18097Nick Pope's Column
- Apr 4, 2005April 2005
Welcome to the April 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
weird and the wonderful.
Page 114 of the May issue of Bizarre contains an interview with me, in
which I describe some of the weird and wonderful cases that I came across
while running the UFO Project at the Ministry of Defence. I cover some UFO
sightings that are explained and others that remain a mystery, delve into
the issue of cover-ups and conspiracies, and look at alien abductions.
Although covering a full page, the interview is a heavily edited version
of what was a lengthy discussion, and inevitably, a couple of comments
have been taken out of context. Furthermore, Bizarre is a somewhat risqué
magazine that some might find offensive. However, it is more evidence that
the media are taking an increased interest in UFOs.
As an Associate Member of Spaceguard UK, a lobby group raising awareness
on the threat posed to the Earth by comets and asteroids, I was pleased to
see the Daily Mail run a full page article on March 15, dealing with the
work of Scottish scientist Dr Gianmarco Radice. Radice works at the
Aerospace Engineering Department at Glasgow University and has won a
research grant from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research
Council. Unlike most current work, his study will focus not on detection,
but on the technology of interception and deflection. Check
http://www.spaceguarduk.com/ for information of the threat we face and the
action being taken to deal with it.
Newcastle Science Festival
My March 12 talk at Newcastle Science Festival was a great success, with
an audience of around 350 and a question time that ran on for a long time
after the scheduled period. It is easy to talk at UFO conferences, because
there is a sense that one is preaching to the converted. It is more
difficult to discuss UFOs at science events, and yet this will probably
achieve more, in the longer term. I was particularly pleased to see so
many young people taking such an active interest.
The Beast of Sydenham
More big cat sightings from the UK, with children being kept inside and
armed police roaming the streets trying to track it down. I have been
warning of this threat for years and have predicted that, tragically, it
is only a matter of time before a child is killed. The latest alert
follows an attack on a 36 year old man and a sighting by a police officer.
In a related story, farmers in Oxfordshire have put up a reward for the
capture of a big cat held responsible for killing livestock.
As mentioned in my last column, I have been doing some promotional work in
respect of the forthcoming rental release of the new collectors edition
DVD of the cult sci-fi movie Species III. The DVD was released on March 28
and stars Natasha Henstridge and Sunny Mabrey. As anybody who has watched
Metropolis or Barbarella will tell you, sex and sci-fi mix very well.
Species III is a case in point. Look out for the DVD with its numerous
special features. Sci-fi and horror fans alike will love it. A series of
UFO and alien abduction related articles are appearing to coincide with
the launch of the DVD, of which the article in Bizarre magazine is the
Aliens: Why They Are Here
Sunday Times cultural commentator Bryan Appleyard has a new book published
in March, examining the UFO and alien abduction phenomenon in a cultural
context. I have now received a review copy and am midway through the book.
Although I do not agree with some of the points Bryan makes, this is a
very well written book and easily the most significant addition to the
ufological literature in recent years. Go to
026-6976479-4448465 for details of the book and how to order it.
Time is running out for those of you who wish to attend the second
X-Conference, organised by Stephen Bassett, which will be held on April
22-24 2005, in Washington DC. Check out
X-Conference.htm for details of the conference, and check
http://www.paradigmclock.com/ for details of the wider UFO disclosure
orientated work undertaken by Stephen Bassett. The participating speakers
are now confirmed and include Stanton Friedman, Ann Druffel, Robert and
Ryan Wood, Jaime Maussan, Michael Salla, Paola Harris, Richard Dolan and
Alfred Webre. It promises to be a superb conference, and while this is
primarily aimed at US readers, a fair few Brits made the trek over last
year, and very much enjoyed themselves. And Washington in springtime is
one of those trips that everybody should make once in a lifetime, to see
the cherry trees in bloom, visit the White House and marvel at the Wright
Flyer, on display at the Smithsonian.
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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