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Monday, September 21, 2009

KILLARNEY LAKES ON THURSDAY - the plot thickens

Yesterday I wrote:

"On Thursday (late afternoon) we were at a place called `Ladies View` looking down onto the three lakes of Killarney. On the upper lake we did see some anomalous objects, which appear to be animate. And furthermore, we did film and photograph them. Before anyone gets excited, we have not got crystal clear footage of humps and a long neck looming out of the water. Why? Because that's not what we saw.

But we do have footage taken from halfway up the mountain of a number of "things", as Ivan T. would doubtlessly have called them, moving through the water, leaving significant wakes."

I spoke to Tony Shiels yesterday, and he told me that "nobody would believe me", but I have gone public anyway. Yesterday Dan Holdsworth, who is a good mate, and someone whom I hold in the highest regard wrote :

"I am reliably informed that at a time when a certain Wizard knew Jon was coming and would be on a certain mountain at a certain time with a camcorder almost as short-sighted as Jon is, a lake monster put in an appearance in the lake below him" and concluded, that I have "had his [my] leg ever so slightly pulled?"

Now, some years ago I gave a lecture to BUFORA in London about my adventures in Puerto Rico, and I mentioned in passing that "something" had crashed into a forested hillside on the island in 1957. I stressed that whatever it was, I was convinced that it was not any sort of alien spacecraft, because - in my opinion - such things were nonsense, and that it was probably a meteorite.

However the audience pricked their ears up at this and insisted on asking me inane questions like "Did the occupants of the craft come in peace?" and "what sort of propulsion systems did it use?" until I gave up and stomped off to the bar in a bad temper.

I am beginning to feel like this now.

2 comments:

Greatbeast said...

Apparently Dr. Holdsworth is "reliably informed". By whom?

Dr Dan Holdsworth said...

OK, well having had a better look at the surroundings I'm more or less prepared to eat my own words here. As far as I can see from the online images and so on (google earth being unfortunately useless here) any thought of pulling a fast one with plastic-wrapped straw bales more or less goes out of the window; this sort of malarkey only works if the audience is daft enough to believe and cannot get in close to the dummy monster.

in addition to plenty of space, you also need several hundred quid to play with, some good techies to build it, and somewhere nice and quiet to test it out. You also need a prankster who thinks techie, and from what I know of him, that isn't Tony Shiels at all. I would certainly be very tempted to pull such a prank given the right resources; Tony wouldn't.

So, judging on what I've seen, big eels is my current favourite and seeing as the lakes are small and shallow, I'd be tempted to experiment a little. Touristy roads like those around the Ring of Kerry are usually liberally strewn with the dismembered bodies of whatever local wildlife is too daft to learn road sense; I'd be tempted to collect some and chuck it into these lakes, to see what local wildlife fancied a nibble. If I could obtain a dead cat or two I'd be even more hopeful of nabbing an eel since dead cats were once the favoured bait of eel fishermen on account of how smelly a decomposing feline is in water.