The first ever Official Gerry Anderson event from Anderson Entertainment is taking place in London this weekend. Andercon is a weekend dedicated to celebrating the worlds and characters created by the legendary television producer. The event is taking place at Park Inn in Heathrow today and tomorrow and gives fans the chance to experience the technical wizardry and creative ingenuity involved in creating Anderson’s ground-breaking puppet shows of the 1950′s and 60′s through stunning recreations of actual scale studio sets, alongside a stunning collection of actual props, models and costumes used in the making of his shows.
Back in 1994 a photograph of the Loch Ness Monster was confirmed as a hoax. The story began in 1933 when a big-game hunter by the name of Marmaduke Wetherell was employed by the Daily Mail newspaper to investigate the story of the Loch Ness Monster. He went to Loch Ness and claimed to have found some footprints. However, when they were sent to scientists for analysis, they turned out to be hippopotamus footprints. A prankster had used a hippopotamus’ foot umbrella-stand to make the footprints and Wetherell had been taken in by the hoax. However, this did not stop the Daily Mirror from ridiculing Mr Wetherell in the newspaper.
After reporting yesterday of the flying saucers which had destroyed Birkenhead and attacked Jammy Toast we were amazed at today’s newspaper headlines. A passenger aircraft has reported a narrow miss with an unidentified flying object up in Glasgow. The Airbus A320 was making its final approach to Glasgow Airport when an object passed within 300ft of the plane. The pilot of the aircraft said the risk of a collision with the object, which did not show up on radar, had been “high”. Investigators were unable to establish what the object was.
Last night Razzi and I were in Liverpool visiting a friend down by the river. It was quite a nice evening and as we looked back across the Mersey we could see the lights of Birkenhead shining brightly. Suddenly Razzi asked me what the clouds above the Wallasey and New Brighton area were. It was quite puzzling because they were too low to be clouds and yet didn’t seem quite right. Finally we realised that it was smoke rising from the ground. Just what was going on we were unsure of because the smoke was not rising from one isolated area as if a fire was burning but was climbing into the sky from multiple areas. What could be going on?
The other day, Great Uncle Bimbo told us the story of the last person to be hanged at Walton Prison in Liverpool. As part of the story he mentioned that there are many stories of the ghosts being seen by both staff and prisoners alike. Bimbo left out any stories because we all know what a wimp Razzi can be and we didn’t want him to lose any sleep worrying about ghosts. Unfortunately for Razzi, everyone said they wanted to hear the ghost stories so we thought we would have a search round and see what we could find. The following is from the book Hunted Liverpool 18 by Tom Slemen…
Ihope Razzi doesn’t read the blog tonight because we have news of another Monster to report. For years we have heard reports of sightings of Nessie the Loch Ness Monster and now it turns out she has a lesser-known cousin according to researchers. Morag is a mysterious creature known to inhabit the depths of Loch Morar in the Lochaber area of the Highlands. Ancient scripts have been uncovered by the Carmichael Watson project at the University of Edinburgh library, thought to date from 1902, and they paint a conflicting view of Morag.
We are thinking of starting a new series of articles here on the blog – at Razzi’s request. It has been known for some time that Razzi is a little scared of things he doesn’t like. Who remembers when we first heard about the Bog Monster from Prague and Razzi refused to sleep for a week in case the monster came for him in the night? This was made even worse when our friend Laura told Razzi that there was also a Bog Monster in Bromborough. Razzi has not been to Raby Mere since!
Here at The Bear Sanctuary there is nothing we love more than a good old scary ghost story late at night. It makes all the bears pull the covers up over their little heads and none of them dare to get out of bed for a wee-wee during the night! Tom Slemen, in particular is one of our favourite ghost writers because he writes stories about Liverpool and the Wirral. So, we thought we would share one with you we that heard recently…
Today is Friday the thirteenth, which many consider to be an unlucky day full of dread. There is even an official illness concerning the fear of this date called friggatriskaidekaphobia. This does seem to be a latter day fear because the earliest mention of this word was in 1911 and first appeared in a mainstream source in 1953. But just where does this fear come from…?