Thoughts on being dismissed

7 September, 2013 // 1 Comment

I am currently half way through attending the Seriously Strange conference hosted by ASSAP this weekend at Bath University. I’m speaking tomorrow on a panel about ‘the future of ghost investigations’. I wont comment on the conference until it is over, but there was one thing I did want to address. Over the last two days (at the [...]

Has Amanda Byram been faking ghosts?

5 September, 2013 // 5 Comments

I was sent a link to this news story featured in the Canterbury Times by the journalist who wrote it, asking for my opinion. The story is about a supposedly strange photo captured by TV presenter Amanda Byram. The photo is of Byram posing with two members of the public, and next to them is a translucent shadowy figure. The “ghost” is [...]

Ghost of a Memphis Bank Robber & a portal at Kelvedon Hatch?

1 September, 2013 // 5 Comments

There have been a couple of interesting stories in the media recently. A number of them came to my attention while I was at the European Skeptics Congress so I was unable to write about them at the time, despite wanting to. I thought I’d double up this post and explore two that caught my attention. The Memphis Bank Robber Ghost A number of [...]

Job done?

29 August, 2013 // 1 Comment

When I was first sent this clipping from an issue of the Fortean Times I was really annoyed that someone was sharing my research into the case without any credit being given. After all I spent my time, money and effort going to the pier and speaking to the people involved. Then I realised that it didn’t really matter because Paul Thomas [...]

On Hating Stupidity & Loving People

29 August, 2013 // 1 Comment

On Saturday evening I attended the Gala Dinner at the 15th European Skeptics Congress, and between the courses various people took to the stage to deliver short speeches or magic tricks. One of these people was Marit Simonsen, a member of the International Advisory Board of the ESC. Marit somehow managed to eloquently capture the spirit of [...]

Communication Disaster: The damage Skeptics cause

28 August, 2013 // 15 Comments

*update* Paolo Viscardi has pointed out that the Skeptics I write about could be classed as Pseudo-Skeptics because “a skeptic doesn’t dismiss an area of investigation because they think it’s woo”. This is a fair point I didn’t consider at the time of writing, so the term ‘skeptic’ is used throughout this [...]

Hayley is a busy Ghost

18 August, 2013 // 7 Comments

First of all, check out the swanky new site! Let me know what you think – I’ve basically returned to having just one site that includes a blog, rather than a showcase site AND a blog site. Both URL’s point here now. Feedback is welcomed! Secondly, I’ve been slightly neglectful of my blog recently because I’ve been [...]

The George Edwards Nessie Photo

18 August, 2013 // 0 Comments

On August 3rd 2012 various news sources covered the story of the latest Loch Ness monster photo taken by the skipper of a boat called The Nessie Hunter.  Click here to see the full photo. When the media report on something paranormal like this I never trust their coverage having been misquoted myself more times than I can remember. The first [...]

A Look At Tom Pickles Bownessie Photo

18 August, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Tom Pickles Bownessie photo was reported in the local news [1] and has since spread across most news websites and the usual paranormal interest sites and has inspired much discussion, with most people coming to the conclusion that it’s a hoax. I tend to agree with that conclusion, especially as Dr Ian Winfield, a lake ecologist at the [...]

The latest Beast of Trowbridge photo is a Hoax

17 August, 2013 // 12 Comments

The latest photo of the Beast of Trowbridge Some of my fellow Wiltshire residents have been very, very naughty people and I am not amused. The Wiltshire Times recently broke the story that the legendary Beast of Trowbridge had recently been spotted in Winsley by a couple who were out walking. The beast is thought to be some type of a big cat [...]
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