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Return of the fairy-hunters

An eccentric English tradition acquires some new academic firepower

If like me you get all your news from the Cornish Guardian, you may have spotted an article announcing that the Fairy Investigation Society is conducting a survey. They’re seeking information from anyone who has seen any pixies, elves or sprites — all on a strictly anonymous basis. I rang the man behind the research and he told me that in just three months, he’s had over 400 replies. An example: ‘I was walking down a field in Scotland when I noticed a winged being leaning up against the side of a sycamore tree. He was as tall as the trunk, maybe 15 feet.’

You might laugh it off, but the man was deadly serious — as are his informants. Well into the 21st century, beneath the radar of a popular culture obsessed with vampires and aliens, elements of traditional British folklore have inexplicably survived.

A century ago, discussion of the little folk was quite common. The Fairy Investigation Society was founded in 1927 by a group of spiritualists and, legend would have it, attracted such illustrious members as Walt Disney. Its true believers were delightful eccentrics of a very English stripe. Marjorie Johnson, eventually secretary of the society, encountered an elf in her bedroom as a child and grew up to be a committed fairy-hunter. In the post-war years, she assembled a remarkable archive of sightings — including a family of gnomes in Wollaton Park who were observed driving about in small racing cars. Miss Johnson intended to publish her magnum opus but was undone by some unguarded comments to a tabloid. ‘It has taken me years of study to win their friendship and discover the secrets of their sex life,’ she told the Sunday Pictorial. ‘But anyone who is admitted to the circle of fairy friendship is very fortunate. Through billions of years fairies have learned the secrets of universal love.’

It is thought that this tabloid scandal encouraged this sweet lady to retire from public life, and her fellow fairy-hunters to retreat into the closet. What little research took place thereafter gained scant attention. We owe much of what we know about Hikey Sprites thanks to the dedicated investigations of one Ray Loveday, who travelled East Anglia asking strangers at bus stops if they had ever seen any. A reviewer of his excellent pamphlet, The Hikey Sprites: the Twilight of a Norfolk Tradition notes that Mr Loveday’s research was sadly restricted by the limitations of the local bus route.

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Walt Disney was a member of The Fairy Investigation Society Photo: Getty

Though Britain stopped openly talking about fairies, faith in them remained. Dr Simon Young, the academic conducting the fairy survey, says that sightings still occur even though the look of fairies changes according to popular tastes. Until the Victorian era fairies were flightless and often regarded as amoral — even mischievous. Indeed, when I told a Catholic academic friend about the Fairy Investigation Society he insisted that fairies were demonic. ‘The best thing you could do if you encounter a fairy is step on it,’ he said, ‘or lay down slug pellets.’

Since Disney began to do PR for fairies, a significant number of sightings feature creatures who bring a sense of peace; however, there are also reports of gnomes, a walking tree and ‘a group of creatures, maybe 25cm tall, humanoid, hairless, with spindly limbs and slightly shiny leathery skin’ that ‘wore nothing but Oxford commoners’ gowns (no mortarboards)’. The best encounter is that of a teenager camping on the moors who went behind his tent to relieve himself only to discover that he was not alone: ‘when I looked down [there] appeared silhouetted a small shape with his hands on his hips, I could see it by a faint light coming through a large hole behind him in the hedgerow. I got the impression of someone very angry. This scared me and needless to say I could not do what I intended. Slowly backing away I quickly apologised (sincerely believed I had almost pissed on a wee folk).’

Are some of these stories are tongue-in-cheek? Maybe. Nevertheless, there’s charming sincerity to many of the tales and to the work of Dr Young in general. ‘I don’t know what’s going on,’ he told me. ‘But perhaps it indicates in part that the countryside has a presence.’ I think he’s right. I very much doubt that hedgerows are home to thousands of magical creatures, but it’s true that the countryside is magical and that the British relationship to it goes well beyond the physical and into the spiritual — which is why should preserve it as passionately as the fairy-hunters seek to preserve our folklore.

This article first appeared in the print edition of The Spectator magazine, dated

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Plymouth, UK paranormal investigators receive major spike in calls over June, July

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Ghost hunt- search for paranormal activity at Palace Theatre.

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The scorching heatwave is being blamed for causing a massive increase in paranormal activities in people’s homes around the South West region.

This is according to ghost hunter expert Gary Parsons of the Plymouth Paranormal Investigators (PPI), who says they have received a “major spike” in the number of calls during the past two months.

Some people have even been afraid to enter their own homes.

Mr Parsons said: “We have received a major spike in the number of calls during June and July, with people reporting scary supernatural phenomena, and one couple almost afraid to go into their own home because of poltergeists, and residual energies making things move.”

The team of ghost hunters at Plymouth Paranormal Investigators have been in the ghostly business for years and use highly specialised technical equipment to find answers to the unexplained, and free homeowners from unwelcome spirits.

Technical paranormal expert, Robert Bryant, said: “With temperatures soaring its having an unexplained increase in paranormal activities. We use a number of items to communicate with energies and especially our Huff Wonder Box. It is designed to search out unexplained orb lights, eerie voices, and deadly spirits.

“On a recent house investigation, my body was taken over by a dead priest and refused to leave until it was ordered to leave by my colleague Amanda Oriana.”

The PPI attend haunted locations across the UK, and take part in professional paranormal investigations.

The team have a Dartmoor Mini Bus tour coming up on the August 18, and investigating eerie sites in the early hours of the morning, and a mediumship evening with Sarah MacNeill, on Friday, August 17, at the George Inn, Plympton.

If anyone believes they are experiencing a haunting or other paranormal phenomena you can contact their Facebook pages for help.

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Trailer for paranormal documentary ‘Hunt For The Skinwalker’ released

“Nobody knows what we’re dealing with…” The Orchard has released a trailer for a creepy documentary titled Hunt for the Skinwalker, made by filmmaker Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell.

This doc film is about the “most intensive” scientific study of a UFO and paranormal hotspot in human history, a place in Utah known as Skinwalker Ranch.

A scientific study first began in 1996, including “PhD-level investigators”. Additionally, there’s a rumored secret government-funded investigation looking into whether or not there’s anything to actually be found out there. “The shroud of mystery hanging above Skinwalker Ranch and the Uintah Basin has fascinated director Jeremy Corbell for years. He finally journeyed to the property to interview eyewitnesses – including the new owner of the ranch – and uncover rare, previously unreleased recordings.”

This looks like an unsettling paranormal documentary, but I also can’t really tell if it’s all fake and being sold to us like The Blair Witch Project. If you’re into UFOs and aliens, you should check out this.

Here’s the official trailer (+ poster) for Jeremy Corbell’s Hunt for the Skinwalker, direct from YouTube:

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The Montauk Project Is Yet Another Proof The Government Achieved Time Travel

Proceeding from the Philadelphia Experiment, the military supposedly carried yet another secret program at the Camp Hero Air Force base on Long Island, known as the Montauk Project.

The program involved different studies, such as psychotronics, black hole simulations, and weather control. In order to perform experiments, it worked with a shadow company, the Brookhaven Institute, along with the government’s cooperation.

According to their website, this company examines a plethora of studies regarding nuclear and high energy physics, superconducting magnets and condenses matter physics.

Along with the unit of energy, the company further attributes for multiple thriving discoveries and inventions.

Their bad side is that they suffer from many lawsuits over radiation and contamination. Radiation doesn’t affect only its employees but for the surrounding environment too.

Preston Nichols is a man who claims he worked on the experiments that took place in the Brookhaven Institute.

According to him, abundant psychic research was conducted on excellent mental minds and children as well.

Some experiments successfully performed the materialization of objects, teleportation and creation of black holes.

Duncan Cameron was a person whose statement as a psychic purported to reveal the evil nature of the experiments.

Many believed he is, in fact, the brother of Al Bielek who said he achieved to travel through time in the Philadelphia Experiment. During his period in the Montauk Project, Cameron underwent tests in the Montauk Chair.

The Montauk Chair is a consciousness augmentation object where he could obtain a secured time loop between the Montauk Project and the Philadelphia Experiment.

In collaboration with Nichols, Cameron worked on a project so-called The Seeing Eye. He used his psychic abilities and a lock of a person’s hair to directly enter his mind and affect his thought.

The project came to an end on August 12, 1983 – precisely 40 years following the Philadelphia Experiment.

Cameron’s psychic capabilities freed an abnormality which devastated much of the base. Therefore, the military slowly decided to finish up the project.

The ones who participated in the Montauk Project were later said to have been brainwashed. However, many of them claim they regained their memory after some time.

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