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The Problem With Britain’s “Most Haunted House”

2 May, 2015 // 1 Comment

I’ve had a Fortean Times subscription for a number of years because I largely find the features interesting, but I’ve found myself becoming more and more frustrated at certain features in the last year or so when certain ghost stories are given uncritical promotion, or when the author fails to remain unbiased. In FT327 The Cage in St [...]

The Enfield Haunting: A Contemporary Ghost Researcher Reflects…

21 April, 2015 // 4 Comments

The Enfield Poltergeist case began in 1977 when a set of disturbances started happening in a council house in Enfield, London that would become one of the most famous (some would say infamous) poltergeist cases in the history of the United Kingdom. Peggy Hodgson, a single mother who lived with her four children Margaret, thirteen; Janet, eleven; [...]

Weakly Ghost Bulletin #8.5

28 February, 2015 // 3 Comments

It seems that I was a bit premature when I published the Weakly Ghost Bulletin #8 yesterday and there are a few stories that came to my attention after I had published the bulletin. With this in mind I am going to start publishing the WGB on a Sunday in an attempt to avoid this. For now though, here is #8.5 HAS A GHOST BEEN CAUGHT ON FILM AT [...]

Thoughts On The “Religion Flies Planes Into Buildings” Bullshit

14 February, 2015 // 6 Comments

Terrorism, according to the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) is ‘the threatened or actual use of illegal force and violence by a non-state actor to attain a political, economic, religious or social goal through fear, coercion, or intimidation’. According to the GTI, in 2014 alone 17,958 people were killed in terrorist attacks which is 61% [...]

The Demonic Humanists and the Insecure Christians

11 January, 2015 // 8 Comments

In December the British Government blocked the legal recognition of humanist marriages because it was seen as a ‘fringe’ issue.  Andrew Copson of the British Humanist Association called this decision an insult, pointing out that ‘under this government, Scientologists have been added to the list of religions that can perform legal [...]

Can prayer cure illness?

23 March, 2014 // 5 Comments

If you happen to watch BBC1’s The Big Questions on a Sunday morning then you might have spotted me among the guests this morning. I was invited onto the show to debate the question ‘Can prayer cure illness?’ because of my involvement in the ASA complaint against Healing on the Streets in Bath. I was joined in the [...]

The internet hasn’t killed the Loch Ness Monster.

6 May, 2013 // 6 Comments

I’ve just read a really interesting opinion piece on The Guardian website by Philip Hoare that questions if the internet has killed the Loch Ness Monster. I can somewhat identify with Hoare’s feelings that the mystery and wonder brought forth by monster stories gracing the headlines has disappeared. A memory that always stands out [...]
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