A Depressing Conversation With A Times Journalist About Exorcisms

3 August, 2014 // 8 Comments

“Do you know of anyone who thinks they or their house has been possessed by a demon?” a Sunday Times journalist asked me over the phone just the other day. Several names popped into my mind instantly but there was no chance that I was letting her have them. “We’ve got about 20 people on a list to speak to about a piece my [...]

The Dawkins Problem

2 August, 2014 // 9 Comments

Richard Dawkins was right when he recently said that ‘Nothing should be off limits to discussion.’ It was a point he made in a recent blog post following the fallout that happened after he tweeted comments comparing different types of rape and paedophilia. Date rape is bad. Stranger rape at knifepoint is worse. If you think that's [...]

Is This The Beast Of Bodmin?

28 July, 2014 // 3 Comments

According to ITV West Country, Henry Warren was taking photos of Bodmin Moor when this “mystery creature” pictured above jumped out in front of him and ran off. Could it be the legendary Beast of Bodmin? Probably not.  In my opinion this is a fox – one without a bushy tail which is no uncommon among foxes (particularly if they [...]

Are Calls To The Police About Ghosts Wasting Police Time?

27 July, 2014 // 1 Comment

In 1977 when single mother Peggy Hodgson first witnessed strange noises and furniture seeming to move on its own she called the police. One of the constables that responded to her call witnessed a chair slide across the floor but ‘could not determine the cause of the movement.’[1] The incident would later become part of the Enfield [...]

3 Weird Things That Happened To Me (& Why I Still Don’t Believe In Ghosts)

11 July, 2014 // 9 Comments

Every time I speak at a conference or similar event there is a Q&A session directly after my talk and, more often than not, someone will ask me “Have you ever experienced something weird that you cannot explain?” Yes, is the response. I’ve seen some pretty weird shit over the years. Reactions to this answer are usually one [...]

Ghost Hunt Gadgets That Insult Your Intelligence

6 July, 2014 // 49 Comments

Owning a collection of gadgets that you claim detect ghosts in one way or another is a staple part of belonging to a ghost hunting team. By explaining to the layman just how Electromagnetic fields can cause a minority of people to experience sensations of being watched while you wave around a plastic box that has coloured bulbs that light up [...]

GSOW: ‘we have a private forum & we’re fine with that’

29 June, 2014 // 2 Comments

‘Nothing shady goes on in our secret forum, honest. You’ll have to take my word for it though, ‘cos it’s private. We’d let you join, but we can’t. Not even our friends get to join.’ The above is my personal summary of a rebuttal written by the team leader of the Dutch language group of the Guerrilla [...]
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