Phantom hitchhikers or road ghosts

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  1. GNC

    GNC King-Sized Canary

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    Judging by the headscarf, she's performing some extreme dusting.
     
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    becuase you don't want to get ash on your shell suit of course! :p
     
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  3. MorningAngel

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    I don't know what road it was on but I think it was a part of the motorway between the M25 and Bath. I know it's the M4 along that way but I'm not sure if it was on that bit.

    So getting to the point. My dad saw a group of Victorians by the motorway. There was no film crew and they were walking as if on flat ground even thought it was rocky. It has stayed with him ever since and it's even inspired a painting of his.
     
  4. Yithian

    Yithian Keeping The British End Up Staff Member

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    We clearly need to see this painting.
     
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    Ok it'll ask him later.
     
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    Here we go. IMG_6488.JPG


    Actually he did write to the magazine about this but he's had no reply.
     
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    Well, that's one part of the mystery solved anyway.
     
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    That it lingered in his memory enough for him to want to paint it is strange.
     
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  9. genex17

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    So look
    Fantastic attention to detail considering he had to concentrate on the road.
     
  10. MorningAngel

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    I didn't say he was driving. My mum was driving.
     
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  11. Yithian

    Yithian Keeping The British End Up Staff Member

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    Morning Angel said that it inspired a painting, not that he rendered an exact depiction.
     
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    Thanks for clearing that up, Morning Angel. I don't what to think. I know some festivals like Medieval Fairs have people wandering around in period costumes, but even that doesn't seem to add up.
     
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    'Art project'? Although the police would have moved them on as a distraction. Did anyone else in the car see them?
     
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    Do ghosts usually cast shadows, as suggested by the painting?

    Must admit, when I spot a figure in historical costume, my first thoughts don't turn to the supernatural.
    Roman soldiers or gladiators are usually a photo shoot touristy thing; Civil war soldiers are usually Sealed Knot recreations and Victorian costumes by a motorway could well be a broken-down minibus full of steampunk fans.
     
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    Ah but see Yithian's post no. 191 above.

    I doubt he would have been able to see any shadows from a moving car. Artistic license.
     
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    Coal Gone full 'folk festival'

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    It's interesting that the light is behind the subjects, which would have 'in real life' rendered the subjects quite hard to see in such detail and with such vivid colours.

    I'm wondering if there was something/some people on the motorway hard shoulder which combined with a low strong sun and a 'semi-autopilot driving fugue', induced the sighting of the figures as painted.

    Was he driving west?
     
  17. blessmycottonsocks

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    Fair enough. Still think Occam's Razor hints strongly at guests on their way to a Steampunk wedding or similar gathering. just Google Steampunk couples pics and you'll find several close matches for the painting above.
     
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    Most likely, yes but what I find interesting is that he felt the need to paint it afterwards. As if he thought there was some significance in what he saw. And he went so far as to write in to FT about what happened.

    Maybe if he has no luck in getting a reply then here might be a good place to post the full account?
     
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  19. MorningAngel

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    He definitely saw the colours. No there wasn't anything near by and as I said earlier he was a passenger not the driver.

    I didn't see anything I was in the back I presume I was asleep as he didn't mention it to me until later. Yup just checked I was, and he had trouble believing what he was seeing at the time.

    He says there were lumps of chalk there for building works but they were walking like it was flat.
     
  20. genex17

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    Reenactment. Where I've been, there are those enthusiasts who dress in Civil War (US) uniforms down to every historical detail that they know. I saw one at Fort Tejon, California next to Interstate 5. Major north-south freeway.

    However, MorningAngel's father's experience looks to be otherworldly.
     

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