the Council and hold the power of the deciding vote (Oh, the possibilities for corruption…!)

Either way you look at it the “Council” concept is one that seems to represent a true equal representation of all member bodies while, at the same time, being open to individual manipulations and corruption.

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The “Counselors”

A second method is to have “Counselors”, in a body that the majority of member bodies will pay attention to in the event of a decision of some description being needed. It’s a concept that has been in the forefront of everyone’s thinking for a long time and there have been, and still are, organisations that exist in which this method is used.

The idea is that each member organisation can, by going through individual Counselors, or Representatives, approach other organisations, join together in projects, take part in round-table discussions and debates while under the watchful, NON-INTERFERING eye of a Counselor whose sole role is to facilitate the process so the best outcome between all involved parties can be reached.

As our esteemed friend Saint-John Hawke points out,
“Always have an independent person who possess the ability to be non-judgemental as well as being able to piece all sides of the puzzle to make the perfect picture. In other words, find people in each house that have observed what’s going on, not people in leadership, the average member and get their input. But these must be dedicated members, not whiners. And you might want to promote these people to a position of counselors.

In any house, the leadership is the A frame, but you will not have a stable house if your center beam isn’t strong.”

In response to the question, “Would you think these “counselors” would then be in a good position to form a “Community round table” of counselors to provide common guidance?” he opines,

“Yes, given that they would act according to the benefit of the organization, they may be outstanding advisors.”

The hardest part about being a “Counselor” in this situation is maintaining complete neutrality and complete impartiality. Again, the spectre of personal bias and the possibility for corruption is a factor that must be considered and would need to be controlled, rigidly, by the governing body of the Counselors.

Img. courtesy of Vampire Court of Dallas

Mike Burgess, the Leader of the Vampire Court of Dallas, kindly agreed to spend a few minutes with a couple of my questions, his replies were, as always, insightful and most welcomed;

RVL: What is the best path to gain a level of co-operation between different bodies within the modern culture?

MB: Personally I don’t think there is “best path” available although there are a good amount of ideas and potential within the community for cooperation and collaboration between organizations of all sizes and statures. Personally, the Dallas/Fort Worth court has benefitted highly from cross-promotional exercises and even social media projects with our neighboring organizations in Texas but really all of these actions start with an open mind, communication, and a freedom from the difficulties that ego can bring. No one wants to work with someone who will allow their ego to take over professionally, why would that be any different here? To add further to this point, the survey posted by several OVC forums asking for the “Largest Problem in the VC Currently” resulted in participants choosing Ego – by far – as their choice…by discarding a measure of ego…communication would grow, allowing for the flow of ideas and the realization to come about that each organization reflects and is best suited for their local area. Each person, like a diverse workplace, brings their own strength and points of view to the whole of our culture. Just because Organization A is larger or more well-known, does not mean that its model and functions will work in Area-B…and why should it? With each organization and locality being profoundly different, why not use those fundamental differences in local culture and goals as a strength rather than a weakness?

With the growth of social media as a primary communication tool between organizations, it has never been easier to reach out across boundaries and find not only common ground, but learn about our fellow organizations in a profound way. Once these conversations get flowing, anyone can quickly realize why cooperation is beneficial to all by leveraging these different paths to bring us all to the same end.

The second question I nagged him with, “Would this path best be served by having Councillors, Counsellors or Consultants available to each organization?”

MB: Personally, I think while having an officer or specialist within an organization will do wonders – if size permits – or some capable of performing these duties, without tackling the culture of the organization itself and having the belief within the organization that: “Our way isn’t the best for Area-B” or “We are better by embracing most paths – in so long as they don’t present a danger legally or ethically,” communication and the sharing of ideas will be hampered.  This is not an easy thing to do…many who like me, work cooperate leadership as well…we have seen numerous large firms spend millions of dollars on consultants to simply learn this seemingly simple point: diversity of ideas and people is the best way to progress forward. If the organization culture and leadership does not embrace this, then any member that volunteers to lead cooperative efforts will be profoundly hindered.

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The “Consultants”

Which brings us to consultants… a concept that is very widely used in RL, is relied on by businesses, corporations and elective bodies the world over. Consultants are engaged to advise on matters related, in the main, to operational conduct and the achievement of aims and goals for an organisation, or group of organisations. The Consultant, much like a Counselor, needs to be impartial, neutral and confine their advice to operational matters. In this fashion a Consultant sits outside and apart from the ultimate decisions of their “client”. It’s also important to note that such consultants need have a broad knowledge base, an appreciable amount of experience “in the trenches” so to speak, and that they be non-partisan – that is, not be a member of any House, Temple, Group or other “vested interest” organisation. Conflict of interest is the most important thing to avoid here, in fact (and much as you might not like the term) the Ronin of the culture would, by very definition, make the best consultants.

 

Which is the most effective?

To begin comparing the three we must recognise that every situation, for every organisation, is different. No two groups operate, internally, in the same way entirely but the focus here is not on individual organisations, rather it is on collectives of organisations.

A “Council” will only ever be as effective as the number of bodies that inhabit it and its reach will only ever extend to those individual member parties. For a Council to declare that they “run the show” for everyone is the height of arrogance and will draw condemnation from all whom do not wish to be member groups. If such council tries to enforce their “edicts” beyond their own sphere they will, by the very nature of people, meet with stiff resistance and will most likely face the rise of opponent “Councils” each declaring themselves to be the “one true path”… kinda like religion in a way.

 

A body comprised of Counselors will likely find an easier time of it since they will not be attempting to enforce edicts but will, rather, be seeking to mediate and engage with a wide array of groups and individuals to foster co-operative efforts toward achieving goals.

Two examples of modern culture “Counseling” based bodies are Madame X’s Dark Nations and the Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC).

In the Dark Nations model there are a body of facilitators to which member organisations are assigned and the task of the facilitator is to engage, mediate and advise. That simple. Non-interference within a closed system.

Lady Sylvere Ap Leanan of the VVC summarises their operations thus;
“The VVC is the first and only organization that has ever accomplished that goal. We do it by focusing on being an informational network. We take pains to ensure that we do not act in any way, nor are we perceived to act in any way, as a governing body. We allow each group to deal with its own internal issues as it sees fit with no outside influence from us.

If a group requests it, members of the VVC are always happy to help in whatever capacity we can without betraying our pledge of non-interference. That’s why we are group exclusive to LEADERS of groups rather than open to anyone and everyone.

We can and do help each other by acting as an informal support network, which more or less boils down to “Whatcha need, bro? I got your back.”

Not that every member of the VVC gets along with all other members. We most certainly don’t. But there are enough of us that there’s always a support system if one is needed.

We also have the benefit of being the only group where members of groups that can’t stand each other can verbally go at each other until we resolve our issues. I have personally done so with people I formerly despised and now we get along fairly well.

So I would say that the VVC is the best path to take, especially since we’ve been doing it for over a decade. No other group can say that. Other groups have tried to imitate us and failed. Repeatedly.”

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As I mentioned earlier, impartiality and neutrality need be the cornerstones of either of these types of overseeing body, if we consider the “Consultants” option, utilising Ronin members of the culture, then we can see that this might well represent the most impartial method of looking at “the big picture”. Consultants who have no vested interest in decisions that are made by groups, either singly or collectively could represent a strength of mediation and engagement that would withstand any claims of bias or favouritism, elitism or exclusionary practices.

However, there’s always a ‘BUT’…

Many of the drawbacks that might be encountered with either of these three methods I have already mentioned, I’d like to summarise those here.

Taking the “Council” concept firstly;
1) Open to individual bias and corruption

2) Open to charges of exclusionary practices and “elitism”.

3) Has limited reach that extends only over member groups.

4) Any Council will be functional only in as much as individual organisations are willing to be part of “the program”.

The “Counselor” concept then;

  • Individual Counselor reputation and history may well mar efforts.
  • Counselors need to be overseen by a governing body and in this manner may not be able to act as truly independently as required under certain circumstances.
  • Counselor burn-out, individual Counselors may reach a point in proceedings (some of which may be half achieved) where they decide, “The hell with this shit…!” – Personal stress on Counselors must be taken into account.

The Consultant –

  • The “Consultant” runs the risk of, at the end of the day and after hours and hours of work, of being ignored and their recommendations discarded.
  • The Consultant needs to be able to demonstrate sufficient practical knowledge and situational experience to be taken seriously.
  • The Consultant may make mistakes and the information and recommendations they provide should be, in the first instance, backed up by solid factual evidences and, in the second place, be able to be easily verified by the organisation they work for. It’s a big job that can take weeks or months to complete.

“Hmmmm…”
img. source: worldartsme

 

In conclusion:

What is in the best interests of the concerned parties, or in the case of the modern living Vampyre culture, the entire culture?

Is it preferable to have a Council of, dare I say it, self-appointed leaders and elders who believe they are the best people to dictate the “right” way to do things and who may well decide to ostracise any who don’t agree or comply with their proclamations?

Is it preferable to have Counselors, mediators and the like who will try to bring about a peace between parties, or co-operation between parties that really, in essence have way too much “history” between them to achieve meaningful and lasting resolutions?

Can Consultants offer truly binding and meaningful solutions in organisations that they have not been a part of, which they are getting their first glimpse of and in which they have, in reality, no stake in whatever happens either way?

 

These are questions that have been asked over and over through the history of the modern Vampire culture but the biggest question now is, do we really need anything or are we doing just fine as we are? It’s in this last question that we realise, and consider, our own personal opinions of the “state of the nation”.

Copyright RVL and contributors, 2018

Grateful acknowledgement goes to Lady CG, Saint-John Hawke, Lady Sylvere Ap Leanan, Mike Burgess, Elder Kage Adamant-O’Mallie Asotus, Prince-Lord Shaolin Asura MacPhee and Lupa Gunnr MacPhee Lykaios

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Welllllllllllllll it’s Sat’dy night….

Chainsawed, Mashed Up, Slapped aroun’ th’ place,
Sprayed in ya face like a fuckin’ can uv mace…!!!
by

Tim

 

Well, slap me upside a tree and call me a Flying Fox me little mammal friends… how the feathery, flappin’ fuck are ya?

Saturday again, already, how the time flies by when you’re having fun eh?

We got a message at our Facebook portal this week, a question actually, “How to become a Vampire?”… goes right up there with, “Can u make me Vampire?”, “Tell me how to become Vampire?”, “Make me Vampire… I give you – blood/money/my sister” et fucking al…!!!

We need every fucking sane modern living Vampire to take to their websites, FaceBook, Blog, Website… whatever and post the message very clearly in very large colourful letters. “YOU CAN’T BE MADE INTO A VAMPIRE – EITHER YOU ARE ONE OR YOU ARE NOT AND NO AMOUNT OF WISHING WILL MAKE IT ANY OTHER WAY”

Despite assertions that people do take on “Vampiric Characteristics” when in long term, close personal relationships with real Vampires these traces go away once the relationship is ended.

MAKING YOURSELF DIE WHILE SAYING “MAGIC” WORDS WILL NOT MAKE YOU TURN INTO A VAMPIRE…! – Yes, really, we have really had people offer to commit suicide if we will give them the power to become Vampires afterwards… NOTE: ALL YOU WILL BE IS DEAD…!!!

‘Nuff said… AGAIN*sigh* – and no, that wasn’t the Weekly Biatch either

Heyyyyyy… something real interesting’s been floating around for a while now, apparently, and, in the way of all things VC, it eventually hit the fan… and splattered…

The Med-Sang Menace

Hmmmm, never really considered them a menace… just thought they were in a philosophically superior place to everybody else is all… Well, take a look at Lady Sylvere’s Grumpy Vamp and read up, if you haven’t already.

Apparently one of the authors has come forward and apologised for their part in creating the document in question… do people need to apologise for expressing themselves in the United States?

As Lady Sylvere commented, “Oops. My hand slipped. 😂”… hmmmmm

Img. source: UC Santa Cruz Police Department

Jus’ sayin…!

annnnnnnnnnd that, quite naturally, means we need to get it on and make sum fucking noize kids…!


 

Chicaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagooooooooooooooooooooh…!!!

 

Img. Source: Greater Chicagoland Vampire Coalition

The Greater Chicago Vampire Coalition is gathering steam, the new initiative to bring Chicago Nightkind together, incorporating VTOC (Vampires, Therians and Otherkin Chicago), Chicago Vampires and Chicago Vampires Meetup (CVM) are developing local programs to bring the kin together in the windy city. Continuing and expanding a tradition of monthly live meet-ups the Coalition is reaching out to all Chicago kin. The GCVC also reaches out to neighbouring states to provide networking opportunities between groups in the Midwest U.S.

To all our readers and visitors, if you haven’t already, please drop by the GCVC and let them know you approve of/ support their efforts would ya….

 

Alrighty then, and with that image firmly fixed in our minds let’s see what’s going on around the place… Thanks, naturally and always, to Our Serene Lady of The Facebook, Lady M…

Harpoon Hanna’s
39064 HARPOON ROAD | FENWICK ISLAND, DE 19944

 

The Austin “World Dracula Day” Pageant

The VCA comes together with The Glass Coffin to celebrate the ol’ boy’s birthday with a pageant…

What? Whaddaya mean he can’t have a birthday…? ‘Course he’s fucking real… Renfield told me…

Tom Waits as R,M, Renfield in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (1992)
American Zoetrope
Columbia Pictures Corp. &
Osiris Films

MISTER RENFIELD KNOWS THE TRUTH…!!!

MORE GODDAMN NOIZE…

annnnnnnd morrrrrrre…!!!

Whaoh, yeah, hah… WOOT…!!!

BritHulk by T.

Awright, awright… back on track Mister Damage…!!!


Ooooh, right, yeah, talking of balls…

Img. Source: Penelope’s Venue

 

Penelope’s Venue Vampires Ball

Public · Hosted by Penelope’s Venue

Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 7 PM EDT

12219 Dix Toledo Rd, Southgate, Michigan 48193

MICHIGAAAAAAAAAAAN COME ON DOWWWWWWN…!!!

 

What else we got then…???
Ooooooh, y’all gonna be fucking busy in good ol’ Michigan…

Img. Source: Third Eye Magic, Michigan

Celebrating Samhain
Public · Hosted by Third Eye Magic
12219 Dix Toledo Road, Southgate, Michigan 48195

Yup, ’tis almost ‘pon us… and remember, “An harm ye none, do as ye will.”

Now here’s something you don’t get every day…!!!

Now then,
I’ve been doing a bit of research… yeah, really… I’ve got something I want to share with you dear reader…

Did you know –

“Over half of people aged 16 and over in the UK (55.5%) were mostly or completely satisfied with their job in 2015 to 2016. While over the short-term this measure showed no overall change (55.8% in 2014 to 2015), there was a deterioration over the long-term (59.0% in 2010 to 2011).” Updated: 25 April 2018

and, in Australia,

Img. source: Curtin University, Western Australia (Best surf state…!!!)

Meanwhile, on this side of th’ pond…

(Provided by Forbes) we read, “10 Shocking Workplace Stats You Need To Know”… the list was compiled by David Sturt and Todd Nordstrom, researchers, consultants and authors inside the O.C. Tanner Institute.

Here are a few of their discoveries…

A recent study by CareerBuilder.com shows that a whopping 58 percent of managers said they didn’t receive any management training.
89 percent of bosses believe employees quit because they want more money. Only 12 percent of employees actually leave an organization for more.
A Harvard Business Review survey reveals 58 percent or people say they trust strangers more than their own boss.
Global studies reveal that 79 percent of people who quit their jobs cite ‘lack of appreciation’ as their reason for leaving. People don’t leave companies, they leave bosses.

More in-depth stats available at 
https://blog.accessperks.com/2018-employee-engagement-loyalty-statistics#2

“WHOA, whatup? M*****f*****s done lost his mind completely now… Why is this relevant? What does it have to do with Vampyres?” I hear you cry….

And that, my fine friends, leads us very nicely to…

THE WEEKLY BIATCH

Img. Source: simply-chateau

Job dissatisfaction… lemme ask the question, how many of you Vampyres work for a living, like me?

How many of you dislike, nay, even hate, your job? How many of you work long, hard hours for inadequate return and minimal benefits? How many of you get home at night and unload on your significant other (making them miserable in the process) before scoffing a television meal and downing six bears so you can pass out in front of the t.v. and take the pain away for a while… before the next gut churning, mind aching, numbing shift comes along to ruin your life again?

Ever thought there’s something wrong with that entire picture?

So, change it…!!!

 

Yeah, yeah, I know… you have a thousand and one good reasons… reasons? or excuses, to not rock the boat.

Let me entertain you with the tale of a wild colonial boy.

I arrived in the United States in late March of 2013. People told me it would take me a good 6 months to a year to find a decent job… I had one in four.

The first ever job interview I attended here was with an owner/manager who looked over my C.V. and made all sorts of “I’m impressed” noises before telling me it was very impressive but wasn’t worth shit here in the U.S., “We don’t recognise foreign qualifications in America” he said. I gathered my papers up, politely thanked him for his time, shook his hand and at the door I turned, flipped him the bird and said “Fuck you…!” – Nobody tells me what I can’t do – period.

Long and short of it I knew where I wanted to be and what I wanted to do, it took me until June 11 this year to get there. Today I have a great job, I like getting out of bed in the morning to get into it, the pay is adequate, I have moderate health benefits sorted out and great people that I work with. Point is, you can too, if you have the balls to go for it…!!!

If you haven’t – STOP READING NOW.

The first thing you have to do is stop paying so much attention to booze and television, that won’t get ya nuthin’.

Second, get around, either to the local job centres or on the internet and see what’s out there for you to think about. So, you don’t have the qualifications for what you want to do – GET THEM…!!! Community colleges and adult education offer a huge range of options to suit just about everyone and there are Federal Programs to give you funds to study. If it’s not enough get a part-timer or Casual to carry you through while you study… y’know, wait tables, flip burgers… whatever.

NOBODY’S GOING TO WALK UP AND SERVE IT UP ON A SILVER PLATTER… You have to go out and get it.

There are no external reasons for your unhappiness… there are no reason’s why, with a little work and effort, and maybe a little sacrifice here and there, you can’t have what you want. I’ve always gone out and made things happen the way I want, sometimes it takes time, perseverance and ingenuity but then I don’t believe y’all are any less intelligent than I am eh?

‘Nuff said.

Like Jimmy says…

“All you need is work, tra lah lalalaaaaa, all you need is wor….” Wot? Love? Ohhhhhhh yeah, all you need is love right?

Yeeeeeeah… how coolio is that?

Well, guess it’s time for me to stfu now… what? Did I hear you agree? Well, here’s something just for you…

“The Hand That Wins” by T.

Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahaha…!!!

Ta-rah me little Homunculi…!!!

Copyright T & RVL (except where noted) 2018

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The views and opinions presented in this article are the opinions of the author and/or contributors and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of The Owner/s of RVL, their officers, assigns or agents. RVL and its officers do not personally, individually, or jointly necessarily recommend or condone any of the activities or practices represented.

For further information please see the RVL Website Disclaimer

 

 

Oi, Oi…

img. source: Official PSDs

Randomly thrown together, rearranged, slapped up, down and sideways before being to committed to your screen by

Tim (Who else?)

Oi, oi… what the actual fuck???

If it ain’t one thing it’s another… there I was, relaxing on a Sunday morning with the computer and coffee, listening to, and watching, the Liverpool, Man. City match from Anfield and BAM… call out from work…!!! Why don’t all the American Christian organisations get together and ban working on Sunday? I’m sure the Big Black Book said something about that along the way didn’t it?

So yeah, then, well… what’s been happening in your world this week? “Same shit different day…!”, you mutter… seems to go that way don’t it.

Going to throw an early one atcha today, look past everything you’re getting ready for and think about December, especially think about this…

Img. courtesy of Vampire Court of Dallas

The Vampire Court of Dallas

Mike Burgess and our good friends at the VCD are holding a winter event and toy drive, even if you can’t make the event please think about donating to the toy drive. Contact the VCD for details of how to make ‘out of state’ donations. The Toy Drive benefits The New Beginnings Center of Garland.

The Vampire Court of Dallas presents:

KRAMPUS NACHT 2: WINTER’S RETURN

– A Holiday Toy Drive Benefiting The New Beginnings Center of Garland.
Sunday, December 9th.

Doors open: 9pm

Your Host: May May Graves

Featuring:

Wild Bill’s Ugly Sweater Party in the Video Bar and Joe Virus in the Main Room.

With performances by:

Dead Girl Circus, Arty Dodger, Toni Tabasco, Scarlette D’Vine

Also featuring:

*Vendors for Last Minute Christmas Shopping

*Fangs by Blacksmith Fangs (Houston)

*Krampus Costume Contest at the end of the night with prizes from Cat Dillon and Dan Miga Designs

*Roving Performers by The Krampus Society

*And Much More!

Suggested Dress Code: Christmas Goth, German Folk, Christmas Horror, Krampus, Winter Horror, Traditional Goth

Admission:

$10 over / $15 under 21

$5 off with Church Dog Tags

Free Drink (1 per individual) with Donation of New/Unwrapped Toy!

Venue: The Church, 2424 Swiss Ave.

Info: thechurchdallas.com

Social Media: thechurchdallas

Info: vampirecourtofdallas.org

Social Media: thevampirecourtofdallas

GET INVOLVED AND MAKE SOMEONE’S CHRISTMAS…

Img. Courtesy: Vampire Court of Dallas

Yeah, Christmas, it comes Masterrrrrr… it commmmmmes….

Right… time to make some fucking noize, wotcher reckon’?

We’re goin’ to have a British invasion today… no, not the friggin’ Beatles (apologies to my lovely wife)


Slade 1969, an original “skinhead” band…
Img. source: wikipedia.com

Oi, oi…awright Noddy???

Let’s ‘ave a look at wot me lovely assistant’s bin up to this week then…

Img. source: NY Haven Masquerade Ball

SUN, OCT 14 AT 9 PM EDT

Haven: A Masquerade Ball

Venue: The DL · 95 Delancey Street, New York, New York 10002

Gawd bless ya balls Gotham…!!!

Wot else we got ‘ere then…

Ooooh, yeah, like…

Blutengel – New single coming out soon – “Vampire”

Img. source: Blutengel

Gotta be lookin’ forward to that one…!!!

 

Picked up from the Nerdist.com… (Who sez we don’t luv them nerds???)

Kendall Ashley gives us an insight into the new “mockumentary”
What We Do in the Shadows

Imagine, Vampires in Staten Island… wotever next, I ask you???

 

This one’s for every single last one of you ever luvvin’ mothers in the modern Vampire culture… yep, EVERY SINGLE ONE…!!!

Yeah, like… a bit uv th’ best o’ British there for us…

Okay, it’s time, it’s that time, it’s THE time… drumroll please, it’s none other than everyone’s favourite segment…

THE WEEKLY BIATCH…!!!

 

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Okay, okay, ‘old it down… OI, you lot, stop snoggin’ up th’ back there…

Leaders, leadership, leading, being led… I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this recently. There have been a lot of extensive posts made, over the years, about “What is a leader” – in reference, obviously, to our beautiful, raucous, frivolous, frenetic modern living Vampire culture. Many, many people have come forward and opined on what is “BEST” for ALL of us… I tend to regard such things with a sort of healthy cynicism now. Many have been the attempts to create leadership frameworks, Councils and the like and without exception each one that has sought to dictate some form of “best practice” among the far and wide groups, Houses, Temples and organisations has failed dismally.

As a matter of fact a leader is;
“A person in control of a group, country, or situation.” – Short and sweet.

Leadership is;
“the set of characteristics that make a good leader.” Also, “The position or fact of being the leader.” And, “the person or people in charge of an organization.”

There, that’s it, nothing mystical, nothing about experience, knowledge or any other thing. Naturally, whenever someone decides THEY are a leader people are going to be looking at what that person has done, said, or not done in the past. That’s natural. The self-declared leaders are going to be looking to their followers to validate their assumed position. It’s the way of things.

Now, here’s the thing, there are many different types of leaders…
That’s the real question isn’t it…?

When all else fails “Keep Calm and Listen to your Muse”…


Or, just say “fuck it all…!!!” and go…


Oh, yeah, for the record, Liverpool and Man. City played a nil all draw, that leaves City at the top of the English Premier League on Goal Average… PFFFFFT…!!!

Ta-rahhh for now like…!!!

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