Away With the Irish Fairies

Irish Fairies and Anti Fairy Measures

In Ireland many folks still believe there are fairies, good nurtured and some mischievous FAIRIES. If you have ever traveled at night on the winding Irish back roads in the countryside of Ireland, you would know it is a kind of eerie darkness that puts fear in your very heart. One can easily imagine something moving over the moors or hearing the forlorn screech of a dammed fairy.

As a child in Ireland you are warned to not play inside a fairy fort because the fairies don’t like it and might curse you or worse, they might fancy you. Fairy forts are mounds or hills found all over Ireland. They are the ruins of circular mound dwellings in which people lived during the Iron Age such as Newgrange.

Irish folklore speak about the so called lone bushes. These lone bushes or trees are the supposed gathering places of the Irish Fairies. In Ireland, its believed fairy trees are the sacred grounds for the sídhe, the people of the mounds.

Sídhe is the Gaelic term for a burial mound and in Ireland; it is commonly used to refer to Faeries. You will often hear folks refernce the phrase ‘daoine sidhe’ (pronounced deenee shee) meaning faerie folk mentioned in these parts.

The fairies are believed to be the Tuatha de Danann, one of the first ancient tribes to arrive in Ireland. It is said they were a magical and secretive people. They loved beautiful Ireland so much they decided to use their magic to shrink themselves and live underground. It is why various folklore traditions refer to fairies as wee folk.

‘Away with the fairies’ is an old Irish expression referring to someone whose mind is elsewhere. It originated with the belief in the folklore that mischievous fairies steal souls and carry children off to the underworld, leaving changelings in their place.

A Changeling is a creature thought to be the offspring of a fairy that has been secretly left in the place of a human child. It is thought that fairies often fancy mortals and steal their pretty children. They carry the babies away leaving behind a Changeling, an ailing fairy child, or a log of wood so bewitched that they seems to be a mortal pining away in bewilderment.

They say if you wear your clothing inside out or wear bells you can ward off the malevolent fairies.

Anti-Fairy Measures for Halloween

There is an old Irish folklore that warns of fairies and goblins that try to collect as many souls as they can at Halloween. Folklore says if you through the dust from under your feet at the Fairy then they would be obliged to release any souls that they held captive.

Source by Jennifer Derrig

Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Amplifier

Amplifiers can’t work without an amplifying device. In the past, vacuum tubes were used but today, transistor have replaced them. The good thing about transistors is that they are relatively inexpensive, durable and efficient. On the other hand, tube amplifiers are power-hungry devices. Plus, they are fragile and generate a lot of heat. If you have a tube-based amplifier, make sure you follow the steps given below to extend the life of it.

Tips to Extend the Tube Amplifier Life

After using the amplifier outside in winter, make sure it reaches room temperature before you turn it on. Turning it on when it is still cold may cause component failure.

Make sure your amp is sitting for away from liquids and beverage. Liquids can damage your device to the point where it won’t be possible to get it repaired without spending a lot of money.

Always use high-quality cables with your device. If any of the cable produces pops or crackles, replace it without wasting time. Shorts can cut down on the life of your sound system.

Be careful when connecting your unit to the speaker cabinet. Ideally, you may want to connect the cabinet first. You may want to follow the same principle when it comes to the signal lines.

Don’t use an improper load. Keep in mind that loading and impedance are important for any type of tube amplifier. The amplifier should have the right impedance based on the cabinets you are using. Mismatched loading may threaten the life of your amplifier.

It is not a good idea to move the unit around while it is switched on. Actually, the filaments and other components in the tube are more prone to damage when hot. Even a slight shock can cause the device to fail.

Before you Loadout, don’t forget to let the unit cool down.

When you need to you shut off the device, there is no need to use the standby mode. All you need to do it shut down the device.

Dropping the unit may cause a lot of damage to your amplifier. Therefore, make sure you keep shocks, drops, and bumps to a minimum. This is important even if the device is in a soft case.

When your amp is cold, you can use a blower to blow out the dust, debris, fur, and cobwebs. Besides, you can use a lint-free piece of clothing for wiping the tubes. Actually, dust and debris inside the unit may cause excessive heat.

Your amplifier should be stored in a controlled environment. Keeping the unit in a garage, shed or car will reduce its life significantly. Actually, keeping your speakers in these conditions may cause contact corrosion and surround rot. Also, it will add to the fragility of the paper cones.

In short, if you take care of tube amp, it will stand the test of time. Therefore, you may want to follow these basic steps to extend the life of your tube amplifiers.

Source by Arthur Huang

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