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    You have found our archive! Charming lives on here!
    02.05 One last puzzle before we depart!
    02.01 AC? What AC?
    01.26 Impending URL changes!
    01.11 I've got a bit of a reputation...
    01.06 AC underway, and a puzzle to solve!
    01.01 Happy new year! Have some announcements of varying importance.
    12.31 Enter the Winter Labyrinth if you dare!
    12.23 Professional Quidditch things...
    12.21 New stamp!
    12.20 Concerning immortality
    12.16 A heads up that the Secret Swap deadline is fast approaching!
    12.14 Introducing our new Minister of Magic!
    12.13 On the first day of Charming, Kayte gave to me...
    12.11 Some quick reminders!
    12.08 Another peek at what's to come...
     
        
     
    Issue #169 - Quidditch: Something Best Left to the Professionals?
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    Heavy veils can obscure your features; only use them at occasions where the added air of mystery is desired, and occasions in which you intend to eventually pull them back!






    Sheer veils can be used to great effect on women with darker hair and eyes, in nearly any occasion.
    Veiled Occasions
    There is no denying that veils are an excellent fashion accessory, based merely on appearance--they add an air of mystery and excitement to any look and immediately set a woman apart. On the other hand, though, they are often impractical, and therefore they can only really be used to full effect at certain types of events.

    A woman who is bound to be the center of attention due to the nature of the event--her own private coming out ball, a birthday party, a bridal shower or even a wedding--can safely wear a veil of any length, as she will not be required to move a great deal in order to entertain. That being said, a woman should never wear a veil that pushes the boundaries of comfort, and should be comfortable executing the typical range of movement with it in place. Heavy veils are highly discouraged since they can obscure one’s vision--only use a heavy veil when it is necessary for dramatic effect, and when it is intended to be drawn back over the hair at some point in the event.

    Sheer veils that do not go beyond chin length are much more versatile as far as occasion goes, and can compliment a wide variety of outfits--however, fair-haired women or those with exceptionally delicate complexions should avoid these sorts of accessories at all costs. A sheer veil will not provide the proper contrast against such a light background and will instead only serve to obscure a lady’s natural beauty.

    Half-veils may be attempted by fair-haired and fair-skinned women, but should still be avoided for most events by anyone with blue or green eyes, since they will have a tendency to dull your natural eye color. Dark-eyed woman will find that the most appropriate use of half-veils is for less formal events, such as garden parties, attending a performance of some sort, or spectating at a sporting match. For formal nights out, either full sheer veils or no veil at all is still preferable.


    Long veils can give an ethereal appearance, but also restrict your movement and as such as only appropriate for very particular events where you are guaranteed to be the center of attention without having to do much.






    Half-veils are much more versatile, but tend to work best with women whose dark eyes are difficult to obscure. Half-veils are primarily suitable for informal occasions.
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    Mr. Mortimer Skeeter is one of the Quidditch players for the Amateur team The Horntails. 9 Facts About Mortimer Skeeter
    1. Mr. Mortimer Skeeter was born on July 17th, making him a cancer.

    2. Mr. Skeeter's family calls him Morty!

    3. He is a tall man, standing at 6'1".


    4. He played Quidditch as a Chaser while in school.

    5. Mr. Skeeter has four brothers and a sister.
    Mr. Skeeter looked rather serious during his appearance at the Quidditch tournament.

    6. Mr. Skeeter was a Hufflepuff.

    7. His wand is made of pear.

    8. Mr. Skeeter has gray eyes.

    9. Our sources say Mr. Skeeter is single!

    @'Mortimer Skeeter'
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    Quidditch: Something Best Left to the Professionals?
    With the professional season having been finished with, a group of Quidditch sponsors saw fit to put on an amateur Quidditch tournament. Matches began in February with the games taking place in the evening so that working individuals could take part. The prize for the champion team was some money and the chance to play against an all star team made up of professional players from a variety of teams.

    Was Mister Reuben Crouch the main cause of his teams loss?
    Many people signed up and there was even a team made up entirely of women! Another team of note was made up entirely of young gentlemen from the Excalibur club. With some of the members of the team being known to have played Quidditch during their school years it was rather surprising when they were among the first to be eliminated. It also highly suspected that Mister Reuben Crouch was drunk throughout his game leading to the humiliating loss of his team.


    The team dubbed as Team Horntail emerged victorious from the second game of the first round but not without a rather horrid injury suffered by one of the players. A working man, no less! It is unknown how the injury he sustained has affected his job performance but it is definitely something that could have been avoided had he opted to not take part in the tournament.
    Set to marry Mister Roberto Devine, Miss Dippet only sustained injury in her participation.
    The all women team was dubbed Team Phoenix and they too had a player suffer a rather horrid injury! The injured party was none other than fashion icon, Miss Ophelia Dippet. It is not altogether surprising to hear that she would partake when one considers that her fiance was one of the sponsors. Even so, she could have definitely supported him from the stands rather than putting herself through such a trial. Did Mister Devine perhaps coerce her into doing so? We can only hope that she heals up entirely before her wedding. No one likes a bruised bride!


    The third game saw Team Erumpant winning but not without an injury of their own. Michael Inglewood sustained an injury that has seemingly put an end to his current career as a hit wizard. It seems like quite the few amateur players sustained an injury over the course of the tournament and this was only the first round of the tournament!


    The rest of the tournament continued along this path with injuries being sustained throughout by various parties. While it was a rather enjoyable event to spectate, the various injuries sustained only served to prove that Quidditch is a game best left to professionals. Those with little to no skill in the sport have no business trying to compete in a Quidditch tournament.


    @'Reuben Crouch' @'Ophelia Dippet' @'Roberto Devine'
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    Sun and Moon Transit to Pisces
    As avid astrologers and diviners are no doubt aware, the sun and moon rarely end up in the same sign for any length of time, making their joint transit to the constellation of Pisces very significant, both for the population at large and particularly for Pisces!

    The mystical nature of a Piscean moon will strengthen divination abilities and predictions over the next month, but be careful. Venus is currently in opposition to Neptune, which causes a strong predilection for misinterpreting information and seeing what we want to see, rather than what is true. The Piscean moon may cause even those not particularly gifted with divination to have oddly prescient dreams, but I would advise anyone who believes they may have glimpsed the future to run their interpretation by a trusted, unbiased friend for a second opinion before acting on anything.

    The dual Pisces signs can also lead particularly sensitive water signs to feel overwhelmed and immobilized by emotions during the coming weeks and possibly even sink into self-pity. If you have Pisces or other water signs in your close circle of friends, watch out for such introspection and try to guard against it.

    Noteworthy Pisces include socialite and fashionista Miss Ophelia Dippet, healer Fletcher Peverell, Quidditch player and Captain Arthur Pettigrew, former head auror Benedict Sterling, and the infamous Miss Adelia Lovegood.
    Pisces are more influenced by their feelings during the coming weeks and may make irrational decisions, or be afraid to make any decisions at all - certainly a rather ominous prospect for the likes of Miss Dippet, who is set to marry Mr. Roberto Devine at the end of next month and is already facing a number of daunting, emotionally invested choices. It also doesn't bode well for those who have been inclined to make poor decisions in the past, like Mr. Pettigrew. The stars indicate quite strongly that there will shortly be a relapse of some of his past "issues," much to the financial woe of Mrs. Pettigrew.

    The proclivity of the sensitive sign pairing to lead to bouts of introspection and possibly depression is also ominous for Mr. Sterling or Miss Lovegood, both of whom have lost almost everything of importance in their lives over the course of the last year (and at least in the latter case, entirely through her own poor choices - Miss Lovegood has plenty of fodder for lengthy sessions of self-pity).

    On Mr. Peverell our stars are slightly less clear; he may have recently suffered a great disappointment, which has been kept very quiet, or he may be facing a series of big decisions over the coming weeks. Whether it is in his immediate past or immediate future, however, the long-term picture seems to indicate regret.

    Forge on through, Pisces, and your stars may look a little better next month (hopefully realigning in time to not utterly ruin Miss Dippet's wedding).

    @'Ophelia Dippet' @'Roberto Devine' @'Arthur Pettigrew' @'Desdemona Pettigrew' @'Benedict Sterling' @'Adelia Lovegood' @'Fletcher Peverell'
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