Saturday, 18 August 2012

Various Items of Nessie News

Well, the old saying "There's no such thing as bad publicity" may often seem to apply to the Loch Ness Monster. The story of George Edwards and his Nessie photo continues to go viral and has finally reached the exalted shores of the mainstream American Media as this item from ABC News shows.

People just love to tune into a good old monster story and they don't come much bigger than the Loch Ness Monster. The article I ran on the photo has now received hits in the thousands and is my own biggest blog article since March. Should I thank George Edwards for heightening Nessie awareness? I am not sure about that ....

Attempting to dig deeper into this latest story is proving somewhat fruitless. The one lead is that two separate sources talk about multiple pictures but don't show them. I am sceptical about that just now but I sent off an email to Cascade News who are syndicating George's photograph. Their own website only shows one picture of the object so I suspect that is all there is to it but I await their response.

I have sent off another email to George Edwards but still no reply to the questions I originally put to him. Going by his interview on ABC, it sounds like the world has arrived at his doorstep and I suspect I am way down the pecking order!

 I must also add that after posting this blog, I strolled into my local newsagent and saw the front page of the Scottish Sunday Mail proclaiming they had evidence that George Edwards had faked the whole incident (see extract below and click to enlarge). I haven't seen this article on their website but if it doesn't turn up, I will post more details. But suffice to say the accusation is that Edwards used an old Nessie prop from some documentaries to stage the picture. George Edwards denies everything but judge for yourself. The fibreglass hump does look indeed like the object in the picture though I must also admit the two are not exactly the same shape. The object in the picture slopes more to the front than the model.





Moving onto another item, I understand that Jeremy Wade of "River Monsters" fame is filming a new series and he is going to Loch Ness for one episode. My only reply is "about time too"!  I wonder what stance he will take as he tries to land Nessie with a fishing rod the thickness of a fence post? Perhaps the Sturgeon or indeed the Wells Catfish or the oft talked about Giant Eel? Certainly, when he tackled the reputed monster of Lake Iliamna, the sturgeon came to the fore. Well, I guess we will find out when the series goes to air - presumably next year.

Talking of next year, 2013 will be the 80th anniversary of the Loch Ness Monster. It was back in May 1933 that the first modern sighting of the creature by the Mackays was written up for the Inverness Courier by the late Alex Campbell. It is amazing that the beast still continues to hold the attention of people after so many years and even in such a current sceptical environment. Does this speak as much to the "I want to believe" as to the actual existence of something large and unknown in the loch? The answer is "yes" to both.

Wouldn't it be great to mark this milestone with some kind of event? Again, the answer is "yes" and it is my hope that some kind of event will be organised that covers the spectrum of thinking on the subject and does justice to a now venerable tale. Well, all I can say is watch this space!








15 comments:

  1. Hi Glasgow Boy,

    I've really enjoyed reading your blog that I've only just stumbled across, and i was wondering if you had viewed/discussed a picture that appears in Colin Baxter's "The Loch Ness Monster" book that seems to show a creature just below the water's surface swimming parallel with one the Jacobite cruise boats. It's one of the most remarkable pictures i have seen on this subject in 30yrs!.

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    1. Hi D Mac, I have also seen this picture and I agree that it very intriguing. There is also a very clear picture of something surfacing in one of the bays of the Loch which I believe is in the same book. They are probably two of the most authentic images of something in the Loch that I have seen and was wondering why nothing more was ever made of them, especially as they are both very recent images. Maybe GB could shed some light on them for us.

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    2. I don't have that booklet, but I will buy it and check it out!

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    3. I can't find this picture anywhere else but in that publication and I agree Pete, I'm amazed more hasn't been made or discussed about it. I would be very interested to hear GB's and anybody else's opinions on those pictures

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    4. I've got that booklet here, but I can't see any pictures fitting these descriptions. Which pages are they on?

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    5. I think there are 2 versions of this book, one with the Surgeon's Photo on the cover and the newer one has a painting of a "baby and adult nessie".

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    6. Baby and adult Nessie is the one I have, I just can't stop looking at the picture in amazement.

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  2. To me, it strongly resembles the hump filmed by Tim Dinsdale in 1962.

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  3. Love your blog. However, you write:

    "The object in the picture slopes more to the front than the model."

    Couldn't you just weight the front end to get the same effect?

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  4. Yup, its the one with baby & adult nessie on the front. I have only seen the booklet not yet got it but that particular image is burned in my mind. Lets hope that we can learn some background to it.

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  5. Hello Glasgow Boy,
    thanks for a great Website and all the work you put into it.I first learnt about this site while listening to your interview wth Tom Binnall on Binnall of America.
    Steve Feltham described the George Edwards photograph as the best image(s) he has seen,now I see him posing with a fake Monster hump.Has he changed his opinion?

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    1. Yes, new information, new opinion!

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  6. George Edwards has definitely tried a scam. In yesterday's (Sunday 19th August) Scottish Sun on Sunday or People newspaper there was a small article on Loch Ness Swim 2012 and there was photo that was near identical to Edward's photo that was captioned to the effect that Nessie showed up but luckily it was only a model to promote the event. Can't find it on either newspaper website but I'll confirm which one and page etc so that you can check it out for yourself.

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    1. that was indeed george edwards hump in the monster swim photo. i currently have the hump, (pardon the pun, but get used to it because there are going to be a lot of news stories using it), and seized the opportunity to let Paul Campbell a local freelance photographer get a shot of it. This is because i want this hump out there and seen by as many people as possible, hopefully every time embaressing George Edwards.
      if you want to see the evidence that i am accumilating against him please visit my web page
      nessiehunter.com
      and on the home page click on the facebook button,
      this will take you to photos and information about just how he did it.

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  7. Hi I just wanted to say that your blog is excellent and I find myself checking it daily for new instalments.

    I was at Dores today talking with Steve Feltham and it appears that the 'hump' was a prop from a tv programme about the monster , Steve knew the guys that had it over at Fort Augustus and had borrowed it from them ,it was at his van and I must say that it bears an uncanny resemblance to George Edwards picture .

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