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A white witch claims to have put a hex on Vodafone following the company's plans to erect a phone mast in the English countryside. Kevin Carlyon, self-proclaimed King of the White Witches, carried out a pagan ritual to stop Vodafone putting the mast up in East Sussex. Carlyon called upon the services of the spirits of earth, air, fire and water to halt Vodafone's plans to place the mast near the Long Man of Wilmington, a priapically-enhanced chalk carving. All of which is in marked contrast to the CofE, which has added its support to the lucrative mobile phone business by allowing broadcast masts to be erected in church spires. According to news site Electronics Weekly, Vodafone has not been fazed by the curse. "We have applied for planning permission to build a mast," confirmed one Vodafone representative. "They claim to have put a spell on us." Vodafone told The Register that it would take more than a bit of hocus-pocus to frighten it. "No, we're not scared. The fact is that the coverage that will ensure [from the mast] will benefit a lot of people," said a Vodafone representative, no doubt crossing his fingers while trying not to drop his rabbit's foot. ®

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