Musings

A British Slenderman? I Don’t Think So… (updated)

25 January, 2015 // 9 Comments

Update: The Mirror who were first to report on Christine Hamlet’s photo of Slenderman used the wrong photograph. The photo used (that I then used here) was not the photo she claimed showed Slenderman, but was in fact a photo that she thought showed a Black Eyed Kid also said to haunt Cannock’s Chase. That photo can be seen here. Mark [...]

Cannock’s Chase: An Open Letter to Lee Brickley

25 January, 2015 // 9 Comments

Dear Lee Brickley, I expect that you don’t think very highly of me after I gave your book a critical review, and you’ve blocked me on Twitter but I really hope that you’ll hear me out. You are just one year older than me and yet it seems that our approaches to the paranormal are completely different. The nonsense you pulled with [...]

Thoughts On The “End” of Page 3

20 January, 2015 // 0 Comments

Update: At the time of writing this post (Jan 20) it seemed Page 3 had come to an end. Today (Jan 22) it seems that this wasn’t the case and that it continues to exist. Sneaky. It seems that The Sun newspaper have discontinued the tradition of including a topless woman on Page 3 (update: no, they haven’t.) There have been some odd [...]

The Demonic Humanists and the Insecure Christians

11 January, 2015 // 8 Comments

In December the British Government blocked the legal recognition of humanist marriages because it was seen as a ‘fringe’ issue.  Andrew Copson of the British Humanist Association called this decision an insult, pointing out that ‘under this government, Scientologists have been added to the list of religions that can perform legal [...]

Thoughts On Experiences Of Skeptic Podcasting

29 December, 2014 // 2 Comments

About six years ago I was asked by a friend if I’d contribute to a podcast he’d had the idea to start. There was a real lack of British skeptical podcasts at that time – especially those that focussed on weird news stories. We were both paranormal researchers who had come to the dark side (skepticism). I said yes, we recorded an [...]

My Top Reads of 2014

27 December, 2014 // 0 Comments

UPDATED: To add The Martian by Andy Weir to the book, which I read after writing this (but still during 2014) This post is inspired by a similar one written by Samanta Stein. I received a Tablet for Christmas 2013 on which I have the Kindle App which saw the amount of books I got through in 2014 rocket. There are so many books that I have read [...]

Ghosts For Christmas

24 December, 2014 // 0 Comments

As a self confessed ghost geek I am really interested in modern paranormal phenomena of all shapes and sizes. I also love reading ghost stories, with The End of The Line being one of the best books I read in 2914. It’s an anthology of horror stories based on or around underground railway systems which I bought because the real life ghost [...]

The “Explain That” Game

29 November, 2014 // 1 Comment

Earlier this month I found myself in the unfortunate position of having no choice but to suffer as a radio presenter fired ghost anecdote after ghost anecdote at me. He’d collected them from his listeners and then demanded that I solve them right there on the other end of the telephone while live in air with no prior warning. It was unfair, [...]

The Shirt That Matt Wore

16 November, 2014 // 3 Comments

I started blogging about seven or eight years ago and in that time many people have found the things I write about to be offensive, usually because I criticise or disagree with ideas they believe are true. Some people have written to people I was employed by to demand I be fired from my previous jobs, others have threatened to harm me if I [...]

Review: An Honest Liar

2 November, 2014 // 1 Comment

The 2014 documentary An Honest Liar cleverly intertwines the personal story of James Randi with the public adventures and achievements of James “The Amazing” Randi in a way that is simple-yet-brutal with the message it delivers; Randi is a man who has achieved truly great feats in his lifetime, but he is a human and has his own flaws. [...]
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