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PETER PAN IN ANTARCTICA

How Captain Scott was influenced by the story of Peter Pan and how it haunted him until the end.
During the last week of March 1912 Captain Robert Falcon Scott was lying in a frigid tent pitched on the ice of Antarctica, beset by some of the fiercest storms he had experienced during his epic trek to the South Pole. He was sheltering with Edward Wilson and Harry Bowers – the three of them all that remained of the group that had struck out for the Pole several months before.

The World’s Most Famous, Forgotten Illusionist 0

THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS, FORGOTTEN ILLUSIONIST

In the days before movies and the rise of the ‘silver screen’ the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries witnessed the Golden Age of theatre. In terms of popular entertainment, theatres were the centre of the universe back then. Of all the variety acts appearing on stage, the most popular by far were the magicians and illusionists.

Oracles of the Dead 0

ORACLES OF THE DEAD

Oracles of the dead are peculiar places. We have grown accustomed to believing that they were all sacred domiciles, where otherworldly events took place in the presence of the gods. However, at the risk of sounding sacrilegious, I believe that this was not always the case. I recently travelled to Baia, Italy, and to the famed oracle in Delphi, Greece, to co-present an episode of director Bruce Burgess’s Forbidden History II.

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THE INQUISITIONS: ATROCITIES IN THE NAME OF GOD

When director, Bruce Burgess, asked if I would present a television series about the Inquisitions, I complied straight away. Details were not important. I was in. He had me, as they say, at ‘hello’. I have always been passionate about this period of history and had worked with Burgess before, mainly on the UK television documentary series, Forbidden History (I and II).

History of a Hoax 0

HISTORY OF A HOAX

In Volume 1 of The Heretic Magazine, Editor Andrew Gough exposed the biggest fraud to rock the world of Rennes-le-Château in recent years. It involved the tomb and mummified body of Mary Magdalene, the Ark of the Covenant and even the Loch Ness monster. All feature in this wanton tale of treasure, lies and misdirection that, one way or another, has managed to tick off everyone in the genre.