Posts Tagged ‘1978’

The pneumatic railway was built near Crystal Palace in South London, around 1864 and was effectively a vacuum-driven train that ran for about a year. The power came from a giant steam-powered fan and the fan was reversed for the return journey where the carriage used brakes at each end. Remnants of the tunnel were uncovered around 1992 in the Crystal Palace Gardens.

In 1978, 19 year old Pamela Goodsell claimed she had found the tunnel and within it was an old railway carriage. Her story also included the bizarre details that the occupants were in the train still and were skeletons still dressed in their Victorian garb. The tunnel however was not found at that stage, some believe it was destroyed by construction work in 1911 for the Festival of Empire celebrations. The celebrations were to celebrate the coronation of King George V.

The story may have more origins as a creepy tale in the 1930’s from local school children, the exact origin of the story does not seem to have been found however. The children’s tale says the tunnel was shut down as a commuter train was trapped when the tunnel collapsed. The local tale goes that they couldn’t get out the train or the passengers and so walled it up with the souls left trapped inside. From looking around on the internet if there ever was a train there then it was more likely retrieved and used for scrap not left buried with people inside.

I cannot help but think it’s more likely a themed ride at Disney than an actual event! It makes for a good story… but I am going to go with urban legend on this one.

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Crop circles hoaxed or possibly those still unclaimed for are another phenomenon with a wide and varied history. They are also quite artistic in my opinion and so worth a mention on the blog.

Crop Circles are geometric patterns, they can be fairly simple or quite intricate. They are best viewed from the air, they were first seen in fields as early as the 1970’s.

There was a significant amount noted that many were found in the ritual landscape of England. They were close to Stonehenge and Avebury, and also some others were notably reported in Indonesia and Australia.

In the 1980’s meteorologists speculated that freak winds could flatten crops, by some sort of ‘vortex action’. Another theory had been put forward that it was the Earth talking to us, a mysterious “earth force”.

Doug Bower and Dave Chorley claimed that they started making them in England, 1978. They went on to create over 200, since the 1980’s and there have also been crop circle competitions alongside some TV documentaries that explained how to make them.

 

The simplest way is a wooden board to flatten the stalks, get a farmers permission, and a rope to use as the anchor to keep the circle.

There are however still reports of strange things, such as radiation in the area, bizarre burn marks on the crop stalks and reports of Men In Black showing an interest.

It is more commonly known as Jonestown, it’s more famously known that way because of the notorious events November 18th, 1978 when over 900 people died in the settlement in northwestern Guyana.  formed by the Peoples Temple and led by Jim Jones. All but two people there died from apparent cyanide poisoning making 909 dead at the site, in an event named ‘revolutionary suicide’ by Jones and some of the members on the audio tape during the event.

The events after the poisonings led to the murder of five others by Temple members at the nearby airstrip, Port Kaituma, one of the victims was a US Congressman named Leo Ryan. Some consider this to be a mass suicide, others suggest it was a mass murder.

I’m not going to go into the events because in actual fact I picked it due to the status of it being an abandoned area. Jonestown was left abandoned and finally given up to nature, the place itself has been swallowed up by the jungle and no doubt sooner or later very little, if any evidence of it will likely exist.

If you should wish to read up more the link is here

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Mount Everest.

Sunday People – 18th January 1976, a report ran to say a ghostly “third man” helped Dougal Haston and Doug Scott in the last stages of their climb. Dr Charles Clark the medical officer for the British team last September revealed that remarkable claim.

In the harsh conditions and thin air they felt a comforting presence at their side. They survived a horrific night just under the 29,002 summit with no food and problems with their oxygen supply.

Doug Scott, at home in Nottingham, explained a comforting presence to his left. The presence followed them into their snow-hole and Dougal was found to be speaking to someone.

22nd October 1978, the Sunday People ran a second report about Nick Estcart who claimed to have seen a figure 200 yards behind him, again on Everest. The figure vanished as he came to Camp Five where no one else could have been there.