Earlier today my parents were given a box of old books to have a look through. You probably know the score - keep the ones that interest you and pass on, sell or dispose of what's left.

There were some good books amongst the pile - some kids books, a couple of Bill Bryson's and a load of very random stuff that probably would interest Joe Bloggs in a million years.

Last night's Most Haunted gave me the fright of my life, and probably not for the reasons intended.

[[popup:hex.jpg:(thumbnail):Hex:right:1]] Back in June 2006, after my visit to Alton Towers, I sent Antix an e-mail suggesting the Towers as a location for a Most Haunted investigation - especially to investigate the alleged curse of the Chained Oak and the mystery surrounding the Hex ride. I was absolutely thrilled to discover last year that they had chosen Alton Towers as a location and an investigation had taken place. Obviously I'd like to think that they only investigated there because of my e-mail! ;-)

from team <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
to Chris Hearn
date 15 Jun 2006 09:39
subject RE: MH location suggestion - Alton Towers

Hi Chris,

Many thanks for your email suggesting Alton Towers as a location for Most Haunted. We will pass your suggestion on to our research team who will look into the possibility of filming there in the future.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in Most Haunted and Antix Productions.

Many thanks for your enquiry,


From: Chris Hearn
Sent: 07 June 2006 19:58
To: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subject: MH location suggestion - Alton Towers

Please is there any chance of Most Haunted investigating the Alton Towers building and the legend of the Chained Oak?

I'm sure you've already had requests for Alton Towers investigations - it'd be brilliant if you could make this a reality.



Now, being as I don't have Living I have to wait until their shown on digital terrestrial or are released on DVD (which obviously is a long time to wait!) and last night was the moment the investigation was aired on Virgin 1.

Things were going well. David Wells was coming up with correct information and there were many paranormal sounds and stone throwing.

Then, right at the end of the programme Karl did a lone walkabout. He was hearing noises and thought he saw someone stood in a doorway. All of a sudden he swears, he's on the ground, camera still recording, apparently unconscious.

Stuart, who was conducting a vigil elsewhere, returned to the staffroom and noticed Karl hadn't returned. This is when the alarm was raised that Karl may be in danger.

All the crew form a search party where eventually they find Karl laying on the ground.

Was it a paranormal attack on Karl? Did he simply trip and knock himself out? Who knows. The recording on his camera is inconclusive, but the floor is apparently flat and there was no physical being apparently recorded so it's all very strange.

For a moment, though, I thought I'd killed Karl!

Yesterday I was told that a film crew would be in today following Marion Colisbee-Smith, a cheesemaker looking to establish her own cheesemaking business.

"Great!" I thought, until I suddenly realised that I was in the Reading Room today.

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