Do you believe...?
Do you believe...in ghosts?
A strange question perhaps... but I have been thinking about ghosts ever since I read Miguel's post about "The City of the Dead"... and even now, having just read his latest post "In the name of Love", I'm thinking of a famous film - a love story from a few years back, called...
Actually, even after I'd read Miguel's first post, I started thinking about ghosts. Why? Well, when (as Miguel tells us) Lima, the capital of Peru, was founded in 1535, in England King Henry VIII was on the throne. And shortly after reading Migel's post, I read an article in The Times that suggested the British 'obsession' with 'headless' ghosts may have started with King Henry VIII.
King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn played by Jared Harris as Henry and Jodhi May as Anne
I'll tell you more about that soon. In the meantime, why do you think that could be the case?
But before this gets too gloomy, let me put on my sunny face and say yet again what a joy it is to read such excellent writing from Miguel.
Again I loved the first paragraph in the story of The City of the Dead. Talking about going to meet Ricardito... and then the simple, powerful sentence "He is dead." not only made me stop in my tracks but also aroused my curiosity.
Talking of arousing curiosity, are you still wondering what the connection could be between ghosts and King Henry VIII? Well, I'm going to let you wonder a little more and if you have any ideas, post a comment here and I'll see what you think. I'll be posting another blog in a couple of days after I've read your comments (I'll also comment more on your comments so far! Thanks for all the kind words!). And I'll add a few more photos too.
But I wanted to ask you a few more questions, apart from 'Do you believe in ghosts? So here goes -
Have you ever had an out of body experience? I have! I'll tell you about that next time!
Do you believe in reincarnation?
Have you ever stayed in a haunted house?
And finally, do you think I need a ghost writer?!!
Don't forget I'll be posting again soon and adding some links and photos after I've read more of your comments and I'll be answering some of these questions and some of the ones you've asked me so far! Enjoy!
All the best
Some comments on Miguel's English
Again, excellent. Just a few notes here. Miguel talks of the City of Deads; we would normally say The City of the Dead. I also remember visiting a similarly wonderful cemetery in Chile. In British English we would talk about 'the sky turning grey' or 'turning to grey'. Note here that 'gray' is the American English spelling. Instead of saying 'before to built this cemetery', the correct expression is 'before this cemetery was built'. I think perhaps that's a 'Spanish-ism' and there's another one when Miguel says 'finding to' Ricardito instead of 'finding Ricardito' which is correct English. When he says 'the President of that moment' it's not incorrect English, but a useful expression is 'the President of the day.' In his lovely post In the Name of Love, again there are very few mistakes. Perhaps a few typos - 'it's also know' should be 'it's also known'; 'luxuries hotels' should be 'luxurious hotels'; 'places to entertainment should be 'places of entertainment'; and we talk about 'in the surroundings' rather than 'in the surrounding'. Finally, with regard to the love - we would say 'on Valentine's day' rather than 'at Valentine's day'. You can use 'at' when you're talking about a general time (eg: at Christmas, at Easter) but when it's specific use on (eg: on Christmas Day, on Good Friday). I liked the image of 'two lovers couple' but in English that sounds like four! We would say just 'two lovers' or 'a couple of lovers'... and of course we are all curious about the 'she' Miguel ends his post with but, rather than coming 'on his mind' we would say 'she came to mind' or she 'came into my mind'. But these are small points. the main point is that Miguel is treating us to a wonderfully written and descriptive blog. Thanks Miguel!
Some explanations of my English:
to believe in
to have faith in something, to feel it's true
to think about
generally to wonder about, to ponder on
to think of
is more specific, to think of something in particular
on the throne
the throne is the chair of the King or Queen so this means Henry VIII was King
made me stop in my tracks
means made me stop and think, had a powerful effect on me
aroused my curiosity
means it made me interested
an out of body experience
is when you feel you are outside your body looking down on something or someone; it's a spiritual experience I guess
is coming back to another life as a different person or sometimes perhaps an animal
means there are ghosts living in the house
is a slang word for a spy
a ghost writer
is someone who writes for someone else, usually their 'autobiography'