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An Irish podcast about why people believe weird things. A critical look at cryptids, UFOs and conspiracies. Enter the Cabin In The Woods with Cian and his guests (but have a beer handy!)

Wide Atlantic Weird Cian

    • Social Sciences
    • 5.0, 2 Ratings

An Irish podcast about why people believe weird things. A critical look at cryptids, UFOs and conspiracies. Enter the Cabin In The Woods with Cian and his guests (but have a beer handy!)

    BONUS MICRO-EPISODE: The Vanishing Hitchhiker of Cobh

    BONUS MICRO-EPISODE: The Vanishing Hitchhiker of Cobh

    Since we were in the area - a very brief ghost story/urban legend for you from County Cork.

    • 6 min
    St Kevin's: Cork's Abandoned Victorian Asylum

    St Kevin's: Cork's Abandoned Victorian Asylum

    Every town has that one spooky abandoned building, the one that seems to naturally gather scary stories and urban legends. On the west side of Cork City, the great Victorian redbrick section of the Our Lady's complex, St Kevin's, has a real-life history of scandal and tragedy. In this episode, Cian takes a trip to the empty, fire-scarred structure that still stands above the Lee Valley onto the city. We'll discuss the Victorian origins of the complex, the scandals that went on inside, and the reasons we're drawn to places of tragedy.



    The Ghost Trail On Youtube

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyswG_oLkVQV9vQNnpJj1_A

    Abandoned Ireland Article on St Kevin's

    http://www.abandonedireland.com/skv_more.html

    Harrowing By Name Blog Article On St kevin's

    http://harrowingp.blogspot.com/2013/01/st-annes-asylum-cork-ireland.html

    Cian's old blog, an earlier visit to St kevin's

    https://ciangill2.blogspot.com/2010/03/st-annes.html

    • 24 min
    A Self-Regulating Earth? James Lovelock And The Gaia Hypothesis

    A Self-Regulating Earth? James Lovelock And The Gaia Hypothesis

    Back in the groovy, paranormal-obsessed 70s, brilliant, anti-establishment scientist James Lovelock came up with the idea that all process on Earth, including living things, are part of an enormous self-regulating system. This was meant to explain how Earth's various conditions have remained stable, and suitable for life, over millions of years. Calling this idea 'Gaia' after the personification of the Earth in Greek mythology, Lovelock found, perhaps inevitably, that the notion was taken up by the New Age movement. The notion that the Earth was somehow 'alive' became attached to Gaia in the popular imagination. And ever since, the Gaia hypothesis has seemed to exist in a half-way house, neither science nor mysticism.

    In this episode, Cian takes Gaia back to its original scientific roots. What exactly did Lovelock propose? Has Gaia been accepted by mainstream science? What is its connection to the 'super-organism?'

    Join us at the Cabin In The Woods to find out.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Jewel Of Seven Stars: Bram Stoker's Spooky Egypt Part 1

    The Jewel Of Seven Stars: Bram Stoker's Spooky Egypt Part 1

    On this episode, enter the Wide Atlantic Weird cabin-in-the-woods to find the place stuffed with mummified cats, cursed relics and forbidden idols as we delve into THE JEWEL OF SEVEN STARS! This 1903 book from Dublin-born Bram ‘Dracula’ Stoker affords us the perfect excuse to doff a pith helmet, drink cognac, and tell mystical tales of turn-of-the-century Gothic London and spooky, mysterious Egypt!

    Come to find out when the Western world actually decided that mummies were scary, why the British were obsessed with Egypt, and how to tell when a fellow is decent by looking at his skull – but stay for the eccentric Irish occultists, the racial hang-wringing, and of course the blatant Orientalising.

    -what race were the ancient Egyptians anyway?

    -did an Irish palm-reader predict the downfall of Charles Stuart Parnell?

    -why did Oscar Wilde’s father want Cleopatra’s Needle brought to London?

    -can Cian jam HG Wells, AC Doyle and ‘Invasion literature’ into another episode??

    All these questions and more will be raised, mulled over, and distainfully dismissed in THE JEWEL OF SEVEN STARS: BRAM STOKER’S SPOOKY EGYPT PART 1.

    Theme from the 1959 Hammer version of The Mummy:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zef-RrAunZ4

    Quadrivia article about Cleopatra’s Needle

    https://quadriv.wordpress.com/2011/10/31/the-sphinx-cleopatras-needle-and-the-psychogeography-of-london/

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ancient Astronauts, Religion & Science In Prometheus (2012)

    Ancient Astronauts, Religion & Science In Prometheus (2012)

    Prometheus, made with a decent amount of creative control by increasingly-eccentric director Ridley Scott, is a sorta-maybe prequel to the Alien movies, and a rather divisive entry into the franchise. Cian invites Prometheus fan Daffy to the Cabin In The Woods on a rainy summer's night to discuss the ups and downs of this visually-stunning but thematically confusing film. The guys discuss racism in Ancient Astronauts theory, the place of religion in science, bad plot tropes, and lots of other good things. So grab a bottle and listen here for ANCIENT ASTRONAUTS, RELIGION & SCIENCE IN PROMETHEUS. Spoilers aplenty.

    DRAGON'S HOARD ETSY

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/DragonsHoardMinis

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Rumour Control: The Unbelievable Development Hell Of Alien 3

    Rumour Control: The Unbelievable Development Hell Of Alien 3

    Christ on a bicycle, you just wouldn't believe the madness that went on behind the scenes during the making of ALIEN 3. An astonishingly bleak, gothic entry into a big-budget franchise that killed off most of its beloved cast, Alien 3 was hated by fans upon release and has only very slowly gained a slightly better reputation over the years. Cian and Stokes enjoy some fine German beer (and Kinsale Pale Ale - recommended!) while getting into the almost incredible reasons why this film spent so long in development hell. From unused scripts about monks on a wooden planet to British wrestlers, dogs in costumes, sexy blonde studio spies, and a pre Fight Club David Fincher, this story has enough weirdness going on to swing a Xenomorph. But does the film hold up? Will the guys ever record an episode about Alien Resurrection? And what is the connection to Last Action Hero? Join Wide Atlantic Weird for some horror film goodness and a descent to Fiorina (Fury) 161 in RUMOUR CONTROL: THE UNBELIEVABLE DEVELOPMENT HELL OF ALiEN 3. 

    Theatre Preview (The Bitch is back)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3L3jJyzjFI

    Alien 3 UUP

    Original Script (Hicks, Ripley and Newt)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_3#1987%E2%80%931989

    Brian Glover, wrestler, angry, bald, yorkshireman.

    Wrestling 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_zPH3u65H8

    Wrestling 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QxyO_rGqYg

    Bottom (i.e Secret Shame): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsz5aGJUNXs

    Special Effects

    Whippet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUMX6hsvbO4

    Super Face Hugger: https://avp.fandom.com/wiki/Royal_Facehugger

    Bambi Buster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQCq3CHzhdk

    Michael Biehn

    Time Bomb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105597/

    Michael Biehn on Ripley & Hicks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Vgl6eopOy8

    Reactions to Alien 3:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QHc0n0G2kA

    • 1 hr 26 min

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