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Friday, 27 April 2007

Burning climax to pagan festival

Dolmen Grove druids and witches are staging one of the biggest pagan festivals in England this weekend - complete with a giant wicker man made in a Weymouth garden.

The figure plays a leading role in the Beltane Spirit of Rebirth Festival at Burnbake camp site near Corfe Castle when it will be burned as the high point of a fire ritual on Saturday night.

Source: Dorset Echo Friday 27th April 2007

Sunday, 22 April 2007

Portland Big cats and Sea Monsters

Find out about when Dr. Darren Naish, Jonathan McGowan and myself went in search of the existence of Lynx on Portland

Source: Tetrapod Zoology - Beasts of Portland: the location of wheatears, the spread of wall lizards, the scat of a lynx April 22, 2007

Picture Right: Dr. Darren Naish and Mark North with Veästa - the Chesil Beach Monster

Monday, 2 April 2007

Mary Shelley 'did not write Frankenstein'

An American academic has stirred up controversy by claiming that Mary Shelley, who is buried in Bournemouth, was not the true author of the Gothic masterpiece Frankenstein.

After seven years of research, Harvard-educated John Lauritson has concluded that the book was actually written by Mary's husband, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who drowned off the coast of Italy in 1822.

His theory has emerged as Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood announced he was seeking National Lottery funding for a bronze statue of Frankenstein's monster in Boscombe, to commemorate Mary Shelley and her family's local links.

Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Monday 2nd Apr 2007

Mystery Cats in Dorset - Do big cats really live wild in the Dorset countryside? Zoologist Chris Moiser reveals all in new publication

What are we to make of claims that big cats have been sighted on the fields and heathlands of Dorset? If there are such animals wild in Dorset, where do they come from and how do they survive? Chris Moiser is a professional zoologist who has taught the subject for over twenty years. He has studied big cats extensively and has participated in expeditions to Africa on a number of occasions. His interest in big cats sightings in Britain started in 1995 when he was called in to examine some footprints in a bunker at a local golf course. Although initially sceptical about some sightings, over the years he has interviewed many witnesses and examined a number of livestock kills and is now a firm believer in the existence of a number of alien predator species being present in Britain.

Mystery Cats in Dorset by Chris Moiser - Published by Inspiring Places Publishing
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