Revisiting Bownessie

18 June, 2011 // 18 Comments

In my initial article considering the case of the “Bownessie” lake monster in detail, I concluded that I felt that the most likely cause for the various sightings of the monster was simple misidentification of fish, objects and other animals in the lake. After I published my article online I received feedback from one of the eyewitnesses, [...]

Failing to ask the correct questions

17 June, 2011 // 11 Comments

“Why are these people so willing to be treated as unequal?” That is the question that Philip Davies should have asked when a group of disabled people allegedly told him they’d be willing to take a job that paid them a lower wage than able bodied people. To any logical person the fact that people were so desperate for a job, for [...]

Misleading the misled

10 June, 2011 // 6 Comments

Sometimes, when it comes to the world of ghosts and haunted houses and claims of paranormal phenomena, things are not as clear cut as they initially seem. Sometimes wrong and right aren’t options one can choose at ease and as a skeptic and a humanist I sometimes find myself resisting the urge to head-butt my desk and over and over at the [...]

In which Colin Fry sinks low

31 May, 2011 // 9 Comments

It breaks my heart to hear about elderly people who have been targeted by con-men and con-women and cheated out of a large amount of their life savings, even more so when those who have conned them out of their money claim to be psychic and were preying on their targets grief or vulnerability. I was sent this link by @4tis via twitter about a [...]

The Paranormal 5: A review (cont.)

24 May, 2011 // 3 Comments

Part one of this review can be found here Episode Four – the team meet a little boy sent up a chimney to his death Locations visited: Shoe shop, Gloucestershire & Country hotel, Petty France Reported activity at the shoe shop: - Spoons resting on a cloth in the kitchen were ‘flung’ onto the floor – Often smell smoke [...]

The dog and the angry man

18 May, 2011 // 9 Comments

We were in the dimly lit function room of a village pub somewhere in the heart of Wiltshire trying to contact the ghost that had been seen walking through that area. It was raining outside, all of the customers had gone home a long time ago and we had come to the conclusion that the basement was the centre for the activity – I forget how we [...]
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