Does anyone remember The Bangles – a female instrumental band of the nineteen eighties, who could not only sing and write their own songs – and good songs too! – but could also play guitar, bass and drums? They were great weren’t they? Not like these vocal “girl bands” that are basically singing dancers.
Nowadays, the Bangles have been eclipsed – despite their musical skills – by vocal girl bands like the Spice Girls, who didn’t have one tenth of their talent. How ironic then that it is the Spice Girls who are associated with the phrase “girl power” rather than the infinitely more deserving Bangles.
For my part, I have always been a fan of “woman power” as exemplified by women through the ages, like Rosalyn Yallow, Rose Franklin, Florence Nightingale, Elizabeth the First and the Brythonic Queen Boudicca, who led the ancient Briton’s on a war of vengeance against the Roman invaders after they flogged her and raped her daughters raped.
In a series of sweeping victories (aided in large part by sheer weight of numbers while theRoman’s were away in Anglesey crushing the druids) she laid waste to three cities, that were inhabited variously by Romans and Britons who had effectively collaborated with them. While she lost eventually.
My obsession with Boudicca led me to write a thriller called the Boudicca Parchments, a sort of “Dan Brown” style book combining modern conspiracies with ancient history and legend. On the cover of the book is a picture of a golden torc (a rigid necklace) similar to the one that the flaming-haired warrior queen is reputed to have worn in battle, as she spurred her army on from her chariot.
I have scoured the internet to find places selling copper torcs, if not golden ones, because I would like to surprise my girlfriend with one this Christmas. Alas I haven’t found anywhere selling them. Pity.
This leads us full circle, however, because while I didn’t find anywhere selling torcs, the website of Magnetic Therapy Bracelets site sells copper bangles that look a lot like Boudicca’s torc. For example there’s the Copper Ropes Magnetic that could almost be a scaled-down version of what Boudicca wore. And then there’s this Two Tone Magnetic Bangle.
Take a look at them and see what you like. They have others as well. Remember Christmas is time to give… and a time to treat yourself too.