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No. 223 - Wednesday, 5th November 2008
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Hallowe'en Manifestations at the Coningsby Museum?
year at Hallowe'en, rather than go round and about the town
photographing fancy dressers in the local drinking establishments,
I covered a real, live paranormal investigation. Along with
local paranormal investigator, Natalie Lawrence and mediums,
Sharon May, Jackie Mecke and Adrian Pengelly I went to the
Coningsby Museum in Hereford for a Hallowe'en vigil.
I have on occasions witnessed unexplained phenomena, I personally
believe that most things supernatural will eventually be
explainable by science. There is much that humans do not
yet understand about the universe. 70 percent of the universe
is made up of dark matter and dark energy, which we simply
cannot see. Time itself is not a constant. Before the 'Big
Bang', time itself did not exist.
went along to Friday night's investigation with an open
mind though, to report events, if and as they took place
and try to look at them rationally. I have to say that personally
I did not sense anything unusual in the building. This was
probably because I was concentrating hard on filming in
total darkness, trying not to trip over my own camera equipment
and make a noise most of the time. Others - the mediums
were convinced that they did sense a paranormal presence
on several occasions.
have produced a film, which contains most of the evening's
events, edited into a 40 minute programme. Enjoy! . . .
Mediums, Jackie Mecke (left) and Sharon May sense a presence in
the chapel. Ref: DSC_1021
A 14th Century female burial inside the museum. Ref: DSC_7961
Medium Sharon May and paranormal investigator, Natalie Lawrence.
Medium Jackie Mecke (wearing red scarf). Ref: DSC_7976
Before the vigil began. Ref: DSC_7958
Chapel. Ref: DSC_7964
the museum. Ref: DSC_7972
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Ghostly Orbs? The truth is out there!
photos were taken by other people during Friday's investigation.
They were uploaded to 'Facebook' with comments mentioning
'orbs'. Please do not think I am deliberately trying to
debunk paranormal causes for these orbs. I am just looking
objectively at the facts and searching for the truth
'orbs' do, definitely, occasionally manifest themselves
on photographs. I can vouch for that because I have had
it happen to me on two occasions. I have also once photographed
something in Goodrich castle dungeon, which I would definitely
describe as a 'ghost' - whatever a ghost might be. But I
have to be honest here and say that, I know nothing about
the paranormal. I do know a little about photography though.
could well be wrong but it is my personal belief that the
'orbs' in these photos are most likely due to the flash
light not being powerful enough to fill in all of the pixels
in the camera's CCD chip. If you look at my own photos (above),
I used a powerful external flash unit on a pro. Nikon camera
to light up the building. You can see the camera hanging
round my neck in the photo below. The photos above show
no sign whatsoever of 'orbs' - neither do any of the others
I took during the course of the evening and have not shown
do hope that I am wrong because there must be more to life
than being born to struggle through it, reproduce and then
die - forever.
is too much of a coincidence that our one planet formed,
at exactly the right distance from the sun to allow the
conditions for life to evolve. Although we have found planets
outside the solar system, there is nothing exactly like
our earth in the observable universe. If even just the moon
did not exist, neither would we. The moon's gravity tugs
at Earth's oceans, keeping them at bay and we would drown,
should it suddenly vanish one day. And we would never have
evolved had it not been there in the first place. I do believe
however that life exists elsewhere in the universe.
must have created the first hydrogen atoms, allowing gravity
to crush them together enough for them to fuse them into
helium in a neclear reaction so that the fist sun could
turn on. That 'something', whatever shape or form it may
take - even if it is some other kind of particle - has to
be the 'Creator'. 'God'. Yes there is definitely more to
life - and possibly even some form of mental existence after
death. But then... Why do people never see ghosts from the
stone-age? Why are ghosts virtually always wearing costume
from the past 1000 years? Is it because, maybe - just maybe,
we are looking for what we want to see?
Healer and medium, Adrian Pengelly senses a presence around him
and through the wall of the chapel.
A strange mist fogs a photo of me, interviewing investigators, Natalie
Lawrence and O.J.
Is there a ghostly presence around me as I film the 14th Century
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