Writing on Wednesdays #5

INTERRUPTING USUAL BROADCASTING. 

PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT. 

At approx 4:30 pm GMT strange atmospheric phenomena began to manifest in the skies above cities and towns all across the UK. It is now 5:30 pm and the purple, ultraviolet lights in the sky do not seem to be letting up.
Mina Amari is in London where she has just been speaking to experts on the current situation. Over to you, Mina.

Thank you, Alex. Weather stations have confirmed that this is not any kind of forecast, natural phenomena, nor is it something cosmic. NATS (National Air Traffic Services) have not reported any unexpected activity. The lights appear like some kind of lightening, only they don’t flash, they move, like water. People are starting to wonder, I’ve spoken to some that think the lights have gotten brighter, others think they’ve stayed the same, there is a lot of confusion and panic here in the capital this evening.


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#PURPLELIGHTS Latest: Live Twitter Feed 4:44pm

@tashaaa_93 1m
In Manchester City Centre currently trying to get into Victoria. Maybe if people talked instead of taking photos we’d have some answers #purplelights

@no1lifterBen 1m
Just spoke to some bird who seemed pretty scared. If these #purplelights get me laid I aint complaining.

@wake_up 2m
seriously? Anyone who thinks this is just some kind of Northern Lights gone weird. IT IS AUGUST. WAKE UP. #purplelights

@NatWu 2m
Is this happening in the US too? I’m not seeing anything? US friends talk to meeeeeeee #purplelights

@nocturnal_Alya 3m
In York on a day trip, been told to stay inside the art gallery, is it just me or are those lights getting brighter? #purplelights

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Monitored and recorded social media responses to trigger words: ‘purple’, ‘lights’, ‘aliens’, ‘government’ and ‘sky’ on 10th August 2017.

Charlie Worsell, Facebook Status Update 10th August 4:57 pm: Something isn’t right here, why are we not being told anything? Isn’t it the governments job to tell us about shit like this? These purple lights are not just some random weather thing, I saw something in the sky. I did, I totally saw something. Wish I’d have had my phone. Fuck, what is going on.

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#PURPLELIGHTS Latest: Live Twitter Feed 5:23pm

@tashaaa_93 3m
finally on my train. coming out of Manchester was weird, the #purplelights looked like they were coming out of the sky.


@nocturnal_Alya 3m
still in gallery, my friend says the lights have definitely got brighter, like they’re closer. Wtf is happening #purplelights


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#PURPLELIGHTS Latest: Live Twitter Feed 5:29pm

@nocturnal_Alya 55s
ok this is getting scary now, the lights, they’re definitely coming down from the sky, they look like, tentacles? I dunno #purplelights


@nocturnal_Alya 1m
people are coming out of buildings and taking photos, I think they’ve seen something? #purplelights


@nocturnal_Alya 2m
has anyone heard anything from other countries? Europe? Asia? Africa? The US? Like is this just us? #purplelights

@nocturnal_Alya 3m
a woman from the info desk at the gallery just told me it could be because of some weird heat/cold front weather thing? hmm #purplelights


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INTERRUPTING USUAL BROADCASTING.


PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT.


As of 5:28 pm GMT there has been more activity with these strange lights in the skies above our country. They appear to be moving downwards at a rate of 20 mph. We have been advised to tell all members of the public to stay indoors. We do not know where these lights have come from or what they might do once they reach the earth’s surface. 

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#PURPLELIGHTS Latest: Live Twitter Feed 5:45pm

@Negan_DE 1m
still no replies. This shit is getting weird, can any of you even see this? Like if you are unable to reply #purplelights


@Negan_DE 2m
has Trump put a block on? Only seeing vague shit about some #purplelights ? 

@Negan_DE 3m
UK friends wtf is going on over there? Heard only rumours, not seeing any of you on my feed as of 9:30 our time…

@Kara89 3m
…and that they looked terrified so they sent them home. Just saw the announcement on tv to stay inside, so glad they’re home #purplelights

@Kara89 4m 
kids have been sent back from after school sports, they told me the teachers saw something whilst they were playing…

@anywherebuthere 4m 
fuck staying inside, our lives are full of boring same day every day shit, I want to see this, meet me in HYDE PARK at 5:50 #purplelights


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#PURPLELIGHTS Latest: Live Twitter Feed 5:55pm

@nocturnal_Alya 55s
we have been invited to the staff room for the 6 o’clock news, big announcement apparently… #purplelights

@nocturnal_Alya 1m
sounds how imagine Woodstock to have sounded out there. Am I really the only one not excited? #purplelights

@nocturnal_Alya 2m
assuming they think they have tomorrow off too? is anyone thinking about what this actually is though? I dunno why but, I’m scared #purplelights

@nocturnal_Alya 2m
People gathering in the gardens near the river here in York. Can hear shouting, music, everyone has been sent home from work…

@Negan_DE 3m
Rumours coming through now of Canada, Russia and Japan. Is anyone else hearing this shit? What are these #purplelights

@messyjessie 3m
STAY INSIDE PEOPLE. Anyone outside rn is stupid. Hearing about parties all over the country out in the open. You dumb? #purplelights

@teddy87 4m
strike anyone as weird that no US officials, European politicians or ANYONE have commented on this? #purplelights

@anywherebuthere 4m
someone just told me their friends from back home (they’re american) haven’t heard about this? #purplelights

@anywherebuthere 4m
people here playing music, sparking up, chilling, it’s a beautiful evening the sky is fucking purple? COME DOWN. HYDE PARK. #purplelights

@anywherebuthere 5m
if anymore people can come down, GET OVER HERE. There’s at least 500 here, word spread fast. Lights are almost touching buildings now. #purplelights

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Hello and good evening, we are coming to you a couple of minutes early today. These purple lights that have taken over all of our lives this evening are expected to touch down at approx 6pm GMT. We really do advise that you stay inside. Mina Amari is live at Westminster Bridge where crowds have been gathering, apparently they’re counting down. Mina, what’s happening there?

Thanks Alex, yes the crowds are gathered, they say they won’t stay inside because they’re sick of the government hiding things from them, they want to see it with their own eyes, I’m getting the sense that people think this is a moment for them to remember, there are very few people worried about the possible dangers or the unknown nature of this phenomena.

Thank you Mina, now we are at the one minute mark, we have a camera man up in a helicopter filming the progress of the lights as they reach the ground. Let’s take a look.

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#PURPLELIGHTS Latest: Live Twitter Feed 6:00pm

@nocturnal_Alya 53s
I am terrified #purplelights

@nocturnal_Alya 55s
like how butterflies and moths come out of a cocoon. I, I can’t see them properly yet but they’re fingers, there’s only 3, and they’re long #purplelights

@nocturnal_Alya 55s
Oh god okay, I don’t know how to describe what I am seeing but I will try. the things, in the lights they’re crawling out…

@nocturnal_Alya 55s
I opened the doors onto the balcony and tried to get people to come in. WHY ARE THEY STILL OUT THERE? #purplelights

@nocturnal_Alya 55s
the lights, they’re not just lights, there’s something IN THEM. I dunno what but I saw movement #purplelights

@nocturnal_Alya 55s
ok ok, okay so i’m downstairs, looking out through the doors there are hundreds of people running away from the city centre. wtf is happening #purplelights

@nocturnal_Alya 1m
They’re running, they’re running away and we think we might be able to hear screams. #purplelights

@nocturnal_Alya 1m
Something is wrong. People are moving away from the gardens. Some people are staying, filming but a lot of people… #purplelights

nocturnal_Alya 1m
they’re so close now, the air feels like it is filled with electric. Just touched my friends arm and got a shock, like from static #purplelights

@anywherebuthere 2m
all over London. This shit is beautiful. #purplelights

@anywherebuthere 2m
The lights feel like they’re just above the tops of the trees, they’re dropping down everywhere, as far as I can see #purplelights

@anywherebuthere 3m
I can’t get over how many people have turned up. This is a day for US ALL. #purplelights


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#PURPLELIGHTS Latest: Live Twitter Feed 6:03pm

@nocturnal_Alya 1m
I, I can’t even describe it #purplelights

@nocturnal_Alya 1m
I took a video, i don’t know why, it feels so wrong. I can still hear screaming. #purplelights

@nocturnal_Alya 2m
We’re in a locked room, i dunno what else is in here, there’s no light, my friend is crying. I can’t believe what just happened. #purplelights

@nocturnal_Alya 2m
they were just being dropped, everywhere, like dolls. #purplelights

@nocturnal_Alya 3m
They’re here, everyone, everyone outside, they’re all dead, they came down and, I tried to get them to come in, everyone is dead. #purplelights

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