Spooky auction selling souls

I can’t stop to be amazed what people are putting up for auction. Recently I have seen organs, virginity, and now the Press is telling us we can actually buy the spirit of two ghosts.

Two vials thought to contain the spirits of ghosts exorcised from a Christchurch house are up for sale on TradeMe.

The auction is for two small bottles containing “captured ghosts from our house”.

The description said the spirits were captured by an exorcist from a spiritualist church.

The seller believes one of the ghosts was Les Graham, a man who died in the house in the 1920s.

The exorcist determined the man’s spirit liked to make himself known and “spook people”, but was not a “strong spirit”.

The other bottle is said to contain the spirit of a little girl that was invoked during a seance.

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Free Guitar Lesson: Chord Melody Tab Polkadots and Moonbeams

Here you go, one of the ways in which I play Polkadots & Moonbeams, one of my favorite ballads.


If you would like to have the original powertab, just leave me a message here and I can send that to you.

Rapanui, Sumner, Christchurch

With three boys, the beach is always a great place to go and that’s exactly what we did the other Sunday afternoon. Sumner is a great place to do just that, have the boys climb the rocks, dig an build sandcastles and other structures and just enjoy the sound of the ocean. Weather wise we were not that lucky as it started to cloud and fog up. At the same time that made for some beautiful pictures. We parked the car an got on the beach near shag rock, at the start of the estuary. It is funny how some things you start to take for granted and that had certainly been my case where it comes to the landmark Shag Rock.

Rapanui or Shag Rock stands at the entrance to the Heathcote/Avon estuary. This distinctive rock, known as Rapanui since Waitaha times, is one of the oldest landmarks of the South Island. Rapanui means “the great sternpost”. It marked the way into the estuary, a guiding stone indicating the vast wetlands beyond that in pre-pākehā days extended across the present site of Christchurch. (Source: http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/tikoukawhenua/rapanui/

And since a picture says more than a thousand words here some additional shots of the beautiful scenery.

And Rapanui was not the only discovery to be made. While walking along the beach I saw something white that looked like a skull, and indeed it was with the rest of the seal still attached to it and half gone and then there were the enormous laps of seaweed that can only make you imagine what incredible forests there must be below the surface.

What a great day it turned out to be despite the weather.

Facebook, Twitter offer crims rich pickings | Stuff.co.nz

Identity crime is on the rise as criminals become cyber savvy and fish around on social networking sites for personal information, experts say.

Already the cost of identity crime is put at up to $200 million a year in New Zealand. Facebook, Bebo and Twitter continue to gain popularity but having weak passwords and posting personal information make the sites easy prey for criminals.

Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff said recent reports suggested a huge increase in social networking sites being used for identity fraud. If someone got enough personal information, including your name, address, date of birth, bank account number or employment details, they could apply for a credit card or loan in your name, she said. “Your personal information has value – don’t let someone else profit from it.”

Internal Affairs said identity crime was increasingly used to facilitate other crime.

Identity crime – including creating a false identity with fictitious data and counterfeit documents, stealing the identity of another person or colluding with someone to get access to their data or documents – is believed to cost between $132m to $200m to the economy annually.

Detective Sergeant John van den Heuvel, of the National Cyber Crime Centre, said people freely posted information on the internet – from their date of birth, pets names, where they worked and what they did. Often security settings were not activated.

“It’s a huge amount of personal information you wouldn’t stop and give to the person on the street.” Criminals could pose as a friend of a friend and become accepted into the inner circle, sending scam emails for money or gathering details.

“It’s clear that criminals do `fish’ these social networking sites to gain evidence,” he said. “They can monitor your activity if you’re sending out tweets when you’re not home or excited about your overseas holiday. Who are you telling this too?”

Sites could be hacked because of weak passwords.

Green MP Sue Bradford’s Twitter account was hacked last year with messages posted about her sex life; she has since changed her password.

Dutch website PleaseRobMe.com was started last month highlighting the danger of sharing too much information and how vulnerable people can be to burglars. It lists “recent empty homes” showing tweets from people broadcasting where they are.

This week is Fraud Awareness Week.

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