The so-called Enfield Poltergeist was at one time hailed as the best documented activity of its kind in Europe. Inevitably, it kick-started a media circus and became the subject of a feature film, a mini-TV series and a number of documentaries with another on the way. Together these turned it into a mockery of paranormal activity. When the Daily Mirror broke the story in 1977 strange things were going on in the Green Street house. Read the view of someone who was there
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is the closest the world has come to a nuclear war since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. Russia’s strong man Vladimir Putin has spent years building his country into a world power based on its vast gas and oil reserves. In choosing to invade Ukraine, ostensibly to make this independent country once more part of Russia, he not only threatens his own future, but also that of Russia’s which he has slowly built with cunning, care and skill. As I write talks of a cease fire are under way in Turkey.
Minutes after he was arrested in 1983, the innocuous looking civil servant Dennis Nilsen admitted killing 15 or 16 men. He’s been in and out of the news ever since with a three-part ITV series starring David Tennant in 2020, a Netflix documentary the year after and now a BBC2 three-parter still available in BBC iPlayer.
I was on the Daily Mirror at the time and after breaking the story I collaborated with Brian McConnell and wrote a book about Nilsen’s four-year killing spree. It’s been updated as an eBook with two new chapters added and the case viewed from today’s perspective. To get a copy follow this link.
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Creative Writing helps many people, particularly those with health issues, the aged and those who live alone. It can teach you more about yourself and the world in which you live and frequently takes lives in different, unexpected but welcome directions. By Creative Writing I mean anything beyond a shopping list or a letter of complaint. I ran some successful Writing for Well-being courses online during lock-down and still do all I can to encourage people to give it try. Here’s some tips on how to get started.
Like the taste of supermarket potatoes, Sunday-night television and the froth on a pint of beer, journalism isn’t what it used to be. But there are still some great reads and I’ve collected a few of my favourites here.