- Oct 29, 2002
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I also have no memory of learning how to read and I was reading so well by the time I started primary school that at first I was considered a poor reader, until my teacher realised I was refusing to read because the 'peter and jane books where too childish.Being an introvert also helped
Not sure about IQ - apparently, my method was to ask my grandma to read to me the same books over and over until I memorised them completely so I was able to tell them by heart. Then I connected letters with what I was saying and that is how I learned to read.
All this is "apparently" as I have no memory of the process
The books I was supposed to read were so far below my level that when I'd read everything available my desperation led me to start on the 'baby books' again. I was summarily bawled out for carrying off a copy of a book about 'Ant and Bee'.I also have no memory of learning how to read and I was reading so well by the time I started primary school that at first I was considered a poor reader, until my teacher realised I was refusing to read because the 'peter and jane books where too childish.
She is also the friend whom I scared when text messaging first came out in the late 90s. You could page from your AOL account in those days so I gave it a go on my big computer at home, and sent Kath the silliest message I could think of.Wish fulfilment!
Spot on, I stopped watching when Tom Baker left.Classic Doctor Who (not the woke pc excrement the BBC vomits out today). Stuff from the 70s with Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker. Giant maggots crawling out of slag heaps in Wales, giant rats in Victorian sewers, intelligent reptiles emerging from 65 million years of hibernation, Lovecraftian alien intelligences possessing dolls and dummies, robot yetis in Tibet (along with the real one) and robot yetis invading the London Underground amid an ectoplasic web, giant parasitic wasps on space stations, cyborg saurians in Loch Ness, killer troll dolls lurching into homicidal life, pig brained cyborg ventriloquist dolls, monster killer plants thawed out of Antartic Ice, deep fracking projects that unleash volcanic infernos, aquatic lizard men, living, blood sucking megaliths, deadly robot parrots and not a single bit of identity politics or woke agenda on display. The real Doctor Who, that's what made me a fortean and a cryptozoologist.
Yep there was a lot more of it back then and (I could be completely wrong here) more people seemed to take the reports with less questioning than now, well I'm more sceptical now anyway.I'm made of sterner stuff, I still watch and love DW. But that's a point, there was a lot of Forteana on TV when I was little, in fiction and even in fact - poltergeist reports on the news! Unthinkable now.
Albeit that this is in a different context - I think it reflects my attitude to SF and Fantasy: The real world, in all its infinite variety, is deeply weird - I don't see the need for a different canvas. And all fiction is speculative.I think there's just as much supposed true life weirdness about...
I posted this a while ago, I don't know if you saw it. A blogger rereads and rates all of them.And the Pan Book of Horror Stories....all 20 something of them
Erich von Daniken. I still have a soft spot for him now and am a big fan of Ancient Aliens and Giorgio Tsoukalos.
(Yes I know and I don't care)
Agreed, very influentional films . Judging by some of the films being put on freeview since the lockdown I'm really hoping The Omega Man will be on soon, haven't seen it in years, ( I prefer it to the book and sequel ).Got to also hand it to Charlton Heston’s great sci-fi trilogy. Planet of the Apes, The Omega Man and Soylent Green.
It's funny but for me, fiction did not do it at all although I loved ghostly, magical and alien books and TV programmes as much as the next child. I think just simply because it was fiction. The von Daniken books meant it was REAL.Looking back, my interst in Daniken was really just ann extension of my interest in science fiction which had been nurtured by seventies televison. The very first novel I read - at about the age of 8, I think -was a novelisation of The Tomorrow People. But I also remember Timeslip.
Yes! As I've said earlier in the thread, the "real" stuff was a lot more appealing and fuelled my interest in weirdness. I read Nicolas Fisk, for example, but placed him in a different category to the supposedly true stuff I borrowed from the library and read voraciously. I didn't know that Peter Haining was probably making it all up, if it had that semblance of authenticity it fascinated me.It's funny but for me, fiction did not do it at all although I loved ghostly, magical and alien books and TV programmes as much as the next child. I think just simply because it was fiction. The von Daniken books meant it was REAL.
(Yes I know..)
And you never noticed that James Dean was the witness and he died soon after in a RTA?It was a comic book from 1979 describing UFO and alien encounters which caught my interest in the fortean.
I think it was originally released in USA as "UFO Flying Saucers", by Western Publishing.
I notice one of the stories is about the sightings of hairy alien creatures in South America, so the comic is probably based on real reports of UFOs and aliens.
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I gave the whole lot to a charity shop when, in a mad rush of blood to the head, I decided to declutter. Something I have regretted ever since.I posted this a while ago, I don't know if you saw it. A blogger rereads and rates all of them.
You can find most of them on Amazon and Ebay quite cheaply but to be honest, I'd rather just read the synopses on that blog. So much to read and so little time.I gave the whole lot to a charity shop when, in a mad rush of blood to the head, I decided to declutter. Something I have regretted ever since.