By Malcolm Pryce
It really is may perhaps in Aberystwyth, and the mayoral election crusade - culminating within the conventional boxing fit among applicants - is underway. Sospan the ice-cream vendor waits in his hut for souls courageous adequate to aim his most modern mind-expanding new flavour, and Louie Knight, Aberystwyth's basically inner most Detective, gets a trip from a mysterious stranger known as Raspiwtin asking him to trace down a lifeless guy. Twenty-five years in the past Iestyn Probert was once hanged for his half within the infamous raid at the Coliseum cinema, yet almost immediately afterwards he was once visible, it sounds as if alive and good, boarding a bus to Aberaeron. Did he miraculously keep away from the hangman's noose? Or may possibly there quite be substance to the rumours that he used to be resuscitated by means of extraterrestrial beings? Now, as unusual lighting are noticed within the sky above Aberystwyth and a farmer claims to have had a detailed stumble upon with a lustful extraterrestrial, Iestyn Probert has been sighted once more. yet what does Raspiwtin wish with him? And why does Louie's research arouse unwelcome curiosity from a shadowy govt physique and a dark-suited guy in a black 1947 Buick?
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He was no longer dead. ’ He paused and stared, his eyes boring into mine with an intensity in which hints of fanaticism glinted. I stared back. He walked to the window and closed the curtains before retaking his seat. Then he leaned forward slightly. ’ ‘This one featured a flying saucer. It crashed. ’ He ignored me. ’ ‘Yes, in New Mexico in 1947. ’ ‘The raid on the Coliseum cinema took place the same week as the Ystrad Meurig incident. The getaway car drove right through the area cordoned off by the military.
He got out of the car and was approached by four aliens in silver suits. The lead one was a woman. ’ ‘Wanted to make love to him,’ said Sospan, unable to hold back what for him was the most interesting aspect of the encounter. ’ I asked. ’ I asked. ‘No one knows,’ said Calamity. ‘He said his memory of the incident was very hazy. ’ I told her about the visit from Raspiwtin. Eeyore appeared, leading a train of donkeys. Sospan reached again for the dispenser, but Eeyore stopped him. ‘No, Sospan, not the usual.
A policeman was run over and this was why they hanged him. ’ ‘Non-standard,’ said James the Less. ’ I said. ‘Normally people making statements say “then I”, but police diction is notoriously stilted and basically – what is the phrase? Up its own backside, I believe – in police statements there is frequent post-positioning, namely, “I then”. I amassed a database of police statements and witness statements for comparison and found “I then” to occur once every 119 words in police statements but not at all in witness statements.
The Day Aberystwyth Stood Still by Malcolm Pryce