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Summer Solstice

Published on June 22nd 2005.


Longest day of the summer and the hippies were out in force down at Stonehenge yesterday celebrating the summer solstice, but those in the know celebrated Summer Solstice by having an influx of knowledge, as well as a bit of fun, down at The Printworks.


From crystal therapy to Feng Shui to aura photography to ghostbusting, The Printworks’ Pump Yard area was transformed into an array of stalls featuring some bright and breezy characters from the world of natural and alternative therapies. With limited knowledge of any of these subjects, it was a case of venturing into the unknown as I let the various stall representatives have their natural way with me.


Feng Shui items to sort your life out

For starters, I thought Feng Shui was just about moving your furniture around so that it ended up pointing out of the window, but apparently you can save your life by adding a little bald Chinese chap to the corner of your room whilst having a miniature frog with a coin in its mouth on the stairs can lead to wealth. There’s obviously more to it all than that though – Lynne Myatt, a Feng Shui expert visits people’s houses and performs ‘Earth Acupuncture’ to cure the surroundings of a house before setting about your home itself. Before scoffing on your lunch, there must be something in it as BUPA and British Airways have been longstanding fans, Feng Shui-ing their offices to keep workers happy, whilst Mercedes Benz have just taken on a Feng Shui specialist to reproduce the same effect in all their new cars.


Eleanor 'Rusty Lee' John checked out my 'cheeky' aura

Next up was aura photography and Eleanor John, or Rusty Lee as I re-christened her, attempted to ‘connect’ with me by clocking into my aura, and despite not being able to see bright oranges and greens whizzing about around my head, she immediately decided that my aura was a decidedly happy and cheeky one (is that a technical term?). I think that was probably good but I didn’t hang around too long to find out I was actually a repressed homicidal maniac. Again, a few examples of the aura photography was on show on display boards from photos developed just twenty minutes previously - pretty impressive stuff.

Chuckle Therapy sounds a bit more like it. As we all know in the Manchester Confidential office, laughter is the best way to lead a happy life, and Ken Williams, also known as ‘Wiggie’, set about passing on this valuable information to passers by. Wiggie sits people down and discusses funny family incidents and represents them in cartoon format before your very eyes. Judging by some of the cartoons already completed by the time I got there hanging off the display wall, I’m pretty glad I managed to avoid some of these families!


Ken 'Wiggie' Williams sets to work on some humorous family cartoons as part of 'Chuckle Therapy'

Not only that, but Wiggie has produced some invaluable joke books and joke sheets to keep people amused during the course of any stressful day. His glossary of English / German motoring terms coming particularly handy in any EU society – ‘Learner Driver = Der Twatt mit Ellplatz’ anyone?


Caroline Daniel and her natural (and very spicy) potions and tonics

Caroline Daniel, herbalist and naturopath, gave me a thorough once – or twice – over. Caroline had a desk-full of potions and treatments to help with general wellbeing. My stress levels certainly weren’t helped much when she tried a pretty potent drop of chilli soaked in vodka on my taste buds. Expecting a soothing natural remedy, my mouth soon became hotter than the burning solstice sun itself and required an overdose of mints and cold water to put it out – good for my circulation and pores in the long run though apparently!


Martia Maw on skin and asthma duty

Caroline also gave me an iridiology scan (having a gawp into my eye in layman’s terms) taking a good look at my iris for an insight into general health. She discovered that I had a ‘Mixed Biliary’ which could either be a really good thing as there is nothing strikingly wrong with me, or from the ‘pint half empty’ perspective, it could mean that I maybe susceptible to any possible form of disease in the future! A range of digestive bitters and health tonics were recommended to help with the gall bladder as well as mick thistle, which is good for the liver. Natural and herbal remedies were certainly the order of the day, with Maria Maw showcasing her Forever Living Products ranging from Aloe Vera hand cream to natural solutions to help with asthma.


Ghostbuster Richard Harding downs his proton pack and poses for a photo.

Angel Card Reading, Reiki and Past Life Regressions were also on offer, with the latter using hypnosis to aid self growth and healing.

To wrap up the longest day of the year, modern ghostbuster Richard Harding collared me and told me all about his psychic nights that he’s got coming up soon, as well as his ideas for doing a spot of ghostbusting in locations around the city, stay tuned for more on that one….

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Tim Gough

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