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More Ruminations about the Ancient and Seriously Strange

September 9, 2013

The last few weeks have been busy and interesting.  Apart from chasing Gromits across the West Country, hubby and I have been visiting some of the stone circles and burial chambers in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, so the photojournal for my Accessible Stones project is slowly building.  Now that autumn is drawing in, we will probably put a hold on our ventures of the Neolithic kind on hold now until next spring, when we will move on to Wales and Devon.  We also spent a day in Oxford looking around the Ashmolean Museum and the Museum of the History of Science, both of which are well worth a visit if you are in the area although as museums they could not have been more different in their presentation of their artifacts.

This weekend I went with a friend to the ASSAP ‘Seriously Strange’ Conference at the University of Bath, although my friend and I nearly ended up at the Alcoholics Anonymous Conference also being held on the campus when we were handed a flyer by an eager attendee as we asked for directions!

Here is a link to the ASSAP Facebook page if you’re interested : https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/ASSAP-Association-for-the-Scientific-Study-of-Anomalous-Phenomena/201695899847187

Here are some reviews : http://www.spookyisles.com/2013/09/seriously-strange-now-im-seriously-tired/

http://hayleyisaghost.co.uk/the-ghost-hunters-are-alright/

Among the subjects discussed were : Ghosts and Hauntings, Twin Telepathy, Cryptozoology, UFOs and Shamanic Encounters, Anomalistic Psychology and a retrospective on the Highgate Vampire.

There was also a Gala Dinner in the evening with entertainment from Rozzi Chaos, Lembit Opik and Paul Gannon. I was sat with David Farrant, who was one of the people involved in the Highgate Vampire incident, and he was very interesting to speak with, since Highgate Cemetery is on my to do list for a photographic visitation.

I was keen to attend the Conference because I wanted to find out what was going on in the research these days.  I’ve been interested in this aspect of the paranormal since I was about seven years old but have been busy doing other things more recently.  This was also a curious toe dip into the world of the paranormal researcher as a precursor to the collaborative project I hope to be working on in the future.  A sensitive I know (who sees dead people), is writing down her experiences and we’re hoping to work together on a series of supernatural novels.  The current working title for this project is Elementals, but it’s currently still a twinkle in our eyes.

Needless to say, I came home with a lot to think about.  Maybe I’ll go off and do a ghostbusting weekend sometime soon – all purely in the pursuit of research of course.  Wooooooo!!

 

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