Category Archives: History

The First Trick or Treat

The origins of “trick or treating” are debatable, but can probably be dated back to one of various festivals and traditions from the middle ages in Britain. However, something strikingly similar and almost certainly unconnected can be found in the … Continue reading

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A Pioneering Film

In the very early days of silent film, France and Italy were the big hitters in the industry, with British filmmakers struggling to compete.  In the 1st April 1909 issue of The Bioscope, the editor welcomed a production that could … Continue reading

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Board Game Tour of Britain: Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight.  We have a mission: to follow the route of an old 1940s board game around Great Britain, sticking to the instructions as closely as we possibly can. Along the way we will look at the history of … Continue reading

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Cthulhu and UFOs at the Nativity

UFOlogists over the years have pored over the finer details of Renaissance art, looking for evidence to support their cause, and recently I have been having fun taking a scalpel to their findings.  The example I am going to look … Continue reading

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Spaceships at the Crucifixion

Once again I am indebted to a good friend for bringing another interesting painting to my attention, one that has fascinated UFO enthusiasts who went looking for historical evidence.  So here we have a 1350 fresco from the Visoki Decani … Continue reading

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The Original Foley Artists

Until the late 1920s films were all silent, with musical accompaniment generally provided live by a pianist. You might have seen clips of silent films with some very clichéd music playing on a hideous honky-tonk piano, such as Mysterioso Pizzicato … Continue reading

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Pliny’s UFO

Pliny the Elder’s Naturalis Historia is a fascinating piece of work, displaying an understanding of the world that seems remarkably ahead of its time. The first book concerns what we could broadly term astronomy. I recommend reading the whole text, … Continue reading

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The UFO Baptism

My article about UFOs in Rome provoked an interesting discussion among my friends, and I am indebted to one of them for sending me this image: It was sent as an example of the possibility of UFOs in art, and … Continue reading

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UFOs in Rome

When you look at lists of UFO sightings through history, one of the events that makes the list is recorded in Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita (The History of Rome), and took place in 218BC.  You tend to just see the … Continue reading

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The Film Rights War

In the very early days of cinema there was nothing in the way of regulations to protect the interests of the film-makers. As cinema became more and more popular, this became an increasing problem. Films were sold to theatres to … Continue reading

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