Dolores Mantez: The quiet star of UFO

1st June 2015

There are very few facts available on the internet regarding Dolores Mantez and her personal life and I have no intention of trawling through obscure, and probably erroneous sites, to find any scraps of information simply to pad out this article. That would be a mark of disrespect to an actor who clearly wished her private life to remain just that; private. Suffice it to say that I thought her…

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Gerry Anderson: a legacy.

1st June 2015

This is my personal tribute to a man who moulded my childhood and perhaps even more importantly, the most recent years of my life. There are plenty of detailed and informative accounts of his life and career for fans to read, and I think we are all aware of his background, of his early years and his difficult childhood, the loss of his brother in the war. But one sentence from…

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Is There Anybody There?

17th August 2012

“Is there anybody there?” asked the UFO fans Knocking on M. Gratzner’s door As others in the background held their breath; desperate to hear more. And Sky One flew out of the darkness Above the massed fans’ heads And they smote upon the door again a second time “We’re waiting for news,” they said. But no one descended to the UFO fans, No sight of M. Gratzner was there, Leaning…

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‘Girlie’ Issue

17th August 2012

Welcome to this edition of the Ed Straker Herald, sub-titled the ‘girlie’ one by several journalists. I must assure serious readers that this issue does not contain the usual articles that one finds in the glossy ‘Celeb’ magazines that are so popular. I have striven to maintain our high standards and as a result I have removed several articles that seemed to be primarily concerned with either the most effective…

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The 80th Birthday of Ed Bishop

11th June 2012

Welcome to this special update. June 11th 2012 would have been George Victor Bishop’s 80th birthday, and the Herald is commemorating this special occasion with a selection of photographs of Ed Bishop in some of his various roles throughout his long career. -~o~- After receiving this truly extraordinary comment and eulogy to Ed from our reader Griff Wason, it was decided to append it to this article to display, properly…

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Anniversary

2nd June 2012

June 11th 1932. Not a particularly notable day, as days go. No great discoveries, no world-breaking news, but there was one particular event that will remain significant to all fans of UFO. George Victor Bishop was born. It seems strange that, to serious UFO fans, the man who was the lynch-pin of UFO would have been eighty this year. Although we have seen him in numerous film TV appearances, and…

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Spiders

1st May 2012

Welcome to this issue of the Herald. I am pleased to be back at the helm, after a short furlough practising my golf. It was an enjoyable break, and I have returned to my duties with a renewed sense of commitment and dedication to our cause. We will not let the aliens prevail to take over this green and pleasant land with its vast array of life. Over millennia, Earth…

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Why Do I Write Fanfiction?

1st April 2012

Got to talking the other day with another writer and we got off onto why do we write fan fiction. Specifically UFO fan fiction in this case. Why DO I write UFO fan fiction? Because it’s there? That’s only partially true. My first UFO fan fiction was written the summer after I discovered the show. There was so much to explore. There was Straker and his repressions and duty and…

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Thunderbirds: The Movie 2004

1st April 2012

Has anyone else noticed how much fans of the original series completely slaughter the 2004 movie? I must admit, I am one such person. It’s got to the point where no one will even watch it with me anymore, because I spend the whole time criticising it and yelling at the screen that they have got it wrong! Why is Alan so much younger? Where on earth did Fermat and…

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Aquaboi’s Review of Identified

1st April 2012

Aquaboi gives us his rather unique ‘take’ on the pilot episode: Identified Glowing ufo-worked. Splattering hot  babes with machine guns-worked. Alien in trees shooting-worked. Hot chick lamely trying to crawl up tree and screaming – didn’t work [ would have rather seen her grabbed and taken or splattered as she tried in vain to crawl up a tree.] UFO /Rolls Royce chase – all of it worked. Henderson being tossed…

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