Okay, so I don’t think many other people will have seen this as it occurred when most Londoners would have been at home on a Sunday night or in one of many of London’s night spots watching the closing ceremony of the London Olympics. I was with a friend, sitting outside a restaurant on Parkway, Camden Town. It was a warm and overcast evening. During our conversation I was looking out into the night sky over the rooftops of the buildings across the road. I saw a bright white light flash in a straight line across the sky, totally silently and slightly slower than the speed of a shooting star. The light came into view suddenly from under the visibility of the restaurant awning and disappeared quickly behind the rooftops across the street. At first I thought it was a meteor but, almost immediately, I realised this could not be right for a few reasons: firstly, the light object was way too bright and had no streaking tail; secondly, I knew the sky was overcast; and thirdly, the glare from the street light across the road (let alone the light pollution in London) would have obscured such a sighting. Perhaps it was a child’s toy or a firework, but the angle of approach seemed wrong for a firework and it would have been too fast for any mechanical toy. It was difficult to tell the angle of approach from my position at street level, but the object seemed to be moving horizontally or slightly towards the ground in the direction of the horizon, roughly south westerly in direction. The distance and scale of the object was hard to judge, but taking into account the cloud cover, albeit high level cover, the object must have been lower than the average flight path over London. It was also either low enough or bright enough to be highly visible despite the glare from the street light across the road which was directly under the area of sky in my line of sight.
I suppose the feeling of shock and confusion that I felt immediately after sighting can be explained by the ambiguous nature of the thing perceived due to the simultaneous combination of similarity and contradiction to previously perceived associated phenomena. Suffice to say, the conversation between my friend and I, which can be nebulous and free associating at the best of times, took a sudden detour and my clearly visible sudden confusion must have been almost equally alarming to my friend as it was to me! As if to dramatically illustrate my sudden derailment from reason, the leg of the chair I was sitting on, which up to now had seemed fine if a little small, suddenly gave way and had bent inwards, causing me to almost fall to the floor, holding on to the table for stability!! My friend was sat 90 degrees to me on our table so he missed this sudden occurrence in the night sky and he now thinks I am hallucinating. In a shared state of confusion, we paid for our meal and left the restaurant, only to see a couple of guys dressed up as green skinned aliens in the middle of Camden Town by the Underground station! I wish I could have asked these guys if they knew anything about the UFO, or if they were perhaps looking for the object I saw, in which case I could have pointed them in the right direction! Unfortunately the effect my confusion was having just made everything seem unreal and I felt cut off from people and events around me (perhaps I will for some time) including the closing ceremony to the London Olympics which we stopped off in a pub to watch. I have little hope of anyone else having shared my sighting, so the only thing I can hope for is to see some other similar sightings, or sighting reports from others, to let me know that I am not just seeing things! I have seen quite a few lights in the sky moving at various speeds, from shooting stars to satellites and of course aeroplanes, fireworks and Chinese paper lanterns, but I have never seen anything like this before.
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