This is not the snake you are looking for

25 July, 2012 // 0 Comments

My local paper, The Wiltshire Times, ran a story on Monday 23rd July detailing how the owner of a six-foot-long Boa Constrictor in Chippenahm, Wiltshire informed police that the snake was missing which prompted a police investigation into its whereabouts. They asked anyone with information about where the snake is to contact the police via the [...]

So you’ve seen a dodgy advert…

14 July, 2012 // 1 Comment

I get loads of emails and Facebook messages from strangers telling me about dodgy advertising they’ve discovered that they think breaches the CAP codes, as though the idea that people make false claims in adverts is shocking and new. Sadly it isn’t, and even before I was involved with the Righteous Indignation Podcast (through which [...]

Brains or Beauty? Meh.

14 July, 2012 // 1 Comment

My mum sometimes reads ‘Take a Break’ magazine and I sneak a look to see what sort of features they’re running that might be of interest to the more skeptically minded woman. Today’s find was a readers vote asking:  What gets you further in life – being clever or looking good? Would you prefer to be like TV presenter [...]

Religious Bullies

10 July, 2012 // 1 Comment

Cross posted from The Heresy Club Last week the The Wiltshire Times reported that Forty Sikh militants locked themselves in the Kembrey Street temple in Swindon to stop a Sikh woman marrying a Christian man of West African background. They locked the doors and gates of the Gurdwara, near Kembrey Park, before leaving more than six hours later. [...]

Turning your back on nonsense

26 June, 2012 // 7 Comments

In reflecting my previous blog post called ‘When claims of authority fall flat on their face’ I realise I was too quick to judge the Bomber County Paranormal team. Since writing my criticism is has been brought to my attention that Kerry, who is the founder and organizer of the group, is attempting to turn the team into a rational one after [...]

The lies we tell ourselves

24 June, 2012 // 2 Comments

The money and time I invested in ghost research as a belief-led investigator, and the importance my belief in ghosts and an afterlife held in my life at the time meant that it was really difficult to admit I might be wrong and turn around the way in which I behaved and thought. For a while I continued with methods such as table tipping, seances [...]

Update: The Cheltenham horror story

18 June, 2012 // 2 Comments

Today I phoned up the Gloucestershire Echo about the ghost photo story they ran on June 15th and explained how it was a fake photo and how it was done. The journalist was unaware of the iPhone app that had been used and explained to me that she has since been in touch with John Gore about the story who has told her he believes he has been [...]
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