Monday, 15 September 2008

Noel Edmunds: My parents are now melon-sized orbs!

One of the endearing memories I have of childhood is getting up late on Saturdays, before realising that I had to race downstairs to make it in time for the beginning of the crass yet totally enjoyable – for kids at least – BBC TV program Swapshop. Noel Edmunds was the host, and so, like it or not, his memory remains forever etched in my mind, a reminder of the halcyon days of childhood.

And now, all these years later, Noel Edmonds believes that the souls of his dead parents are two melon-sized orbs which follow him wherever he goes!

The 59-year-old is a follower of the Cosmic Ordering, a bizarre New Age theory which involves writing a wish-list and asking the planets to carry it out.

His father Dudley died of prostate cancer in 1990, at the age of 73, while his 85 year-old mother Lydia died several years later from a stroke.

Edmonds explained: 'Orbs are bundles of positive energy and they think they can move between 500 and 1,000 miles per hour.

'They look like little round planets but they come in all shapes and sizes. Conventional photography can't pick them up but digital cameras can.

'I've got loads of photographs of me at home with two orbs that visit me.

The two that I have are about the size of melons. One sits on my arm and the other is usually in the back of the shot, sitting just over my right shoulder.'

Actually, he may have a point here. Cos some of us do get those little orbs of light on photographs taken with digital cameras.

But, alas, they are not the souls of the departed but the reflections of light (lens flare) – and apart from occurring in conditions of very bright light can also be picked up in a dusty environment or on a rainy day when either specks of dust or tiny water droplets can cause reflections of light that result in small orbs on your otherwise pristine photographs. Digital cameras are particularly susceptible to such light reflections, and most people will come across them sooner or later.

Lens flare or lost souls?

The phenomenon of lens flare is widely documented and there are several techniques to avoid it, most obviously by not shooting into the sun or else by using a lens cap – or even your hand – to block out stray light.

And if that doesn’t work? Well then you’ve got a couple of lost souls following you around, alright!!!!!!!