Jack the Ripper tour: Nothing to see here

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There was nothing to photograph during the Jack the Ripper tour in London’s East End, so I took this photo of a street lamp in the area.

There were four different Jack the Ripper walking tours hovering around the same square in the East End of London on Saturday evening. That number doesn’t include the other Jack the Ripper tours walking around nearby or the tours that took place earlier that day, one of which is run by the Jack the Ripper Museum.

All this for a serial killer who is believed to have murdered five people.

Yeah, I thought the death count was higher as well. But I also knew almost nothing about Jack the Ripper until I took the tour run by London Walks. My tour began with the knowledgeable guide explaining that interest in Jack the Ripper has remained high after all these years because of the gruesome manner in which he or she committed the murders and the fact that this person was never caught, among other reasons. Continue reading “Jack the Ripper tour: Nothing to see here”

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Frankenstein monster comes alive at Edinburgh pub

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The show at Frankenstein’s Pub in Edinburgh, Scotland takes place at least three times a day, including 6 p.m. and midnight. (Photo courtesy of Frankenstein Pub)

You have to hand it the animatronic Frankenstein monster at Frankenstein Pub in Edinburgh, Scotland — the guy knows how to make an entrance.

The monster emerges from a smokey balcony on a gurney every day at 6 p.m. and midnight, shortly after the lights have been dimmed and the speakers have been taken over by the sounds of thunder and groaning. He is slowly lowered to the main floor, where he sits up to scan the room before being raised back up.

The Frankenstein show takes place at least three times a day, with the staff sometimes firing up the show upon request.

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Zombie survival game in England a 13-hour, overnight experience

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PLZ Survival in Southwest England places participants in the zombie apocalypse, where the key to survival is stealth and smarts. (Photo by Kenneth Cox)

Wanna play “Walking Dead”?

PLZ Survival is offering a 13-hour, overnight experience in Southwest England called VacanZ that places you in the zombie apocalypse. The interactive competition takes place nightly April 14-16 in Plymouth, Devon and is set in a future where good and bad communities have formed in the fight for survival, just like in the hit AMC zombie drama.

Participants are placed in groups from the very beginning with friends and/or strangers. The goal is to make it until the end without being infected (touched on the arm).

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Torture Museum in Belgium brings the pain

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The Torture Museum Oude Steen in Bruges, Belgium features hundreds of torture and execution devices used through history.

Vlad the Impaler stands at the downstairs entrance of the Torture Museum Oude Steen doing what he does best. The notoriously barbaric ruler (better known as Dracula) holds a spear in his left hand with a man’s pale, severed head resting on the sharp tip.

Think of this scene — which, like all the exhibits in this museum in Bruges, Belgium, is recreated with mannequins — as an appetizer for what is to come.

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