The Worst Ghosts of 2017

It’s that time of the year when I sift through the worst ghosts that made the news this year and bring you what I judge to be the most awful of them all. By awful I don’t mean evil or terrible ghosts we should all be afraid of, but ghost stories that had me rolling my eyes. You can read previous Worst Ghosts collections by clicking here.

So, grab a cup of coffee, put your cosy winter socks on and settle in… Continue reading

Ghost Hunting at HMP Shepton Mallet with Haunted

ghost hunting at Shepton Mallet Prison

We’re standing in the room that used to house the gallows. Paul Toole- a tour guide for the prison -is telling us about how a ghost burned his hand. It’s dark and torches are shone on his hand where there sits a scar. It looks quite like a cigarette burn which has healed. I mentally note “because it is a cigarette burn which has healed.” Continue reading

People Ask Me Questions: The Scole Experiment

Recently, at a talk delivered for the wonderful Glasgow Skeptics, an audience member asked my thoughts on the Scole experiment. I wasn’t able to recall offhand what the experiment involved and so was not able to offer a decent answer. This has bugged me since and, having had time to reflect and research, here is my response… Continue reading

False Equivalence is Trendy but it’s Not a Good Look

Rational people, it is said, should be able to spot a logical fallacy from a mile away, so I’ve watched, aghast, in the last few days as people (who are normally pretty balanced and fair about current events) are suddenly unable to see that they are guilty of this fallacy with their hand wringing about anti-fascist protesters being “as bad” as white supremacist and Nazi protesters. Continue reading