Mystery Ghost Bus (Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban)

Johannesburg’s ghost tours are particularly fascinating. This is a young city with a vivid and often violent history. The famed poisoner Daisy de Melker still walks the Supreme Court. And dozens of other unfortunates who suffered sudden death haunt mines, old buildings and graveyards.

There have been murders in Johannesburg to rival gangland Chicago in its heyday. Murders most foul indeed, and the historic Queen of Gore was the eerie-looking Daisy de Melker, who took to poisoning members of her family with strychnine to claim the insurance money on their deaths. They say she’s still running around the Supreme Court building where she was sentenced to die by the rope.

Then there are the ghosts of the Anglo-Boer War, in the form of dispossessed women, children and migrant workers. Then the ghosts of the apartheid-era, mostly from Soweto, who are all remembered in various museums across Gauteng.

WHO TO CONTACT

Mystery Ghost Bus Tours
Mobile: +27 (0) 79 193 7536
Email: tour@mysteryghostbus.co.za

HOW TO GET HERE

Johannesburg is served by the O.R. Tambo International Airport. it can also be easily reached by bus, train or car.

GET AROUND

The tour company supplies transportation.

WHAT WILL IT COST

Prices depend on the tour and tour company, but generally a tour lasting several hours will cost less than R300 per person.

The most famous country spook is the Uniondale hitchhiker. On a stormy night in 1968, an Air Force officer and his fiancée crashed in their Volkswagen Beetle just outside the town in the Kamanassie Mountains. He was badly hurt, she died instantly. Since then, people travelling the area on rainy nights have picked up a woman hitchhiker – who then simply disappears into the darkness again.

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Sleepy Hollow Ghost Tours leads the way through Gettysburg’s Most Haunted

As Sleepy Hollow Ghost Tours will tell you; “ours is the 2nd oldest tour in Gettysburg. Our storytellers have over 50 years of combined storytelling experience. You will walk with us into the realm of the unknown, escorted by a period dressed guide, back in time down the very streets soldiers walked over a century ago.”

“As our stories are not bound to scripted material, our walks are fresh and entertaining. You will hear many “first hand” experiences some visitors have had while out on our ghost walks. Our tales and legends are blended with bits of human interest and historical fact making them entertaining and educational for all ages.”

The group truly does a wonderful job dressing in period clothing of the time, pure in heart and spirit, they are a delight to listen to as you walk through the dark, misty streets. Most definitely a tour you would not want to miss out on when you are in the Gettysburg area, or looking for a great tour this Halloween, you can contact them through their website at Sleepy Hollow Ghost Tours , or Contact Us:
Sleepy Hollow of Gettysburg Candlelight Ghost Tours
Phone: 717-337-9322
Fax: 717-337-9327
Email: sleepyhollowghostwalks@comcast.net.

Tis the time of the year, light a candle, hold it close, don’t stray afar, you might not want to find out why!

Hans Holbein’s Dances of Death

Now this is interesting but in time to expand on our Halloween theme:

Hans Holbein the Younger (c. 1497[1] – between 7 October and 29 November 1543) was a German and Swiss artist andprintmaker who worked in a Northern Renaissance style. He is best known as one of the greatest portraitists of the 16th century.[2]He also produced religious art, satire, and Reformation propaganda, and made a significant contribution to the history of book design. He is called “the Younger” to distinguish him from his father, Hans Holbein the Elder, an accomplished painter of the Late Gothic school.

Born in Augsburg, Holbein worked mainly in Basel as a young artist. At first he painted murals and religious works and designed for stained glass windows and printed books. He also painted the occasional portrait, making his international mark with portraits of thehumanist Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam. When the Reformation reached Basel, Holbein worked for reformist clients while continuing to serve traditional religious patrons. His Late Gothic style was enriched by artistic trends in Italy, France, and the Netherlands, as well as by Renaissance humanism. The result was a combined aesthetic uniquely his own.

The Trechsel Brothers not only published the dance of death, but also an Old Testament with woodcuts by Holbein. It was no secret that Holbein had designed the woodcuts for The Old Testament, and in some of the Bibles and picture books, the Trechsel brothers used the pictures of Creation, Temptation and Fall, the Expulsion from Paradise and Life After the Fall from the dance of death.

The letters are quite small (2.5 x 2.5 cm) and since they are full of details it is sometimes hard to see what’s going on – even when they are enlarged.

Below is the link to the compete letters:

http://www.dodedans.com/Eholbeinalf.htm

In Holbein’s picture as well as in Basel’s dances of death, one Death is beating the drum and blowing a fife, while the other Death plays the horn. In the background lots of skulls are piled up

The accompanying text for this letter goes: »Wie sy all sterben in Adam also ouch inn Christo werden sy all lebendig gemacht / We / we / we / denen die do wonen vff der erden.«

Holbein's Imagines Mortis: All men's bones
Holbein’s dance of death, the Bones of All Men.

The first part is 1st Corinthians 15,22, which in Luther’s translation goes: »Denn wie sie in Adam alle sterben, so werden sie in Christus alle lebendig gemacht werden«. In English is goes like this: »For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive«. This is where St. Paul introduces his new invention: The Original Sin.

Alphabet by HollarThe second part is from the Revelation 8, 13, which Luther translates thus: »[…] Weh, weh, weh denen, die auf Erden wohnen […]«. In English: »And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!«. This quote was also used in the dance of death to the right.

References:

http://www.hans-holbein.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Holbein_the_Younger

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rehoboam

Let’s stroll with Walking Dead Michael Koske and Sleepless Nights Radio

Tick tock, ticky tock; are you counting the tick tocks of the clock again? Are you too afraid to go to sleep? Well you know what to do, join Karissa Fleck and Philip Siracusa on Sleepless Nights Radio as they keep the rest of the world awake with a fantastic lineup of guests. Karissa and Phil have also recently been guests on Coast to Coast Radio with George Noory talking about the incredible paranormal experiences they have had at the Horsefly Chronicles House as well.

More Halloween movies to watch – part 02

Alien Trespass (2009) PG

The year is 1957. Somewhere across the California desert a meteor streams across the sky. Except that it’s not a meteor but an alien spaceship that ends up crashing on a butte. Emerging from the spacecraft is tall, metallic alien Urp, who quickly discovers that the monstrous, one-eyed Ghota has escaped. In order to stop Ghota and save the world, Urp takes over the body of a local astronomer (Eric McCormack) and enlists the help of a waitress (Jenni Baird).

….not sure what this has to do with Halloween but okay….

Shadow Zone: My Teacher Ate My Homework (1997) PG

Taking inspiration from the popular “Shadow Zone” series of children’s horror fiction books, this movie tells the tale of a 13-year-old student who discovers the wonders and terror of voodoo. Jesse (Garfield Reeves-Stevens) hates his teacher, Mrs. Fink (Shelley Duvall). After discovering a doll resembling her at a vintage clothing shop, he accidentally pierces it with a sewing needle, only to notice later that her arm appears in a sling the next day. Eventually spooked by the power of the doll, he resolves to clean up his act, in the process improving his relationship with a teacher he used to despise.

Book Review: Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot: The True Story of the World’s Most Popular Tarot

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Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot: The True Story of the World’s Most Popular Tarot

With never-before-seen material from Arthur Edward Waite’s own secret order, an exploration of the world that inspired Pamela Colman Smith, and a practical guide to interpreting the cards, Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot will breathe new life into your readings.

Drawing on Waite’s unpublished writings, historic photographs of Smith, and much more, Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot unlocks the symbols and correspondences of the cards. Explore the comparisons between the court cards and the stage characters that influenced Smith; learn about her intuitive understanding of the Tree of Life and how that wisdom is reflected in her minor arcana. From stunning artwork and sample spreads to influential colors and music, this groundbreaking book draws back the curtain to reveal the true legacies of Waite and Smith.

Halloween movies to watch ! – Part 01

Frankenweenie (2012) PG

Tim Burton‘s black-and-white, 3-D stop-motion film is actually a full-feature remake of a similarly titled short film he created in 1984. Both works pay tribute to 1931’s Frankenstein; in both cases, Burton resurrects an animal instead of a human corpse. Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) is a young scientist in the small town of New Holland who loses his beloved dog Sparky in an unfortunate car accident. Inspired by his science teacher, Victor uses electricity to inject life back into his pooch and ends up inspiring copycat experiments. The resulting chaos threatens to bring down the whole town. The film is the first black-and-white film and first stop-motion animation ever released in IMAX 3D.

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleased (2004) PG

The good-natured teen detectives of Mystery Inc. return in this sequel to 2002’s Scooby-Doo. This time, Fred (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Daphne (link=/name/nm0001264/]Sarah Michelle Gellar[/link]), Velma (Linda Cardellini), Shaggy (Matthew Lillard), and Scooby-Doo (Neil Fanning) are hot on the trail of a masked villain who shows up at the grand opening of the Coolsville Museum of Criminology. Who is responsible for stealing the costumes of past unmasked monsters? Is this all the responsibility of their old nemesis Dr. Jonathan Jacob? And what about museum curator Patrick Wisely and that pesky and persistent TV news reporter Heather Jasper-Howe?

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001) PG

An homage to the campy, kitschy B movies of the 1950s, this independent sci-fi comedy relates the antics that ensue when a meteorite containing a rare element falls to earth. In this tale shot on videotape, director Larry Blamire stars as Dr. Paul Armstrong, who along with his wife Betty (Fay Masterson) heads to the mountains in search of atmosphereum. Before the story is done, he gets tangled up with a radioactive monster, curious space aliens, an evil scientist, and a crabby skeleton. A 2009 sequel, The Lost Skeleton Returns Again, returns most of the original cast for another tongue-in-cheek caper.