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Friday, May 28, 2010

RICHARD FREEMAN: Spineless protests against anti dolphin slaughter film

A shocking documentary film called The Cove, about the slaughter of dolphins in Japan is fighting to be screened in that country. A US naval base has, in an exceptionally cowardly move, cancelled a screening after protests by nationalists. Every single Japanese person should be made to watch this film and shown what their government allows to go on.
http://www.aolnews.com/earth-day/article/protests-mount-in-japan-against-dolphin-slaughter-movie-the-cove/19450157

TONY LUCAS ON THE RADIO

http://www.95bfm.com/assets/sm/195783/3/hour2-2.mp3


Tony Lucas has been incredibly active recently. This is a link to an mp3 of a recent radio interview about his activities and plans for the future.

Whilst on the subject of Tony L, I would like to take this opportunity to say how much I like and admire the fellow. He is in particularly bad health but still manages to continue his researches despite setbacks that would bring other men to their knees. His researches into the wildlife, both cryptic and otherwise, of New Zealand are admirable, and I can think of no-one that I would rather have running the New Zealand office of the CFZ.

It is one of the strange things about the internet and mass global communication that one can get close to people whom one has never met. Tony and his lovely wife are two such people, and I dearly hope that one day I shall make it to New Zealand to meet them in person....

LINDSAY SELBY: The OTHER Trout Lake Monster

In view of the thing found washed up at Trout Lake Ontario (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario/big-trout-lake-monster-sparks-internet-debate/article1576748/), I thought I would look at other lake monster tales from there.


Trout Lake is alleged to have another monster. According to Wilson Street, a local historian and author, there have been reports of large swells of water, shadows and figures of various proportions and sizes, much , he says, like the Loch Ness monster. The lake is a glacial one, like many others from the Ice Age where there have been lake monster reports. Street says the lake is considered almost bottomless in parts.


The stories about the alleged monster gained more attention after the mysterious disappearance of Margaret and Allen Campbell on May 25, 1956. Apparently, after eating lunch they went out in their fibreglass boat, and were never seen again. In 2006 the Ontario Provincial Police, acting on a report from a fisherman, used imaging equipment and discovered the couple’s bodies on the bottom of the lake, not far from the cabin. Their boat was also found.


Local sighting reports of the 'monster' have included crocodile/alligator-like creatures, and serpent-like creatures (sounds familiar doesn’t it?).


The latest carcass of some rather ugly looking poor dead creature has sparked some controversy. Some residents of Big Trout Lake, an Oji-Cree community of 1,200 south of Hudson Bay, believe the animal is a rare local creature known as an omajinaakoos, which roughly translates to 'ugly one.' Band councillor Darryl Sainnawap said his great uncle spotted one about 50 years ago. “He says in his younger days he was with his grandfather ... and he did see this same creature and that’s the last time he saw it," he said. “His grandfather called him omajinaakoos." Some local elders in the community, which is also known as Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, believe the animal is a messenger of bad news. “No one knows what it is but our ancestors used to call it the Ugly One. Rarely seen but when seen, it’s a bad omen. Something bad will happen according to our ancestors," the community’s website says.


Lets’s hope nothing bad happens, but the monster tales have been around for while and it will be interesting to see if more sightings are reported after the recent publicity. Sometimes it encourages people to come forward.

John Robert Columbo (1999), "Mysteries of Ontario", Toronto: Hounslow Press, (page. 163 to read about Wilson Street )

HELP!!!!!!!!!!





I am nearly out of the mesquite barbecue sauce that I brought back from Texas, and this is a serious matter. I must have my sauce, man!


If any of our American readers fancy sending me a bottle I would be very grateful. It is under a dollar in Walmart, but I cannot find any stockists for it in the UK.


Once upon a time George Harrison, the guitarist for a Liverpool beat combo of some reknown, said in an interview that he liked jelly beans. As a result he was inundated with the things.


I live in hope of a similar thing happening to me with KC Masterpiece Mesquite Barbecue sauce. One never knows one's luck.



P.S. If any UK readers can find a stockist for the stuff this side of the Atlantic that would also be very much appreciated!

ALAN FRISWELL YOU ARE A VERY SICK MAN




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OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

On this day in 1953 Edmond Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest. Hillary and Norgay were the first people ever to reach the summit and live to tell the tale, but it is certainly a possibility that others reached the summit first. In particular George Mallory, whose almost perfectly preserved body was found on the mountain in 1999, is thought by many to have reached the summit because a photo of his wife, which he had said he intended to leave at the summit was among the few items missing from his kit.

And now, the news, which Corinna has been busily posting for most of the day to create a bumper crop:

Animal Planet's 'River Monsters' visits Illiamna L...
'Hot air balloon' octopus mystery solved
Schoolgirl comes face to face with 'black panther'...
A recent paper showing why Burmese pythons won't b...
Case study analyzes why, where and when of leading...
Bacteria Living in 'Cloud Cities' May Control Rain...
2 new frog species discovered in Panama's fungal w...
Rare Ocelot Found Dead, Endangered Species Not See...
unknown lizards in Southeast Asia
New Giant Monitor Lizard Discovered
New Zealand gecko spotted for first time in 100 ye...
Giant Palouse earthworms found, but they aren't as...
A promising vaccine for the ebola virus
New orchid discoveries and the illegal orchid trad...
These include a new dwarf wallaby:
New species from Papua:
New invertebrate species from the Antarctic:
Musk turtles can breathe with their tongue:
More on the monitor lizard discoveries from the Ph...
Eastern black rhinos are being reintroduced to Tan...
Three Florida panthers were found killed by cars w...
Big Foot Spotted In the Wild at Toy Fair 2010
Were Dinosaurs Warm Or Cold-Blooded? First Method ...
Mystery B.C. fossil is early squid-family ancestor...
New bird discovered in Colombia—and released alive...
Panther spotted in Natchez?
No doubt about it: There are mountain lions in sta...
Mountain lion: Several more unconfirmed Greene Cou...
Mystery surrounds Iowa armadillo
Yah-bah-dah-bah-doooo! Bear called 'Yogi' comes ba...
Snapping Turtle found in Kent

‘Kent’ you believe it?