The Ancient Ram Inn Paranormal Investigation

 

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After a long wait I was given the chance to visit one of the most apparent haunted buildings in the UK. Built on 2 lay lines and has a history of torture witchcraft and sacrifice. It seemed to be the perfect recipe for the possibility of paranormal activity to occur.

Upon arriving I felt excited and yet slightly apprehensive as a few stories of on goings in the past loomed in the back of my mind. I managed to suppress such paranoid feelings and go at it with a level-headed approach so not to fall victim to my own imagination.

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We all entered the building and sat in what was John, the owners, living room. I found it quite homely as there20160423_200133 was a new TV and lots of trinkets and items around to look at. I however imminently noticed that it was a cold musty house with a lot of dust which I half expected people to be effects by and say it was paranormal as the night went on.

 

Once everyone was ready we had a quick tour and then went through into the room downstairs where we started the opening circle. In which everyone joins hands and the medium, in this case Bill, stands in the center and tries to call upon anything
to come forward. We waited for a few mins and nothing happened so split into 2 groups.

My group went upstairs into the notorious bishop’s room in which we did not knock to ask to come in. This is apparently a tradition that should be done but this time was not. Straight away a few people started to feel pins and needle20160423_200505es, head
aches or pressure. I myself felt fine and thought I’d have a lay down on the bed whilst people spoke to what seemed to be nothing more than thin air.

After leaving the room we proceeded to the witches’ room where I set up a Ouija board. A few of us sat around and I can thankfully say we had no fakes as it not move an inch. After about 10 mins we went downstairs.

Downstairs things started up much the same as the last room with a Ouija board, however Bill had an idea to try out some “trance” so we made our way to the accent grave where bones of a child were found, supposedly due to child sacrifice. Bill asked me to say my “chant” about asking anything from the past to come forward to now and join us. I started moving about asking random things and after around 10 mins Bill went into a small fit and everyone turned toSnapShot him.  He seemed to be supposedly in contact with a girl who had died there and seemed rather scared. We tried to get more information but Bill started to come around. Just as he came back the bed warmer to his right seemed to move off and away from the organ it was on and then slam back down.

 

This startled everyone and I had caught it very slightly on film. I watched it a few times over and saw Bills foot move slightly right around 5 secs before the item moves. It could be that Bill distributed his weight slightly and the item was wedged in such a way that this movement caused it to fall out and back. I am Also aw20160423_230809are that around the same this happened a lamp upstairs was knocked off its shelf. A believer would suggest the spirit Bill was channeling left his body and used his energy to move the bed warmer and then up through to the lamp above. Due to the nature of the house and how easy it is to knock things or things to fall a natural occurrence needs to be assessed first.

After this some people were a bit shook up and other existed and we had a break and decided to split up into doing what we wanted. I found that 18 people all distributed over the house made it hard to tell if sounds or knocks were them moving or something more so my group decided to go into the barn which was more out-of-the-way. Here I set up a phone App “geophone” which only goes off when the item it’s on or its self is knocked. I SnapShot(0)tested this by jumping about to make sure I could not set it off. Karen, my friend, set up a ghost box and K2 EMF reader at the same time. I asked a few questions and my device and K2 seemed to respond around the same time. This may be due to phone interference and the app I may have just go off randomly for effect so it’s hard to justify as paranormal. However when changing batteries on my camera a stone seemed to come from apparently nowhere and startled Dan and Karen. As I did not see this happen I cannot say it was not falling from a banister of the walls.

After this we started going round rooms trying to get anything and Bill did a few readings. We then went back into the Bishops Room where Dan started to feel unwell. He then left the room and was fine, but I asked him to come back in and he was unwell again. I believe he was having some type of psychological effect with that particular room. At some points he was driven to tears and I had to get Bill and Ivan to help him. Whilst he was being sorted I was told by a bunch of guys that someone was thrown from a chair in the witch’s room. At this point I requested we go back in for more.

Once in the w20160423_202439itches’ room I set my service bell up on the window seal and my camera facing a person on the supposed possessed chair. We started asking out for a witch or an evil man who was apparently preventing anything from coming through. After a while I started to get a bit board. Then suddenly my bell on the window seal went off! I could not believe it went off and was trying to find things it could have been instead. I then fixed my camera up to film it but it would not go off again. The only logical thing it could be is that a small bit of plaster or debris from above landed on it to create the ting sound. I cSnapShot(1)an only wish I can a camera filming it to see what the cause was. This being said it shook be up a fair bit and I felt that my night was complete and after 20 mins of trying to get it go off again and a quick table tip session where nothing happened we decided to call it a night.

Now in the moment of being in such a situation you need to be self-aware of your own mind-set and stay rational. If this is lost than paranoia or even hysteria can be caused. This being said is The Ancient Ram Inn haunted? This is a difficult thing to comprehend. My gut tells me something was not right about the house and the things occurring. It felt like there was more to the events that happened that night rather than a  long-winded rational explanation. My brain however thinks it must be explainable as the notion of a ghost being real opens up a whole can of worms and how we understand the world within a rational and scientific approach. Either way I had a great night and would recommend this as a good spot for any ghost hunter / paranormal investigator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Drakelow Tunnels. Exploration and “Ghost” Hunt


Once again I set out to an abandoned building to try to crack down on the supposed haunting’s of Drakelow Tunnels with Anya and Dan. We were with the Spooktacular crew
who run a no messing about or fakers standard and pretty much just guide you about and let you try to contact the dead.

I was immediately existed as I walked down the dark road towards a small door to enter the a11903882_10153374629365589_4860776641162839073_nbandoned tunnels. My adrenaline was pumping and I was already worked up from watching stories about the place. I was aware that I needed to take this into account as I could have easily have started to freak out from my own imagination.

As me and my group followed the rest of the people down the dark candle lit tunnel we entered a large hall with what looked like a long table in a harry potter style. Here we got told the layout of the evening and then all went to do an open11892106_10153374629710589_4167885579348736965_ning circle in one of the tunnels. Jo had a load of random WW2  songs and speeches on her phone in hope that it would evoke the ghosts  down there. Besides the odd tap and slight paranoia from a few people nothing happened. We then split into smaller groups to do a vigil.

We set off with Bill into a small room and he wacked out his Ouija board and told people not to move the planchette as it annoyed him and whats the point in faking it. I pointed out that people can move it subliminally though and told him about the experiments where people have been blindfolded and its been clear people are moving it without knowing. Regardless of this I started thought I would crack on with it just to see. I planted a few seeds by mentioning dates and random names and in time it started moving to a story that I fabricated based on information from a Most Haunted episode. Soon enough I asked for the date and the number I mentioned earlier was given. Now either someone on the table had taken in that information and moved it or it was a ghost. I will leave for you to decide.

Once we finished are little session in that room we were whisked off to Sian’s dark boiler looking room where she said things were kicking right off. I was not expecting much but
11896048_10153374628205589_603469401857090560_nshe gathered us in a circle and shut off the lights so I could not see my own glasses on my face. She then asked for the ghost to come back and indicate with a bang. Then to the right of me a large bang followed. I replied with “no f**king way I need to document this” and left the circle and started recording with my camera. These taps and bangs continued and I was aware everyone was in the circle so they were not doing it, but being dark I could not tell what it could be, other than a ghost.

We all set back to the harry potter room and I decided to go alone back to the banging room. As I went in I heard a large bang and jumped a mile. I then heard a few more and started hearing little taps and clicks. I then noticed water was dripping from the roof down onto the large cylinders and boiler units. It seemed I have debunked the bangs and promptly renamed the room, “dripping room”.

We then had one finale vigil in the kitchen sections where a paintball smoke bomb seemed to come from nowhere. aka someones hand as it was conveniently pitch black when it hit a unit. Not much really happened apart from few tapping sounds down the tunnels which people said were footsteps and there was also some very faint crying sighing sounds which were a little unnerving but I cant be sure it11201828_10153374628710589_2748488312968631861_n was not someone in the group or another group down in a different section. Throughout the entire evening I also had my bell on me which also never went off once despite the fact the “ghosts” seemed to have the ability to tap and chuck things.

Finally we got to have some free time to venture into the tunnels. I decided I wanted to go deep and get lost. I did my own little call outs to apparent ghosts but with no knocks
cry’s or replies of any kind. I did however enjoy the general atmosphere and the sense of exploring the left overs of an old war bunker. Going down large tunnels round tight gaps 11889518_10153374628415589_8320765139980508627_nand through small holes in large walls to go to places far from the main group. This however soon got us quite lost and I started to wonder what was went there. I was expecting David Bowie as the Goblin King to step out and tell me I would never complete the labyrinth to reach his castle. I then came across which looked like a newly boarded up area and noticed a way round. what I found inside I was not expecting.

As I went round the right gap it opened up into a raided cannabis farm full of buckets and units that would have been used for growing. It was at this point we decided we sh
ould head back.

Thankfully dan  and Anya had a good sence of tracking back are steps to the small hole in the wall and we made are way back to harry potter room to find everyone else had packed 11222796_10153374625425589_2768289754322632884_nup and left and only a few of the Spooktacular team were there. I started to wonder if we had gotten lost I may still be wondering the dark tunnels now.

Overall I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the place and would go again. Regardless of if there are ghosts or not its a cool place to go see and you can certainly allow you own imagination to run wild and take over as I felt this happen a few times myself before I decided  to rationalise it and calm back down. I also like to say thanks to the spooktacular team as they don’t mess about and fake stuff they supply a good deal of equipment and just let the night roll.

Bradley Stoke Radio


Bradley Stoke radio is a community radio station playing a wide range of songs and different types of shows including information and events within Bradley stoke.

I have been doing my own 80’s show for some time now and thought I would say a little about it and the goings on as a radio presenter. I have a slot of 2 hours every Saturday at 3 pm till 5 pm with a  show called flashback in which I play all of the top 80’s songs with a few late 70’s early

13243971_10153956588855589_4932721245067282259_o90’s now and then.  I’d like to think I have a following of people who remember the 80’s and people just finding 80’s music now and enjoying it. I like to keep to short talk between tracks where i ever say the next track or have some type of cheesy joke to make. My themes consist of Rock followed by Reggie or disco/funk and then 80s pop / synth pop and finally I slow things down at the end with some classic ballads.

To produce a show for the 2 hour period is not very difficult at all as I have a copy of the free program Zara, which is for play out, and I add my tracks to it at home for each hour separately until I have 55 mins per hour as the extra 5 mins are willed with talk, adverts zaraand news. Once my songs are ready I simply take the files to the studio and upload them into the database and set up the program their end ready to play out when I go live. I simply just add my start jingle and intermittent jingles between the tracks and go over to studio 1 where I can load the program from the server.

Some people prefer to use a cd collection which is done on a double cd track player in which you can switch between cd 1 and 2 depending on which is playing. Also if you wish to go old school there is a record player setup or alternately you can bring your own DJ deck in and hook it up on another line. Once in the hot seat playing out live is not very difficult at all. They have a mixer deck which connects to several mics and the music inputs. All this is controlled by the slides and depending on how much you use you may find it’s a case of just 1 slide for your mic and one for the music or if

Bradley stoke radio you have guests then the slides for other mics will need to be adjusted. If anyone were to become a member it’s not too hard to pick up and all the necessary training is given.

Aside from going in and playing your own show BSR do a lot of outside work as well. Help run events to outside broadcast or doing interview with schools or community. Each of which can be done or helped by the volunteers even if they don’t have their own show slot.  I myself have done a few live events where

my show has gone out live, although there’s been a few hiccups with the internet speeds and streaming back to studio, it’s still good fun and there always seems to be a work around.It’s good practice for anyone wanting to get used to live events.

Overall volunteering at the radio show is a fun experience in which I get to play my own music in my own quirky way and work alongside a friendly helpful team who keep the inner essence of the station running alongside the help of all the other volunteers. If you’re interested from reading this in helping out check out http://www.bradleystokeradio.com. Alternatively if you live good old 80’s music and are free of Saturdays then check out my show Flashback from 3 pm. on the site above or at 103.4

Goodbye to 80’s clubs in Bristol? and the demise of good music

Living in Bristol club life tends to be the normal mash-up of heavy base and ripping synthesizers with fast pace tempo. Other than that there are the odd rock themed clubs such as the beer Keller or upstairs in the 02. However good oldies are rare when it comes to 80’s music. There is currently only 1 80’s focused club called Reflex and aside from that Rewind in Walkabout upstairs or an expensive night in one of the rooms in Pryzm do play the classic song from time to time.

Being a big fan of the 80’s Reflex has been the best place to go to enjoy my favorite songs, however I have heard news that they are changing company and no longer going to be 80’s focused, which I can’t say I’m best pleased about. It’s like someone’s favorite football team disbanding or anything you may like no longer being there are prominent as you would like it to be.

The reasons for this change I can only assume are to try to move with “the times” but to be honest that’s a load of bull and kind of the point of having a place for the “non mainstream” where the good old classics are still played. that being said they did say that they will be playing all old cheese pop music so some 80’s may still be about but i cant see it being the same.

In my onion most new club songs have no style or even try to make a good beat or tune. Their sole aim is to thump out a fast pace noise that interacts with a drugged up or drunk mind to create some type of psychedelic effect. Some songs of which when played in a car or on a small stereo sound all tinny and what I can only describe as a cat being put through a vacuum cleaner.Now if there’s people out there that somehow like that sound or sounds like fire alarms going off or TV static with heavy base then fair enough but the fact that clubs focusing on older music are shutting down and trying to move on with the times is when it affects me.

The way I look at it is you have your noise in your clubs but when other companies like Reflex go I’m left with nowhere to enjoy. I could be wrong about their reasons but my point still stands that there’s far too many places playing the same drivel that I end up having to endure the sounds and come out with bleeding ears. Then when Reflex goes I will have to compromise and go to Rewind, but I question how long that will be about before they change to.

Please don’t come away from this if you like fast pace “Dub-step” or genera like that thinking that I’m having a personal pop at you. I’m just trying to say that it’s not my thing and the things that is what I like is being taken away.

Alien Isolation review

Alien Isolation aka Alien 1.1 placed is set in 2137, 15 years after the events of Alien and 42 years prior to Aliens, playing as Amanda Ripley in a journey to track her mother Ellen Ripley down,

                                                                                                                                      The game starts with her team heading to the Sevastopol but shit hits the fan from the get go and you’re left to wonder round the station and figure out what’s going on and remake contact with your team.

This game was what Colonial Marines should have been. In my opinion it is like another film that I have the privilege of playing through as

the main character. It has everything about an alien film such as face huggers, the androids and of course the daunting xenomorph, which can all be picked up on the  motion scanner as small dots moving about.

The fear and unnerving feelings throughout the game kept me on edge from start to finish. Even in sections of the game where the alien was not around I could just never tell as the music was always suspenseful and the sound effects of creaking or pipes hissing kept my nerves on edge and my senses high.

Some people may criticize it for just being a run and hide game mixed with opening doors but it is so much more than that. It has a good story, tension and the use of my brain. What I mean by that is there’s times in the game where you need to figure things out or solve puzzles to get to the next place or unlock an area to get a key card for a corridor, that was not accessible before, or to use a computer to access intercom. I would say it has a slight aspect of doom 95 about it, in regards to not always knowing where to go and having to find items to get into locked areas.

This is by no means a shoot ’em up game. In fact if you do fire off your gun then you will find the alien popping out and killing you shortly after and the fact that there is no auto save and only booths to save at  here and there most of the game is spent being quite, hiding or later in the game using the flame thrower to its best making you feel like Ellen Ripley when she toasts the next in the film.

There are times when you can get a bit gung-ho when faced with the other emery’s on the ship such as there freaky crazy androids or other people on the ship out to kill all others just to stay alive. But be aware ammo is sparse and it’s sometimes better to save up just in case. However you do get a few added extra treats that you can make from items found lying around such as pipe bombs or an EMP

Overall I loved this game and it made me go and buy the Blu-ray set of the Alien films. If you’re a fan and you like Alien films and you like games such as outlast mixed with dead space then combine an alien film with all that mixture and here you have it. An amazing jumpy suspense packed game and in my opinion the best alien game I’ve ever played.

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My Visit to Barrow Gurney Mental Hospital

Barrow gurney psychiatric hospital, once used to treat the mentality ill from 1940 till 2008 when they started to close it down. By 2004 only 3 residential wards remained open however the state of the site such as cigarette burns on floors, graffiti on walls, urine stains around a toilet and stains from bodily fluids on the bottom of a hoist chair. Also to mention the collapse of part of the ceiling onto the head of a patient meant that the last wards closed shortly after. Since then hospital has been a hot spot for explorers, graffiti and ghost hunting and had been decaying gradually overtime.

My visit to Barrow Gurney was part urban exploring and part “ghost hunting” over the past 2 years I had visited the site on many occasions to look into the apparently ghostly goings on and attempt to find a more logical explanation to anything I may have encountered. I kept an open mind to the possibly of such things and went looking for a good degree of evidence to subject 20690451_10155257750715589_6964096582660307664_oparanormal activity. My first few trips were quite freaky and unnerving, however that’s to be expected from an old cold rundown building with the possibility of security turning up or other people there to start trouble. With this in mind and the possibility of such ghosts every sound and creek kept me and the people I was with on edge. That being said nothing substantial ever happened to show a clear sign of activity.

A year went by and I had started to think barrow gurney was nothing more than an old building with a few ghost story’s to stir up fear and I was not intending to go back so soon. Then news came that the site was being demolished to make way for a new housing estate. This then re jolted my urge to go visit again and next thing I know a loads more people than I’d been with before wished to join me. On this occasions I packed every with the intent of doing a full search opposed to the 30min to an hour I had in the past.  Once everyone was ready we set off to investigate the site.

Upon arrival we were greeted by another paranormal group “Wiltshire Paranormal Investigators” who told us many stories about what they had found and heard in the site. They were all firm believers that something was there and said that the site security “Jake Hawkins” was on his way with a special device to help contact the resident ghost “Dave”. I found this quite funny and yet existing as I started to think what if something does actually happen this time.
My group went in to check out a supposed ghostly black orb in a unit that was apparently used for the more dangerous patients. We got there but nothing happened,10541893_10152632495455589_1456925404769431132_obesides the odd creek or howl of the wind, so we decided to re-join the group just as Jake was arriving and head into the Woodside building where the ghost Dave had moved to after the recent demolition of the mother and baby unit.
My group, the paranormal group and Jake and a few people he came with all set off into the building and went to the 2nd floor where there is an apparent shape shiftier and where Dave likes to reside. Once we were all ready Jake got out an app with a Geophone x y and z sensor that picks up types of motion, touching or vibrating around it depending on how its set up it can take quite a bit to make it go off. Jake began talking to Dave which I found hilarious and at this point was going up and down the corridors saying if there’s a shape shifter come out and such but was informed that if I was rude nothing would happen as I was not being respectful. I apologized and went along with then to see what may happen if I complied.
The geophone did make sound which seemed to respond to questions but at times went off by its self when no questions were being asked. This was apparently because Dave was being ignored. I can’t verify the device as full proof evidence as its been known to go off from low vibrations of traffic or low tones in the voice traveling through the floor. 10710408_10152697320080589_7930276307615464595_oThe responses would match up to questions as there is a slight delay between speaking and when it picks things up. That being said I hadn’t ruled out the possibility that Dave was there as some responses seemed very quick and precise. Once the night was over I was still not happy with the investigation and I felt there were too many people creating too much noise.

Within a few days me and my group went back on a sole mission to investigate with less interference. Once we arrived I started with my Ouija board in the back cell block area. At first nothing was happening but then it started to respond. I felt that this was someone 1617156_10152697320205589_4357126843020738279_o     pushing it or we were pushing it sub consciously, however after I asked a question something on the other side of the room fell or was thrown. This made me and everyone else jump as was unexpected. I quickly asked for it to happen again to verify possible activity, but nothing happened and the other people wanted to end the Ouija session and leave the block.

We decided to go to the units next to it which was used as medical sectaries unit. As we were walking over I thought I spotted a girl like figure stood in the window. As I moved my torch to look it seemed to then move to the left. I imminently had to go and check it out to rule out it being my light. Me and the other claimed into the building and I started asking for activity. Which then happened immediately by something crashing in the corner. Everybody bare me ran back out and at this point I started questioning my 10539149_10152612362360589_2295362295901896543_obeliefs and possibility of a ghost actually being there. I kept trying to clear my mind by thinking it was us causing the debris to fall as were disturbing the area. With this in mind we carried on to the other side.

Once we entered the long corridor it soon came clear that there was too much handing from the roofs to actually go in safely so we started asking question by the door. I attempted to enter the building and just as I stepped in above me within the roof space there was an almighty bang. I backed back out and asked for it to happen again but nothing responded.

One 10655245_10152612361200589_3135099082926386427_oof my team then said can you see a figure down the corridor. I started shinning my torch and was like nowhere there’s nothing down there. Just as I said this a brick came from one room and then into a wall. At this point everyone ran off and backed into an open area.

Now we were at a point where fear was rife and people’s minds started to sketch out and play tricks. I kept bringing the group back to normality by trying to subject it’s a
rundown building it could just be things falling apart and Coincidence. This however was not good enough to support going further and part of the group left.
With a few people down we decided to check out Woodside as it’s it was still in half good condition and not falling apart as much.
Upon entering within seconds we heard footsteps upstairs so went to check it out but yet again there was nothing there. At this point there were things being thrown down stairs and corridors left right and centre. It started to become quite far-fetched and I started to think there must be other people there. We all kept quiet and I could hear what sounded
like low mumbles within the how. I was sure security or another team were there so we did a full sweep, however found no one. Just before calling it a night we checked out one last room downstairs. Nothing was 10669178_10152697320200589_3191702553722043878_ohappening now and I was ready to go, but just as I turned to leave I saw what looked like glass come down the corridor at us. This was very unnerving and we promptly left the building. My mind was all over the place and did not know what to think anymore so we called it a night.

Some time went by before a few of my other mates said they would go. Once we arrived it was obvious that work had been commenced on Woodside as most of the roof was in 10682254_10152631734990589_5871531367439701477_obits and the left side torn down. I decided to go in the building alone and do a quick sweet to rule out others being in the building and or mass hysteria as I was much calmer now. Low and behold nothing happened at all and we went home.
I was ready to call it a day but was not happy with how quick I was on my last visit so I went back one last time with Jake and my team and into Woodside for another full investigation. We were expecting the entire place to go crazy like something from a horror film after the last visit we had as a group but there was nothing. It was just a cold, damp creaking building again with the odd sound from Jakes geophone. We left feeling a little calmer and said are goodbyes as this felt like closure and I was ready to let it go. This lead me to think that either there was others following us, quiescence, mass historian and mind going wild, us causing things to fall over or all of them put together.

 

Upon looking back at barrow gurney I had a fun interesting and yet quite scary time there. After thinking about things such as glass coming at me or footsteps and knocks it can be logically explained by things such as wind, expansion and de expansion, interference from us or another party. The glass may have been launched into the air by something else falling from the roof and then to us looked like it was coming towards. With a lack of light and the natural feeling of fear and hysteria it was all a recipe for un-rational thinking and the more we went on the worse it got. It goes to show that after calming down and re visiting nothing happened or fazed us. This leads me to think that logical Barrow Gunrey may not have been haunted after all, however some strong believers out there may say I’m making up random explanations to try to keep myself from the truth of the place. Honestly I can’t answer with 100% certainty either was I can only was it was an experience that I won’t be forgetting any time soon.

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