My father’s Cecil Hotel experience haunted him for life

“There’s no way for me to know if my father had an encounter with an evil presence that haunts the Cecil Hotel or not, but I do know that whatever my father experienced, it felt very real to him”

The Memories Project

I’ve previously shared on this blog my father’s terrifying experience at the Cecil Hotel back in the 1960s. Over the years, documentary filmmakers have reached out to me, interested in learning more. Last year, I was interviewed for a documentary that premieres Feb. 10 on Netflix. It is called, “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel.”

The documentary focuses on the mysterious death of Canadian tourist Elisa Lam, who was found dead in a water tank atop the Cecil Hotel in 2013. While authorities ruled the death an accidental drowning, there are many questions surrounding her death, amplified by the notorious reputation of the hotel. The four-part series covers many of the high-profile crimes that have taken place at the Cecil.

For those interested in the possible supernatural influence at the Cecil, I’m sharing my father’s terrifying experience. My father lived at the Cecil in 1965. He was a…

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Preparing for old age

Vision for Ageing in Aotearoa — Write Into Life

“If you think this talk could be useful for someone you know, please share the link, which you’ll find on YouTube. People caring for aging parents, people about to retire, aged care workers and nurses spring to mind. The talk includes a couple of poems, but don’t let that scare you.”


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The left behind?

I don’t really want to write this blogpost. Or rather I do, but I want people to tell me all the reasons I’m wrong. I’ve been reading ‘The Wall’ by John Lanchester, a dystopian, yet all too real-seeming novel. Following ‘the change’, a catastrophic climate-related event, much of the world has become uninhabitable, leading to […]

The left behind?

Uni wins £1.25m funding to design transformative exoskeleton suit for disabled young people

The University of Liverpool has been awarded more than one million pounds in funding to design a “revolutionary” assistive device to support and enhance upper body movement in children and young people living with progressive neuromuscular diseases. The university was awarded £1.25 million from the People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund to design the first-of-its-kind exoskeleton […]

Uni wins £1.25m funding to design transformative exoskeleton suit for disabled young people

Are you aged or old?

Photo of old copy of As You Like It, featuring a sorry picture of old age. The sixth age shifts/ into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,/with spectacles on nose and pouch on side;/ His youthful holse, well sav'd, a world too wide/For his shrunk shank; andhisbig manly voice,/turning agan toward childish treble, pipes/And whistles in his hound.  Last scene of all [...]/Is second childishness and mere oblivion;/ Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
A profoundly cynical vignette of old age, in a very old book: All the world’s a stage in As You Like it

“I never seriously considered using the word aged as a synonym until I read a post in Engaging With Aging called Thoughts on whether “Old” is different from “Aged.” Retired Professor Carnevali starts with definitions. I’m not sure of the source, but they make sense and the difference instantly jumps out at you:

  • Old: ancient, long-lived, geriatric. long-standing
  • Aged: seasoned, experienced, weathered, matured, mellowed, in full bloom, venerable”

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Managing Marginality in Railway Stations: Beyond the Welfare and Social Control Debate


How to rid railway stations of the marginalized people who congregate in them? This is the problem faced by railway companies which are seeking to maximize the commercial drawing power of their spaces. The limitations of a strictly repressive policy are prompting railway companies to fund non‐profit community‐based organizations to carry out social policies aimed at the marginalized. Based on two studies in the railway stations of Lyon and Milan, the article analyses how this strategy was implemented

Source: Managing Marginality in Railway Stations: Beyond the Welfare and Social Control Debate

Masterclass with Dayashankar Sharma

With three decades of experience working in the hospitality sector, Chef Dayashankar Sharma is one of the best Indian chefs in the country, having won Best Chef at the Asian and Oriental Chef Awards in 2020 and chef of the year at the Asian Food & Restaurant Awards in 2019. His success hasn’t come easily however, hard work and dedication to his craft are at the foundations of his career which spans the Oberoi and Taj group of hotels in India to the Tamarind Group which owns many of London’s best-known Indian restaurants in the UK. A master of delivering dishes featuring subtle, balanced spices, Chef Sharma runs Heritage in Dulwich, showcasing the very best of traditional regional Indian food.

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