In this edition:
Ten of the best European berries to forage…..
Stone age boat building site with technology not seen for thousands more years discovered by underwater archaeologists…..
UFO Crash Retrievals. Interview with Michael Schratt. The Richard Dolan Show…..
Inside and with them…..
Faerie Party Protocol: Surviving a Seelie Soirée…..
‘There was no hope’: Treatable disease often mistaken for Alzheimer’s…..
Drop in RSPCA hedgehog calls ‘evidence of decline’…..
Bigfoot: The Matter of Abductions…..
I Was a Skeptic, But I’m All Better Now…..
Dee D. Jackson – Automatic Lover (1978 Original Video)…..
Paul Kirtley: Late summer and early autumn is the berry high season. Berries are easy to spot, often grow in quantity and are relatively easy to collect compared to, say, digging up roots and other underground storage organs. Edible berries generally require little processing yet most are also easily preserved as a jelly, jam or leather. Most of our native berries are overlooked or avoided by the majority of the population, even though much fruit from around the world is bought in supermarkets and enjoyed by many.
Ten of the best European berries to forage
BBC: An 8,000 year-old wooden platform has been discovered on the seabed off the Isle of Wight.
The structure was found by the Maritime Archaeological Trust 36ft (11m) below sea level east of Yarmouth at a site which was dry land during the Stone Age.
It was next to what is thought to be the world’s oldest boat-building.
The trust said it was the “most cohesive, wooden Stone Age structure ever found in the UK”.
Wooden Stone Age platform found on seabed off Isle of Wight
Richard Dolan: UFO Crash Retrievals. Interview with Michael Schratt. The Richard Dolan Show:
Compare Aztec crash retrieval drawing of interior (e.g. at 11.10), Hilary Porter‘s (another genuine experiencer) and mine. Hilary’s and mine are from independent experiences we had. I recall noticing symbols during another experience and trying really hard to retain a memory of what they looked like. It didn’t work.
Ellis Taylor: This was only the beginning. Over the next few weeks contact accelerated so much so that the whole house seemed to vibrate with a subtle, yet intense energy. All sorts of other strange things occurred besides what I have reported already. It was a huge challenge to keep focussed on everyday life and responsibilities when at any time, day or night, I could find myself being whipped away to who knows where.
Inside and with them
EsoterX: Should you find yourself invited into the supernatural social scene of Irish faeries, there are some protocols to follow. Firstly, know your faerie taxonomy. Your average Seelie Court faerie is all about mischief, mayhem, and generally having a good time. The Unseelie Court faeries are nasty, brutish, and short, generally filled with malevolent attitudes towards humans and would happily see you dead. Sadly, one does not usually get to choose whether they’ll party with the faeries, rather they choose you. Now, faeries are known to lay on quite a spread of victuals and offer an open bar at their revelries, but you should under no circumstances partake. This is undoubtedly easier said than done, and it helps to have a few friends willing to enlist a local wise woman to intervene paranormally when you are spirited away, but alas sometimes you’re just going to have to look out for yourself. Consider the cautionary tale of retired London schoolmaster Dr. Moore.
Faerie Party Protocol: Surviving a Seelie Soirée
BBC: When John Searle started to fall down and lose his memory, he thought it was the early signs of dementia. But it turns out he has a rare – and often undiagnosed – condition called normal pressure hydrocephalus. The good news is it’s treatable.
A few years ago, John Searle thought his life as he knew it was over.
His body had slowly stopped working. He had trouble walking, he was falling down, he had bad short-term memory and, at 69, he was incontinent.
It was a pattern of decline the retired Canadian engineer from Brantford, Ontario was all too familiar with. His own sister had died of Alzheimer’s in her 50s. His father had died of dementia in his early 80s. So he began to start planning for a future he would not be able to participate in.
‘There was no hope’: Treatable disease often mistaken for Alzheimer’s
BBC: The number of calls to an animal welfare charity concerning injured or trapped hedgehogs has fallen, leading experts to fear for the population in Wales.
RSPCA Cymru received 169 calls in July 2017 but this fell by almost a quarter to 128 in July 2019.
July is the month the small mammal is typically most active.
One ecologist said the figures were “clear evidence of a decline in hedgehogs”.
Drop in RSPCA hedgehog calls ‘evidence of decline’
Nick Redfern, Mysterious Universe: Back in 1915, the long-gone Museum Journal, published quarterly by the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ran a fascinating article on what, with hindsight, sounds very much like a Bigfoot, one said to live in the deep woods and forests of Guatemala. Its name was El Sisemite. It read: “There is a monster that lives in the forest. He is taller than the tallest man and in appearance he is between a man and a monkey. His body is so well protected by a mass of matted hair that a bullet cannot harm him. His tracks have been seen on the mountains, but it is impossible to follow his trail because he can reverse his feet and thus baffle the most successful hunter.”
Bigfoot: The Matter of Abductions
EsoterX: Whenever academics and the luminaries of the self-identified skeptic intelligentsia start talking about esotericism and “occulture” from a sociological perspective, it makes me a little queasy. It’s like hearing an atheist recognizing the social utility of religion, by which they unsubtly mean, “society needs some kind of mechanism to control these morons”.
I Was a Skeptic, But I’m All Better Now
Dee D. Jackson – from the Leys: Automatic Lover (1978 Original Video):