Thursday, September 16, 2010

The pub ghost?

Many pubs claim ghosts, certainly in the UK. We like pubs so it's not surprising that so many choose to spend eternity in one. Many Brits spend most of their lives in one anyway. Well, until smoking was banned in pubs, and now they are dying at an alarming rate because most of their clientele were smokers - but that's a different story.

There was a video on this story but it's been removed due to a copyright claim. The story might vanish as a result because it's nothing without the video.

The video is available in the local paper's website or by clicking on the 'video' link here. I'm not sure if this will work outside the UK because it's not a national newspaper.

Much as I would love to believe this is a ghost, and even though it looks to be the right size and fits with the seating arrangements in the pub and looks very convincing, unfortunately I can't escape the feeling that it's a small fly on the lens. I see it flexing its wings and then scurrying out of shot. I am not convinced.



Regina Richards said...

It does move like a bug, particularly right there at the end. Too bad. A ghost would have been a more exciting explanation. At least for us. Not sure how much a ghost likes being a ghost.

Romulus Crowe said...

It's different for different ghosts, just like live people. Some seem to like it, others are baffled by it, for some, it's a source of rage.

I don't know how, or even whether, reincarnation works but there's plenty of evidence to support it. So maybe the ghost state isn't permanent.

Except maybe for those who want it to be.

Regina Richards said...

Here's the thing I've always wondered about reincarnation: If there is such a thing, why do people only seem to remember their previous lives on this planet. There've got to be an awful lot of planets in this big universe. So odds are with all those planets, there've got to be other beings of some sort as well. Why do humans only remeber past lives as humans? Is reincarnation limited by planet and species? Just wondering...

Romulus Crowe said...

Well, things will get interesting when someone dies on a moon colony, which is bound to happen eventually. Also, when someone is born on a moon or Mars colony and lives their whole life there.

That's when we find out whether we're fixed to the planet we are born on, whether ghosts are fixed to the planet they died on, or whether we are, as a species, tied to this planet no matter where we are born or die.

As far as I know, no astronaut has ever reported a ghost in orbit and no space probe has spotted one on another planet.

So, for the moment, it looks like we're stuck here.

Southern Writer said...

You're right, it was a fly. I saw a similar ghost cam once. At the end of a long hall, a white object moved back and forth, back and forth for the longest time. It was so intriguing, that finally someone went to investigate. Turned out to be a spider making a web on the camera lens.

Regina Richards said...


I would venture a completely unscientific and unsubstantiated opinion that ghosts have boundries of some sort. I think they are tied to and haunt certain places, objects, or people. Why? Hmmmm...

Romulus Crowe said...

Regina - I'm not sure if they are bound to places, or if they just think they are. It could be just that they tend to hang around places they were most comfortable in life.

Some can certainly wander around. One followed me home a while back but has since left. Probably because I didn't react as expected and it became hard to tell who was haunting who.

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