The Monster

26 March, 2012 // 1 Comment

I wrote this short poem while travelling from Lake Windermere up to Loch Ness. It was inspired by the stories surrounding both Bownessie and Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. The Monster Hayley Stevens Choppy waters, hiding monsters, Something rises, catching eyes, Swirling up, liquid shadows, Depth of colour, monstrous size Creatures Swimming, break [...]

The Monster Men

25 March, 2012 // 7 Comments

It isn’t very often that you are asked whether you would be at all interested in going monster hunting with an investigator you’ve admired for the majority of your life, which is why when the organisers of QEDcon asked me in 2011 if I’d be up for visiting Lake Windermere and Loch Ness with Joe Nickell I said ‘YES [...]

Ghost Busting with Bladud Magazine

22 March, 2012 // 0 Comments

On Tuesday evening I was greeted from work by Henry, Myles and Matthew who are media students at Bath College, and their tutor Darren. They are some of the people behind the Bladud Magazine. They had a mini-bus in which we were to travel over to the beautiful Lydiard House in West Swindon to conduct some paranormal research. I had met the guys a [...]

QEDcon tips

2 March, 2012 // 0 Comments

In 2012 I tweeted asking people what advice they would offer to people attending QEDcon for the first time. A hashtag somehow developed and some really interesting pieces of advice have been posted, so I thought I’d round some up here. Register on Friday at the mixer if you can You can register on Saturday morning too, but registering during [...]

Don’t Call Them Ignorant

26 February, 2012 // 7 Comments

A while ago Professor Brian Cox called people who had complained to the BBC about an earlier statement he had made about ghosts a nobber. I blogged to say that if him calling the complainants ‘nobbers’ made him a nobber it also made me one too. I still think people perceived Cox as saying people who believed in ghosts were [...]

Is There Anybody There?

17 February, 2012 // 1 Comment

In January I spoke for the Centre For Inquiry about ghosts, ghost hunting and ghost hunters. The CFI have since made the video of the talk available and I have embedded it below. This was a brand new talk I hadn’t delivered before, there was also an issue with the sound and I was also suffering from a throat infection. Apart from that though [...]

Intimidation as a distraction

16 February, 2012 // 7 Comments

You may remember that a while ago I blogged about a man called Don Philips who is involved with a paranormal group called GSI UK. After I was critical of the methods they used on investigations I was subjected to abuse from Don. You can read about it here and here, but to summarise the experience – rather than answer the criticisms as I had [...]

The Animal Panel at QED

14 February, 2012 // 1 Comment

It has recently been announced that I am going to be speaking on ‘The Animal Panel’ at the QED Conference in March 2012. This is the second QED conference and will be the second time I’ve spoken on a panel for them and I’m very excited to be doing so. I will be speaking alongside Deborah Hyde and Joe Nickell (who both have [...]

Brian McClinton Thinks I’m Trying To Censor People?

5 February, 2012 // 13 Comments

Brian McClinton from the Humanist Association of Northern Ireland today claimed that the ASA adjudication against HOTS Bath was wrong and potentially a freedom of speech issue, during an interview with the BBC’s ‘everyday ethics’ programme (you can listen directly here) I find this extremely disappointing. The premise of the [...]

Healing claims being made across the UK

4 February, 2012 // 7 Comments

I didn’t know that ‘Healing on the Streets’ (HOTS) was as widespread a group in the UK as it is. I did a search on Facebook a day or so ago and found dozens of branches of HOTS who operate in their local areas. It turns out that they may be making similar claims to those the Bath group were, that the ASA ruled were in breach of [...]
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