Stuff I’m watching right now to stay sane…

Ah yes, sanity, it’s an interesting subject right now and like the elevator industry for me it has it’s ups an downs… The truth is and although ‘governments’ are trying to get folks back to work and out of lock down, it isn’t over yet, not for a long while and personally I’m staying in for the near and possibly distant future. 

Just how am I staying sane every other day in this emerging world of being inside and sat on one’s posterior? It’s simple really, I’m re watching a lot of stuff that I liked in the past so here are a few recommendations that have been keeping me distracted from my own sanity…

Life on Mars – Series by BBC – Available via Netflix 

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It’s hard for even me to accept that 2006 is over 15 years ago but facts and age realisations aside because Life on Mars is somewhat of a time travelling gem in my eyes. This is because the show has aged rather well and portrays 1970’s Manchester through the eyes of Detective Sam Tyler who is run over in the present day and wakes up there – it’s a pretty genius and ‘out there’ concept that works. Sam must survive life in the 70’s as a detective and find a way home.

There’s a level of authenticity about the whole thing and not to mention the atmosphere is captured well. Now I was born in the late 80’s but after watching it beside my Old man back in the day who left school in ’74, he can vouch for the authenticity of what is a police procedural show that captures the times and has a side serving of science fiction/Bowie-esqe weirdness. Because it arrived in 2006 there isn’t a lot of PC stuff which makes for more realism and if you do watch it, the show is dominated by a great performance from Phillip Glenister who plays the boozing, scruff snatching, say what he want’s DCI Gene Hunt and not to mention the soundtrack is golden!

The X-Files (Season 2) – Available on Amazon Prime 

Without doubt Sci fi television what not be what it is today without Mulder and Scully’s antics. I’m currently near the end of Season 2 and this show overall is still very watchable and stands up to today’s standards. Just the stand alone capers these agents find themselves in make for some great 45 minute escapism with a hint of the weird.

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Spotlight – Netflix 

Although it’s not a show, Spotlight is a great film that has been on my sights for a while and so the other day I spent an evening watching what is a gripping roller coaster of deception and unravelling of truth. The film follows a group of investigative journalists in Boston who uncover the truth about a racket of sexual abusers in the Catholic church.

Spotlight (film) - Wikipedia

What hit me the most was how determined these journalists were in finding the truth. They weren’t looking to create a story, they were proper journalists – unlike many in the media we see today. It just reminds us how there can be responsible ways news can be reported as opposed to the fear mongering, bad news churning machines most outlets are today.

The cast is stellar, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo head up a great film and story which will keep you gripped.

The Walking Dead – Season 3 – Available of many platforms 

The Walking Dead season 3: All named character deaths

It’s such a shame this show became what it did, but back in the day in the earlier seasons this show had a heart and soul. It portrayed horror and the struggle of surviving. The characters and their arcs were like nothing we had seen in the genre. It was beyond a soap opera, it was an art that the actors wonderfully created. The acting in this thing has always been great and recently I have been working my way through what is a show that I keep close to my heart- up to season 6 anyway.

For those who have never tasted water from the walking dead well, try the first few season and you’ll understand.

Aliens – DVD 

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Possibly the finest hour of space action. Aliens is the blockbuster sequel to possibly the finest hour of space horror and they are both in my top 10. James Cameron directs what is both action and horror fused together by the unknown of what a small team of mercenaries and a survivor from last time face. The cast, the production design, the action, the suspense all of it still hold up very well today for what is a film that released way back in 1986. The extended version isn’t that much longer than the cinematic version so it’s worth a look. Of course Sigourney Weaver sealed her place in the action hero hall of fame. Watch it, you will not be disappointed.

And so that wraps up the things I’ve been watching to stay sane. What have you been doing to stay sane? 

Great Conspiracy Theories

Before you scroll past this blog link which seems like click-bait, it isn’t. If there’s one thing I love it’s a good conspiracy theory. As the internet becomes more and more powerful and public free speech continues in most places there will always be conspiracy theories. So here’s my take on some personal favorites. And there may be a special very soon to be relevant theory that may just be fiction, or not…. (nudge/ wink) 

Roswell 1947 – Present day!

Many will say this is where the birth of the ufologists came from, yes there is a name for people who study this stuff. I have even had the pleasure of working with someone who used to be a ufologist and seeing as I love a conspiracy we have spent many a night shift discussing this stuff.

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In 1947 something crashed on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico. Wikipedia says it was a balloon and so did the military, but the press and eyewitnesses said something different. Of course in all reports like this there are difference of accounts and opinions. Some people saw a ‘flying disc’ and those who found wreckage of what crashed was made from a material described as ‘nothing made on this earth’. So how could this be a weather balloon? Further witness reports even suggested ‘bodies’ were removed from the crash site wreckage. Aliens?

Over the years many people tried to debunk what the military firstly reported, there were books written and several eye witness accounts going into the hundreds. Roswell itself cashed in big on the theory and see’s tourists flock there every year. But what did really happen?

In the 90’s the US military eventually released two statements. Firstly they concluded the wreckage was most likely from a high altitude surveillance balloon used in something called Project Mogul. Then they tried to explain the presence of ‘bodies’ recovered from the wreckage. Memories of accidents involving military aircraft combined with them using dummies in previous projects were to blame for people thinking they saw ‘bodies’ when they didn’t. Seems legit huh?

Either way Roswell was a cool conspiracy theory and the alien autopsy that came out in the 90’s adds a new spin on the whole thing, but was proved to be a hoax.

The Solway Firth Spaceman

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You cant help but let your imagination jump to several conclusions when you see this pic. Now to me the figure seen behind the little girl looks like somebody fencing (sword fighting).

Taken way back in 1964 by a man named Jim Templeton in Cumbria UK, he seems to have captured more than he bargained for. Many people contest that this photo is indeed an alien or spaceman. Mr Templeton claimed at the time the photo was taken there was nobody in the background so it wasn’t until he got them back from Kodak that he saw this.

Kodak confirmed the photo was genuine and hadn’t been tampered with. He even took it to the local police who found nothing suspicious about it. To make things strange Jim was even approached by two people who claimed to work for the government. They asked him to show them the site and then abruptly left after. Weird or what?

The Darke Crusader

This is a largely unknown one, but still cool if you get my drift? So back in the early 2000’s a forum appeared on the now defunct or forgotten geocities web hosting service (remember that?). The original site was deleted long ago but someone did manage to grab a few screen shots of the original forum.

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The Darke Crusader whom runs this forum talks of visiting a town where things start to get weird. The last entry talks of this ‘crusader’ going into the forest. That was the last anyone heard of the host. The only trace left is of this website which appeared recently.

The Dylatov Pass Incident

After spending many hours of boredom combing YouTube and Google I stumbled across what is my favorite and creepiest conspiracy theory.

The Ural mountains, Russia, 1959; cold war territory. A group of mountain trekkers braved the snow on a expedition which would claim their lives. All of them were highly experienced on the mountains. During their hike the weather gradually worsened and moved the group off course. They eventually set up camp on an open mountain side as opposed to a nearby forest area which would provide better coverage from the elements. None of them knew at that point that was their final camp.

Eventually the group were reported missing and rescue efforts were mounted. All 9 of the expedition were found dead but this is where it gets really weird. Their tents were torn from the inside and there were signs of the group fleeing the area without adequate clothing for the weather. They were running from something.

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The camp discovered later on by a rescue team

 

Initial investigations confirmed 6 of the group died of hypothermia whilst the others had signs of trauma caused by something physical.  Another suffered brain damage but with no obvious cause from impact. What made this even weirder was one woman was found with her tongue and eyes missing. Some of the group were found separately whist others had grouped together, but what happened to those people on the mountains of Ural?

Well the camp showed no signs of intruders, the group left there willingly. Many of the injuries they had couldn’t have been caused by an animal such as a bear. There was a theory suggested an indigenous people lived near by, but were believed to be peaceful.

The bodies and condition of their organs was never made public.

Other hikers 50km away from the camp reported the sight of ‘orange spheres’ seen in the sky that night which points towards military. But the investigation concluded a ‘compelling force’ had caused the Dylatov Pass incident, but maybe we will never know. There are some great resources of this theory on youtube but remember when your watching this stuff at 2am, don’t have nightmares….