Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Welsh UFO Sightings 2006

Welsh UFO Sightings 2006

Welsh UFO sightings from 2006, taken from the MOD records, SUFON database, and good old Prof. Google. For sightings from other years please click HERE

January 6th, 21:10 - 21:20
Llanllechid, Nr Bangor

Dr CB and his wife were driving in the vehicle up a gentle hill in Wales when they saw what looked like a star at first then it elongated to a cylinder shape as it rose higher. They watched this for approximately 10 minutes. It appeared orange in colour and they could see/feel infra sonic or elf radio pulses. The object appeared to come in from the south east, it descended, hovered for 10 minutes then moved slowly westwards and ascended out of view.

The size of the object could have been quite large when it was near the power lines its speed suddenly very fast as it was ascending and they could hear a low frequency throbbing noise. They stated they could hear the noise inside their heads, not so much through their ears. It was a very cloudy night no moon and no stars as the clouds were was too thick. The wife tried to take a photograph with her camera phone but the object was too high.

Source: Awareness V28/N2    

Thursday January 12th, 23:30
Heol Fach, Treboeth, Swansea

Mark Rayworth (31) noted the sky was clear as "he saw what he described as an elongated triangular-shaped object, heading northwards, in the direction of the Llangyfelach, at a height of about 200 feet. Whilst the object appeared to be of a white colour, what made it unusual was the fact that it seemed to be materialising and dematerialising as it moved. The object, which was moving fairly quickly, eventually disappeared from view. No lights or sound was observed."

February, 06:30
The bizarre airborne sighting was made early on Friday morning. [Published Feb 17th.] The Narbeth & Whitland Observer has been contacted by one motorist who was intrigued by what he saw while driving home to Saundersfoot from Pembroke between 6.30 and 7 am. "I was on my way home from work when I saw a something in the sky with lights on," explained the motorist. "At first I thought it was a helicopter," he continued. "It followed me all the way home and when I got in I got the binoculars out and looked at it more closely. It was definitely not a star or a helicopter and, as I believe in them, I think it was quite possibly a UFO."


March 22nd, 21:00
Garth Mountain, Pentrych
Rod Graves (72) said: "There were approximately 40 or more lights moving down the mountain at quite a speed. This was cigar shaped in the sky we think. I was called by my partner and a friend to get the camera, but it had disappeared when I got to the front door, then reappeared, I just wish I had taken my video camera, or that the camera was on manual mode." [some photos were taken]


Amskaya #73 reported: One account comes from a Cardiff man left shaken after he saw three lights dancing around each other before flying away in April 2006. He said, "I saw something that I never believed I would. I saw what at ftrst I thought was a plane, until it changed direction at such an acute angle. At this point it was by two more lights - they were very blurry, orange in colour. They danced around each other and then moved off."

May 1st, 16:45
I am relaying this story on behalf of my father, who swore my mother and I to secrecy when it first happened because he was very scared by his experience and didn't want to be ridiculed if details ended up in the public domain. Over a year later, he's finally agreed to let me share details of this incident with MUFON because I've convinced him it should be recorded *someplace* publicly, even if he doesn't want to go public himself.
On May 1st 2006 my father had to drive from Chester, England to Porthmadog, North Wales, for work reasons. At approx 4:45 PM on the return journey, he was driving south, approaching the village of Gellilydan when he became aware of a "silhouetted cigar shaped object" flying 'gently' below cloud level in an easterly direction about two miles ahead of him. He lost sight of it a few times due to the landscape, but having passed by the village, it became apparent that it was flying slowly north (towards him). Assuming it was a 'regular aircraft' that he couldn't quite visualize properly, he was more interested than concerned at this point, and due to its apparent flight path over the open countryside, he figured it would clear him by less than a mile to the west when it passed. So, his interest was piqued ("is it a helicopter or a plane?" he wondered) and he reduced his driving speed to approx 20-30 mph in order to get a better view.
As the flying object approached a point about 3/4 mile south west of his vehicle, he realized it was actually 'cylindrical'. It had a reflective convex base and a very subtle (barely noticeable) "electric blue" aura. He could only really see the underneath due to its angle. This took him back ("my heart rate accelerated") and having a camera on him, decided to pull over onto a grass verge and take a photo. 
As he did this and scrambled for the camera, he realised the object had accelerated in his direction (it was very high up) and a huge shadow enveloped the area for about a mile around. "It was like a very dark thundercloud was right over me." He pushed his head forward in the windscreen and looked up (awkward angle) - and to his horror could see that this thing was about 1/4 mile wide and just hovering beneath cloud level directly above the part of the road he was on. He said it had huge tiles on its convex base. He had never seen anything like it in his life. It was "impossibly enormous". He realizes -- due to the sheer size of this thing -- that he probably underestimated how far away it was previously, but in relaying this event we've decided to use distances as he "perceived them" at the time.
Anyway, his heart was pounding, he was truly terrified because he couldn't make sense of the object and he was in the middle of nowhere (Snowdonia National Park) and decided to get the hell out of there. He hastily started up his vehicle and pulled off when he noticed the shadow just disappear, "like somebody flicked a switch and the thundercloud vanished".
He looked around as he drove, pushed his face into the windscreen and looked up but he could no longer see it. Then (within sixty seconds), as he passed the Trawsfynydd Twin Nuclear Reactors, he became aware of it hovering above some high ground to the west. The camera was on the passenger seat so without stopping the vehicle he just instinctively picked it up, snapped, then accelerated to 70 mph intending to get out of the area as fast as possible. He was overjoyed when he realised this 'object' had appeared on the exposure because it proved he wasn't going mad and he *had* actually witnessed something very unusual. If it hadn't, he says he's not sure he'd have told my mother and I the story in case we thought he was cracking up.
Ever since, he has been scared of driving through rural areas alone, and won't drive at night time at all. (Not that it was night time when this incident occurred.) I can understand that. It's a good job he had to retire last summer really because he'd no longer be able to do his job due to the amount of driving involved.

Monday May 8th, 13:11
The object looked like a black square hanging in the sky.

Friday June 2nd, 02:00
Gowerton, Swansea
Peter Lane (48) submitted his sighting to the UFO Watch website

The object was larger than a satellite as seen with the naked eye. At first I thought it was a satellite, moving at a steady slow pace. between the space station and the moon, traveling roughly south to north. Within 30 seconds of spotting it I saw what looked like an explosion at first, then a beam of light erupted from it (white light) the beam instantly touched ground on the Lougher estuary at the same instant the beam swept in a straight line across and directly at me. It stopped on me on the porch of our house and held me for about 2 seconds. It then blinked off. The craft then slowly at first begun to bend it's course toward the moon, once the turn was made it instantly increased speed and was gone in a blink.

The entire sighting lasted around two minutes. Peter also noted he had seen something similar in the October or November of 2005 while sitting in a parked car facing north. "Again the space was involved no lights. I spotted a satellite watched it for around 3 mins. before it suddenly swung toward the space station and disappeared in an instant."

Llanfyllin, Powys
Witness saw a disc shaped object with four different colours - blue, green, white and orange. They did not date the sighting but the Workhouse Festival ran from Friday June 30th to Sunday July 2nd, so presumably they saw it on the Sunday night and made the call on the Monday morning.

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In December 2012 Vomanomalous blog posted video footage and other info about a friend's UFO sightings during the summer of 2006. The poster went on to write about their own experience that summer for the June 2014 edition of Phenomena Magazine

Phenomena Magazine June 2014
Phenomena Magazine UFO over Anglesey
Phenomena Magazine June 2014 UFO Wales

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Monday, 25 May 2020

Mary Poppins Returns Dolls

Mary Poppins Returns

2018's Mary Poppins Returns, for me, was kind of like eating store's own brand crisps. They're still crispy and will do in a pinch, but if you can get anything better you'll certainly leave them on the shelf to fester. Still, the A Cover Is Not The Book song was pretty entertaining, and we got a few cool new dolls out of it. 

Mattel released three tie-in dolls:

Mary Poppins Returns Mattel Dolls

Jack - back / boxed / box back.
Mary - back / boxed / box back.

There was also a limited edition (4,000 pieces) Disney store doll available in 2018:

Mary Poppins - back / boxed.

Mary Poppins Returns LE Doll

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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Welsh UFO Sightings 1960

Welsh UFO Sightings

Sightings from 1960, largely from contemporary BUFORA bulletins.

South Wales
White and gold spinning disc.

The Western Mail of February 9th reported:

DOZENS WATCH DISC IN SKY. Process workers at the Royal Ordnance Factory at Pembrey, near Llanelly, were talking last night of the mysterious disc of light they saw travelling across a clear sky. 'It was the most astonishing thing I have ever seen,' said Mr Martin Walsh, aged 43, of Danybryn, Pembrey. 'I would say it was about 3,000 ft. up and measured as much as 400 yards across. The disc was spinning continuously. One moment it was gold, then it changed to white and then back to gold again.' Dozens of other employees also saw it. A friend of his in Pembrey village took a photograph of it. It shows a circle of white light silhouetted against the sky.

The Weekly Argus of February 13th reported: 

SAUCER OVER GWENT? A strange object similar to the one seen by hundreds of people in West Wales as it travelled at great speed across the sky has now been reported over Monmouthshire. It was on Sunday that the huge brilliantly lighted disc was seen by people in Llanelly and district. One astonished eyewitness took a photograph of it and the print has revealed a circle of white light in the sky. Shortly afterwards, a South Wales Argus reader Miss Rita Hatch of Broadhaven, Ton Mawr, Blaenavon, was waiting for a bus in Market Street, Blaenavon, when she saw a large spherical object, golden in colour and with a tail, speeding across the sky from South-West and in the direction of the North-East. Although similar "flying saucer" mysteries are often easily solved with the explanation that weather balloons sent up to record atmospheric conditions reflect in the sunlight, the Air Ministry were not able to say what was seen over Monmouthshire.

June 5th
White light with flares.

June 28th, 23:00
Hovering flashing light.

July 5th
Roath, Cardiff
Fireball falling.  

The Western Mail of July 5th reported:

MYSTERY FIREBALL IN SKY. A mysterious light which cross low in the sky above Cardiff early today was described by one observer as 'a brilliant ball of fire with bits falling off', and by another as 'just like a plane in distress'. 

"A huge white ball, with red flares coming from it, passed over us," Mr. Robert Cowan of Jellicoe Gardens, Roath, said. He watched the object from his house with seven other people. "At first we thought it might be a plane because of the flares," but said, "it was falling in the direction of St. Mallons."

A spokesman at the Royal Air Force Station at St. Athan, said that no reports had been received of missing aircraft.

And at Cardiff (Rhoose) Airport, a meteorological spokesman said, "We have not seen anything in the sky, and no reports have been made to us." He added that it could have been a meteorite.

People who saw it said there was no noise. "Just a silent ball of fire sailing through the sky," one said. 

Another man who watched the object through binoculars, Mr. George Rigby, of St. Isan Road, Heath, said it disappeared after two or three minutes... It was traveling rapidly.

Cardiff police received reports, but could not identify the object.

Gronant, Prestatyn

Friends who know my story may remember that my sister and i were abducted from the beach at Gronant near Prestatyn when we on holiday with my parents. We were missing for 4 hours which are a blank to us, we found ourselves walking down the single track through the campsite in a disorientated state. The bright sunshine of the morning had somehow gone and we were now being rained on, my sister even remembers the exact clothes she was wearing.  We were taken in by a family who were staying on the site and our parents were found, naturally they thought we`d been naughty. We had no explanation for our disappearance.

In my original account i stated my age as 7 and my sister 5, having discussed this at length with my sister we are now absolutely certain I was in fact 8  and my sister 6 years old. On returning home there followed a month during which i suffered terrible nosebleeds, something of which I never experienced with before or since, i`m convinced they were caused by an implant being placed in my nose.

There has been a further development in this story/account, my good friend VW who was one of 3 women taken by a UFO at Wrekin near Shrewsbury in the summer of 1981 has recently informed me she was also taken from a beach at Rhyl in North Wales. She was missing for several hours without any good explanation, the beach at Rhyl and at Gronant are a few miles apart, it now turns out our periods of missing time are both from 1960, we might of both been on the same craft. I believe that this once again shows how people who have these experiences are followed by the others throughout their lives and most certainly beyond.

VW - I don`t think i was missing for hours, I can remember playing on my own just a few yards from where  my mum, dad and sister were sitting. Then I was suddenly on my own with no family anywhere, like I was on a different part of the beach. We were in Rhyl visiting my Aunt & Uncle who were there for a week  in a caravan sited yards from there, I can remember feeling lost, crying, feeling upset and confused. A lady came over to see what was the matter. She took me to the main office on the site which had a room for lost children, i could see people walking past when I noticed my Aunt and Uncle walking past so i shouted to them. They took me back to the beach to look for my mum, dad and sister and they seemed to be still happily sat there unaware I had gone missing at all. Thinking back on it it was pretty weird ,do you think heir memories could of been tampered with, if so I could of been missing for a couple of hours or so. Other missing time periods had lasted about half hour or so.

Quoted from the SUFON listing, not sure where they got it from.

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Monday, 18 May 2020

A Wrinkle In Time Dolls

A Wrinkle In Time

A Wrinkle In Time is a Disney live action movie from 2018, based on Madeline L'Engle's 1962 novel of the same name. I totally just lifted that info from Wikipedia because I've never read or seen it, and have no clue what it is about. What I do know is that I am totally here for articulated curvy collector Barbies!

Mattel released three dolls as a movie tie-in:
A Wrinkle In Time Dolls

Mrs Which - back / boxed.
Mrs Whatsit - boxed.
Mrs Who - back / boxed.

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Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Welsh UFO Sightings 1961

Welsh UFO Sightings

August 28th
Pentre Meyrick, Vale of Glamorgan  
Very bright circular object.

From a letter by Mobile P.O. Peter Burford of Glamorgan Police:

Whilst on patrol about a month ago I caught a glimpse of something in the sky at Pentre Meyrick. It looked like a full moon and was very bright. Unfortunately it was only a brief glimpse as I was travelling towards Bridgend and it was hidden from my view by tall trees. When I caught sight of it again, it was disappearing rapidly in the distance and was gone in an instant. I had an observer with me but as it was on my side he couldn't see very much and wasn't very interested anyway!

I haven't said anything about it to anyone as I didn't see much and nobody else saw it. If you will remember, a few years ago [nearly three] one was sighted in the same area (Penllyn Hill) by two different patrol cars at the same time.

Researcher Mrs. B.S. Blundell commented: "This area seems to be one crossed by saucers. A lady, driving herself home from Cardiff about 6:30 in the evening, saw one travel across the sky, again over Pentre Meyrick, about two years ago."

September, 14:00
Penmaenmawr, Conwy

An elderly couple, who have retired from ownership of a Vegetarian Hotel, recall this sighting one summer on the sand hills above the beach. They feel that the 'humming top' which they saw for five minutes would have landed if not for the presence of an unknown woman and child on the beach. The couple claim to have had telepathic contacts at the time. The silent, grey metallic disc which they observed on this occasion appeared suddenly at the sea's edge, sending up spray and disturbing a flock of birds. It cruised over the waves at about 50 feet and appeared and disappeared twice very suddenly. Eventually it vanished from sight.

Monday November 20th, 18:15
Flying craft with dome travelling very fast and trailing flames.

The Western Mail of November 22nd reported:

...Alan Williams, aged 14, of Hazel Road, Uplands, Swansea, said he was in bed at 6:15  on Monday night looking out through the window. He saw a strange object flash across the sky from the direction of Mumbles and travelling towards Port Talbot. He said, 'Looking at it side-on, it was oval shaped, and had two windows in front - one fully in view and the other partly in view. On top of the object was a dome, and behind were a number of long red flames which illuminated the whole thing. It was travelling very fast and was out of sight in five to seven seconds. It was not an ordinary aircraft, for it did not have wings or tailfin.' 

Mrs. B. S. Blundell sent the report into BUFORA. They recorded that she also obtained a report and sketch from the boy himself.

The South Wales Evening Post featured the story on November 21st. They reported that Alan had been home from school, ill, when he saw 'a round thing going through the air from Mumbles in the direction of Port Talbot. It was cigar-shaped, with a dome on top and two glass panels in front. There was a flame coming out of the back which lit up the object itself. It was travelling pretty fast, faster than an aeroplane. I watched it for about two minutes and called my father to see it. But by the time he came it had gone. I have never seen anything like it before, and nobody else appears to have seen it.'

Alan returned to school the following day and told his headmaster about it. The headmaster then reported it to the police. 

On November 22nd the South Wales Evening Post followed up on the story, reporting that at 6.20 PM Mrs Mabel Groves of Black Drive, Lonlas, was waiting for a bus and saw the object which looked like it was in the Swansea Docks area from her viewpoint. She described it as a 'cigar-shaped flame'. She thought it was a fire at the docks.

Bishopswood, Meliden, Denbighshire

The witness, a 45-year-old local bank manager, was taking his dog for a walk and he stopped to clean his muddy walking stick against a metal post road sign. A small man, about three foot tall, dressed all in green suddenly appeared. The being had a very ugly brown face. The witness became frightened as he felt an air of malevolence from the being. The dog growled and moments later the being vanished. The dog acted scared and strange sometime after the encounter.
Source: 'Humanoid Encounters 1960 - 1964' Albert S. Rosales 2016 page 56 citing Richard Holland, 'Fate', December 1993.

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Monday, 11 May 2020

Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde 2

Mattel released a Legally Blonde 2 doll in 2003 as part of their Barbie Loves Pop Culture range. With Elle Woods arguably being more Barbie than Barbie herself, it was a match made in heaven!

Legally Blonde 2 Barbie

Madame Alexander also released two 16" Legally Blonde dolls in 2008 as part of their Broadway musical collection - one in a pink dress ('Grand Finale') and one in jeans and a pink jacket.

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Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Welsh UFO Sightings 1962

Welsh UFO Sightings

Sightings from 1962.

Monday May 21st, daytime

A brown-coloured object of irregular shape and with antennae was seen beneath an aircraft, travelling very fast. Possibly investigated by the MOD. NICAP reported the object seen by the pilot of Irish International Airlines, who watched this spherical UFO pass below the aircraft.

Late July / Early August, 02:15
Oxwich, Gower
During the summer holidays, 1962, 16-year-old Tom James was one of a group of six boys camping at Crawley Woods, between Three Cliffs Bay and Oxwich. The night was windy with clouds blowing across the sky. They had cooked supper and at about 2.15 AM, one of the boys spotted a round white light between the clouds, over the sea to the south-west, moving against the wind quite slowly in a south-easterly direction (right to left). It was somewhere over Oxwich Point direction. As it moved it made slight kicks left and right. Tom estimated it as football-sized. He said it was definitely not a helicopter, plane or balloon. The boys watched it for a few minutes until it as lost in clouds.

Source: SUFON Files. Interview with Tom James 15 September 2015.

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Monday, 4 May 2020

Discovering Scarfolk Giveaway

Whatever You Do, Don't

Scarfolk is a unitary authority somewhere in the north of England, stuck forever in the 1970s with all the public information norms that go with it. Whether it's warning households about the imminent arrival of the Council Christmas Boy, or reminding children that not all hypnotising arachnoid demons are friendly, Scarfolk Council has a poster for it.

This fits perfectly with the dystopian world in miniature I've been building up over the last few years, so I've been busy scaling down Scarfolk literature and ephemera. Here is the fridge in my Sindy house at the moment:

Sindy House

There are currently two Scarfolk books developed from Richard Littler's blog - The Scarfolk Annual 197X and Discovering Scarfolk. I have a copy of the latter to give away so, if you fancy discovering Scarfolk for yourself, fill out the Gleam widget below for up to five entries. :)

Discovering Scarfolk Giveaway

Discovering Scarfolk Book
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