Season of the Brownie Witch Cult

When I was a child, I joined the Brownies, which turned out to be a huge mistake. Huge! Brownies are the section in the Girl Guides organization for girls aged 7-10, and its purpose is to turn grubby little brats into good little girls. If I’d realised that, I wouldn’t have touched it with a…

Pap and Gruel and Invalid Foods

I read a lot of old novels during lockdown when I was on furlough, and they have reminded me that there are a lot of traditional sickbed foods designed to help you recover from illness which you don’t hear much about any more.

I’m not talking about the really nutty stuff like using salted owls flesh to treat gout or mixing ox gall and urine to relieve sciatica – I mean just classic invalid nourishments which have been used for centuries.

Can they still do us good today and help us get through this pandemic, which will be going on for a while despite what people say?

Lets check in with some medical doctors, and see what they think.

A Haunted House

In December 2019 a well respected family lawyer of my acquaintance moved to a house in Vicarage Road in Birmingham with her husband and their two teenage daughters. They began to experience paranormal activity in the house. This is their story, recounted from our WhatsApp messages. All names have been changed to protect their anonymity.

Scare Yourself To Death With Cheap Thrills

It’s been a strange year, and it doesn’t look to get more normal any time soon, despite what the current lockdown guidelines say. Here’s an option for entertainment in the home if you can’t get out. Why not make yourself a cocktail and download a terrifying immersive audio experience to test your emotional limits to…

Fight the Flu

Would you like to glow with health and vitality? Does this seem impossible to you under the current conditions? If you’ve been feeling flabby, ill, or exhausted, read on. You are not alone. I’ve been talking to Dr Nathan Curran, who doesn’t think it has to be that way. He’s here to help us get…

A Handy Cut-Out-And-Keep Charm Against Covid-19

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues with the virus mutating and forming different strains, we need to find new methods of protection. We’re become accustomed to signing off emails with Stay Safe instead of Best Wishes or even Love, but if you really want to stay safe, you need to do more than just wear a…

Last night I dreamed I went to the charcuterie house again…

On they walked and walked, till suddenly they came upon a strange cottage in the middle of a glade.    “This is chocolate!” gasped Hansel as he broke a lump of plaster from the wall.    “And this is icing!” exclaimed Gretel, putting another piece of wall in her mouth. Starving but delighted, the children…

Spiritualism In The Digital Age

At this unsettling time in our universal history there is a new desire for incorporeal methods of communication. During the pandemic we have all learnt to use social media and video links to get in touch with each other. We have become newly aware of alternative places in the ether where we can join up…

Old Ways in a New Town

What are you doing for Solstice this year? I’m in my old home town of Milton Keynes to watch the sunrise from the Light Pyramid, and see what’s up at the Medicine Circle and the Milton Keynes Henge. Milton Keynes always had a bad reputation, the kind of place people would say “urgh!” about when…

Drink the Rainbow for the Holi Festival

Did someone shoot you in the face with a gun full of green water today? Or startle you with a pink powder shower? You should be pleased! It’s just time for Holi – the festival of colours, new beginnings, the repayment of debts and the ending of conflicts. This Hindu festival is celebrated at the…