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The website of Author/Writer and Psychic Medium Astrid Brown. Making the most of 'YOU' i.e. how to achieve well-being and beauty from within ourselves. A truly holistic blog providing information on all aspects of psychic mediumship, spiritualism, philosophy, holistic therapies, nutrition, health, stress, mental health and beauty with a little bit of Wicca for good measure. Feeling and looking good is as much a part of how we feel inside as the outside.

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I am a great believer in Karma, but just what is it? Karma comes from the Sanskrit and ancient Indian Language with the underlying principal that every deed in our lives will affect our future life. For example, if we treat others badly during our lifetime we will have negative experiences later on in that lifetime or in future lifetimes. Likewise, if we treat others well we will be rewarded by positive experiences.

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Tuesday 31 January 2012


I am often asked about Ouija boards, my advice is and I cannot stress this strongly enough DO NOT go anywhere near them.

Good and evil, light and dark co-exists in the Universe as everything is balanced and if you have read previous articles on this site I have explained this many times but for those who have not, the Universe operates a series of laws and one of the main ones to consider is 'THE LAW OF ATTRACTION' in other words like attracts like, therefore positivity will attract positivity and negativity will attract negativity. The is why positive thought is very important but it also goes with how you live your life, if you walk in the light and strive to be a good kind person, you will attract all that is good towards you, however if you are an evil person you will attract this back to you. This does not mean however there is no hope for you if you have done wrong in the past, far from it, if you genuinely are sorry and aim to make amends you will attract the good to you. You may have heard the old saying, "What goes around comes around", will this is precisely the law of attraction in operation.

When you are beginning to develop psychically or are indeed curious, you begin to open up and use your third eye chakra, when you do so certain malevolent spirits and entities are very aware you are doing this, you give off a signal. Lower energies and spirits who haven't moved on either because they have committed wrong doing or chose to stay on the lower spiritual realms to cause trouble will be attracted to you. If you are pure in thought and a very positive person, you are less likely to attract these, but if shall we say, you're not a very nice person you are much more likely to attract those.  Lower entities, come in all shapes and sizes often in the shape of flying creatures and can be very frightening. Now these entities cannot harm you in anyway, they cannot control you, but your negativity and fear feeds them and they will play on this. All you need do is basically tell them with conviction, to 'F*** off' and they will go, but you must override your fear and do it with a strong mind. For everything in the spirit world is controlled and operates on thought.

When you dabble in Ouija boards you will attract these lower entities and malevolent spirits for they think oh I can have a bit of fun here and cause fear and anguish, something they like doing. The other thing they do is to masquerade as the spirit of a loved one to give false messages. One thing spirit of your loved ones DON'T DO is to tell you to do something, as they know we have to live our lives through free will. So if you get a message from someone you know, a deceased love one in spirit telling you to do something, you can guarantee, they are not who they say they care and they are from the dark side.

If you are really interested in communicating with loved ones in spirit go and see and experienced Medium and DO NOT dabble in Ouija boards for all you will do is conjure up the dark and malevolent side

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Monday 30 January 2012


Why does this not surprise me from a Holistic point of view disease disharmony begins first of all in the spirit and in the emotions long before it begins in the physical. I've written about this many times on here, so to me this just backs up what us Holistic Therapists have been saying for years. (STORY FROM DAILY MAIL BELOW)

Could your friends be making you sick? Toxic relationships are linked to cancer, depression and heart disease

It may be wise to keep your friends close and your enemies not quite so close, after all.

Relationships may be as vital to good health as a balanced diet and plenty of rest, new research suggests.

Scientists at UCLA's school of medicine have found that negative social interactions can lead to increased inflammation, which may in turn cause a host of illnesses from cancer to heart disease and high blood pressure.

Call these friends? The stress caused by negative relationships can lead to inflammatory diseases, say scientists

Published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, the study gives solid grounding to the anecdotal evidence that being upbeat and positive - and surrounding one's self with people with that do not represent competitive or toxic relationships - may be one way to avoid getting sick.

Taking a group of 122 healthy young people, the California-based scientists monitored stressful events and compared them to the body's production of two inflammation-causing proteins.

Relying on the age-old method of capturing emotions - the diary - scientists recorded the group's competitive and frictional moments and compared them with the chemicals found in swabs from the inner cheek.

Those who had a negative few days preceding the swab had a higher proportion of the proteins responsible for conditions including high blood pressure, risk of heart disease, cancer and depression, according to Science News.

A similar peak in the pro-inflammatory proteins also occurred after participants were subjected to a stress-inducing numbers quiz and then asked to give a public speech.

The results - which may bring a whole new light to many a bad relationship - are thought to be grounded in evolutionary survival mechanisms.

While the modern link between stress and illness is well-documented, psychologist Nicholas Rohleder from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, told Science News that inflammation fends off infections that may once have been the result of fight or flight encounters.

Without the dangers humans once faced when it came to getting through each and every day, stress may lead to unchecked chronic inflammation, he said.

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Saturday 28 January 2012


I run a psychic development circle amongst psychic friends on Facebook. I regret it is a closed group, this is because I need to be aware of your experience and know you personally. It is by invitation only, so I'm sorry but I have to turn applicants away as its not open to apply.

However there are many exercises and articles on this site for those interested in psychic development it is preferable you join a local group in your area and many can be found in Spiritualist churches.

Love and Light

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Wednesday 25 January 2012


Drinking three cups of tea a day 'can lower your blood pressure'

It's good news for the two-thirds of Britons who have a cup of tea every day - enjoying a brew may significantly reduce your blood pressure.

Scientists at The University of Western Australia and Unilever discovered that drinking three cups of tea a day lowers systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

However, researchers based their findings on drinking black tea and the effect of drinking tea with milk is not known.

Heart disease cases could fall by up to 10 per cent if everyone drank three cups of black tea a day

Tea is the world's second-most popular drink, after water. It is full of polyphenols, antioxidants that have been shown to stop cancer cells from growing. Another study from Harvard University found the drink could boost immune function.

Now researchers have found more proof that it keeps the heart healthy.

Lead author Research Professor Jonathan Hodgson said: 'There is already mounting evidence that tea is good for your heart health, but this is an important discovery because it demonstrates a link between tea and a major risk factor for heart disease.'

Blood pressure measurement consists of two numbers. The first is the systolic and measures blood pressure when the heart beats, or contracts to push blood through the body. The second number is the diastolic and measures the amount of pressure in between beats, when the heart is at rest.

In the small study, 95 Australian participants aged between 35 and 75 were recruited to drink either three cups of black tea or a placebo with the same flavour and caffeine content, but not derived from tea.

After six months, the researchers found that compared with the placebo group, participants who drank black tea had a lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure of between 2 and 3 mmHg (millimetres of mercury).

The authors believe a 2 to 3mmHg drop in blood pressure across the board would lead to a 10 per cent drop in the number of people with hypertension and heart disease.

Dr Hodgson wrote: 'A large proportion of the general population has blood pressure within the range included in this trial, making results of the trial applicable to individuals at increased risk of hypertension.'

He added that more research is required to better understand how tea may reduce blood pressure, although earlier studies reported a link between tea drinking and the improved health of people's blood vessels.

The study is published this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Tuesday 24 January 2012


Transfiguration is a form of physical mediumship which allows a spirit to materialise and communicate through a medium. The idea is that the face of a person who has passed over will appear on the face of the medium.

It is a rare form of mediumship as it takes years of sitting in trance circles to perfect this form of mediumship. It’s also supposed to be very draining for the spirit involved, as a lot of energy is needed to be able to appear.

Before transfiguration can take place, the medium, a person who is said to have psychic abilities which enable them to communicate with the spirit world, will go into a trance, sometimes so deep they may even appear asleep.

If the transfiguration is successful, a veil of ectoplasm will appear on or just in front of the medium’s face and this is moulded into the features of the spirit that is trying to communicate. Ectoplasm is a light coloured, glutinous substance which allegedly oozes from the medium’s body and is then physically manipulated by the spirit. It’s sensitive to light and so séances often take place in darkened rooms and often with a red light.

During transfiguration the face that materialises may appear to be almost translucent or in extreme cases the medium’s face might disappear altogether, replaced by the features of the spirit. The spirit may mouth words and in some cases may also utilise the vocal chords of the medium and speak through them.

It isn’t just the face that can be affected by transfiguration. There are stories of other parts of the body taking the form of the spirit; making the medium appear taller or shorter, changing their hair and other physical features. If the person who has passed over, used to wear certain clothes or jewellery, this may materialise too.

There are cases where more than one face has appeared during a transfiguration séance. If there’s a group of people present, many of them may claim to see a face or number of faces that they recognise as dead loved ones.

Transfiguration was popular during the Victorian period and the beginning of the 20th Century, when interest in spiritualism was at its height. Many séances were held in the hope that the faces of dead loved ones would appear, especially during and after World War I. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, famous for his ‘Sherlock Holmes’ novels, was a great supporter of spiritualism, including transfiguration. He wrote several books on the subject and was president of the College of Psychic Studies.

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Saturday 21 January 2012


Many have the concept that a soulmate relationship is an exclusive partnership based on the ideal, not so, We are attracted to one another that is true but we incarnate in soul groups for the sole reason to help support, teach and learn from one another. One of the jobs of a soulmate is to reflect back to us areas of our life that need addressing, sometimes this is not an easy time and fraught with much pain but it's for our own good the idea being to correct imperfections within ourselves,to enable us to become purer and more spiritual to help us grow

Soul mates  are incarnated in groups these may be lovers, parents, siblings, relatives, best friends and other individuals in our lives who are usually very close to us. Soul mates can be classified into four different kinds of soul mate relationships.  

"Karmic" soul mates are two individuals who have come together during a given lifetime to heal something from a past life or previous lives. Their relationship with one another can fantastic and amazing or it can deteriorate into the same negative situation that was created in a previous life. Another reason is that the karma may only be partially resolved, leaving both with more work to do during this or some future life together.

All the negative karma we’ve incurred during any of our previous lives will eventually be healed through decisions that are based upon unconditional love and forgiveness not an easy task but it has to be achieved through free will, it has to come willingly from your own spirit. You are not incarnated together as a  form of punishment but to heal negative karma.  
This is what the universal law of karma is about. And we will have as many lives as we need to eventually balance all we have caused others to feel through fear, anger, hatred, bitterness, jealousy, and other ego-based choices.

The second kind of relationship we can choose to experience with a soul mate is one that involves important life lessons.  that will teach us the value of patience, forgiveness, tolerance, openness, acceptance, honour  and teach us to become more spiritually aware, this might take several lifetimes each other taking a different role. 
The third type of soul mate partnership between a man and woman has been generally referred to as a"companion" relationship. These are individuals who join together in a bond of deep love to work on a project together. This might involve the formation of a spiritual or healing center or even in the creation of an art gallery. Or perhaps the couple will compose music during a prolonged union. This is type of union is generally decided together prior to incarnating together
 the intent may have been for healing karma, and for experiencing life lessons that come from partnership,. 

The fourth soulmate relationship we almost always have is a close friendship or relationship with a relative. We join such individuals while in physical body simply to enjoy their love, company and energy. Not surprisingly, these individuals have been part of our previous lifetime experiences on many occasions and they have a bond they wish to continue.

It is very important to keep in mind that all soul mate relationships help us to remember who we really are, and prepare us spiritually for the eventual reunion with our twin. As such, they can be extremely valuable and should be honoured and respected for these very blessed reasons.  

Finally there is a dramatically different kind of relationship exists that is considered to be the most profound and compelling type of soulmate relationship of all. This is the twin soul or twin flame union that will eventually transcend all others. However, because it is so highly charged with energy, the two individuals must be spiritually ready for it to last any meaningful length of time. When fully prepared, this union is meant to endure for eternity, because of its relationship to the ultimate ONEness we will all seek with our source Spirit. For this type of union it can be as profoundly painful just as much as it can be profoundly amazing this is because both have to be ready if one of the pair is not ready then it can be devastating for the one in particular who is ready. Whatever does happen and if this 'oneness' is not achieved in one given lifetime it will carry on until both are ready. Neither of the pair can make the other work, it has to be of their own accord and through free will, for they have to see their flaws, faults and failings for themselves and be willing to work at it through their own volition.

The coming together of twin souls does not guarantee fulfillment any more than a soul mate relationship might bring. What increases the chance for lasting twin reunion is that the two twins must be spiritually prepared for their relationship and then constantly find ways to make it work on that basis. The key ingredient is unconditional, unselfish love and the desire to base the union on a spiritual rather than a ego-based foundation. Only spiritually mature couples can deal with the influence of the ego in relationships.   

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Monday 16 January 2012


The following excerpt is from a new book I am writing about a number of psychic subjects, this one being about 'Remote viewing'.

I taught at a well known psychic college and this was a excerpt from a typical lesson. It will be a development book, but there is a story running through it too. It aims to be humorous, entertaining but it aims to educate and enlighten

“Ok Class, you’ve done this before and I know some of you struggle with remote viewing but this is only because you need practise,” I stated.
I looked at Annie, “Annie I want you to work with Tracey this evening.”

I walked around the classroom, reassuring them, “It doesn’t matter, if you don’t see in pictures, many great and famous Mediums work purely on sensing. It’s just a feeling, a knowing.”

“What is important with any psychic/mediumistic work is that you trust Spirit. If you do not believe in what you are doing and denounce your ability, you will create a block for yourself,” I stated.

“Trust is everything when working with Spirit, you have to think outside the box. Do not think with your earthly human mind, but rather think and use your own spirit,” I said.

I went on, “Remember Class you are Spirit in a human body whilst on earth and that earth is your classroom. As Spirit you have access to all Universal knowledge, anything you wish to know can be found out there in the Universe. All you have to do, is tap into this, the Universe is out there waiting for your questions.”

“Ok let me talk you through this,” I stated. “Now you will notice I have given out some paper and a pencil as some of you might find it easier to write what you see and feel down.” I explained.

“You may also find it easier if you link hands with your partner to be aware of their energy. Annie no giggling over there trying to put Tracey off,” I rebuked Annie laughing.

“It’s ok to close your eyes if it’s easier Class, and just relax as when you are meditating, and tell yourself you are going to visit your partner’s homes. Now don’t be afraid to either write down or talk what you see. Go with the flow don’t hold back just say what you are experiencing and trust your guides here, they will help you,” I explained.

“Imagine you are stepping through a psychic door and you are standing at the front door of where your partner lives, what do you see? What’s in frot of you? What’s to the left and right? You can spin round and you can go anywhere.” I went on.

“You may see people there but don’t worry, they cannot see you,” I said. “Unless they are exceptional Mediums themselves,” I added laughing.

“Can you hear anything, smell anything?” Only to hear Annie snigger. “There’s always one!” I stated smiling.

Among the hubbub of voices as the class conducted this experiement, I could hear Tracey’s raucous laugh. I immediately honed in on what was going on to where Tracey and Annie were sitting.

Tracey was virtually bent over laughing at what Annie was telling her

I caught the tail end of what Annie was saying.

“Oh my god!” Tracey exclaimed, as Annie went on.

“There is a plate with a half eaten jam sandwich, no wait it’s a strawberry jam one, I can smell the strawberries,” Annie said. “That’s not all that’s under the bed, there’s about, two, three, nope six pairs of really smelly socks, oh! they are honking! under this bed and a porno magazine”.

I couldn’t stop laughing as Annie went on to describe Tracey’s teenage son’s bedroom.

“That’s not all Tracey he’s got a couple of mates round just now and they’ve got their feet up on the table and they are eating fish and chips, I can smell them, the vinegar,” Annie added.

By this time the whole class had began to listen to Annie and Tracey’s conversation.

“Well done Annie! you are a natural,” I told her. Annie Beamed and the class applauded.

Indeed it was confirmed when the class met up a week later Annie was correct. When Tracey arrived home, her son’s friends were still there. She checked the bin, there were remains of the fish and chips. She walked through and checked under her son’s bed, everything was exactly as Annie had described, in fact the aroma of sweaty socks hit Tracey as she lifted the bed covers. She counted them, four, five, six exactly and there was the magazine.

Annie was so proud of herself and grinned away like a cheshire cat.

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Sunday 15 January 2012


Since I have been doing some research for my next book, I thought I would include this here. For those who think Astral Travelling/Remote Viewing, the stuff of fantasy, it's not, it's fact and it does exist as the Star gate Project here documents

The Military Use of RV, Stargate and the CIA FOIA documents

Project Star gate is the collective name for advanced psychic functioning or Remote viewing experiments and programs that were undertaken for over twenty years to create a trainable, repeatable, operational and if at all possible, accurate method of psychic spying or information gathering for the U.S. Military and intelligence agencies (CIA, NSA, DIA).

To view a visual Remote Viewing History map - click here

The actual projects involved in this 23+ year mammoth operational and scientific endeavor were:

Gondola Wish - ARMY INSCOM -1977-79

Grill Flame - ARMY INSCOM & AMSAA - 1979-1983

Center Lane - ARMY INSCOM -1983-85

Dragoon Absorb - ARMY INSCOM & DIA - 1985-86

Sun Streak - DIA - 1986-1990

Star Gate - DIA - 1990-95


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Wednesday 11 January 2012


I am busy concluding my next book, I intend that this book will be somewhat different to most other psychic books but whilst doing some research I came across this:

"Worry is a negative prayer. It is telling the Universe how frightened you may be feeling. It also reinforces your ‘fear’ vibration and may bring about exactly what you fear".

In other words if you are negative you attract further negativity towards you. No matter how you are feeling there is no sense in worrying, it is not practical and it achieves nothing, that does not mean you should be over confident, what it does mean however is you trust spirit and the Universe to give you what you need and so it will be done.

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Thursday 5 January 2012


Story from the Daily Mail. You would think in the year 2012 this sort of perverted hysteria would have died out. I find this so terribly sad that this couple blamed their inadequacies on a young boy and used him as a scape goat. Throughout history people have called others who are different, and the victims, tend to be soft hearted and sensitive and easily abused, a witch or a sorcerer. The truth is nobody can be possessed or harmed, by witchcraft. The dark side does exist and sure creating negative thought forms can encourage more negativity being attracted, but that's as far as it goes. This idiotic rumour of possession and exorcism is a myth portrayed by Catholicism and various other ignorant beliefs and foisted on the uneducated and more about power and control and this instigates mass hysteria. As for the dark side, it's part of the whole, of yin and yang of negative and positive, for everything in the Universe has a balance.

Oh for those who do dabble in the black arts a warning, don't think you will get away with it, the Universe deals with those who aim to harm others and will do it in such away that is most important. At worst all the dark side can do is frighten, it cant physically harm and no evil spirits will take over your body, you soul is fixed from birth till the day you pass over.

For this couple who committed such a heinous crime using witchcraft as an excuse, ignorance is no defence. They were wrong and they know it and should be punished for their crimes.

Boy, 15, 'tortured to death with hammer and chisels on Christmas Day because relative thought he was a witch'

  • Kristy Bamu was killed by his sister and her boyfriend, Old Bailey is told
  • Boy eventually drowned in bath, in such pain he couldn't keep his head above water, court hears
  • Police recovered bloodstained pliers, a hammer chisel and several knives from the flat

A teenager accused of witchcraft was tortured to death by his sister and her partner in 'a tale of horror' on Christmas Day, the Old Bailey heard.

Eric Bikubi, 27, and Magalie Bamu, 28, attacked Kristy Bamu, 15, and his two sisters with pliers, knives and a hammer after accusing them of being 'sorcerers', it is claimed.

Kristy was in such pain after days of being attacked with sticks, a metal bar, hammer and chisel that he begged to die, jurors heard.

The teenage boy had suffered more than 100 injuries - his face and head were covered in cuts and some of his teeth were missing when he was found in the blood-soaked flat.

A court drawing from the Old Bailey of Eric Bikubi, 27, and Magalie Bamu, 28, who deny murdering Bamu's 15-year-old brother Kristy after accusing him of being a sorcerer

He had died from a combination of his injuries and drowning.

The court was told he was in such pain and so exhausted from his ordeal that when he was forced into a bath he could not keep his head above the water.

Prosecutor Brian Altman QC said the case involved 'unspeakable savagery and brutality'.

At one point during their ordeal, the siblings were forced to hit their brother, and when Bikubi realised that the boy's sister was only pretending he forced a lightbulb into her mouth and threatened her with a knife.

She asked Bamu why she would not protect them, but Bamu simply said 'they deserved it and that she had no pity for them', the court was told.

Mr Altman said Bikubi has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but this was rejected by the prosecution who say the couple carried out 'the very deliberate murder' of Kristy.

The extent of the horror emerged after Bamu called an ambulance to her home in Forest Gate, East London, on Christmas Day 2010 and told the operator her brother had drowned himself in the bathroom.

Mr Altman said Kristy had 101 injuries and warned the jury: 'It is obvious this is a dreadful and distressing case.

'The boy was subjected to unimaginable physical torture at the hands of his older sister and her partner and by some of his siblings, who in order to avoid violence to themselves, were forced to participate in the brutality being meted out to Kristy.

'There will therefore be no sparing you the dreadful details of this boy's end and the horrors that he and his siblings endured in that flat over those few days leading up to the day that Kristy died.'

The court was told how the paramedics tried to save the boy but he was already dead.

When they arrived at the flat the paramedics also found Kristy's four siblings - brothers Yves, 22, and a 13-year-old, and two sisters Kelly, 20, and a younger sister.

‘All were standing in the living room, hysterical, terrified and soaking wet. None of them spoke any English. Both girls appeared to be injured,’ said Mr Altman.

All the family were French but Kelly allegedly confided in a paramedic who spoke the language.

Jurors at the Old Bailey heard the teenager was killed because he was suspected of witchcraft

'What she told them was a tale of horror,' Mr Altman told the court.
Kelly had pointed out a piece of wood with which, she said, Bikubi had hit her over the head, and a metal bar with which she was beaten.

She had also pointed to a hammer which he had used to hit Kristy in the mouth, the court heard.

A plastic bin bag contained broken ceramic floor tiles which she said had been used to hit Kristy over the head.

'She went on to explain to the paramedic that over the last four days Eric Bikubi had been abusing the younger sister, Kristy and herself,' Mr Altman told the court.

Police were reported to have recovered the bloodstained pliers, a hammer chisel and several knives.

'As you will discover, quite incredibly many of these items were to become part of the armoury of weapons which were used by the defendants to beat Kelly and and torture Kristy to death,' Mr Altman said.

‘In a staggering act of depravity and cruelty, they both forced the others to take part in the assaults upon Kristy.’

The five siblings had left their home in Paris to spend Christmas with the couple at the flat in East London.

'They had stayed with them before and just as with their previous visits they had enjoyed themselves for the first few days,' Mr Altman said.

'But the mood had changed when Bikubi accused Kristy, Kelly and the 11-year-old of being sorcerers - practising witchcraft.

'Despite her own siblings' denials that they were sorcerers, Magalie Bamu joined her boyfriend in repeating these fantastic claims and participating in the assaults.

'Both Erik Bikubi and Magalie Bamu beat the three of them, refusing to let them eat drink or sleep for days while the punishments became increasingly violent with them using the many implements found in the flat as weapons of torture and physical abuse.

‘However, it was Kristy who became the focus of Bikubi's attention and, in a desperate attempt to prevent any further suffering, he and his two sisters were eventually to admit to being sorcerers.

'Wickedly, the defendants also recruited sibling against sibling as vehicles for their violence.

'In a staggering act of depravity and cruelty, they both forced the others to take part in the assaults upon Kristy.'

At one point as the abuse was going on 'Eric Bikubi made Kelly and the others take hold of Kristy, who had been forced to kneel with his head down while Bikubi smashed several floor tiles over Kristy's head such that they broke', Mr Altman said.

'He also struck with a bottle, as Kelly recalls. Bikubi and Magalie Bamu then set about him, each with a metal bar. Mercilessly, Bikubi smashed his teeth with a hammer.'

When Kristy said he was thirsty he was forced to drink one of the other children's urine, the court was told.

Mr Altman went on: 'As Kirsty's injuries became ever more severe he even pleaded to be allowed to die.

'Eventually Bikubi took him into the bathroom, put him in the bath and started to run the water.

'Kirsty was just too badly injured and exhausted to resist or to keep his head above the water. It is possible he was even unconscious.

'Bikubi turned the shower on to his head, telling him to get up and telling him he would experience God's strength,' said Mr Altman. 'But Kristy could not get up. He was trembling and had no energy. He was just too badly injured.'

The court was told: 'While Kristy succumbed to death, Bikubi put Yves, Kelly and the two other children into the bath with their brother and hosed them all down with cold water using a shower head.'

Kristy had been found on the bathroom floor and Bamu said her brother had drowned himself in the bath, it was alleged.

His head and face were covered in deep cuts and bruising, his arms and back had cuts, and there were teeth missing or loose.

'Kristy had been the victim of a prolonged attack of unspeakable savagery and brutality,' said Mr Altman.

The court was told that several calls had been made to the children's father Pierre in Paris, and Kristy told him that Bikubi was going to kill him.

But Mr Bamu did not believe his son because he had always regarded Bikubi as ‘pleasant and gentle’.

‘He had sent his children on holiday, not to a torture chamber,’ added Mr Altman.

Mr Altman told jurors that the couple were believers in 'kindoki' - a form of witchcraft that pervades almost all sections of their native Congolese society.

He said: 'Kindoki usually denotes a negative, malicious force, by which people in conjunction with the spirits, or by spirits alone, deliberately inflict harm.

'Kindoki pervades Congolese life, from high to low, rich to poor, and a believe in kindoki is not inconsistent with Christianity, because in the Congo it is practised in the churches with active support of the pastors.

'Fasting allegedly possessed children for days, and cleansing or purifying with water, are known features of practice.

'We actually say that was what was practised by these two on those children.

'If the practice of kindoki is dislocated from the control of the churches and the supervisory influence of religious leaders, then it may take on a feral and, indeed, evil character - as the prosecution suggest it did here.

'The defendants were seeking Kristy's deliverance and exorcism through the dealing out of ever-increasingly violent punishments.'

He added that all three children were 'clearly traumatised' by what they had endured and witnessed during their alleged ordeal at the flat, 'no less by the fact that a family holiday had ended in the tragic death of one of them.'

'In those circumstances, it is not going to surprise you to learn that there are bound to be gaps in the accounts that the children give,' he said.

The prosecution is to call expert evidence from Dr Richard Hoskins, an academic from Kings College University who has researched Congolese beliefs in witchcraft.

The couple deny murder and causing actual bodily harm to Kelly and the younger daughter.

The trial continues.

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Wednesday 4 January 2012

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The effects of alcohol

Heavy drinking depletes the body of vitamin B1, causing a lack of concentration and poor memory. In the longer term, it can kill off brain and nerve cells leading to memory loss, confusion and reduced co-ordination.It can also shrink the brain, which increases the risk of epileptic fits, and make cerebral blood vessels more likely to rupture and haemorrhage.

Regular binge drinking increases the risk of the brain disorder Wernicke's encephalopathy, which causes mental confusion, double vision and poor balance, and Korsakoff's psychosis, which causes chronic memory loss. Alcohol is the third biggest cause of dementia.


Alcohol causes the tiny blood vessels on the surface of the eye, called the sclera, to become dilated and inflamed, resulting in bloodshot eyes. Heavy drinking depletes the body of the nutrients needed for eye health and consequently can lead to a condition known as alcoholic optic neuritis. This can impair eyesight and, in time, lead to blindness.


Excessive drinking can block the production of the anti-diuretic hormone - the resulting dehydration will dry out the skin, making it prone to wrinkles. It also widens blood vessels and increases blood flow to the skin, hence it can lead to thread veins, a reddened "drinker's nose" and the skin condition rosacea, which causes a red rash or flushed complexion. The skin condition psoriasis, which leads to red scaly patches over the body, can be another side effect of heavy drinking - 40% of psoriasis sufferers drink too much.

Mouth and teeth

People who drink just three units of alcohol a day almost double their risk of developing cancer of the mouth, throat, pharynx and oesophagus. Persistently heavy drinkers - six or more units a day - have almost six times the risk of a teetotaller of developing these cancers.

Heavy drinkers are also more likely to suffer gum disease and tooth infections.


Alcohol is processed mainly by the liver. As it breaks down, the toxins can overload this organ. This is particularly true in repeated heavy drinking. In the short term, this can lead to inflammation. In the long term, it can cause irreparable scar damage - or cirrhosis. This causes bloating, vomiting and weight loss because the liver becomes less able to process alcohol and other toxins in the blood.

Cases of cirrhosis have risen 300% +


Heavy drinking can cause palpitations and is the second biggest cause of hypertension or high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart attacks and strokes. Long-term heavy drinking - ten units or more a day - can cause cirrhosis of the heart, which leads to swollen ankles and shortness of breath.

However, one unit of alcohol a day reduces the risk of a heart attack for post-menopausal women, or men who have had previous attacks.


Drinking can cause weakness and trembling because it depletes the body of the vitamins and minerals needed to maintain muscle health. Other effects include muscle degeneration, making the thighs and upper arms feel weak and painful. Alcoholic myopathy can occur after a bout of heavy drinking and causes inflammation and pain in any muscle in the body.


Even moderate drinking can delay conception. Alcohol can reduce a woman's fertility as the toxins may interfere with her hormone levels. Also, heavy drinking can make women deficient in certain nutrients and therefore prevent them from ovulating.


Heavy drinking is a cause of pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas. It causes abdominal pain and weight loss because the damaged pancreas is unable to produce enough enzymes to digest food. It has been calculated that cases of this potentially fatal condition have doubled in the past 30 years.


Excess alcohol can force the digestive juices from the stomach back up the oesophagus, causing the burning sensation of heartburn. This reflux action can lead to oesophagitis - inflammation of the oesophagus - and ulceration.

It is estimated that as many as 75% of cases of cancer of the oesophagus in the UK are attributable to alcohol.


As it is a diuretic, alcohol can dehydrate the body, making the hair brittle, dry and liable to split ends. It also depletes the body of nutrients and can cause a deficiency of the mineral zinc, which can lead to hair loss.

Body odour

Not all alcohol is processed by the liver. A small amount - up to 10% - will remain unprocessed and be excreted directly as sweat, in the breath or urine. This can lead to the stale smell of alcohol. The more alcohol in the system, the stronger the smell will be.

Joints and bones

Gout, a type of arthritis that causes painful swelling of the joints, is exacerbated by drinking. It occurs when the liver is unable to process uric acid which then lodges as crystals in the joints, such as those in the big toe.

People who drink to excess in their 20s increase their risk of developing the bonethinning disease osteoporosis in later life. However, five units a week can prevent it in postmenopausal women.

Stomach and colon

Alcohol is an irritant and can increase the risk of ulcers and gastritis, a chronic inflammation of the stomach wall. This can lead to nausea, cramps, abdominal pain and weight loss. In the longer term, it puts pressure on the veins of the oesophagus, causing digestive bleeding. It can affect the natural contraction of the intestines and cause diarrhoea. Binge drinking has been linked to cancer of the colon.


Even light drinking - one unit a day - increases the risk of breast cancer by 10%. Drinking five units a day increases the risk by 41%.


Alcohol is loaded with sugar and calories - weight for weight, only fat contains more calories per gram so drinking can play havoc with the waistline. Alcohol can also increase the appetite. It stimulates the production of insulin, which reduces blood sugar levels so leading to feelings of weakness and hunger.

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I am often asked various questions pertaining to the spirit world and various aspects of the psychic, here are some of them: I will in time feature more questions and answers as this webpage evolves

Q. Is a psychic or medium a fortune teller?
A. It may surprise you to know psychics and mediums are not fortune tellers
Q. Is it possible to forecast the future?
A.Well not 100% and this is because of free will.
Q. What is free will?
A. Free will is YOUR right to decide what you want to do about a situation, it is a choice
Q. How does free will affect a situation?
A. Well before we incarnate as Spirit in a human body, we decide on what experiences and challenges that will benefit our spiritual growth. However we are given the choice (free will) as to whether we go through with the experience or challenge. In effect we are allowed to change or mind.
Q. So are you saying we all know what lies before us?
A. Well in a way we all do. Remember we are 'Spirit' in a human body and your spirit does retain a memory but it is deep in our subconscious. This memory is retained deeply for a reason to help us fulfill our experiences and challenges we ourselves chose. However it is also at this deep level so we are not so aware. If you knew what lay before you would you go through with it? Probably not but we still retain this memory deeply and this reflects in our Aura.
Q. So what is the Aura?
A.The aura is The Aura is an electromagnetic field that surrounds living bodies, this includes people, animals, plants and crystals and is composed of several layers that are constantly moving. The Aura links us to whats known as Universal energy i.e. that is all the knowledge in the Universe past, present and future. It is on this aura that psychics are able to tap into and access your past, whats going on in the present and the possible future and I say possible specifically if your goal or desire is dependent on other people, for remember every person involved in a situation has free will.