Discussion in 'Esoterica' started by ramonmercado, Sep 28, 2005.
BBC World Service, Network UK - Occult
Funny place Gloucester...Fred West country. And there's plenty of occultism in that case- ignored by most.
Yeah agreed, did you ever hear my mate's song about Fred West? That's me on the stairs,
Nice mate, trippy- I like.
Definitely a Fortean political story.
The count in Papua New Guinea's troubled general election has been delayed in one province following accusations of sorcery, it's been reported.
According to Radio New Zealand International, recounts have been ordered in two constituencies in the country's East Sepik province because more than one candidate has alleged that witchcraft has been used to remove their votes from ballot boxes.
The radio said that priests had been asked to pray over the boxes to "shield" them from "sinister forces".
It's not the first time superstition has affected this election - in April, officials had to reassure church leaders that the country was not being "signed up for the number of the beast", after it emerged that 666 writs had to be signed to initiate the poll.
"Such views are too shallow and are rejected outright," Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato said at the time. Mr Gamato recently took out a court injunctionto stop his critics from calling him Mr Tomato. ...
" . . . in a battle between witches and fairies, who would win? The answer, cheeringly, turns out to be the fairies, along with their cousins the elves, pixies and imps. During the early-modern period, these quaint little people were much in evidence in the folk traditions of the Celtic fringe. And crucially it was in these areas – Wales, Ireland, the Highlands – that witchhunting failed to catch fire."
From a review by Kathryn Hughes of The Witch: A History of Fear from Ancient Times to the Present , by Ronald Hutton.
I'm not quite sure where that will leave that Scottish Play* . . .
*They were only ever "weird sisters" in the text.
Ren scratches note to herself, "buy witch book", scrumbles it and throws it into the bubbling cauldron, taps the cauldron three times, "remember, remember, remember". Ren then takes off her magical, pointy hat, unhooks her cloak, and snuggles up next to her broomstick.
Upon waking, Ren travels, sans broomstick, into town and wanders curiously past Blackwell's, "????". Befuddled, she goes into Tesco's and buys an assortment of chocolate biscuits. But there is a nagging sensation in the back of her mind..."is there something I have to do?"
Ren returns home, clears the hearth, and throws the musty, ashy contents of the cauldron into the garden. "I'm sure I've forgotten something", she says to herself as she sits down to a cup of tea and a choccy biscuit.
Ren logs onto the Fortean Times website and notices a message on a thread about witchcraft. "Shit!"
Interview with Griffin Dunne:
He made the witch comedy Practical Magic and hired an actual with to consult on it - then she went nuts and cursed him! The film flopped and his directing career nosedived!
I have seen this film and thought it was patronising, cutesy rubbish, but it seems it has a growing cult following, much like Mannequin before it. I'll never watch it again, even with this weird twist, but at least somebody enjoys it.
She doesn't sound very hellish. Fraudulent Nell seems more accurate.
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