Is it the silly season already? The Derby hospital ghost…

The BBC Radio 4 “Today” programme had a “news” item featuring Benedictine monk Dom Anthony Sutch explaining how you deal with ghostly manifestations.  In this case, it concerns a ghost apparently haunting a hospital in Derby.  Bizarrely, considering how many people must die in hospitals (after all, quite a few patients will be seriously ill, and presumably people caught up in accidents will be taken to A&E), this is thought to be the ghost of a Roman soldier annoyed because they built said hospital on an old Roman road.  Sutch (who presumably is unrelated to the late Screaming Lord Sutch) came across as a likeable old chap, though sadly rather deluded by the supernatural as revealed by some dusty old tome.

Still, it was an amusing little “news” item.  You can hear the audio here (for as long as the BBC keep it available), and an interpretive transcript at Platitude of the Day,  where it’s been rated 5/5 (Extremely Platitudinous).  They are very polite on “Today” – this seemed to me to be a story played entirely for laughs, and Sutch was so earnest.

But what a mad world we live in, where a Hospital Manager has to take reports of hauntings seriously.

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  1. alan chapel’s avatar

    Please,a little respect! Obviously you are a non believer in the subject of paranormal events, but when you do experience some activity, and yes you will during your time on this plain, you might gain some respect for the people who not only believe but help others in this field.
    It is always the same story, most people do not believe in what they cant see, until it happens to them.

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  2. admin’s avatar

    Well, you are indeed correct, I don’t believe in the paranormal.
    I thought the Today presenters were very gentle on him. In fact my major criticism would be of the hospital manager who takes this seriously.

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