Aliens' Top Holiday Spots... in Beer Firm Survey

By Jude Sheerin, Scottish Press Association ©all rights reserved


A small Scottish town was today named UFO capital of the UK in a survey.

Bonnybridge in Stirlingshire topped a league of 40 “alien encounter” sites in the research.

Cley Hill in Wiltshire was the second most “extra-terrestrial-plagued” area of Britain. Third came the Great Orme, the North Wales beauty spot.

Researchers found that aliens seemed to be equally fond of the city, with two areas of London – Walthamstow and Lewisham – making the top 10.

Bedhampton in Hampshire also made it on to the list because of several “sightings” filmed by a local man which have never been explained.

The survey by Grolsch beer found that as well as UFO-spotters, firefighters and police had reported seeing strange objects in the sky.

The depute provost of Falkirk Council, Billy Buchanan, 55, whose constituency covers Bonnybridge, said he thought the town might be a porthole to another dimension.

“We have two major alien abduction cases here at the moment and my wife and I saw a strange triangular craft the size of a battleship hovering above our house last week for three nights,” he said.

There have been more than 60,000 sightings of flying saucers in the town (population 5,500), which has been dubbed ‘Costa Del Sol’ for little green men


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Warming to Cause Catastrophic Rise in Sea Level?


Stefan Lovgren
for National Geographic News
Updated April 26, 2004

Most scientists agree that global warming presents the greatest threat to the environment.

There is little doubt that the Earth is heating up. In the last century the average temperature has climbed about 0.6 degrees Celsius (about 1 degree Fahrenheit) around the world.

From the melting of the ice cap on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest peak, to the loss of coral reefs as oceans become warmer, the effects of global warming are often clear.

However, the biggest danger, many experts warn, is that global warming will cause sea levels to rise dramatically. Thermal expansion has already raised the oceans 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters). But that's nothing compared to what would happen if, for example, Greenland's massive ice sheet were to melt.


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Taiwan Shudders from Earthquake

May 1, 2004News reports in Taiwan says two people have died in landslides triggered by a strong earthquake Saturday.

The magnitude five-point-eight quake was centered southeast of the capital, Taipei, in a mountainous region. The two people were killed when their car was hit by falling rocks dislodged by the earthquake on a mountain road about 60 miles from Taipei. A cable t-v station reports heavy rain and traffic jams made it difficult for rescue workers to reach the scene of the accident.

The quake has been felt on most parts of the island. Earthquakes are common on Taiwan, but most cause little or no damage.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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