Witchcraft In Tanzania
Oct18

Witchcraft In Tanzania

Yet again we’ve got poor education and superstitions (or convenient excuses) leading to the brutal deaths of mostly women, this time occurring in Tanzania. Horribly, there are two examples within a few weeks of one another. Firstly, from Seven Suspected of Witchcraft Burned to Death: Seven people accused of witchcraft have been burned alive in Tanzania, police said Friday, adding they have arrested 23 people in connection with...

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A Photograph Of A Ghost Girl
Aug28

A Photograph Of A Ghost Girl

Via the Metro website we learn that Thomas Beavis may have taken a photograph of a ghost of a girl in an apparently “notorious haunted mansion in Ireland.” I can see what the photographer of the “ghost” and the “reporter” Ollie McAteer are getting at because that picture of a person against glass certainly looks quite ethereal. You know what else is ethereal? A reflection. It’s glass, there...

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Tsikamutandas
Aug02

Tsikamutandas

This is a new word for me: tsikamutanda. A tsikamutanda is a witch hunter in Zimbabwe or, to put it another way, a scam artist preying on the poorly-educated in Zimbabwe. Not everyone in Zimbabwe is taken in by these fraudsters but it’s a battle between those trying to help victims out and those who truly believe they need help to fight off the supernatural. Take this account from Harare 24 three years ago: [T]his new breed of...

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Genetically Modified Organisms
Jul19

Genetically Modified Organisms

Everyone knows that genetically modified foods are bad for you, right? I mean, they must be because non-governmental organisations such as Friends of the Earth say so and just look at their name! They’re “friends” of the Earth for flip’s sake and “friends” never get things wrong or lie, do they? It’s very easy to believe “friends” and other NGOs, and it’s very easy to...

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Bigfoot And The Soup
Jul13

Bigfoot And The Soup

America has TV programmes dedicated to discovering Sasquatch or Bigfoot (but not the Yeti, of course, because everyone knows that the Yeti doesn’t exist. Silly!) This is because America has bad TV programmes. But America also has good TV programmes and one of them that I like – although I still can’t find anyone else in the UK who watches it – is The Soup on E! channel. The really good thing about The Soup is...

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Trouble At The Sunday Assembly
May11

Trouble At The Sunday Assembly

I never was a fan of the idea of The Sunday Assembly, an attempt to provide a non-religious alternative to church modelled very closely on church itself. It’s a bit like vegetarian burgers or sausages; why pretend to be something you’re not? Don’t look like a burger if you’re not a burger. Be your own foul-tasting thing. Have you thought about soya-based dodecahedrons? And it isn’t just the churchiness of...

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