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Monday, 17 July 2017

Re~introduce Lynx To UK?


Yes, the man UK reporters dubbed "The Big Cat detective" (seriously) ~me~ has had phone calls asking for my opinion on re~introducing lynx to the UK?

There are millions of wild rabbits, rats, mice, etc., not to mention millions of deer from various species in the UK.  Ample food.  Leave the cats alone and they will create a balance that is really needed in UK fauna and flora.

Healthy cats do not attack people ~especially the lynx.

And, after 40 years or so years (1977~2010 as a UK police forces exotic wildlife advisor) which has included historical document research, I can tell you that lynx have been living and even breeding in the wild in the UK on and off since at least the 1800s (1800 was the historical cut off point for record research).  There are plaster casts of paw~prints, hair samples, DNA and many eye witness accounts and these accounts come from people who think they are reporting a puma ~tell them it was a lynx and you get blank looks and "a what??"

Farmers are covered by insurance if a dog kills sheep or lambs and if lynx are re~introduced then there has to be an official killed livestock compensation scheme for the rare cases where a lynx might kill something.  But it needs to be provable that a lynx was involved.

The lynx also require full legal protection.

Lets see how this goes.

And the lynx is not a big cat!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Unless You Have An Inquisitive Mind Willing To Learn Without Sensationalism...Do Not Read!

I just finished reading two "phenomena" books. I was familiar with some of the cases as they were old and there are many easily available reference sources for them.

But the amount of sensationalism ~a witness who wrote that at the time they felt something had lightly tugged on their coat sleeve is now described as "being attacked by a potential demonic spirit!"  Apparently "This went on for several minutes before the terrified witness ran out of the house".  In fact, the witness had stated he was curious as to what might have, possibly, touched his sleeve "but we continued to talk and slowly walked into the next room"

Slight difference?

Yet these containers of lies, half truths and distortions sell. Because they are sensationalist.

Perhaps that is where I went wrong?

The Golden Years of Investigation and Research Are Over. The Bunko Boys Now Rule

1978/79 RAF Manston, Kent.

Is it just me or does anyone else feel nostalgic occasionally and sit back and think "I enjoyed the Cold War.  It was fun"?

Me then?

Look at me...look at that shirt collar!!  So young. Nose still not quite "lumped out" yet. And hair. Ahem. You know what I miss about the 1970s-1990s?  The chasing and climbing.  There was a lot of chasing odd lights across fields, over rooves and while seated as a passenger in a car that just avoided colliding with a bus. Even up the highest rock conveyer belt in Europe.

Monsters. All sizes. All types.  The weird stuff.  That's the difference today.  About 99.9% of what you see on TV shows and read in books is fake.  Made up or simply ignoring the actual facts to continue a 'mystery'.  People wanting to self promote and earn big money from TV and books rather than seriously investigate and research a case.

We lost our way. No one really cares about finding any real evidence of possible alien landings, of unidenbtified sea creatures or any mystery creature.  Why should they?  It's all better on the TV in the comfort of your living room.  You don't have to go out in the cold and wet or hot sun.  Just sit there snacking, belch or fart and say "Course it's real -I saw it on TV. There!"

Ivan T. Sanderson, Donald E. Keyhoe, Roy Mackal -any number of other pioneers of investigation into the unexplained and strange- would despair today. They travelled jungles, swamps, mountains, down rivers, across seas and more to get to locations and investigate.

And what do we have today?

The internet.  Everything at our finger-tips.  "Hey, Terry -have you heard about this?" or "Hey, Terry -there was a sighting of something weird...."  No. Thousands of you out there reading this blog and nothing. But I'm betting a lot of you do check out all the fake Bigfoot, monster, UFO, ghost and other excretia on You Tube?

Have we really seen the end of true investigation and research?  Are we really in the age where it's better to watch You Tube fakery and TV fakery -and read and listen what the flim-flam men write and say and buy their books?  Pay them to fake, distort and out-rightly lie to us?

I do not want to contribute material that helps that. I've given up.  Material gets stolen from this blog -original research- and gets distorted by alleged 'cryptozoologists' and 'ufologists' for their own means -and to make money.

I post.  No one even thinks to respond.  So I guess it's pointless posting because none of this stuff is sensationalist or interesting enough?

I have books full of cases YOU have never even heard of.  

But its not sensationalist therefore, it seems, interesting.

So be it.

But just in case...

 One for those interested in Wildlife -or cryptozoology!
The Red Paper:CANINES vol.1
 Terry Hooper
The Red Paper: Canids
A4 (21 x 30cms)
202 Pages

By the 1700s the British fox was on the verge of extinction and about to follow the bear and wolf having been hunted for sport for centuries.  
The answer was to import thousands of foxes per year for sport. But foxes kept dying out so jackals were tried. Some were caught, some escaped. Even wolves and coyote were released for hunting and "country folk" were very far from "happy" -some even threatening local hunts -one intending to release a wolf for a hunt- with legal and other consequences. 

The summation of over 40 years research by the noted naturalist and former UK police forces exotic wildlife consultant reveals the damnable lie of "pest control" hunting but also reveals the cruelty the animals were subject to and how private menageries as well as travelling shows. Private menageries, or single exotic "pets" as well as travelling shows helped provide the British and Irish countryside with some incredible events such as the 1905 "vampiric" sheep killer of Badminton, the mystery hounds of Cavan and Coyotes of Epping Forest.

The Girt Dog of Ennerdale is also dealt with in detail -was it a tiger? A Tasmania Thylacine? This book gives the exact facts and details for the first time. Up-dated 2013 edition includes a section on sarcoptic mange in foxes and treatment plus a list of wildlife sanctuaries and rescue centres in the UK.


Some Things Strange & Sinister (2013 -up-dated)

Some Things Strange & Sinister
A4 Format
358 pages
Heavily illustrated
After more than 40 years as an investigator and more than fifty as a naturalist,the author has opened some of the many files he has accumulated dealing with such things as..  

The Terrifying Events At The Lamb Inn, The Ghosts Of All Saints Church, Dead Aquatic Creatures of Canvey Island, captured bigfoot like creatures in India -all exclusively presented for the first time and with new added research previously unseen.  

PLUS a vastly expanded section on Spring-heeled Jack!  Photographs, maps, line drawings and up-dated to make 358 pages looking at Things truly Strange and Sinister.  

Cryptozoologist,Ghost Hunter,Ufologist or Fortean:this book has something for everyone -including the just plain inquisitive!   

ContentsForeword by Travis L. WhitehurstIntroduction        
de occultis non judicat ecclesia                                                                            The Bristol Rocking Horse        The Terrifying Events At The Lamb Inn        The Coonian Ghost        The Ghosts Of All Saints Church        His Luminous Chamber        The Late Reverend Dr. Blomberg        And More Ghost Stories        The Thomas B. Cumpston Case        The Chupacabra        The Strange Case Of The Gotherington Gargoyle        What’s Tall,Hairy And Vanishes?        Mystery Beasts Of Ireland        The Creature Of The Dump        The Strange Creature Of Repton Woods        The Bizarre Legends,Crimes And Truth About Spring Heeled Jack        The Black Beast Of Darmstadt        The Nameless Thing Of Berkley Square        The Terrifying Case Of The U.S. Naval Transport        The Case Of The Ghost Lear Jet        Ghost Planes,Crashes And Dead Aquatic Creatures        The Mitchison Loch Ness Monster Video        From The Deep Below To The Air Above –USOs        Aerial Encounters Over Austria        A Crashed UFO In 1790?        Angel Hair        Quimper-Corentin:Where “Thunder Fell”        Strange Aliens From Space        The Llandrillo ‘Saucer’ And Other Crash Retrievals        Transient Lunar Phenomena,Alien Structures And Moon Vegetation        Whiddon Down-Saint-Jean-du-Guard:Impossible Correlations?        The Venezuelan HorrorA Final Word.

Alleged piece of crashed UFO from Berwyn Mountains, Wales.

 Some More Things Strange & Sinister 

Some More Things Strange & Sinister

Terry Hooper-Scharf
327 Pages Heavily illustrated

Follow-up to Some Things Strange & Sinister. For those interested in Ufology, cryptozoology, hominology, unusual natural history, ghosts and mysteries in general. The secret history of gorillas in the UK -before they were officially  'discovered'. 

The history of  the Wild men of Europe, the UK and US: something that in the 1800s become very "pop culture"  Very pop culture and totally forgotten today! Hominology. Sasquatch and Bigfoot -is there evidence for their existence?  

No sitting on the fence here -the Patterson-Gimlin film is looked at as well as other evidence.  The Author's conclusions? 

You might be surprised. Giant snakes. Amazons. The Giant serpent of Carthage. The Girt Dog of Ennerdale -another big cult 'creature' amongst paranormal and cryptozoological circles. The Beast of Gevaudan -what was it and were there really descendents of the creature in the 19th century -one of which was actually brought to London?   Believe it or not more than one incident of historical crocodiles cases in the UK.  In fact, far more than even the Author had thought . And, after more than a century of claims by 'researchers' that it no longer exists: The Silent City of Alaska and the near legendary 'lost' photograph taken of it.
 This and much more. Updated with extra pages and photographs.

Pursuing The Strange And Weird -A Naturalist's Viewpoint (2014 up-date)

Pursuing The Strange & Weird:A Naturalists Viewpoint

UP DATE -From Dead Aquatic (Humanoid) Creatures, the giant squid and yet undiscovered sea creatures; submarine and ships crews encountering true leviathans.

There is a fully expanded section which also refers to the so-called ‘Ningen’ sightings and video footage.Extinct animals at sea that have been re-discovered. The subject of Sasquatch and other mystery Hominids around the world is dealt with including a look at the “Sasquatch-killer”, Justin Smeja.

Dr. Bryan Sykes and his DNA test results for TVs The Bigfoot Files as well as the controversial Erickson Project and Dr. Melba Ketchum’s Even more controversial Sasquatch DNA test results.

Also included are two early French UFO entity cases that still baffle. Ghosts, strange creatures and the Star-Child hoax. All dealt with by the naturalist and pursuer of the strange and weird

  The Bizarre Legends, Crimes And Truth About Spring Heeled Jack (2014

The Truth About Spring-Heeled Jack  

Terry Hooper-Scharf
53 Pages  
Dimensions (centimetres) 20.98 wide x 29.69 tall  (A4)
fully illustrated and referenced

The terror and mystery created by “Jack The Ripper” has been the subject of countless books, magazine articles as well as movies and TV documentaries. Ask anyone if they have ever heard of Jack The Ripper and it is doubtful anyone would respond with a “no idea.”  

By that same token, ask people who “Spring-heeled Jack” was and you would be lucky to find anyone who had ever heard of him.  
Spring-heeled Jack was the subject (loosely) of a film The Curse of the Wraydons (1946) and Dominic Keating also appeared as Spring Heeled Jack in the 2010 film Sherlock Holmes by The Asylum film company. The character has also featured in both American and British comic books and a number of books, for both children and adults.  

But the fact that the Springald held the country –not just London– in a grip of terror much longer that the Ripper did is all but forgotten except for some half-truths and fanciful theories.  

Now be prepared to read the full story of Spring Heeled Jack

Monday, 3 July 2017

"are any genuine paranormal investigators out there investigating seemingly genuine activity?"

Someone asked me whether there are any genuine paranormal investigators out there investigating seemingly genuine activity?
There are too many gimmicky devices and people hearing voices on digi-audio recorders that are not there -these recorders are not good. I use an old tape personal recorder and holding it three feet (90cms) from a TV I got a clear audio. The digi recorder next to it was awful and just a lot of very odd sounds.
EM meters are useful for practical reasons but so many people use infra red/ultra violet and other light/photo devices and have no idea as to their quirks -one set of photos sent to me two years ago by investigators showed a clear corridor in night vision but IR showed a strange "mass" that moved each frame. I showed the photos to someone who worked on IR photography equipment and he said "Any heating pipes under the floor or walls?" Checked: yes. "Pockets of heat will show up on photographs" I was told. "You can even detect pockets of cold air or cold spots that occur naturally".
In all the years of being involved and following what we used to call "supernatural" then "paranormal" phenomena (I started when I was a youngster and I'm 60 now so quite old!), I have noted that matter of fact accounts seem to have vanished. We have people giving the readings on their equipment, what the 'psychic' told them and ever increasing sensationalism in an attempt to "be like the Americans" and all those fake TV shows.
Most paranormal groups will NOT communicate with me nor discuss cases. Why? Well, I need evidence. I do not say "It's all rubbish!" I say I want to see some form of evidence or discuss aspects of a case that seem strange because it is only by wading through all the chaff that we can get to evidence that we CAN analyze and build up some idea of what is being dealt with. I doubt dead people. However, there are a number of other possibilities that are constantly ignored because it does not involve "Satan", "Demons" or "An uneasy soul".
I am NOT a skeptic -which is what many call me. I am NOT a "believer" and many skeptics think that puts me on their side. No. Through study and knowledge -the truth: per cognitionem veritatis

Sadly, many think plaster falling in a creaky old building, creaking floorboards or even a cold spot is proof of a haunting.

I tend to trawl groups on the internet looking for interesting phenomena but I see nothing. Is this what paranormal investigation and research is now? Based on TV fakery or one night 'investigations' of 3-5 hours?

I really would like to hear of genuine investigations.

But just ignore me!

Out of these two ~tape every time

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Tower Of Human Skulls In Mexico

Other photos have been added ~THS

Tower Of Human Skulls In Mexico Casts New Light On Aztecs

Archaeologists have found more than 650 skulls caked in lime and thousands of fragments in the cylindrical edifice near the site of the Templo Mayor, one of the main temples in the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, which later became Mexico City.

MEXICO CITY:  A tower of human skulls unearthed beneath the heart of Mexico City has raised new questions about the culture of sacrifice in the Aztec Empire after crania of women and children surfaced among the hundreds embedded in the forbidding structure.

Archaeologists have found more than 650 skulls caked in lime and thousands of fragments in the cylindrical edifice near the site of the Templo Mayor, one of the main temples in the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, which later became Mexico City.

The tower is believed to form part of the Huey Tzompantli, a massive array of skulls that struck fear into the Spanish conquistadores when they captured the city under Hernan Cortes, and mentioned the structure in contemporary accounts.

Historians relate how the severed heads of captured warriors adorned tzompantli, or skull racks, found in a number of Mesoamerican cultures before the Spanish conquest.

But the archaeological dig in the bowels of old Mexico City that began in 2015 suggests that picture was not complete.

"We were expecting just men, obviously young men, as warriors would be, and the thing about the women and children is that you'd think they wouldn't be going to war," said Rodrigo Bolanos, a biological anthropologist investigating the find.
mexico aztec
Archaeologists have found more than 650 skulls caked in lime in Mexico City. (Reuters)
"Something is happening that we have no record of, and this is really new, a first in the Huey Tzompantli," he added.

Raul Barrera, one of the archaeologists working at the site alongside the huge Metropolitan Cathedral built over the Templo Mayor, said the skulls would have been set in the tower after they had stood on public display on the tzompantli.

Roughly six meters in diameter, the tower stood on the corner of the chapel of Huitzilopochtli, Aztec god of the sun, war and human sacrifice. Its base has yet to be unearthed.

There was no doubt that the tower was one of the skull edifices mentioned by Andres de Tapia, a Spanish soldier who accompanied Cortes in the 1521 conquest of Mexico, Barrera said.

In his account of the campaign, de Tapia said he counted tens of thousands of skulls at what became known as the Huey Tzompantli. Barrera said 676 skulls had so far been found, and that the number would rise as excavations went on.

The Aztecs and other Mesoamerican peoples performed ritualistic human sacrifices as offerings to the sun.

(Writing by Dave Graham; Editing by Matthew Lewis)
© Thomson Reuters 2017

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