My passions are writing and creating poetry. I write for several sites online and have four themed blogs.
Ghostly Spirits of London and Liverpool
The Ghosts of the Tower of London One of the most popular tourist attractions in London is the Tower of London. It has a long and varied history and through the year it has become one of the most haunted places in England with over ten ghostly spirits roaming about. Among the best known ghostly apparitions is the one of Queen Anne Boleyn.
The Haunting of Wales
Dangling Corpses In the small Welsh village of Llanvihangel Crucorney, you'll find the Skirrid Mountain Inn. It is said to be one of the oldest pubs in Wales. Legend has it that at one time it was used as a courtroom and many men and women were sentenced to death here for petty crimes. These criminals were then hung from the well of the staircase in the pub. Today visitors to the pub have reported seeing apparitions of dangling corpses.
Ghostly Apparitions in Ireland
Haunted Castles The Ghostly Apparition of Lady Margaret People who have visited Belvelly Castle in County Cork have seen the apparition of Lady Margaret haunting the tower house. In the 17th century, Lady Margaret Hodnett was a flirtatious woman with many suitors and a vast collection of mirrors. When one of her suitors Clon de Courcy decided he had had enough of being kept waiting around he decided to starve Lady Margaret and her entire family into submission.
Ghostly Sightings In Scotland
Ghostly Monks The Dryburgh Abbey Hotel is a four-star hotel in Scotland. Originally it was the Dryburgh Abbey and home to a Roman Catholic order of monks. It was founded in 1150 by the Lord of Lauderdale, As time went by the abbey fell into ruins that are now within the territory of the hotel.
Ghostly Spirits in Lithuania
In Lithuania, the people to live side by side with spirits from the world beyond. You can find eerie manors and spooky castles in this country. There are many ghostly tales to hear and places to visit. These tales give the shivers to many people and make you truly believe that you might just be standing next to an apparition and not even realize it.
Ghostly Apparitions in Denmark
Spirit of a Cat Right in the middle of the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen you'll find Rosenborg Castle. Today it is home to the Royal Life Guard and the spirit of a cat. Supposedly the cat was the pet of a guard who was killed in a shooting accident. Probably still seeking his owner the cat has been seen walking about in the dark.
Haunted Places in Latvia
Tortured Spirits As a reminder of past atrocities during the Soviet occupation the KBB former headquarters are open to the public in Riga, Latvia. It is known as the House On the Corner and was one of the most feared places in Latvia during Soviet times. It's weathered exterior is eerie. When the Soviets took over in 1940 the KGB secret police set up their headquarters in this house. It was closed up when Latvia regained its independence and later opened to the public with a temporary exhibition the year Riga was the European Capital of Culture.
Popular Christmas Carols
In 1719 most of the songs sung in European church services were the Psalms from the Old Testament. Isaac Watts enjoyed Bible readings but felt that these songs did not translate well into modern-day English. Watts was 15 years old, and after one Sunday service, he expressed his thoughts. One of the deacons who heard his complaints about the songs that the congregation sang told him to go home and write something better. So Watts went home and wrote his first hymn, and this began his love of writing hymns, with "Joy to the World" being his first one. This hymn is the "imitation" of the last half of Psalm 98. Today it is a popular song sung at Christmas.