Surrey police search for ‘phantom lumberjack’ after dozens of trees chopped down with chainsaw

Police are investigating a mysterious chainsaw massacre – after a phantom lumberjack cut down dozens of trees along a picturesque stretch of the River Thames. Officers are stumped in their hunt for the culprit, who has struck up to 30 times over the past ten days in leafy Walton in Surrey.  Extra police patrols have now … Read more

Police hunt phantom chopper after dozens of trees are mysteriously felled with a chainsaw

Police are investigating a mysterious chainsaw massacre – after a phantom lumberjack cut down scores of trees along a picturesque stretch of the River Thames. Officers are stumped in their hunt for the culprit, who has struck up to 30 times over the past week-and-a-half in and around leafy Walton-on-Thames in Surrey.  Extra police patrols have … Read more

Fascinating book Phantom Atlas reveals the myths, lies and blunders on maps throughout the ages

Australia had a vast inland sea, California was an island – along with Korea – and bizarre and terrifying sea creatures populated the oceans.  Welcome to the cartography of yesteryear, when maps were informed not just by mathematics and exploration, but also by huge dollops of folklore and imaginative speculation – as fascinating book The … Read more

Coronavirus UK: Phantom of the Opera ends 34-year West End run

The Phantom of the Opera has been forced to permanently close on the West End amid the coronavirus pandemic.  The show, which has been running at Her Majesty’s Theatre since 1986, is the second longest-running production in the capital. However, the financial impact of the pandemic and the continuing restrictions on theatres in the UK, … Read more

Feline scared? Spooky moment security camera shows moggy being followed by a ‘phantom cat’

Feline scared? Spooky moment security camera shows moggy being followed by a ‘phantom cat’ Juliette Bird, 53, and Deanna Crawte, 28, saw the ‘ghost’ of a cat on their CCTV Neighbour’s cat Topsy appeared to have a spectral feline following close behind  Their neighbour then told them that her other cat Liquorice had died recently   By … Read more

PATRICK MARMION: From Treasure Island to Phantom of the Opera, stage show gems to watch at home

Treasure Island (National Theatre at Home, YouTube) Verdict: Theatrical gold waiting to be discovered Rating: The Phantom Of The Opera (The Shows Must Go On, YouTube) Verdict: Still as lush as you like Rating: Flowers For Mrs Harris  (Chichester Festival Theatre, cft.org.uk) Verdict: A lovely bunch of characters Rating: When this is all over . . … Read more