Predictions have always interested mankind, but ordinary people have always been admired by the gift of a soothsayer and fear, sometimes turning into hatred. Not passed this cup and Mother Shipton – the legendary prophetess from England.
Life in the small Yorkshire village of Knaresborough flowed peacefully and measured. Only one of its residents – the widow of Agatha Southale confused and disturbed the peace of local residents. For her, the glory of the broken little woman, who did not shy away from seducing someone else’s husband or quarreling with a neighbor because of a trifle, was entrenched for a long time. But it was still half the trouble: Agatha was engaged in a fortuneteering, in fact, she lived on it. Continue reading
In the north of Italy, in the Venetian lagoon near the island of Lido, is the abandoned island of Poveglia (Italian: Poveglia). Once it was built up with buildings and people lived there, but after a whole series of deaths and misfortunes, the Italians began to avoid the island, which is only two nautical miles from the heart of Venice – the Grand Canal.
From afar, Povela seems cozy and habitable: it is underlined by the lush green of the trees, the embankment, and the elegant spire of the church bell tower. But it is worthwhile for a person to set foot on an island, as horror and confusion embrace him. Continue reading
Without asserting anything, I will give a couple of facts, testified by trustworthy people.
The first certificate belongs to a deceased educated woman who spoke two foreign languages in 1987. At the zenith of her work, she was the deputy head of the personnel department of a large Moscow factory; during the war she was a dispatcher at a large workshop at the same factory.
Being baptized according to the Orthodox rite, she did not believe “neither in God, nor in the devil,” did not attend church, did not pray. After retirement, she became the chairman of the house committee and, according to the statements of tenants, she went alone to pacify the word of drunken rowdies. Continue reading