Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Up to now there have been mainly two fields of thinking over these strange “orbs.”
1) They are a form of plasma energy, or ball lighting.
2) All of the sightings refer to Chinese lanterns, released by over-enthusiastic wedding guests etc.
Ah, if only UFO research was that simple! I am very sad to report that, contrary to what many of our sceptical critics may think and say, there is a VAST difference in the way in which these very pretty paper lanterns move gently, with the wind, across the sky and the more rapid, and non-wandering, routes taken by the more intriguing, and true “orbs.”
Over the last ten years or so I have been very lucky in witnessing both varieties by day and by night. In Devon, over the Lyme Bay area and Exmouth, I saw steady, glowing orange orbs, floating in a clear, blue cloudless sky. They moved steadily in a straight line for about two to three minutes before simply fading away. I have also witnessed the same phenomenon, moving over the area of Woodbury common, an area of wild gorse land just outside Exmouth. This time it was in the early hours of the morning. Again, the weather was fine, with no cloud cover.
Now, lets deal with the two explanations given by sceptics.
1) PLASMA ENERGY
To have been plasma energy or ball lighting one would have expected there to have been a local geomagnetic or weather-generated event occurring at the same time as the ball of light appeared. At NO time during my sightings was there any type of such an event occurring in the area involved.
2) CHINESE LANTERNS
I have observed these nice, little Chinese toys and will agree that if one has little or no experience observing objects in the skies, especially at night, then it might - just might - be possible to mistake this type of short-living paper lantern for a more substantial and far more solid object. If your object continues to travel in a perfectly straight line for at least three minutes at quite a rapid speed, then I would stake a king's pension that it was NO lantern.
Now for the really interesting thing: I recently moved up to the northwest. I live in Morecambe, quite close to the nuclear power station at Heysham. Quite soon after moving up here, I was taking my family out for a early evening drive along the main coast road from Morecambe to Hest Bank. It was just about dusk and the sky was not quite fully dark. Suddenly, from the right of the road appeared a glowing, orange light, quite low in the sky.
Having seen all of this, I was getting a bit excited about this area's possibilities re. UFO hunting! However, the next sighting to get my juices really flowing happened right outside my own front door during a cloudy but dry early evening a few months later.
From what appeared to be ground level, or as near as can be, came two orange orbs, one very quickly followed by another. These orbs rose at an angle of approx. 45 degrees to the ground, at a very quick speed. They seemed to reach the cloud base, which was about 1000ft or so, in a matter of two/three seconds, and disappear up into the clouds themselves! There was NO way these were lanterns, not unless they have taken to launching these lanterns by high-speed catapults! The only thing these strange orbs reminded of was the tail flames of ground-launched rockets, such was their speed!
I have never read any account of such 'launched' orbs having been sighted before. I am, however, intrigued by the location of the sighting. In my life as a journalist I have often been amazed by life's little trick of throwing up opportunities of getting new leads on stories. This was such a case. A few weeks later I was given new information about the waste recycling plant and the aircraft hanger. According to my informant, the recycling plant is run by ICI, and the hanger is used for growing or storing potatoes.
As you can see from my photo of this building, it must take one heck of a lot of spuds to fill this hanger! This is a very big hanger, which, again according to information given to me, dates from WWII. The whole area around the hanger and recycling plant is a bit of an odd mix of farmland and commercial properties and aerial masts etc. As I surveyed this area I realised just how easy it would be to hide a whole array of secrets amongst the mix of everyday buildings and other perfectly normal objects across this landscape. Add to this mix of objects and buildings the huge array of power substations and power lines etc. that run to and from the power station at Heysham, then there presents a new opportunity to hide even more guilty government secrets! Add to this the presence of Bae Systems at Preston, not too far away, and one's mind can run away with one at the plots you could imagine.
Now, of course there may very well be absolutely no secrets to hide around this part of the Lancashire coastline. The only thing I can state for sure is the behaviour of the orange orbs that I saw taking off from around that part of the local area.
Does the nearness of Heysham power station have anything to do with the sighting? Does the really large, old aircraft hanger type building nearby, have a bearing on the events? I really don't know! But I have a strange feeling in these old investigator's bones of mine, that they do indeed have a bearing of some kind.
Images (from top): Heysham power station; Hanger; Entrance to recycling centre.
Ryedale Aquarist Society 12th Open Show & Auction
Sunday 11th September, 2011
Malton, North Yorkshire
Open Show exhibits - 20p
Schedule of Classes
1. Danio and Minnow
5. Molly and Platy
7. A.O.V. Livebearer
8. AV Female Livebearer
9. Breeders - Livebearer
10. Matched Pair - Livebearer
11. Aspidoras and Small Corydoras (up to 5.5cm)
12. Betta splendens (Siamese Fighters)
13. A.O.V. Small Anabantid (up to 10cm)
14. A.O.V. Large Anabantid (over 10cm)
15. Small Barb (up to 10cm)
16. Large Barb (over 10cm)
17. Angel and Discus
18. Endemic Rift Lake Cichlids
19. A.O.V. Small Cichlids (up to 10cm)
20. A.O.V. Large Cichlids (over 10cm)
21. Albino and Xanthic
22. Fundulopanchax, Scriptaphyosemion, Archiaphyosemion, Aphyosemion and Callopanchax
23. A.O.V. Killifish
24. Scleromystax, Brochis and Large Corydoras (over 5.5cm)
25. Female Egglayer
26. Sharks and Foxes
27. Single Tailed Goldfish
28. Double Tailed Goldfish
29 A.O.V. Coldwater
30. Botia and Loach
31. Pencil Fish
32. A.O.V. Small Characin (up to 7cm)
33. Large Characin (over 7cm)
34. A.O.V. Small Catfish (up to 15cm)
35. A.O.V. Large Catfish (over 15cm)
36. A.O.V. Tropical (up to 15cm)
37. A.O.V. Tropical (over 15cm)
38. Matched Pair - Egglayer
39. Breeders - Egglayers
OPEN SHOW AWARDS;-
BEST IN SHOW
BEST GOLDFISH EXHIBIT
PRIZES FOR: 1st 2nd AND 3rd PLACE IN ALL CLASSES
Mrs. P. Jones
Mr. T. Douglas
Mr. K. Webb
Mr. P. Brown
BENCHING OF OPEN SHOW EXHIBITS
10.00a.m. to 12.30p.m.
AUCTION LOTS TO BE TABLED BY 12.15p.m.
TO PRE-BOOK AUCTION LOTS PHONE 01751 472715
AUCTION BEGINS AT 12.30p.m.
AUCTIONEER: Mr. S. Jones
Please note that Ryedale A.S. will take a 15% commission on all auction lots sold.
Please label lots to assist the auctioneer.
Please make sure that all electrical goods are clearly marked with the name and address of the seller.
OPEN SHOW RULES
1. Judging to Y.A.A.S. rules and standards. All exhibits to be shown in slab sided containers. All show tanks to have sufficient airspace above the waterline.
2. Once benched, exhibits are not to be removed without the permission of the show steward. When de-benching is announced all exhibitors should remain within the show room until it is established that no exhibits are missing.
3. To assist the public, exhibitors must name their entries.
4. Although Ryedale A.S. will take all possible care of exhibits, and provide access to airpump facilities for use by exhibitors, no responsibility can be accepted for loss or damage to exhibits. Non-exhibitors must gain permission from the Show Steward to take photographs (flash photography is prohibited prior to and during judging) within the showing room. Members of the Ryedale Aquarist Society will be present within the showing room at all times.
5. Fish entered in Classes 9 and 39 are to consist of six fish bred by the exhibitor with the date of spawning/birth of the fry and breeding group clearly marked.
6. Fish entered in Classes 10 and 38 must be true pairs.
7. Entries in Class 40 are for Juniors only. Entries will only be accepted if the Junior, age limit 16, in whose name these fish are benched, is present on the day.
8. Classes 22 and 23 follow the current killie showing guide as laid down by the Y.A.A.S. Judges and Standards Committee.
The venue operates a strict NO SMOKING or CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL policy.
There is ample FREE PARKING around the venue. Refreshments will be available at the venue.
Further details can be obtained from:
David Marshall Tel: 01751 472715
E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit our web site at http://www.ryedaleaquaristsociety.co.uk/
HOW TO FIND THE VENUE
From WEST YORKSHIRE, SOUTH YORKSHIRE, LANCASHIRE, THE SOUTH etc. – From Tadcaster follow the A64 onto the Malton by-pass. Branch left at signs for Flamingo Land and Steam Railway. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit (A1472) into Old Malton. Carry on past the Wentworth Arms (right-hand side) and the venue is on your left.
From the NORTH-EAST, CUMBRIA, SCOTLAND
From Thirsk (A1 or A19) - Follow A170 road towards Helmsley. Follow road down from Sutton Bank and approx. 2 miles from Helmsley turn right after bend taking the B1257 signposted Malton.
From Stokesley go into Helmsley. Turn right at Church and at mini-roundabout turn right onto A170 signposted Thirsk. At top of hill branch left B1257 signposted Malton.
If using caravan route from Thirsk branch right onto B1257 and continue to Malton.
As you enter Malton turn left at first traffic lights and go past the industrial estate. Continue on (schools on right-hand side) down hill to mini-roundabout. Turn left into Old Malton. Church on right. Parking and venue on the right-hand side.
From HUMBER BRIDGE, DRIFFIELD, HULL etc. - Follow the B1248 into Norton turning left into the high street. Go past the swimming baths, turn right over the railway crossing and follow the bend to the traffic lights. At the lights turn right. Go up the hill and past a large glass building (RDC) on your left. At the mini-roundabout go straight over and past the Church. The venue is on your right-hand side.
SCARBOROUGH, BRIDLINGTON - Follow the A64. At the Malton by-pass take the exit signposted Old Malton (A1472). 1st exit at roundabout. As you enter Old Malton go past the Wentworth Arms (right-hand side) and the venue is on your left.
From WHITBY - Follow the A169 Whitby to Pickering road into Pickering. Going past the cemetery carry straight on to the roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto A1472. Going past the turning for Eden Camp brings you to Old Malton roundabout. Take the 2nd exit. As you enter Old Malton go past the Wentworth Arms (right-hand side) and the venue is on your left.
Well, it wasn't actually a dinosaur; it was Ronan, and he's not actually missing anymore, but you get the point.
Ronan's flight was severely delayed due to mechanical problems, and for a while we had lost track of him completely. Max was due to collect him at Bristol airport but couldn't find him, and for a while there was a weeping and a wailing and a gnashing of teeth.
But now he is found, and the intrepid duo are on their way down the M5 to buy cake.
All is well.
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See you all at the Weird Weekend, I hope. On Friday I'll be talking about the real Grizzly Adams and his run-ins with the world's greatest showman in my talk 'The Man Who Humbugged Barnum.' Grizzly Adams was certainly nothing like this TV incarnation:
And then the follow-up part on Oriental Dragons touching on the point that they appear to be Euryapsids, like Plesiosaurs and as previously stated for the Viking Dragons and Gargoyles.
And at Frontiers of Anthropology, the first of three articles submitted (in German) on the twin subjects of Jurgen Spanuth and the myth of Phaethon as describing the impact of some celestial body(Translation is still in progress for the other parts):