I often feel like I am on my own little island in life. For the most part I am pretty content with that – but every now and then I get visitors, heck let’s call a spade a spade, intruders. The problem with said intruders is that they don’t realise my sanctuary has its very own manifesto, a particular part of which they find difficult to comprehend: the sentiment being “It’s ok not to know”.
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In her article “The effect of Hollywood’s tall tales on the perception of the paranormal” Louie Young describes how Hollywood’s portrayal of the paranormal has affected our perceptions…
A dark October evening is the perfect time for some spooky entertainment, just in time for Halloween. Last weekend, I attended “Séance Live” hosted by local performer Sam Lupton. Described as “a demonstration of a Séance, an exploration as to what a Séance is”.
One of the most controversial ‘tools’ in the arsenal of many ghost investigation groups is the Ouija Board, the standard term used as a catchall for all spirit and talking boards. The idea of a talking board is pretty standard… you have a board with a set of numbers, letters and markers such as ‘yes’ and ‘no’, then everyone pops a hand on a glass or planchette resting on the board, and when you ask a spirit that’s present a question, the glass/planchette will move to the appropriate answers, or will spell those answers out.
I am officially a hypocrite, as although I chastise Hollywood and popular culture for its portrayal of the paranormal and the unexplained, I have to admit I am also part of the problem of which I complain.
On the 12th November 2019 I was lucky enough to be one of the small group of guests invited by Chris and Annette Fox of Deadzone Paranormal Adventures to undertake a 24 hour paranormal investigation at Jedburgh Jail. Knowing that I just don’t have the stamina I used to (its age you know!) I went prepared – lots of coffee, food, energy drinks and a nice warm sleeping bag. While the idea was a noon til noon investigation, I knew that as soon as the cold seeped into my bones I’d need some shut eye.
Plunging headlong into a derelict building at the dead of night armed with a torch and an EMF meter still seems to be on the cards for a lot of ghost hunting groups. But are you aware of the consequences to life and limb?
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Will the first investigator on site please turn on the lights13th March 2021/