Monday, 28 September 2015

Watch live: Nasa 'Mars Mystery Solved'

press conference

Has Nasa found life on Mars? Watch live press conference from 4.30pm BST on Monday to find out as Nasa prepare to unveil "a major science finding"

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Strange Phenomena In Germany....

Hello. I notice that there are a lot -a lot-  of views from Germany.  Up until the mid 1990s I used to be in contact with German UFO and strange phenomena investigators -CENAP, etc..

However, looking at the internet I can find no credible investigators or groups looking at Cryptozoology and other phenomena in Germany.  In fact, in the late 1990s I was contacted by German police regarding Big Cat sightings there -possibly via my work with UK police forces.

But I would like to know what is happening now -paranormal, creature sightings, UFOs but my Germain is not great at the moment so I'm having to get back into using it.  So, if you know of German groups or have links PLEASE let me know!


Saturday, 26 September 2015

REAL Poltergeist Activity captured in Irish Home!! Must watch!!

I was sent a link to this.  I was asked (again!) "What do you think?" 

I think hoax. Nice soundtrack for atmosphere don't you think?  Also, notice that big fridge-freezer? Big enough to hide someone.  Notice how the broom(?) handle by the sofa falls in that direction.  The kitchen pan moves in that direction.  The cupboard door moves in that direction while the room light sways about and at one point it is patently angled and giving all the signs of having string or wire attached. 

The moving high brightness light bulb distracts from any obvious fraud that might be otherwise noted easily. And the camera is always held so that it catches the movement on cue, bad panning technique to again distract.  That red washing basket? 

Check it out because it does not even look like it is flat on the ground.  This object is, uh, "pushed" toward the camera holder.  Now I may be playing my cards close to my chest there so as to hide what I really think.


NASA about to announce it has discovered flowing water on Mars?

A lot of us looking at the Mars photos and features will not fall out of our chairs if it is water BUT it will be a major discovery.

NASA is set to release details of a major scientific finding on Monday and speculation points towards signs of flowing water on Mars

So far, the American space agency hasn’t revealed any other details other than the finding is related to its ongoing exploration of Mars.
NASA has also revealed who will be attending the briefing, leading to speculation as to what the announcement might be.

Along with Jim Green, NASA’s director of planetary science and Michael Meyer, lead scientist for the Mars Exploration Program, Lujendra Ojha of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta will also be attending.

Ojha is a PhD student who, as an undergraduate, discovered evidence of potential flows of salt water on Mars.

As suggests, his presence at Monday’s event suggests that there could be further news on this - and if there’s water on Mars, that means there’s the potential for life on the red planet.
The announcement will be broadcast live on Monday 28 September on NASA TV at 2pm UK time.
(Image credit: NASA)

Friday, 25 September 2015

Carl Sagan On Scientific Investigation

A70 Abduction in 2007

I have been trying to locate James Smith who had an unusual encounter in 2007 on the A70.  I was briefly in touch with him then nothing.If you read this and are or know James please get in touch.
I was also asked whether I would be interested in accounts of UFOs, creatures or anything strange and weird from people who find this blog? 
YES! Is the very short response to that one.  It is one of the reasons I set up the blog as well as Anomalous Observational Phenomena Face Book page.  Feel free to contact me.

Man struck by lightning twice -Or WAS He?

Someone sent me this video and said it was "amazing!"  As soon as the video started I was thinking "something is off here" and the fact that I don't see wet pavements was one thing.  When the man gets struck by 'lightning' that did it for me.

I just said "fake" out loud!

You see, in both 'strikes' the lightning looked the same and if you have ever seen or been in a storm you will know what I mean by the lighting being very "off" -I mean the shadows of the vehicles and trees.

So I thought to myself that someone on the internet must -must- have taken a look at this video.  And it took a while (yes, I know, I should have checked You Tube straight away) but, yes, I found a video by sddtraining which picked up on the main points.

Quite seriously, it is okay for a little fun but adding "just for fun" but You Tube should be re-named "You Hoaxer" and one day genuine UFO or Bigfoot or even unknown sea creature footage is going to be uploaded and totally ignored.

Top Ten All Time AOP Blog Posts

Right, I decided to check and see the top ten AOP Blog postings of all time.

Seriously?  With all the items I've posted the most views are for my critique of the Ghost Adventure TV series??

So, if I put "Ghost Adventures" at the beginning of every post title I'll get more hits?  Don't get me wrong, I am very happy people view this blog -even though I would love some serious comments rather than spammers or trollers- but I have posted some, what I thought, would be thought provoking items.  No wonder no one here buys my books!

Hey -I am NOT saying Ghost Adventures is mentioned in any of my books, but you never know.












Thursday, 24 September 2015

These Books Will Give You Knowledge -Fully Referenced Knowledge!

The Strange, The Weird, The Terrifying...

Ever the Popularist, I decided that, as some people have asked, I would give more detail about the contents of my books so here goes.

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

Some Things Strange & Sinister
A4 Format
358 pages
Heavily illustrated
Price: £15.00
After more than 30 years as an investigator and more than forty 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! 

Foreword by Travis L. Whitehurst
  1.     de occultis non judicat ecclesia                                                                     
  2.     The Bristol Rocking Horse
  3.     The Terrifying Events At The Lamb Inn
  4.     The Coonian Ghost
  5.     The Ghosts Of All Saints Church
  6.     His Luminous Chamber
  7.     The Late Reverend Dr. Blomberg
  8.     And More Ghost Stories
  9.     The Thomas B. Cumpston Case
  10.     The Chupacabra
  11.     The Strange Case Of The Gotherington Gargoyle
  12.     What’s Tall,Hairy And Vanishes?
  13.     Mystery Beasts Of Ireland
  14.     The Creature Of The Dump
  15.     The Strange Creature Of Repton Woods
  16.     The Bizarre Legends,Crimes And Truth About Spring Heeled Jack
  17.     The Black Beast Of Darmstadt
  18.     The Nameless Thing Of Berkley Square
  19.     The Terrifying Case Of The U.S. Naval Transport
  20.     The Case Of The Ghost Lear Jet
  21.     Ghost Planes,Crashes And Dead Aquatic Creatures
  22.     The Mitchison Loch Ness Monster Video
  23.     From The Deep Below To The Air Above –USOs
  24.     Aerial Encounters Over Austria
  25.     A Crashed UFO In 1790?
  26.     Angel Hair
  27.     Quimper-Corentin:Where “Thunder Fell”
  28.     Strange Aliens From Space
  29.     The Llandrillo ‘Saucer’ And Other Crash Retrievals
  30.     Transient Lunar Phenomena,Alien Structures And Moon Vegetation
  31.     Whiddon Down-Saint-Jean-du-Guard:Impossible Correlations?
  32.     The Venezuelan Horror
A 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
Price: £15.00
Follow-up to the hugely successful 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.


Introduction:Investigation And Research Is Not Debunking      4

Gorillas:Pre-‘Discovery’ To Discovery And Beyond       9

The Barking Beast Of Bath:The Facts!            40

 Primates –Escapes and Hunts            51

 The Mystery Bili Ape       74

Just What Is Oliver?             85

Whatever Happened To The Texas Wild Woman?      92

The Wild Man Of Hungary            96

A Funny Wild Man Story?            97

The Case Of The Bohemian Wild Man         98

The Long Tailed Wild Man Of Kentucky      100

The Wild Man Of Marcross Cwm         101

The Wild Man Of Wallingford         103

The Wild Man Of Indiana         105

The Wild Man That Was Then Wasn’t    107

The Wild Man’s A Yowie!     110

Wild Man Or Bigfoot?         115

The Running Bear, Or Wild Man –Or Sasquatch? 117

The Wild Man Who Rode A Horse!    118

The Indiana Captive Wild Man    120

The Terrifying Wild Man Of Kansas 121

The Wild Man Of Petit Quevilly     125

Where Strikes The Wild Man Of Galicia?    126

What Was The “African Udilacus”?     128

The Wisconsin Wild Man –The End Of  An Era   131

The Yeti Of Bourganeuf     133

A Monstrous Man-Toad    144

Of Cokadrilles And Saints     145

More Crocodile Stories     151

The Suffolk Flying Killer  159

The Giant Serpent Of Carthage    163

Another Giant African Snake    167

Mystery Constrictors Of Texas And Canada!   169

The Giant Kentuckian Snake    173

The U-Boat And The Sea Monster    175

The Beast Of Faudiere –Mystery Killer    179

The “Girt Dog” Of Ennerdale    180

The Beast Of Gevaudan       201

The Greenwich Park Elemental    225

The Montauk Monster       228

The Carancas Meteorite –Bringer Of Doom?        241

The New England Darkness                         251

Medieval “Skyships” –“From The Sea Above”      258

Bristol –Seen In The Skies Of Alaska?             263

The shark Eating Monster             276

The Ghost Photograph That Cannot Be Explained?    282

Two Cases From The Borderline                286

Tales From A German Wood              275

Flower-Stealing Aliens               294

What Landed At Gatton?              297

The Crawfordville Monster            300

The Mystery Of The Raifuku Maru          305

Attack Of The Amazons!               309

The Case Of The British Bigfoot          319

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

Pursuing The Strange & Weird:A Naturalists Viewpoint

Terry Hooper-Scharf
249 Pages
Price: £15.00
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 


Introduction –I Am Quite Normal      4

                                       Things Of The Sea

Those U.S.O., Sea Monsters, Giant Squid And Things That Go “Bloop”   11

Giant Jelly-fish  * Shark-killing Giant Jelly-fish *  Steller’s Sea Cow *  Carribean Seal *  Sharks * Thought Extinct and “re-discovered” * Giant Squid *  Giant Octopus * Light Wheels In The Sea * Unidentified Submarine Objects (USOs) * “Bloop” * Ribbon Fish * Dead Aquatic (Humanoid) Creatures *  Mermaids *  Angler Fish * Sea Serpents* Sea Monsters Past and Present.

                                         Things On Land

On The Scientific 'Need' To Kill A Sasquatch   111

Dmitri Bayanov and the anti “kill a Sasquatch” argument and John Green and John Steenburg on the need to kill a Sasquatch: is it necessary to kill an individual of what might be a rare relic population of hominids?

The Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy Has Blood On Its Hands   117

The TBRC has now claimed to have shot and wounded Sasquatch creatures.  The Bigfoot community is up in arms that an organisation set up to research and conserve these creatures is apparently turning to the gun to “scientifically prove” the Sasquatch is real by producing a body. 

On Gathering Hard evidence  122

Rather than kill a Sasquatch or any other unknown creature is there an alternative to prove they exist? The simple answer is “yes”.

The Patterson-Gimlin Film  129

Filmed in 1967, the brief footage of “Patty” was shaky and split the scientific community in two regarding its authenticity.  With the film now digitally cleaned, image steadied and modern scientific techniques used to analyse it why is it getting harder to believe it is a hoax?

No, South America Does Not Have A Sasquatch  142

South America from Patagonia up to Mexico has its own set of mysterious hominid creatures from the Mapirangua to Ucu.  The comparisons between the Yeti, Sasquatch and these creatures are striking; from basic tools to habitat.

Tales From A German Wood  152

Raccoon-like dogs, a mystery primate and much more seem to have focussed on a little village in Germany.

The Strange Case Of The Gotherington Gargoyle  156

UFO reports and the sighting by an off duty fireman of what he could only describe as a “hideous gargoyle” creature.

The Strange Creature of Repton Wood  165

UFO sightings and a report of a strange, bi-pedal fox-like creature that vanished into the ground!

The Star Child Hoax  170

The ‘alien-human hybrid’ hoax exposed but what was the “Chicken Man” –a real alien hybrid?

The Strange Creature On The Beach 188

Just what did a couple on holiday photograph on a German beach –a strange creature from out of time and space?

Photographic Evidence That Dinosaurs Exist?  195

The Kasai Rex photographs said to have been taken in the 1930s in two different parts of Africa are said to show dinosaurs still existed.  And what of the hunt for the African Brontosaurus –and what happened to Stevens?

First Ever UFO Photograph Or Proof Of Early Airships?  206

It is claimed to be the first ever UFO photograph and was taken on a mountain top in the United States in 1870 –the best evidence of UFOs in the past or experimental airship flights?

Two Early French Entity Cases 212

Did Masse encounter a landed flying saucer in 1965 and see two entities? And why did he vow never to reveal what happened during the encounter –taking the secret to his grave?  And what of Dewilde in 1954 –was he paralysed by a UFO while the occupants went about their business? Did his dog die because of the encounter?

End Word  221

Sasquatch DNA evidence breakthrough?  Did Justin Smeja deliberately shoot two Sasquatch creatures and will the evidence prove it?  How you can help gather information on 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
Price: £7.00
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
And if you are interested in natural history -particularly Canids and mystery canids- then this book is for you!
 The Red Paper: CANIDS  

Terry Hooper-Scharf

A4 format
202 Pages

Profusely illustrated with (including some very rare) photographs and maps
Paperback: £10.28 (excl. VAT)
Ships in 3–5 business days

The Red Paper: Canids Up-dated 2011 edition includes section on sarcoptic mange in foxes and treatment plus a list of wildlife sanctuaries and rescue centres in the UK. 

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. From Norway, Finland and even as far afield as Russia foxes were imported. Even into the 20th century foxes were being imported into the UK for hunting -why if the "pest" had been nearly eliminated?- and capturing of Irish foxes and selling them to UK fox hunts even resulted in questions in Parliament!

But foxes kept dying out so jackals were tried. 

Some were caught, some escaped. Some became infamous -The Jackal of Sevenoaks, The Worcester Jackal -the magazines and newspapers of the day even reported on these hunts -accompanied by illustrations. 

Even wolves and coyote were released for hunting. In Devon the plan to release one wolf for a hunt had to be abandoned after an outcry from farmers and locals.  Far from today's myth, country people were far from "friends of the hunt".

Once and for good the Girt Dog of Ennerdale is explained -was it an escaped tiger? A thylacine or.....

The "Mystery Canids of Cavan", the Coyotes of Epping Forest and much, much more -with illustrations, maps and photographs.

The summation of over 30 years research 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 helped provide the British and Irish countryside with some incredible events. 

Paranormal TV -Debby and Mark Constantino Dead

It was no great secret in paranormal circles that the couple were "troubled" but I'll say no more.  Just sad.

And, yes, Deadline Hollywood were obviously big fans -it was Ghost Adventures not Ghost Hunters.

Couple Featured On ‘Ghost Hunters’ Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide

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Self styled paranormal investigators Mark and Debby Constantino, and a third still-unidentified man, were killed yesterday in Sparks, Nevada after a domestic violence incident turned deadly. The Constantinos billed themselves as electronic voice phenomenon (EVP) experts and made frequent appearances on reality shows about the supernatural, most notably in a recurring basis on Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures.

The couple were estranged, and Debby Constantino had been living with two roommates. According to Nevada’s KTVN, at approximately 8:00 AM Tuesday, the police were called to Debby Constantino’s apartment after one of her roommates found their male roommate dead, and Debby missing. Police eventually discovered that she was being held hostage by Mark Constantino in an apartment belonging to one of the couple’s adult children. Attempts at negotiating Mark Constantino’s surrender failed, and around 1:30 PM a S.W.A.T. team breached the apartment door and found both people deaad.

KVTN also reports that the Constantinos have recently had numerous runs-in with local law enforcement due to complaints of domestic violence. Most recently, in August Mark Constantino was charged with kidnapping, domestic battery by strangulation, and domestic battery against Debby, following an incident in which their daughter was also charged as an accomplice.

Grisly Discovery: 9,000-Year-Old Decapitated Skull Covered in Amputated Hands

Under limestone slabs in a cave in Brazil, scientists made a ghoulish new discovery: a decapitated skull covered in amputated hands.
These 9,000-year-old bones may be evidence of the oldest known case of ritual beheading in the New World, raising new questions as to how this grisly practice began in the Americas, the researchers said in a new study.
Decapitation was likely common in the New World, according to the scientists. For example, in South America, heads of defeated enemies were often used as war trophies — the Arara people in the Brazilian Amazon used skulls of defeated enemies as musical instruments, the Inca turned skulls into drinking jars, and the Jivaro people of Ecuador shrunk heads to imprison the souls of foes. The Uru-Uru Chipaya people in Bolivia also once employed skulls in modified Christian rituals, and the Chimú culture in Peru incorporated decapitation as a standard procedure in human sacrifices. [See photos of the 9,000-year-old decapitated skull and other remains]
"Few Amerindian habits impressed the European colonizers more than the taking and displaying of human body parts, especially when decapitation was involved," said study lead author André Strauss, an archaeologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany.
Until now, the oldest reported instance of ritual beheading in South America took place 3,000 years ago in Peru, and the oldest known case in North America happened about 6,000 to 8,000 years ago in Florida.

Now, scientists have discovered a case of ritual decapitation in Brazil that dates back about 9,000 years.
"This is the oldest case of decapitation found in the New World," Strauss told Live Science.

The scientists investigated an environmentally protected tropical region in east-central Brazil known as Lagoa Santa, which means "Holy Lake" in Portuguese. The area, which is covered in savanna-type vegetation as well as forests, was explored heavily in the 19th century by researchers looking for evidence of interactions between prehistoric humans and giant animals, such as saber-toothed cats and ground sloths.
The scientists focused on a site called Lapa do Santo, or "saint's rock shelter." It was here that the researchers previously found the oldest evidence of rock art in South America, which included pictures of penises, engraved on the bedrock there, that are about 9,400 years old.

Excavations at Lapa do Santo revealed signs of human occupation dating back about 12,000 years. Stone tools and animal bones found at the shelter suggest the prehistoric groups that lived there subsisted on plants they gathered and small and midsize animals they hunted.

In 2007, the researchers discovered 9,000-year-old fragments of human remains at Lapa do Santo, including a skull, jaw, the first six vertebrae of the neck and two severed hands. The bones were buried about 22 inches (55 centimeters) below the surface, under limestone slabs, which suggests they were part of a deliberate ritual entombment, the researchers said.

The amputated hands were laid palm-side down over the face of the skull, with the left hand pointing upward and covering the right side of the face, while the right hand pointed downward and covered the left side of the face. Until now, only relatively simple burials had been uncovered in Lagoa Santa, Strauss said.

In addition, the disembodied heads found in South America were typically discovered in the Andes mountain range, suggesting that decapitation began as an Andean practice. This new finding suggests that ritual beheading may have started elsewhere, the researchers said.

It remains unclear why this ritual decapitation at Lapa do Santo took place. The chemical nature and physical features of the bones suggest they came from a member of the group that lived there, the researchers said, meaning the body likely was not a war trophy of an outsider. Instead, the people at this site may have used these remains to express their ideas regarding death and the universe, Strauss said.
In the future, the researchers hope to extract and analyze DNA from the remains, to learn more about the person the bones belonged to. The scientists detailed their findings online today (Sept. 23) in the journal PLOS ONE.
 Archaeologists working at Lapa do Santo in 2014.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

New Type Of Mid-Sized Black Hole Found

NGC1313 galaxy
Photo credit: It's located in the NGC1313 galaxy (shown), 14 million light-years away. ESO.
Black holes can be really, really big – supermassive, if you will – and they can also be quite small, relatively speaking. But do any exist between these two extremes? Finding evidence for such mid-sized black holes has been difficult until now.

But a new study published in Astrophysical Journal Letters has found evidence for such an intermediate-mass black hole, roughly 5,000 times the mass of the Sun. For comparison, supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies measure up to several billion times the Sun’s mass, while stellar mass black holes are just a few dozen times the mass of the Sun.

This latest discovery, by a team from the University of Maryland (UMD), adds to about a half-dozen other intermediate black hole candidates that had been found before. It has been named NGC1313X-1, found in the galaxy NGC1313 about 14 million light-years from Earth. It was found using data from ESA’s XMM-Newton satellite, which was able to spot the ultraluminous X-rays coming from the black hole.

"This result provides support to the idea that black holes exist on all size scales," said lead author Dheeraj Pasham, a postdoctoral associate at the Joint Space-Science Institute, a research partnership between UMD's Departments of Astronomy and Physics and NASA Goddard.

Some of this same team had found a similar black hole last year, weighing 400 times the mass of the Sun, using NASA’s Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite. But Pasham said that subsequent findings like this are needed to confirm the new class of black hole. "When you describe something for the first time, there is always some doubt," he said. "Identifying a second candidate with a different instrument puts weight behind both findings and gives us confidence in our technique."

This black hole was also found to have a pair of repeating flares, one flashing 27.6 times per minute and the other 17.4 times per minute, a ratio of exactly 3:2. While the cause of these flashes of light is not known, the 3:2 ratio is thought to be common to similarly sized or smaller black holes.

In 2016, NASA is planning to launch a new X-ray telescope called the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER), which the team hope to use to study their new intermediate black hole candidate – and others – further.

Jack The Ripper -Sorry THAT Was it!

My brief post yesterday resulted in 20 emails asking for more details as well as names of the Bayswater people and who had the "Ripper File".

As I stated, I cannot and would not give the names of persons involved since they are no longer around and I gave an undertaking that everything to do with the AOP Bureau and those backing it would remain totally confidential.

Sorry if I raised some hopes.  Quite honestly, I have no idea whether anyone has attempted to use the Freedom of Information Act or tried to get a court ruling on the file's release?  The File is the only place you'll get any answers!

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

So, WHO Was "Jack The Ripper"?

Image result for jack the ripperBack in the 1970s/early 1980s, I became acquainted with a number of, shall we say "titled gentlemen" via the AOP Bureau.

On one occasion, as I was in a rather crowded Bayswater sitting room, I was taking papers from a briefcase to hand around -briefing notes on recent UFO sightings. The book I had read on the train about Jack The Ripper fell out.

"Ho-ho -I've read that one!" exclaimed one man pointing at the book.  Another asked "Is it one of those silly 'a Royal dunnit' books?"  The first replied: "No. Oddly enough!"

A conversation followed and the first man was asked by another (an RAF man): "Old -------- had copies of The Yard file with him in his study.  Have you-?"  The first: "Oh absolutely.  No one named so far is in that file!"

It was mooted around that "The Yard File" would never be released.  I then asked "Why is that?"


The RAF man then looked at me and clipped his lips together between finger and thumb.  I thought it a bit childish though I do recall laughing internally.  After all, here we were talking UFOs and all sorts of things I had to treat as confidential yet a murder case closed in 1892 (?) was considered beyond discussion.

Oddly, the last of the surviving Bayswater people, "Maxie" who was Viscount something or other but went by the name "Maxie" (as several people told me: "Oh, everyone knows Maxie!") passed away a few years ago but I did once ask him about that day.  "Well, those in the know know but it just simply is not the done thing to blab."

I was told, because Maxie was a big true crime buff with every book on the Ripper -including two in French and one in, I think, Spanish-  thoroughly thumbed through that "the name" had never been revealed or mentioned by anyone up to that point.

Even documents under the Official Secrets Act get released after a certain period -Top Secret ones from World War 2 and even the Cold War period.  So why is the file on a series of murders from 1888 still not open to public scrutiny?   After all, anyone named has been dead a long time now, as are any of their children or grandchildren.   There is, logically, no reason why the file should not be open to historians though I find it funny that a couple of people have suggested that the file was not released because "it went missing"!

This is how silly secrecy becomes.

If You INVITE People To The Party -They May Well Turn Up!

The following is a rather edited version of a chapter intended for From Beyond Time & Space?
These incredible sky lights look like alien spaceships coming to Earth

Lunar halo seen from  Levi ski resort, in the Finnish lapland. The photos were taken by photographer Pauli Hänninen:

Beware Astrologers -Mercury Retrograde: What does the apparent rotation reversal of Mercury mean?

Nasa messenger

Mercury retrograde in astrologers', and not astronomers', terms is when the planet of Mercury appears to reverse its rotation. It was first thought this – now known to be impossible – feat happened when astronomers of old believed that the Earth, as is typical of human arrogance, was the centre of the universe.

Astronomers believed that the planet's rotation would stop and then reverse, but it has since been revealed that, due to its positioning in our solar system – the closest planet to the sun – it just slows down, and has the illusion of going backwards as it zooms passed Earth. It circles the sun a maximum of four times a year, compared to our measly one.

In astrological terms, Mercury is king. According to "Mercury rules all types of communication, including listening, speaking, learning, reading, editing, researching, negotiating, selling, and buying. Mercury also rules all formal contracts and agreements, as well as important documents such as book manuscripts or term papers, agreements, deeds, contracts, leases, wills, and so forth."

So, if you do believe in astrology, it means that when the planet is in retrograde, it is resting, and when Mercury rests and can't oversee the smooth ongoing of all that it is responsible for, carnage will occur... apparently. In fact, one is going on right now and will last from 17 September to 9 October.

However, as previously touched upon, this happens four times a year, and at one of these points your phone may have run out of battery or another coincidental mild inconvenience, but the pandemonium that is predicted is nothing short of make believe. Sorry to break it to you.

Dr. Rami Kaminski, professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, told International Business Times's US edition: "I think that like most things it is a matter of context. If it adds something to those who believe in it, then it is a positive thing.

"As conscious beings we have a complex relationship with the time behind us and ahead of us. We rue the past and fear the future. So anything that gives us some reassurance (even a false one) about the future is potentially positive. So the believer him or herself is not a problem. It is those who exploit others who have this belief that are the problem, but that is another issue."
Astrologers and psychics -two groups that are bound to get me very angry: particularly psychics and their deceit.  But, seriously, we are in the 21st Century -2015.  Astrology??

Cow-Size Pre-Reptile May Have Been First Animal to Walk on Four Legs

With all the talk about SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) we have to remember that scientists still do not know everything about Earth.

We are told "Man" -or, rather, "Humans"- originated in such-and-such a place and most of us are probably familiar with the illustrated Evolution of Man charts -that we have to keep adding to -recently Homo naledi

Whether pre-human remains, remains of ancient civilisations (as in Amazonia) and contact between countries once deemed "impossible" before Columbus (??) things buried in the ground or even submerged underwater, stay there until, in many cases, they are stumbled upon.

How many now extinct newly discovered species have there been over the last twenty years?  Let's say "a bunch" for convenience.

And now this....but it is not the definite first quadruped.  Saying that means you look a bit daft when another is found.  Nothing should ever be taken for granted and I'm sure in coming years we'll get even more surprises and "firsts"!

 Connor Gaffey for Newsweek

 Bunostegos akokaensis
Scientists believe that a pre-reptile, which lived 260 million years ago, may have been the first animal to walk on four legs.

Analysis of fossils from the Bunostegos akokanensis, which were discovered in Niger between 2003 and 2006, show that its forelimbs were uniquely designed to allow the animal to stand upright in the manner of a cow.

The fossils belong to a group of pre-reptiles known as pareiasaurs—the first group of large land vertebrates which flourished during the Permian period, a geological period which lasted from 299 million to 251 million years ago. All of the known pareiasaurs were sprawlers, with limbs similar to modern lizards that would jut out from the sides of the body.

However, B. akokanensis had a number of distinct features which means it would have resembled "a cow-sized, plant-eating reptile with a knobby skull and bony armor down its back," according to Linda Tsuji from the Royal Ontario Museum, a co-author of the study published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paelontology.

The fossils, show that the humerus of B. akokanensis was straight, in contrast to the twisted humerus possessed by sprawlers. Its shoulder joint points directly downwards, suggesting a straight alignment of bones underneath.

The creature's elbow joint is a hinge joint—similar to the human knee, meaning it can only swing back and forth and precluding the sideways movement characteristic of spralwers. Finally, the fossil's ulna—a bone in its forearm—is longer than the humerus, which the researchers said is a common-trait in non-sprawling animals.

Researchers believe that the pre-reptile's upright posture could have helped it in finding food in its arid environs. Compared to sprawling, walking upright on four legs is associated with a more energy efficient posture and may have helped B. akokanensis conserve energy on long journeys between meals.