Archive for July, 2014

Hoverbergsgrottan 

Visited the Hoverberg Caves yesterday, located at a mountain called Hoverberget in Jämtland (County). You need to climb the mountain for some distance before you can enter, but it is worth the effort. The cave was discovered in 1897. The tourist will be able to enter through a small opening and then you see what the first picture shows when you look up. Then you walk on stairs deeper and deeper and you will be able to to see 81 meters of it. The hights are 20-30 meters at some places, highlighted by green and red lights. At the far end, there is a small opening that is closed for tourists, the caves have been explored almost another 90 meters. It is the largest cliff cave system in Sweden.

Plenty to see around lake Storsjön (The Great Lake).

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Spent six hours in good company in the southern parts of Lake Storsjön (The Great Lake) today, giving out another 225 RETROFUTURE magazines and 500 flyers. This is part of the project that started back in 2010 that highlights the interest that this publication has in the Great Lake Monster mystery. With todays effort, people living around the entire lake has received magazines and flyers, so this has been one hell of a project. Still, more is to be done – the plan is to have handed out 15.000 magazines and 5.000 flyers by 2016. This is part of The Last Hurrah!

As usual, plenty of interesting things to see and I think these snapshots kind of speaks for themselves. The old archive is certainly getting bigger with each trip.

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Got Ufo Aktuellt (issue 2 2014), the Swedish UFO publication, in the mail today. Very good article about the Ghost rockets that appeared in Scandinavian skies after WWII. Several sightings of objects crashing into lakes in Scandinavia (not just Sweden) also happened back in the day, and in Sweden the military launched several efforts to try and find some evidence within these waters. As far as we know, they were never successful, but there were rumours and reports that suggested otherwise that they actually had to deny. Author Clas Svahn has given an entire chapter from an upcoming book to the magazine, and the subject is very interesting. I saw him talk about this in May when this organisation was in town (see post), and it was quite captivating.

This is UFO investigating at its very best.

The Heroes of Telemark

Posted: July 28, 2014 in TV & Movies

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They don´t make them like this anymore. “The Heroes of Telemark” (1965) is one of these rare old school war movies that you can see again and again. There is a handful of them – or maybe a dozen – most of them made in the 60´s – “The Longest Day”, “Battle of Britain”, “Where Eagles Dare”, “The Guns of Navarone”, “The Battle of The Bulge”, “The Dirty Dozen”, “The Great Escape”, “The Night of The Generals”, “Triple Cross” and “633 Squadron”.  “Kelly´s Heroes” and “Too Late The Hero” came out in 1970 and there were good stuff in the 50´s as well, not least “Cockleshell Heroes” and “The Battle of The River Plate”. Good days.

I enjoyed “The Heroes of Telemark” again last night for the first time in years, and it still works. Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris were brilliant. The fact that this is based on actual events makes it all the better. Yes, it is a movie and not proper history, but if you want the exact details read a book.

The heroics of the day can not be ignored – it was the stuff of legends.

Classic sci-fi from Dark Horse

Posted: July 24, 2014 in Comics

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I have enjoyed reading the first Magnus Robot Fighter 4000 A.D. compilation, published by Dark Horse Books back in 2010 (I think there are a couple of more volumes out by now). What we have here is an early sci-fi comic by master Russ Manning, this early stuff was originally published 1963-1964. 210 pages.

Russ Manning was one of the all time greats, so anything that is published now is good to see.

Vicky Peterwald

Posted: July 23, 2014 in Books

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Prolific sci-fi writer Mike Shepherd has launched a new series, Vicky Peterwald, and the first book is called “Target” (Ace Books, 2014). I have enjoyed his Kris Longknife series so this is good news.

Great cover by Scott Grimando.

The War Libraries

Posted: July 22, 2014 in Books, Comics

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Here is the first book in the Fleetway picture library series, “The War Libraries” (Book Palace Books, 2007). It was compiled by Steve Holland and David Roach and my copy is signed by the authors. I had the Where Eagles Dare site about these kinds of comics going back in the day.

I love this stuff.