Latest Rama Stories

2008-10-06 12:00:26

By Alan McEwen Burning effigies and fireworks display celebrate Dussehra IT was a sight visible across the centre of Edinburgh as three giant effigies burned in the night sky on the top of Calton Hill. Nearly 2000 revellers had gathered to mark the Hindu festival of Dussehra and its celebration of the triumph of good over evil. And as the 25-feet-high flaming effigies burnt to the ground last night, hundreds of fireworks were set off above the delighted crowds. The festival got...

2008-08-18 12:00:34

LAST week I was joining the throng before the big festival stage at Stockton's Riverside. On Sunday I was enjoying a far more intimate setting in the Waiting Room restaurant, Eaglescliffe. At Cosmos Recording show ime, the enigmatic PRINCE RAMA OF AYODHYA headed the menu with SAL PARADISE providing sumptuous starters. There is definitely something cosmic and even a little magical about the music of Sal Paradise. Darren Reay's gentle acoustic guitar and sky high vocal twist and Andy...

Word of the Day
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'