17876Nick Pope's Column
- Feb 1, 2005February 2005
Welcome to the February 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
weird and the wonderful.
UFOs and the Freedom of Information Act
As I predicted some time ago, information on UFOs has become one of the
most popular subjects requested under the Freedom of Information Act,
which came fully into force on January 1 2005. Indeed, it was one of a
handful of subjects picked out for special mention by the National
Archives. The National Archives marked the coming into force of the Act by
proactively releasing a large number of government files, including
several dealing with UFO sightings. There was extensive media coverage of
this, including articles in The Independent and the Daily Mail. Details of
the newly released UFO files can be found at the following link
www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/releases/2005/ januaryfoi/list4.htm and more
extensive UFO research can be done by accessing the main National Archives
website at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ and searching the site, using a
range of search terms such as UFO, unidentified, flying saucers, etc.
Rendlesham Forest UFO Documents
More UFO documents relating to the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident have
been released, this time by Suffolk Police. Their holdings are limited and
include some public correspondence, but also released for the first time
is the police log of the incident. This can be viewed at the following
2EF34838-589D-4DA7-95F1-CA23BE34E924/ 0/unusuallights.pdf or by searching
the Suffolk Police website www.suffolk.police.uk/ for information, using
the keyword Rendlesham.
Newcastle Science Festival
I have been asked to appear at the Newcastle Science Festival, to give a
lecture on UFOs. The festival runs from March 11-21 2005 and I will be
appearing on Saturday March 12. I spoke last year at the Cheltenham
Festival of Science and always welcome the opportunity to discuss the UFO
phenomenon at a science event, as it presents an opportunity to explain
that UFOs can and should be the study of serious study, done in line with
proper scientific methodology. It was no coincidence that the Ministry of
Defence UFO project has its roots in interest expressed by one of its
Chief Scientific Advisers, the legendary radar pioneer Sir Henry Tizard.
Details of the festival can be found at the following link
www.newcastlesciencefestival.co.uk/ and the website will shortly be
updated to give more details of the various presentations. If you can get
along, I look forward to seeing you.
Sunday Express UFO Article
On January 30 2005 the Sunday Express ran a double page UFO feature in its
review section. The article featured UFO researcher Philip Mantle, UFO
witness Craig Malcolm from the Scottish UFO hotspot Bonnybridge, and James
Millen, an abductee. There was some more general background information on
the subject and I was quoted commenting on the British Government UFO
project and on the Rendlesham Forest UFO case involving the twin bases at
RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge.
The second X-Conference, organised by Stephen Bassett, will be held on
April 22-24 2005, in Washington DC. Check out
www.paradigmclock.com/X-Conference/X-Conference.htm for details of the
conference, and check www.paradigmclock.com/ for details of the wider UFO
disclosure orientated work undertaken by Stephen Bassett. The details of
the participating speakers are now firming up and include Stanton
Friedman, Ann Druffel, Robert and Ryan Wood, Jaime Maussan, Michael Salla,
Paola Harris, Richard Dolan and Alfred Webre. I will cover this extensive
conference in further detail as the event approaches.
Daniel Augusto Chiesa
For those interested in UFOs and Egyptology, and a possible link between
the subjects, check out www.danaug.com for details of the thoughts,
experiences and related artwork of Daniel Augusto Chiesa.
Electronic Voice Phenomenon is a way in which many believe the voices of
the dead can be picked up and listened to. This used to be regarded as a
fringe paranormal phenomenon, but has now attracted the attention of
Hollywood. A movie entitled White Noise has now been released, covering
the subject. Starring Michael Keaton, the movie tells the story of a man
offered the opportunity to contact his dead wife. Check out
www.whitenoisemovie.com for details.
Andrew Lownie, a UK literary agent who represents a number of writers on
the UFO phenomenon, has recently updated his new website. Check out
www.andrewlownie.co.uk for details of Andrew and his work.
Nick Pope has written four books. Open Skies, Closed Minds is an overview
of the UFO phenomenon with the emphasis on his official Ministry of
Defence research and investigation. The Uninvited is an overview of the
alien abduction mystery. Operation Thunder Child and Operation Lightning
Strike are science fiction novels about alien invasion, incorporating UFO
and abduction data. All four titles are available from most good bookshops
and all the usual Internet book sites.
Nick Pope has a website, which can be accessed at www.nickpope.net
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