A blast from the past – prog rock band Yes with a video filmed in 1970 to promote a track from their second album. Feel free to count the number of 'elf n safety and road traffic violations committed during filming. Eee you'd never get away with that these days.
Coinciding with the launch today of her new book A Field Guide to Larking our guest on this week’s Weird Tales Radio Show is Sunday Times best selling author Lara Maiklem talking about the joys of hunting for lost treasures while out mudlarking, beachcombing or fieldwalking – there’s one thousand, thousand years of history lurking in the mud beneath our boots just waiting to be rediscovered.
Spotted this response on a socialmedia thread "Stop trying to bully me with facts" – and yes it was an anti-vaxxer you said this. Reminds me of this Harlan Ellison* quote about ignorant opinions (*famed but now departed sci-fi writer)
We have a Friday 13th ghost story... a ghost that is said to walk every 13th of August. The location is the Pilchard Inn, a pub on Burgh Island in Devon. Now Burgh Island is an interesting place in its own right as it can be reached at low tide by walking across a strip of sand but at high tide you need either a boat or to take a life on the island’s sand tractor – which is a kind on mini open top bus on stilts. The main attraction on the island is the art deco hotel, which was used by the crime writer Agatha Christie for the setting of two of her detective stories And Then There Were None and the Hercule Poirot mystery Evil Under the Sun.
However it is not the hotel that is haunted but the pub which is said to date back as long ago as the 14th century, when it was used as a refuge by fishermen fishing for pilchards. According to legend, in later years the island became the home of smugglers and pirates, including a character called Crocker who may at one time even been the landlord of the Pilchard Inn. Sometime in the 18th century he met his match when he was shot dead in a fight - on the 13th August – with either a rival gang or customs officers. Apparently today you can buy a baguette and a pint at the Pilchard Inn – the baguette being something that would have definitely not been on the menu at the pub in Crocker’s day.
Incidentally fans of Swinging Sixties pop trivia might like to note that Burgh Island and its sand tractor were the setting for the final scene of 1965 movie Catch Us If You Can featuring The Dave Clark Five – a band that at one time were rated as the main rivals to The Beatles.
In this week’s Weird Tales Radio Show our guest is anatomist Janet Philp talking about the science of werwolves, zombies and dragons. Is it physically possible for them to exist in the real world? We also say Happy Birthday to Folklore, consider the Meaning of Life with the assistance of a celebrity chef and The Hitch Hikers Guide, and of course we have a Friday the 13th ghost story.
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