The Enfield Haunting – Trailer

In paranormal circles, the Enfield Poltergeist is one of the most interesting events ever to take place in the UK.  In 1977/78 a suburban house in North London was plagued by reports of strange activity, such as objects moving around the house on their own.  The activity seemed to centre around one of the children, a girl called Janet.  It has now been made into a television drama to be shown in May.

The really unusual thing is that so many people witnessed strange events in the house – these witnesses included police officers and journalists.

If you are at all interested in the paranormal and are unfamiliar with the events of the Enfield Poltergeist then you should read up on it.  It is a fascinating story.

Insidious Chapter 3 – Trailer

Random film trailer alert!

I do like a scary film, but most horror films these days are a bit ‘meh’.  However, there was something about the “Insidious” series I rather enjoyed – I think, compared to most modern horror films, I found the characters rather interesting and actually cared about them.

Anyway, here’s a trailer for Insidious: Chapter 3 which is out in June.

Birds and Butterflies

It’s been the warmest days of the year this past week, which means a good excuse to have nice walks in the fresh air and see what’s going on.

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I think this is a chaffinch.

And suddenly there seems to be an abundance of butterflies which always makes me feel that Summer is on the way.

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According to my wildlife book, this is a small tortoiseshell.

I’m pleased how these photos came out – I don’t have a powerful camera at the moment and these were taken on my small pocket one but they don’t look too bad.

Edinburgh Kilomathon 2015

On Sunday I took part in the 2015 Kilomathon which was great because (a) it was in Edinburgh one of my favourite cities and (b) it was the first time I’d done this particular race.

The Kilomathon is an unusual race in the sense that its distance is either 13.1km or 26.2km, as opposed to the usual half marathon / marathon distance of 13.1 miles and 26.2 miles respectively.  In Edinburgh they run the 13.1km distance as well as a shorter race of 6.55km, so I signed up for the 13.1km run which equates to just over 8 miles.  This unusual distance made the run somewhat ‘quirky’ and it was nice to do try something a bit different.

The run started at 8.30am on a cold Sunday morning at Leith which is and area of the city beside the water.  Any photos do not really do justice as to just how cold it was!

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It was a bit windy but thankfully not as bad as the previous day which had seen dreadful gale force conditions.  Also the rain stayed away so that was a good thing!

We lined up in either the blue, orange or green pens depending on our predicted finishing time.  Needless to say I was in the last one!  At 8.30am we were off – I think everyone was thankful to get started as it was so cold.

The race itself took an unusual route through the city by sticking to the cycle-paths and footpaths rather than main roads. I liked this a lot – when doing races in big cities I’m used to running past the major landmarks so it was kind of nice to do a run in a city and yet be off the beaten path.  The only minor complaint I might have is that there were a couple of areas where the paths were quite narrow and the faster runners tended to elbow the slower ones out the way.  But this is a minor point and it was a good route to follow.

The finish was wonderful – eight miles later we reached Murrayfield Stadium which is the home of the Scotland rugby team.  It’s the first time I’ve ever done a stadium ‘finish’ and it was a lovely experience, as well as a welcome sight!

I have to say the Kilomathon was a very enjoyable, well organised race and I am already considering signing up for next year.  I think it’s always good to try and something different, and this certainly fits the bill.