Cardiff Street View Ghost Debunked

"Respected" publications are getting in a tizz over the "photographing" of a ghost in Cardiff Bay outside the Millenium Centre, just feet from the Doctor Who and Torchwood "time rift" that was snapped by Google Street View cameras.

Don’t believe the hype.

It’s just more of the Street View publicity that Google is pushing to get its project accepted – and let’s face it, it isn’t a ghost.

Below is the image as reported on The Telegraph’s website. You will see the ectoplasmic manifestation in the bottom right:

Let’s break it down – according to the Telegraph:

The woman dressed in long skirt, crisp blouse, bow tie, blue boater hat and scarf appears to be shimmering above the pavement

No, it’s a glitch in the photography, a problem remapping the correct elements back into the image.

She was captured by the Google Street View cameras in Tiger Bay, Cardiff – the scene of murders and unsolved mysteries going back 200 years.

Local medium Jane Cohen, 39, said:

Now you know they’re taking the mickey – and it isn’t even April 1st!

"Apparitions have often been caught on film but are invisible to the naked eye. "This woman is very smart – but she is dressed in clothes that you just don’t see these days unless it’s in a period drama on TV.

"But what is really strange is that she doesn’t appear as a full figure – you can’t see all of her."

Sorry, but yes you can – here:

Legs fully intact, the "ghostly lady" appears to also cast a shadow, like all corporeal entities. Oh and she’s not floating.

Not a ghost.

Imagine though, the number of visitors to the Millenium Centre, a major hub of artistic endeavour in Wales. Imagine further still the number of employees and "in residence" artists and musicians, each with their own gifts as well as a knack for unusual sartorial elegance.

Sarah Knapton of the Telegraph – you’re the first Hack of the Week recipient for 2009!


Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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