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Paranormal experiences in the book Hummadruz and a Life of High Strangeness

Updated on October 30, 2015

Bard of Ely by a Tenerife pyramid

Bard of Ely by the pyramid in Camino de la Suerte, Tenerife. Photo by Colin Kirby
Bard of Ely by the pyramid in Camino de la Suerte, Tenerife. Photo by Colin Kirby

Bard of Ely recalls the paranormal incidents in his strange life

I have written a new semi-autobiographical book based around the main paranormal and spiritual experiences in my life. It is entitled Hummadruz And A Life Of High Strangeness.

Hummadruz, by the way, is a mysterious humming phenomenon that has been heard and reported on. As a child and teenager I experienced it many times. UFO author and researcher Jenny Randles gave me a name for it.

I have chosen to use the term in the title because it will make my book stand out and because it really was the first experience and mystery in my life that got me really thinking about life, the universe and everything!


“Let’s start at the very beginning”, as a popular song goes. Encounters with the paranormal started very early for me, in fact, I was still a baby. I can’t remember much of what my life was like in those days but I can remember the following experience.

Apart from having a blue blanket that I used to suck according to my mother, one of my earliest memories was of a man who stood watching me while I lay in my cot. He had a long reddish hair and a very high forehead, some sort of white garment on and blue penetrating eyes, as far as I can recall.

In my much later years, as my own hairline has receded and I have looked at myself in the mirror, I have had to wonder was this man a being from a race of beings I was part of before my birth as a human baby? Was this man some sort of “guardian angel”? Was he an extraterrestrial? Was this man my “higher self”? These are questions I have pondered on.

Right now I really cannot say. It is another of the many mysteries in my life. That I saw this being was as real to me as anything else is or has been though. But then lots of children have friends that only they can see, and people think they are imaginary but are they really? What does all this mean? Why do many small children see and talk to imaginary friends?

Who are we? What are we doing here! What is life all about? These are common questions we all ask ourselves. I have found some answers that satisfy me but my quest is never-ending.

I have had a very strange life, a lot of which has been very difficult but it has shaped the person I am today and my beliefs. I am honoured to have been included in Lionel Fanthorpe’s The World’s Most Mysterious People, alongside the likes of magicians, occultists and mystics like Aleister Crowley, Rasputin, and Madame Blavatsky.

 It has often been suggested by friends that I write my own book about my peculiar experiences and in this work I am going to do so. It is an autobiography of sorts because it is all about stages in my life but I will only be covering the mystical side of it and my involvement and experiences with what could be called the paranormal or with links to alternative history.

Most of it is written from memory only because for some reason I never used to make note of details like dates and so on. It didn’t seem important to me because the experience itself was what was of importance. Yes, I know it’s not very scientific or professional reporting or anything but it just happens to have been my way of doing things, and this is my story how I remember it. Yes, it is a story but it is a true one. We all have our own truths, I tend to think, and this one is mine!

Bard of Ely's UFO encounter recalled under hypnosis

Hummadruz Contents


Hummadruz: about my experiences of this strange phenomenon.

UFOs: my UFO sightings and thoughts on the subject.

Ghosts and the spirit of Elvis Presley: the night I spent in a haunted house in Cardiff.

The Gurdjieff group: my experiences as a member of this mystical self improvement work.

My Scientology years: my time spent in Scientology and what I learned.

Mind over Matter: my personal experiences that have shown me this ability and phenomenon really exists.

Teratology and an ET known as Quella: a form of mutation in plants and animals and how in my life this might have been caused to plants in my garden by a being someone I knew was in contact with.

King Arthur and a Knight to remember: how I met King Arthur and my experiences as a member of his Druid Order the Loyal Arthurian Warband.

Weird Wales: an HTV television series I was featured in when I was regressed by a hypnotist. A UFO experience near Warminster.

More UFO sightings: additional UFO experiences I have had in Wales.

Pyramids and other mysteries of Tenerife: my ongoing investigations of the mysterious constructions found on this island.

Chemtrails or contrails? How I came to believe and then disbelieve in the phenomena known as chemtrails to conspiracy theorists.

Social networking, synchronicity and living in the now: my life today with reflections on my use of the Internet and my ideas about what lies ahead.

Bard of Ely in his Scientology years

Bard of Ely sporting a boiler suit he designed to promote Dianetics. Photo taken a Pyschic Fair at which Birmingham Church of Scientology had a stand.
Bard of Ely sporting a boiler suit he designed to promote Dianetics. Photo taken a Pyschic Fair at which Birmingham Church of Scientology had a stand.

Notes by PGrundy

Many of you will remember Pam Grundy, who used to be a hubber here and who posted as pgrundy, well, she and I made friends here and have kept in touch. Pam has a particular interest in paranormal phenomena too and she volunteered kindly to have a read of my new book and say what she thought of it.

I am going to share some highlights from her 'Notes' about my book so here is some of what Pam had to say:

Awesome book Steve. I think you should be able to sell this, if not to a publisher then on the net as an E-book.


Steve this is really fascinating. I recall your Hub Pages article on it, too...


Cool chapter! Jacques Vallee has collaborated on a new book that lists UFO sights in formal literature back to 3000 years before the birth of Christ. The book is called “Wonders in the Sky” and it’s pretty cool. Anyway, it show the ‘flying cross’ formation you mention sighted in Britain and Europe all the way back to the middle ages. It is one of the most common UFO configurations seen there and has been reported for centuries before manmade flying machines even existed.

Ghosts and the Spirit of Elvis Presley

This chapter reminds a lot of Nick Redfern’s book, Two Men in Search of Monsters. If you haven’t read the book you’d likely enjoy it a lot, but what I was think was that maybe the publisher for Redfern’s book would be interested in your manuscript as it is kind of up the same alley and so readable. Just a thought. Really enjoyable chapter, Steve.

The Gurdjieff Group

Hokey smokes Steve! Very impressive, this Gurdjieff stuff. I’m sure lots of people would be interested in your adventures with this group. My advisor in graduate school was nuts over Ouspensky and would have been fascinated.

My Scientology Years

Fascinating stuff. You never hear anything except ridicule when it comes to Scientology, but you lay out a lot of stuff here in a very matter of fact manner and focus on the positive in it without ignoring the negative. That’s really unusual and hard to do, and I think it makes the chapter a lot more interesting than if you were still a total devotee or, on the opposite side, holding a grudge.

More UFO Sightings

Those moving black boxes have become quite the controversy here in the U.S. since multiple sightings in the 1990s. Some people think the military is developing a huge silent reconnaissance craft, but the Air Force denies it.

Publisher needed

So there you have the basics of my book, which has 28,806 words, and I would ideally like it to have some pages of photos and illustrations too to really bring it to life. I am certain I can supply these.

My good friend CJ Stone has reviewed what I have written as well, so that will be a big help in finding a publishing deal I am sure.

UPDATE: My book was published 14 July, 2011 on Amazon Kindle.

© 2011 Steve Andrews


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    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Richard!

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      Richard Craig 

      7 years ago from England

      Wow, great hub. I was glued to that video of you being hypnotised, very interesting, and all the best with your book.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Good point, William! I think you are right!

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      William Bond 

      7 years ago from England

      I think what is weird, strange or supernatural is a matter of opinion. What is strange for one person may be normal for another.

      Also, for some reason, we seem to fear anything that is strange or we do not understand and therefore most people will not allow anything weird in their lives. So if we are open minded to the weird, and not frighten of it, then we are likely to have many weird experiences. But if we are frighten of anything strange, then we close them off.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Excellent, Chris! Thank you! I have submitted it to Amazon Kindle today!

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      Christopher James Stone 

      7 years ago from Whitstable, UK

      Steve I'll take a look this week and have a short review for you by the weekend.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Yes, I suppose it is! lol Thanks for your comments, Sandy!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Pretty wild stuff!

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for your thoughts on it, Mandrake!

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      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      A chill came over me when you spoke about your visitor as a child. For some reason I got the impression that your visitor was you. Maybe in the future, maybe your higher self, who knows?

      Sounds like an entertaining and perhaps informative book!

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Adele!

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      Adele Cosgrove-Bray 

      8 years ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England.

      I wish you well in your search for a publisher, and suspect you'd have a ready market for this MS.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for your comments, Graceomalley! I agree with what you are saying. I made the point I did because I am so used to seeing scientific and non-believer/atheist types of people argue and attempt to debunk whatever is posted on some matters on my own Facebook wall and elsewhere...basically if there is no "scientific peer-reviewed evidence" then it is wrong according to these types of people, and they hold their beliefs as strongly as those who hold religious dogmatic beliefs, which is the same sort of behaviour from opposing sides! I am a big fan of Graham Hancock's work but no, I haven't read that book.

    • graceomalley profile image


      8 years ago

      People have this complaint - things are not scientific, or not right without facts and figures. But this sounds like a memoir. And memoir is your experiences, from your point of view. Even when people publish a memoir, members of the family and people from the old neighborhood will say "it wasn't that way." (Women always face this when they go public with rape or childhood molestation. Apparently nothing is to be believed without proof, as if these sorts of things would get taped.)

      Quite frankly, a memoir tells one person's story, and it was that way for you. Ignore the naysayers. They can write their own book if they are so inclined to put in the work :)

      Have you read Graham Hancock's book Supernatural? He talks about paranormal experiences in many different cultures at different times in history.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Seeker7! Yes, I only made that point really because scientific types would argue that my work lacks "scientific evidence."

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      8 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Only one word - awesome!! I look forward to reading more about your experiences.

      I know that you said that you would be recalling experiences from memory and you felt that this is not scientific etc. But don't you think that when a really profound experience has happened you do tend to remember it with startling clarity? I know I have had many experiences, some in the dream state, over the years, going back to when I was very young and they are still as clear today as they were then. Even although, like you, I would not be able to give exact dates.

      Anyway, love this hub and lots of luck with your book - I think it will be fascinating.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Monica!

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      Monica Biggs 

      8 years ago

      Best wishes with the book. Lots of fascinating thoughts and fact it seems!

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Pam! No, we never managed to get together again but I was in touch with a woman called Jane S. McCarthy who is in the same South Wales paranormal investigations group as him. She is very into spirit orbs and sent me her book The Wondrous Cross.

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      8 years ago

      Cool hypnosis clip, Steve! Did you ever find out any more about it from this Coggins fellow?

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Lindy! I will email it to you!

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      The Mad Aunt 

      8 years ago from Wales

      Very interesting, Steve. I think you told me about the humming before. If you want me to read any of your autobiography in draft then I will be happy to do so.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Yes, I have but I want to find a new publisher for this. Thank you!

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      Earth Angel 

      8 years ago

      Good Morning Mr. Creative!

      Wow! What a life! Go Steve!

      I thought you had a publisher with O-books? This one might be a bit too far out of their comfort zone!

      GREAT stories!

      Blessings always, Earth Angel!

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for your comments, Paradise7! Will do!

    • Paradise7 profile image


      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Very interesting, and scary in a way. Say hi to Pam for me; we miss her here.


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