Year: 2004

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Elimare tells us about mudslides and sore thighs... By Elimare It's a cold crisp winter afternoon, the kind of cold best described as 'brass monkeys'. I'm sitting in a pile of mud in fits of laughter. Above me Mr. Birdbath is snickering and Mr. Blather is sitting comfortably on a log or a tree stump or something. Whatever it is, he looks entirely too comfortable and the ease with which he clambers up mountains of muck is beginning to piss me off. Granted, this is the first and only muck hill we will encounter today, things could be worse. I eventually manage to crawl under the log and up the hill onto solid ground. There are another two behind me who have to try and navigate the mud, and avoid the snapping branches so I know I've got a couple of minutes to take a breather. This was supposed to...

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Jasper, it would appear, has found his way back to Earth. And has been up to no good... When we last heard from Jasper the Intrepid space-time travelling cat, he was floating somewhere in deepest, darkest space. We had pretty much written off any hope of ever seeing him again. Daev had even switched off the time machine and I had resigned myself to putting his cat-chow bowl up for sale on e-bay. Such is the breaks when meddling with the fabric of the space-time continum and chasing intergalactic mice. However, as so often happens at Blather Paranormal Investigations, we recived a cryptic e-mail from an un-named source indicating to us that Jasper had not in fact been sucked into a black hole and spat out in the arse-end of the universe as we had suspected, but rather, he had ended up in an entirely different place altogether. And time....

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Me? The 23th Duke of Blather? Here? On RTE Network 2? At 8pm on a Monday Evening? What were they thinking of? Just when I thought it was safe to re-introduce myself to polite society, Ireland's national broadcaster, RTE, last night saw fit to show The Search for the Serpent, a Discovery Channel documentary that I appeared in back in. Filmed in 1998, it details the search for an alleged lake monster in Lake Seljord, Norway, and shows the tension and subsequent fallout from the doomed expedition. It's a hoot. Around 8ish, I got a txt msg from my brother... RTE Network 2 were showing the The Search for the Serpent. Within minutes, I was getting further SMS messages saying things like 'Oi! I pay my TV Licence! So why are you on TV?' from mild-mannered folk who had no idea of my dark past... Based on the footage, I...

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One of the few survivors of the Ghost Hunt 2003 speaks out! By Mr. Slaphead It wasn't the desolate car park of Rathfarnham Shopping Centre that worried me, it wasn't even Mr. Blather's news that more than half of the expected participants had cried off.It was only when Blather led us down several muddy cul-de-sacs that I began to wonder about what I'd let myself in for. It was quite a few years since I did a tour of Massys Estate and the woods around the Hell Fire Club and I always had the good sense to park in civilised car park. This time, as if to emphasise how much we were roughing it (my phrase), we were to park on a steep gradient with one half of the car in a ditch. We set off though antediluvian roadways towards the Walled Garden of the old Massy Estate. This was...

Sex, ancient Grece
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daev waves his wand and comes clean about ritual sex... (First published as 'Could it be Magic?' in The Yoke #5) "Every man and woman is a star" - Aleister Crowley Sex magic? Sex Magick? I got caught bandying about the phrase, like I knew what it meant. That got me landed with writing and researching this article. Disclaimer - I may not know what I'm talking about... but lets start with defining magic as a way of perceiving experiences in a way that goes beyond the mundane. And assume that we are all, or can be, magicians. Long before the 1960s or the rise of popular new age culture, the occultist Aleister Crowley published plenty of literature on ritual sex, but disguised his thoughts in obtuse prose and verse. At the same time, artist and magician Austin Osman Spare also engaged the same subject, somewhat more lucidly than Crowley....