Viking warriors have begun to arrive in York in preparation for the end of the world.
'Norsemen' from across the UK and further afield are converging on the historic Yorkshire town as Ragnarok, the final bloody battle predicted in Norse mythology approaches on February 22.
Believers say that when the fateful day arrives Earth will split open, unleashing the inhabitants of Hel.
The wolf, Fenrir, son of Loki, will break out of his prison and the Midgard snake Jormungand will rise from the sea.
Nidhogg, the dragon of the underworld, will gnaw at the world tree, Yggdrasil, until it groans and wilts.
Then as the ice giants of Jotunheim come thundering over the horizon, the dead heroes of Valhalla will descend from heaven to fight them.
These events were prophesied by the god Odin who had hung himself from Yggdrasill for nine days so he could die and be re-born with wisdom and foresight.
The apocalypse coincides with the 30th JORVIK Viking Festival, which is taking place in York until February 23.
Festival director Danielle Daglan said: "Ragnarok is the ultimate landmark in Viking mythology, when the gods fall and die, so this really is an event that should not be underestimated."
All good stuff - but makes me wonder why we sent all day clearing the flat in Burry Port and trying to get it clean for new tenants. We will be able to take the keys back tomorrow - the only things being left are two mirrors and the lampshades which were too hot to take down. Of course I managed to slice my finger on the cooker as I manhandles it out and failed to notice the blood pouring over the kitchen and bathroom as a blood sacrifice to the Gods. Thought I caught it and wrapped it up in good old fashioned toilet paper as I went hunting for a first aid kit - but apparently missed the blood trail that made the bathroom resemble the Shower Scene from Psycho....
But the flat is clear so if the Ice Giants come they will at least have a clean flat to move into...
Burry Port Yacht Club for the Folk Club this evening. really must practice more with a microphone stand in front of me - it changes the entire spatial awareness and makes the playing more difficult - let alone playing standing up when normally sitting down. Took a video so will be able to see how much improvement is needed...
So 60 years and a day - Chateau 41? Don't mind if I do !!!