A Psychic Died

When Colin Fry died there was a huge rise in traffic to my blog because of a post I had written in the past criticising himĀ for seeming to take advantage of the misfortune of a man who had fallen victim to a psychic mail scam. I got a number of messages telling me that what I had written was disrespectful as Fry had just died despite the fact that the piece is both informed and was written prior to his death or his cancer diagnosis. This led me to update the post to explain this and yet people continued to send their disapproval my way. Continue reading A Psychic Died

De mortuis nihil nisi bonum

Sir Michael Parkinson once said that British reality-television star, Jade Goody, had come to representĀ ‘all that’s paltry and wretched about Britain’. He was criticised for his comments because Goody had recently died of cancer at the age of 27. Had his comments been made when she was alive and not dying hardly anybody would have cared because his comments were harsh but fair. The criticism came because of his timing. Continue reading De mortuis nihil nisi bonum

When ghost hunters cross the line

I just read this news story from the US about some teenagers who were caught trespassing in a Hubbard Park in Connecticut which is near the former Undercliff Sanatorium for children. They were found by police, and the group of “amateur ghost hunters” set off on foot to try and escape the police. Instead, they fell off of a cliff and became trapped at the bottom, seriously injured. Continue reading When ghost hunters cross the line