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Just got it! Although... possibly for the first time ever - that advertising insert in the separate envelope. Are FT so short of money that they have to hook up with a company who operate just on the edge of legitimacy, whose "service" is in the grey area between "legal" and "scam"? "Your 10 NATIONAL LOTTERY Lines completely free"

So I might win the lottery through them but I definitely do have to give them my bank details first and tie myself into a DD and an indefinite contract that's going to be hard to get out of. No thanks. And everything I find out about YourLottoService UK tells me they're a hard sell cowboy outfit who might be fully legal, but operating on the wrong side of ethical. Incidentally - reviews and reports on the Web suggest a mailshot like this via a "partner" might well be followed up by cold-calling pushy sales people. I hope FT and Dennis Publishing aren't going to be so stupid as to sell them the subscription list? If I get cold-called from them, then I'd be asking hard questions about where they got my phone number from. Just saying.
 
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And in other news... really felt for the scientifically-minded kid who put himself through a world of discomfort when he swallowed powerful magnets "to see what would happen".

When I was about seven or eight.... well, more imaginative rather than empirically minded. I was playing with the latest batch of Airfix figures and I had a glass of lemonade or something on the go. The figure set was the tie-in to the TV show Tarzan and the Apes, or something like that. I'd just taken Tarzan off the sprue - he was important, only one of him in the set - and I'd seen him swimming on the TV show. So I got him to swim in my lemonade. Nearest liquid source.

This was all very well till I got distracted. Reached for lemonade, took a swig... and Tarzan, my newly bought Tarzan, was going on a wholly unplanned spontaneous adventure. I was dischuffed. OK, I got another set the following week - Tarzan now with twice as many chums and enemies to play with, and possibly two Janes, one being the widow from the previous week.. But I do wonder about the original Tarzan figure. I came to no grief, shrank from checking to see if he, you know, made it out in one piece (I didn't look too hard). For all I know he's still in there. Tarzan of the Upper Rising Colon.
 
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The letter from Simon Spurrier about migraine auras and visual field disturbances. I get those myself; have done since puberty. I remember FT ran a full page article about this a while back, in the context of visions by mediaeval saints and how this might have contributed to visions of a "castle of light". The disturbance was named as "Hemicrania sine Dolorosa" - HSD - and was described as being a migraine without the headache, therefore sine dolorosa - "pain free". I wonder if anyone can nail this down to the exact copy?
 

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I was very happy to see a double page IHTM spread. The two long articles were good. But the numbers thing, so many people get that. Even I do. Wasn’t there anything better?
 

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I was disappointed with the cover article I thought there would be more examples with the phone calls.
Sorry to read you say that, I liked it a lot! Did you think there was too much about the researchers in the article? I thought they highlighted some pretty good cases.
 

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The letter from Simon Spurrier about migraine auras and visual field disturbances. I get those myself; have done since puberty. I remember FT ran a full page article about this a while back, in the context of visions by mediaeval saints and how this might have contributed to visions of a "castle of light". The disturbance was named as "Hemicrania sine Dolorosa" - HSD - and was described as being a migraine without the headache, therefore sine dolorosa - "pain free". I wonder if anyone can nail this down to the exact copy?
You(? - "AgProv2") mentioned reading about this in Fortean Times back in 2007 on another forum:

https://h2g2.com/edited_entry/A882876/conversation/view/F105163/T4353053

The only article I've found that seems to match your description is this one from 1998:

Me and Hildegard of Bingen
A David Langford column for Fortean Times.
First published in Fortean Times #115, October 1998.

https://ansible.uk/writing/ft115.html
 

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Sorry to read you say that, I liked it a lot! Did you think there was too much about the researchers in the article? I thought they highlighted some pretty good cases.
Yes that’s it. I wanted more about the findings than the research.
 

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Oh, well, for that I suppose you read the books they were plugging!

I also really liked the forum piece on the horribly-named Jack the Stripper, it sounds like the author has written a very interesting book on it, unfortunately for me I have about fifty books on the "to be read" pile, so probably won't get around to it.
 

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You(? - "AgProv2") mentioned reading about this in Fortean Times back in 2007 on another forum:

https://h2g2.com/edited_entry/A882876/conversation/view/F105163/T4353053

The only article I've found that seems to match your description is this one from 1998:

Me and Hildegard of Bingen
A David Langford column for Fortean Times.
First published in Fortean Times #115, October 1998.

https://ansible.uk/writing/ft115.html
Oh, wow, that was me... haven't been to h2g2 in ages....


Anyway. "Jack the Stripper". Colin Wilson gives this murder case quite a lot of a chapter in his book on apparently random and motiveless serial killers, Order of Assassins. Interestingly enough, Wilson quotes the senior copper who led the inquiry as being absolutely certain of the identity of the murderer. The man they wanted fitted the known evidence, but as the police closed in, he committed suicide. The cop-in-charge made the decsion to close the case at this point and was principled enough not to release the prime suspect's identity, arguing that he had not been tried and found guilty in a court of law, and that whatever you might have thought about the crimes, the suspect still had a family who would be caused needless hurt and continuing suffering. Nothing could be gained from this.

That was back in the sixties; I really wonder if a copper of today would be able to do this with politicans and the press screaming for "closure" (ie, a story that sells newspapers). Not to mention performance statistics demanding a successful investigation.
 

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Pretty good one this month! The phone calls from the dead article I found very interesting, but like Morning Angel I would have liked more examples. The only thing I didn't like was the article on the James Merrill poem. An overlong account of what sounds like a deeply pretentious piece of work! I couldn't finish reading the article as I found it rather boring. Apart from that, a good issue.
 

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I've just watched something on Jack the Stripper on Netflix. Interviews with the detective and 'revealing the murderer' - apparently a man who'd been guilty of murdering in a similar fashion in his teens, now released from prison and living under a different name with a family who were ignorant of his past. This one didn't commit suicide though, he died of cancer. The programme revolves around why nobody interviewed him or even flagged him as suspect, despite him living at the epicentre of the murders.
 

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There was a really good documentary on boxer Freddie Mills on BBC4, where they investigated whether he was the murderer (as well as whether he had been murdered himself).

It's still on iPlayer:
Link

The answer appears to be, nobody knows for sure, and the culprit will be long dead by now.
 

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Maybe the article on phone calls form the dead somehow will make Cooper's book to be put back in print.
 

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I told my mum to cancel the gift sub ages ago but I think she doesn't want to do it or something, they keep turning up.
I've read the ghost phone calls piece and enjoyed it, but, like Morning Angel I was a bit disappointed with the low number of cases and, well, it was all just hearsay wasn't it? With something like a phone call it should be possible to get proof but, like a genuine UFO or ghost photo, no-one's managed it yet and no doubt never will.
As for the advertising envelope inside? Disgrace IMO, and it went straight into the bin.
 

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I’m all for low key strangeness but surely the FT could have made more of the fact Sideline ‘Transport Whizz’ is dated 6 Nov 2021.
 
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