Pastor Harold Camping -- the strangely-named 89-year-old retired engineer preaching the apocalypse -- has broken his silence over the failure of the rapture to materialise on the weekend, expressing his fundamental bewilderment by the failure of the world to end:

"I can tell you when May 21 came and went it was a very difficult time for me -- a very difficult time. I was truly wondering what is going on. In my mind I went back through all of the promises God had made. What in the world was happening?"