Flannan Islands: Mysterious Disappearance

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My cousin's daughter met him when she worked in a bar - said he was great fun, very down to earth and friendly with everyone.
Is your cousin's daughter Limmy, and has Gerard Butler died?
 

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The wife and I watched this last night. It’s bad. I really can’t write any more than that!
Just watched The Vanishing tonight. Atmosphere quite good, but the crazily over-elaborate plot didn't strike me as an even remotely plausible explanation for the disappearance.
 

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I read somewhere that when the relief party first turned up at the lighthbouse they found "We're Going to Hang Out the Washing on The Sigfried Line" playing on an old gramophone.

That's why it's called the Flanagan and Allen Isles mystery. :)
 

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I read somewhere that when the relief party first turned up at the lighthbouse they found "We're Going to Hang Out the Washing on The Sigfried Line" playing on an old gramophone. ...
??? ... Really? Or were you just setting up the pun?
 

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If it was a storm that is being held up as the reason for their disappearance, then it must have been a gigantic wave that caused the damage - this web-page well-describes the damage that was found afterwards!

https://www.abandonedspaces.com/pub...ved-mystery-of-the-three-missing-keepers.html
Not particularly. The problem is that 'wave' has two subtly different meanings. The oceanographic one is a a solid mass of moving water. Most of the waves you see hitting the shore aren't, technically, waves, but remnants of waves. Worth bearing in mind if you ever read woo-merchants insisting that no wave 200 feet high has ever been recorded, therefore the Flannan keepers must have been abducted by aliens, or whatever. Technically true, waves aren't that high, but huge volumes of water do reach that high, and higher, when sea meets land in a storm, certainly enough to do serious damage at a high level.
 

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I think dear Gerard struck it lucky with 300 and has not really found his feet since. He has that air of someone who can't really believehis luck, who feels he might be rumbled at any time. I saw him in an American film years back with Billy Connelly{excuse spelling}some time travel nonsense, not even straight to DVD but straight to TV. It should be in the Worst Film Ever thread, but I forgot about it. I do love Billy Connelly, though,but not so much in films.
Timeline - A terrible adaptation of an excellent Michael Crichton novel. It completely glossed over or completely missed out the best bits of the book.

Staggeringly it did get a cinema release in the UK. I took my dad and we were both bitterly disappointed.
 

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Mike Dash's excellent article is now here

https://www.academia.edu/251736/The_Vanishing_Lighthousemen_of_Eilean_Mor

Long story short, most likely explanation - washed off the rock by giant waves. Some mystery as to why all 3 vanished when it was against policy for all three men to be outside the lighthouse at the same time, & one man wasn't wearing his coat in [presumably] stormy weather in December - the other two were wearing oilskins.
 

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Malcolm Stewart in his Ronay (1933) doesnt make a big deal of it. (Recently found a copy...<claps hands in glee>)

He thinks the big wave theory is most likley

But, certainly a mysterious place, his accounts of the rituals of the fowlers attest to a degree of dread.
 
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