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PostPosted: 19-04-2011 09:08    Post subject: Ghost tales from everyday people! Reply with quote

I am 60 this year, and I have been amazed just how many rational people have admitted they have either seen or felt a ghost. I got to talk intimately with men and women when I was a nurse and carer, so perhaps they felt they could confide in someone who would give them a sympathetic ear.

I have never doubted a single story because they are all fleeting, and occur in such mundane and undramatic circumstances.

Here are a few to amuse you.......

The 50 year old mother of a friend bought a fisherman's cottage in Mousehole, Cornwall. She did some major alterations, including the insertion of a new door. One evening, as she sat knitting alone in the lounge, she felt 'aware' of something, and looking up, saw a small man in old fashioned dress, standing in the new door frame. He appeared to look the frame up and down, looked at her and smiled, then faded away. She said that as a child they moved into a semi and she saw the figure of a woman who was 'shaking', in the corner of her bedroom. Eventually she found out the previous owner had died in the room and suffered from Parkinson's disease.

A carpet layer told of how he was alone in an unoccupied Victorian villa, and had started to lay carpet, under the window, with his back to the door. He heard heavy footsteps coming towards him on the bare boards and when he turned to see who it was, found he was still alone!

Only last year an elderly couple told of how they were taking a walk in the meadow at the bottom of their large property when they both saw a figure walking across the meadow in what looked like sacking with some kind of belt. He was invisible from about the knees down, they observed him for a few seconds, then he faded away. Others have seen this man, who is believed to be following an old track from the village to the sea.

I was at nursing school with a lass from Yorkshire who said her farmhouse was built around the remains of a monastery. The whole family had regularly seen what appeared to be flickering candles in some kind of procession. Nothing else was visible.

A boyfriend said that he and a mate left a pub in Exeter? (memory fading, it was definitely in Devon), and found a phone box. They were looking for a taxi number when they heard the sound of a horse galloping. They both looked and saw a horse and rider galloped past at full speed. The rider had a billowing shirt, long flying hair and a distraught look which both blokes witnessed. They stepped out of the box to get a better look of him riding up the street, but he was gone. No sound. He was not sure if it was a ghost or real, but at about 11.00pm, he had his doubts.


My deceased Mother in Law said she went down to make a cup of tea one evening and saw her dead husband, standing at the sink.


An ex husband said that while he was in hospital and fearful for his life, he had a visit from his ex wife's uncle who walked up to the bed and said words to the effect that all was going to be OK and he would make it. The man had died two years before. He said later that had he wanted to conjure up a guardian angel, the ex wife's uncle would not have come to mind!


My favourite seems more of a time shift than a ghost and was told by the son of a very educated and down-to-earth Hunting Estate manager in Scotland. His father had been stalking, observing his deer in the summer, flat to the ground, lying very still. He saw a near naked man, with tangled hair and a beard and a long spear, silently 'loping' across his field of vision. The fleeting 'vision' then faded away and he was left with the impression he had seen a Prehistoric man.

I am not a writer trying out my skills on you all, these are genuine!
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PostPosted: 19-04-2011 11:29    Post subject: Re: Ghost tales from everyday people! Reply with quote

Hypermetropia wrote:
I am 60 this year, and I have been amazed just how many rational people have admitted they have either seen or felt a ghost.


Do you feel that a rational person who sees a ghost should dismiss it as imagination?
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PostPosted: 19-04-2011 15:03    Post subject: Re: Ghost tales from everyday people! Reply with quote

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Hypermetropia wrote:
I am 60 this year, and I have been amazed just how many rational people have admitted they have either seen or felt a ghost.


Do you feel that a rational person who sees a ghost should dismiss it as imagination?


Ouch!

You've misread the sentence, or I wrote it badly. I am not amazed anyone I consider rational could say they've seen a ghost..... I said I was amazed HOW MANY of us there are. This includes my late mother. I have also had a few encounters with Polts, but sadly, they have not shown themselves.
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PostPosted: 19-04-2011 16:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the Prehistoric man story! Who knows how many woad-slathered apparitions are wandering the wilds of Scotland with nobody to see them?
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PostPosted: 19-04-2011 17:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Hypermetropia. I found the post interesting, especially the introduction saying how you heard the stories, as well as the parkinsonian apparition and the one with the sackcloth.

Although I'm deeply sceptical of poltergeists, If you've got time and don't mind I'd be interested to know a bit more about this

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I have also had a few encounters with Polts
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PostPosted: 19-04-2011 20:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fascinating tales! I enjoyed that.
The prehistoric man apparition is particularly rare, I think.
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PostPosted: 19-04-2011 22:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

oldrover wrote:
Hello Hypermetropia. I found the post interesting, especially the introduction saying how you heard the stories, as well as the parkinsonian apparition and the one with the sackcloth.

Although I'm deeply sceptical of poltergeists, If you've got time and don't mind I'd be interested to know a bit more about this

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I have also had a few encounters with Polts



Thank you kindly for that - it is always a quesy moment when you press the submit button!

The polt was considered by many to be the spirit of a young woman who was deserted by her fiance and hung herself in the cottage I lived in, sometime in the 30's. This was in Longridge, Lancashire. We had three crashing bangs on a glass door, the outside space was visible from the window, we were convinced nobody was there. As I was packing up my son's room, I vacuumed the entire floor thoroughly. I unplugged the hoover, took it out, returned to the empty room and found a toy in the middle of the carpet. After I left, my partner saw the whispy outline of a female coming down the (original) staircase. I never see anything!
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PostPosted: 20-04-2011 09:23    Post subject: Re: Ghost tales from everyday people! Reply with quote

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Ouch!

You've misread the sentence, or I wrote it badly. I am not amazed anyone I consider rational could say they've seen a ghost..... I said I was amazed HOW MANY of us there are. This includes my late mother. I have also had a few encounters with Polts, but sadly, they have not shown themselves.


Recent surveys suggest that a large proportion of people in the UK believe in the paranormal. Since it is safe to assume most people are rational, otherwise society would quickly break down, we can reasonably infer that a lot of them have no problem with the idea of ghosts.

Of course, we cannot assume that all, or even most, irrational people believe in the paranormal. There is no obviouis evidence for that.

My point is, assumptions are one of the biggest problems in studying Fortean subjects.
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PostPosted: 20-04-2011 10:23    Post subject: Re: Ghost tales from everyday people! Reply with quote

norton51 wrote:
Hypermetropia wrote:
Ouch!

You've misread the sentence, or I wrote it badly. I am not amazed anyone I consider rational could say they've seen a ghost..... I said I was amazed HOW MANY of us there are. This includes my late mother. I have also had a few encounters with Polts, but sadly, they have not shown themselves.


Recent surveys suggest that a large proportion of people in the UK believe in the paranormal. Since it is safe to assume most people are rational, otherwise society would quickly break down, we can reasonably infer that a lot of them have no problem with the idea of ghosts.

Of course, we cannot assume that all, or even most, irrational people believe in the paranormal. There is no obviouis evidence for that.

My point is, assumptions are one of the biggest problems in studying Fortean subjects.


Are you suffering from a dose of the 'semantics'? Laughing

Most people will get my drift............ the stories were told to me by men and women who were not apparently suffering from a Mental Health problem. I used to work in Mental Health so know visual and auditory hallucinations can sound very convincing.
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PostPosted: 20-04-2011 10:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just recalled a great story, while posting elsewhere. When I was a matron at Brentwood Prep School there were quite a few ghost stories based around the time it was a private Edwardian 'Mental Home'.

The two most convincing was that when a former Headmaster was walking down the stairs, the ghost of a female glided up towards him and passed through his side. The cleaners told me that they once had a trainee teacher staying up in an attic room (former servant's quarter). They took him a mug of tea every morning. One morning they found him drenched in sweat and in a state of shock. In the small hours something had woken him and he saw a female figure, dressed in old fashioned costume with a mob cap, standing looking over him. He had pulled over the blankets and not moved until the cleaners found him.
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PostPosted: 20-04-2011 18:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have some very good stories here, thanks for posting them. I particularly liked the one about the ex-wife's uncle. It's unaccountable stories like that which always seem to be the most credible to me, ones with no neat explanation to them.
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PostPosted: 20-04-2011 19:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sogna wrote:
You have some very good stories here, thanks for posting them. I particularly liked the one about the ex-wife's uncle. It's unaccountable stories like that which always seem to be the most credible to me, ones with no neat explanation to them.


Yes, I like that story too. It has something of a miracle about it, which I hesitated to post........

The ex was alone in a two bedded room in a Liver transplant unit, when the Uncle appeared and although befuddled he remembers saying "Thanks for visiting, I know you hate hospitals" (referring to a conversation they'd had years before) The visitor replied that he was fine about them now.

Yes, he might well have been dreaming, but the amazing thing is, after the 'visit' he made what the doctors told me was a near miraculous recovery from both liver and kidney failure. Instead of a threatened transplant, he walked out of the ward two weeks later with virtually no ill effects. ( massive paracetamol overdose).
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PostPosted: 20-04-2011 20:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really interesting stories Hypermetropia, thanks for posting them. I liked the one about the old guy and the door frame in particular.
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PostPosted: 20-04-2011 21:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply. Did the door actually shake or move in any way, or was it just the sound? I ask as I've had a similar series of events myself, sound only.

No offense but personally I don't think the patient's ex wife's uncle flies. There are far too many more mundane explanations there. Firstly patient's actual recovery or otherwise don't necessarily fit the given prognosis, and due to his condition it's hard not to think of conditions like ITU psychosis first.

I'm not saying that it's possible to say one way or the other, just that I think there are far more likely explanations.
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PostPosted: 21-04-2011 10:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

I liked the one about the carpet fitter, and it's very similar to many experiences I had whilst working in a (vaguely) similar job in London. I worked for a property maintenance firm, and the vast proportion of our work was in peoples houses/flats whilst they were at work. There is a spooky feeling you get being in someone elses house when they are out!
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