Saturday, July 4

The Ghost Who Averted A Baby Disaster

A short but interesting story. Did a 'ghost' come to the rescue? The writer wishes to withhold their name.

"My sister had given birth to the first grandchild in our family, and had come home from hospital.

She wasn't used to carrying the baby around the house, and tripped over a rug and fell forwards with the baby in her arms.

Her husband saw her stumble and fall, rushed to catch her, but before he could reach her from a distance she was propelled back to standing. He was as shocked as anyone.

My sister said that she smelled our late grandfather's familiar aftershave and knew it was he who had caught her and saved the baby."

Tuesday, June 30

The Ghostly Brown Lady on the Stairs

The Brown Lady is one of the most famous ghosts in England - and yes I know in the photo she's black and white!

Many claim to have seen the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall, Norfolk, England. Even royalty have seen this upmarket ghost.

King George IV, for example, while staying at the Hall, is said to have woken during the night to see a woman in brown. He was so shaken - though not stirred - that he refused to stay another hour in the house.

So who is this ghost? It is believed to be Lady Dorothy Townsend, sister to England's prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole, and wife of the second Marquess of Townshend.

The story goes that at the age of 26 Dorothy married Lord Charles Townshend. But not all was good within the marriage as Charles discovered that Dorothy had in fact been the mistress of Lord Wharton.

As punishment Dorothy was locked in her apartment until she died from a broken heart, though some say the cause of death was smallpox.

Until 1904 there was a portrait of Lady Dorothy dressed in brown in the hall - thus the ghosts name.

In the portrait Dorothy had large sparkling eyes. It was said that the portrait looked normal during the day, but at night the face would become evil looking.

Now we come to the photo. In 1936 Lord Townshend hired a professional photographer to take photos of the Hall.

The photographer noticed a shadowy figure, dressed in white, on the stairs. On an impulse a photo was taken and when developed was seen to be the outline of a ghostly lady wearing a wedding style dress.

The photo was published in Country Life magazine on December 1st, 1936 and caused quite a sensation. The photo was said to be genuine at the time.

Over the years several people have seen the Brown Lady including a Colonel Loftus and Captain Frederick Marryat who encountered the ghost grinning at him. He was so scared he shot at the figure. The bullet went right through the ghost and lodged in a door behind where the Brown Lady appeared.

Other Ghostly Stories:
The Ghost Who Wanted Sex With Kate
The Grey Ghost Who Walks Into A Doorway That Is No Longer There
The Ghostly Woman In A 19th Century White Dress

Saturday, June 27

Luminosity and Emanating a Blue Glow From her Breasts

There are several stories of human luminosity - this is where a person gives off a coloured glow.

One of the most quoted cases is that of an Italian women named Anna Monaro. While in hospital - she was an asthma sufferer - it is reported that when she was asleep a blue glow would be emanated from her breasts as she slept.

The glow would last for several seconds at a time. Many doctors visited Mrs. Monaro but none could produce a satisfactory explanation as to what they witnessed.

Back in 1934 the case of Anna Monaro was featured in L'illustrazione Italiano and the London Illustrated News.

It appears that doctors at the time decided that she was of a highly sensitive nature. When she was emotionally upset, her visceral functions became unbalanced, her combustion increased and the radiating power of her blood was given a terrific boost.

But that's not very convincing!

There was another documented case mentioned in the English Mechanic from 1869. This told of an American woman who, on going to bed, found that a light was issuing from the upper side of her fourth toe on her right foot. This would last for about 45 minutes. Strange that the doctors weren't quite so excited about seeing this as they were Anna Monaro.

Wednesday, June 24

Will You Be Remembered in 266 Years Time?

I had a feeling when we left home this morning that I would have some sort of coincidence. I did. Nothing very dramatic but it amused me.

For quite a while I have been trying to find a 'hidden' 1700s stone tablet that is somewhere in the boundary wall of St. Austell Church. 

Today, by chance, I found the stone and the first coincidence was that the name on the memorial is Mary Harris. We have a friend by the same name - though she's not from the 1700s! She is the wife of my best friend who died a while back.

Though quite hard to read the stone states:
Here lyeth 
the body of 
Mary Harris 
who died the 7th June 1734 
aged one and twenty

The second coincidence, meaningful to me, is that Mary Harris died on the 7th of the 6th i.e. 76 

As regular readers of this blog may know there are many, many significant 76s in my life - for example I met my wife on the 7th of June. Also lots of 67s in my life, thus the title of the blog.

I wonder why she warranted such a prominent position on the church wall? There are no other such stones. All I know is that she supposedly died of drowning.

I managed to find her baptism in local records which show she was baptised on the 13th of September 1713. Her father was Nicholas Harris - but her mother's name is left blank on the records.

I suppose the question is, how many of us will be remembered in 266 years time?

Sunday, June 21

BMW Motorcycle Owners Met By Coincidence

Here's a coincidence from a reader which I never got round to publishing . So here we go now.

"I was in New York on holiday from London. I saw a man with a BMW motorcycle which was exactly the same model as the one I owned in London. We chatted a bit and I went on my way.

A few months later I was riding my BMW motorcycle in London and stopped at a set of traffic lights. Waiting to cross the road on foot was the man that I had spoken to in New York that had the same model BMW motorcycle!

~ Richard Montgomery

Just shows what a small world this is - Mike.

Thursday, June 18

Overpopulation, Pandemics and Pestilence But a Brighter Future

The coronavirus is still with us and, of course, there are many theories as to why the virus has come about. Some will go as far as saying this is a sign which will lead to the end of the world, and they will quote passages from the Bible confirming this

But if we think about it there have been plagues, pestilence and the like throughout history and mankind has somehow survived.

One of the things plagues, pestilence and viruses do is reduce the population. During the Black Death in the 14th century, for example, about one-third of all human beings died. 

Maybe there is a lesson here. Perhaps nature is telling us something.

I remember my mother-in-law, who was German, often said that wars came about primarily to reduce the world population. She was a country woman who ran a farm on her own, as her husband died when my wife was just four years old.

She understood nature, the seasons and how the world needed more and more of everything.

Various nasty things can keep the population in check, it doesn't have to be wars.

If we look at the world population numbers they have increased from 682 million in 1700 to 7349 million in 2015. 

The UN, in 2017, estimated that by 2050 the population could reach 9735 million. The question is, can we sustain this?

Maybe the coronavirus is a wake up call. Should we be controlling population growth and finding new sources of food? If not, perhaps those Bible quotes might just be true! 

I took a break from writing this post and by chance / coincidence came across an article from way back, which made me smile. This was about Professor Wickramasinghe who is a mathematician, astronomer and astrobiologist.

The Professor claims that various outbreaks of illnesses on Earth are of extra terrestrial origins, including the 1918 flu pandemic and certain outbreaks of polio and mad cow disease.

He also believes that life itself originated in outer space. 

So, perhaps the coronavirus is not what we think … no, surely that's a little too far fetched, isn't it?

But, whatever, our lives will be changed because of the coronavirus. Hopefully this will bring about the best in human nature: the caring, sharing, kindness and appreciation that is being noticed more and more.

Monday, June 15

The Ugly Ghostly Man Who inadvertently Saved Lord Dufferin's Life

Lord Dufferin
There is an old tale about Lord Dufferin, full title, Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava  (21 June 1826 – 12 February 1902)  and how he saw an ugly ghostly figure who went on to save his life.

The Lord was on holiday at a friend's country home in Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland. During the night he suddenly woke from a deep sleep. Feeling apprehensive he looked out of the window where he saw a hunched figure who appeared to be carrying a heavy coffin on his shoulder.

Dufferin went downstairs to see who the man was and what he was doing.  He called out, "What have you got there?"

The man looked up startled and the Lord was shocked by the wizened, ugly, old face of the man. He shouted to him, "Where are you going?" To his astonishment the man disappeared without trace.

In the morning he told his host what he had seen. He was at a loss to explain the strange apparition.

Moving on, several years later, in the 1880s. Lord Dufferin was in Paris at the Grand Hotel for a diplomatic reception.

With his private secretary they made their way to the lift. The doors opened and Dufferin recoiled at what he saw. The lift operator was the wizened, ugly, old man he had seen carrying a coffin in Ireland.

Dufferin refused to get into the lift and went to the hotel's reception desk to find out the identity of the strange man.

Meanwhile, as the lift reached the fifth floor, the cable snapped and the lift crashed downwards killing all of the occupants.

The accident was duly reported to the Press and the happening was recorded by the British Society for Psychical Research.

Neither the investigation or the management of the Hotel had any record of the wizened, ugly old man.