The Wollaton Park Gnomes

Great piece of modern Nottingham folklore that I found out about on Shrouded Hand’s excellently Creepy YouTube channel! 👍

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Consider a different kind of ‘Fairy Tale’

by Frank E Earp 

Gnomes & Boggarts

Over the last few years the Wollaton Park Gnomes, (WPG), has become what is perhaps the most famous case of a modern ‘fairy encounter.’ This in no small way has been due to the hard work of Simon Young, who has made the case his own However, Simon’s accounts of and research into the case, are based for the most part on the transcripts of taped interviews with the child witnesses. Although the case has been the centre of much academic debate, every published account has been based solely on Simon’s with its reliance on tapes and transcripts. As far as I’m aware, research into the case has always been ‘desk topped’ and very few additional facts/factors have ever been considered. Although the original tapes and subsequent transcript give us a wonderful ‘picture’ of what the…

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The Psi Wars Come To TED

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I now have a follow up post to this one:  TED Swings the Banhammer:  It Rebounds in Their Face

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader.  This is an organization on a collision course with consciousness research and it was only a matter of time before the war spilled over into their territory.

In this case, the brouhaha started when apparently skeptics by the names of Jerry Coyne and PZ Meyer tried to have a video by parapsychologist Rupert Sheldrake removed from TED talks because they felt he was unscientific.  (Here is the video.) To the Immense credit of TED staff, they opened up the controversy to the public.  Even more to their credit, the staff person who did this, Emily…

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TED Chased by “Army of Passionate Supporters” Escapes Into TARDIS

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This is a follow up to two previous posts:  The first was: The Psi Wars Come to TED  The second was: TED Swings the Banhammer: It Rebounds Into Their Face

For those of you who are not Sci-Fi fanatics, here’s Wikipedia to the rescue:

The TARDIS[nb 1][1] (/ˈtɑːdɪs/ (Time and Relative Dimension in Space)[nb 2] is a time machine and spacecraft in the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who

“Not only can we go back in time and reverse the criticism, we can also hold our TED talks in here! Double win!”

Under unrelenting pressure soaring to over a thousand comments, as well as a great deal of negativity on the web where the psi blogosphere united to condemn the censorship, TED finally realized that it wasn’t going to blow over…

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Remembering What Happened to TEDxWestHollywood

This is eye-opening!👍

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With the protest of TED coming up on April 2nd, all of the attention is being focused on Rupert Sheldrake’s talk.   The controversy began and ended with him after all. While it was certainly insulting for Sheldrake and Hancock to have their talks pulled and dismissed unfairly as pseudoscience, both men were already controversial figures and the resulting publicity arguably did them more good than harm.  They became more popular.  Certainly their videos got much wider exposure than they would have otherwise.

It was the takedown of TEDxWestHollywood however, that pushed the controversy into a full blown culture war.  This was the turning point where everyone could see that TED was unequivocally taking a completely one-sided ideological position rather than relying on evidence.  It was big news at the time.  I scooped the story and I got more visits to my blog in that one day (over 7,000)…

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Peers defeat government anti-protest laws

Good job this bunch of Tory dictators’ ideas were defeated – for now!!! 🙏


Controversial government plans to crack down on protests have been defeated by peers in a series of late night votes.

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Just what WAS the Beast of Gévaudan?

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There is no shortage of theories as to the identity of the murderous beast I described recently,  la Bèstia de Gévaudan,which terrorised a whole province of France from 1764-1767, and claimed upwards of a hundred…

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The Beast of Benais

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The ferocious so-called “Beast of Benais”, in central France, was either one unbelievably long lived monster, or a series of, conceivably, related animals. According to one account….. “At the end of the winter of 1693, on…

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The Beast of Gévaudan: a real monster

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Last week I watched my heroes, the six Hillbilly Hunters, chase vainly after the Hell Hound of Pike County, Kentucky. As a European, though, I could not possibly be unaware of this fearsome creatures’s striking similarity to the…

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The Beast of Veyreau….another cannibal killer!

Zut alors! Another weird Gevaudan-like beast! This one was slimmer, though. *And* it could stand on its hind legs. Rather unnerving to say the LEAST! Bit reminiscent of the Beast of Bray Road in the States – only that had hands that it could pick stuff up in! Bit more like a classic werewolf: plus it’s knee joints were the human way round. These French “werewolves” do seem more like cunning animals.

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One more man eating monster to terrorise the local peasants of France was the “Bête de Veyreau”. At a time and in a place both relatively close to the Beast of Gevaudan, his bloodsoaked career peaked from 1799 onwards as he laid waste to an area of France called the “Causse Noir” or “Black Causse”. This beautiful countryside is situated more or less in the south of the Massif Central. Here is the old province of Rouergue, whose capital was Rodez:


And this is a more detailed map, with a red square in the extreme east representing the village of Veyreau. The orange arrow refused to travel abroad:

map square

The province directly to the east of the green area is Gévaudan. The “Causse Noir” or “Black Causse” is dry, rugged and rocky.


There are many mountainous areas and some notable gorges such as the “Gorges de la Jonte”:

gorges de la jonte

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The Beast of Orléans and his grandson

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This blog post will introduce you to yet another killer monster (or monsters) in the long, long series of killer monsters which have ravaged different areas of France from around 1550 until the present day.…

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