After numerous sightings were reported last year, we can exclusively reveal details of a new gruesome encounter with the terrifying black eyed child. Witnesses have come forward with information of a sighting whilst dog walking at Birches Valley – Cannock Chase over the weekend.
The couple, in their early 30’s, were dog walking at the popular Birches Valley area of Cannock Chase at around 9.15am on Sunday morning when their Staffordshire Bull Terrier – Max suddenly became unsettled.
One of the witnesses told us: “One minute he was fine chasing after his ball, the next he began to act really strange. It became worrying for us when he stood near to a dark patch of woods and started barking ferociously as if someone was there.”
“After calling him repeatedly without any response we decided to go and see what he was barking at. As we approached the woods we could slowly start to make out the figure of a girl in-between the dense area of trees. Her eyes were completely blacked out exactly like the pictures that were in the papers last year. She was there for around 10 seconds just staring right at us before she vanished into the darkness. We turned and looked at each other in disbelief. It was horrifying!”
After retrieving Max, the couple hastily returned to their car still frightened from the experience.
“We were glad to get in the car and get out of there. It was surreal. Like something that would happen in a horror movie.”
Taken from Wikipedia – “Black-Eyed Children is an urban legend of supposed paranormal creatures that resemble children between the ages of 6 and 16, with pale white skin and black eyes”.
The latest sighting has caused a stir with paranormal investigators and ghost hunters who are keen to get to the bottom of the recent hauntings. Local groups are supposedly arranging an official ghost hunt in the coming months to allow curious members of the public and fellow paranormal enthusiasts the opportunity to hunt down the horrifying creature. Will you be brave enough to join them?
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Living cells go through a series of stages known as the cell cycle. The cells grow, copy their chromosomes, and then divide to form new cells.
Mitosis is used to produce daughter cells that are genetically identical to the parent cells. The cell copies – or ‘replicates’ – its chromosomes, and then splits the copied chromosomes equally to make sure that each daughter cell has a full set. The process of mitosis involves a number of different stages.
Interphase is an important stage in the cell cyle. Changes that occur during interphase prepare a cell for division. Before a cell can divide, it duplicates its DNA exactly. Correct copying of the DNA is very important. It ensures that, after cell division, each new cell gets a complete set of DNA. Interphase is also considered to be the ‘living’ phase of the cell, in which the cell obtains nutrients, grows, reads its DNA, and conducts other “normal” cell functions.
Interphase is split into 3 stages, G1, S, and G2. In G1, the cell gets bigger in preparation for cell division. Phase S is probably the most important since that is when DNA replicates, if you don’t have two copies of the genome (all the genetic info in DNA) , the cell can’t divide. The last phase, G2, is when the cell keeps increasing in mass and making proteins.
Nucleice acids are essential for all known forms of life. Nucleic acids which include DNA and RNA are made from monomers know as nucleotides.
DNA is found entirely in the nucleus (apoart from a small amount in the mitochondria located in the cytoplasm) and is structured in a double stranded helix formed by nucleotide pairing. It makes up chromosones – the hereditary units that control all cellular activities; divided into genes that carry the nucleotide codes for the manufacture of proteins.
RNA is found almost entirely in the cytoplasm and is structured in a single strand. RNA manufacture proteins according to the codes carried in the DNA. There are three main types: messenger RNA, ribosomal RNA and transfer RNA.
In protein synthesis messenger RNA travels to the ribsomes in the cytoplasm. The information in the mRNA codes for the building of proteins from amino acids. Transfer RNA molecules bring amino acids to the ribosomes to build each protein.
Nutrients such as sugars, fats, and proteins are rich sources of energy for animal cells because much of the energy used to form these molecules is literally stored within the chemical bonds that hold them together.
Animal cells do not use the energy from oxidation reactions as soon as it is released. Instead, they convert it into small, energy-rich molecules such as ATP.
The ATP is used for many cell functions including transport work moving substances across cell membranes. It is also used for mechanical work, supplying the energy needed for muscle contraction. It supplies energy not only to heart muscle (for blood circulation) and skeletal muscle (such as for gross body movement), but also to the chromosomes and flagella to enable them to carry out their many functions. A major role of ATP is in chemical work, supplying the needed energy to synthesize the multi-thousands of types of macromolecules that the cell needs to exist.
The cell membrane is selectively permeable; it regulates what passes from one side to the other. A selectively permeable membrane will allow water to flow freely while limiting the passage of molecules, especially large molecules or those with a charge. A plasma membrane provides some protection to the insides of cells, but its main life-giving function is to control the passage of substances into and out of cells.
The mitochondira within the cell membrane convert energy from nutrients into ATP which is the useable energy form.
Organelles within the cytoplasm help eliminate waste, such as lysosomes, which break down bacteria and other waste products.
There are numerous types of membrane transport such as Diffusion. Simple diffusion through the plamsa membrane is mostly limited to lipid-soluble substances that can dissolve into the membrane such as gases and liquids. Filtration is another form of important membrane transport which is the passage of water and dissolved materials through a membrane as a result of a mechanical force on one side. For example, it occurs in the kidneys as materials are filtered out of the blood in the first step of urine formation.
What Are Cancer Cells?
Cancer cells are cells that grow and divide at an unregulated, quickened pace. Although cancer cells can be quite common in a person they are only malignant when the other cells (particularly natural killer cells) fail to recognize and/or destroy them.
Cancer cells are different to normal cells in several ways:
What Are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are the body’s raw materials — cells from which all other cells with specialised functions are generated. Under the right conditions in the body or a laboratory, stem cells divide to form more cells called daughter cells.
These daughter cells either become new stem cells (self-renewal) or become specialized cells (differentiation) with a more specific function, such as blood cells, brain cells, heart muscle or bone. No other cell in the body has the natural ability to generate new cell types.
Where Do Stem Cells Come From?
There are several sources of stem stells including:
How Stem Cells Can Be Used?
Stem cells can be guided into becoming specific cells that can be used to regenerate and repair diseased or damaged tissues in people.
People who might benefit from stem cell therapies include those with spinal cord injuries, type 1 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, stroke, burns, cancer and osteoarthritis.
Stem cells may have the potential to be grown to become new tissue for use in transplant and regenerative medicine. Researchers continue to advance the knowledge on stem cells and their applications in transplant and regenerative medicine.
Following on from the awesome Evac, we visited Woolley Edge October Screams near to Wakefield for two feature attractions – The Barn & The Pit.
The Barn placed us in the fictional home of an inbred family, with scenes including the kitchen, bedroom and yard. The narrative and back story had clearly taken time and logic to think out and worked well throughout the attraction itself.
As we were given our introductory talk and safety brief, we were posed with a question along the lines of, do you think the family should be allowed to integrate with normal society?
Well, as we made our way through The Barn, it was certainly clear that the unusual, terrifying and at times hilarious family should be kept as far away from society as possible.
It’s evident that Primrose like to do things their own way as we found out from both Evac and October Screams!
Each scene, although part of a heras fence maze, was constructed with great creativity and resourcefulness. It was actually impossible to tell we were walking through a heras maze!
We also liked that The Barn had a number of open scenes and didn’t keep us in a typical corridor style maze like we were so used to experiencing.
The actors in The Barn were excellent and offered a level of interactivity that is rarely found in the UK scare industry. We were invited to play hopscotch with a few of the younger members of the family and then flung into the kitchen of the angry mother figure who was smashing plates in an unsettling rage.
A number of the younger actors will certainly have a bright future in the scare industry based on their performance in The Barn, well done to you all!
Scene after scene passed by as we entered the finale where we were frantically chased out of the barn by a crazed spade wielding maniac played by Psychotel’s Brett Jones who appeared in a superb cameo role. He really held his character well and scared us on numerous occasions (even queuing for The Pit).
Overall, we found The Barn to be a solid, unique and unsettling attraction. Although it doesn’t dazzle with expensive special effects and complex scenes, The Barn is still frightening, has an authentic feel about it and is definitely worth visiting!
Similarly to Evac, we didn’t know what to expect from The Pit although the name gave us connotations of a dark, dingy and unpleasant mine shaft.
As we were waiting in line, we were advised The Pit inhabited relatives of The Barn who were more aggressive and less ready for society. We loved how the two attractions were linked which again shows the deep thought process of Primrose’s Lee & Sarah (the crafters of October Screams).
As we proceeded to enter The Pit we were told we would have to face it alone (individually), with a blindfold on and bag over our head. This came as quite a surprise, but one we actually relished.
Without giving away too much, The Pit really makes use of your remaining senses as you follow the guide rope into what can only be described as potentially one of the UK’s most intense attractions.
From start to finish, you are terrorised by a cast of deviant actors who toy with your guide rope and do everything possible to scare the life out of you.
From crawling to running, the intense experience allows your mind to run free and paint pictures of who and what surrounds you.
The subtle use of audio and silence in places really enhances the experience and builds an insane level of tension.
As soon as I exited The Pit, I was kind of glad it was all done with. My heart was racing and I was overwhelmed by what was a pure adrenaline kick of fear and unknown.
The Primrose team have produced an exceptionally frightening but simple attraction. An attraction that has to be experienced by adrenaline junkies and fear fans alike! Well done, we’d certainly give it 10/10 for creativity and 11/10 for intensity!
Overall, we had a thoroughly enjoyable night at October Screams and loved the combination of the two attractions. We’d really encourage anyone within a sensible proximity to go and visit in 2015 where I’m sure the team will have added even more fun & scares. With a little more work, we could possibly see this location expand into a fully fledged scream park! Well done team Primrose!
After hearing rumours about the previous attraction ‘Caine’ and some of the paranormal incidents that had occurred, we arrived at the ‘National Emergency Museum’ for Evac not really knowing what to expect.
Sarah, co-owner of Primrose Unknown Projects (the team behind Evac), gave us a warm welcome before leading us into a waiting area along with one or two other guests who also got talking about the paranormal occurrences that were supposed to have happened throughout the operation of ‘Caine’.
Soon after, it was our turn to experience Evac as we were taken into one of the old prison cells for our introductory talk.
The back story behind Evac was well thought out and excellently presented by Sarah who was keen for us to understand the context of the attraction.
The prison cell itself was bitterly cold and sent shivers down our spine the second we walked in.
There was certainly something unique and potentially sinister about the building…
After a few health and safety briefs, it was our turn to Evac!
We turned out of the prison cell and entered a corridor where the mayhem and terror ensued as we were frantically stalked by one of the ‘creatures’.
From this point onwards, we were immersed into probably one of the most frightening and intense scare experiences we had visited this year.
We found ourselves weaving up bowed stairs, being sent through old fire trucks and even had our legs grabbed from places you wouldn’t ever expect.
The combination of terrific acting along with such an authentic location made for an exhilarating and at times, overwhelming experience.
Evac wasn’t a typical ‘hands on shoulders and follow the path’ type of scare attraction, it was something completely unique.
There were no gimmicky special effects, just a few well placed lights, some audio and an excellent set of dedicated actors who were on form throughout.
As we were in a group of just 2, the actors had a lot more time to spend terrifying us and improvising with each of their scares.
Each of the rooms in the museum really took our attention away from the actor positions which made each scare more intense. We really didn’t expect or notice where it was the actors were coming from.
Another unique feature of Evac was how ‘hands on’ the actors were. We were literally grabbed, pushed and even possibly scratched as we tried our best to escape. Although this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, we found it added to the intensity and realism of the experience.
Notable scenes included the upstairs room where we were confronted by 2 or 3 horrifying creatures and also the final scene where we were physically mauled by what seemed like a horde of terrifying un dead beings.
Each and every one of the actors deserves a special mention, the Primrose team have certainly found a talented and motivated bunch that would be an asset to any scare attraction.
The makeup and use of contact lenses was also superb!
Overall, we were mightily impressed with Evac which was a breath of fresh air to the UK scare industry. The overall experience was highly immersive, extremely scary and there was just something about that buidling! The Primrose team have created one of the most unique scare experiences we’ve visited this year and we seriously can’t wait to see what they have planned next year for the National Emergency Services Museum. We must encourage all adrenaline junkies and scare addicts to get up/down to Sheffield next year and experience what the team have to offer, you really won’t be disappointed. Well done!
We returned to Screamfest Burton after last years successful event with high hopes. Located just a mere 13 miles from home, Screamfest presents a multi attraction scream park right on our doorstep!
Having collected our entry stamp and wristband we entered the park to be dazzled by the flashing lights of ‘Hill Billy Joe’s Zombee Smash’ a unique zombie paintbaill attraction that was excellently constructed. We were sure to have a go after visiting the 4 main scare attractions!
The main ‘courtyard’ area has been developed for 2014 with a large marquee linking the outside and inside seating areas to create a much better atmosphere and weatherproof place to enjoy the various food outlets on offer. Inside, we managed to watch the last few minutes of the live ‘duo’ who seemed to be keeping the audience entertained and horrified with various stunts and tricks.
After boarding the ‘school bus’ we were led to the entrance of the attraction by our ‘teachers’. A short walk then led us to a waiting area where we were placed in groups ready to be sent into the main part of the attraction. Children of The Corn is based on the fictional ‘Bel Lucifer Academy’. The school theme was replicated well throughout with an awesome soundtrack and well produced theming. Our only gripe with the attraction was the lack of narrative. We struggled to piece together each of the scenes, however, this didn’t significantly detract from the overall experience. Notable scenes included the ‘puppet’ and ‘spider’ scene which were pretty unique in their own right. Generally, Children of The Corn isn’t as intense as the other mazes on offer at Screamfest, however, it’s a great attraction to get you warmed up if you’re a scare maze novice!
After exiting Children of The Corn we found ourselves entering The Scarecrow Scare Zone which was an unexpected surprise!
1000′s of Scarecrows were pieced together to create a small labrynth style maze which we struggled to find our way out from. There were actors dotted throughout who were camouflaged by the scarecrows which really added to the intensity. Overall, we loved the unique Scarecrow Scare Zone! A brilliant and unexpected attraction that is certainly worth a couple of visits!
Next up was ‘Slasher’.
Having visited ‘Slasher’ on two previous occasions, we were intrigued to find if any changes had been made for 2014 to spice things up.
‘Slasher’ features a superb facade that immediately grabs your attention as you wait to be led in.
As with previous years, we were greeted by a vicar who showed us to our seats in the viewing area for the fictional execution of the infamous ‘Slasher boy’.
The opening scene was impressive and intense as ever and set the tone for the rest of the attraction.
We turned through a number of corners and corridors and were set upon by numerous ‘inmates’ who shocked, surprised and terrified us. The actors were determined to scare each and everyone of us as we mazed our way towards the exit.
Slasher, without any notable changes, was still as good and unique as we’d remembered. The attention to detail in each and every scene was commendable and the actors were excellent.
Will we see it revamped in 2015? Who knows, but for now, it is still one of Screamfest’s feature attractions and one that had us jumping and screaming throughout!
Following up from Slasher, we decided to visit ‘N’.
‘N’ is an authentic scare attraction produced to an exceptionally high standard. As with Slasher, we visited N last year and had high hopes for 2014.
Based on a fictional vampire nightclub, N is an intense and frightening attraction that features a number of unique and well thought out scenes. The creative geniuses at Screamfest have really produced a winner with N which had our group terrified and on edge throughout. The overall concept is pulled off brilliantly thanks to some superb acting and set design.
Similarly to Slasher, the layout and narrative of N remained unchanged from 2013 but still made a great impact as we frantically escaped with our lives intact (only just).
N is one of those intense attractions we’d love to experience in a ‘face it alone’ or ‘extreme’ version. Obviously there would logistical and throughput issues to consider if Screamfest did look to offer such upsells, however, it would certainly push N as one of the UK’s most intense attractions!
Finally, we made our way around to ‘Soul Seekers’.
Soul Seekers, like all of the mazes at Screamfest, is produced to a standard you’d expect to see at some of the UK’s largest theme parks. The detailing and construction is sublime and the acting is great!
Soul Seekers Live is a fictional show (similar to Most Haunted) that invites you to help investigate the Helton Grand Hotel in a mass experiment to see if any paranormal events occur.
As our group were led into the main ball room, there were certainly a number of paranormal events occurring (or so we were led to believe).
With a number of screams as the ball room fell into complete darkness, our immersive experience began.
From here we weaved our way through the Helton Grand Hotel where we encountered a number of the supposedly massacred residents who well and truly scared us from start to finish.
The corridors were tight which added to the intensity as it was impossible to see what was lurking around the corner.
Generally, Soul Seekers was everything you come to expect from a scare attraction and more. A unique back story, excellent production and an overall terrifying and enjoyable experience! Well done Screamfest!
To conclude, Screamfest have added a great amount of overall value to their scream park with a number of subtle additions to the scare attraction lineup and general facilities. The attraction as a whole is a complete Halloween destination with a unique atmosphere helped with the addition of some brilliant roaming actors. The Zombie Paint Ball (additional cost) was super fun and well worth a couple of attempts! With more progression next year, Screamfest will certainly be one of the UK’s leading scream parks and one you can’t miss out on!
Make sure you visit the Screamfest website today and book your tickets for an unmissable night of immersive scare entertainment!
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