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Recognition at last for woman who saw fairies

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By Nottingham Post

Three years after the author’s death, a long-neglected manuscript on alleged fairy sightings has finally been published. Jeremy Lewis hears from those who knew Marjorie Johnson.

FAIRIES at the bottom of your garden? Countless people claim to have seen them and their experiences were recorded by an eccentric Nottingham spinster who lived to 100 and whose book has finally been posthumously published.

Marjorie Johnson, honorary secretary of the Fairy Investigation Society, was born in Bakersfield in 1911, lived in the same Carlton house for almost all her life and died three years ago.

Her one regret was that the book she wrote in the 1950s, Fairy Vision, was not published in her lifetime – at least, not in English.

“Very few books have passed through birth pangs as difficult as this one,” says historian Dr Simon Young, who has written the foreword to the work, newly published under the title Seeing Fairies.

“It all began in 1955 when she began to put together the material. She sent the impressive collection of fairy sightings to publishers in Britain and in Ireland but she had no luck.

“A fellow fairy enthusiast found a home for Seeing Fairies with a publisher based in, of all places, Germany. One can imagine Marjorie’s pride but also bewilderment as she, at 89, finally held in her hands her life’s work in a language she could not read.”

In his foreword, Dr Young adds: “If this sounds like the universe playing a cruel joke, the punchline had not been delivered. In 2004, when the author was 94, it was translated into Italian. Another book that Marjorie could not read.”

Although published in the United States, at least her work can now be read in English and believers in fairies, and the curious, can absorb reports collated largely through members and contacts of the Fairy Investigation Society.

The organisation was founded in 1927 by naval scientist Quentin Craufurd and its members included several men and women with interests in spiritualism and the esoteric belief system known as theosophy. Walt Disney was a member. So was Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding, victor of the Battle of Britain.

Marjorie Johnson became a member after years of fairy sightings. In 1936, when she was 25, she wrote to John O’London’s Weekly Magazine describing her experience, as a child, of seeing an elf in her bedroom.

As secretary of the society in the post-war years, she collated countless reports of fairies – pixies, elves, call them what you will – scores of which are detailed in her book.

Ada Constable lived in an isolated bungalow near the Notts village of Walesby. Her son was gazing intently through the window, so she asked him what he was looking at. “The funny little man,” he replied.

The mother asked the boy to describe him and he reported “a fair description of what she associated with a dwarf or gnome, wearing a long, pointed cap. What was he doing? “He’s working in the beans, mummy.”

The date of the Wellow sighting is not recorded but we know that Nottingham woman Mrs L F Small’s experience dated from 1940. Again, little people are involved.

Looking into her garden through the French windows, “she became aware of two little gnomes about one foot high, standing pointing to where the first crop of tomatoes should be,” the book records.

“A short time afterwards… she became conscious of somebody at her feet and on looking down she saw two little gnomes holding a basket of green tomatoes. She felt they were trying to tell her something.

“She opened her mind to receive their message, which was to the effect that if she gathered the tomatoes at once, while they were green, and wrapped them up and put them in a dark place to ripen, she would still have a good crop. When they realised she had understood them they walked solemnly away.”

So who was Marjorie Johnson, and what was she like?

She lived almost all her life in a house in Brooklands Road, Carlton, to which her family moved when she was a child.

“She was a legend in the neighbourhood, as you can imagine,” said Dr Young, who is based in Italy. “She remembered seeing German zeppelins flying over the city during the First World War.

“During the Second World War she and her sister were volunteers for the night watch, trekking the streets round where they lived, checking that all was well and no chinks of light were visible from homes during the blackout.

“She was related to Valentine Marshall, who was the youngest person ever to be deported, at 17 years old, to Australia for alleged involvement in the Colwick riot of 1831.

“She had lots of stories of odd ‘ghostly’ experiences, some in her work places and locations in Nottingham and further afield.”

Marjorie is warmly remembered by Jean Bullock, of Eastdale Road, Carlton, a retired community care assistant with Notts County Council. Mrs Bullock was her home help but, after retirement, remained a friend and regular visitor and was with Marjorie when she died in 2011.

“Going through her front door was like going into another world,” recalled Mrs Bullock, 71. “When she had a tale to tell, Marjorie would brighten your world. She told me how DH Lawrence and his wife, Frieda, once came to tea Marjorie had been to college with his niece. That’s how they knew each other.

“She had been a secretary and her handwriting was beautiful. And if you wanted to know how to spell a word, she always knew.”

Like her sister Dorothy, to whom the manuscript was dedicated, Marjorie never married. She often talked about her book, said Mrs Bullock. “She occasionally would get royalty cheques from a man in Germany. She talked a lot about fairies. The room at the back of the house was full of them: pictures, mugs, pottery. I sometimes felt sure I was going to see a fairy myself. When she was on form, you could spend hours with her.”

In his foreword, Simon Young adds: “She did not live to see her book brought out in English, but with her strong beliefs in the survival of the soul, she assumed that one day she would witness this happen ‘from the other side’.”

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People of the shadow: what do the mysterious shadow creatures want from us

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People-shadows or shadow people are paranormal dark barely visible silhouettes known to mystics for a long time. They look like dark humanoid creatures or barely noticeable ghosts, often seen only with peripheral vision. Witnesses claim that shadow people only catch a few seconds, eyewitnesses also say that they looked into the eyes of shadow people and their eyes shone with a red light, like demons.

Shadow people can take different shapes and sizes: look like full-fledged people or even like animals. But most often these are thin tall strange figures. Be that as it may, they appear only for a moment, quickly evaporating into the air. Unfortunately, they can harm humans, which was proven in 2013.

The video posted on the web had confirmation of the existence of a shadow man who was visible for over a minute! An unknown silhouette knocks down a man walking down the corridor and drags him across the floor for several seconds. After some time, it also suddenly disappears, releasing the person. As it became known, the building where the striking phenomenon was filmed has complaints from tenants who more than once meet paranormal events in their home.

There are very few known cases though of adverse events caused by shadow people. In most cases, they appear or disappear as soon as they are found.

Shadow creatures can be spotted out of the corner of your eye. Some people who saw them or knew about their presence say that they are alien creatures, slipping in and out of our field of vision. In the eyewitness accounts, the observation of the recurrence of shadow manifestations is especially often mentioned.

People of the shadow: what do the mysterious shadow creatures want from us

Whether they are an elusive race that has always coexisted with us is an interesting theory suggesting that these creatures are frequent guests in our lives.

Paranormal researchers consider shadow people to be malevolent supernatural entities. Perhaps shadow people will not cause physical pain, but they can affect you emotionally, for example, cause fear – this gives them energy.

Skeptics and scientists believe that shadow people are optical illusions or hallucinations that appear under the influence of drugs or physiological changes in the body. When the left temporo-parietal brain is stimulated, these strange images are created.

Often the appearance of these shadows is inextricably linked with sleep paralysis, when a person is, as it were, between sleep and reality. Scientifically, this is called hypnogogy. Hypnogogia is called “the phenomenon of the face in the dark” for such hallucinations.

All eyewitnesses, regardless of where they live, talk about the same sensations in the presence of shadow creatures. Fear is a cold feeling that overcomes a person at this moment.

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Some people say they even saw the eerie red eyes of these dark personalities that momentarily appear anywhere and demonstrate the ability to walk on the walls of enclosed spaces, which defies the general laws of physics.

Whoever they are, they feed on human energy, emit bad vibrations and give negative emotions. We do not know how they got into our dimension, about the purpose of their mission and how they affect the human essence. The main thing is to stop feeling fear in their presence and not to “feed” anyone with your precious energy.

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A ghost hunter explained how to summon ghosts and when is the best time to do it according to The Daily Star.

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The 28-year-old ghost hunter is confident that you can talk to ghosts and spirits using a voice recorder. A particularly good time for this, according to her, is the eve of All Saints’ Day – Halloween.

 “I think there is more activity during Halloween. More people believe in the other world, ”she said.

She recalled that Halloween pumpkin is an invariable attribute and symbol of the holiday. People decorate their home with funny, scary, and sometimes even terrifying faces.

 “I’m sure there will be more sessions and many will use Ouija boards,” she says.

To connect with the “other world”, you can go to a famous haunted place, says Kapassa. She also recommends checking your home for ghosts.

To hear a ghost, the girl recommends using special equipment. 

After all, ghosts, she said, emit sounds at ultra-low frequencies that are not perceived by the human ear. You can hear them, as she notes, only on audio recordings.

The girl says that you need to leave the digital voice recorder in a room where paranormal activity is observed all night, or ask questions and wait for an answer.

“Ask questions, and who knows, you might hear a disembodied voice answering you,” says Jade.

According to her, there is no need to rush, because the spirits must be given enough time to respond.

“You probably won’t hear them in real time. But if you listen to the recording, you might hear someone from the underworld, ”she said.

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A photographer took a picture of an old house, but did not know that a woman lived there. No wonder – you can only see it in the photo

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A Scottish resident took a photo of an abandoned building, and then could not believe his eyes when he looked at the finished photograph. From there the woman’s face was looking at him, but the man is sure: there was no one in the ruins of the house. Finding an explanation for what he saw was not easy.

A photographer from Scotland, who wished to remain anonymous, decided to arrange an unusual photo session, Unilad writes.

His choice fell on several abandoned buildings that are located in one of the parks in the North Ayrshire region. After taking a couple of pictures, he went to the studio to print them, and then looked at the finished result.

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The negative of one of the photographs of the photographer

Mysticism often happens in abandoned buildings , and the case with a man was no exception. In one photo, the Scotsman saw the ghostly silhouette of a woman looking at him from a window. However, the man assures that there was no one in the building, and he was alone in the ruins.

During the shooting, I did not feel anything unusual or anything otherworldly.

Despite the fact that the woman’s face looks intimidating, he is glad that he managed to capture it. Moreover, the hero of the story shared the frame with all friends who adore mysticism and riddles.

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Pay attention to the left window

I’m happy that I was able to capture something that looks like a ghost. I am even proud to be able to show photos to people who love riddles.

Many people, according to the photographer, are inclined to believe that this is a ghost, who love to talk to children so much, although the author of the picture himself is in no hurry to draw conclusions. He even looked at the frame under a microscope, but never came to the truth.

You can, of course, speculate, but the human brain makes us see familiar traits everywhere, especially if we look at them long enough.

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Moreover, the photographer, according to him, does not really believe in ghosts and other mystical phenomena.

I don’t like the term paranormal. As for ghosts, I don’t know if they exist. I don’t even know how to define them. What is it? Energy?

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