Category Archives: psychedelia

Take A Bath In The Dark

Ever since I was a small child I’ve enjoyed taking a bath in the dark. These days I usually shower but when I do take a bath I still like it to be as near to pitch black as possible. … Continue reading

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Turn, Turn, Turn – Spinning Away from the Mysticism of the Dervishes

When I was a toddler I used to like spinning around and around for long periods of time. Sometimes I’d fall down, while on other occasions I’d stop still standing up and marvel at the room still spinning around me … Continue reading

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The Acid: on sustained experiment with lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD by “Sam”

The author of The Acid (Vision, London 2009) uses the pen name Sam, but is probably better known to most readers of this blog as Chris Gray. For me, and probably for many of you, The Acid reads like a … Continue reading

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India freaks on the hippie trail in the high sixties…

Back in the late 1960s my mother Julia Callan-Thompson was  in the countercultural jargon of the time an ‘India freak’; a drop-out obsessed with the ‘mystic east’. Among my mother’s extant papers are a number of letters she sent while … Continue reading

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