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Where Eagles Dare…and the Sun never sets

Sheffield Star/South Yorkshire Times, 21 May 2016. David Clarke took a cruise along Norway’s rugged coastline to see the Midnight Sun and experienced Arctic wildlife at close quarters. ‘We can never guarantee that you will see them’, one of our … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Crying Boy!

Thirty years ago this month the British tabloids were full of stories about mysterious fires breaking out in houses across the north of England – and the only survivor was a mawkish print of a crying boy. The legend began … Continue reading

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Lore & Legend on The Pennine Way

The mysterious Longdendale Lights and other legends of Derbyshire’s Peak District will feature in a new BBC series marking the 50th anniversary of The Pennine Way. First opened in 1965, the 268-mile trail stretches from Edale in the High Peak … Continue reading

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Hunting the Northern Lights

One of my ambitions has always been to take a voyage beyond the Arctic Circle in search of the elusive aurora borealis, or Northern Lights. For years I have been fascinated by the mythology of the lights and the stories … Continue reading

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Scared to Death – book launch

Who was Spring-heeled Jack, the agile bogeyman that terrorised Sheffield and escaped pursuers by making gigantic leaps? What were the eerie sounds in the sky known as the Gabriel Hounds? And why did people believe the ghost of a ‘white lady’ … Continue reading

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Yorkshire ‘Ghost Plane’ puzzle solved

The mystery surrounding the identity of a hedge-hopping ‘ghost plane‘ that puzzled motorists in the Yorkshire Dales has been solved. Photographer Anita Skinner captured two dramatic images of a ‘large matte grey plane’ as it swooped dangerously low over Wharfedale … Continue reading

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It’s all very silly season…

My research into the folklore of the ‘silly season’ was featured by BBC News Online (30 August) and in the gossip column of the Sheffield Star (21 August). Colin Drury writes: “….IT is the time of year known among journalists as the … Continue reading

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Scared to Death

The Fortean Times Unconvention 2011 – billed as the world’s weirdest weekend – returns to London in November. I’m on the bill for both days (12 and 13 November): on the Saturday I will be speaking about my research into … Continue reading

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