Won’t Get Fooled Again?

Originally posted: 11/08/2012

Oh dear. The Daily Mail gets sucked in again with another app ghost being touted as a ‘genuine’ ghost story, this time on an iPad. I’m so disgusted at the poor journalism I don’t even want to comment on it.

Further down the page they mention falling leaf mistaken for a child’s ghost, which at least has a little more validity to it, but not much. Given the media coverage of the similar apparition at Belgrave Hall, I’m amazed the story even got to print (or should that be upload these days?)

This recent story is a little more intriguing, about Kate Winslet’s former home. It will probably end with a prosecution for arson, but at least with the absence of electricity and known tenants, it requires a bit of thinking about the cause – not much, but more than the first two stories.

Remember: keep your equipment dry, and your coffee strong
Rachel Lacy
Ghost Finder General

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Trick Photography – There’s An App For That

Originally posted: 18/06/2012

I’m not sure whether I should have a sneaking admiration for the people taking these photographs for getting them published in a national paper, or whether I should bemoan the standards of journalistic research these days.

Well done to GDE Films, who produced an app for 69p which allows you to insert a ghost on to a photograph on your mobile phone. It’s a bit of fun, not to be taken seriously… or so I thought.

Not once but twice people have now caught the Daily Mail out with it: Ghost Boy wasn’t too bad, but Johnny Junior is a bit more unsettling. If it is true about the cot death, I hope the individuals that submitted this photo, and all the media that have reported on it as being ‘genuine’ as opposed to a fake photo, are getting ready to write their apologies now to the family of the SIDS victim. If they do exist, they must be going through hell just now.

Remember: keep your equipment dry, and your coffee strong.

Rachel Lacy
Ghost Finder General

P.S. Since first posting this, the Gloucestershire Echo, who originally printed the story, has acknowledge that they have been sent a faked photo

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Would You Like Spirits With Your Meal?

Originally posted: 05/06/2012

I’ve was sent the link to this blog and it quite amused me to show how superstitions are, in some fields, an accepted way of life:

The Host With The Ghost

Remember: keep your equipment dry, and your coffee strong
Rachel Lacy
Ghost Finder General

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Most Haunted City in Europe: Ten Years On

Originally posted: 15/04/2012

It’s probably fair to say that interest in the paranormal hasn’t waned in York. It’s been ten years since we were declared the most haunted city in the world (not Europe, we already had that accolade) by Jason Karl of the Ghost Research Foundation International, and two years since the Reverend Lionel Fanthorpe’s Fringe Weird Report put Yorkshire top of reported hauntings in the UK for that year. It will also be the ninth York Ghost Festival later in the year.

This year will also see the launch of our first WraithWatch, a revival of an old English ghost hunting tradition. On St Mark’s Eve (April 24) it used to be traditional to watch graveyards from 11pm to 1am the following morning, waiting to see the ‘wraiths’ of everybody in that parish who was due to die in the following year. The earlier in that two hour slot they appeared, the sooner their death would be. If you fell asleep during the vigil, it would be a sign that you too were amongst those destined to die before the next St Mark’s Eve.

For some reason St Mary’s Church in Scarborough has been singled out on some websites as the site of this phenomena, however the tradition was originally for all churches in England.

So dare you become part of our WraithWatch?

If you do take part, remember to respect your surroundings (no trespassing etc!), and report back your findings – even if nothing happened, as this is still a valid result. A photo of your chosen watch would also be good. If it takes off I’ll build a website for the event and include any exciting photos that are submitted.

Remember: keep your equipment dry, and your coffee strong
Rachel Lacy
Ghost Finder General

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The Real Exorcist

Originally posted: 2011

Remember the fuss seven years ago about the televised exorcism on Channel 4, overshadowing the far more interesting programme on the same subject on BBC2?

It wasn’t, as claimed, the first televised exorcism. In the same year that the film The Exorcist came out, the BBC showed the Penhill Exorcism.

No spinning heads. And no peas – more of a peace.

Remember: keep your equipment dry, and your coffee strong
Rachel Lacy
Ghost Finder General

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York Ghost Festival 2011

Originally posted: October 2011

We’re off!

Eighth York Ghost Festival, second Yorkshire GhostFest, both now underway.

I’m not doing my own investigation this year, instead I will be at Haunted, for their night of seances. Booking advisable, but you can just turn up: if you do, see you there!

Remember: keep your equipment dry, and your coffee strong.
Rachel Lacy
Ghost Finder General

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Don’t Let The Sun Dazzle Your Eyes

Originally posted: October 2011

The Sun have posted a photo and video online of an alleged alien in the Brazilian rainforest.

Oh come ON!

If you have the technology to travel through space, are you likely to pop up behind a school group and let yourself be caught unawares on camera?

Given that it is the same colour as the trees, is it, just possibly, an optical illusion? Is there a new film due out soon about aliens in need of some major publicity by any chance?

Remember: keep your equipment dry, and your coffee strong
Rachel Lacy
Ghost Finder General

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