Year of the snakes and ladders

Life is beginning to turn right side up. The students are returning to our Fudan University campus from their spring festival visits to family. We got our Metro cards and submitted knapsacks to the security scanners that sit at every subway entrance and blessed...

Shanghai Diary #1: Stock the Lodging

  I’m really glad we live near the original Chinatown in Toronto, when we’re living in Toronto. Now we’re in Shanghai for a month, and the sight of dangling ducks or the sound of Mandarin (okay, in Toronto it’s mostly Cantonese)...

Consider the poltergeist (2)

A paranormal specialist named Herbert Thurston wrote an interesting book in 1976 called Ghosts and Poltergeists that included a chapter called “Poltergeists before the Law Courts.”  Thurston noted how rare it was that “spiritistic phenomena are...

Consider the poltergeist (1)

As Booktrack has released the soundtracked version of The Priest, the Witch & the Poltergeist and faint rumblings can be heard on Ipod and Android devices across the land, it’s time to think about poltergeists.  They are noisy disruptions to a place rather...
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