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The notice-board at the Green Man is about what you'd expect. The frame isn't always the same -- some days it's horn; some days it's ivory (you generally can't trust the notices on frame-of-ivory days). Most days, though, it's some kind of wood, although it's not always the same wood, or the same size.
Fortunately, most of the long-term messages stay in place . . . most of the time.
But if there are a lot of lost and found notes, say, we've noticed that the board itself moves from wall to wall when no one's looking. It seems to regard this as part of the fun, though no one else appreciates the humour all that much.
It's particular, too, about how notices are affixed. Tape doesn't work; messages fall right off as soon as you turn your back. Staples aren't much better, unless you're careful to keep them clear of other notices. Somehow staples manage to slide right out of paper. The board just looks innocent --
The thing seems to have its own idiosyncratic sense of tradition. Take my word on this, you'll be wiser to use push pins for your notices -- or better yet, brass tacks. It's been established that daggers work, but the board tends to yelp . . . and if you stick them too far in, it wriggles on the wall like a live thing (which, to be sure, it may just be).
Still, if you want to be certain something stays in place for a while, that's one way to go about it. But be warned -- if your message isn't ungodsly important, then Winter will give you hell about scarring the walls. So best to wait 'til the board's hanging on plaster for that kind of treatment, rather than (say) the fumed-oak walls of the Pub; and be very sure your message is worth the trouble. And -- word to the wise -- you'd better be prepared to repair the damage yourself.
Besides, some who've taken that approach have had additional cause to regret it afterward. Their subsequent notices tend to disappear; and when they go to post something by themselves, they claim the board talks to them ... It whines, mostly. Bad as a six-year-old on a long trip, or so a friend of mine told me.
Or it gripes. If you've annoyed it, it'll offer you advice on grammar and punctuation (mostly bad), and let you know in no uncertain terms how ugly it thinks your missing item -- or your significant other -- really is.
But there's not a doubt that this bulletin board is the most eclectic one this side of the Border. A random sampling of notices we spotted last week included these --
. . . Eclectic enough for you? Well, should all of that not suffice to convince you, you can read the reviews. Yes, the bulletin board has reviews. Truth be told, I'm pretty sure the board posts them for itself -- no one ever sees them turn up, and nobody's ever admitted to posting them.
But look around the edges, especially on ivory-frame days, and you'll see things like --
And -- my personal favourite --
I haven't mentioned the dating and social aspects of the board yet, have I? They're . . . distinctive. You have to figure that in a place like this, where so many realities intersect (some would say 'collide'), there are going to be a few interesting personal adverts.
. . . Make no mistake, friend, people have been posting things here for some time. Last month, I came across a note penned in a fine Chancery hand, reading --
Saue iobbes for our Scribes -- banne the Gutenberg preƒƒe!
Another, more prosaically, read --
Summer is ycumen inne, the funne's in my harte & I'm lookynge for loue. Inquyre for Geoffrey C atte þe Inns of Chancerie.
Nearby there's a sheet of parchment that can pretty regularly get an argument going, any time the board decides to let it turn up again -- an exquisite anatomical study of a unicorn, rendered in the style of Leonardo da Vinci and with his signature scrawled at the bottom. Labeled 'Anatomia del Unicorno', it catches a lot of eyes. It's not uncommon to come in and see a knot of people studying that one - some swearing it's genuine, others equally convinced it's a fake.
The board just loves that. You can see the ivory frame glowing. But even the ivory's no assurance that it's false -- do you have any idea how many worlds Leonardo crossed with a couple of his gadgets? One world's reality is another's myth.
Just another night at the Green Man. Come on, let me buy you a round.
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Words and Music
Kage Baker reading herThe Empress of Mars novella
A reading from Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn
Elizabeth Bear reads The Chains that You Refuse
Black 47's 'Liverpool Fantasy'
An excerpt from Paul Brandon's The Wild Reel novel
Emma Bull and Will Shetterly's The War for The Oaks movie trailer
Nicholas Burbridge's 'Open House'
Charles de Lint performing his 'Sam's Song'
Charles de Lint -- Some thoughts on his fiction
Gaelic Storm's 'Kiss Me'
Christopher Golden's 'The Deal'
The opening chapter of The Weaver and The Factory Maid, the first novel in Deborah Grabien's Haunted Ballad series.
An excerpt from Deborah Grabien's Rock and Roll Never Forgets -- A JP Kinkaid Mystery
'The Winter Queen Reel' (played by Roger Landres), composed in honour of Jane Yolen
Chuck Lipsig on 'Star of Munster' variations
McDermott's 2 Hours' 'Fox on the Run'
An excerpt from James Stoddard's 'The High House'
Tinker's Own performing 'The Tinker's Black Kettle', a jig by Charles de Lint from The Little Country
Vagabond Opera's 'Marlehe'
A Vasen tune for your enjoyment
Cathrynne Valente's 'The Surgeon's Wife'
Cathrynne Valente reading a selection titled 'The Tea Maid and The Tailor' from The Orphan's Tales
Robin Williamson's 'Five Denials on Merlin's Grave'
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