The Egypt Adventure–Day Two

As I sit writing this Blog entry I have to reflect a little. A little over a week ago I enjoyed my visit to Egypt to do the usual tourist things, but at the time I was oblivious to the peoples conflict below the surface. In my defence I didn’t venture far from the safe haven of our boat or security guarded temples. Perhaps I should have and realised a little more of the troubles of the people.

So, would writing up my experience in Egypt be out of place during these troubled times abroad? To be honest, I don’t think so. You see I can’t fault my time in Egypt, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would love to return one day. Our guide did explain a little about Egyptian life and how it differs dramatically from ours. So, although still unable to help, I think this little Blog on my short adventure in Egypt should be seen as my respect for the very hard working people that made my stay in Egypt both comfortable and enjoyable. That’s everyone from the Viking Princess, the locations we visited, the security officers that were there for our protection and even the little guys that tried to sell us stuff at ridiculous prices!

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The Egypt Adventure–Day One

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I think for many years my father and I have shared an interest in Ancient Egypt. Of course in reality actually visiting some of the temples we discussed when I was a child, never crossed my mind. One of those trips you think is out of reach. I think my Dad thought similar. Whether it was encouragement, persuasion or just how it happened though we ended up booking last year. My Mum wasn’t interested and on top of that didn’t really fancy it, so I was convinced into travelling with my Dad.

So, after waiting several months January 2011 seemed to be on us faster than I realised. Christmas flew by and before I knew it I was days away from heading off to Egypt. I have to admit I was more than a little excited. I also began to draw a few similarities between what I was about to do and my childhood hero Indiana Jones.

Then disaster struck just over a week before I was about to head off, around New Years I caught the flu really bad. It pretty much knocked me for six in fact. As I took time off work I began to wonder if I would be able to travel. Luckily I felt loads better, not one hundred percent, but on the mend. So the trip remained a go!

The first leg of my journey was to Wales to pick up my Dad. I left slightly earlier to have a full day there before heading off, so I could spend a little time with my Mum and Grandmother. Then my Dad and I left for Cardiff, as we were due to spend the night at my sisters before driving to Gatwick early on the Monday morning before our flight.

We finally arrived in Luxor late afternoon and straight away it was a little like stepping back in time. As the airport is quite small, the plane parks up and you leave via a staircase down to the tarmac where a bus takes you to the terminal. After sorting our Visa, heading through Passport control and claiming our baggage we headed to our coach. Although on the way some Egyptians tried to help us with our bags, which I had to remind my Dad not to let them otherwise most of our cash would be exhausted on tips!

After a brief coach journey across Luxor we arrived at the banks of the Nile and our accommodation, the Viking Princess. Incidentally she wasn’t docked directly quay side as they tend to dock them four to six boats deep.

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That evening we chilled out on the boat getting used to our home for a week, which was very nice indeed. In fact it was pretty much a four star floating hotel, nice! We also met some friends during dinner as my Dad and I shared a table with two other couples.

The next day was an early start, in fact we got up at 5.30 am, not really a holiday start! However, there was good reason for this, as we had a lot to fit in on our first day. We had five locations to visit, all before lunch when the Viking Princess would begin its voyage to Edfu, down the Nile.

We left the Reception pretty much at 7am on the dot, boarded our coach and headed across town to the mighty Karnak Temple. Although the early start wasn’t something I would associate with a holiday, I didn’t really care as I had come to experience Egypt and its Ancient history.

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As you walked towards the temple entrance through the avenue of sphinxes the true size of Karnak Temple began to become apparent. These Ancient Egyptians knew how to build impressive structures I can tell you! You’re first presented by the huge pylons either side of the entrance, which size alone is impressive. I think the only comparison’s you could draw in the UK is either Stone Henge, some of our larger more intact castles or perhaps a cathedral. In fact a cathedral is possibly the best one, as they also are as beautifully decorated as the temples and in a way built for a similar reason.

Check out the photo album below from Karnak Temple, though it may be easier than just places the odd photo here and there.

 

After we were shown around Karnak and our guide delivered some interesting background on the temple, he gave us a little time to wander around ourselves. Once we had finished it was back to the coach through the bazar! Now many places have gift shops, but this was a new experience for my Dad and I. They have plenty to sell you and don’t waste time in trying to get you to buy it. I have seen some hard sales in my time, but these guys really do go for it. Not to mention they start their prices high and barter down if you stop briefly! On this occasion though we decided to walk through and head straight for the coach.

We headed out of Luxor and over the Nile, where we stopped briefly to view the Colossi Memnon. Then after a little hassle from some locals trying to sell us maps and stuff, we climbed back aboard the coach and carried on.

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It wasn’t long before we were off again and heading for our next stop, the Valley of the Queens. This was as odd as it was interesting I think. We headed in into the coach park and headed towards the entrance. The customary bazar was there and my Dad did get caught on the way in, but we left promising to see a guy on the way out.

As we walked into the area where the tombs were located it was eerily quiet. We had been told that we were not aloud to photograph or video anywhere in the Valley of the Queens, which was a massive shame, so no pictures I’m afraid. 

Our ticket got us in to two tombs here, the first was that of Queen Titi (I think, its possible my spelling may be off on that one). This was a simple corridor to a burial chamber, but still it was impressively decorated. You have to respect the effort they made to burry their royals.

The second tomb was slightly more impressive and that of Amenherkhepshef (sons of Ramses III), which was bigger and better decorated than the first. However the slightly odd thing about this tomb, was the 7 month mummified foetus on display. They believe that this was a still born baby that as part of the family still found its place in the tomb.

As we left the Valley of the Queens my Dad bumped into a guy from the bazar again, to be honest I don’t think it was an accident, this guy wanted a sale. Suffice to say my Dad bartered him down and brought a book for a reasonable price. Then it was on the coach and off to our next stop of the morning.

We approached Al-Deir Al-Bahari Temple (the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut) and even from a distance it was impressive. With its terraces and layout all directly below sheer cliff which part of the temple is cut into. Our guide gave us a little information on the temple and then set us free for an hour to investigate the place ourselves. To be honest I don’t think an hour or even a day would really be enough, but my Dad and I done our best to get round what we could.

As ever here is a little photo album on the place, not that it does it its true justice.

Next up was the Valley of the Kings, once again we were not aloud to take photo’s or video the experience, which I have to admit was slightly upsetting. We headed in and were confronted with many tombs, including the very famous tomb of Tut Ankh Amon ( the boy king). However, our ticket on this occasion would allow us into three tombs, which our guide advised were very good. He should know, as he spent six years studying Egyptology. To access Tut Ankh Amon’s tomb it would cost an additional hundred Egyptian Pounds, which Dad and I decided against. After all the majority of the artifacts were now in a museum in Cairo.

We did spend our time looking in the tombs of Ramses I, Ramses IX and Ramses IV. Each of these were very impressive, more so from the first to the last. Also, as I guide explained to us the decoration and colour was amazing when you consider that these tombs are around three thousand years old. Impressive hardly describes the tombs and if you ever visit Luxor, this is somewhere you should go. Howard Carter must have been beside himself in 1922 (I think) when he discovered Tut Ankh Amon’s tomb here.

Any way following a quick walk through the bazar and a local Egyptian boy who was trying very hard to make a sale, we boarded the coach and headed back to the Viking Princess for lunch.

As we tucked into our three course lunch, they cast off and began the voyage down the Nile to Edfu. We spent the rest of the day relaxing on board following a very hectic yet impressive first morning.

I’ll post Day Two shortly so keep an eye out..

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year !

As Christmas Eve looms just around the corner, the year draws to a close and we look set for an actual white Christmas, I thought I would pause and post a little seasonal Blog!

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Just for the record that is not a picture of my Christmas Tree or fireplace, nice though! Thank you Google images for locating that rather apt festive shot.

Time for a little 2010 reflection and some 2011 announcements, sort of …

Although Farsight PRS was founded by me back in March 2009, we didn’t actually manage to investigate as a team for the first time until towards the end of that year. However, I still include those investigations within the last year, as there were only two. _r1_c1_vals2

So, I first ever investigation was at Valentines Mansion back in 2009. After managing to put a team together getting hold of the required Liability Insurance Farsight PRS ventured out on their first investigation late on a Saturday night in August 2009. The location itself was quite impressive and I had heard many reports of activity when the building had been left derelict, but more recently it had been completely refitted! Could this refit stir up new activity, the theory matched. This investigation was a first for me, which meant not only would we be seeking out paranormal activity, but it would also be a learning curve for me in respect to organising and planning of investigations. Adding to that my sister and her team were set to film our investigations, which meant coordinating efficiently with her to make sure we got the shots we needed. Things like this can never run smoothly, but in my mind and from comments of the team, we think it went rather well. So much so we couldn’t wait for our next investigation.

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October 2009 saw the team travel to south Wales to investigate Llanthony Secunda Manor, a location reputed to be highly active on many occasions. Secunda is a great little location and the place is very atmospheric, well worth a visit if you can. Farsight had an excellent nights investigation there fuelling our thirst for more. Although we left with no good evidence, I think each and every member of the team had a personal experience of some kind!

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March 2010 and I made a slight error in booking us into Landguard Fort to investigate! The error wasn’t the location, but the time of year! You see I set us the tough task of fully investigating this massive location in what soon became freezing conditions! This should have been one for the summer, sorry guys! That small error behind me, I think it was a good investigation with some good results and some major milestones. The biggest milestone being the simple fact that we manage to cover such a large site really well hitting some of the major hotspots as well as some other places too. There personal experiences and some oddities here too!

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Next up was the Falstaff Experience in Stratford. Our investigation here began late one Saturday night in April, but we didn’t seem to get similar results to others that had visited the site. This can happen when investigating the paranormal, not every night is active! You pick yourself up though and move on to the next investigation. All in all though the place itself was very interesting and its claim to having nearly forty spirits visiting or present, makes it a must for investigators I think. However, we did realise that audio work was a little difficult, especially on a Saturday, due to background noise from the street making its way into the old building.

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In 2010, Peterborough Museum was the icing on the cake as far as investigations went! Also, from what I have read, many others feel the same. Plus when you get a comment like; ‘that was the most active investigation I have ever done!’ then you know you just had a really good investigation. Unless of course the person saying that has only ever been on one investigation! That wasn’t the case here! Myself and Judith both saw what looked like a candle light ascend the main stairs. Simon saw what looked like a person cross the corridor in front of him. There were noises, obvious changes in our environment, such as darkening or the feeling of something in the shadows. To top that Judith, Simon, Keith and I all witnessed an object move by itself, which we also captured on film! All in all a very active location, which I would be happy to return to on many occasions.

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The beginning of July took some of us back to Wales to Llwernog Silver-Lead Mine, just around the corner (or ten) from my parents home. This location had only recently announced its paranormal activity in the local papers, in the form of its new Ghost Tours. We contacted the mine to see if they would like us to take a look and they accepted. As we began setting up we realised that this would be another tough one to cover, but once a again we managed actually having one camera all the way down the mine. Unfortunately it was a relatively quiet night, but still a very interesting investigation on a clear summers night.

DSC00848 August saw our first real private residence case, so we travelled to Swanage to check out the Royal Oak Pub. This was quite interesting on different levels for us really and very different from other investigations we had done. You see in my opinion when you investigate someone’s home you don’t just investigate the physical building itself, you find yourself finding out about the residence and those connected to them as a distinctive part of the case. We had already made an initial visit to Swanage and gathered information and witness statements on film prior to the overnight investigation. Although the overnight on this occasion didn’t present anything solid, it did throw up some questions and help move us forward. This case is still open for Farsight as in my mind we have yet to reach a full conclusion to the activity they are experiencing. I truly believe we will return here in 2011.

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October and Farsight’s final 2010 investigation was in Portmouth and the Explosions Museum. This was an excellent investigation and location to complete a good first year for us. It also saw the first time that I have seen the K2 meter work as you would hope it would. We only slightly hindered by the rain, but conducted a thorough investigation in some of the sites buildings with good results I feel. If you ever have the chance either during the day or night (on a paranormal investigation) visit the museum, as its a very interesting place.

So, that’s 2010 done with then! I would like to thank the entire Farsight PRS Team and Harklee Films for all of their hard work this year and towards 2011 already, I really appreciate your efforts guys, you have helped make this a really god team to work with.

I look forward to investigating with you guys next year too, in fact I cant wait!!

If anyone wishes to read up about our investigations they feature regularly in Ghost Voices Magazine, I will also update the website with the case information very soon. And I hope to post Blogs on here as cases feature in the magazine too.

Hopefully, depending on time, I should be releasing a book to which will cover our first year of investigations in more detail. It will also contain info on the team and our experiments. So, keep an eye out for that one. All proceeds from that will of course go towards Farsight PRS.

There should also be the full eight episodes of Farsight Files our online series out early next year, so you can see our investigations for yourself too.

From myself and the entire Farsight PRS Team we thank you for following our progress, supporting us and encouraging us to push forward. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !

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Peterborough Museum – Case Notes

The latest issue of Ghost Voices Magazine will be available very soon online and in your local news agents! As ever contained within its glossy pages of paranormal activity is the latest feature of Farsight Files and what article this one is! This month, if you haven’t guessed from my Blog title it’s about our investigation at Peterborough Museum back in June of this year..

With positive reactions to our Singapore Theory Experiment, moving objects and odd sightings the museum delivered brilliantly in terms of a paranormal investigation. Peterborough Museum I applaud and thank you for a brilliant night! As I mentioned recently on Haunted 911 Radio, the museum is probably top of my list as far as investigated locations go. Well worth a visit if you get a chance!

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In my previous Case Notes I gave a little history and bits on past activity, but I think going forward I will make it a little more less in depth. The reason for this is because the magazine article contains most of this information, as will our website and hopefully a book I am trying to put together!

So, what to include now! Well I can tell you a little more about us and the night itself really. There’s always plenty to chat about as we spend hours at a location investigating.

In this case myself and what we call the ‘film crew’, which is basically Leanne, Lucy and Keith arrived around lunch time. Once we negotiated the town and found the museum, and yes I have managed to get lost on a previous visit, we decided to head in and take a look around. I felt that the building even carried itself in a slight eerie ambience during the day. However, this could be down to ‘large old house syndrome’, which basically means because its a large old house with a few quirks and you have the knowledge of a possible haunting, you automatically associate it as being strange all the time! We browsed the exhibits, but also took time to realise where previous activity reports were referring to, giving us the opportunity to plan ahead. We made some decisions on CCTV locations and got a feel for how things might progress throughout the night.

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We then left the museum, as it was due to close, and headed towards the town. Leanne and her team wanted some photo’s and establishing shots, so we got them on the way. I managed to even have a go on my sisters camera, although I get the feeling she wasn’t overly impressed with my filming ! As we waited for the Museum to reopen for us we grabbed a bite to eat and discussed the investigation ahead.

When we returned the Museum we waited for the rest of the team in the Car Park. It wasn’t long before Simon, Kev and Judith arrived and we made our way in to meet Stuart.

I feel I should pause briefly to describe Stuart, as he helps to make the investigations at Peterborough Museum truly unique. Stuart works for the Museum and has an extensive knowledge of the place, both historically and paranormally. Information from both areas he keeps well and truly to himself, only sharing it when a team or individuals discover something very specific. Oh, he has also had numerous experiences in the building himself, again information on which he keeps to himself. He does tell of a few choice stories though, but these are already well known.

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Once in we established the plan for the night and then got setup straight away. Following a quick break, we split into two teams for the evening and cracked on with the investigation. The main details of the investigation are in the Ghost Voices Magazine and will be on our website soon, so won’t go into that to much.

However, suffice to say we had numerous little occurrences of activity throughout the night. In fact the investigation had it all, strange feelings, knocking doors, light anomalies, moving objects, dark masses and a few odd noises. All in all a blinding investigation.

Was this stirred up by the Singapore Theory Experiment, not all as some occurred before hand and some after. Most importantly though, the moving object is caught on camera. However, if you look at it objectively, then its not a conclusive piece of footage! I reckon a sceptic would tear it apart! Saying that though, unless I experienced it myself I would!

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Although Most Haunted reported a darker character in the cellar, for me the more intriguing element was that of the ANZAC Soldier that has been seen on the stair case. So, much so in fact that one day I may return purely to investigate that area alone! Basically, the story tells of sightings of the ANZAC Soldier gliding up the staircase and disappearing. When I first heard this I believed this to be a Residual Haunting and the sightings and reports I read would seem to agree. With this in mind I created an experiment in the area of the staircase to attempt and capture (hopefully) a picture or video of the Soldier. Research had presented the Singapore Theory to me and from that I formulated an experiment using period music from the time the Soldier was said to have died. All in all it had a little promise and when we kicked it off at about one thirty in the morning things did change after a while! In fact at one point, Stuart said ‘you have certainly stirred things up a little’, which was my aim. In fact it was whilst the period music was playing in the stairwell that myself and Judith saw light travel up the last flight of stairs. Once I realised that chasing the light, which simply disappeared lead me nowhere, Stuart helped us recreate it. As the colour and the way it flickered reminded me of a candle he tried a couple of variations, with a large candle in a lamp fitting what we saw almost exactly. All I can say is ‘wow’! I can’t explain it, I have no idea what it was and there was no reasonable logical explanation for it! I felt like a kid at Christmas afterwards and to an extent still do when I recall it. I think the best thing is that Judith saw exactly the same thing as me, at least that means I’m not going mad!

Other team members and myself experienced activity of varying types that night, which places Peterborough Museum proudly at the top of my list of places to investigate. I will have to return and try for some more conclusive evidence to support our experiences.

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We left Peterborough as the sun began to rise, but still very excited by our investigation! In fact it was one of the best so far I had attended!

Perhaps this was how things were to be going forward !

For more details check out the Ghost Voices Magazine article this month or our website at www.farsightfiles.co.uk.

As ever, please feel free to leave a comment as I love to hear what you think..

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Burton Court with Phil Whyman’s Dead Haunted Nights – 30th October 2010

Saturday 30th October saw me travel across the country to Herefordshire to join Dead Haunted as a team leader once again. However, this time Aaron would be joining me and I would be leading a team alone!

After picking up Aaron from the Watford Gap Services on the M1, nothing seedy, just he was heading south at the time. We headed off to Hereford and Burton Court, which in all admission wasn’t quite as close as I had first thought !

Myself and Aaron arrived in plenty of time, in fact I think we were a good hour early and two hours prior to the DHN guests arriving. We took this opportunity to bring in our equipment, grab a quick break and take a couple of photo’s.

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The location itself is actually quite impressive and for Halloween (or near enough) carries all the essentials. For starters its out in the sticks a little, with nice little drive up to the main house. The exterior of the house was nicely lit with a very atmospheric looking main entrance! Perfectly setting the scene for ours and the guests arrival. The interior didn’t disappoint either, with a large Main Hall which had high ceilings peaked at the top. Not to mention the huge fireplace, very nice indeed. There was also the Billiards Room too, which didn’t disappoint with its table full of artefacts and other historical items dotted around the room.

Our base camp for the night was the bar which was close to the kitchen and the back stairs. A perfect little room to setup for the evening. And with a good hour to go that was exactly what we did in preparation for the DHN guests.

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It was slightly odd, as the four DHN team leaders left the bar for a brief moment to grab a coffee and on return we were greeted with half a room full of guest, with more arriving! No turning back now! We ushered them in, sat them down and began taking the register.

Following Paul’s ‘Welcome to Burton Court’, Ed took the guests on a tour of the areas they would have access to for the evenings investigation, which included the cellar, great hall and billiards room, some rooms on the first floor and the second floor servants quarters. He also informed them and me of some of the activity experienced at these locations, but held back on most of the history. This I believe would be for reference purposes later.

When we all returned to the bar, Mark gave the equipment talk, explaining its uses and that al important fact that none of it is designed to find a ghost!

Following a break we kicked things off! I took my first team up to the first floor for a vigil there. The group was made up completely of people that had never been on a ghost event such as this and expectations were varied. I started with some basics, a touch of glass work, a little calling out. I think one of the team had a voice recorder throughout..

However, when it became apparent that things were a little flat, I decided to find out a little more about my team, which always fascinates me. As ever they were a varied bunch with differing reasons for coming, but the usual came up, looking for a personal experience to solidify a belief, complete sceptic looking to be proven wrong! There was also a few who had experienced activity first hand, but not in a while and wanted to know more I guess! Suffice to say that vigil ended with little occurring. Which seemed to be the same for all four teams.

We took a break! Then I took a new team up to the second floor. This team had all come together and had past experience of investigations. Made up of some firm believers and some steady sceptics, they knew what they wanted. As ever I made some suggestions, but mostly let these guys run their own vigil. We pretty much started in the small room 3, asking out in a circle, with the K2 meter in the middle. Now the K2 did pulse slightly once, but we think this may have been a phone! For me I think this room held the most atmosphere for the entire evening! We moved down the corridor and split into boys and girls. The girls attempted some glass work whilst the more sceptic boys and I spoke a little about the paranormal. As ever another interesting conversation. Again with nothing of note occurring we headed back at the end of our vigil.

The third vigil placed me back with my first team of newbies down in the cellar. With the cellar being massive, housing its own well and without lights pitch black, you would hope for some atmosphere there. However, once again I was out of luck. We tried glass work, the human pendulum, moving two members of the team to the far end of the cellar, but I guess it wasn’t our night. This is the luck of the draw, sometimes the most active locations can just simply be flat..

However, as my team were experiencing no more than pitch black, another team managed to get some communication on the ouiji board going. They believed they made contact with a boy and a master who may have abused the boy. Obviously using the board its often hard to accept the information, sometimes way off, and then other times spookily spot on! I am not personally a massive fan of communication methods which involve too many variables or simply contact like glass work or the board. As an investigator though, you have to be open minded to all forms of information in regards to a location. The communication continued into the forth vigil and also into free time.

The forth vigil saw me back with the second vigil team, confused ? It can be, I never remember names! However, in this case I managed to remember one ‘Laura’ I think! The only reason for this was because she was simply the spokes person for her team. Well, actually I don’t think anyone else managed to get a word in edge ways and thus had just handed her the title! We started in the great hall, but following a little calling out and glass work headed off to the billiards room. It was here that I had an experience of my own! Nothing paranormal! I witnessed the nicest politest piece provocation I have ever heard! With things seeming a little flat I advised the team to attempt to demand or anger the spirits into showing their presence. To which Laura responded something like ‘I demand you to show us a sign of your presence’ then after a brief pause ‘if you don’t mind please’ ! She made us all laugh with that one! So, I won’t mention ‘peripheral space’, but that got me too! It wasn’t long before the vigil came to an end and we headed back to base.

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The teams then had two sessions of free time, but as it was late and Paul had things well in hand, we decided to head off and make the long journey home. I must say though, I had another enjoyable night with Dead Haunted as ever!

I left Burton Court with an urge to return and investigate, looking further into its history and paranormal activity. Although my night was more than a little flat it hasn’t made me believe there is nothing at Burton Court, weirdly quite the opposite! So hopefully I may return with my team to investigate.

As for Burton Court being haunted? Well for me the Jury is still out for now, but I certainly wouldn’t write it off over one nights inactivity! Especially given the reports I have heard on the place, I just hope I manage to experience it first hand next time.

Thanks as ever to DHN for allowing me to team lead on this occasion. Thank you to Paul, Mark and Aaron (the other team leaders) for making it an enjoyable night. Also, thanks to Ed at Burton Court for allowing us in, great place , fantastic location. And thank you to those guests that attended you were great. .Burton Court DHN 30112010 (5)

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EVP – Fact or Fiction ?

    For as long as I have had an interest in the paranormal I can remember an association with Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP). Even years back when I remember some friends trying out some EVP work with a cassette recorder. They sat there in a circle, with some atmospheric candle light asking out into the semi-darkness. Then after a short while they would rewind the tape and listen, most of the time the result was pure static, but now and then a few oddities would pop up!

    Since those early days, things have moved along a little more and its had a bit more high tech spin applied to it. With investigators using handheld digital voice recorders during investigations and then analysing the recording on computers after the investigation to find anomalies. However, the human ear is still the tool of choice for finding voices or sounds amongst the static.

    With EVP featuring on many paranormal TV shows now and almost always popping up as evidence for an investigation team, I find myself constantly questioning the integrity of this source of evidence. Hands in the air, on many occasions I have jumped up with excitement because I thought I had something paranormal on a recording. You have to ask yourself though, how certain am I that there is no other source for this? I have also watched many paranormal investigation TV shows where they have pointed out a captured voice, but alas I was unable to hear the voice let alone what they thought it might say!

    So, my question is quite simple, as an investigation tool or piece of evidence, how reliable is EVP to our cause?

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NECAPS Environment & Geographic Correlation Study

    For quite a while I have been in contact with a couple in the US (Michael Baker & Annette Victoria) both with a very keen interest in the paranormal. I have also followed some of what Michael has been up to, which has mainly been involving the more science side of the paranormal. The New England Centre for the Advancement of Paranormal Science (N.E.C.A.P.S) was setup to make some significant advancements in the field of paranormal research.

    Keen to progress my own team into some science based research in the paranormal and not just investigate haunted locations. I believed this would be an excellent opportunity to assist Michael and also advance my own team.

    Following a recent discussion with them, Farsight PRS signed up to become an NECAPS Affiliate, the first UK based team to join. Now all I need to do is enter information in the Study’s database on the locations we have investigated and that will be utilised to make comparisons to the local environment to see if their are any patterns. Something Michael and co have been doing for a while now in the US..

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    Who are NECAPS?

    The New England Centre for the Advancement of Paranormal Science, founded by Michael Baker and Annette Victoria push to make advances in paranormal research. NECAPS use intensive research, tedious investigation and hands-on interactive experimentation in a laboratory environment to gain a greater understanding of paranormal activity.

    NECAPS started off life as a personal research effort by Michael Baker back in 2003. He used his experience in electronics engineering and the experiences he gained during the production of "14 Degrees", his film, to gain an excellent insight into scientific based paranormal research.

    Today NECAPS has grown and continues to research not only the paranormal, but more of the science behind the field. Exploring electro-magnetic spectrum studies, the mysteries behind electronic voice phenomena and the complex environment and atmospheric changes which are associated with paranormal occurrences.

    It is through this strict scientific methodology, controlled experimentation and grounded logical approach which NECAPS strive to find the answers.

    Check their website out at www.necaps.org for further details..

    What is the Environment & Geographic Correlation Study?

    NECAPS aim is to hopefully uncover noticeable patterns and similes between measurable natural environmental phenomena and reported paranormal activity. There have been many theories regarding the environment and haunted locations to be directly connected. For example large bodies of water close to a haunted location have been attributed to the increased paranormal activity. Whether this is actually true or not is, like most paranormal theories, still in the testing phase ! However, NECAPS Project to gather this information and then compare paranormal activity to its surrounding environment should hopefully take us in the right direction to discover if its true.

    Information of paranormal activity is gathered and inputted into a database (via the web). Then the data is sorted and applied to a map using GIS software, which allows the comparison between collected data and a variety of recorded natural conditions for the that area.

    As the Project progresses, more reports are added world wide, hopefully the patterns will begin to emerge.

    For more information please visit the NECAPS website at www.necaps.org. If it interests you please join up and help them out by adding to their database. I think this is a very interesting and worthwhile study, which should deliver results as it continues to grow.

    Well done NECAPS..

    Which reminds me, I better get logging in soon and adding the Farsight PRS investigations to the Database.

    I will probably add more about NECAPS to my Blog and the Farsight PRS website (www.farsightfiles.co.uk) in the future, as I would like to get Farsight involved in a few more studies and projects just like this one.

    Sorry for this post being a tad short, but wanted to mention it at least !

    If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to comment??

Farsight PRS and the Ganzfield Experiment

One of the first real experiments I tried on an investigation was the Ganzfield Experiment, excluding some of the more normal techniques of course. I wanted to try something newish, something that maybe wasn’t associated with an investigation that much and certainly something different. It wasn’t an attempt to make the team look and possibly feel a little silly, but that was a comical by-product. My first attempt at our first investigation was a bit of a failure, assisted by me bringing a screw fit light bulb for our bayonet lamp, but we soldiered on with poor results. With this in mind I wanted to re-vamp the experiment a little and put it out there for others to try, so we can all benefit and learn from the multiple results. Participant of the Ganzfield Telepathy Experiment

An Explanation

Used in the field of parapsychology to test people for extra-sensory perception (ESP), the Ganzfield Experiment (German for “entire field”) is uses homogeneous and unpatterned sensory stimulation to produce a kind of sensory deprivation.

Parapsychologists Dean Radin and Daryl Bem have said that Ganzfield Experiments have given results which deviate to a significant degree from random results, that they present strong evidence for the existence of telepathy. However, some critics such as Susan Blackmore and Ray Hyman have stated that these results are inconclusive calling for further study before they can be scientifically accepted. Such is the norm in the paranormal field though!

A Little History First

Wolfgang Metzger devised the technique back in the 1930’s during his investigation into the Gestalt theory. Then later in the 1970’s Charles Honorton decided to use the Ganzfield method to achieve a state of sensory deprivation in which it is believed that psi can work.

Since Honorton and Harper published the first full experiment in the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research in 1974, the experiment remained a big part of Parapsychological research.

Typical Method

A ‘receiver’ is left in a room relaxed in comfort, with halved ping-pong balls (yes I am serious) over their eyes, with a red light shone on them. They also wear headphones playing white noise. In this state the ‘receiver’ is in the state of mild sensory deprivation for half an hour. At this time the ‘sender’ observes a randomly selected target and tries to mentally send the information to the ‘receiver’. The ‘receiver’ speaks out loud during the half hour, describing what they see. This is recorded by someone who is unaware of the target. Following this the ‘receiver’ is taken out of the Ganzfield state and given a set of targets, from which they must identify the one the ‘sender’ communicated to them.

Lab to Field Experiment

This is obviously a Lab based experiment built on a set environment with conditions that can be repeated to ensure it fits to the usual regime of science. However, as I am a paranormal investigator, I wish to change that slightly, probably incur some criticism and adapt it for paranormal field investigation. We are all familiar with the use of mediums on investigations or even those in your team who in your experience have tended to be slightly more sensitive to the locations you investigate. Well my aim is to adapt the Ganzfield Experiment to do just that within your investigation. Making one of your team a ‘receiver’, but this time hopefully from you and possibly spirits. Of course I am not claiming this is so, but just thought it would be an interesting experiment for paranormal teams to try. After all I could try it, but would have to repeat it many many times to assess it properly. Whereas if many teams try it an submit their results we can document it and see where it takes us. Its for us all to try !

What You Will Need

Right to ensure we are all doing this the same way you will need the following:-

  1. Halved Ping Pong Balls for your eyes, yes you will look silly and of course you can use a marker to draw pupils on the outside, so you look like that guy from ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’
  2. Head phones, connected to a device like an iPod (I use one, it works well) playing White Noise.
  3. Lamp with red light bulb, use to fill the room with red light, focus it on the ‘receiver’.
  4. Two Digital Voice Recorders – ensure that the date/time stamp matches on both.
  5. Two Video Camera – again making sure the date/time stamp is matching on both.
  6. A comfortable place for the receiver within the location you are investigating. A cold dungeon probably wont do although it would be quite atmospheric!

The Farsight Field Method

This is how I want to perform this experiment in the field whilst investigating a location, use it as one of your vigils I will!

  1. The ‘receiver’ is sat alone in a room/place at the location selected by the team which is comfortable within reason. The ‘receiver’ has halved ping pong balls over their eyes, ear phones playing white noise on and a red lamp shone in their face. They should relax alone in the room.
  2. At the ‘receivers’ location a digital voice recorder records close to them and a video camera records them visually.
  3. The rest of the team setup in another room as far away from the ‘receiver’ as possible to avoid any audio seepage.
  4. The rest of the team select one individual to call and ask questions, this person is the ‘sender’.
  5. A digital voice recorder is setup close to the ‘sender’ to record what they say.
  6. A video camera covers the groups movements. If you have more than one that would help to prove all are present and correct.
  7. Once settled and ready to go, the ‘sender’ starts by asking a series of questions directed at the ‘receiver’, asking them to answer. These questions should be simple like EVP questions, but in no particular order, so the ‘receiver’ is unaware of which questions are being asked!
  8. Then the ‘sender’ should utilise a photo from a selection of photo’s and try and mentally send the image to the ‘receiver’.
  9. Lastly, the ‘sender’ should ask any spirits present to communicate their answers to some basic EVP questions (asked by ‘sender’) to the ‘receiver’.
  10. If at any time during the experiment the ‘receiver’ feels they have some information in their head, no matter how random, they should say it out loud for the digital voice recorder and video camera to record.

Looking at the Results

This part is simple, you just compare the questions to the answers as they were recorded on the devices. Hence the time stamp being so important. What we are looking for is anything that seems to match up questions and answer wise. In addition any information the ‘receiver’ may get that can be supported some how. We have to bear in mind that they may pick up on things a bit like a medium and thus must be researched for supporting evidence.

I am interested in all of your results, so please let me know how you get on good or bad, and if you do get some odd results please please let me know.

You can either post your comments, thoughts or results on here or email them to me at ashley.knibb@farsightfiles.co.uk.

I look forward to hearing from you all..

Lastly, I don’t expect overnight results on this one, so it will be ongoing now until the end of 2010. I hope for Farsight PRS to put it to the test at our next investigation in October.

Remember though, Farsight Files is not just about the paranormal, its about those that investigate it…