Month: September 1998

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Well, the newspapers are full of it... the coelacanth -- a fish which pre-dated the dinosaurs -- has been found alive and well in Indonesia. Until now it thought that the species were limited to an area around southern Africa, so it comes somewhat of a surprise that they should turn up 10,000km away from there. Until 1938, when a specimen was caught on the Chalumna Bank in the Indian Ocean, the coelacanth was known only (to science) by its fossil records, which quite reasonably lead to the conclusion that the fish was long extinct. They are now a protected species. The Irish Times Honeymooner's fishy tale hits scales at 400m years CNN *New sighting of 'living fossil' intrigues scientists* The Unnatural Museum - The Coelacanth *An unknown species of coelacanth in the gulf of Mexico?* by Michel Raynal IT AIN'T NESSIE-CERALLY SO On the 10th September Loren Coleman posted...

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Coincidence: 2. a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection. Synchronicity: the simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible connection (both from The Concise Oxford Dictionary) Synchronicity: 'an acausal connecting principle' - C.G. Jung, Collected Works 8 Synchronicities: 'people who investigate the daemonic are particularly prone to these -- although they can happen to anyone who is engaged on a search for some sort of knowledge or truth (every scholar, for instance knows how the very book he requires can fall off a library shelf at his feet!)' - Patrick Harpur, Daemonic Reality STONED KNICKERLESS ALIENS ETC. Those old dependables, the Irish Centre for UFO Studies, never seem to stray far from the attention of Blather or its readers. Anthony McCann spotted a wonderful piece by Martin Breen on Page 13 of the August 22nd issue of the Belfast Telegraph. The article...

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Great debates are afoot concerning some 10 seconds of video footage of what is being claimed to be the Loch Ness Monster. The defenders are the curiously monikered *Loch Ness Monster Fan Club*. The detractor, apart from some seemingly nameless 'wildlife watchers', is none other than Chris Packham, presenter of BBC's 'X Creatures'. He and the mysterious OTHERS are claiming that it's a seal. Having not yet seen in the footage, my writing anything about it seems akin to performing tennis commentary whilst blindfolded, but there's other issues involved. . . Great debates are afoot concerning some 10 seconds of video footage of what is being claimed to be the Loch Ness Monster. The defenders are the curiously monikered *Loch Ness Monster Fan Club*. The detractor, apart from some seemingly nameless 'wildlife watchers', is none other than Chris Packham, presenter of BBC's 'X Creatures'. He and the mysterious OTHERS are...

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Breaking News 2008: Ghosts on the Quay in Waterford » A fine summery tale popped up in the pages of the Munster Express on August 21st, telling us that a family in the Grange area of the city of Waterford was being 'haunted by a "nice" ghost'. The family has refrained from releasing their name or address, but we're assured that the haunting has been going on for some 20 years. ME reporter Michelle Clancy was despatched to investigate, and 'is convinced there is certainly some substance to the claims'. The ghost is apparently female, 'a middle-aged woman who always wears her dark hair in a bun', who seems to like watching the family from the stairs, as they go about their business (a good liminal vantage point - between floors). She has been found having conversations with the children of the house, and has driven the mother demented with...