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Fortean Times

Fortean Times 378

Fortean Times, named after maverick American writer Charles Fort, is one of the world’s most individual and best loved magazines. For over 35 years FT has been chronicling the stranger side of life, delivering a heady mix of weird world news, up-to-date reports and features on every aspect of the unexplained: myths, monsters, ghosts and UFOs rub shoulders with ancient wonders and future science, while expert columnists bring you the latest on everything from cryptozoology to conspiracy theory. Open-minded, well informed and maintaining a healthy sense of humour, FT is the only place to go for a sensible look at our mad planet – it will change the way you see the world.

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3 min.
do try this at home!

REMEMBERING JOHN MICHELL It’s hard to believe that a decade has passed since we lost John Michell, who died on 24 April 2009. A modern visionary and tireless scholar of the strange – he was sometimes called ‘Britain’s unofficial Merlin’ – John left behind an unforgettable legacy of written works and innumerable kindnesses. To mark the anniversary of his death, Phil Baker offers a summary of Michell’s voluminous output, and a reminiscence of his only meeting with the man himself (p46). And Steve Marshall provides a celebration in verse of “Generous John” in the form of a previously unpublished poem read at a memorial gathering in Glastonbury back in June 2009 (p50). Each of these pieces will bring back happy memories for those who loved John or treasured his work, and…

1 min.
fortean times

EDITOR DAVID SUTTON (drsutton@forteantimes.com) FOUNDING EDITORS BOB RICKARD (bobrickard@mail.com) PAUL SIEVEKING (sieveking@forteantimes.com) ART DIRECTOR ETIENNE GILFILLAN (etienne@forteantimes.com) BOOK REVIEWS EDITOR VAL STEVENSON (val@forteantimes.com) EDITORIAL ASSISTANT ABIGAIL MASON RESIDENT CARTOONIST HUNT EMERSON LICENSING & SYNDICATION FORTEAN TIMES IS AVAILABLE FOR INTERNATIONAL LICENSING AND SYNDICATION – CONTACT: Syndication Manager RYAN CHAMBERS TEL: +44 (0) 20 3890 4027 ryan_chambers@dennis.co.uk Senior Licensing Manager CARLOTTA SERANTONI TEL: +44 (0) 20 3890 3840 carlotta_serantoni@dennis.co.uk Licensing & Syndication Executive NICOLE ADAMS TEL: +44 (0) 20 3890 3998 nicole_adams@dennis.co.uk PUBLISHER DHARMESH MISTRY dharmesh_mistry@ dennis.co.uk CIRCULATION MANAGER JAMES MANGAN james.mangan@ seymour.co.uk EXPORT CIRCULATION MANAGER GERALDINE GROBLER geraldine.grobler@ seymour.co.uk PRODUCTION ASSISTANT HELINA OZYURT helina_ozyurt@ dennis.co.uk GROUP ADVERTISING DIRECTOR LIFESTYLE ANDREA MASON 020 3890 3814 andrea_mason@ dennis.co.uk SENIOR SALES EXECUTIVE BRADLEY BEAVER 020 3890 3722 bradley_beaver@ dennis.co.uk SALES EXECUTIVE IMOGEN WILLIAMS 020 3890 3739 imogen_williams@ dennis.co.uk…

3 min.
gateway to hell?

Apotropaic or protective marks have recently been recognised in caves at Creswell Crags on the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire border. (The word apotropaic comes from the Greek apotrepein, “to turn away”). The scale and variety of the find is unprecedented. The marks include double Vs, believed to signify the Virgin Mary (Virgin of Virgins), PM (Pace Maria), crosses – and diagonal lines, boxes and mazes, thought to be symbols for capturing or trapping evil. They appear to have been added to over time. That may indicate the desire to strengthen protection against evil spirits in response to death, unexpected sickness and poor crops. Hundreds of marks were found in just one of the caves, which also contains Britain’s earliest cave art: 13,000-year-old pictures of birds, deer, bison and horses. Tentatively scheduled to be deemed…

3 min.
the conspirasphere

DOWN THE YOUTUBE Is YouTube turning people into conspiracy theorists? Despite the company’s assurances that it vets such content, and some recent high-profile banning of figures like Alex Jones, there is some evidence to suggest (and some concomitant apocalyptic shudders from the liberal wing of academia) that the algorithmic editorial strategies employed by online alternative media platforms (‘Up Next’, ‘Recommended for you’, etc) may actually be leading viewers towards, rather than away from, the murkier fringes of political discourse; and that fringe is regularly identified by academia as the very environmental niche that is occupied by conspiracy theorists. This is often true, of course, but not always; and it serves no useful purpose, academically or politically, to lump all the ‘things I don’t like’ into a single, amorphous blob of opprobrium. Buzzfeed…

1 min.
cat island

Aoshima, also known as ‘Neko no shima’, or ‘Cat Island’, is an island in Ehime Prefecture, Japan, which is known for its large number of felines, which now outnumber humans by approximately 10 to one. The cats were introduced to combat rodents on ships in the area, but remained on the island and reproduced in large numbers. Estimates place the current population at around 200 cats compared to a human population of just nine. As in many rural areas of Japan, large numbers of residents have left the community to seek better job prospects in cities and the people now remaining, and feeding the cats, are all pensioners.…

2 min.
deeds of evil

TOOL OF THE ANTICHRIST Speaking to Rossiya 1, Russian state TV, on 7 January (Russian Orthodox Christmas), the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church said smartphone users should be careful of the “worldwide web of gadgets”. Patriarch Kirill startled his audience by announcing: “The Antichrist is the person who will be at the head of the worldwide web, controlling all of humankind. Every time you use your gadget, whether you like it or not, whether you turn on your location or not, somebody can find out exactly where you are, exactly what your interests are and exactly what you are scared of. If not today, then tomorrow methods and technology could appear that will not just provide access to all information but will also allow the use of this information. Do…