Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mermaids Need Your Help

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Once again this year, the mermaids need your help. Columnist Katherine Brooks of The Huffington Post is putting out the call: "The Coney Island Mermaid Parade is in trouble."

Putting on a parade of this 'depth' is expensive, along the lines of $50,000 to cover the costs of logistics and security.

Get all the details in Ms. Brooks article, which contains a number of photos from past events. This year's event is scheduled for June 17th, so it is not that far away. At the time of this writing, only $7,200 of the $50K goal has been raised.


Island of Trash

Here is another way you can help the mermaids. Discarded plastics continue to find their way into our oceans and waterways. Nowhere is this more evident than the coastline of Henderson Island in the Pacific. Scientists have estimated that there are 38 million pieces of trash on the island.

"The researchers say the density of trash was the highest recorded anywhere in the world, despite Henderson Island's extreme remoteness."

The one photo in a recent article on Yahoo by AP writer Nick Perry is all you need to see. We have a serious problem.

You can help by recycling plastics at local churches or schools. Pick up plastics, paper, and other trash when you are walking in your neighborhood. Don't let that plastic bottle end up on Henderson Island!


Mermaid Desk Accessories

With the business done, it is time for something fun. Popsugar and Macy Cate Williams recently shared a collection of 15 mermaid desk accessories that any mermaid would love.

"Why not make the place where you work a deep-sea wonderland?"

From pencils to coffee mugs to mermaid tail laptop skins, it's all here! Mermaid scale mouse pads? Yes!

Are unicorn desk accessories of interest as well? There is a related link in the article just for you.


Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

The London Merfolk

In an article found at Londonist, writer Gillian Fisher introduces us to London's Real-Life Mermaids And Mermen. Among them is Merfolk UK convention organizer Jessica Pennington.

Ms. Fisher also introduces us to professional mermaids Aura Bella and Lily Rose, and merman Siki Red.

"Silicon tails cost upwards of £1,500 and are mostly ordered from America. But the UK market is growing and one tail artisan is London-based Siki Red Fins; he's sporting one of his own creations."

Plenty of great photos in the article, so be sure to take a look.

Related blog post: Meet the UK Merfolk (March 2016)


Earth Day Mermaid

In a recent article at Hello Giggles, Ashley Nada reminds us that mermaids celebrate Earth Day because it's their planet, too.

We can no longer wait until Earth Day to care for our planet. Earth Day 2017 has come and gone, but there is still work to be done. Spend an hour or two each month picking up discarded items at beaches, lakes, or around your neighborhood.

You, too, can be an Earth Day mermaid or merman.


Mermaid Tiles

When it is time to redecorate your kitchen or bathroom, add a touch of the mermaid spirit with mermaid tiles. An article at Popsugar has plenty of photos to inspire the decorator in you.

The article by Maggie Winterfeldt features 16 photos of mermaid inspired tile work from Pinterest.

"Previously seen in coastal homes, these scale-like tiles have hit the mainstream, and Pinterest is reporting that interest in mermaid scales is up 100 percent year over year."

My favorite would have to be the kitchen in photo number two.


Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Making a Splash

A new book, 'Making a Splash: Mermaids (and Mermen) in 20th and 21st Century Audiovisual Media', was released on January 30th. Here are the details:

"Mermaids have been a feature of western cinema since its inception and the number of films, television series, and videos representing them has expanded exponentially since the 1980s. Making a Splash analyses texts produced within a variety of audiovisual genres."

The book's eight chapters include discussions on The Little Mermaid, Mermaid Vocality, The Mermaid Chair, Mermen on the Screen, and much more.

The author of the book is Philip Hayward. Dr. Hayward is editor of the Island Studies journal Shima and holds adjunct professor positions at the University of Technology Sydney and at Southern Cross University in Australia.

Making a Splash is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers.


Mermaid Bride

The Daily Mail UK brings us an article about a wedding in the 'middle of the sea', the Caribbean Sea to be precise. The bride, Susana, believes she is actually a mermaid, and wanted her wedding to follow her passion.

The article includes a wealth of photos as well as a video. Even the photographer called the wedding, "a dream come true".

In my opinion, the best line from the article is, "Some guests swam to the wedding while others arrived by boat." Looks like the bride wasn't the only mermaid at the wedding.


Mermaid Cake

Our next article comes from Danielle Tullo and Cosmopolitan magazine. If you are having a birthday in near future, or planning a birthday party for a mermaid fan, what you need is a mermaid tail cake.

A photo of such a cake, posted on Facebook, already has over 4.2 million views. Looks like everyone wants one for their very own.

Several photos of mermaid themed cakes are included in the article.


World of Mermaids

Sharon Ko of KENS-TV Channel 13 recently visited with four mermaids based in Austin, Texas to uncover the lure of the mermaid lifestyle.

The article may answer a lot of questions for those wanting to join in the swim. What do I need, how much does it cost, and what happens at public appearances? It's all here in the article.

The MerNetwork forum gets a mention as well.


Mermaid Tail Sleeping Bag

Remember sleep-overs and the boring sleeping bags? No more! Enchantails by Mark Viniello and family brings us the tail-enhanced slumber bag. Inc.com and Kate L. Harrison have the story:

"Their new mermaid slumber bag sets each come with a themed storybook that blends real-life places in the ocean with longstanding mythologies about mermaids from around the globe."

The article includes a portion of an interview with the Viniellos by Inc.com.


Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com

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