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Tony (Anthony Geoffrey) Harmsworth was born in England. His mother was Scottish and his father's family had Scottish connections. He was educated in Welwyn Garden City and then Bude to A-level standard, but an allergy caused him to fail his university entrance and he entered industry. A manager by the age of twenty, he switched career tracks in 1971 to join Wella where he was instrumental in introducing a new computer stock control system. In 1976 he was head-hunted by British American Cosmetics and designed systems at their Camberley factory before deciding to leave the rat-race and move home to the Highlands of Scotland to pursue his interest in Loch Ness. The author's authority to write this comprehensive book about Loch Ness begins with his lifelong interest which resulted in him creating the first professional Loch Ness Exhibition in 1980. The Exhibition gave him access to all the future research groups and he went on to develop a special relationship with the Loch Ness and Morar Project who have been working at one loch or the other for more than thirty-five years. In addition to staging the Loch Ness Exhibition at Drumnadrochit, he also designed and toured Britain with a Loch Ness roadshow in the nineteen-eighties. Coining the name Operation Deepscan, for the largest ever expedition to take place at the loch, he went on to encourage support for the research groups and when leaving the Loch Ness Centre in 1990 he ensured that the Loch Ness Project would be financed by the Exhibition Centre. During the eighties he wrote the Loch Ness Story documentary which was distributed through Polygram and in 1998 he set up the Loch Ness Diorama exhibit at the Benedictine monastery in Fort Augustus at the southwest end of the loch. Wanting to bring his ideas and concepts about the history of Loch Ness to a larger audience, he developed a specialist Loch Ness bus tour which used on-board video to present parts of the story in a unique LIVE+AV presentation. He also developed the highly acclaimed and award-winning Loch Ness board game, Nessie Hunt, and during the nineteen-nineties created the comprehensive Loch Ness websites - Loch-Ness.org and Loch-Ness.com. Today he gives live presentations of the Loch Ness Story to small groups through InvernessTours.com and lectures on Loch Ness and Highland History to university and other specialist groups visiting the area.
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1 May 2018
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Always been fascinated with the unexplained...ghosts,ufo,s,loch Ness monsters etc etc..Tony begins his story just like me as a sort of believer then digs deeper into the world of fakery,hoaxers and scientific study,and ends up involved and embroiled in the industry that basically keeps the monster a reality...a fantastic insight into Tony and Adrian shines life covering all the history of the loch from ice ages,to dodgy business deals,the photographs to sonar scans ...also Tony describing the humble beginning s of the loch Ness visitor centre to what it is today.a major tourist attraction...if you believe or if you don't believe the monsters legend will never go away and this is a fantastic book that adds reality to the fantasy...
15 July 2013
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I have been interested in the Loch Ness story since a young age when we hired a cruiser on the Caledonian canal. So I was interested in this book and what the authors extensive local knowledge showed. I have to say I don't agree with all of Tony's conclusions - but he puts his points across very well and with much thought. The structure of the book is very clever - and breaks the topics up into manageable 'chunks'. And I have to say the sections on Tony's business endeavors where sometimes a little hard to digest - but overall a good book and certainly worth a read if you're interested in the topic.
14 September 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is two-fold in that firstly, it examines in a sensible, measured and scientific way all the evidence for the alleged existence of a monster in the loch, while at the same time charting the author's own biography regarding his life and connection to Loch Ness. It mixes science, research and facts with some interesting, and at times, amusing personal anecdotes. As regards the subject of Nessie, this book cuts through the flannel, fantasy and fakery, to examine the credibility and validity of some of the research conducted over the years and to present a balanced view of the results. Although erring on the side of healthy scepticism, the author does relate his own personal sighting and goes on to study and assess the potential candidates for the identity of any monster. Having recently visited the area ourselves, we could relate to some of the places that the author identifies in his circumnavigational tour of the loch near the start of the book. Recommended.
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An indispensable gem on the subject matter of Nessie, a must-read...
7 March 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
I highly recommend this book to anyone with even the faintest interest in the Loch Ness mystery. What made the book compelling and unique to me was several fold: Foremost was the author's sometimes polarized points of view on his own subject matter, which made for a rather interesting and rollicking read. Although he obviously possesses a genuine appreciation for the folklore surrounding Nessie, and was at one time an ardent believer in much of it, he nonetheless willingly and scientifically pokes holes in any and all theories and photographic evidence -- notably standing his ground quite convincingly against some rather hard-nosed and high-profile scientific bigwigs. What made the book all the more compulsory was his obvious affection for Inverness; his highly descriptive sentences are lushly composed and seemingly leap off the page, causing at least this reader a fervent desire to revisit Scotland. Lastly, his story of the search for Nessie is expertly interwoven with his own personal triumphs, trials and tribulations throughout, giving the reader a profoundly personal perspective of a world-renowned phenomenon, something rarely seen in this genre.