Geeky Historical Christmas Facts 10

We’re on the 10th of December, which means part 10 of our historical Christmas facts! And today’s pic is the lovely Primrose Proper’s Christmas Fairy act from our Myths and Legends show, Dec 2012 by Miss Moth  Fact #10 concerns the 25 December… Ancient Romans had three celebrations around this time: Saturnalia (mentioned in an […]

Geeky Historical Christas Facts pt9

So today’s historical Christmas fact gives us the chance to share this pic of our lovely audience dressed up all christmassy from our Blue Christmas show, 2013 (pic by Miss Moth)…   Fact #9 concerns the Christmas pudding…  As with the mince pie, this also comes from the East and first arrived in the 1300s […]

Geeky Historical Christmas facts pt8

Well, we’re a third of the way through our Christmas countdown already, and sharing Lilly Laudanum’s Christmas facts – which are totally nothing to do with burlesque, but everything to do with festive cheer!  Fact #8… Which concerns the origins of Xmas…  X is actually the greek letter Chi, the first letter of the Greek […]

Geeky Historical Christmas Facts 7

Nothing to do with burlesque (aside from giving us the chance to root through the Bluestocking Christmas album) but everything to do with Christmas, we’re bringing you a geeky historical Christmas fact for every day leading up to Christmas…  Fact #7 – Mince Pies…  They are actually of Middle Eastern origin (my fave part of […]

Geeky Historical Christmas Facts pt6

It’s the 6th December, so that means part 6 of our christmas facts! Absolutely nothing to do with burlesque or cabaret, but everything (obviously!) to do with christmas – plus it gives us the excuse to look at all our festive BSL pics from the past five years! Fact #6 wassailing…  While wassailing (old english […]

Geeky Historical Christmas facts, 4 and 5

As we are at the 5th December, here are parts 4 and 5 of our historical fact about christmas – nothing to do with burlesque or cabaret, but everything do do with feeling christmassy!  Fact #4 concerns Mistletoe…  The moniker of this is actually of Anglo Saxon origin (Misteltan – means dung stick, as misteltoe […]

Geeky historical Christmas Facts pt 1-3

Nothing to do with burlesque but just getting us into the christmas spirit! We’re re-publishing Lilly Laudanum’s collection of historical christmas facts, well, because we can! We be posting them right up to christmas eve, so stay tuned! Today’s installment is parts 1-3 as we’ve missed a few days! Fact #1 Gifts… So, we give […]

Piercing The Veil… Why A Belly Dancer’s Prop Can Be Your New Costume Friend!

We all know that burlesque and belly dance are linked… Since belly dance first entered the Western World’s imagination at the Chicago World Fair in the 1880s (you can read about the history of burlesque and belly dance at the Chicago World Fair here) burlesque dancers have been emulating and converting the moves for our own […]

History Of Burlesque: Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

Yes, we know what you are all thinking: Chaucer – yawn! For most of us who did English at A Level, Geoffrey Chaucer’s epic work The Canterbury Tales brings a dark cloud of boredom overhead… I (Lilly Laudanum) was one of those annoying classmates who actually enjoyed his works! And looking through the Middle English […]

History Of Burlesque: Ancient Greece

When the ‘casual observer’ imagines burlesque, the usual image that comes up is 1940s/1950s era pin up girls, stockings ‘accidentally’ being revealed as a skirt is blown up by a gust of wind, Hollywood-style bombshells and cheeky winks. In actual fact, burlesque is a lot older than it’s ‘vintage’ image… We’re not talking about the […]