Mr Edwards took the photo at 9am on 2nd November last year on a compact Samsung digital camera that he always keeps on the boat. Before releasing it publicly he sent it to the USA for analysis, though he can’t reveal further details. 'I did not want to mention my sighting until I was sure that I had not photographed a log or something inanimate in the water,' he said. 'I have friends in the USA who have friends in the military. 'They had my photo analysed and they have no doubt that I photographed an animate object in the water. I
Kept from November last year , August is the traditional silly season , you are probably correct - but who knows
Bear in mind that while the canny Scot knows that Nessie is in reality a money-spinning tourist attraction, the rest of the World carries on in denial, and enjoys itself.
For example, American (it had to be there, didn't it ) schoolchildren are taught that Nessie is real and is a dinosaur.
Our hero (heroine?) has become a handy pawn for the creatonists, since if man and dinosaurs currently both occupy the planet, then Darwinism and evolution are big bad lies, and proven to be evil anti-God conspiracies.
You think I am making this up, don't you?
Well, it was in The Scotsman, and here:
Loch Ness Monster seen as real dinosaur in biology books taught in Louisiana school The startling claim about Nessie’s authenticity is reportedly made to bolster creationism within the textbook. The Loch Ness Monster is described as a type of dinosaur, and if dinosaurs and man co-exist, then presumably there would be holes in the scientific argument for evolution.
The Scottish legend of the Loch Ness Monster is suggested as truth in a biology book that a private Christian school in Louisiana is using in its curriculum.
But that’s only part of the outrage from critics: Students who are eligible for taxpayer-funded vouchers will be allowed to attend Eternity Christian Academy in Westlake for the 2012-13 school year, according to reports.
The startling claim about Nessie’s authenticity is made to bolster creationism within the textbook, the Scotsman newspaper reported Monday. The Loch Ness Monster is described as a type of dinosaur, and if dinosaurs and man co-exist, then presumably there would be holes in the scientific argument for evolution.
The textbook, produced by Accelerated Christian Education, features a passage about the Loch Ness Monster in the Biology 1099 edition, Scotland’s The Herald reported.
“Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence,” the textbook reads, according to the newspaper.
“Have you heard of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ in Scotland? ‘Nessie’ for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.”
Bruce Wilson, who blogs about religion and right-wing politics, estimates 200,000 students who receive publicly-funded vouchers are learning from such a curriculum. Louisiana’s voucher program will allow poor and middle-class children to attend private schools.
“I don’t believe they should be publicly funded, I don’t believe the schools who use these texts should be publicly funded,” Wilson told The Herald.
Marie Carrier, principal of Eternity Christian Academy, said her students are learning at their own pace. The school reportedly has 38 children in grades 1 to 8.
One of the beginning workbooks explains “what God made” on each day that the world was created, according to Reuters.
“We try to stay away from all those things that might confuse our children,” Carrier told Reuters.
She’s interested in gaining 135 voucher students for the next school year.
Some Christian schools eligible for vouchers are also reportedly teaching “Bible-based math,” which doesn’t include modern theories.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, advocated for the voucher plan, telling Reuters, “We are letting parents decide what’s best for their children, not government.”
But those who study Nessie aren’t convinced teaching about the animal as reality makes sense. Its strange tale became widely reported in 1933, when a man took a picture of a mysterious, thick-bodied creature rising from a lake in the Scottish Highlands.
“We do get regular sonar contacts which are pretty much unexplainable,” Tony Drummond, a Loch Ness tour guide, told The Herald about ongoing research. “More ... has to be done, but it’s not way along the realms of possibility.”
He added that passing on the folklore as real is “ridiculous propaganda.”
In 563, he went on a World tour, but stopped at Scotland, having arrived on the Kintyre peninsula.
Maybe we can credit him with starting, or inspiring, the industry we now know as 'Nessie'.
The main source of information about Columba's life is the Vita Columbae by Adomnán (also known as Eunan), the ninth Abbot of Iona, who died in 704. Adomnán categorizes the Vita Columbae into three different books: Columba’s Prophecies, Columba’s Miracles, and Columba’s Apparitions.
Book two (Columba's Miracles)
In the second book, Columba performs various miracles such as healing people with diseases, expelling malignant spirits, subduing wild beasts, calming storms or raising the dead to life. He can perform agricultural miracles that would matter to the common people, such as when he casts a demon out of a milk pail and restores the spilt milk to the pail.
The vita of Columba contains a story that has been interpreted as the first reference to the Loch Ness Monster. According to Adomnán, Columba came across a group of Picts burying a man who had been killed by the monster. Columba then saves a swimmer from the monster with the sign of the Cross and the imprecation, "Thou shalt go no further, nor touch the man; go back with all speed." The beast flees, terrified, to the amazement of the assembled Picts who glorified Columba's God. Whether or not this incident is true, Adomnan's text specifically states that the monster was swimming in the River Ness - the river flowing from the loch - rather than in Loch Ness itself.