‘Robert The Doll’ is an allegedly haunted doll exhibited at the East Martello Museum. Robert was once owned by Key West, Florida, painter, and author Robert Eugene Otto. Ostensibly a little boy in a sailor suit, his careworn face is only vaguely human. His nub of a nose looks like a pair of pinholes. He is covered in brown nicks, like scars. His eyes are beady and black.
He wears a malevolent smirk. Clasped in his lap he’s holding his own toy, a dog with garish, popping eyes and also a too-big tongue lolling crazily out of its mouth. Here are some other things that people also agree are true about Robert. He is definitely haunted and that he has caused car accidents, broken bones, job loss, divorce, and also a cornucopia of other misfortunes.
The doll was bought by the grandfather of Robert Eugene Otto as a gift from overseas and was promptly named after the little boy. The sailor outfit that makes Robert the Doll rather iconic in paranormal circles was not a Steiff product and was most probably an outfit worn by Otto in his youth, making the boy and the doll undeniably intertwined.
Robert was adored by Otto in his youth and was treated as though he were a living companion. Frequently, when Otto misbehaved, or something were to go missing or get broken in the household, the young boy would attribute it to the doll. The reoccurring theme of ‘Robert did it’ is inescapable within the doll legend.
Supposedly, the first recorded supernatural incident was in Otto’s early childhood, where he awoke to find Robert sitting at the end of his bed, his beady eyes staring back at him. Moments later, the rest of the house was woken by the sounds of furniture being thrown around the room. When Otto’s mother entered the room, she found everything in chaos, save for the young boy who had curled up in fear on his bed. Robert remained sat at the foot.
After a childhood of blaming his wrongdoings on the doll, Robert’s behavior was said to worsen. As Otto grew older, the doll took up his position propped up in the upstairs window of the family home. Schoolchildren who became aware of this legend said the doll would appear and disappear by the window, causing many local youngsters to give the house a wide berth.
When news of the children’s fears reached Otto, he went to investigate Robert’s attic spot, but actually found the doll on a rocking chair in an upstairs bedroom. The doll remained in Key West in the family home while Otto continued his art education in New York and Paris. Upon his return, Robert resumed his constant presence in the household.
After Otto married, his wife, Anne, soon expressed discomfort with Robert’s presence. The doll was not removed from the house, but rather confined to the attic. Robert was rather more unimpressed with his new quarters and Anne soon heard footsteps and malicious giggling from the attic space.
Two years after Otto’s death in 1974, his wife followed and their Eaton Street home, doll included, was sold to a Myrtle Reuter. Myrtle remained in the house with Robert for a further 20 years before selling the property which now operates as a guest house. However, during this period, the new owner’s daughter supposedly joyfully discovered Robert, only for this to quickly turn to fear. The child repeatedly screamed at night, convinced that Robert wanted to hurt her. She also told her parents that Robert was wandering around the room at night.
Book Review: Know The Fate of Anna And Elsa In ‘Conceal, Don’t Feel’ Book
The most exciting ‘Twisted Tale Series’ is such an exciting book series to read because it helps the readers’ minds and thinking to be out of the box. There is so much creativity to be discovered in this book series. Recently, the series has put a spin on the story of ‘Frozen’ movie.
The book is titled ‘Conceal, Don’t Feel’ and it was written by Jen Calonita. The particular book retells the story of Anna and Elsa on an alternate timeline where the sisters do not know each other. In this version of the story, a curse has caused the entire kingdom to forget about Anna. The story is indeed exciting.
Much of the story is the same this time around, unlike some of the Twisted Tales that take deep departures from the source material. The big difference here is that after the icy accident while young Anna and Elsa play, Grand Pabbie realizes that Anna’s heart is at risk of freezing if she remains close to Elsa. He enacts a curse that will keep the girls apart and cause the kingdom to lose their memories of Anna until a time when Elsa’s powers are under control.
It is such a fun book to read and witness the story progress in a different way than the movie. This version remains faithful to the events of the film, just placing them in a different order or having characters reach their final destination in altered ways. This is refreshing for the Twisted Tale series, which sometimes veers too far off course or even goes as far as to kill off main characters.
Based on my personal opinion, book series like this is definitely a great channel to show how creative the writer is to tell the story in a different version. Even in real life, many people would have thought this kind of possibility, and the drive and ambition of this author to really finish what people might have thought is a satisfaction. A recommended book to read for all Disney fans.
Sources: Disney Books.
National Day: Police To Monitor Popular Spots
PUTRAJAYA, Aug 30 — Police will monitor popular public spots around Putrajaya tomorrow to prevent large crowds from gathering to watch the National Day 2021 celebration airshow.
Putrajaya district police chief, ACP A. Asmadi Abdul Aziz said it is understandable that many are excited and eager to celebrate National Day, but it should be celebrated with the new normal practices in place following the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Members of the public, especially the people of Putrajaya are advised to celebrate virtually and watch the show live on television,” he told Bernama on the preparation and deployment of police personnel in conjunction with the National Day 2021 celebration tomorrow at Dataran Pahlawan Negara here.
A.Asmadi said a total of 235 police personnel have been tasked to ensure the smooth running of tomorrow’s event and compliance with the the standard operation procedures (SOPs) set.
He hoped that the public especially Putrajaya residents will adhere to the SOPs and avoid large gathering and always observe physical distancing.
“We will ensure that members of the public follow the rules and adhere to the SOPs and refrain themselves from bringing their children out to public places,” he said.
Themed ‘Malaysia Prihatin’, this year’s National Day small-scale celebration will be held in a controlled environment without the presence of members of the public physically, in accordance with the advice of the National Security Council (MKN) and the Ministry of Health (MOH).
The live broadcast of the National Day 2021 celebration will begin at 8 am on all local television channels and via Facebook Live of the Communications and Multimedia Ministry, Merdeka 360 and the Information Department.
There will be four main presentations held tomorrow comprising a Malaysian Armed Forces drumline performance, a silent march by the Royal Malaysian Navy, a combined band show of various uniformed agencies as well as an air display by the Royal Malaysian Air Force.
Book Review: Love Story With An Unpredictable Twist In ‘Half-Girlfriend’
You want a girlfriend but you have a girl as your friend — a half girlfriend maybe? When it comes to Chetan Bhagat’s novels, it’s always about reflecting on society in a fun, non-serious way. Half Girlfriend is a pretty simple and straightforward love story. The story is about Madhav and Riya.
Two individuals with completely different statuses in society. Madhav is a simple boy from Bihar while Riya is a rich girl based in Dehli. They met at St.Stephen’s college and instantly became close friends.
Madhav has a soft spot for Riya but Riya, friend zone him. Madhav wanted Riya to be his girlfriend. He questions her about the nature of their relationship. Feeling uncomfortable Riya says that she is not his girlfriend, but they can maybe reach a compromise since they have reached halfway, and she offers to be his “Half Girlfriend.”
In one scene, Madhav hopes for a physical relationship with Riya but she got upset and left. A few days later, Riya got married to her childhood best friend, Rohan, and settled down in London. Delhi wasn’t the ideal place for Madhav ever since Riya left. Hence, he went back to his hometown where he helped his mother run the local school, Dumraon Royal School.
Over the course of the story, the author takes the readers through the ups and downs of their on and off relationship experience. At one point, Madhav came across Riya who was now a divorcee. Riya then helps him prepare a speech for some fundraising events. However, after the event, Riya wrote a letter saying she has lung cancer. She also confesses her love for Madhav but mentioned she had only three months to live. With that, she left. Madhav tried so hard searching for Riya but it was in vain because she had cut ties with India and vanished.
Three years late, through Riya’s journal he discovered she was still alive and she lied about having cancer. The part that excites me is when Madhav travels to New York after knowing Riya isn’t actually dead. Actually, Madhav remembered that Riya wanted to become a singer at a bar in New York. After three months, he finally found her performing at a jazz event and they reunite.
The book ended with the author visiting the school in Dumraon three and a half years later, seeing Madhav and Riya running the school successfully.
This novel is heartwarming and there’s plenty of twists compared to a regular love story. And I totally agree with the author who said Half Girlfriend is a uniquely Indian phenomenon, where boys and girls aren’t clear about their relationship status. I felt this was true because, in this novel, Riya is a character that is ready to expand herself while Madhav, just wants to cling to Riya. Also, in real life, some guys tend to think they have a deeper connection than just being friends with a girl but that doesn’t mean the girl is his girlfriend. Hence the term ‘half girlfriend’ to me, is a clever one.
Besides, in the book, you can actually tell that they belong together but they just kept drifting apart. During the climax, I actually thought they had split for good and Riya would be a mere memory to Madhav. However, towards the end, it kept me glued to my seat. Like finally, they actually reunited and this time, Riya decided to stay.
Overall, it is a good novel. The words use were simple, keeping it easy for readers. I did enjoy this novel pretty much! Not only that, there’s a movie based on this very novel titled ‘Half Girlfriend’, acted by Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor.
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