About this Episode

SVYS001 - Show Notes

Welcome to SideVayse: an extra shot of weird across the bows of an increasingly incohesive reality. This is a place for the oddities that don't quite belong in the main podcast but are still certified 100% pure Vayse.

SideVayse is going to be the place where we try some things that are a bit different, perhaps a bit more experimental, perhaps even weirder than the main podcast. We honestly don't know yet. But in Vayse we trust.

In this inaugural episode of SideVayse, Hine talks about his recent musings on Numinous Melancholy, the pleasurable sadness that seems to haunt the winter months, why the feeling is particularly potent this year and what, if anything, can be done about it. Recorded 15 December 2022.

SVYS001 - Show Notes


Carol of the Bells - Fleming and John's version and Hine's all time favourite. This is going to be day 24 of the Advent Calendar of Numinous Melancholy (Spoilers) on Hine's Twitter.

Snow Globe Blizzard by Smoke Fairies

Heron Blue by Sun Kil Moon

Famous Blue Raincoat by the late great Leonard Cohen

If you have Spotify, this is a playlist of Numinous Melancholy for your "enjoyment" - the link between Numinous Melancholy and music is highly subjective, as is the concept itself. This playlist was made by Hine and is entirely a product of his personal musical taste and his own experience. Yours will be different, feel free to share links to your own Numinous Melancholy playlists with us on our Twitter.

Other Links

Food Bank Statistics

The Sigil Secret by Mark Vincent

The Wim Hoff Method

Mental Health Phone Numbers (taken from the wonderful mental health charity Mind's website)

Samaritans - talk about anything that is upsetting you - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call 116 123 (free from any phone). You can also call the Samaritans Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (7pm–11pm every day).

SANEline - If you're experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone else, you can call SANEline on 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm–10.30pm every day).

National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK. Offers a supportive listening service to anyone with thoughts of suicide - 0800 689 5652 (6pm–3:30am every day).

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). You can call the CALM on 0800 58 58 58 (5pm–midnight every day) if you are struggling and need to talk.

Shout. If you would prefer not to talk but want some mental health support, you could text SHOUT to 85258. Shout offers a confidential 24/7 text service providing support if you are in crisis and need immediate help.

The Mix. If you're under 25, you can call The Mix on 0808 808 4994 (3pm–midnight every day), request support by email using this form on The Mix website or use their crisis text messenger service.

Papyrus HOPELINEUK. If you're under 35 and struggling with suicidal feelings, or concerned about a young person who might be struggling, you can call Papyrus HOPELINEUK on 0800 068 4141 (weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm and bank holidays 2pm–10pm), email pat@papyrus-uk.org or text 07786 209 697.

Nightline. If you're a student, you can look on the Nightline website to see if your university or college offers a night-time listening service. Nightline phone operators are all students too.

Switchboard. If you identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, you can call Switchboard on 0300 330 0630 (10am–10pm every day), email chris@switchboard.lgbt or use their webchat service. Phone operators all identify as LGBT+.

C.A.L.L. If you live in Wales, you can call the Community Advice and Listening Line (C.A.L.L.) on 0800 132 737 (open 24/7) or you can text 'help' followed by a question to 81066.
Helplines Partnership.