From Fitzrovia to Highgate via Hampstead

Frights and Delights

Hello everyone,

Just to inform you that the 2nd Part of Dark Morte’s film on myself and the paranormal investigations of the British Psychic and Occult Society is now up on her YouTube channel. This episode is titled – perhaps appropriately – “Wicca, Paganism & Psychic Investigations” and carries on from Part 1 which concluded with a BPOS investigation in the Snowdonian Valley in 1985.  Amongst other things, I discuss the advancement of 20th century Wicca which, I point out, might well be much older (by thousands of years) than Gerald Gardner’s 1930s epoque as asserted by ‘New Age’ protagonists. Gardner’s book “Witchcraft Today” written in 1954 really gave way to this assertion of the ‘modernists’, but then, this only really amounts to a ‘book-shelf’ mentality which has somehow been turned into an unfounded myth by those in fact having no true knowledge or experience of the customs and traditions of true Wicca.

In anycase, you can watch part two of Darke Morte’s film here:

What other news?  Well last week my good friend Redmond McWilliams, and Secretary of the BPOS Patsy Langley, organised a walking tour of haunted Hampstead and Highgate, in conjunction with Redmond’s Facebook group ‘The Highgate Cemetery Vampire Appreciation Society’.  They had a big turnout, and the attendees for this seven mile long trek included Paul Adams (author of Written in Blood) and David Saunderson of The Spooky Isles.     Their walk took in the Bull & Bush pub, Jack Straw’s Castle, the Spaniards Inn, and of course Highgate Cemetery West, and was loosely based on this self-guided walk.  

Unluckily for them the Highgate ‘vampire’ did not come out to play.  Yes – like the ungracious and temperamental lower-astral realm cad that he is allegedly is, he didn’t even creep up on David Saunderson whilst this photograph was being taken, despite repeated calls from his fellow paranormal tourists of “He’s behind you!”

 

 

Holly bush

 

Still, a good time was had by all.   It was unsufferably hot in my Highgate flat on the day on account of the heatwave, and so sadly the anticipated after-party could not be accommodated this time around.  However, Paul, Della, David and myself have some other projects in the pipeline which will see the light of day very soon.   In the meantime, in case anyone missed it, here is my recent podcast for The Spooky Isles with Paul and David.  Enjoy everyone!

For now,

David

 

The Spooky Isles Podcast Ep. 5 – David Farrant with David Saunderson and Paul Adams

 

David and Paul laughing
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