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Tuesday 28 February 2017

Books -Buy Them And Buy Me A Meal!

auto post 20 -02- 2017

Mystery Canids, Chupacabra, Strange Sea Creatures, UFOs and much MUCH More!

The Red Paper: Foxes, Coyotes, Jackals, Arctic Foxes and Wolves in the UK

 One for those interested in Wildlife -or cryptozoology!
The Red Paper:CANINES vol.1
 Terry Hooper
The Red Paper: Canids
(21 x 30cms)
202 Pages 
Photographs, illustrations and maps

By the 1700s the British fox was on the verge of extinction and about to follow the bear and wolf having been hunted for sport for centuries.  The answer was to import thousands of foxes per year for sport. But foxes kept dying out so jackals were tried. Some were caught, some escaped. Even wolves and coyote were released for hunting and "country folk" were very far from "happy" -some even threatening local hunts -one intending to release a wolf for a hunt- with legal and other consequences. The summation of over 40 years research by the noted naturalist and former UK police forces exotic wildlife consultant reveals the damnable lie of "pest control" hunting but also reveals the cruelty the animals were subject to and how private menageries as well as travelling shows. Private menageries, or single exotic "pets" as well as travelling shows helped provide the British and Irish countryside with some incredible events such as the 1905 "vampiric" sheep killer of Badminton, the mystery hounds of Cavan and Coyotes of Epping Forest.

The Girt Dog of Ennerdale is also dealt with in detail -was it a tiger? A Tasmania Thylacine? This book gives the exact facts and details for the first time. Up-dated 2013 edition includes a section on sarcoptic mange in foxes and treatment plus a list of wildlife sanctuaries and rescue centres in the UK.

Some Things Strange & Sinister (2013 -up-dated)

Some Things Strange & Sinister
A4 Format
358 pages
Heavily illustrated

After more than 40 years as an investigator and more than fifty as a naturalist,the author has opened some of the many files he has accumulated dealing with such things as..  

The Terrifying Events At The Lamb Inn, The Ghosts Of All Saints Church, Dead Aquatic Creatures of Canvey Island, captured bigfoot like creatures in India -all exclusively presented for the first time and with new added research previously unseen.  

PLUS a vastly expanded section on Spring-heeled Jack!  Photographs, maps, line drawings and up-dated to make 358 pages looking at Things truly Strange and Sinister.  

Cryptozoologist,Ghost Hunter,Ufologist or Fortean:this book has something for everyone -including the just plain inquisitive!   

ContentsForeword by Travis L. Whitehurst
Introduction        de occultis non judicat ecclesia                                                                            
The Bristol Rocking Horse        
The Terrifying Events At The Lamb Inn        
The Coonian Ghost        
The Ghosts Of All Saints Church        
His Luminous Chamber        
The Late Reverend Dr. Blomberg        
And More Ghost Stories        
The Thomas B. Cumpston Case        
The Chupacabra        
The Strange Case Of The Gotherington Gargoyle        
What’s Tall,Hairy And Vanishes?        
Mystery Beasts Of Ireland        
The Creature Of The Dump        
The Strange Creature Of Repton Woods        
The Bizarre Legends,Crimes And Truth About Spring Heeled Jack        
The Black Beast Of Darmstadt        
The Nameless Thing Of Berkley Square        
The Terrifying Case Of The U.S. Naval Transport        
The Case Of The Ghost Lear Jet        
Ghost Planes,Crashes And Dead Aquatic Creatures        
The Mitchison Loch Ness Monster Video        
From The Deep Below To The Air Above –USOs        
Aerial Encounters Over Austria        
A Crashed UFO In 1790?        
Angel Hair        
Quimper-Corentin:Where “Thunder Fell”        
Strange Aliens From Space        
The Llandrillo ‘Saucer’ And Other Crash Retrievals        
Transient Lunar Phenomena,Alien Structures And Moon Vegetation        
Whiddon Down-Saint-Jean-du-Guard:Impossible Correlations?        
The Venezuelan HorrorA Final Word.

Alleged piece of crashed UFO from Berwyn Mountains, Wales.

 Some More Things Strange & Sinister 

Some More Things Strange & Sinister

Terry Hooper-Scharf
327 Pages 
Heavily illustrated

Follow-up to Some Things Strange & Sinister. For those interested in Ufology, cryptozoology, hominology, unusual natural history, ghosts and mysteries in general. The secret history of gorillas in the UK -before they were officially  'discovered'. 

The history of  the Wild men of Europe, the UK and US: something that in the 1800s become very "pop culture"  Very pop culture and totally forgotten today! Hominology. Sasquatch and Bigfoot -is there evidence for their existence?  

No sitting on the fence here -the Patterson-Gimlin film is looked at as well as other evidence.  The Author's conclusions? 

You might be surprised. Giant snakes. Amazons. The Giant serpent of Carthage. The Girt Dog of Ennerdale -another big cult 'creature' amongst paranormal and cryptozoological circles. The Beast of Gevaudan -what was it and were there really descendents of the creature in the 19th century -one of which was actually brought to London?   Believe it or not more than one incident of historical crocodiles cases in the UK.  In fact, far more than even the Author had thought . And, after more than a century of claims by 'researchers' that it no longer exists: The Silent City of Alaska and the near legendary 'lost' photograph taken of it.

 This and much more. Updated with extra pages and photographs.

Pursuing The Strange And Weird -A Naturalist's Viewpoint (2014 up-date)

Pursuing The Strange & Weird:A Naturalists Viewpoint

Terry Hooper-Scharf
249 Pages

UP DATE -From Dead Aquatic (Humanoid) Creatures, the giant squid and yet undiscovered sea creatures; submarine and ships crews encountering true leviathans.

There is a fully expanded section which also refers to the so-called ‘Ningen’ sightings and video footage.

Extinct animals at sea that have been re-discovered. The subject of Sasquatch and other mystery Hominids around the world is dealt with including a look at the “Sasquatch-killer”, Justin Smeja.

Dr. Bryan Sykes and his DNA test results for TVs The Bigfoot Files as well as the controversial Erickson Project and Dr. Melba Ketchum’s Even more controversial Sasquatch DNA test results.

Also included are two early French UFO entity cases that still baffle. Ghosts, strange creatures and the Star-Child hoax. All dealt with by the naturalist and pursuer of the strange and weird

  The Bizarre Legends, Crimes And Truth About Spring Heeled Jack (2014

The Truth About Spring-Heeled Jack  
Terry Hooper-Scharf
53 Pages  
Dimensions (centimetres) 20.98 wide x 29.69 tall  (A4)
fully illustrated and referenced

The terror and mystery created by “Jack The Ripper” has been the subject of countless books, magazine articles as well as movies and TV documentaries. Ask anyone if they have ever heard of Jack The Ripper and it is doubtful anyone would respond with a “no idea.”  

By that same token, ask people who “Spring-heeled Jack” was and you would be lucky to find anyone who had ever heard of him.  

Spring-heeled Jack was the subject (loosely) of a film The Curse of the Wraydons (1946) and Dominic Keating also appeared as Spring Heeled Jack in the 2010 film Sherlock Holmes by The Asylum film company. The character has also featured in both American and British comic books and a number of books, for both children and adults.  

But the fact that the Springald held the country –not just London– in a grip of terror much longer that the Ripper did is all but forgotten except for some half-truths and fanciful theories.  

Now be prepared to read the full story of Spring Heeled Jack

Monday 27 February 2017

Mr Dilworth

Pity you are not on my Terry Hooper FB -its not that easy or simple.

That is my LAST posting here.

A Very Quick Up-date

In the last hour I have had it confirmed that I have absolutely no income,  and as my books do not sell to make me money will be getting no income.

I think the future of CBO just got decided ahead of time.

The Next Battle Begins

Yep. No money from sales so the situation is the same as last year.

Enjoy the posts already here.  No idea when I'll be back.

Sunday 26 February 2017

Eine Bilanz zum 44. Comic-Festival in Angoulême 2017

Bill Paxton -RIP

The actor Bill Paxton has died at the age of 61.
The star of films including Aliens, Titanic and Apollo 13 died after complications from heart surgery, according to a statement released by his family.
“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” the statement said.
“A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker.
“Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”
The actor’s first notable performance was in The Terminator in 1984 and was swiftly followed up with roles in Weird Science, Aliens and Near Dark. He developed a close working relationship with director James Cameron, also starring in True Lies and Titanic. “We’re just good friends, and he’s been incredibly loyal to me,” Paxton said in a 1998 interview. “I guess I always fantasized about hooking up with a director and doing a series of films with him. You think of the great actor/director teams, like Scorsese and DeNiro...”
The actor starred in a number of other big hits in the 90s, including Twister, Apollo 13 and Tombstone. He was also known for his small screen work, scoring three Golden Globe nominations for his role in HBO’s drama Big Love.
Paxton’s directorial debut came in 2001 with dark thriller Frailty which starred himself and Matthew McConaughey. He also directed Shia LaBeouf in golfing drama The Greatest Game Ever Played in 2005.
Paxton was most recently seen in the CBS adaptation of the hit movie Training Day and films including Nightcrawler, Million Dollar Arm and Edge of Tomorrow. His final big-screen role will be in the thriller The Circle, alongside Emma Watson and Tom Hanks.
Tempus fugit

Eat The Wolf!

Friday 24 February 2017

Wargame terrain make your own

part 1

part 2
part 3

The Adventures of Stoke Mandeville, Astronaut and Gentleman: Episode One

“Baahubali 2” makers unveil new poster on Maha Shivaratri

“Baahubali 2” makers unveil new poster on Maha Shivaratri, and it’s no co-incidence

In part 1” Baahubali: The Beginning”, Prabhas had been shown as a devotee of Lord Shiva and therefore it is said that SS Rajamouli decided to release the new power-packed poster today.India TV Entertainment Desk, New Delhi [Published on:24 Feb 2017, 17:17:56]
Today is Maha Shivaratri or the night of Lord Shiva, and the makers of “Baahubali 2” have unveiled a new poster, which gives us an insight about the protagonist portrayed by popular actor Prabhas.

In the poster, Prabhas is seen standing tall on one foot on an elephant's trunk, and the other on its head.
The catch is that the poster was released on this auspicious day for a reason. In part 1” Baahubali: The Beginning”, Prabhas had been shown as a devotee of Lord Shiva and therefore it is said that SS Rajamouli decided to release the new power-packed poster today.

A remarkable and much-loved scene was when Prabhas shows amazing strength as he lifts the Shiv lingum on his shoulders. The scene was so fascinating that it is still etched in the memory of the fans.
The poster has grabbed several eyeballs and the fans can surely expect a grand treat when the film hits the cinemas on April 28. The filmmaker SS Rajamouli took to Twitter to share the new look of "Baahubali 2"e poster was released on this auspicious day for a reason. In part 1” Baahubali: 
The way the Shiv ling scene was iconic in the prequel, likewise, it looks like the image in the new poster is going to have an influential effect on audience and is going to become yet another legendary scene of “Baahubali 2”
“Baahubali 1” was a staggering historical drama that broke all box office records and was treasured for its visual effects. Now, the stakes are higher. Can “Baahubali 2” emerge victorious?
“Baahubali 2” stars Prabhas, Anushka Shetty, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah among others in important roles and is bankrolled under Arka Media Works banner.

Problems With Your Model Bases/Grundlagen: Bases und Untergründe / Base (Tabletop-Zubehör, TWS)

Something for the wargamers, D&D and RPG folk out there -and I know you look at these things as I've seen the comments elsewhere linking back here.  At least you credit and share!

It's all "Use MDF or plasticard for terrain bases" but most of us do not have fully equipped studios/work benches with Dremmels and cutting equipment let alone the ability to buy and carry big sheets of the stuff.  So what do us folk with no money do?  We use thick card or even foam-core (used to display photos or art on).  Easy to cut with a good craft knife or big scissors.

I can make terrain all day long, even if I don't get the chance to use the stuff on a big table.  I have different temple and ruin styles, buildings the works. However, we get that problem of edges curling up because the card has absorbed the PVA (Elders/wood) glue and paint. So your building or terrain wobbles.

One gamer has suggested painting the card surface with enamel paint first.  It is not water based like acrylic so is not absorbed into the card or foam-core.  Lindybeige (about 4 mins in) suggests a way to stop the warping -he has used it successfully:

But what about the bases already warped?  Rip everything off and start again?  No. I've been watching Tabletop Workshop (I've nothing better to do with my life) and although it is all in German here is the good thing: if you make terrain or craft you just watch the tutorial.  Seriously, you know what PVA is (holzleim or "leim") and you know what a craft/safety knife is?  Just watch and it's easy without knowing German!

In this video you are shown in easy steps that do not need words, how to flatten out those card bases. Takes about two hours. I'm watching and listening and thinking "It CANNOT be that easy!"  I just tried the method and it works!   Starts about 2mins 50 secs in.  Fellas, ladies -this will work!

TWS is getting added to the blogroll!

Thursday 23 February 2017

I just wish.....

Just checking to see whether auto posts and links have worked.  They have.  That said, I may be gone some time as the financial situation is still...awful.

Monday to Thursday (today) has seen the usual amount of traffic I just wish some of you would buy books!

Remember these are the countries who have viewed CBO most this week only

Monday-Thursday (14:20hrs)

Pageviews by Countries

Graph of most popular countries among blog viewers
United States
United Kingdom

Wednesday 22 February 2017

Marvel's IRON FIST Featurette & Trailer (2017)

Städte neu sehen - Comiczeichner François Schuiten u. Szenarist Benoît P...

There Will Be NO Hell-Boy III -official!

Hellboy star Ron Perlman is mourning the end of the franchise he fronted after director Guillermo del Toro announced earlier Tuesday that a third installment will not be made.

“In loving memory of the #Hellboy franchise officially biting the dust, I will take the rest of the day off Twitter,” Perlman wrote on the social media platform. Perlman donned prosthetics and red body paint for 2004’s Hellboy and 2008’s sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Prior to Del Toro’s announcement on Tuesday, talks of a third movie had been swirling for nearly a decade.

Tuesday 21 February 2017

Dave's Pop Art "The Return" -He Said He'd "Be Back"!!!

Colouring books are on their way and will be available on a first come first served basis from 7pm on the opening's the only way to win the "Mystery Painting" 

It Was THAT Close A Thing At 04:15 hrs

Yes, I am aware that Blogger has again managed to somehow delete images from posts on CBO. They do this but will not respond to queries about it.  They ban a post (more kudos to me) but will not discuss it (others are dealing with this matter now).

At times I wonder why I bother -lot of work and the network whose blog managing screw things up and just go "la la la la". I'm glad that CBO cut off date is looming though after the night I had I did almost delete the blog at 04:15 hrs this morning.

Remember that if images are missing from an interview I've done -such as John Cooper's (which has had images replaced posted several times)- the pictures and photos are non deletable in my Hooper Interviews book.

Now, rather than sit here with the internet time I have reading the "no comments made" section of CBO or the AOP blog -I'm off to beg for money!

Monday 20 February 2017

Hamburger Tactica 2017 (Tabletop-Messe, TWS)

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  • Due incontri con Luigi Serafini, il 23 febbraio aBologna
  • Ore 11.00 - Aula Magna - Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
  • Ore 18.30 - Libreria Modo Infoshop


Il primo appuntamento di BilBOlbul 2017 è prossimo. Tante le novità nella formula del festival che vi annunceremo nei prossimi mesi, ma l’obiettivo è che BilBOlbul sia sempre di più un presidio costante e continuo sul fumetto, l’illustrazione e il racconto per immagini.
Un festival che si snoda e sviluppa nel corso dell’anno, con appuntamenti che vi accompagneranno da qui a novembre.

Il primo evento di questa nuova edizione è la presenza a Bologna di Luigi Serafini, autore del celebre Codex Seraphinianus, per due incontrigiovedì 23 febbraio.

Alle ore 11.00, presso l’Aula Magna dell’Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna (Via Belle Arti, 54), l’autore sarà protagonista dell’incontro “La realtà e l’enciclopedia. Il libro parallelo di Luigi Serafini”, in un dialogo con Emilio Varrà e Ilaria Tontardini.

Macchine surreali, metamorfosi animali e vegetali, una sequenza di invenzioni colorate commentate da una scrittura immaginaria, il Codex Seraphinianus è un libro di culto, un codice miniato visionario e misterioso pubblicato originariamente nel 1981 da Franco Maria Ricci, che continua da anni ad affascinarci per la sua capacità di rivelazione. Apprezzato da storici e critici dell'arte come Federico Zeri e Vittorio Sgarbi, il Codex ripercorre in chiave utopica e fantastica tutti i campi dello scibile, dalla zoologia alla botanica, dalla mineralogia all'etnografia, dalla fisica alla tecnologia: uomini tenaglia, amanti-coccodrillo, uova che volano, alberi capovolti.

Alle ore 18.30, presso la Libreria Modo Infoshop (Via Mascarella, 24/b), Tommaso Bianco, il pulcinella di Eduardo De Filippo, incontra Luigi Serafini, in un evento dal titolo “Pulcinellopaedia Seraphiniana”.

La Pulcinellopaedia Seraphiniana è un'enigmatica sinfonia per immagini dedicata a Pulcinella. Composta tra il 1983 e il 1984 a partire dai bozzetti nati in occasione del Carnevale di Venezia.

Tommaso Bianco si è formato nella scuola di Eduardo De Filippo, con cui ha debuttato nel 1968, recitando poi in quasi tutte le sue opere. 

Ha recitato in compagnie teatrali di altri importanti registi tra cui Luigi De Filippo, Dario Fo e Franco Zeffirelli.

Nel cinema ha debuttato accanto a Sophia Loren nel filmLa mortadella diretto da Mario Monicelli, che lo dirigerà poi in altri quattro film. Ha lavorato anche sotto la direzione di Roberto Benigni, Luciano De Crescenzo, Nanny Loy, Pasquale Squitieri, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Ettore Scola, Salvatore Piscicelli.

Attualmente vive a Bologna, dove dirige una scuola di teatro e continua a portare in scena i capolavori della tradizione napoletana.

Luigi Serafini (Roma, 4 agosto 1949) è un artista, architetto e designer italiano.
È famoso per le sue opere stranianti e misteriose, come il Codex Seraphinianus (1981).
Nel 1971 viaggia attraverso gli Stati Uniti con sacco a pelo e Rolleiflex e si ferma a lavorare da Paolo Soleri presso la nascente Arcosanti. Nel 1972 scende fino a Babilonia, lungo l'Eufrate. Nel 1973 visita l'Africa equatoriale e il fiume Congo. Successivamente comincia la carriera come architetto.

Nel 1981 pubblica la prima edizione del Codex Seraphinianus con Franco Maria Ricci Editore, che richiama l'attenzione di Roland Barthes e su cui Italo Calvino scrive un saggio pubblicato nella raccoltaCollezione di sabbia (Oscar Mondadori). Il libro ha successivamente altre sette edizioni e la presente è l'ottava, edita dalla Rizzoli. Nel 1984 è la volta diPulcinellopedia (piccola) per la casa editrice Longanesi, un libro concepito come suite di disegni a matita e brevi testi, dedicato interamente alla maschera di Pulcinella.

Serafini oltre a essere pittore, scultore, ceramista e orafo, compie le sue brave incursioni nel campo del design, come nel 1981 con il collettivo Memphis di Ettore Sottsass e poi con progetti dall'impronta chiaramente metalinguistica, come le sedie "Suspiral" e "Santa" per Sawaya & Moroni o i vetri e le lampade per Artemide.

Nel 1990 crea la prima locandina per il film di Federico Fellini La voce della Luna. Nel 1991 è autore di scene, costumi e luci per il balletto Jazz Calender di Frederick Ashton al Teatro alla Scala. Nel 1992 collabora con la RAI e su Raiuno progetta la scenografia del programmaCi vediamo alle 10. Nel 1993 inventa e realizza la sigla del documentario in 6 puntate di Enzo Biagi sulla Lunga Marcia di Mao. Nel 1994, sempre per Raiuno ridisegna la sigla del programma Linea Verde.

A metà anni '90 è visiting artist in Canada, al Banff Center (Alberta) e al McLuhan Program (Toronto), diretto da Derrick de Kerckhove.

Nel 1999 è finalista per la miglior scenografia al Premio Ubu con "Materiali per una tragedia tedesca" di Antonio Tarantino (drammaturgo), prodotto dal Piccolo Teatro di Milano.
Da maggio a giugno 2007 si svolge al PAC (Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea di Milano) una "Mostra Ontologica" dal titolo "Luna-Pac Serafini" che conta quasi 11.000 visitatori in poco più di 30 giorni.

Nel luglio 2008 viene realizzata l'installazione frontaliera in legno policromo "Balançoires sans Frontières" (Altalene senza Frontiere) a Castasegna, lungo il confine italo-elvetico, dopo Chiavenna e sulla strada per St. Moritz. La struttura permette di dondolarsi tra le due Nazioni confinanti e recentemente è stata acquisita dal Comune svizzero.

Ha pubblicato racconti con Fandango, Bompiani, Archinto, nonché articoli su numerosi quotidiani italiani e collaborato con programmi di Rai Radio Tre.

Hanno scritto sul suo lavoro: Federico Zeri, Vittorio Sgarbi, Giorgio Manganelli, Giorgio Soavi, Giacinto di Pietrantonio, Achille Bonito Oliva, Douglas Hofstadter, Philippe Daverio, Tonino Guerra, Alberto Manguel, Umberto Eco. Tra i suoi estimatori anche Tim Burton.

Per informazioni:

BilBOlbul Festival internazionale di fumetto fa parte della 
Rete dei Festival del Contemporaneo di Bologna
Gender Bender: 29 ottobre > 5 novembre 2016 - :: 
: 24 > 27 novembre 2016 - ::
Xing Live Arts Week
: 19 > 22 aprile 2017 - :: 
Future Film Festival
: 2 > 7 maggio 2017 ::
Angelica - Festival Internazionale di musica
: 4 > 31 maggio 2017 - ::
Biografilm Festival
: 9 > 19 giugno 2017 - ::