"For your perusal... A dinner date with aliens.."
- Nov 25, 2013
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Thanks for that. Reminds me of Dion Fortune.
Yeah, those were the days! Even Crowley seems almost cuddly in retrospect (almost).. "Magick in Theory and Practice" evokes quaint nostalgia, not Choronzon.Pietro_Mercurios said:I remember reading some of those Dion Fortune romances. Enjoyably strange. Also reminded me of Robert Graves' The White Goddess. Must have been a spirit abroad. Durdin-Robertson was a link to another, very different, time indeed. She is a loss. I must read some Yeats.
It's funny how people become so famous that eventually most don't know whether they are dead or alive! "Schrodinger's Celebrities" :lol:Mythopoeika said:She retired very young and then had a fairly understated career as a politician.
:lol: :lol: Very good!feinman said:
World’s oldest man dies in New York aged 111
Alexander Imich, a retired chemist and parapsychologist, was born in Poland in 1903
111-year-old Alexander Imich holds a Guinness World Records certificate recognizing him as the world’s oldest living man during an interview at his home on New York City’s upper west side last month. Photograph: Reuters
The world’s oldest man, a retired chemist and parapsychologist, has died in New York City aged 111
Alexander Imich, who was born in Poland in 1903 and survived a Soviet Gulag labor camp, died yesterday, according to Marcy Levitt, executive director of the nursing home in which he lived.
Mr Imich emigrated to the United States in the 1950s and was a scholar of the occult. He edited an anthology called Incredible Tales of the Paranormal in 1995 at the age of 92.
He turned 111 in February and, in April, assumed the rank of oldest living man, according to the Gerontology Research Group of Torrance, California.
That ranking now goes to Sakari Momoi of Japan, born on February 5th, 1903, one day after Mr Imich, according to the research group.
Guinness World Records awarded Mr Imich the title of oldest living man on May 8th.
Dozens of women are older than Mr Imich, according to Gerontology Research Group, and the oldest of them, Misao Okawa of Japan, is 116.
Mr Imich had credited good genes for his long life.
“But the life you live is equally or more important for longevity,” he told Reuters last month in an interview in his apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/us ... -1.1826065
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/17/peter-underwood?CMP=share_btn_fbPeter Underwood obituary
Expert on the paranormal who wrote more than 50 books on ghost-hunting and the supernatural
Peter Underwood, who has died aged 91, was the author of more than 50 books on ghost-hunting and the paranormal, including the Dictionary of the Supernatural (1978), The Ghosts of Borley (1973, with Paul Tabori) and Where the Ghosts Walk (2013), and was one of Britain’s greatest authorities on hauntings. He brought honesty and challenge to any discussion of the subject, once saying: “I have long thought that 98% of reported hauntings have a natural and mundane explanation, but it is the other 2% that have interested me.”
For two decades he was president of the Ghost Club, and was later life president of the Ghost Club Society and president of the Unitarian Society for Psychical Studies. There was the whiff of the detective about Underwood and it was not surprising that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s daughter Jean usually introduced him as “the Sherlock Holmes of psychical research”.
I was reading one of his stories once, set in Falmouth. The family seemed familiar, so I checked with the daughter (the father's gone now), and it was her at the heart of the story! I interviewed her for ASSAP, and even got to see round the house concerned, and the scene of the haunting! (I may have written about this elsewhere on the MB.)Totally gutted - Loved Peter Underwood and his books. I spent many hours scaring myself silly as a child ghost hunting.
De mortuis nihil nisi bonus.I think Alan Murdie's obituary in the FT was a little diplomatic. Here's a link to some of the backstory that Alan and other members of the Ghost Club told me when I joined about 20 years ago:
Ah, it was months ago, first I heard of it. Thanks for posting that. May he Rest In Peace.