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Nua Blather: Alphabeti Reticulans

From: Dave Walsh <dave@nua.ie>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 18:17:45 +0100
Fwd Date: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 22:16:42 -0400
Subject: Nua Blather: Alphabeti Reticulans

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By Daev Walsh   Email: blather@nua.ie
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July 24 1998  Published By:  Nua Limited  Vol 2. No. 11


It was without success that Blather tried to contact Ms. Myler and
Mr. Ansbro -- stars of last week's issue
(http://www.nua.ie/blather/archives2/issue2no10.html). However, we
did stumble across the news that the Irish Centre for UFO Studies is
planning a talk of some sort in the Bull Island Interpretive Centre
(this centre is finding out about wildfowl, not extra-terrestrials)
in Clontarf, Dublin at 2pm on Sunday 26th July. Blather may or may
not have someone on the scene.

So, there no information yet -- in the media or elsewhere -- that the
recent ICUFOS predictions were successful. As mentioned last week, it
was cloudy on July 14th, making it difficult to see juxtaposition of
Jupiter with the Moon, but I'm sure they made the best of it. In the
days *preceding* July 14th, there were plenty of other odd phenomena
in our skies, much of them seemingly blamed on an unexpected meteor

On Saturday July 11th, the BBC told of 'the Z from outer space', a
strange array of 'Z' or '2' shaped lights which was seen for up to an
hour along the west coast of Britain on Friday 10th, after 22:30.
Police stations from as far south as Cornwall and north to Scotland
were inundated with reports from excited witnesses claiming sightings
over the Irish Sea. Reports were also made in Belfast, Northern
Ireland, and the lights were seen by the coastguards there. They
reckoned that it *looked* bigger than the Moon, but it was impossible
to be sure without knowing the distance (a simple yet subtle fact
that many people seem to forget when making reports). It drifted
westwards, apparently above the clouds.

While most people saw a Z, Teesside Air Traffic control tower (near
Middlesborough) reported a large letter Q. Was Steven Spielberg
making a Sesame Street movie? No planes were overdue and the RAF and
Jodrell Bank (radio telescope) reported nothing.

Some sense started to erupt from the confusion when an unnamed
airline pilot claimed to have seen a large meteorite entering the
atmosphere, while en route from France to the UK. He said that had
seen it breaking up and leaving a long trail. . . and was formed into
letters by the wind.

Joseph Trainor of UFO Roundup
(http://ufoinfo.com/roundup/) begged to differ. In Volume 3, Number
28 for July 12th 1998, he says that 'luminous meteor trails last
between five and ten seconds -- twenty seconds tops. They do not
persist in the sky for over an hour. Whatever this phenomenon was, it
was no meteor.' (http://ufoinfo.com/roundup/v03/rnd03_28.html)

On Monday, July 13th, Blather reader (and occasional co-conspirator)
Justin Mason heard witness reports on one of the RTE radio stations
of many sightings in the Republic of Ireland on the night in
question. One Wicklow man saw *coloured* lights to the north-west.
Another Wicklovian reckoned they were laser lights over Glendalough
(http://www.irishphotos.com/page13.htm) -- there is a hotel here, and
as the Tour de France cycle race was passing by on Sunday 12th, it
wasn't an unreasonable theory. Another report came from a woman in
Galway who 'spotted lights in the sky to the west of her home on
Friday night, and whose son (apparently an expert in these matters)
reckoned it was an exploding aeroplane. hmm, yerss'.

Blather would be inclined to draw a connection between these reports
and the mysterious aerial alphabet spaghetti. Objections?

It's worth noting that there was *another* unexpected shower a few
weeks earlier, on June 27th, confirmed by several countries,
including Japan, Italy and Portugal. A meteor weighing 300kg (670
pounds) landed in Turkmenistan on June 20th. We do seem to be getting
*quite* a few of these unexpected showers lately and the Leonids --
in November -- are apparently due to cause a storm, either this year
or next year, and much damage to satellites is expected. It should be
interesting to see what ICUFOS predicts for November, and for this
August (when the Perseid meteor shower is due).

Speaking of the ICUFOS, honorary Blatherskite and Magonian Mark 'Rat
Tamer' Pilkington stumbled across an interesting document during the
week, none other than Roy Dutton's *Global UFO Activity=A0--=A0A
Study=A0of=A0Tactical Techniques*, which claims to be 'a prolonged
study of world-wide accounts of close encounters with unidentifiable
aerial artifacts led, by synthesis, to the formulation of the
Astronautical Theory for UFO Close encounters'.

Impressed? Last week (as in other issues), Blather made mention of
how both Mr Greer of CSETI (http://www.cseti.org), and the
PEIR/ICUFOS were singing from the same hymn book - Dutton's theories
Well, here it is, in all its glory. Blather will refrain from going
so far as to entirely dissect it, but we would like to share our
opinion of this paper. Blather reckons that it's a load of bobbins
(thanks to Gareth Fagan, for introducing me to that curious label of

The Theory (and that's about as much as it is) claims to make it
possible to *predict* UFO encounters, from calculations using data
gleaned from historical UFO sightings. Dutton reckons that he's come
across a strategy of alien surveillance of the Earth, using defined
'approach-paths' which deliver the surveillance craft. I can only
assume that the entire theory is itself built on a shaky foundation
of assumption, such as the actual existence of extra-terrestrial
surveillance. Still, if such theorizing keeps him off the streets and
out of trouble, we shouldn't complain.

According to Blather's MIB (Man in Bantry, the following Friday to
the 'Mark of Zorro' night, or rather at 01:25 the morning of
Saturday, July 18th, several members of the local population (up to
half a mile away from each other) of none other than *Bantry* were
woken up by a strange boom or bang, along with dogs barking. The
weather wasn't thundery. Even though Blather has been told by
Shannon ATC that the Concorde does not exceed the sound barrier over
Ireland, many people do claim to hear it , but even so it's not known
to shake houses -- as this did -- or cause dogs to bark. Does the
Concorde even travel at such an hour? For more on present-day
anomalous Irish aerial booms, their Cornish cousins and Concorde, see
*Skies Alive* and *Baaaaah-Humbug*

Curiously, about 10 minutes after writing the above paragraph, this
Blatherskite was having some coffee and reading some of 'The Owlman &
Others' (1997, ISBN 0 952441764) by Jon Downes, of the Centre for
Fortean Zoology (http://www.eclipse.co.uk/cfz/). Incredibly
enough, I stumbled across a section by Jon on the Cornish Concorde
controversies of 1976, with Air France denying responsibility for the
plethora of sky-bangs heard above the west country at that time, with
even poor old President-elect Jimmy Carter getting himself

In *Silly Season: Monsters, UFOs, etc.*
(http://www.nua.ie/blather/archives2/issue2no8.html), we mentioned
Gougane Barra. . . here's a rather pleasant photograph of the area
(http://www.irishphotos.com/pic23.htm). On the same site, there's a
picture of the island which was the subject of *Weird Achill*
(http://www.nua.ie/blather/archives2/issue2no9.html), demonstrating
the powerful scenery to be experienced there.

On July 19th, Reuters (http://www.reuters.com) saw fit to give
coverage to the GUST lake monster expedition to Norway beginning on
August 3rd (this writer will be aboard). CNN and other news networks
published reports.

Dave (daev) Walsh
Friday, 24th July 1998

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