(double L in welsh makes a sound quite like 'th' but with more flappiness of the mouthparts)
Ufologists will doubtless be delighted that an eyewitness to the "Welsh Roswell" - the crash and burn of an alien spacecraft in North Wales’s Berwyn Mountains - has spoken out to dismiss the Ministry of Defence's explanation of the incident. Retired nurse and midwife Pat Evans, now 72, heard a “almighty bang” and saw "this …
no. "ll" is very much not a "th" sound
see here: http://www.cs.cf.ac.uk/fun/welsh/sounds/llid.au
or here http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/rmhttp/wales/livinginwales/llywelyn.mp3
(for pronunciations of llid and Llewelyn respectively)
It's helpfully described as being pronounced as if one were to "Put your tongue in the position for "l" and blow out."
Not being an expert and one who has never seen a meteorite never mind smelled one I bow down to the knowledge of witnesses who actually have, without questioning their veracity until such time I can prove otherwise. Unless they are wearing tinfoil hats, have 2 pencils stuck in their ears and are saying "Wibble"!
Yep, I've played with meteorites of all types and whilst they are insanely cool, they don't smell of sulfur. In fact they don't smell at all.
There's a remote possibility that a freshly fallen meteorite might have a flinty smell from its passage through the atmosphere when the surface would have burned off; but even that seems unlikely as people who've actually been there to see a meteorite land generally report that they're cold or only just warm.
"Unfortunately I got stuck on the Earth for rather longer than I intended," said Ford. "I came for a week and got stuck for fifteen years."
"But how did you get there in the first place then?"
"Easy, I got a lift with a teaser."
"Er, what is ..."
"A teaser? Teasers are usually rich kids with nothing to do. They cruise around looking for planets which haven't made interstellar contact yet and buzz them."
"Buzz them?" Arthur began to feel that Ford was enjoying making life difficult for him.
"Yeah", said Ford, "they buzz them. They find some isolated spot with very few people around, then land right by some poor soul whom no one's ever going to believe and then strut up and down in front of him wearing silly antennae on their heads and making beep beep noises. Rather childish really." Ford leant back on the mattress with his hands behind his head and looked infuriatingly pleased with himself.
There's another scientific explanation that the lights on the mountain were produced by the same geological stresses that created the earthquake on the Bala Lineament.
The phenomena is known as earth lights which although they've been recorded on film and are generally acknowledged as real, remain unexplained. They've been reported around the World during other earthquake episodes, but there's precious little research into them. The best two explanations are either quartz-rich rocks being crushed in the fault producing huge amounts of piezoelectricity, or disturbances to the Earth's magnetic field.
IIRC there's quite a history of strange lights in that part of the world, with a near epidemic of sightings in the first few years of the 20th Century.
Well, who knows what happened exactly that evening...
The impact might have been mistaken for a tremor, for example.
Actually, the really interesting part comes a the end of the movie, where she tells about "the first time" (she makes it sound like it happened more often) she saw a triangular UFO from the window.
The next thing she remembers is that she was laying on top of the bed, clearly indicating that she doesn't have memory of the time in between.
This is called "missing time", and is one of the important signs of abduction.
Well about once a decade, some more mysterious than others.
This quiet (even for mid-Wales) and deadly area claimed aircraft (including RAF test stuff) more often than it should have done, due partly to the dastardly downdrafts near Cadair Berwyn. The bogs claimed much of what came down - even little green men probably sink in that stuff.
Maybe they're trying to connect with the sheep and we've been getting our hopes up for years?
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