EPISODE 432 STRANGE LIGHTS IN THE MIDNIGHT SKYalan skeochsept. 2021Not quite dark enough yet…and looking south where lights can be explained…civilization.Turning around and looking Northwest, we did once see strange lights above the horizon where no lights should be.
“When it gets really dark, let’s stroll the beach and look for those strange lights in the midnight sky.”‘Sounds a bit wacko”“You saw them a couple of years ago, did you not?”“I did…but there must be an explanation other than alien spacecraft.”“But lights out there in the empty vastness of Georgian Bay…in the midnight sky…wherenothing exists in daylight…how is that explained?”“Some screwball out there with a flashlight.”“More than one light,remember…and well above the horizon”“A screwball with friends in helicopters”“Alan, sometimes you can be irritating.”“OK, Penny, I did see those strange lights.”“And other people have seen them…remember the person we interviewed…shetook the lights for granted as normal at night.”“Let’s just go for a midnight walk in on the beach and keepour eyes focused northwest.”“No lights out there tonight.”“Are there really strange things seen in the sky?”“President Jo Biden promises to release UFO sightings recorded by pilots andlisted as unexplainable….doing it right nw, this year.”“Maybe we can invite Biden to visit Concession 12 for coffee ad a stroll alongthe beach.”“Nope”“Why not?”“American border is crossed only with caution due to Pandemic…the virus…Joe just cannot pop up here.”Footnote: UFO sightings can usually be explained as natural phenomena. One of thelatest explanations is that drones or sophisticated weather balloons can account for manysightings. Hallucinations also may be factors. We love to dabble in the unknownand then hook explanations to what we do not know or understand. Best to keepour feet on the ground but our minds open. In our case we have had a lot offun speculating. Keep it that way. The Internet is loaded with conspiracy theoriesso be careful.
A LITTLE BIT OF MYSTERY PUTS SPICE IN OUR COFFEE CUPS
EPISODE 432 THE BIG CHUTE…white water rafting at its best…if you have the guts.
Computer has gone weird…I will be off line until Friday
EPISODE 428 COULD THE REAL IRELAND BE AS CHARMING AS “THE QUIET MAN”?
SHORT NOTE TO AIDAN COFFEY
Well…quite a response to your paintings Aidan…and to your email.
How to proceed? I feel best if I start with ‘The Quiet Man’ and the film’s influence on me back in 1960 in a Dublin movie house that had been showing the film since 1953…continuously.
Could Ireland be anything like the romantic interpretation of that film? Not Bloody likely….or so I thought before travelling south to Bonmahon. As things turned out Ireland was just as charming…as warm and friendly…as funny…as human in the best sense. I like to put a positive spin on my life journey…push the dark away.
I will try to tie these thoughts to pictures taken at the time and a little later. Nice to remember.
I’m from Ballylaneen, near Bunmahon, County Waterford. I was fascinated with your photographs from the Bunmahon area from 1960 on your website. I’ve been travelling through your writings about your time there, downloading photos with people in them, and I’ve been getting my mother (now aged 83) to help identify them. I knew Mrs Kennedy, who you mention and Sis Kirwan of Kirwans pub, long deceased. As well as my interest in local history, I have painted many scenes from around County Waterford. I have attached a few of my efforts here, and you may recognise them. I still travel to County Waterford once a week and take my mother for a drive around all those areas you would have been familiar with, photographing as I go with paintings in mind.
I look at your photographs as precious documents of local history. Thank you for taking them (as such a young person in 1960) and thinking to post them on the internet. The attached photo you took of the Bally Inn in Ballylaneen in 1960 is one of my favourites. I remember it exactly like that as a child. The building got renovated in the early 70s and changed a bit, though it still does have the thatch today: it closed recently and is now for sale. I worked there in the bar as a 14-year-old in 1976 – and painted a picture of it in 1981 for the then owner. That’s your car, the unusual one in front? Your photos of the little isolated church and the thatched cottages are also interesting (the area is called Faugheen, a mile from Bunmahon). The cottages have now disappeared, but the little church is still well maintained. I wondered do you have other County Waterford photos not yet posted on your website? I would like to see them and get persons in them identified while my mother’s memory is still good.
I won’t write more here now in case you don’t get this email.
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RE episode 426 I GOT A SURPRISE
Well events have caught up with me. Computer went nuts…scrolling, flashing, buzzing. A friend brought his 15 year old son, Michael to help. Great person. Has the world waiing for his entry. No luck. Then the problem disappeared. “Sometimes computers heal themselves”, said his father, Robert.
Then another thing happened. I did not know the meaning of the word ‘procedure’ and got quite a surprise which will be my next story coming late today.