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PostPosted: 18-03-2014 19:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

GhostInTheMachine wrote:
Epicurean1 wrote:
A very interesting story no doubt, Ghost. Would you have a Google maps link to the house? I'd be great to be able to have a look at it.


No way! He sold it in the 1990s. I have no idea who lives there now - he sold it to a solicitor who was moving up to Yorkshire from London, moved away to the Midlands himself so never saw the buyers or heard from them again after he left. By that time I was also in the Midlands. I have since moved back to Yorkshire and lived about 10 miles from this house.

I can't tell you how many times I have longed to knock on the door and ask them if they have had any experiences, whoever lives there now (and it may have been sold on since the 1990s, I guess). But I'd look like a mad person. I have seriously considered writing a book about hauntings in the area just to have an excuse to put out an ad/notices locally, to see if whoever lives there responds.

My feeling always was, I was never sure if dad wasn't lying about seeing and hearing nothing in his 30 plus years there. As everyone else heard something, and two of us at least saw something.

It was so extreme I find it hard to believe anyone could not have heard it, at least... But as I say the night he was shouting out in the street at the 'front door' - the two people (on different floors of the house, and who barely knew eachother) who heard it couldn't believe everyone else slept through it. Or that no neighbours complained.

But maybe if my dad really did have no experiences, other people could, too? My husband heard this story many times before he heard my stepsister recount the identical story. And her partner had heard her recount it many times before I corroborated that I'd seen it too.

I do recall that in the last year or two we lived there, my stepsister and I (both went to uni and never returned), it quietened down or at least no-one heard anything on the first storey any more. Weird things would happen (once when I was about 15 every single clock ad watch in the house stopped at the same time, 3 something am).

Shocked

But no abuse or physical manifestation. But the incident with the houseguests happened years after we moved out. So things must have happened sporadically. I would seriously give my eye teeth to find out if the current owners have experienced anything. Interestingly, the house opposite (also an old converted farmhouse) also had a lot of weird things happen in it, but then also, outsiders bought it and we never heard and no-one dared ask if it continued there, too.


Just go for it! What harm can it do? Put up a few notices, knock on a few doors. If nothing comes of it, you'll be no worse off and if you do get some interesting stories, so much the better. Smile
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PostPosted: 19-03-2014 01:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

gncxx wrote:
The floaty ghost sounds pretty harmless, if unnerving, but the shouty one might not be the same spectre, since he sounds a lot more threatening, if only threatening to disrupt your sleep.


Floaty and Shouty sound like weird dwarves. Very Happy

You know, odd as it sound, has never even occurred to me Floaty n Shouty might be different old blokes. It's perfectly possible though.

Once, at school, someone asked me if I lived in 'the haunted house'. A bit taken aback, I asked them which house they meant and sure enough, they named it. I asked them what ghost stories they'd heard and they said "It's the one haunted by the ghost of an old lady in one of the downstairs rooms." Apparently 'everyone' had heard about it. News to me. No-one ever saw or heard a floaty or shouty old lady. Smile
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PostPosted: 28-07-2014 16:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does a facilities manager at No10 Downing Street count as an everyday person? I found a ghost story on gov.uk!

https://history.blog.gov.uk/2013/10/31/a-ghost-story-from-number-10/

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I’m David and I work in Facilities Management. I joined Number 10 in the year 2000 and I would normally describe myself as someone who doesn’t believe in the supernatural but this is what happened in the Small Dining Room, shortly after I started.

We were doing a recruitment exercise for a new member of staff and I had booked the Small Dining Room to do that interview.

I arrived very early, about six o’clock in the morning and rather than going straight to my office I walked up to the dining room just to check the table and chairs were positioned correctly.

The early hour meant the room was in total darkness. With no natural light coming from the windows and that I hadn’t switched the electric lights on inside the room I was reliant on the wash of light from behind me in the service corridor and just stuck my head in the room.

I was immediately conscious of some light from underneath the doors that go through to the State Dining Room and knowing we’d had a couple of incidents of lights being left on overnight I moved into the room to check this.

As I crossed the small dining room to the two large doors that open up into the State Dining Room I passed the end of the table, and absolutely jumped out of my skin because someone walked past me! I’m talking about a space of a couple of feet, but because of the darkness I hadn’t seen the person. On spinning round, the light from the door I had entered through showed I was on my own.

What really got my attention was that I heard the sound of a taffeta dress moving/rustling, and without wishing to sound dramatic, definitely felt a presence. Nothing malicious, or otherwise, but it definitely felt like someone was with me.

So, about 2 hours later, I was joined by one of my colleagues and still buzzing with the earlier experience related this to him, to which he said,

"Oh, you have seen the ghost"

and I responded,

"Yeah right! What ghost?"

He then proceeded to tell me that there is a lady in a white ball-gown who goes between the State Dining Room and the Pillared Room!

With the short period of time I had worked at Number 10, this was news to me, and as I said, I’m the kind of person is sceptical of this kind of thing without some kind of evidence.

Except that it happened to me!

I can’t explain it.

It’s something I don’t often relate to people because it still sends shivers up my spine.

Since then I’ve read up in a few London ghost books, it’s all mentioned, so maybe, just maybe, I’ve met the Lady in White!

The following week, I made a point of coming down to the state rooms after evening receptions when the lights were off, to try and re-create the moment, and, here I am, thirteen years later and, I haven’t had any further contact.
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PostPosted: 28-07-2014 21:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that - I hope we don't have to sign the Official Secrets Act to find out her identity. Anyone have a clue?
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PostPosted: 11-08-2014 22:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

On R4 - Shared Experience: I Saw a Ghost

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I Saw a Ghost
Series 1 Episode 1 of 4

Shared Experience is a new series. Fi Glover and guests sit round a kitchen table to share strange tales that turn out to be unexpectedly common. In the first programme Fi talks to people who've seen a ghost. Fi's guests have come from different places, with different backgrounds; they live very different lives. But they have one experience they all share - the day they saw a ghost and what happened to them after. In Britain, strange tales are more common than you think.


This was first broadcast on Tuesday 17 December 2013 and I believe I posted the details back then too. Wink

There's a free download if anyone's interested. Very Happy

I love ghosts. Cool
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PostPosted: 12-08-2014 00:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seeing as I'm in a 'fess up' state of mind...

I saw a ghost of my mother, shortly after she died.

I was six at the time.

Now, as an adult, I can rationalize that as a wish moment, in that I wished she wasn't dead, I was a child, blah blah, but I saw her.

For a long time it was a comfort to me, in that there was something after death. The Christian upbringing I received and schooling reinforced that.

As an adult, I try to dismiss the event.

But it was SO real. Her smell, a mixture of Charlie and hospital disinfectant, her voice (she said "go to sleep", softly), everything that was familiar to me.

One of my Aunt's often told a story of seeing her dead father tell her that she should wake her son, when she went into his room, she could smell gas...it turned out that there was a gas leak, she took her son out of his room, he didn't die, her father came from 'beyond' to save her son.

So, I have every reason to believe in ghosts and that there's something 'after'.

I struggle though. Because I can see that Coincidence and Longing have played their part.

Anyone else think 'but what if?'
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PostPosted: 12-08-2014 10:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cultjunky wrote:
Seeing as I'm in a 'fess up' state of mind...

I saw a ghost of my mother, shortly after she died.

I was six at the time.

Now, as an adult, I can rationalize that as a wish moment, in that I wished she wasn't dead, I was a child, blah blah, but I saw her.

For a long time it was a comfort to me, in that there was something after death. The Christian upbringing I received and schooling reinforced that.

As an adult, I try to dismiss the event.

But it was SO real. Her smell, a mixture of Charlie and hospital disinfectant, her voice (she said "go to sleep", softly), everything that was familiar to me.

One of my Aunt's often told a story of seeing her dead father tell her that she should wake her son, when she went into his room, she could smell gas...it turned out that there was a gas leak, she took her son out of his room, he didn't die, her father came from 'beyond' to save her son.

So, I have every reason to believe in ghosts and that there's something 'after'.

I struggle though. Because I can see that Coincidence and Longing have played their part.

Anyone else think 'but what if?'


I don't believe in an afterlife, but last year shortly before and after my wedding two things happened that made me wonder. They were both clearly coincidence but were strange enough to, at the time, make me think twice.

First we were at an Indian restaurant and one of the waiters, an Indian man with a Scottish accent, had the exact same tone of voice as my late father. Spoke just like him. I wasn't particularly close to him and don't talk about him much to my wife, but in this instance I mentioned to her how much his voice was the same as that of my father. Next time he came to our table he forgot to bring part of our order and so came back again a few minutes later and apologised for forgetting. As he walked away he stopped, turned back and said as way of justifying his forgetfulness "I'm just getting old...". Which were the exact same last words my father said to me the last time I saw him before he died. Shocked

Secondly, shortly after our wedding we passed the cemetery where my grandparents on my mum's side are buried. My wife still had her corsage and not having done anything else with it she suggested we leave it on their grave. It was a grey, cloudy day and there was spits of rain in the air. We parked up, found the grave and placed the flowers on. They didn't quite sit right so she leaned down and straightened them up nice and neatly. At that exact moment as she stepped back the clouds just parted and bright, warm sunshine filled the cemetery. We both just looked at each other as tears streamed down our cheeks. Within a few minutes the clouds closed up and the day returned to the miserable grey skies.

Both coincidences, of course, but in both cases spookily-timed enough to feel that some kind of message from beyond was being sent to us. I still don't believe in an afterlife but I do interpret those two instances as being little reminders from those no longer with us. It is a comforting thought, even if deep down I know it was just two well-timed coincidences.
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PostPosted: 12-08-2014 16:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

McAvennie_ wrote:
"I'm just getting old...". Which were the exact same last words my father said to me the last time I saw him before he died. Shocked


I can only apologise for my insensitivity, McAvennie, and I am sorry for the loss of your father when you're clearly still very young to lose a parent, but when I first read this, my first thought was that your dad had a knack for understatement. Embarassed

Cultjunky wrote:
Anyone else think 'but what if?'


I'm very skeptical of life after death. I don't see any reason for it, if you know what I mean. Why do we have brains if we have souls constantly attached to our bodies that are capable of perception and contain all of our knowledge? Where do these souls reside? Other dimensions? From what are they made? Why would ghosts return to the living? Why do murder victims not always return to grass on those who murdered them? Why do spirits never return to sort business out properly? Instead they content themselves by whispering to psychics, "I've got a message for someone whose name begins with 'J'". None of it makes sense.

But there is a lot of anecdotal evidence, across cultures and centuries, and I don't hold with the dictum, 'The plural of anecdote is not data'. All things are data, and we just need to understand how to assess it. In the case of ghosts, I generally think assuming it tells us something about human perception is most likely. But I've had some weird experiences in the past, which have at the very least stretched my faith in the materialistic, and yes, I've have and still frequently do ask, "but what if?"

I think you have a very healthy attitude. In all likelihood, you didn't see a ghost, your perceptions where faulty, subjective, wish fulfilling. But that makes for a lot of people who have had that same kind of experience. We'd be dismissing a lot of anecdotal evidence to reduce it all to misperception and wishful thinking.
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PostPosted: 12-08-2014 18:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

PeteByrdie wrote:
I'm very skeptical of life after death. I don't see any reason for it, if you know what I mean. Why do we have brains if we have souls constantly attached to our bodies that are capable of perception and contain all of our knowledge? Where do these souls reside? Other dimensions? From what are they made? Why would ghosts return to the living? Why do murder victims not always return to grass on those who murdered them? Why do spirits never return to sort business out properly? Instead they content themselves by whispering to psychics, "I've got a message for someone whose name begins with 'J'". None of it makes sense.


Ever played a first person shooter game? Or The Sims?
Maybe that's what 'life' is. Perhaps these meat-based bodies are avatars...

What if?
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PostPosted: 12-08-2014 20:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mythopoeika wrote:
PeteByrdie wrote:
I'm very skeptical of life after death. I don't see any reason for it, if you know what I mean. Why do we have brains if we have souls constantly attached to our bodies that are capable of perception and contain all of our knowledge? Where do these souls reside? Other dimensions? From what are they made? Why would ghosts return to the living? Why do murder victims not always return to grass on those who murdered them? Why do spirits never return to sort business out properly? Instead they content themselves by whispering to psychics, "I've got a message for someone whose name begins with 'J'". None of it makes sense.


Ever played a first person shooter game? Or The Sims?
Maybe that's what 'life' is. Perhaps these meat-based bodies are avatars...

What if?


Well, exactly! There are always ways to explain away the arguments against a higher form of existence. Many for whom scientific approaches are enough would say those things cannot be proven to be true, at least as yet, and proving them false is not necessary as it's impossible to prove a negative. That's fine if pure scientific method is enough for someone. But science isn't there to teach us only to think in terms of scientific method. It's there to tell us what can be shown to be most likely true according to scientific method. Beyond that, anything we want to wonder about, daydream about, write fiction about, or just think likely according to our own experiences, is up to us, as individuals.
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PostPosted: 12-08-2014 20:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am inclined to believe that CJ did see the spirit of her mum, when my little sister died i was totally destroyed, i was longing for a sign that she was okay, that she was still around, but of course i didn't see anything, which leads to think that there is more than wishful thinking or coincidence behind visions of the newly dead.
it seems perfectly possible to me that CJ's mum went to have one last look at her daughter before she went off where ever.Of Course thats not a logical thing to believe , but sod it, sometimes i would rather take hope then logic. Smile
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