This is SPARTA – among other things.

A few weeks ago, while I was watching Thor, something hit me – and no, it was not Thor’s shiny armor or his bleached eyebrows. I know the movie is adapted from a comic loosely based on the Nordic mythology, which I am certainly no expert in. Watching this movie (in all its inconsistency), I was saying, gave me the desire to do a Hollywood-movies-based-on-ancient-mythology marathon. So, I called a few friends, prepared a list of amazing movies and a good meal, and there we went. That was fun, that’s for sure, but not really accurate on the mythology part, and let’s face it, for most movies, very poor in regards of the storyline. Before I say more, I want you to know that when I watch a movie, I generally like it, I am not a huge critic or anything. I actually enjoyed some really bad movies, even though I could see the big plot holes and easy way-out (like, Thor: I had a good time watching it, even more the second time with my friends… Ok, that was maybe not entirely due to the movie). However, that day (well, night), I decided I would watch these movies the way I would study stories, and here are a few thoughts on Immortals, Troy (oh, Troy, our middle-school years, we, these stupid kids at the theater …), Clash of the Titans and 300. I couldn’t get myself to watch Wrath of the Titans, the first one was bad enough, and I know 300 is not about mythology, but I haven’t seen it before, and I really wanted to. It was, um, enlightening. So here are some points I’d like to discuss.

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The Balladeers’ Nonprofit Organization

So, today was the day we met to create our organization, “les Aèdes Voyageurs”. Its general aim is to study and promote the ancient cultures, just what we hope to do with our project. I think that the organization will help us to accomplish our year-long educational project. This big step makes us really happy and enthousiastic for the future! We can only regret that Andrew was not here with us, but still on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Now that we mailed all the documents, we just have to wait for the authorization to come back, and we’ll be ready for new adventures! Oh, by the way, welcome – and many thanks – to Corinne and Lucie who will elp us with the administration of our association.

And here some pictures taken while we were signing the papers:
Janyce, our very happy president

Erika, our enthousiastic treasurer

Also, before I go back writing the myth of Ariadne while watching a Batman movie, I wanted to remind you that you can still give us your support on Ulule: we already have 18 supporters ready to make this work, who will receive our little gifts! Come and join them if you want to, or speak about it around you so that we can make it to the 1000 euros we need. We have 665 euros, and 14 days left!