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Fortean Times, named after maverick American writer Charles Fort, is one of the world’s most individual and best loved magazines. For over 35 years FT has been chronicling the stranger side of life, delivering a heady mix of weird world news, up-to-date reports and features on every aspect of the unexplained: myths, monsters, ghosts and UFOs rub shoulders with ancient wonders and future science, while expert columnists bring you the latest on everything from cryptozoology to conspiracy theory. Open-minded, well informed and maintaining a healthy sense of humour, FT is the only place to go for a sensible look at our mad planet – it will change the way you see the world.

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to drive the cold winter away

LIGHT MY FIRE As we go to press, the Sun is shining brightly above Fortean Towers, giving us a foretaste of life when the short days and long nights of the British winter finally give way to the returning spring. Well, it’s still a way off, but in the West Yorkshire village of Marsden, folks greet the season early, getting their celebrations in well before the vernal equinox. The Marsden Imbolc Fire Festival takes place every two years, driving the winter away with a riot of flaming torches, exploding fireworks and blazing fertility symbols. The last one took place in February 2018, when the intrepid Rob Gandy visited, possibly expecting a real-life rerun of The Wicker Man. Instead, he got a warm welcome in every sense and returned in one piece…

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terror in the arctic

HMS Terror and its sister ship the HMS Erebus left England in May 1845 on the doomed expedition led by Sir John Franklin to navigate a route through the Northwest Passage (connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans). They became frozen in ice near Canada’s King William Island in 1846 and none of the 129 men on board survived. The crew’s final message, sent on 25 April 1848, indicated that the survivors were abandoning their ships. They left the two vessels north of King William Island and set out on a harsh journey south toward Fort Resolution, a Hudson’s Bay Company outpost on the mainland, 600 miles (970km) to the southwest. Judging by the bodies found so far, none of the remaining crew made it even a fifth of the way to…

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the conspirasphere

DEATH OF A DEAD MAN A curious incident took place at the recent American Priority Conference in Washington, DC. The conference is an initiative by the more radicalised sections of the Republican Party to replace the now vilified Conservative Political Action Conference get-togethers and to engage with their outlier kith and kin, though by all accounts it was poorly attended and didn’t light any fires under the American right, alt, Trumpy or otherwise. Anthony Scaramucci, who served under the Donald, briefly, as the White House communications director, was addressing a mostly empty hall when he got into a conversation with a couple from Virginia, who, some reports suggest, were wearing a certain amount of QAnon-related regalia. He told them that Q had “been dead accurate about so many things” (clearly not…

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extra! extra!

FT’S FAVOURITE HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD FISHERMAN WHO EXPOSED HIMSELF IN NORTHERN IRELAND TESCO BLAMES LANGUAGE MIX-UP DURING SAUSAGE THEFT INTERVIEW Belfast Telegraph, 22 July 2018. Students get first hand job experience Pratt (Kansas) Tribune, 28 Oct 2018. PRESIDENT EISENHOWER’S GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTER SAYSVEGAN DIETS COULDATTRACT EXTRA-TERRESTRIALS Fox News, ––April 2016. Police arrest man ‘with gun, marijuana and box of squirrels’ Metro, 21 May 2016. MONARCH GETS APPROVAL TO STAY IN THE AIR Western Daily Press, 13 Oct 2016.…

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dogged devotion

• An old blind dog spent 16 hours with a toddler lost in Queensland bush. Three-year-old Aurora Kyle, dressed in just a T-shirt, wandered off her grandmother’s remote rural property at Cherry Gully near Warwick at around 3pm on 20 April 2018. As a frantic search started, involving about 100 police and residents, the family’s cattle dog Max – who is 17, deaf and partially blind – stuck by the little girl’s side, keeping her warm and safe overnight as temperatures dipped to 15C (59F) and rain fell. She was found by her grandmother, Leisa Marie Bennett, about 2km (1.2 miles) from where she had gone missing. Mrs Bennett heard the girl call out faintly at about 7.30am. “I shot up the mountain and when I came to the top,…

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STATUE TAKES REVENGE A 65-year-old man who tried to topple an anti-fascist monument in Split, Croatia, on 7 November was rewarded with a broken leg when the bust’s plinth fell on him. It was a bust of Rade Koncar, a leader of the resistance to Croatia’s pro-Nazi Ustase regime during WWII, who was executed at the age of 31. Guardian, 9 Nov 2018. RED FACE DAY A £1.25 stamp to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, captioned “Allied soldiers and medics wade ashore”, was due to be issued next June. The photograph, however, showed US troops landing in what was Dutch New Guinea, 8,500 miles (13,680km) from the Normandy beaches. The stamp was withdrawn. D.Telegraph, 29 Dec 2018. HAIL THE DONALD A blind amphibian that buries its head below ground level has been named after…