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Friday, 23 December 2011

Merry Christmas from John and Dawn

from John and Dawn

Holly my grandaughter showing what she thinks of Haunted Skies! no comment!

My favourite, this is my sons cat when she heard how many Volumes were going to be published!

Ken Roache AKA Ken Barlow of Coronation St fame was talking about his interview with Kevin Moor Sky TV ( we havn't seen the documentary) and his beliefs.....
Those pesky' Saucers' get everwhere!

Volume 5

Hi, everyone,we have been busy sorting out the images and script to be used in Volume 5
which we hope will include the period from 1972-1976. I am itching to get my teeth into
Volume 6 which may just cover one years activity ! This was an incredible period and began with a spate of UFO sightings in Wales during early February, many of which were brought to the attention of Randall Jones Pugh a local vet whom we had the pleasure of meeting at Roche some years. What worries us is whether we can fit all of this into one year, we shall see in due course!

Brenda Butler rang today and left a message with the seasons greeting, We are sorry that Colonel Halt is not coming this would have been a historic visit but hope he will come over at some time next year.

The lady who lives opposite me Mrs Hathaway tells me about a sighting over Alvechurch in 1962, when residents were astonished to see three 'discs' flying across the sky over the local Church

And Geff rang up telling me about a very strange incidnet that occurred in the early days of Talk Sport when they interviewed an ex RAF Officer about a sighting during the cold war.
I thought I was going to know what he was on about, but was suprised when Geff told me that the RAF man's conversation was cut off in mid air, as soon as he mentioned that the first RAF Jet went into a cloud on an intercept course, and never came out! I have no idea about this matter whatsoever, but see no reason to mistrust the version of events as given by Geff.

VOLUME 5 will cover some very interesting cases they will include two sightings of UFO's
towards the end of 1972, when the occupants were seen! And other cases where framents or debris has been recovered from the scene following a UFO sighting. There will also be many illustrations in this Volume and visits to Cradle Hill Warminster. You will read of Giants, Humanoids, strange leaping men, weird 'sashed' entities, intercept by RAF Jets and a few ghosts! Unbelievable not chillingly true!

Its Christmas Eve and our friend Kevin Goodman has popped in to see us. We spent time talking about tghe re-issue of his book next year and general chit chat. He left with a copy of Volume 3 and an Aunt Bessie lemon meringue pie, with instructions not to eat frozen!
Kevin's claim to fame( as indeed was ours) was the pleasure of wolfing down an Aunt Bessie's uncooked pie during a vist to the Weird Weekend in 2011.After a couple of beers we didnt know the difference! ( If you like soggy pastry)

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Haunted Skies Volume 4 now complete...

Lest we forget.................Maude whose memory lives on

Haunted Skies 4 takes off on its journey through

history and the WWW. Haunted Skies Volume

5 begins its birth from the pages of this PC to its

final journey to meet its creator Jon. This will also be

jam packed and cover the period (we hope) 1972

to 1976.

We are pleased to announce that Volume 4 is completed, despite the mud of sunny Devon

and the continuing pawing of our favourite neice (canine) Prudence the dog who now

expects herUncle John and Aunty Dawn to arrive witha tasty tidbit.

Holly my grandaughter is now at home after being born three months premature

Merry Christmas Holly My son Chris is shown.

As from today I am told by Brenda Butler that folowing a letter from Charles Halt

that he is not attending at the forthcoming lecture in June 2012 which is a pity as

we were really looking forward to to meeting him.

But we shall no doubt go, if only to meet up with DonRamkin, David Bryant,Brenda

Butler who is working hard on her book about the Rendlesham story, not forgetting

the gang, Jim John,Larry Pete, Travis etc.........

We can you that there is some very interesting new information in this book. Cant wait ......

An example of the many reports which continued to be brought to our attention during the

making of Haunted Skies 4 came from Colin Reid, who told us about some unusual

airborneobjects he had seen over the years, beginning in 1954, while a young child playing

football in the street in Torquay Road, Torney Close, Sunderland, during the summer

holidays,with other children:

A lady passing by shouted, “Look at that!”, and pointed upwards. I looked and saw a disc or ball-shaped object moving from south to north in the sky, at slow speed. It was about the size of the full moon. It was frequently changing colour from white to black and back to white. A male passer-by said it was a weather balloon, but this did not account for the changing colour, and we could see nothing attached to it to take weather measurements. It disappeared over the house tops.”

Another interesting report from Colin involved an incident in 1962, which was witnessed
by the crew of the
Vessel, SS Spray, owned by Ellis & McHardy, Coal Merchants
Aberdeen, under command of Capt Robert Andrews.

One hour after leaving Aberdeen, on a moonless night, in calm weather, an “aircraft” showing several white lights flew at low level over the ship; there was no sound. It turned back and circled the ship once, before crashing into the sea. This was observed by 6 or 7 officers and crew.

The crash was immediately reported by radio to Aberdeen Harbour Office, who ordered the RNLI to launch the lifeboat and sent out the pilot cutter to assist ‘Spray’ with the search for survivors. A number of fishing vessels also joined the search.

They searched right through the night and during daylight next day. Nothing found. The ‘Spray’ resumed its ballast voyage to Sunderland to load coal back to Aberdeen. I was employed as a Shipping Agent in Sunderland and always attended ‘Spray’, knew the Master well, a typical Scot, serious, absolutely reliable. He had been Master of the vessel for many years.

Early next morning, a man dressed in typical London Civil Service ‘uniform’, including bowler hat and brolly, arrived in our office and asked when ‘Spray’ would arrive. He had come on the overnight sleeper from King’s Cross. The ship was due to arrive within an hour, so he waited and I took him to the ship, arriving as it berthed. He introduced himself to Capt. Andrews and asked for his report.

He was shown the ship’s official log book where all relative times and information were entered.

He wrote it all in his notebook.

He then said that a thorough check of all military and civilian aircraft had been carried out and all were accounted for. No aircraft had been lost. His tone suggested that he did not believe the story. (But if this was the case, why travel all the way from London?)

Just north of Aberdeen, around the headland known as Buchan Ness, there is the RAF base at Lossiemouth, and in the 1960s they would fly Lancaster Bombers from there with strange, large, ‘lumps’ on one side. I wondered how they could fly. I used to see them when I made voyages up the Scottish coast on our cargo ships. At sea there was a circle of white buoys around one mile in circumference with a red buoy in the centre of the circle.

These aircraft would make bombing runs to try to hit the red buoy. When a bomb hit the sea it gave off red smoke as a marker. So experimental aircraft were flying in that area, but Lancaster’s engines make a very loud noise, whereas whatever crashed off Aberdeen was silent.”

December 13th 2011 Triangular UFO seen over Dudley(again)!

UFO over Farnborough

At 4am.on the 20th January 1980, milkman - Fred Smith, was ‘on his rounds’ through the streets of Cove, near Farnborough, when he paused to look up at the clear night sky - still dotted with a few stars, with the promise of a fine day when he noticed an illuminated object in the sky approaching his position from the North. Thinking its was probably a high flying aircraft, or satellite, he continued to watch - his curiosity now aroused, and checked his watch - which showed 4.07 am.

“The ‘light’ had now increased in size and was beginning to take on a crescent shape, with a bluish haze around it. It didn’t look man-made. I began to feel uneasy. By now there was no doubt it was crescent shaped, with a bluish glow all around it, flying quite fast, at a high altitude, when I realised it was slowing down. Suddenly it came to a stop; hovering in the sky above Farnborough .I could feel the hairs on the back of my neck standing on end. After a short time, the ‘craft’ slowly turned around and accelerated away northwards, and was soon gone from sight.”

Fred tried to put it to the back of his mind and get on with his job, but fate was to decree this was not the only strange thing he was going to witness that early morning. At 5.26 am a Boeing 747 aircraft flew slowly through the sky overhead, followed by the appearance of the now familiar strange ‘luminous craft’ approaching across the sky from the North,

“Its crescent shape becoming visible, as it stopped overhead and began circling over Farnborough. I was spellbound. It was doing this sort of skidding motion - almost a sideways movement as it circled - then it flew inwards and stopped over Farnborough, again, completely silent for 6-7minutes.”Several minutes later, the silent glowing ‘craft’ turned again and accelerated away, northwards. (Source: Omar Fowler, SIGAP / PRA)

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

The sun sets on Volume 3 Haunted Skies

Some interesting newspaper cuttings from past times. Good to see Budd! and thanks to that very nice man Pete Robbins for his kind words for us and Haunted Skies.

As the sun now begins to set on Volume 3, covering just two jam packed years, information that you could not have obtained from the MOD who tell us that their records were routinely destroyed before they decided to catalogue UFO reports- we now turn our eyes forward into British History and look forward to

seeing the 4th Volume in production which covers the period 1968-1971.

Here are some glimpses into future UFO events..............which will be published in future Volumes! fingers crossed that we get past the 21st of December 2012!

UFO sighting over Birmingham January 1998

Sandra from Kings Norton Birmingham just off the Redditch Road, found her self unable to sleep after a spate of burglaries in the road, and was looking out of the window at 2am when she noticed a number of infrared security lights had been actuated in the road, wondering if the cause was prowlers or an animal she looked around for the cause and saw,

Two strange objects adjacent to each other in the sky, one was a silver pear shaped light, the other an orange globe, about four times the size of a full Moon in size, hardly daring to breathe I watched them as they hovered approximately a couple of hundred feet off the ground above the house s opposite. Then they slowly moved away illuminating the ground below then as they headed off towards the Primrose Estate.”

In conversation with the couple who had no special interest in UFOS or the paranormal,we learnt after the event had taken place they had seen what looked like a ‘grinning monkey faced apparition ‘in the bedroom which promptly disappeared when the lights were switched on including a rather disturbing incident involving their daughter, which occurred in 1992,


My daughter was aged three at the time and running a high temperature we had problems contacting the family doctor and decided to keep an all night vigil at her beside while attempting to lower her temperature. At 5am she awoke and seemed her normal self, I asked her how she was she replied, Mummy a little man came from behind the curtain and gave me some medicine” (Source: personal interview)

Whether there was any connection with the appearance of the grinning monkey face, and British folklore which tells of an unpleasant spirit labelled the bogieman allegedly fond of haunting children and described as black in appearance with an ugly grinning face, short and hairy with a foul smell, is a question we cannot say.

Coincidently we were contacted by Karl Smith from Cleveland Middlesbrough who told of having been “plagued by strange entities seen at the family home “including what he saw visually as a ‘monkey face’ which he captured on photo, and sent to us along with an illustration, did he really take a photograph of something supernatural in origin or was this an example of simulacra?

Steven and Annie Clark from Audenshaw, Manchester were at home on the evening of February 9th 1998 when they saw ‘Two balls of solid bright light moving very slowly, the light on the top moved over the top of the other. They had three little bright lights on the rear flashing perfectly in time with each other several hundred feet off the ground, making a slight humming noise as they passed overhead’ In conversation with Steven who was to provided us with further information about the incident we learnt he was interviewed by UFO Magazine and Granada TV on at least two occasions and subsequently appeared in a documentary part of a six part series, entitled ‘Origin Unknown’ Steve ‘One thing which wasn’t publicized was that I had managed to look at the objects through a high powered telescope when I saw a small red light slightly offset from the middle of each object’ Another witness was Steve’s friend Mark McGlinchey who described seeing the same objects going over, his house some miles away. (Source Personal interview) At 3.40pm the same day’ three golden balls of light’ were seen heading across the sky over Rhoose looking towards Somerset gone within seconds.

Paul Coady from Langley Berkshire with a background in the aircraft industry was sat outside in his back garden at 2.45pm 31st May 1998 watching various aircraft flying overhead on a warm pleasant afternoon. All of sudden an object resembling an ice cream cone in appearance with a grey metallic surface passed slowly overhead. a few hundred feet off the ground. I was riveted with excitement and watched as it entered light cloud cover. After thirty minutes of waiting for it to come out of the other side I gave up after the cloud cover itself disappeared over the horizon’ (Source: personal interview)

Some interesting newspaper cuttings from past times. Good to see Budd! and thanks to that very nice man Pete Robbins for his kind words for us and Haunted Skies.

Forthcoming attractions- January talk on Radio Peterborough will advise more details when known

Letters received..............

Sarah Falkland from the BBC

Hada nice letter back from our next door neighbour, Sarah Falkland who is a presenter on BBC Midlands. At the time when she was living next door to us, she expresssed an interest in getting us some publicity. A journalist was on his way to us to do that when he was redirected to another more important task! In December 2011 we sent Sarah the 1st Volume. She wrote back to us saying this was a fascinating read, and wished us well for the future. What a lovely woman she is!Unfortunatly she advised us that 'not sure if we'll be able to cover on Midlands Today,but I know that I will enjoy it"

Times (The) 29.7.52