Have you seen any flying saucers lately?
The world media is all excited this week about the US Department of Defence releasing three videos it says are authentic encounters F/A-18 Hornet fighter pilotsand UFOs that show strange-looking ovals screaming through the sky.
A recorded comment by a Navy pilot after locking on to one of the objects was: "Woah, got it. Oh my gosh dude. Wow".
But what about this. UFO seekers say Orange is on a crossover-point of plotted routes of flying saucers they claim that's been established by a grid system set up by 'approved' sightings.
But you'd wonder what aliens would find of interest in Orange. Maybe a check on the construction of the Robertson Park toilets.Denis Gregory
They say the UFOs have triangular-shaped flight paths with other cross-over points near Newbridge, at Cargo, Molong and Canowindra. So apparently it seems every now and then little green men from outer space fly down to check us out in their disc-shaped flying saucers that supposedly hover above the ground before tearing off in a loud roaring noise.
But you'd wonder what aliens would find of interest in Orange. Maybe a check on the construction of the Robertson Park toilets.
Flying saucer sightings tend to provoke cynicism but those of us inclined to dismiss UFO seekers as conspiracy theorists who also believe in fairies at the bottom of the garden or those who spend too long in the pub might have to take all this stuff more seriously. Documents from the National Archives list a number of UFO sightings including one on radar by senior air controllers at Mascot that almost resulted in a scramble by RAAF fighter jets to have a look.
And back in 1845 explorer Sir Thomas Mitchell while in camp on the Belyando River writes in his diary they were all woken at 10.10pm by something very extraordinary.
He wrote: "First a rushing wind shook the tents; next, a blaze of light drew attention to a whirling mass, or revolving ball of red light, passing to the southward. A low booming sound accompanied it, until it seemed to reach the horizon, after which a sound like the report of a cannon was heard and the concussion was such that tin pots standing on a cart wheel fell to the ground and the boat on the dray vibrated for some minutes. The sky was very clear."
A bit scary. So what do you think?
Anyhow, if ET calls earth the radio telescope at Parkes will be listening.
Remember Australia Post are doing it tough
All you people sending emails and text messages rather than sticking a stamp on a letter and posting it is giving Australia Post a tough time.
It's losing millions with letters down 50 per cent while the parcels have rocketed 80 per cent as closed retailers go online because of the coronavirus.
That's resulted in Australia Post cutting delivery time for country mail to five days because 2,000 posties will swap their bikes for vans to deliver parcels.
Homing pigeons could do the job much faster, covering the distance between Orange and, say, Bathurst, in 30 minutes beating hands down Australia Post's five days.
And these new changes won't be reviewed until June 30 next year.
Everyone needs a laugh
Fred asks his boss whether he can have a day off to visit his mother-in-law.
'Not possible,' says the boss.
'Thank you so much', says Fred. 'I knew you'd be understanding.'