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Ian Topham
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I recently heard that one of our newest contributors suggested to a friend that he may like to look at Mysterious Britain & Ireland.  However, when he tried to access the website at a local library he found he was not allowed.  We are apparently blocked on some public machines due to our occult content.  I had no idea that this website was dangerous and that the public should be protected from us.  Most local authorities out there recognise the tourism potential this site represents, whilst it could be the case that some are on a witch hunt maybe.

I remember a toy shop in Cumbria that refused to stock Harry Potter toys as they believed that they promoted the occult.  I bet that annoyed their accountant :)

Have any of you had similar experiences?

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I would guess that this

I would guess that this depends on who sets the access rights for the computers and their opinions, rather than a council ruling, although some firewalls can block lots of sites depending on key words.

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Well, not quite banned

Well, not quite banned content and stuff, but being a big fan of the ol' Heavy Metal, and especially Iron Maiden, I still get the unconfortable stares from people who think they are Satan worshippers... In fact I've had a discussion with my GP on precisely that topic... so yeah...

There's plenty rubbish out there, such as how D&D was condemned by the RWCA's (that's Right WIng Christian Americans to you and me) because it supposedly taught witchcraft... using dice...

And then there was the whole cuffuffle regarding the banning of the Smurfs and the Carebears because they apparently went against hte teachings of Jesus...

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Hang on. Mysterious Britain

Hang on. Mysterious Britain is archived each year by the British Library. So why would it be on a restricted list by a local library? Is this double standards?

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Urisk wrote: And then there
Urisk wrote:

And then there was the whole cuffuffle regarding the banning of the Smurfs and the Carebears because they apparently went against hte teachings of Jesus...

Never heard about this, my sister used to collect care bears so I can sympathise, and the smurf song was pretty horrific, seriously though people react oddly to some things.

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When I worked at a public

When I worked at a public library we had all sorts of problems with the filters we had on our public access computers: they stopped completely innocent websites and let a lot of filth through. Neither us nor the local council had anything to do with it, it was just the way the software was set up at the source. To put it bluntly that expensive piece of software was a piece of garbage. ;-)

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 Wasn't there something in

 Wasn't there something in the '80s where Enid Blyton books were banned from some libraries. Our local library never stocked them. Never found out why. I can understand some of her language has dated - i.e. some of the Noddy books, but why ban the Famous Five! Undertones of satanism  on Kirrin Island?

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 My mum had the most

 My mum had the most amazing Noddy book where Big Ears and Noddy got naked in the wood and then Big Ears stranded Noddy and the Golliwogs stole all his clothes! 

My library's quite liberal so they've never banned anything; they have however, surruptitiously updated a few series' with the new PC versions. No more talk of 'queer' happenings. 

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www.wyldeflower.co.nr The

www.wyldeflower.co.nr
The world has gone mad !!A lot of subjects on here are History based and i am sure it must be a error with filters or something..I think this is a great site for learning about our heritage and very thought provoking as well.



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