Date of Sighting: 16-Jan-97 08:45 Location of Sighting: Dunfermline, Fife Brief Description of sighting: There was an orange glow in the sky. Small plane sized, cigar shaped object. It descended quickly.Dunfermline, Scotland, UK; January 16, 1997 — UFO Network
David Bowie wrote this after seeing the 1968 Stanley Kubrick movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Space Oddity is a play on the phrase “Space Odyssey.” Space Oddity was released in 1969. It peaked at #5 in the UK but only #124 in the Billboard Charts. The song was released as a single but also on […]David Bowie – Space Oddity — PowerPop… An Eclectic Collection of Pop Culture
Date of Sighting: 09-Jan-00 02:45 Location of Sighting: Runcorn, Cheshire Brief Description of sighting: One round, golf ball shaped object. Orange and white in colour and very bright. Moving East.Runcorn, Cheshire, England, UK; January 9, 2000 — UFO Network
Date of Sighting: 29-Dec-97 02:40 Location of Sighting: Bletchingley, Surrey Brief Description of sighting: One object, no bigger than a star. White and very bright, and brighter than a star. The object was moving South-West.Bletchingley, Surrey, England, UK; December 29, 1997 — UFO Network
In another dimension
a science fiction buff
might be prized.
Both generations of Star Trek,
scripts known verbatim,
all sheer make-believe:
I cannot abide it.
So which side is up in space?
I’m passed the Van Allen belts
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I am a bit of a Trekkie addict — but is it absurd?
A September of Demento- Today’s song is “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” by Leonard Nimoy- aka Spock from Star Trek. I have always thought it curious that both Nimoy and Bill Shatner in the wake of their Star Trek fame recorded albums- Shatner always seemed to be doing his Rolling Stones to Nimoy’s Beatles [in […]A SEPTEMBER OF DEMENTO- “THE BALLAD OF BILBO BAGGINS”- LEONARD NIMOY — slicethelife
Back in the early 1970s when I was a teenager, I grew to love this kind of book. I, like many, was fascinated by ufos, aliens and space, that maybe the myths of the Greek gods were a retelling of ancient visitation of spacemen from other worlds.
Such books would have been scorned by my history teacher, yet these were far more interesting to me than the learned tomes we were supposed to study for O level.
This is the one I bought in 1973, which, as you can see I covered with plastic, as lovingly as any schoolboy would cover a textbook. It’s in very good condition.
Of course it was Erich von Daniken‘s famous book ‘Chariots of the Gods‘ which had really fired my imagination a little earlier. Although he was to receive much criticism from both the scientific and religious communities, I still believe there is much to be learned from his books and from other authors like Drake.
I recall one school assembly put on by some pupils around 1973 which even brought up the subject of ancient aliens. Was God and astronaut? The following day the headmaster took to the stage himself and attempted to shoot down the theory in flames. Despite this, the theory is still out there and as popular as ever.
The great thing about Drake’s writing is that whilst he is clearly learned, he writes in such an accessible way – it had to be for me to read it! I particularly enjoyed the chapter about the Ramayana of ancient India and his interpretations of it.
The general thesis of all these books is that extraterrestrials have visited ‘our domain’ in the past and have effected the course of human civilisation, perhaps even to the extent of altering our DNA through one method or another.
For me it is a wonderful adventure, and even if not all of it is true, it is highly entertaining, nevertheless. One qualification I would insert is that the understanding of the word ‘extraterrestrial’ has become more complex in recent years. I am quite sure there are other dimensions to reality, and that ours is only one.
Therefore the origin of these interlopers, whether they be in spacecraft or not, could be from the same third dimension as our own, or from the fourth or fifth dimensions, the latter which may surround us invisibly.
I think it’s important for us to keep an open mind, to explore and yes… to imagine.
Copyright Francis Barker 2020
A favourite album of mine too, excellently reviewed on a great site.
Fifty years ago, this stunning album was released. The fourth album of the classic Moody Blues lineup.
This was the year of the moon landing, which is an underlying theme of this album. If you were alive then, as I was, your great grandchildren could be listening to this album now.
In 1969, war, pollution and the population bomb threatened our future. Seems relevant today as well.
Ray Thomas, Mike Pinder, Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, John Lodge
The Moody Blues were deep thinkers in their musical creativity. They could wrap lyrical observations around their cerebral soundscapes. This album was no exception. It shines as maybe the best of their works, and the most enjoyable to listen to in its entirety. Put it in the stereo and drift in the heavens with it.
There are those who might have written-off the Moodies as peace and love, long-haired hippies for the messages…
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There’s an old joke about the Moon landing hoax conspiracy. You know: “Sure it was a hoax, but they got Stanley Kubrick to direct and he insisted that they had to be on location.” I thought everybody knew that one. It’s an oldie but a goodie that suitably lampoons the lunatic fringe who imagine the […]
This space is massive
It will fill your mind with awe
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UFOs are real?
Then what is their origin?
That is the question
They are closer than we think
copyright Francis Barker 2020