Thursday, 31 December 2020

New Year's Resolution 2021

2021 New Year's Resolutions

I figured that 2020 was doomed to have been a total write off but, checking out last year's post, I actually managed to achieve a couple of my resolutions. I sorted out the front garden, finally, and I made it into first the top 100, then the top 50 on the Tots parenting blog chart.

The others were a dead loss so they're getting recycled, yet again...


☆ #1. Lose Weight ☆ 

One year it will happen!


☆ #2. Blog Like a Boss ☆ 

I want to post every day in 2021 and secure a top 50 position on the Tots blog chart.


☆ #3. Write a Book ☆ 

It can and will happen. Eventually.


☆ #4. Get Out of Debt ☆ 

I got close last year, then it all fell to pieces once more. Fingers crossed for better luck this year.


☆ #5. Finish the Doll House ☆

I finally started putting my 1/12 scale doll house together in 2020. My goal for 2021 is to finish decorating it.


Have you made any resolutions this year? Let me know in the comments! :)

Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Winning Wishlist 2021

Winning Wishlist 2021

This will be my third one of these and, though last year was pretty light on wins, it did help focus my mind when it came to what I wanted to enter. So, with fingers firmly crossed, here are ten things I'd love to win in 2021:

☆ Money. Because, well, who doesn't want to win money?

Vouchers. AKA, the next best thing.

 Art and Craft Supplies. What it says on the tin.

☆ Hamper. I never say no to a hamper.

 School / Charity Stuff. In a perfect world I'd have the cold hard cash to donate, in this one if I can win some stuff to be used as raffle prizes, equipment, etc, that would be awesome.

 Phone. Because mine is ancient.

☆ Doll Stuff. I rarely buy any playline besides Barbie but that doesn't mean I don't want it...

☆ Cutlery. I've always wanted a posh canteen of cutlery but I just can't part with that much money for something which our value mish mash does just as well. If I won one though, that's a totally different story!

☆ Flowers. I love having flowers about, but I'm too much of a cheapskate to buy any.

☆ Kids Clothes, Books, Toys, Sundries. Anything for Marianna, really. It's my main reason for comping these days, to get the occasional surprise for M. <3


What are you hoping to win this year? Let me know in the comments. :) 



Comping Year In Review 2020

Last year's review was pretty dismal, but 2020's is a whole new low. I was very unwell for a few months with anxiety/depression and then, later, with coronavirus which meant I didn't do much comping this year.

Still, I did manage to scrape together a few wins:

★ Glitter Colouring Pens
★ Books
★ Nappies
★ Bristan Prism Shower Valve

Total Value: c. £300



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Tuesday, 29 December 2020

End of Year Fandom Meme 2020

End of Year Fandom Meme 2019

Another year, another end of year fandom meme. (If you want to do it yourself I've got easy copy / paste at my masterlist post.)



Which TV shows did you start watching this year?

The Haunting of Bly Manor, The Curse of Oak Island, Craith, In Search Of..., The Fall, In Search of Aliens, Murder Mountain, Diagnosis, Real Detective, Liar, etc, etc, etc.

The Curse of Oak Island



Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't this year? Why?

I cancelled my TV licence so I've had to say goodbye to the BBC at home. I did it with a heavy heart but, given the poor choice of programming, it made better sense for us to subscribe to Disney+ instead and save money.



Which TV show impressed you most this year?

Craith (Hidden). I watched both series of it during the first lockdown and they were amazingly good. S4C has produced some awesome stuff over the years, to be fair, they should make much more of their back catalogue imo.

Craith



Your favourite TV show of the year?

Ancient Aliens. Often dumb but always fun!

Ancient Aliens



Your favourite film you watched this year?

I've been keeping track of my progress on my 33 by 33 Films post. I've been enjoying lots of Disney movies from the vaults, and the Will Ferrell Eurovision film was ridiculously good fun. Overall I think my favourite has to be the new Mulan film - even without any singing!

Mulan



Your main fandom of the year?

I mostly wrote for Detroit: Become Human. The new Reed900 fan film was released in the summer which was great too, like seeing a fanfic brought to the big screen.

Detroit Evolution



Your favourite book read this year?

I've only read non-fiction and kids' books this year!



Favourite male character of the year?

I've been enjoying the Larry and Paul comedy sketches, especially their 'real' government briefings...




Favourite female character of the year?

Hayley Mills. Because she always played basically the same character - wholesome girl who nonetheless gets into trouble. I saw The Moon-Spinners for the first time this year which I think now completes my Mills filmography!

Hayley Mills



Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?

I'm looking forward to the new Cruella movie. Who knows, we might even be able to see it in a cinema...

Cruella 2021



Your favourite album or song to listen to this year?

Patent Pending. I've listened to them so much this year, especially Punk Rock Songs.




The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?

I don't have any - but am open to suggestions. :)



Your biggest squee moment of the year?

The Christopher Robin film is one of the most heartwarming things I've ever seen.

Christopher Robin



Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

The Haunting of Bly Manor was great, and I totally cried like a baby at Dani and Jamie's love story. But Viola as the weird faceless lady of the lake, forever doomed to repeat the same motions over and over again, was creepy perfection.

The Haunting of Bly Manor



Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

Marianna's newfound love of the Super Pops. It's not even that terrible, she just insists on watching it over and over and over and over again...



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Monday, 28 December 2020

Welsh UFO Sightings - 1959

Welsh UFO Sightings

UFO sightings from 1959. For Welsh sightings from other years please click HERE.



FSR
Summer, AM
Milford Haven
 
SOME RECENT WELSH CASES by F. W. Holiday

Upholders of the "nuts and bolts" theory are urged to study [this case] with great care.

On a mid-summer morning in 1959, Mr D. J. Harris, an area insurance agent, was walking down Charles Street in Milford Haven at about 11:00 a.m. About a hundred yards ahead of him, on his side of the street, was the 70 ft high tower of the Tabernacle Chapel. Suddenly he heard the sort of whispering sound one would associate with a low-flying glider.

Simultaneously an object appeared above the buildings on the right hand side of the street, roughly opposite the chapel, and he had a very clear view of it. It was following a downward path and was about 50 feet from the ground. He describes it as enormous, and says it must have been 150 feet in diameter. It was a metallic grey in colour rather like weathered aluminium. This object was travelling quite slowly and was spinning equally slowly, so much so that Mr. Harris thinks he saw only a part of one revolution while it was in view.

The object was in the form of a flattened ellipse and around the widest part of the diameter appeared deep scallops or fluting. Although the object was rotating it didn't alter the profile it was presenting to the observer, and Mr. Harris agrees that this suggests that the plan-view must have been circular. This object was in plain view for at least 10 seconds as it sailed low over the street before disappearing behind the Tabernacle tower. the amazed witness at once ran down the street believing that the thing, whatever it was, had crashed into the waters of the Haven, since this is where its downward track must have ended. However when he reached the chapel and could look at the sea there was nothing whatever in sight. Nor was anything ever reported.

This case seems to me to be one of particular interest. I have interviewed Mr. Harris at great length and am convinced he saw what he describes. However I am quite unable to believe that an object of this size, moving almost at street level, was generally invisible at Milford that summer morning. There are just too many people around and too many pairs of binoculars on ships for it to be possible. Mr. Harris agrees about this. We are really forced to the conclusion that no-one saw this UFO except the witness and that, in fact, it was visible only to him. If so, this invests flying discs with a curious new quality. Like the ghost which may be visible to some witnesses but not to others, the Milford UFO may be offering us a gratis clue as to its real nature.

In the course of conversation I found that Mr. Harris had certain psychical qualities such as the ability to dowse. He was also keenly interested in the possible implications of what he had seen. However he had never seen a UFO before, nor has he seen one since, nor has the sighting affected his way of life. One wonders therefore how the observer comes to be selected as an observer, and what laws are involved. Is it what T. C. Lethbridge called resonance - a question of being on the right mental wavelength at the right time? Are saucers in fact devices for lowering the frequency of beings normally existing on a much higher frequency-band in the scale of cosmic existence? Do the hard landing cases followed by the eventual flying away and disappearance simply show the process going through a full cycle?

The investigator in Wales is impressed by the fact that so many people have had UFO experiences of one sort or another, yet these are reported outside the family only rarely. One wonders how many thousands of such encounters occur with no-one being any the wiser. The unknown flying object is still with us and probably has always been with us. My latest report is from a dentist who told me that he was standing with friends overlooking St. Brides Bay when they saw a UFO in the form of a saucer above the sea. He was sufficiently impressed to amass a large collection of UFO books in an effort to make sense of the phenomenon. I can only suggest that Dr. Williams and other sceptics forget what they know and concentrate on what they don't know. Because, quite clearly, they are missing something.

Source: F. W. Holiday 'Flying Saucer Review' Vol. 20 No. 2.



November, 20:00
Port Talbot

Witness: Dave B.

Viewed to the west from 51 degrees 35'99" N x 3 degrees 46'11" W, travelling in very high orbit from the NE to SW.

"A child at that time (11-12), I had nil 'UFO' knowledge or experience. At the Taibach, Port Talbot viewpoint and facing West on a very clear, cloudless night, I saw the passage from NE to SW of a large orange-coloured object against the dark but starlit sky. The object was very high orbit (though I don't know how I understood this pre-space flight) and was categorically not an aeroplane in transit (and I am now familiar with aircraft). The arc of trajectory took the object from my horizon to horizon (artificial, by being in a narrow-lane bounded by terraced-house rooftops) within two minutes or less and the speed of transit gave me the impression of a very high mach-speed. I had a vague notion of having 'seen a comet' but, there was no following trail or vapour or atmospheric re-entry burn.

This has been 'back of the mind knowledge' occasionally commented on to friends but never 'reported'.

It was a crystal-clear night where you could see "all the way to the top". It would have been impossible to assess the size of the object as there was nothing relative with which to compare but, I did get the impression that it was 'big'. There was no 'trail' or tail, just the glowing orange light - going very fast - so I'd accept an explanation of a meteor".

Source: www.uk-ufo.co.uk uploaded by witness 19 October 2011.



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Sunday, 27 December 2020

Welsh UFO Sightings - 1958

Welsh UFO Sightings

UFO sightings from 1958. For Welsh sightings from other years please click HERE.



PRESS
1958, night
Aberystwyth
 
Cambrian News



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Saturday, 26 December 2020

Welsh UFO Sightings - 1957

Welsh UFO Sightings

UFO sightings from 1957. For Welsh sightings from other years please click HERE.



PRESS
Sunday September 1st, 11:55
Porthcawl

Two police officers patrolling Porthcawl seafront saw a blood-red 'something', with a jagged black streak across its centre, rise out of the water on the horizon. As they watched two more streaks appeared above and below. It remained at sea level then went off at a fantastic speed toward the Atlantic.

The Western Mail reported the sighting on Wednesday 4th September 1957:  

Western Mail



They followed up on September 10th with: 

“Just over a week ago, two policemen patrolling Porthcawl promenade, reported seeing a “mysterious red disc” moving across the sky at a fantastic speed. It was seen at the same time over Carmarthen Bay, and again the lifeboat was called out. Porthcawl police reported last night that the lights had not been seen again although a watch was being kept.”

The SUFON case file adds: 

On 9th April 2019, Steve Drewson, Mike Maunder and myself gave a talk to the Kenfig Hill Womens' Institute about UFOSs/SUFON/Local sightings. I talked about the case which occurred on the night of 1 September 1957 at Porthcawl, when two bobbies on the beat saw a USO emerging from the sea and shoot off towards the west. One of the reasons we do these talks is to get people to come forward with their sightings stories. 

After the talk, just that happened. A lady came up to me and told me that she knew the two police officers mentioned in the Western Mail report illustrated (who were not named in the article) and told me some very interesting further information. She told me their names, and that one of the men lived in the flat above her in South Road at the time! Sadly, after the sighting, the two policemen received a lot of ridicule, both in work and publicly and asked to be transferred. They moved to the Hampshire and Dorset Police, one went to Boscombe in Dorset, the other to Poole, she believes. If they are alive now they would be in their 80s. At the time they were both in their 20s.

The lady even remembered what her neighbour told her about where they were exactly, which is not in the article. Apparently, one had just patrolled the eastern end of the promenade, the other, Rest Bay. They'd met in the middle for a chat and a sly fag in the porch of the Porthcawl Pavilion (now a glassed-in cafe). They were there when they saw the object come out of the sea. It's little details like that that I personally love about this subject! Would be nice to track the men down for an interview! - E.W.

I found another mention of the case in APRO Bulletin for May 1958.



PRESS
Thursday November 14th, 02:30
Mid and South Wales

Multiple witnesses saw a low flying glowing object streaking across the sky. Contemporary opinion was that it was a meteorite.

News Chronicle 30/11/57




SUFON
Winter 1957
Pontyberem, Llanelli

9-year-old Tyrone Davies was living with his grand-parents in a terraced house in the mining village of Pontyberem in the Gwendraeth valley. One night in the winter of 1957, there was a storm blowing with thunder and lightning and heavy rain. At about 8.30 PM Tyrone's grandmother asked him to collect a bucket of coal from the coal bunker which was situated at the side of the house. Whilst filling the bucket, there was an almighty thunder flash which lit up the sky above the house. As he looked up at the sky, Tyrone could see an enormous saucer-shaped craft which was partly hidden by the clouds. Further lightning flashes revealed the same craft which seemed to be motionless in the sky.

"As I had never seen anything like this before, I ran into the house and called my grandmother to come and see this strange craft in the sky. She declined and informed me that what I had seen was probably caused by the lightning flashes. Knowing what I had seen I decided to open the front door of the house and gazed out over the valley. As the lightning lit up the sky, to my astonishment I could see four smaller saucer shape crafts which again were motionless and looked to be in some kind of formation. Again my grandmother declined to witness this sighting. As she closed the front door, she advised me not to mention what I assumed to have seen to anyone, otherwise I might end up in a mental institution. I took my grandmother's advice and to this day I have only mentioned these sightings to a handful of people."

Tyrone sent us some drawings, one of which shows the four smaller craft hovering over Pentremawr Colliery in Pontyberem.

Source: SUFON Files, witness correspondence spring 2018.



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Thursday, 24 December 2020

Welsh UFO Sightings - 1951

Welsh UFO Sightings

UFO sightings from 1951. For Welsh sightings from other years please click HERE.



SUFON
Summer 1951, c. 15:00 or 16:00
Jersey Marine, Neath

A 9-year-old girl named Sue was on her own at the front gate of her terraced house, 22 School Road, Jersey Marine, a small village located on Swansea Bay, between Swansea and Neath. She saw an object described as a big orange ball like the sun, but bigger come from the direction of the sea in the south, at an altitude of about 300 feet. 

It came right over her without a sound, towards the north. It had a distinct edge and was all one colour or shade of orange. It went behind 'The Rocks', the small rocky hills which stand to the north of the village in the direction of the BP oil refinery at Llandarcy, taking 5 minutes to make the journey. Sue went inside to tell her mother.

Source: SUFON Files, witness interviewed by Emlyn Williams 2018.



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Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Welsh UFO Sightings 1969

Welsh UFO Sightings

Welsh UFO sightings from 1969. For sightings from other years please click HERE.



PRESS
April 25th, 21:30

Sightings of a fireball were reported across the UK, explanations ranged from meteorites to pieces of Russian satellite Cosmos 265. Spacelink V6/N1 stated:

As for details of the fireball's landing-ground, the newspaper reports were very contradictory. There were reports that it had landed near Belfast, accompanied by an explosion which was thought then to be saboteurs blowing up water pipelines. According to RAF experts, several objects, believed to be meteorites or space debris, had fallen in Wales. It was also reported that authorities in Anglesey and Caernarvonshire had been flooded with reports of strange objects seen travelling low in the sky, and that two fire engines and two ambulances were rushed to a village in North Wales after a mystery object had crashed. Other sources claimed that a gorse fire in North Wales (presumably the same incident) had been started by a fragment from the mystery object, but it was later said that the blaze had started 15 minutes before the object was seen. The postmaster of a nearby village said, 'We felt a sort of shock wave in the village.'



UFOLOG
July 7th, 21:50
Between Usk and Severn Bridge

Cigar shaped object. The UFO Register categorised the sighting as A, aka genuine UFO.



UFOLOG
July 12th, 04:05
Near Borth Bog, Cardiganshire

Oblong shaped object. The UFO Register categorised the sighting as B, aka probable UFO.



UFOLOG
July 18th, 22:30
Near Talybont, Cardiganshire

Plain surfaced spherical object. The UFO Register categorised the sighting as A, aka genuine UFO.



PRESS
August
Gorseinon

17-year-old Michael Davies, of Brynawel Road, Gorseinon was looking around at the sky from his bedroom window one evening in August 1969. He saw what he thought was an aircraft moving from what appeared to him to be the direction of the Townhill area of Swansea towards Pontarddulais. It had a white light.

He looked again a few moments later, but realised there were no red or green lights, and no sound. He had had the UFO under his observation for almost a minute when he decided to investigate and went for his telescope. But when he used it 15 seconds later, there was nothing to be seen.

Michael said that thinking back, the 'object' might have been moving fairly near the earth's surface, at between 20 and 25 mph. Its light was perhaps too bright for an aircraft, and just as he was getting his telescope there seemed to be something of a flash before the light disappeared altogether.

He thought perhaps the 'thing' was over enlarged when he first saw it, but admitted that the whole incident had rather surprised him.

Source: 'South Wales Evening Post' Thursday 7 August 1969.



PRESS
Tuesday August 5th
Carmarthen

Two uniformed police officers were among several civilian witnesses to a UFO seen hovering over Carmarthen. Initially spotted by several member of the public a motor cycle officer turned up at the home of a farmer and confirmed the UFO through binoculars. It was described as being spherical in shape and silvery in colour. Later a second officer observed the object. Checks with the RAF proved negative.



PRESS
Thursday August 21st, 12:45
Waunarlwydd, Swansea

A. C. Williams of Caergynydd Road, Waunarlwydd: "At 12.45 p.m. on Thursday, August 21, while glancing skywards to estimate the weather situation, my attention was riveted on a small, but bright object at an elevation of approximately 80 degrees from the north western horizon (i.e. almost the zenith).

It appeared as a bright star or planet, except that it was set in a bright blue sky, and appeared quite stationary, well above the cumulus clouds travelling from a west or north-westerly direction. A pin head held at arm's length would have covered it completely and its altitude I judged as being very great indeed.

On observing it further with 8 x 30 binoculars, it appeared slightly larger, but no detail could be seen, except for a flash which occurred at irregular intervals from the lower left of the phenomenon. My view of the phenomenon was obscured at irregular intervals for about four minutes by the passage of a large cumulus cloud at relatively low altitude. When it reappeared it was apparently in the same spot.

At about 12.50 p.m. observing with the naked eye, the phenomenon became less bright and began to fade or disappear. On immediately using the binoculars I was amazed to find that there were now three smaller points of light instead of one, two above and one below, forming a sort of isosceles triangle arrangement with the points of light at the vertices. The points of light were not visible with the naked eye and remained more or less stationary save for a slight decrease in distance between the two above, which occurred in a few seconds.

After assuming a more comfortable position to observe the celestial trio of light points I inadvertently lost their position since even through binoculars they appeared small. There was no sign at all of the bright object I first observed, the sky remaining blue and clear in that spot. The object had apparently broken into three parts. The only explanation I have considered is that of a weather or research balloon that burst at high altitude.

Source: 'South Wales Evening Post' Tuesday 26 August 1969.



SUFON
Late August
Landore, Swansea

Jean McDonald, 16, lived at 1206 Neath Road, Plasmarl with her mother. At about 10.30 - 11 PM one weekend night in late summer, she and her boyfriend, Frank, decided to walk down the road to Landore to a chip shop to get some curry and chips. It was dark, and very humid and warm. They had only gone a little way and were passing St. Paul's Church on the corner of Cwm Level Road, and saw, to the south-east of their position at about 11 o'clock at 45 degrees elevation, up above the Landore Viaduct of the South Wales main railway line, an object hovering motionless not much higher than the top of that part of the viaduct which crossed over the River Tawe. She said to Frank, "Look at that! It's a spaceship!" but Frank was strangely quiet.

The object was described as being about 1 to 1 1/2 times the length of a bus, a circular domed disc, shaped like an inverted deep soup bowl but with a high 'spire' on the top which rose to a point. It's flat bottom had a lit central area of a pearly white colour, surrounded on its outer edge by a ring of rectangular panel lights of all colours, which constantly flashed on and off. The body of the craft was of a silver colour, like metal foil which shimmered. There was no door, windows or markings or seams visible on the exterior of the object, which stayed motionless, not spinning, without a sound for about 60-90 seconds, while the two witnesses stared in amazement. Then the object moved upwards slightly before shooting off at incredible speed horizontally to the left towards the RTB playing fields and in the direction of Llansamlet and out of sight, without making a sound.

Jean remembers looking around and up Cwm Level Road, 'the black road', to their right to see if there were any other people who had seen the object. There was nobody else who had witnessed it, and indeed there was no traffic on the the roads either, and all was strangely quiet. Jean was blown away by the sighting and felt that the object wanted to be seen. They went to the chip shop as planned and when they returned to her home, her mother said she was mad - "must have been a helicopter" but Jean was adamant that it had not been a helicopter due to the fact it had made no sound. But Frank remained quiet and did not argue the point in her support. Jean made a drawing of the object shown.



Source: SUFON Files: Jean McDonald interviewed by Steve Drewson & Emlyn Williams 9 February 2017.



CONTACT
October 3rd, 23:59
Prestatyn

Mr and Mrs Bate had just retired to bed when Mr Bate saw this object, he then drew his wife's attention to it. The object was elliptical in shape and coloured bright silver, it was the size of a penny. It hovered for about 30 seconds, then it suddenly disappeared to the right of its hovering. The object appeared solid and was sharply outlined. It was first seen in the N.W. and it disappeared in the N.E. (Awareness magazine, November 1969)



PRESS
December 8th, 06:45
Pontarddulais

A woman in Pontarddulais saw a bright orange object. “It looked about the size and colour of one of those orange street lamps. With a red line behind it. I saw it for about four seconds,” she said.

Source: South Wales Evening Post Monday 8 December 1969



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Sunday, 20 December 2020

Welsh UFO Sightings - 1955

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UFO sightings from 1954. For Welsh sightings from other years please click HERE.



Thursday March 24th, 19:15
Aberarth, Cardiganshire

Mrs Harding, a farmer’s wife of Aberarth, was called outside by her young daughter, who was pointing excitedly at the evening sky. She gazed out over the sea in the direction that Rosalyn, her daughter, indicated. 

There, to the north-west of where they stood, and well out to sea, was a large orange ball giving out a black trail and zig-zagging downwards. They remarked that it looked very like the sun except for the movement and the long, black, smoky trail that streamed out behind. 

As they watched, it exploded and, still in the shape of an orange ball, plunged into the sea. The strange thing was that they could still see it glowing beneath the surface of the water, and this continued for upwards of an hour after the object finally struck. 

The trail that it had left behind changed from black to grey before it dispersed: neither of the two watchers had heard any sound from the ball, either in the air or in the sea.

Source: Modern Mysteries of the World by Janet & Colin Bord 1989 page 165, citing The Coming of the Space Ships by Gavin Gibbons.



PRESS
July 4th, 23:00
Treboeth, Swansea

Bright red UFO hovered for five minutes, shooting out sparks. The object then began moving slowly, witness saw it was cigar shaped with a flashing white light on top, red flame and sparks at the rear, and a regular row of white lights down the side. It made no sound and eventually disappeared into cloud.

The witness reported their sighting to Fate magazine of October 7th 1955:

At 11:00 p.m. on July 4th I happened to look out of the window and saw illuminated against dark patches of clouds an unusually bright red object. It was not the navigation light of a plane. It just hovered there for fully five minutes, shooting out sparks.

I went to the hallstand, unhooked my binoculars, and saw that the light was still there. Suddenly it started to move, slowly at first and gradually increasing speed. Direction from S.E. to N.E. It speed I judged to be 300 m.p.h., altitude 7,000 to 8,000 feet or more. 

I could just see an indistinct cigar shape with a great flashing white light on top and a brilliant tongue of red flame and sparks at the rear. Down the side was a regular row of white lights. All the time I did not hear a sound. After entering a cloud it disappeared - I did not see it come out.

T. Pengelly, 2 Gwynfi Street, Treboeth, Swansea.        

Fate 07/10/55



CONTACT
Early Summer, 17:00
Denbigh

Mr G. Taylor of Denbigh was standing at a bus stop at Pool Meadow, Wrexham, when he saw a fluorescent white object pass over fairly low.

Source: Link to the Stars by Margaret Fry.



PRESS
August 20th, 03:42
Monmouthshire

A mystery tremor and bright flash over the mountain was seen by people over a 20 mile area of Monmouthshire, resulting in numerous calls to police. No earth tremor was recorded by Bidston or the Royal Observatory, and the Air Ministry put an end to claims of an aircraft breaking the sound barrier. 

Mr. R. Winney, of West Pontnewydd, said it felt like a rushing express train. "The whole house seemed to be rocking," he said.

Sunday Dispatch 21/08/55



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Saturday, 19 December 2020

Welsh UFO Sightings - 1956

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UFO sightings from 1956. For Welsh sightings from other years please click HERE.



PRESS
January, early morning
Abertillery

A 'reddish' object that looked like a flying saucer was seen in the sky, moving quite high above the mountain. After a minute or two it changed into 'something like a space ship'. 

Junior Express 04/02/56



PRESS
February
Prestatyn

Various objects seen, including a half moon shaped object which moved with 'fantastic acceleration' after hovering for a few minutes. A silver light surrounded by a blue flame. A long beam of light. And three straight luminous thin objects.  

Junior Express 11/02/56



PRESS
Monday February 6th, c. 17:00
South Wales

After a flying saucer was reported to RAF Brawdy as hovering over the Haverfordwest area, possibly connected with disruption to TV signals, one of the air traffic controllers confirmed they had sigthed a UFO - along with a pilot returning from an exercise. Captain Brown went up in a jet fighter to investigate. He saw the object and assumed it had to be a research balloon, but an amateur astronomer took a photo of it and maintained it was not a balloon. It was later seen over Swansea, etc, throughout the evening.

Dusk. A school teacher phoned the Brawdy Air base to report that she could see a 'flying saucer' cruising over the West Wales coastline. The Commander of the Royal Navy Air Service station, Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown, in his memoir 'Wings on My Sleeve' (1961), said his first reaction was to laugh. However, he checked the report with a pilot returning from an exercise who told him 'Yes, and I can damn well see it too.' Then one of the air traffic controllers reported that the object was visible from the control tower.

It was reported that it was hovering over the Haverfordwest area. And from 5 pm all the TVs in the area went black for about half an hour, for no apparent reason.

Brown decided he had to see it for himself and took off in a deHavilland Vampire jet fighter at 5.10 pm. Climbing to 35,000 feet, he could see the circular object still high above him in the darkening sky. Although visibility was good, Brown gave up the pursuit and returned to base.

His logbook entry reads:

'Flying Saucer Chase! Unidentified metallic object in the sky, sighted from ground. Scrambled in perplexing chase after some iridescent shape at very high altitude, which was probably a cosmic research balloon. What else?'

Later that night other reports flooded in to newspaper offices throughout the region. Brown received a call from an amateur astronomer who had taken a photo of the object and who maintained that it was not a balloon. It was reported to be moving slowly eastwards.

In 2011, Brown told researcher Dr. David Clarke that the phone call led him to reject the only theory he had, that it was a research balloon.

It was spotted hovering over the Swansea and Neath area on the same evening - various descriptions and colours were forthcoming - blue, red, silver, yellow. Many theorised that it was a meteorological balloon. One caller from St. Thomas, said that it seemed to be over this area but moving towards Bonymaen and was a 'ball of fire'. He said he had been watching it for over an hour, sometimes with the aid of a special photographic lens, 'It is yellow now; it was silvery white some time ago,' he said.

Brown died in February 2016, just over 60 years since his encounter in the skies of West Wales.

Source: www.drdavidclarke.co.uk; 'South Wales Evening Post' 7 February 1956.



SUFON
Summer 1956
Blaen-y-Maes, Swansea

Cylindrical UFO seen hovering above houses, at an altitude of less than 200 feet. It was bronze in colour and the sun reflected off five small ridges which ran around it.

During the summer holidays of 1956, eight-year-old Mike Trew had recently moved to the newly-built Cathan Crescent, in Portmead, and, together with about ten other children were exploring the area along Broughton Avenue into the adjacent Blaen-Y-Maes estate, which was under construction. They had crossed the little stream (which is still visible in some places) and stopped by where an electricity sub-station was going to be installed, more or less opposite the turning to Blaen-Y-Maes Drive, near where the shops now are. The children were aged from 7 to 10 years old.

Looking back towards Cathan Crescent, a distance of less than a quarter of a mile, he noticed a long cylinder with a length of about four times its diameter which appeared to be hovering above the houses at an altitude of less than 200 feet. it looked just like two 45-gallon oil drums joined together end-to-end and inclined at an angle of around 20 degrees to the horizontal with its long axis aligned NE/SW.

The object seemed to be of metallic construction, was bronze in colour and the sun reflected off five small ridges which ran around it. There were no other visible external features. It made no noise. The 'ridges' seemed to be angular in profile, very much like a hexagon cut in half, with flat top and flat, angled sides, hence the reflection of the sun. The object was in a position approximately to the SSW, with the afternoon sun just starting to shine onto the side facing him. Mike drew the attention of an older boy to the object, who quickly guessed it must be a balloon. Although young, Mike had a good understanding of science and was not convinced with this explanation for a number of reasons which he gave:

1. There was no visible tether.
2. It was not shaped like a balloon.
3. It looked metal.
4. It was very big, possibly 30-40 feet long.
5. It's position and inclination did not change over the time he kept watching it, certainly over 30 minutes, though a gentle breeze was blowing.
6. If it was a balloon, who would have access to hydrogen or helium? At that time, only mothers were at home with all the men at work and all the kids in the group. In any case, about 75% of all the houses were unfinished and unoccupied.
7. It was never seen again.

Mike said: "Being young I became engrossed in the games we were playing but on the way home I looked out for the object again but it was no longer there."

In later life, Mike became a school teacher and taught physics at secondary school level. He is now 70 and has always wanted to share his experience with others.

Source: SUFON Files; email from Dr. Mike Trew, August 2018.



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Friday, 18 December 2020

Welsh UFO Sightings - 1953

Welsh UFO Sightings

UFO sightings from 1953. For Welsh sightings from other years please click HERE.

According to the contemporary journals - Miss W. B. Knowles, the Cardiff rep for Flying Saucer News, enrolled almost 30 new members in 1953. Interest was clearly growing!



PRESS
July 31st
Mt Snowden

A mysterious object was seen on the slopes of Snowden. No aircraft were missing and searches were fruitless.

Manchester Evening News, 1/8/53, said "Llanberris police were today trying to solve the mystery of lights in the sky, and muffled explosions over Snowdon last night. Thinking an aircraft might have crashed, 12 policemen and firemen went up Snowdon. The search was abandoned when it was discovered that no aircraft was missing."



SUFON
Summer 1953, c. 17:00
Bristol Channel off Llantwit Major

An 8-year-old girl named J.C. was playing at her friend's house in Llantwit Major and was sitting in the front porch, which faced south towards the coast about a mile distant. They noticed an object in an area of the sky which would have placed it on the coast or over the sea. They called her friend's father to come and see it. The object looked cigar-shaped but there were dark blobs, spots or circles moving along it, which showed that it was actually a rotating disc-shaped object. It was hovering in one position as they watched it for a few minutes. The father ran back inside to get his binoculars, but as he returned the object disappeared.

RAF St Athan and Llandow airfield are very close, so the witnesses were very used to seeing all kinds of aircraft in the sky, but this looked like nothing they'd ever seen before.

Source: SUFON Files, witness email 12 June 2020.



PRESS
Saturday October 3rd, 22:00
Llanelli / Swansea / Neath

A slightly elliptical globe of light was seen in the night sky. It was a white light with a greenish tinge, described as being about one quarter the size of a full moon. It was moving quickly but produced no sound. 

 The South Wales Evening Post published a series of pieces on the case. First on Monday October 5th 1953:

"STRANGE PHENOMENON" SEEN IN WEST
MYSTERY LIGHT FLARED, FAILED

The light that flared and failed, a strange phenomenon on the western horizon, is puzzling a Neath professional man who takes a sceptical view of flying saucers. At 10 pm on Saturday, having garaged his car after a busy day, he was walking down Upper Cimla-road to his home when he saw what he describes as "The Phenomenon".

"I was facing Drumau," he told an 'Evening Post' reporter, "when I suddenly became aware of a light above the mountain, moving fast from north to south horizontally. It was a brilliant globe of white light with a greenish tinge, and about one-quarter the size of a full moon. It was not a perfect sphere for it was slightly elliptical on its southern edge. It was moving so fast that I thought at first it was something being towed by jet propelled aircraft, but I heard no sound of an aeroplane engine."

VANISHED SUDDENLY

"The globe was about one third of the way up between the horizon and zenith. It did not rise or fall from a horizontal course. I watched it as it passed through about 10 degrees and then it vanished suddenly, leaving two or three red linear embers behind it." Trained in science and an amateur astronomer, who makes his own astronomical telescopes, he is perfectly familiar with the normal night sky and is quite certain that what he saw was not "a falling star or a firework. I have never seen anything like it before," he said.

"To make sure it was not a purely subjective phenomenon, I stopped and spoke to a man who was walking behind me. He too, had seen it and agreed that its course was perfectly horizontal. I should like to know whether the light was seen by any Swansea astronomer."

This was followed up on Tuesday October 6th with:

TOO HIGH TO BE A FIREWORK
HE SAW THE "MYSTERY LIGHT"

The mysterious light seen above the western horizon by a Neath amateur astronomer at 10 pm on Saturday, was also seen by a Cwmavon man. Mr Geraint Davies, Brynglas-avenue, writes, "I should like to substantiate the account given by the person who saw the 'mystery light' last Saturday."

"On looking out of the window at about 10 pm that night, I saw a greenish coloured light travel in a North to South direction over Foel Mynyddau, which is west of Cwmavon. It was in my sight for about five seconds, then it seemed to flick out. It was too high to be a firework and it could not have been a flare because it travelled horizontally, and there was no sound of an aircraft."

NOT A STAR

"It travelled t about the same speed as a Vampire jet fighter and therefore it seemed to me to be too slow to be anything of the nature of a falling star. I confess to being greatly puzzled as to its nature and would be grateful if some reader could shed light on this mysterious object."

More witnesses came forward, as recorded in the South Wales Evening Post of Wednesday October 7th:

OTHERS SAW LIGHT IN THE SKY

Other correspondents report witnessing the strange light in the sky seen a few nights ago. Mr D. I. Evans, 32 Poplar-crescent, Cefncaeau, Llanelly, writes: "While waiting for a bus at the Bryn Chapel bust stop on the Pontarddulais-Llanelly road on Saturday night, the usual street lamp which lights this spot, for some unknown reason, was off. So I had a magnificent unrestricted view of the night sky."

"To idle away the time I was trying to locate some of the constellations which I had learnt during my R.A.F. days. This light suddenly appeared, travelling in a horizontal direction exactly as described in your report except that I should say it was in the NW travelling West to East. My directions may be wrong, but the following diagram may help – Mr Evans encloses an astronomical sketch [this was not printed in the newspaper article]."

TALLIES PERFECTLY

"Everything in the Neath man’s description tallies perfectly. I saw it at 9.45 pm – within n more than two minutes either way. I thought it was a shooting star and told my wife of what I had seen but since reading your report my curiosity has been aroused and would like to hear an expert’s opinion."

Mr. G. Janes, 178 Mayals-road, Blackpill, also saw the brilliant light in the sky taking a line roughly from Dunvant to the N.O.R. viewed from the Mayals. "I thought it was a plane on fire, and went to the door expecting to hear a crash, but none came."

The story had a postscript in 1983, when Dorothy Griffiths wrote into the South Wales Evening Post of October 7th:

FLEW OFF INTO SPACE

SIR, - I was delighted to read in the Post’s '30 years ago' item about sinister lights seen on the western horizon, because I also saw those lights and have never forgotten them. 

I was looking out of one of my upstairs windows in my then home, The Builder’s Arms, Melin, which is quite a high building with an unobstructed view of surrounding areas, when I saw this flashing green light whiz across the sky, drop down in a straight line, then leave these red 'stars; behind, before flying off into space and disappearing.

I ran down to tell my husband but, of course, he only laughed and told me I had been reading too many science fiction stories. 

I have always maintained I saw those lights and now thanks to your paper my son and daughter must believe that I DID see something. You have made an old woman very happy, even if what I saw can never be explained. I DID see them all those years ago. 

Dorothy Griffiths, Herbert Road, Melincryddan, Neath.



PRESS
December 20th, c. 14:00
Swansea

A "shining, cigar-shaped object, without wings" was seen gliding over town in NE direction. Small and moving very slowly. No sound. Visible 5 mins. Clear sky.

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Thursday, 17 December 2020

Welsh UFO Sightings - 1952

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UFO sightings from 1952. For Welsh sightings from other years please click HERE.



PRESS
November 20th
Merthyr

A railway signalman and a police sergeant near Merthyr Tydfil saw a brilliant orange streamline object which had a disc shape speeding through the sky at 500 miles per hour.

This snippet was included in Space Review V2/N2 from 1953.



UFONS #139 via the UFO Newsclipping Service #140.

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Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Welsh UFO Sightings 1966

Welsh UFO Sightings

Welsh UFO sightings from 1966. For sightings from other years please click HERE.



BOOK
Thursday 6th January, 18:30
Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire

"....I was on the wall of Saundersfoot harbour in Pembrokeshire fishing for whiting. The night was cold and still with a slight sea mist. Along with other fishermen I then saw something moving out in Carmarthen Bay. Across our front, from left to right, a luminous object was travelling over the waves at about a mile range and no more than a hundred feet above the water. It seemed to be a glowing, spherical mass giving out a white light which pulsated with a periodicity of about two seconds. Each pulsation lit up the surrounding haze for several times the diameter of the object. It was on a level course and moving at about 250 mph, which soon took it out of sight behind Monkstone Point heading south. The display was in total silence.

Although I worked for several years at an R.A.F. Experimental establishment and took part in numerous airborne experiments and also worked at Cambridge Airport and with Cambridge University squadron as an engineer, I felt unable to categorize the object as anything mechanical. I decided it must have been an electrical phenomenon of the atmosphere."

Source: 'The Dragon and the Disc'- F. W. Holiday (1973), p. 108



MUFON
Friday June 10th, 04:30
Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire

Dave B. was 16-years-old and living in his parents house in Trimsaran. He got up in the night to use the upstairs bathroom. From a window, he saw a pulsating, round, spherical object that "looked like the sun," flying slowly at a low altitude of under 500 feet,passing over a coal mine, which was followed by 3 black helicopters. Dave said the UFO was bigger than the helicopters and he watched them slowly pass by for ten seconds. Reported by witness 23/06/2017.



FSR
July 22nd, 21:00
Llandrindod Wells

Flying Saucer Review V12/N6 (Nov-Dec 1966) reported:  

Mr. W. J. Norton, Curator of the Ludlow Museum, Shropshire, has submitted the following account of a UFO seen by himself, his wife, and his young son, together with a local farmer at 9 p.m. on July 22 over Penybont Common, Llandrindod Wells, Radnorshire.

"My little boy aged 5 was the first to spot the object," writes Mr. Norton.  "It was then at a considerable distance and appeared to be near the horizon in the east. It was shining very brightly for a short while, then vanished. We stopped to eat a snack and see if it would reappear, and after a minute or two we heard a local farmer, Mr. Reynolds of Taffryn, Dolau, Knighton, calling our attention to the object which appeared almost overhead but still towards the east. It could be very clearly seen hovering for perhaps 30 or 40 seconds."

"The shape of the object was that of an isosceles triangle or low cone, and it was like highly polished silver shining brilliantly. It seemed to 'drift' out of sight in a very strange manner, vanishing suddenly as it moved without decreasing in size, though not into the distance or into clouds. The farmer said he heard no sound, but both my wife and I heard a low humming whilst the object was almost overhead."



PRESS
September
Neath

Margaret Davies of Neath wrote into the Sunday Mirror to describe a UFO she saw. On October 2nd they published a letter from Gwyn David Jackson of Morpeth Road, Bristol, who claimed to have identified the object:

On Wednesday, September 21, three members of Bristol Balloon Club, including myself, launched a balloon from the centre of Bristol at 12:15pm. It was 6ft, by 4ft 6in, by 2ft, and was painted partly red, green-blue and silver.

It headed towards Newport, turning over and flashing white, red and green-blue in bright sunshine. It landed at Glyn Neath (about six miles from where Margaret Davies lives) and was picked up by Mr. S. Diplock, who found my address in it and wrote to me. 

It was most certainly this balloon Margaret Davies saw.



BOOK
Saturday October 8th, 19:30
Tenby

F. W. Holiday writes: "I was again fishing, this time in Tenby Harbour. It was about 7.30 in the evening with the sea calm and the sky clear. Presently I became aware that several nearby fishermen were watching the sky directly overhead. Looking up, I saw what can only be described as a small, luminous blue-grey cloud. It was orbiting slowly in a circle equal to about three times its own diameter. Since it was opaque and blotted out the background stars this motion was plainly visible. It resembled a lump of shiny blue-grey cotton-wool.

Ten minutes went by in which interest diminished when, quite suddenly, there was a spectacle as vivid as it was unambiguous. Out of the south-west side of the cloud had emerged a dark object which beamed an intense ruby light down on us. At that point I remember feeling a slight shock following the realization that, whatever were the nature of the U.F.O.s, I was at that moment looking at one. Very slowly the red light object moved away towards the south-west. A moment or two later the blue-grey cloud began moving east. In a short time both objects were out of sight on their respective courses."

Source: 'The Dragon and the Disc' F. W. Holiday 1973 pages 108-109.

Holiday also wrote about this sighting for Flying Saucer Review V18/N4 (July-August 1972), in a piece exploring the ideas of premonition and foreshadowing in relation to the Aberfan disaster.       

Flying Saucer Review vol 18 no 4



BOOK
Sunday 16th October
Preseli Mountains

F. W. Holiday writes: "I was driving up the A478 road near Foel Dyrch mountain [South of Crymych - E.W.] in the early evening when I noticed a moving light in the sky. I had now taken to carrying binoculars around. The object was moving north, nearly parallel to the road, and was about 500 feet above the floor of the valley to the right which brought it almost level with where I was standing. It was about half a mile away when I got it in focus and travelling on a level course at no more than 50-60 mph.

I had a very good look at it. It was large but not enormous - perhaps twenty or twenty-five feet long. It was a flattened oval in shape. As the night was clear and starry I was able to look all around it and make quite sure it was not, for example, a window in an aircraft. It was an oval object with a firm outline. No trail was visible nor anything to indicate how it was propelled. I saw no surface details. In colour it was yellow-gold and it had the appearance of being constructed from a glowing, translucent substance. The effect was both beautiful and majestic. I watched it travel through an arc of about 70 degrees before it passed out of sight over the hills to the north." He added that it was completely silent.

Source: 'The Dragon and the Disc' F. W. Holiday 1973 page 109.



SUFON
?, late evening
Ynysforgan, Swansea

A young couple, Brian and his fiance, Carol (18) (not real names), were in a car driven by Brian on a rough track on the east side of the Swansea Canal at Ynysforgan, and north of the Swansea District railway line which crosses the Swansea valley here on a viaduct. They had been out for the evening, and Brian was expected home at 395 Clydach Road, by his mother for 11 pm. It was near this time that they had arrived back in Ynysforgan. They then encountered a craft, and their memories of what follows become patchy.

Brian had driven off Clydach Road down a lane between two houses on the east side, over a small bridge which crossed the Swansea Canal and followed the lane a little way along the canal (now on their right) to where he had a garage in which he kept his car. The garage was one of several located here for people living nearby.

After getting to the garage he can remember seeing the craft up above the Swansea District railway line on the embankment and viaduct which crossed the canal a little way further south.

Carol remembers a huge round craft, with many lights hovering a few feet above the ground with an open door from which there descended a stairway, the steps of which had their own lighting. She described seeing a small being with large head standing in the open doorway. The being had skin the colour of putty, and it had large black eyes. The being had no clothing, and she remembers being told not to be afraid. She was told to climb the steps and enter the craft, which she then did. She remembers thinking as she climbed the steps that it was great that the steps were lit so she could see where she was stepping.

Inside the craft, which was all white, she can remember seeing a control panel, and saw a being - whether or not it was the same being as before she is uncertain. It was clothed this time, in a white coat. She lay on a metal table or bed, and she was struck by the fact that the metal did not feel cold. She had some kind of examination or operation, but remembers no details of this, nor of what followed until being back in the car with Brian. She cannot remember seeing Brian on board the craft.

Brian put the car away, which was his next memory after seeing the craft, and when they got to his house, his mother asked him why they were so late as he had to be up early for work the next day. Brian said, 'It's only 11 o'clock'. His mother corrected him by saying, 'No it's not, it's 12 o'clock.' They were missing an hour.

The site of the landing, and also Brian's house were later swept away in 1969 by the construction of the M4 motorway and its junction here. The house was demolished to make way for the west on-ramp of the motorway, and the site where the craft was seen by Carol is occupied by trees and bushes on the west side of the dual carriageway (A4067 Morriston By-Pass) on its approach to the M4 roundabout.

Source: SUFON Files: witnesses interviewed 2016.



BOOK
?
Mynydd Hiraethog Moors, Clwyd, North Wales

Ernie, then 16 or 17 years old, was walking five miles home from his job in Ruthin, where he worked at R. Ellis & Sons. It was his habit to call in the off-licence of The Bridge Hotel in Bontuchel to collect a packet of five Woodbine cigarettes every evening before continuing on his homeward walk. He noted the time, it was 7.05 pm by the clock there. It took him about 10 minutes to reach the lonely stretch of road from The Bridge Hotel, Bontuchel, leading to Cyffylliog. The chance that you will pass another car or vehicle at any time of the year is pretty unlikely.  If you do, it is an event and generally one of your fellow villagers or some farmer you know.

Beyond a small bridge is a straight stretch through the valley which, as far back in time every Villager can remember, strange paranormal things have happened. Even though this mile stretch of road is fairly wide for North Wales rural areas, flat, straight and well maintained, vehicles have frequently gone off the road at this spot for no apparent reason. Engines cut out. Ernie’s own sister-in-law saw a figure crossing the road at it. A brother-in-law’s son Ron was in his small Mini on the same stretch of road one evening, when his lights cut out as a big figure on a horse passed him by; he was so afraid, he abandoned the car and raced all the way home to the village. The whole District knows about this and it is important to note, that because of this, what happened to Ernie and Gwylim was accepted by people. Nobody disbelieved them or made fun. 

When he got to the spot where there is a small tree the other side of the low hawthorn hedge before the bridge - he was startled to see a small George Adamski type craft come over the forested area into the valley.  As it approached it was swaying gently from side to side, like a falling leaf.  This thoroughly alarmed him and he ran into the centre of the road looking wildly about for some means of escape.  To his immense relief he saw and heard a wagon approaching down the road, he flagged it down and jumped in without looking to see who was driving.  When he did look, he realised it was an acquaintance Gwylim, whom he knew had a wife working in Denbigh Hospital as a nurse.  With his finger shaking he pointed out the craft that was approaching, and now positioned itself right over the bonnet of the vehicle. They both yelled in terror. The next thing that either were aware of, was that they were miles past Cyffylliog towards the crossroads of the A 525/A5104 where Stephen was later abducted off his motorcycle in 1979. It was pitch dark there being no road lights in that remote area. Gwylim turned around and they went back to Ernie’s hamlet y Gyffylliog where his Mother was anxiously waiting, he being home so late back from work. 

When I met Ernie in 1988 and he described all this I took a lot of notes, he told me he though he had arrived home about 1 am or so.  When we [author and Margaret Hainge-Lloyd] later audio taped him in 1990 he thought it may have been 9 pm. They probably did not look at the time; they had been through a traumatising experience and were tired and afraid.  With the passage of years such exact details have been forgotten.  The point is they had lost several hours they were not aware of at the time. In addition a month later Ernie had a red rash from head to toe which blistered, itched and was painful.  He went to his Doctor, this rash then came and went appearing in spring, disappeared in summer and maybe reappeared in autumn /winter. He was given a smoothing ointment and it went after a year. He was left with a brown mark on his side towards the back, which he did not have before, and for awhile after he felt he had a stone just under the skin of his lip. This eventually went.

I have known Ernie from the l980’s; various Welsh friends from the same area have known Ernie since school days. So for the first few years after the experience Ernie did not follow the pattern of most people who feel they are abductees, he was still living in the area amongst friends and acquaintances, he was accepted, particularly in view of the fact that others had paranormal experiences in the same spot. Although he knew he had lost some hours of times, this aspect of it hardly was considered. By the time I met Ernie in about 1987/88, he had reached the stage of feeling he wanted hypnotic regressions, because he had again had a close sighting of a UFO, which renewed his desire to know exactly what happened the first time.  Unlike most people it was just a burning curiosity, not fear, he had never had nightmares, this I felt was because in his community he and his experience was accepted.  In later years he got a job in a Hospital as an ambulance man, and here for the first time his attitude changed.  He lived in fear of his bosses finding out and did not want to discuss the incident at all, at the time unemployment in Wales was particularly high under the Conservative Government, so his fears were justified. ...

A couple of years ago Ernie was driving an ambulance when a portocabin came loose from its moorings on a vehicle in front of them and crashed down to the side of the ambulance.  Ernie was very badly injured and had to get early retirement from work.  Since being in retirement he has had time to reflect on what happened that night so many years ago, he has by conscious regression felt he was in fact taken into this small Adamski like craft.  He vaguely recalls the smell of burning rubber, seeing Beings similar to humans, of his height 5ft 11 inches, or a bit taller, and they had grey skins.  He thinks they give him the usual medical type of examination, and conversed with him telepathically.  Whether this is a jumble of what he may have read since or seen on television, and a mixture of what may have really happened to him, who is to say.  All I know is we have known him for years, he is a perfectly sincere person, who like the dozens and dozens of others I have met and tried to help over the years, who are trying to find some answers to their own frightening experience, with only support from a very few UFO researchers and none at all from the professions in authority or arm chair researchers. 

Source: Who Are They? by Margaret-Ellen Fry. [condensed account]




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Sunday, 13 December 2020

This Week: 13/12/2020

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No Deal Brexit is, apparently, just hours away.

There are no words for how angry and disgusted I am with this Westminster govt. I can only hope that history remembers them as the corrupt incompetent fools they are.

It is tempting to say that Wales is about to reap what it sowed for voting leave, but I can't help but still love my country and want the best for it. All we can hope now is that extreme weather and civil unrest do not compound what is going to be a very tough few months. :(



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Friday, 11 December 2020

Friday Five: Brexit Prep

Friday Five

Thankfully the extended transition period has resulted in some actual planning as opposed to last year's largely unmitigated chaos but, as Brexit day lurches closer and closer, here are five immediate things to consider...



bottled water

#5. Water

Disruption to water supplies is considered very unlikely as companies have been stockpiling less volatile treatment chemicals for years now, with the risk slightly higher in soft water areas due to potential pressures on sodium hypochlorite supply. Any problems will, in all probability, be localised and short term. 

Verdict: It's always good advice to have a small stash of bottled water to hand. Whether it's Brexit related or simply a bust pipe, being without mains water is no fun for anyone.



power cuts

#4. Energy

You'll be glad to hear there is no imminent risk of a return to the three day week, though in the medium to long term we can expect to see price hikes from the energy companies. In the short term there is potential for localised power outages, particularly if Brexit coincides with snow, but there is little likelihood of widespread problems.

Verdict: Again, it's good practice to keep emergency supplies like a torch or candles available. Some extra batteries and an emergency charger (you can pick up the hand crank type from about £2.50) should be plenty to see you through.



medicine

#3. Medication

There are legitimate worries about shortages of certain medicines, particularly as Brexit stockpiles have been used to shore up supply during the Covid-19 crisis. Some meds are already under SSP (Serious Shortage Protocols), e.g. salazopyrin and fluoxetine, while others are very vulnerable to supply chain disruption. Over the counter meds will likely face the same kind of shortages as we experienced at the beginning of the pandemic, due to panic buying and transport delays. 

Verdict: Sadly there is little that can be done at this late stage about prescription medication, beyond following your doctor's advice. If your first aid kit is understocked, now is the time to make sure you have the basics like painkillers and antiseptic cream. Although overall supplies of non-prescription medication and remedies are fine, there could well be short-term shortages on your local store shelves.



traffic

#2.Transport

Fuel shortages are at the more likely end of the scale of Brexit disasters, largely linked to infrastructure disruption. This is where the deal vs no deal outcome could have a big impact because keeping traffic moving is essential. The worst case scenario, really, is no deal combined with widespread civil unrest and/or extreme weather which will make it very difficult for supplies to reach their destination. 

Implications for travel, both leisure and business, to the EU and Schengen Area have been well documented. Make sure your paperwork is compliant, there is adequate time remaining on your passport, and that you have travel insurance as you'll no longer be covered by the EHIC scheme. Deal or no, also factor in extra time for the inevitable teething problems with new computer systems and arrangements.

Verdict: If you can avoid it - do. If you can't, plan for it as you would regular seasonal disruption and make allowances for the likelihood of delays, road closures, and journey cancellations.



food

#1. Food

All retailers and wholesalers have been stockpiling to tide them over for a few weeks should customs delays and lack of hauliers prove especially serious. The problem, as ever, is that stock in warehouses still isn't stock on shelves. You only have to look at what a few days of panic buying managed to do at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic to realise this could quickly become a real issue for consumers.

Looking beyond the first month or so of a no deal scenario, we can expect to see significant price rises (5%) and reduced choice available. We've become used to being able to get out of season fruit and veg, along with speciality imports, at consistent prices, but we will have to readjust our expectations as we go forward. There are unlikely to be severe long term shortages on the mainland, but Northern Ireland is at greater risk.

Verdict: Although fresh food supplies will be hit by Brexit, they aren't really feasible to stockpile! When it comes to long life lines, you should expect to see the same pressures as we did earlier in the year. If you can afford to, it would be wise to get in some extra:

  - Toilet roll.
  - Tinned Food.
  - Pasta.
  - Rice. 
  - Oats.
  - Flour / Yeast.
  - UHT Milk.
  - Cooking Oil.
  - Sugar / Salt / Flavourings.

Cooking on a Bootstrap has got a much more comprehensive breakdown. Also, if applicable, definitely try to get in pet food and baby formula milk as supplies have continued to be under pressure throughout the year.



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