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by Sky Alton
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Harry Potter Book Festival 2018
Topic: Wrapping up The HPBF 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 9

Wrapping up The HPBF 2018

Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything. – Tomie dePaola We’ve reached the end of another HPBF and our journey through the many ways people access the magic of stories. Lots of amazing work has been done and some enlighten...
by Sky Alton
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Quill and Ink
Topic: February Word Crawl: Deathly Hallows
Replies: 0
Views: 22

February Word Crawl: Deathly Hallows

Welcome to February’s Word Crawl! Don’t know what a crawl is? No problem! I’ve given you a run-down of everything you need here In short though, it’s like a writing board game: you write from one instruction to the next to create a story of 300 words or more and it can be about absolutely anything (...
by Sky Alton
Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Quill and Ink
Topic: February Prompt: Spectacular Speeches
Replies: 0
Views: 28

February Prompt: Spectacular Speeches

We’re all familiar with the words Albus Dumbledore chose to impart to the students during Harry’s first welcoming feast: Nitwit, oddment, blubber, tweak. This made for a very memorable speech and as it’s time for a new term, I think we ought to have some more. Please write a story (200 words minimum...
by Sky Alton
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: The Great Hall
Topic: Gathering and Games
Replies: 7
Views: 518

Re: Gathering and Games

Now that I’ve recovered my score sheet from a very mischievous fwooper, I can recap last Month’s gathering and Games. And bring you the joyous news that this month’s is on 25th February! January’s session was a wild ride as we were road testing two new games, as well as introducing everyone to a sup...
by Sky Alton
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Battleship
Topic: We Have a Winner!
Replies: 16
Views: 247

Re: We Have a Winner!

Many congratulations to winners, participants and organisers - it was a blast (quite literally)

And the parrot was simply on a sabbatical to learn the art of fencing: who am I to deny a Ravenclaw bird the chance to learn something?
by Sky Alton
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Harry Potter Book Festival 2018
Topic: The Name Game
Replies: 6
Views: 107

The Name Game

A lot of us like to speculate on who would best play our favourite characters in film or TV adaptations. But how about the best voice to tell the story for an audio book? What about the artist with just the right style and flare to bring your favourite scenes to life in an illustrated version? Let’s...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Harry Potter Book Festival 2018
Topic: HPBF-Questions
Replies: 0
Views: 41

HPBF-Questions

If you have any questions about the HPBF, please post them below and we’ll get back to you ASAP
by Sky Alton
Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Harry Potter Book Festival 2018
Topic: Harry Potter Book Festival 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 153

Harry Potter Book Festival 2018

Announcing the Harry Potter Book Festival 2018! Mr and Mrs Dursley, o nummer fower, Privet Loan, were prood tae say that they were gey normal, thank ye verra much. -Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stane This is the opening to a Scots translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone that wa...
by Sky Alton
Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: The Great Hall
Topic: Gathering and Games
Replies: 7
Views: 518

Re: Gathering and Games

Remember we're meeting today at 5 PM HOL in #gamesroom. Hope to see you there!
by Sky Alton
Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Bulletin Board
Topic: Happy Birthday, Shadow!
Replies: 5
Views: 87

Re: Happy Birthday, Shadow!

Happy birthday Shad! By rights we should be giving you a watch for your 17th but I'm pretty sure you'd rather have cookies. ;)
by Sky Alton
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Quill and Ink
Topic: January: Resolute Writing
Replies: 3
Views: 97

January: Resolute Writing

Determination is a massive part of our lives. It’s a necessary ingredient for ‘getting stuff done’. For some people, it takes a massive amount of it to do things the rest of us might find easy. For others, they’re confronted with problems that a usual person’s resolve wouldn’t begin to cover. I’d li...
by Sky Alton
Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: TV Talk
Topic: Comfort Watching
Replies: 2
Views: 38

Comfort Watching

Now and again, when I’m feeling down, have had a particularly hard day or need something that doesn’t require too much concentration, I’ll return to one of a few shows. Sabrina the Teenage Witch and the Big Bang Theory for Comedy, Tennant Era Doctor Who or The Musketeers for drama. I’m not entirely ...
by Sky Alton
Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Mx HOL
Topic: The Final Results
Replies: 8
Views: 266

Re: The Final Results

Congratulations to everyone who took part, wherever you placed and however many rounds you were able to complete. As sappy as it sounds, Reading all your submissions, hearing about your diverse experiences and seing the sheer amount of effort and courage put in by everyone made me truly proud to be ...
by Sky Alton
Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: The Great Hall
Topic: Gathering and Games
Replies: 7
Views: 518

Re: Gathering and Games

We had an absolutely wild time in the Gamesroom on Sunday and a great turnout from students and professors Most of the chaos resulted from THE MOST difficult rounds of 20 questions we’ve ever had. The game started out relatively calmly with a round from Prof. Tarma Black, won by Prof. Cody Lewis. Af...
by Sky Alton
Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: The Great Hall
Topic: Gathering and Games
Replies: 7
Views: 518

Re: Gathering and Games

Quick reminder that we'll be in #gamesroom between 5 and 8 PM HOL-time tomorrow (the 17th)-hope to see you there!
by Sky Alton
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Quill and Ink
Topic: December Wordcrawl: Half Blood Prince
Replies: 1
Views: 123

December Wordcrawl: Half Blood Prince

Welcome to another December Word Crawl! Don’t know what a crawl is? No problem! I’ve given you a run-down of everything you need here In short though, it’s like a writing board game: you write from one instruction to the next to create a story of 300 words or more and it can be about absolutely anyt...
by Sky Alton
Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: TV Talk
Topic: Outlander
Replies: 2
Views: 289

Re: Outlander

After several recommendations from Gail, I got to watch the first season while I was away a few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it was excellently cast and absolutely loved the musical score: it suited the landscape so well! I did struggle slightly with the pacing but I think that wa...
by Sky Alton
Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Quill and Ink
Topic: December Prompt: Present Perfect
Replies: 3
Views: 115

December Prompt: Present Perfect

Hobbits give presents to other people on their own birthdays (…) Actually in Hobbiton and Bywater every day in the year was somebody's birthday, so that every hobbit in those parts had a fair chance of at least one present at least once a week. But they never got tired of them. -The Lord of the Rin...
by Sky Alton
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: General Harry Potter
Topic: The Harry Potter Effect
Replies: 1
Views: 44

The Harry Potter Effect

I went to a panel on ‘The Harry Potter effect’ at the British Library this month The discussion ranged so widely I couldn’t possibly mention everything but it began with how much a part of our culture Harry Potter has become. It’s a touchstone and social inroad for people: you can make a Harry Potte...
by Sky Alton
Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: The Great Hall
Topic: Gathering and Games
Replies: 7
Views: 518

Re: Gathering and Games

We had a brilliant turn out from all houses and an amazing event yesterday! We kicked things off with ‘Who Am I’, with Prof. Tarma Black’s Dedalus Diggle proving the most devious and Will Lestrange’s Lucius Malfoy the most dramatic. Shadow Gaunt was the best detective out of all of us, rumbling two ...

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