When I did my film with Northampton chap Steve Munday I had no idea about the response I was going to get. Comments in particular were deleted weekly as abuse and ridicule come in a little more often than comments from people who were genuinely interested in his story.
I won’t play down my personal interest in UFO’s and the paranormal. Ever since watching Close Encounters as a child I have bought the magasines and watched the cheesy TV programs right up until a few years ago.
The older I get, the more I embrace science, the more skeptical and discerning I have become. I am still fascinated by all of this, but I guess now I want to stop listening to the already converted and delve into these mysteries myself.
A brief thrash around in the world of theoretical physics at university lead to an equally brief career in the world of Lasers. Driven more by my attraction to science fiction than anything else. I stopped working with YAG and Co2 Lasers when I realised I would need a power supply the size of a house to run the laser gun I had designed in my mind. It didn’t stop me from [allegedly] attaching a 24 volt HeNe Laser to the front of my motorbike so I could fight back on those drivers that refused to dip their headlights.
Science had a whole heap of answers but not all of them. Not yet.
So, I am still interested (as every inquisitive mind should be) in the unexplained and was more than a little drawn to this article in my local reagional papers, The Northants Evening Telegraph and The Chronicle And Echo.
When buying that fireplace off Steve back in May last year, one of the first things that Steve said when he saw my address was.. “Wow.. you are right in the center of a UFO hotspot.. did you know that?”
I didn’t know, no. And now as the national archives release stats to back up his claim should I be going out to the low light pollution areas of Northamptonshire with a deck chair and a pair of binoculars? Or should my inquisitive part-scientific mind opt for a list of stats regarding the numbers of eccentrics and people living in the area on the edge of ‘sanity’.
Thinking I had best not get too involved. In case I find myself on that list.