Geneva Ghost Stories

Here are some of the ghost stories told at Geneva during the infamous Byron Summer of 1816, written down by Shelley! Some under the cut after the first story, due to length.

A Lady Minna in Germany had been exceedingly attached to her husband, and they had mad a vow that the one who died first, should return after death to visit the other as a ghost. She was sitting one day alone in her chamber, when she heard an unusual sound of footsteps on the stairs. The door opened, and her husband’s spectre, gashed with a deep wound across the forehead, and in military habiliments, entered. She appeared startled at the apparition ; and the ghost told her, that when he should visit her in the future, she would hear a passing bell toll, and these words distinctly uttered close to her ear, “Minna, I am here.” On inquiry, it was found that her husband had fallen in battle on the very day she was visited by the vision. The intercourse between the ghost and the woman continued for some time, until the latter laid aside all terror, and indulged herself in the affection which she had felt for him while living. One evening she went to a ball, and permitted her thoughts to be alienated by the attentions of a Florentine gentleman, more witty, more graceful, and more gentle, as it appeared to her, than any person she had ever seen. As he was conducting her through the dance, a death bell tolled. Minna, lost in the fascination of the Florentine’s attentions, disregarded, or did not hear the sound. A second peal, louder and more deep, startled the whole company, when Minna heard the ghost’s accustomed whisper, and raising her eyes, saw in an opposite mirror the reflection of the ghost, standing over her. She is said to have died of Terror.

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50 Berkeley Square -

Thought to be the oldest unaltered building in London, the haunting at 50 Berkeley Square has a murderous reputation with the ghosts being tied to two deaths at the house. According to one legend the attic is haunted by the spirit of a woman who committed suicide by throwing herself from the top floor window after being abused by her uncle. In another version of the story it is a young man who haunts the attic room after he was locked in there and fed only through a hole in the door until he lost his mind and died. Whatever its origin the ghost in 50 Berkeley Square has been known to frighten people to death. Sometimes they appear as a brown mist and on other occasions they have appeared as a white semi-transparent apparition. 

The first strange happenings at 50 Berkeley Square were reported by a man named George Canning, who claimed to have heard strange noises echoing around the house. As a bet, in 1872, a Lord Lyttleton, spent the night in the attic with his shotgun. During the night he saw an apparition and attempted to shoot it. The next morning he investigated where he had fired his weapon and there were no bullet holes or bullets, just the empty shotgun cartridges. The following year a maid, who had stayed in the attic, lost her mind and had to be sent to asylum where she died the next day. On the day the maid was found a nobleman took up the challenge to spend the night in the attic. He was found dead the next morning and the coroner claimed that he had died of fright. After that another man thought he was brave enough to stay in the attic room but he was found the next morning paralysed and unable to speak. 

After Mr Canning moved out of the house in 1885, the house was bought by a Mr Myers who had been recently left by his fiancée. Shortly after moving in he started regularly locking himself in the attic room until he went mad and died. In 1887, sailors from the HMS Penelope spent the night in the house. By morning one was found dead and the others reported seeing the ghost of Mr Myers charging at them angrily. 

anonymous asked:

Bruh the beatles were just the forerunners of a bunch of shit, not many other people were doing crazy 'experimental' stuff like them in the 60s. People who praise them as still something new and crazy are living in the past, but no doubt when they came out the beatles were something new and not boring.

 Watch Your Step - Bobby Parker (ripped off for I Feel Fine)

The Bells of Rhymney - The Byrds (ripped off for If I Needed Someone)

It’s The Same Old Song - Four Tops (ripped off for You Won’t See Me)

Sorrow - The Merseys (ripped off for And Your Bird Can Sing)

Daydream - The Lovin’ Spoonful (ripped off for Good Day Sunshine)

Bad Penny Blues - Humphrey Lyttleton (ripped off for Lady Madonna)

True Love - Cole Porter (ripped off for Goodnight)

Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan (ripped off for Old Brown Shoe)

To Keep My Love Alive - Ella Fitzgerald (ripped off for Maxwell’s Silver Hammer)

You Can’t Catch Me - Chuck Berry (ripped off for Come Together)


Vektor CP1

An odd looking pistol from South Africa, the Vektor CP1 has been used quite a bit in action and science fiction movies due to its futuristic appearance. Chambered in 9x19mm, the CP1 had a very short run in the U.S due to a safety recall. Apparently the pistol had a safety problem that could cause an accidental discharge if it were dropped. The company, known at the time as Lyttleton Engineering Works (LIW), offered a cash incentive for owners to return their guns back to them rather than repair the safety issue. The CP1 is now considered an obscure collectable since many were sent back to South Africa, and whatever examples weren’t sent back are all that exist in the U.S. (GRH)

“Hillsborough here is about the overwhelming, exhausting burden injustice places on the shoulders of ordinary families. It is about the parents, children and siblings of 96 victims traveling on buses to countless inquests and inquiries, carrying on in the face of the South Yorkshire Police who took blood alcohol samples from dead children even as they kept them from their parents’ final touch, constables who thought nothing of altering countless police statements to suit their ends, newspapers which printed police lies verbatim, politicians who made off-hand jokes about the death of just under one hundred people.

It is about the tendency of power to preserve itself, even at the cost of victimizing the very people that power is intended to serve.

It is fascinating to read the reactions from younger fans of football clubs of all stripes on sites like Reddit, beginning to comprehend that “Justice for the 96″ is more than a Kopite chant. It is a battle cry for all fans of the sport, and a warning for anyone who still comforts themselves with the belief that something like this could not happen again.”

—Some brief thoughts on Daniel Gordon’s Hillsborough 30 For 30 documentary by Richard Whittall

(The website this article was from literally got deleted/moved sometime in the last two days so no link, soz)