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Friday, July 24, 2009



A BIZARRE swimming incident on Windermere coincided with the announcement that a team of paranormal investigators will plumb the lake’s depths in search of a giant creature.
Thomas Noblett, 46, was swimming the lake this week when he was suddenly swamped by a three-foot wave of unknown origin.

A spate of eyewitness sightings reported by The Gazette during 2006-2007 described a 50-foot long serpent-like animal surfacing on Windermere.

Psychic Dean ‘Midas’ Maynard, who came to prominence by accurately predicting sports score lines and X factor winners, will join The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ), in the hunt for the beast in September....

Well, ladies and gentlemen, I can exclusively announce that...

...I have no idea what these people are talking about.

This September Max, Corinna and I shall be in Ireland, following the yellow brick road and Richard, Chris Clark et al will hopefully be oop t'Jungle (an announcement will be made at the WW). I have not actually heard of Dean "Midas" Maynard, and although it is perfectly valid CFZ policy to go drinking with wizards, it is not CFZ policy to publically ally ourselves with TV psychics. Some bloke telephoned Richard the other week to ask about the results of our 2006/7 Lake District investigations. He asked Richard if he would join in some new investigation, and Richard was non-committal, though he wished him luck. I can only suppose that it is the same person. Richard did not commit because of financial constraints and because (as I hint above) a new expedition is in the offing.

I think Dean should have forseen that.


Syd said...

"I think Dean should have forseen that."

These psychics are not that good, Jon.
If they were, there would be no need for the organisers of psychic fairs etc., to almost invariably state on adverts and programs, that the schedule may be altered due to "UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES".

Richard Freeman said...

Thats the bloke who phoned me, though he never mentioned being a tv psychic! I said we would love to return to the lake district at a future time but we busy with the Weird Weekend and other things. I also gave him my opinion that the monster was a giant eel.

Jon Downes said...

I thought it was. Remember I was in the office with you at the time, and I am damn certain that you said nothing to even hint that we would be doing an expedition with him. Cheeky bugger.

Anyway, the newspaper have revised the story..