The 5 Weirdest Things People Have Said To Me

30 May, 2014 // 2 Comments

I recently read a Cracked feature called ’5 things I learned as a Ghost Hunter’ and, although I don’t agree with everything (e.g. EVP are not evidence of ghosts) I was filled with relief to discover that I am not the only ghost researcher to have had the “I’ve got bugs crawling out of my vagina” phone call. When [...]

I bought my psychic powers online

23 May, 2014 // 1 Comment

Magicians can spot tricks a mile off which means that for decades they have been the rationalists right hand man when it comes to exposing phoney psychics for the tricksters they are.  Using simple-yet-effective tricks to make people think you have psychic abilities when you don’t without disclosing the fact that you are using these tricks [...]

My activism isn’t led by battle cry

19 May, 2014 // 3 Comments

For years now I have submitted complaints to Trading Standards and the Advertising Standards Authority about dodgy health claims I see people making to advertise their products. I’d personally rather make sure that people and companies advertise their products or services in a way that complies with CAP codes (advertising codes). Even if [...]

Gail Parminter on Gender & Advertising

17 May, 2014 // 0 Comments

Gail Parminter gave a talk at TEDx Bradford on Avon in 2012 about gender and advertising. I was present for this event but re-visited this talk recently after finding this article about a patronising advert selling bourbon. They patronise both women and the majority of men as dumb sissies. I drink bourbon… I also build my own [...]

Boris bikes for BoA? Donelan is cycling up the wrong track

17 May, 2014 // 2 Comments

On May 13th Mayor of London, Boris Johnson visited the local area and spent some time chatting to Michelle Donelan (who is standing to be the next Member of Parliament for the Chippenham constituency which covers Chippenham, Corsham, Bradford on Avon, Melksham and the surrounding villages) who, on her blog, states how she asked Johnson for his [...]

‘What I wish I’d known when I was 18′

14 May, 2014 // 1 Comment

Stephen Fry on ‘What I Wish I’d Known When I Was 18′ I would say the worst thing you can ever do in life is set yourself goals. I think goal orientation is absolutely disastrous in life. Two things happen, one is you don’t meet your goals so you call yourself a failure, secondly you meet your goals and you go “Well [...]

I believe in the Loch Ness Monster

10 May, 2014 // 1 Comment

‘The water in there is like looking through a glass of coca cola” Steve Feltham told us, rolling the clay between his hands as he created another of his much loved Nessie models to sell to tourists. I was sitting in the cosy van he calls home that is parked on Dores Beach, overlooking Loch Ness from where Steve maintains his [...]
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