Archive for May, 2017

Alright so this is off my usual planned topic but seems to be of local interest so here we are..

There have been several of the “sky trumpets” phenomenon reported world wide, the main bulk of this started around 2012 when there was a sense of apocalypse mania in some movements. The first one seems to have come from Kiev but this has continued to crop up, hoaxed or otherwise, on a semi-irregular basis. So today I spotted a few articles trending and thought it was worth a note or two.

To me they are often explainable, I have even experienced one set first hand but to be honest at 4am and not having thought to grab a phone it is entirely anecdotal but we worked out the source. I will first explain my experience, then I will go into the rest from there. Indulge me!

It was around a year before the internet started reporting those sky trumpets/odd noises and we were happily laying in bed. We didn’t really think about it in terms of aliens or anything biblical, we just woke up and it was VERY annoying. The room was floodlit and yet the only thing opposite is was another home and a pallid yellow street-light. We got up and headed outside having flung on some clothes, we looked around. Our street was nothing spectacular but at the end of it was a train track.

Many people who stumble across this post may relate to this, after a while you forget trains are there, the noise becomes nothing of note and you don’t even notice them. The train was huge! It was so loud and the lights were so bright it took a moment to register. We headed to bed and 15 minutes later all was well.

There are deliberate attempts to fake the noises that people talk about but there are also situations where the location of the noise is not apparent.

The BBC link an article here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-40069751

The Express go for a far more sensational approach http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/784772/End-of-world-apocalyptical-trumpet-noise-Nottingham

So what exactly is going on? Well to be honest… I doubt a lot. Nottingham has a lot of industry, commerce and not that far away an airport. Some comments online suggest it could be a local power plant and some the Boots factory (Boots are a large chemist company) might have been the cause. I really love a good story but detest the overly sensationalised hype that these tabloids throw out. There’s no need. Genuinely interested people will read a more reputable source.

I hope you enjoy the article and my little story but I don’t think I will be waiting for the Rapture, I’ll be sat here feeling sorry for hard working factory people in the current heat!

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800 years ago the castle was built to stop the Scottish invading England and anyone caught would be subjected to torture in its dungeon. The floor there slopes away in order to drain the blood away and prisoners made marks on the walls, counting down the days until the would finally die and be mercifully released.

John Sage was a cruel and sadistic torturer who took pride in his work. He invented new methods of causing pain and in his three years of working there saw around 7,500 that he tortured to death. 7 deaths a day does seem like a lot to me, including the fact I didn’t give him a day off at all but that’s the figure apparently…

He is said to have rounded up the Scottish at the castle one day and burnt them in the forecourt. Not sufficiently happy with that he then took and axe and culled the smaller children in the Edward Room. The axe is reportedly still at the castle too.

Reports have been made that in the room the chandelier swings of its own accord, foul smells have been reported and a sense of a strange atmosphere about it have been mentioned. Sage’s tales also extend to the fact that he accidentally strangled his girlfriend whilst making love to her on the torture rack, quite the romantic too eh? The father of the woman threatened to gather up his army and sack the castle if Sage was not killed, he was hanged in a tree near the Edward room and the enthusiastic crowd took pieces off his corpse as he died for souvenirs.

There are other stories linked to the place but those ones seems the juiciest.

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By Glen Bowman from Newcastle, England – My Best of 2005 29-08-2005 16-11-39, CC BY 2.0, Link

Today the gaol in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia is open for guided tours and is the only surviving intact goal for the period of the 19th Century in Queensland. It was officially known as Brisbane Jail but gained a more local name of Boggo Road.

In 1903 a female prison was built, later known as Division 2 and is the surviving building. It has been heritage listed. Division 1, built in 1883, was demolished during an overhaul to provide an oval and recreation facilities in the 1960’s. Division 1 saw 42 hangings one of those was Ernest Austin who was the last man executed in Queensland in 1913, under the oval on the former site was a facility that became known as the black hole. It is where the prisoners were subjected to punishment of what I presume was pretty darned awful. It was used until some time in the 1980’s.

During the 1970’s the inmates undertook protests, hunger strikes and riots hit the headlines. The prison conditions were outdated and inadequate. In 1989 Division 2 building was closed down and 1992 they closed Division 1 and it was demolished in 1996. A modern prison for women operated adjacently until 2000 and was taken down in 2006.

Ernest Austin is alleged to be a member of the Boggo Road Gaol ghost collection. Legend has it that he was not at all sorry for his crimes and mocked the crowd that gathered at his the gallows for his execution. He said he would return from the grave to cause more suffering, he went on to haunt the prison, lock eyes with his victims and then drive them into madness.

It seems this story doesn’t fit so well with the records that suggest his last words were to beg forgiveness. For some reason he is said to haunt Division 2 but was hanged in the demolished Division 1. It seems this story may be an urban legend or an old story that crossed into the area after the original building was destroyed.

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By Item is held by John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland., Public Domain, Link