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  • Frits Westra
    Hot Gossip UK June 99Welcome to the June column, and the latest news and gossip from the weird and wacky world of UFOs, alien abductions and the
    Message 1 of 24 , Jun 1, 1999
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      Hot Gossip UK June'99

      Welcome to the June column, and the latest news and gossip from the
      weird and wacky world of UFOs, alien abductions and the paranormal.
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      Alien Big Cat Sightings
      The Beast of Bodmin, the Beast of Exmoor, the Surrey Puma. There have
      been a steady stream of big cat sightings over the years, and some new
      ones have just come to light from Devon. The term "Alien Big Cat", by
      the way, doesn't mean they're supposed to be extraterrestrial, and is
      simply a reference to the fact that if they're seen in the UK, this is
      "alien" to what's judged to be their usual habitats. These sightings
      are of interest to ufologists because it may have a bearing on animal
      mutilations. I kept an eye on these stories while investigating UFOs
      for the Government, and made some low key enquiries with the Ministry
      of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. These new sightings occurred on
      5th May, one in Harford and one in Wrangaton. As it happens, my
      brother lives in Wrangaton, so I telephoned him, to see if he could
      put me in touch with the witness. Well, Forteans among you can guess
      the rest; he was the witness! He told me that he was just
      putting the chickens away, when he saw a large, tan-coloured animal
      standing in the road. He described it to me as being "around three or
      four feet high, and five or six feet long". He told me that "I looked
      at it, and it looked at me, and then it turned and went". He admitted
      that he didn't know enough about big cats to say whether he thought it
      was a lioness, a panther, a puma or a lynx, but I'll be getting a more
      detailed account from him, and will keep you posted.
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      Crop Circle Study
      Many of the national newspapers carried the story of how the American
      millionaire Laurance Rockefeller is to fund an in-depth research
      project into the crop circle phenomenon. The study will be
      co-ordinated by Colin Andrews, who already has a computer database of
      over 10,000 formations from all around the world. Much of the money is
      likely to be spent on hiring aircraft so that more aerial photographs
      of formations can be taken. It certainly looks like being an
      interesting summer, down Wiltshire way.
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      New UFO Videos
      UFO Magazine have an exclusive deal to market videos of five
      intriguing programmes made by Transmedia Productions, and shown
      recently on Discovery channel. The programmes include one on animal
      mutilations, one on alien abductions and one on mind control. Details
      can be found on page 41 of the current (May/June) edition of UFO
      Magazine. These videos won't be available in the shops until later
      this year.
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      Global Abductions
      I've often tried to highlight the fact that reports of alien
      abductions come from a wider range of countries than Britain and
      America. To prove my point, I have four new cases that have come my
      way in the last couple of weeks. Two were from Britain, but one was
      from Australia and the other from Norway.
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      Traitors On The Net
      In the aftermath of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, and the recent nail
      bomb attacks in London, the extreme right have been subjected to more
      scrutiny than usual. Coincidentally, British ufology's resident Nazi
      has been keeping a low profile. However, he's now resurfaced, and in a
      move of breathtaking stupidity decided it would be clever to circulate
      the list of alleged MI6 agents that appeared on the Internet recently.
      Sorry, but there's nothing clever about treason, or about putting
      people's lives at stake to satisfy your own ego.
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      Space Debate
      On 4th May the House of Commons was the scene of a rare parliamentary
      debate on space issues. Billed as a debate on satellite
      communications, it widened out into a more general discussion. Topics
      raised included concerns over the militarisation of space, and the
      potential for "cyberwar", including vulnerability of military
      satellites to hacking. It's not often that such issues are aired, and
      it's an intriguing sign of the times when they are. There has already
      been a debate on the threat from comets and asteroids.
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      World Wide Whinge
      I received a highly entertaining e-whinge from Andy Roberts recently,
      after I dared to question his commitment to witness confidentiality,
      and indeed to ufology. And yet, he makes my own case for me when he
      haughtily advises me "Don't listen to what ufologists say - they know
      squat!". He goes on to freely admit that he and Tim Matthews/Hepple
      laughed at an abductee while at a TV show. Andy told me "&Mac183; we
      both openly jeered at an abductee. So what? Both their stories (sic)
      were funny and without any foundation in reality". Giving me his
      perspective on the Independent UFO Network (IUN), he promises " a
      surrealist, chaotic, non-organisation &Mac183;". As it happened, we
      didn't have long to wait before we were treated to an example of
      Andy's radical, new approach to ufology: he was due to write an
      article for UFO Magazine about the Berwyn Mountain case, but has
      decided he can't talk about the case for now, as he's got a book
      coming out: It's all in the book! Read my book! Radical stuff, Andy!
      We've never heard that sort of thing before in ufology! He's not a bad
      chap, but it seems to me that he's far more interested in
      point-scoring than in ufology. Still, if all his e-rants are as
      hilarious as his last one &Mac183; keep 'em coming!
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      Positive UFO Encounters
      In my last column in featured a company that specialised in material
      relating to positive alien encounters, and gave details of the
      website. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that the site was up and running
      at the time. Anyone interested in a more New Age interpretation of
      alien contact should now be able to access this site, at
      www.pleiadianlight.net. Alternatively, write to them at Dolphin Ray
      Productions, PO Box 32, Launceston, Cornwall, PL16 0YF.
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      The Unopened Files
      The new edition of The Unopened Files is out now, and available from
      all good newsagents. This fascinating magazine started off as a
      spin-off from UFO Magazine - it's edited by Mark Birdsall - but is now
      well-established in its own right, and is published Quarterly. As well
      as material on UFOs, it features articles on the Millennium Bug, BSE,
      biological warfare, cults, cover-ups, conspiracies and lots more. It's
      well worth checking out.
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      Peer Pressure
      Dr John Mack, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, is
      well-known for his view that the alien abduction phenomenon is worthy
      of serious study. This was a central theme in his book, Abduction, and
      it is a message that he continues to press home through the group that
      he set up to study abduction reports. The Program for Extraordinary
      Experience Research (PEER) produces a regular newsletter, PEER
      Perspectives, and has a website at www.peer-mack.org. Alternatively,
      snail mail them at PEER, PO Box 398080, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.
      There is essential information here for all serious researchers into
      alien abductions.
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      Ed's Note:

      Nick Pope's books, The Uninvited and Open Skies, Closed Minds, are
      available from all good bookshops, in paperback. His publishers in
      Britain are Simon & Schuster. The Uninvited is available in the US,
      published by The Overlook Press, who plan to publish Open Skies,
      Closed Minds later this year. Nick's debut novel, Operation Thunder
      Child, will be published in October by Simon & Schuster Ltd.
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    • Frits Westra
      Hot Gossip UK July 99Welcome to the July column, and the latest news and gossip from the weird and wacky world of UFOs, alien abductions and the
      Message 2 of 24 , Jul 28 11:31 AM
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        Hot Gossip UK July'99

        Welcome to the July column, and the latest news and gossip
        from the weird and wacky world of UFOs, alien abductions and
        the paranormal.
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        A New Beginning

        First of all, news that this column is going to be moving in
        a new direction. Over the past few months I'd been becoming
        more bullish in my response to certain people within ufology
        who'd been sniping at me over the years. Nobody likes
        criticism, and I'd been getting a fair bit - little of it
        constructive in nature. If people were criticising my views
        on, say, Roswell, then fine. I wasn't there, and so my view
        probably counts no more or no less than anybody else who's
        followed the case with a reasonable degree of interest. But
        it rankled when outsiders who'd probably never even visited
        MOD Main Building started casting doubts on my knowledge
        about - and access to - government and military UFO files.
        I've worked for the MOD for over fourteen years now, and
        three of those were spent researching and investigating UFO
        sightings, alien abductions, crop circles, animal
        mutilations and any other weird and wonderful reports that
        came my way. This inside knowledge doesn't give me a
        monopoly on the truth, but it shouldn't simply be waved away
        by people who find it inconvenient, because it conflicts
        with their own beliefs. Sadly, I'd fallen into the trap of
        responding to ill-informed criticism, instead of ignoring it
        and not giving the critics the oxygen of publicity. I'd
        allowed myself to be overly provocative in questioning
        certain people's commitment to ufology or to witness
        confidentiality, and had asked some awkward questions about
        other researcher's political affiliations. And in going on
        the offensive against what I call the militant anorak
        tendency within ufology (whether sceptics or believers), I
        found myself on the receiving end of a collective world wide
        whinge unprecedented even in ufology. What to do? Well, the
        answer's simple, and is a move which I'd like to see copied
        in the wider world of ufology. From now on, there will be no
        personal attacks in this column, and personal attacks on me
        will be ignored. That's not to say that there won't be
        attacks on people's data, where I believe it's justified.
        And I'll be more than happy to respond to any constructive
        criticism on my data. Will my many critics be able to rise
        to this challenge, and have the courage to respond in kind?
        Only time will tell.
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        Cosmic Crashes

        There haven't been many new UFO books from British authors
        so far this year. We've had Tony Dodd's Alien Investigator,
        which was reviewed in a previous column, and we've also had
        the paperback of Colin Wilson's excellent and comprehensive
        Alien Dawn, which has also been reviewed here. Now there's
        another new book, penned by a rising star of British
        ufology, Nick Redfern. Entitled Cosmic Crashes, Nick's book
        highlights a number of strange incidents from the UK, and
        suggests that Britain might have had its own share of UFO
        crashes. Personally, I'm extremely sceptical about this, but
        there's no getting away from the fact that Nick has amassed
        a wealth of intriguing material, together with some new
        witnesses. By the sort of bizarre synchronicity that crops
        up in this subject all the time, one of the most striking
        things about the book is that the cover design is very
        similar to that of the hardback of Tim Good's last book,
        Alien Base. And it's even more similar to the cover of
        Impact Earth, an excellent new book highlighting the threat
        from comets and asteroids. Spooky, eh?
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        KGB Remote Viewing Revelation

        Much is known and has been written about official US remote
        viewing programmes, such as GRILL FLAME, SUN STREAK and
        STARGATE. But less is known about the work done in the
        former Soviet Union. Quite by chance, the other day, I
        stumbled across an interesting nugget of information in an
        open source publication. I was reading Ken Alibek's
        excellent and highly disturbing book, Biohazard, in which
        the author described the Soviet's covert biological weapons
        programme (something he should know about, because he was in
        charge of it). And there, on pages 143 and 144, Alibek
        describes how the KGB used a psychic to try and track the
        location of a defector from the biological warfare
        programme. Now, Alibek admits that the KGB officer who told
        him about this was probably trying to test his reaction, to
        see if he'd known about the defection in advance.
        Accordingly, it's just possible that the story was invented
        by the KGB as a way of hiding the fact that they had an
        asset who'd passed on information about the defector's
        location. But that's not my reading of the situation, and
        taken at face value this new and intriguing revelation
        suggests that remote viewing was used, operationally, by the
        KGB.
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        Freedom of Information

        The draft Freedom of Information Bill was published on 24
        May, and promises to revolutionise UFO research in this
        country. It will open up some of my X-Files, which (when I
        was working on them) I'd naturally assumed would be covered
        by the Thirty Year Rule, and wouldn't see the light of day
        until at least 2021. Anyway, the draft Bill is in the
        consultation stage, and lots of people have asked me how to
        get hold of a copy, and contribute to the consultation
        process. Well, you can buy a copy at any HMSO outlet, or go
        to www.homeoffice.gov.uk/foi if you have Internet access.
        Government files - the truth is in there.
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        Blood on the Mountain

        I've been sent a fascinating new book to review. Blood on
        the Mountain is written by Richard Andrews (co-author of The
        Tomb of God), and deals with the intriguing subject of the
        Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Woven throughout the story is the
        recurring theme of the Ark of the Covenant - the most sacred
        relic in the Jewish Faith. What was the Ark? Does it still
        exist, and if so, where is it? These are some of the
        questions explored in a book that also contains information
        about the Freemasons and the mysterious Knights Templar. As
        we approach the new Millennium, Jerusalem will become a
        major focus of world attention - this fascinating book is an
        essential guide to this city and it's mysteries. The book is
        published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. It's expensive, costing
        �20, but is meticulously referenced, and contains a
        comprehensive index and bibliography. Well-researched, easy
        to read and interesting, this book is highly recommended.
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        Operation Lightning Strike

        Regular readers will know that my novel Operation Thunder
        Child will be published on 4 October by Simon & Schuster.
        It's a technothriller with an alien theme, combining my
        officially gained knowledge of UFOs and alien abductions
        with my experience of crisis management, gained during the
        Gulf War. Now, I can exclusively reveal that the sequel will
        be entitled Operation Lightning Strike. This, too, is to be
        published by Simon & Schuster, and will be available in
        October 2000. You heard it here first.
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        New CIA Blunder

        In an amusing mistake on the CIA's Internet site, British
        parliamentary democracy was wiped out in the stroke of a
        keyboard. Their kids' page stated, in its information on the
        United Kingdom, �Elections: None�. Then again, maybe they
        know something we don't?!
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        NIDS Poll

        The National Institute for Discovery Science are an American
        group devoted to serious, scientific research into UFOs.
        NIDS was founded and is largely funded through the
        generosity of Bob Bigelow, who has previously sponsored the
        Abduction Study Conference held at MIT in June 1992. It's
        sad that work like this has to be done by the private
        sector, because I believe that governments have a
        responsibility to investigate anything which suggests that
        national airspace is being violated. But since Project Blue
        Book was closed down in 1969, the US Government have
        (officially) been out of the game, so it's left to the
        efforts of private citizens to take matters forward. It's
        not unlike the situation with regard to the SETI programme,
        which is now continuing with private finance. Anyway, the
        latest NIDS venture is an opinion poll undertaken by the
        Roper Organisation, and this focused on the likely human
        reaction to alien contact. The most intriguing results were
        that 25% of those polled thought that there would be mass
        panic, while a massive 80% thought that the government would
        try to classify or suppress the evidence. Click on
        www.accessnv.com/nids for further information about NIDS,
        and the full text of the poll.
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        Ed's Note:

        Nick Pope's books, The Uninvited and Open Skies, Closed
        Minds, are available from all good bookshops, in paperback.
        His publishers in Britain are Simon & Schuster. The
        Uninvited is available in the US, published by The Overlook
        Press, who plan to publish Open Skies, Closed Minds later
        this year. Nick's debut novel, Operation Thunder Child, will
        be published in October by Simon & Schuster Ltd.
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        � Hot Gossip UK 1999

        References

        1. http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/pope.html
      • Frits Westra
        Hot Gossip UK August 99We made it to August, so Nostradamus was wrong, and I ll get to see the total eclipse, after all. Hurrah! Now all we ve got to
        Message 3 of 24 , Aug 11, 1999
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          Hot Gossip UK August'99

          We made it to August, so Nostradamus was wrong, and I'll get to see
          the total eclipse, after all. Hurrah! Now all we've got to worry about
          is the Y2K Bug, doomsday cults and another Spice Girls Xmas single.
          It'll be touch and go, but we may yet make it to the next Millennium.

          Total Eclipse

          On Wednesday 11 August, I'll be travelling down to south Devon for the
          most awesome show on Earth - a total eclipse of the sun. Most of the
          TV networks will be running �eclipse specials�, and I've already
          pre-recorded an interview for Channel 5 about the likelihood of UFOs
          being seen during the eclipse. This has come up because of what
          happened in Mexico during the total eclipse on 11 July 1991, when
          numerous people saw UFOs, and a number of sightings were captured on
          film. I think ufologists need to be careful here. Many of those people
          travelling down to see totality will be predisposed towards the ETH,
          and people often see what they expect to see, or want to see.
          Furthermore, many people are planning to see the eclipse from
          aircraft, helicopters and hot air balloons. So when darkness falls,
          the sky will be filled with all sorts of light sources that were
          invisible a few moments before. Imagine somebody on the ground, with a
          camcorder, who suddenly catches sight of a bright light. People get
          quite emotional during eclipses, so we may get all sorts of UFO
          sighting reports and shaky videos. Sorry to be a party pooper, but I
          think ufologists should retain a healthy scepticism about any UFOs
          seen during this or any other eclipse. Anyway, watch the usual
          Internet sites for details of any sightings, and I'll write a full,
          eye-witness report in my next column.

          Finally, on this subject, an important warning. Never, ever look
          directly at the sun, unless you're using an approved eclipse viewer
          that complies to approved safety standards. Do not look through a
          piece of film. Do not look through sunglasses. Do not look through a
          bit of glass you've held in front of some smoke for a few moments. If
          you do any of these things, you run the risk of serious eye damage,
          including permanent blindness. The eclipse will be a truly awesome
          spectacle, but if you don't follow the safety advice that will be
          published in the media, it may be the last thing you ever see. Please
          pass this warning onto everyone you know who's planning to watch, and
          ensure that children are properly supervised.

          New JFK Documents

          One of the most interesting things to emerge from the recent G8 summit
          of the world's leading powers was that the Russian delegation handed
          the American delegation copies of KGB documents on the JFK
          assassination. Lee Harvey Oswald had lived in the USSR for a time, and
          after Kennedy's murder, the Soviets were petrified that the US would
          think they had something to do with the killing. So the KGB launched
          its own investigation. JFK researchers have known about these
          documents for some time, and some have been given access to the
          papers, but this latest development is bound to rekindle interest, not
          least on the part of my Editor in Chief!

          UFO Magazine Website

          Check out the new UFO Magazine website at ufomag.co.uk for a wide
          range of interesting articles, features and photographs. There's
          advance news about conferences, and details of how to order a huge
          variety of UFO-related books, videos, audio tapes and documents. This
          is an important new site, and the plan is that it will be constantly
          updated, to bring you breaking news stories.

          The Uninvited

          I hope you saw The Uninvited on Sky One on Wednesday 7 July at 10pm.
          This was the most comprehensive programme on alien abductions ever
          made, and was part of a series of UFO-related programmes made by
          Transmedia Productions. Watch out for that 10pm slot on Wednesdays, on
          Sky One, as they seem to be showing all the programmes in the series.
          If you missed it, you can probably order the video from UFO Magazine,
          via the website listed above.

          Alien Big Cats

          My brother still hasn't sent me his report of his sighting of a large
          cat in South Devon, so cryptozoologists will have to wait until my
          next column, when I hope to be able to feature his account in its
          entirety.

          THAAD

          Conspiracy theorists who believe that the Strategic Defence Initiative
          (nicknamed the �Star Wars� programme) was designed to deal with an
          alien threat may be interested to learn that the first successful test
          of the Theater High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) Missile took place
          in America on 10 June. Ostensibly a ballistic missile defence system,
          this involves a missile intercepting and destroying another missile.
          The test took place at the White Sands missile range in New Mexico.

          Engage

          Star Trek fans will be familiar with the concept of warp speed, in
          which the various incarnations of the USS Enterprise have traversed
          the galaxy at speeds way in excess of light speed. Now comes yet more
          serious scientific research which suggests that such concepts aren't
          so way out, after all. The 12 June edition of New Scientist carried an
          article highlighting recent research carried out by Chris Van Den
          Broeck at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the Catholic
          University of Leuven in Belgium. At this stage these are just ideas,
          but the important thing is that they are being debated by scientists.
          Check out the New Scientist website at www.newscientist.com for
          details of how to access this and other fascinating information.

          Uh-Oh, Here Comes Trouble

          OK, so Nostradamus goofed, and his �great king of terror� didn't come
          from the sky last month, after all (Actually, that was a
          mistranslation, but it was a good story while it lasted, so what the
          hell!). But maybe he just got the date wrong by a month or so. What
          makes me say this? Well, the Cassini spaceprobe is on its way to
          Saturn, but on 18 August it flies very close to the Earth as part of
          the strategy to gain extra speed by use of the so-called slingshot
          effect. The spacecraft weighs over six tons, and carries a plutonium
          power source which aroused the wrath of environmental protesters when
          it was launched in 1997. Watch the skies, and hope NASA got their sums
          right.

          Early Chupacabras Incident?

          Here's an item of interest for those people who've followed the
          mystery of the so-called Chupacabras - a strange creature most
          frequently seen in Puerto Rico, and associated with various attacks on
          animals. The other day I was re-reading Frank Drake's excellent book,
          Is Anyone Out There? It's an interesting account of the history of
          radio astronomy, and SETI. Suddenly, in chapter 4, I came across a
          little anecdote I must have missed previously. Drake describes his
          period as director of the observatory at Arecibo on Puerto Rico (home
          to the largest radio telescope in the world) and mentions an occasion
          where a local employee saw a strange man in a black cloak loitering
          around the installation. The man said he thought he was a vampire, and
          two days later, a cow was found dead on a nearby farm, with all the
          blood drained from its body. There was a local panic, and to placate
          his employees, Drake laced the food with garlic, and put the word out
          that this was part of a strategy to deal with the situation. There
          were no further incidents. The date isn't entirely clear from the
          book, but seems to be 1966 or 1967.

          And Finally

          Is it true what people are saying? I've heard a rumour, and maybe it
          is just that. But, well � is there really a new Star Wars movie out?
          They kept that quiet, didn't they?!

          Spaceguard

          On 15 June the issue of the threat to the Earth from comets and
          asteroids was debated in the House of Lords. This followed a debate in
          the Commons on 3 March. The Government is considering what action to
          take. Further details are at http://ds.dial.pipex.com/spaceguard.
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          Ed's Note:

          Nick Pope's books, The Uninvited and Open Skies, Closed Minds, are
          available from all good bookshops, in paperback. His publishers in
          Britain are Simon & Schuster. The Uninvited is available in the US,
          published by The Overlook Press, who plan to publish Open Skies,
          Closed Minds later this year. Nick's debut novel, Operation Thunder
          Child, will be published in October by Simon & Schuster Ltd.
          ____________________________________________________

          � Hot Gossip UK 1999

          References

          1. http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/pope.html
        • Frits Westra
          Hot Gossip UK September 99UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles, animal mutilations, the paranormal. In short, anything weird and wonderful from all
          Message 4 of 24 , Sep 2, 1999
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            Hot Gossip UK September'99

            UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles, animal mutilations, the
            paranormal. In short, anything weird and wonderful from all around the
            world. If it goes on, it goes in. This is the column that mixes
            serious research, breaking news and a few light-hearted items for good
            measure. Yes, this is a gossip magazine, but there's more hard data in
            here than in many of the self-produced UFO 'magazines' circulating
            on-line. And to critics of this column who get hung up on the word
            'gossip', check out your dictionaries, because there's more than one
            definition of the word gossip: as far as this column is concerned,
            we're talking unconstrained and topical writing, not groundless
            rumours. Check it out!

            One other point. Although I write for this magazine (and produce
            another column - London Calling - which can be accessed at
            www.ufocity.com) I'm not on-line myself. So I can't respond to any
            Internet messages, open letters etc unless an address for snail mail
            is included. I really do try and reply to all serious requests for
            information, so if your communication is motivated by a genuine
            interest in my research - as opposed to attempts to have a dig at me,
            score points or generate publicity for yourself - you will get a
            reply.

            Total Eclipse

            It was cloudy, we didn't see the sun, we didn't see the corona and we
            didn't see the shadow wall rushing across the ground at around 1500
            mph. Were we disappointed? No way! I was one of the many people who
            travelled to the South West, in order to experience the total eclipse
            visible from parts of Devon and Cornwall, as opposed to the partial
            eclipse visible from London and much of the rest of the country.
            Michle and I travelled down to stay with my Dad and my stepmum,
            travelling several days before the eclipse to avoid the anticipated
            chaos on the roads. After a pleasant few day's break we drove over to
            Wrangaton to stay with Seb and Laura (my brother and his wife),
            arriving the evening before the big day.

            On the day of the eclipse (11 August) people started arriving at
            around 9am, by which time - despite some earlier sun - it had clouded
            over. There were around a dozen of us, and we decided to climb nearby
            Ugborough Beacon, on the fringes of Dartmoor. It took us about an
            hour, and when we arrived at the top, there were around two or three
            hundred other people up there. We could see hundreds of people
            gathered on top of all the nearby hills. There was a great atmosphere,
            and although everybody had their eclipse viewers, pinhole cameras etc,
            the sun was hidden behind a solid wall of cloud. The extraordinary
            thing was just how quickly it went dark. Totality hit us at around
            11.13am, but the light didn't really start to fade noticeably until
            about two minutes prior to that. But it was the final moments before
            totality that were truly awesome, as the light faded from normal, dim,
            overcast levels to darkness in around thirty seconds. The temperature
            plummeted in a similarly dramatic fashion. The reaction from people
            varied: there were gasps of amazement as darkness descended in
            seconds; some people applauded and a few cheered. Others watched in
            reverential silence. Jared (Seb and Laura's three year old son) was a
            little frightened, although we soon cheered him up. There were several
            New Age types present (it was just like the Eastenders eclipse
            special!), one of whom had a drum which he used subtly and cleverly,
            and another of whom twirled a device around in the wind to produce an
            eerie moaning sound. The flashbulbs of thousands of cameras could be
            seen on nearby hills, and the orange streetlights from Plymouth all
            came on. Where we were, totality lasted little more than one minute
            and thirty seconds, and it seemed to be over in an instant.
            Afterwards, my brother opened a bottle of champagne, and we passed it
            around our group. I saw one or two other people (not in our group!)
            smoking � er � herbal cigarettes. There was really no need: Mother
            Nature had given us the biggest natural high on the face of the
            planet. Several people were so overcome with emotion that they were
            crying. Somebody in our group had a bag of Runes so we each drew one
            and she interpreted them for us.

            So, were there any UFOs seen during the eclipse? Not really. A few
            people in the path of totality might have seen Venus if they were
            lucky enough to have a break in the cloud; and there were numerous
            aircraft, helicopters and hot air balloons which would suddenly have
            been visible when it got dark. But that was it, really. Back to our
            own story, our post-eclipse BBQ/party lasted until about 1am, and we
            all went to bed tired but happy. When we got back to London, several
            people told us that it had gone 'quite dark' there, and had
            commiserated with us for spending all that time and money, only to
            have it ruined by cloud. We've tried to explain that the cloud didn't
            stop day turning into night within thirty seconds, but there really
            aren't the words. We tried 'awesome', but it really doesn't do the
            event justice. The only thing that's convinced people we saw something
            mind-blowingly wonderful is the fact that we're talking about going to
            Zimbabwe for the next total eclipse on 21 June 2001. It's only when
            people realise we're serious about it that they realise just how truly
            amazing an event they missed by not seeing the eclipse from the path
            of totality.

            NIDS Animal Mutilation Report

            For those people interested in the disturbing cattle mutilation
            phenomenon, check out the extraordinarily detailed June 1999 report
            issued by the National Institute of Discovery Science. The report
            details research carried out into the unexplained death of a cow at a
            ranch in Utah in October 1998. Check out www.accessnv.com/nids for
            details.

            The Big Conference

            Please don't forget that the biggest and best UFO conference of the
            year is fast approaching, and is to be held in Leeds on 17, 18 and 19
            September. The venue is the Conference Auditorium at the University of
            Leeds, and speakers include Tim Good, Nick Redfern, Michael Hesemann
            and from America, Dr Roger Leir - a physician who claims to have
            retrieved several implants from abductees. I'll also be giving a talk,
            and will be discussing the state of abduction research in the UK, and
            examining the apparent differences between UK and US reports. I'll
            also have a few interesting revelations to make, but that's another
            story. Check out the new and improved UFO Magazine website at
            www.ufomag.co.uk for full details of speakers, and information on how
            to order tickets.

            Cosmic Crashes

            Several people have asked me to elaborate on why I'm so sceptical
            about the UFO crashes that ufologist Nick Redfern writes about in his
            latest book, Cosmic Crashes. My objections are twofold. Firstly, the
            lack of firsthand witnesses prepared to speak out on the record, using
            their real names. Now, conspiracy theorists will say that this is
            because they're fearful of what action a vengeful government will
            take, and that such people are worried about their safety, the safety
            of their families, or the security of their pensions. Of course,
            democratic, western governments don't really behave like that, outside
            of cheap spy novels. But I'll never convince conspiracy theorists of
            that, so I won't bother. A more interesting problem is the lack of a
            paper trail. Nick Redfern's first book, A Covert Agenda, revolved
            around incidents that he could verify through official UFO documents,
            obtained from the Public Record Office. Some of these documents were
            formerly classified at the level of Secret. I've seen all these PRO
            documents, together with files that civilian researchers will almost
            certainly never get to see. But when it comes to trying to find a
            paper trail to validate any UFO crashes in Britain, there's nothing.
            And yet, there would be more things to record with a crash, because
            there would be so many analyses to produce (and because they'd be
            technical, they'd need to be properly recorded). Every detail would
            have to be recorded, and many different specialists would need to be
            brought in, covering everything from metallurgy, aerodynamics,
            propulsion, avionics and much more besides. So many people, so many
            scientific studies, and yet not a hint of a paper trail - not just at
            the PRO, but in the files ufologists haven't seen. I've been in
            Government for fourteen years, and whatever you might argue about
            Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) I'm afraid that doesn't make
            any sense.

            Operation Thunderchild

            Although the official publication date of my novel, Operation
            Thunderchild, is 4 October, copies may well get into the shops during
            September. I'll also be doing quite a lot of media work late in
            September and early October - so look out for me on TV! I'll be saying
            more about Operation Thunderchild in next months column, but I can
            confidently predict that this novel (a techno thriller with an alien
            theme) is going to be extremely controversial.
            ____________________________________________________

            Ed's Note:

            Nick Pope's books, The Uninvited and Open Skies, Closed Minds, are
            available from all good bookshops, in paperback. His publishers in
            Britain are Simon & Schuster. The Uninvited is available in the US,
            published by The Overlook Press, who plan to publish Open Skies,
            Closed Minds later this year. Nick's debut novel, Operation Thunder
            Child, will be published in October by Simon & Schuster Ltd.
            ____________________________________________________

            � Hot Gossip UK 1999

            References

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          • Frits Westra
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              Hot Gossip UK October'99

              Welcome to the October column, bringing you the latest news and views
              about UFOs, alien abduction and other weird stuff.

              Operation Thunder Child

              My new book, Operation Thunder Child, is out this month. The official
              publication date is 4th October, but copies should have found their
              way into the shops towards the end of September. Operation Thunder
              Child is a science fiction novel set in the near future, and deals
              with the concept of an escalating and hostile alien presence. What
              I've tried to do is to tell the story in as realistic way as possible,
              drawing on my official knowledge and experience of working at the
              Ministry of Defence. Accordingly, I use knowledge about UFOs and
              abductions picked up during my three years researching and
              investigating these phenomena, and also utilise information picked up
              while working in the Air Force Operations Room (part of the Joint
              Operations Centre) during the Gulf War. I've really tried to write as
              accurate an account as possible, giving people an insight into the way
              in which the government and the military would really respond to
              hostile alien contact. What I've tried to do is give readers a seat at
              the Top Table in the MOD, and show people how decisions are made in
              times of national crisis (although the book deals with alien contact,
              details about crisis management would apply equally to any normal
              conflict). Authenticity was a paramount concern: I discuss Rules of
              Engagement, weapons systems, operational doctrine and tactics and
              other real-life details. I also explore the way in which this
              situation would be reported to parliament and dealt with in the media.
              That said, some details have been changed to ensure that no classified
              information is included - this is the first time in publishing history
              that a science fiction novel has needed to be officially cleared by
              the Government! Another interesting fact concerns the disclaimer. Most
              novels have to contain a statement that all the characters and events
              are entirely fictitious. But my book draws on real UFO incidents from
              the Government's files, and reflects other things that have actually
              happened. For legal reasons, therefore, my book had to contain a
              specially worded disclaimer that points this out. Unsurprisingly, the
              book is already proving to be controversial, and there is as much - if
              not more - bad feeling about this book in certain quarters as there
              was about either of my two non-fiction books. I should be making
              various media appearances in late September/early October, so look out
              for me, talking about this new book. Operation Thunder Child is
              published by Simon & Schuster as a large format paperback, and costs
              #39.99.

              New Abduction Book

              Another new book has been published about the alien abduction mystery.
              The Complete Book of Aliens and Abductions is the latest offering from
              Jenny Randles, and is a brave attempt to give an overview of the whole
              alien abduction/alien contact mystery. It covers a lot of ground,
              looking at links between abductions and folklore and examining the
              possibility that cultural factors (e.g. science fiction films and
              television series) may have an influence on the phenomenon. Lots of
              potential explanations are offered, and there are plenty of case
              studies - some well-known and some less so. This is a welcome addition
              to the number of books devoted more to abductions than UFOs, and is a
              well-written and comprehensive overview of this intriguing mystery.
              The book is published by Piatkus, and costs =A317.99.

              New Magazine

              After the demise of Sightings, Alien Encounters, Uri Geller's
              Encounters and UFO Reality, it seemed as if magazines on UFOs and the
              paranormal were dropping like flies. Now a new title has appeared.
              Beyond is a monthly magazine which hit the news-stands in September,
              and promises to reflect all shades of opinion, whether people be
              believers, sceptics or neutrals on the topics covered. There's
              considerable diversity in the subjects featured: the first issue
              contained plenty of news and articles about UFOs, but other featured
              subjects included ghosts, crop circles, psychic detectives,
              synchronicity and much more besides.

              The Unopened Files

              On the subject of magazines, an established title which I consider to
              be one of the most interesting and thought-provoking publications
              currently available is The Unopened Files. This magazine covers
              ufology, but also carries a range of fascinating articles on secret
              technology, conspiracies and suppressed information. The Autumn issue
              (Number 12) is now out, and should be available from all good
              newsagents. One of the features is a lengthy interview with me in
              which I make some candid remarks about Operation Thunder Child, and
              explain why my new book is already proving so controversial.

              Psychic Development

              For those with an interest in all things spiritual and psychic, check
              out an interesting new book: The Psychic World of Derek Acorah. This
              new publication is part autobiography, part psychic self-development
              guide, and is packed with interesting accounts of occasions where
              Derek's powers were demonstrated. There are also various tests to
              judge your own psychic powers, and suggestions for developing such
              skills. It's informative but fun, and is well worth a look. It's
              published by Piatkus, and costs =A39.99.

              Alternative Therapy

              Every now and then my work with abductees can throw up a bizarre and
              abstract moment. One such moment occurred a few weeks ago. There's a
              particular abductee who I've been working with for about three years,
              and we've got to know each other socially. We went out one evening for
              a drink, and found ourselves in a karaoke bar. After some
              encouragement from her, I volunteered to do a song, and found myself
              belting out a number to a packed pub. The song I chose, somewhat
              appropriately, was the classic David Bowie number, Life on Mars. I'm
              sure there'll be some people who might think this a tad
              unprofessional, and I'm not quite sure what other abduction
              researchers will make of this. In reply to any criticisms, I'd simply
              point out that having fun is pretty good therapy for just about
              anything.

              Leeds Conference

              The annual conference held by UFO Magazine took place in Leeds on
              17th, 18th and 19th September. Next month's column will contain a full
              report on this event, with all the conference news and gossip.
              ____________________________________________________

              Ed's Note:

              Nick Pope's three books, Open Skies, Closed Minds, The Uninvited and
              Operation Thunder Child are available from all good bookshops. His UK
              publishers are Simon & Schuster. In America, The Overlook Press
              publish his books in hardback while Dell Publishing produce paperback
              editions.
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                Time marches on, so appropriately enough, here's the March column, with a
                mixture of news, reviews and gossip about ufology, the paranormal, the
                weird and the wonderful. This month, I'm afraid, starts with extremely sad
                news.

                Helen Wheels

                It's with great sadness that I have to report the tragic and untimely
                death of American singer Helen Wheels, one of a handful of entertainers
                who was brave enough to speak out pub licly about UFOs and abductions -
                not least about her own extraordinary experiences. Helen's experiences and
                philosophy were described in chapter nine of Michael Mannion's book
                Project Mindshift, and she was an abductee who worked with researchers
                such as the late Pete Mazzola and Budd Hopkins. She was a gifted
                singer/songwriter who used her music to get across information about UFOs,
                abductions, Freedom of Information Act UFO material and the issue of a UFO
                cover-up. Songs like The Saucer Song were entir ely UFO-related, and she
                used her album covers to disseminate information about UFOs. She also
                wrote material which was used by other bands, such as Blue Oyster Cult.
                Helen was the sister of ufologist Peter Robbins, and my dee! pest
                sympathies go to Peter and the rest of the family. Tributes can be left at
                www.helenwheels.com .


                The Atlantis Enigma

                Fans of authors like Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval will be interested
                in a new book by Herbie Brennan. The Atlantis Enigma draws on ancient
                myths and postulates that Biblical a ccounts of the Great Flood tie in
                with accounts of other cataclysms mentioned in other cultures. Brennan,
                however, puts forward the intriguing idea that this great and very real
                cataclysm was caused by the explosion of a nearby star, which sent debris
                thr ough our own solar system. There's a lot of material highlighting
                extraordinarily advanced knowledge possessed by ancient peoples, but
                plenty of new and thought-provoking ideas that are bound to lead to
                debate. The Atlantis Enigma is published by Piatkus at L10.99. Check out
                www.piatkus.co.uk for details of this and other Piatkus titles.


                Satanic Abuse Claims Resurface

                The controversy over ritual satanic abuse has been something that alien
                abduction researchers have followed with interest, as both phenomena have
                been denounced by some psychologi sts as having their roots not in reality
                but in a mixture of hoaxing, fantasy- prone personality and
                therapist-induced False Memory Syndrome. An apparent absence of any hard
                forensic evidence prompted some to suggest that ritual satanic abuse
                existed only in the minds of over-zealous social workers, and sceptical
                ufologists have suggested some interesting parallels with over-zealous
                abduction researchers. Now the debate is back with a vengeance, as
                psychotherapist Valerie Sinason claimed that some children in Britain were
                being specifically bred for ritual sacrifice. She claims that 46 of her
                patients have reported seeing the murder of adults and children, while 16
                reported seeing induced abortions or the murder of babies. She ! also
                claims to have seen photographs showing injuries to children, ceremonial
                sites and mutilated animals. Doubts have been cast on these claims by a
                number of other experts, including Professor Richard Green from the
                Department of Psychiatry at Imperial College School of Medicine in London.
                But Valerie Sinason is putting together a report for the Department of
                Health, and Scotland Yard are reported to be investigating. I'll keep you
                posted on this disturbing story.


                Cheers

                There can be few more enjoyable pleasures than sitting outside on a warm
                summers day, sipping an ice cold beer. But if you fancy an unusual tipple,
                an American company - Crop Circ le Beer - is marketing a beer brewed from
                barley from within crop circles. The deal involves Alton Barnes farmer Tim
                Carson and Warminster Maltings, who ensure that the barley used in the
                brewing process is not mixed with barley from other fields. The bee r
                isn't yet available in the UK, but I'll be making every effort to get hold
                of some, strictly for research purposes, of course!


                Intruders Foundation 2000
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                Hot news just in: Dr John Mack has agreed to speak at the Intruders
                Foundation abduction conference being organised by Budd Hopkins in New
                York on 6 May. More details in next mont h's column.


                The Knights Templar

                Much spookiness, mystery and conspiratorial skulduggery has been laid at
                the door of the Knights Templar, and there have been numerous claims made
                in the last few years, linking t his Order with The Holy Grail,
                Freemasonry and the Turin Shroud. Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince wrote a
                controversial, well-researched and meticulously referenced book called The
                Templar Revelation which linked them to various practices that would be
                deno unced as heretical by the Christian church. Now there's a new book
                offering a less spooky history of the Order. Entitled The Templars, and
                written by Piers Paul Read, it paints a rather more orthodox view of the
                Templars as a Crusading Order whose fantast ic wealth attracted the
                jealousy of a politically strong but impoverished French King. The book is
                published by Weidenfeld at L20.


                Flying Tractors

                Researcher James Easton has caused much amusement among ufologists with a
                new theory about Britain's best-known UFO case, the Rendlesham Forest
                incident. James was previously best known for loudly championing Ian
                Ridpath's theory that the triangular, metallic craft seen by numerous
                United States Air Force personnel in Rendlesham Forest was a lighthouse,
                although as one of the witnesses wryly pointed out, lighthouses don't fly!
                Now Easton has a theory of his own: that the entire incident might have
                been caused by the misidentification of a tractor. The apparently serious
                suggestion started when Easton was driving late at night and saw a tractor
                in a field, festooned with lights. Un fortunately, theories like this -
                quite apart from being at odds with the data - serve only to infuriate
                witnesses, believers and sceptics alike. Witnesses stand accused of
                ridiculously poor judgement, while believers think it! 's yet more
                negative, ill-informed debunking. Ironically, it's serious sceptical
                researchers who tend to be most annoyed by such nonsense. Why? Because
                wild claims like this do far more than simply undermine the credibility of
                sceptics; they make them lau ghing stocks . and for serious researchers,
                that's the kiss of death.

                Nick Pope's three books, Open Skies, Closed Minds, The Uninvited and
                Operation Thunder Child are available from all good bookshops. His UK
                publishers are Simon & Schuster. In America, The Overlook Press publish
                his books in hardback while Dell Publishing produce paperback editions.

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                July 2004 Weird World NICK POPE Welcome to the July 2004 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the
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                  July 2004

                  Weird World
                  NICK POPE

                  Welcome to the July 2004 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
                  abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
                  weird and the wonderful.

                  Crop Circles

                  Crop circles have returned again to the fields of England. Several
                  patterns have appeared already, mainly in Wiltshire. I shall be there on
                  the weekend of 3 and 4 July 2004, doing some filming with an Italian
                  television channel. Those interested in Ministry of Defence involvement
                  with the crop circle mystery might like to check out the section of
                  www.nickpope.net on crop circles, which contains an official history of
                  government and military involvement with the subject. More on crop circles
                  next month.

                  Toutatis - The Doomsday Asteroid ?

                  The internet is buzzing again with stories of impending Armageddon. This
                  time the culprit is the asteroid Toutatis, which is due to make a close
                  approach to Earth on 29 September 2004. I have received several emails
                  about this and seen numerous New Age predictions on various websites. I
                  hope this does not lead to the sort of tragedy that arose in the run up to
                  the close approach of Comet Hale Bopp in 1997, when 38 disciples of the
                  Heavens Gate cult committed suicide. For the record, Toutatis will indeed
                  make a close approach to the Earth on 29 September 2004. However, it will
                  miss by nearly one million miles, which means it will be around four times
                  further away than the moon. Search for the word Toutatis on the NASA
                  website www.nasa.gov for the science behind the scare stories. And if you
                  have a genuine interest in the threat posed to the Earth by comets and
                  asteroids, you might consider joining Spaceguard UK. I am an Associate
                  Member and can recommend the organisation highly. Check out
                  www.spaceguarduk.com for details.

                  Andrew Green

                  Veteran ghosthunter Andrew Green died on 21 May 2004. Green was a prolific
                  writer, researcher and lecturer on the subject, whose best known book was
                  probably his 1973 offering Our Haunted Kingdom. As well as writing about
                  cases himself, he edited a number of books on the subject, including The
                  Enigma of Borley Rectory, written by Ivan Banks. Green wrote for a number
                  of magazines, including Prediction, as well as popping up on TV from time
                  to time. In 1996 he undertook a high profile ghost hunt at the Royal
                  Albert Hall, the night before the new Proms season began. Aside from
                  ghosts and hauntings, he was interested in a wide range of other
                  paranormal phenomena. If ghosts do exist, Green may well return to haunt
                  fellow ghosthunter Peter Underwood, whose obituary of Green in The
                  Independent seemed decidedly ungracious.

                  Alien Abduction Study

                  July 2004 presents UK based abductees their final opportunity to take part
                  in a scientific study into the alien abduction phenomenon, being carried
                  out by psychologists at Goldsmiths College, University of London. As
                  featured previously in this column, this is the only such study ever to
                  have been carried out in the UK. The project has been underway for some
                  time now, but the interviewing stage of the study will finish at the end
                  of July 2004. I have spoken to several people who have taken part, and
                  despite initial nervousness about getting involved in a project of this
                  nature, they told me they enjoyed taking part, welcomed the chance to tell
                  their stories and be listened to, and felt that the whole experience was
                  empowering. Witness confidentiality is guaranteed and abductees can use a
                  pseudonym if they wish. Abductees, contactees and experiencers wishing to
                  take part should contact Julia Santomauro at apru@... or telephone
                  her on 020 7919 7171, extension 4389. Once the scientists have published a
                  report into the study and its conclusions, later this year, I will feature
                  the story in this column. Watch this space.

                  UFO Debate at the Cheltenham Festival of Science

                  On 11 June 2004 I debated the UFO phenomenon at the Cheltenham Festival of
                  Science. The festival ran for five days and is now in its third year. Its
                  sponsors and partners included the British National Space Centre, The
                  Royal Society and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. The idea is
                  to showcase high profile, interesting and contentious issues in
                  contemporary science, such as nuclear power, cloning, climate change and
                  GM crops. Attendees included NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, Beagle 2 inventor
                  Colin Pillinger and Lord Robert Winston. The opening speech was given by
                  Government Chief Scientist David King. The debate itself was comparatively
                  unremarkable. I said a little bit about the Ministry of Defence UFO
                  project, UFO sightings backed by radar evidence, and photographic analysis
                  of UFO photographs and videos. I also gave some examples of interesting
                  cases investigated by the Department. Radio astronomer Ian Morison (a late
                  replacement for BBC News Online science editor David Whitehouse) talked
                  about SETI, the Rare Earth theory, light speed, and witness misperception.
                  This was followed by questions from the audience, and my only
                  disappointment was that despite being billed as a debate, no vote was
                  taken. The interesting thing, of course, is that ufology got onto the
                  agenda at all, at a science festival of this kind. Consider this alongside
                  the fact that psychologists at Goldsmiths College University of London are
                  conducting a scientific study into the alien abduction phenomenon. And
                  consider it too alongside the fact that the new multi million pound Dana
                  Centre at the Science Museum held a UFO debate in December 2003. I believe
                  these are encouraging signs for ufology. If nothing else, it rather
                  undermines some of the silly stories that have been circulating recently,
                  falsely proclaiming that ufology is dead.

                  Ed's Note:

                  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

                  © Knight International
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                    NICK POPE’S WEIRD WORLD

                    http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/August_2004/105.cntns

                    Welcome to the August 2004 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
                    abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
                    weird and the wonderful.

                    Crop Circles

                    The crop circle season is in full swing, with all sorts of new formations,
                    events, media coverage and controversy. The biggest conference was the
                    Glastonbury Symposium 2004. It was held on 23 to 25 July and featured
                    talks from the likes of John Mack, Robert Bauval, Michael Glickman, Dr
                    Eltjo Haselhoff, Andy Thomas and Steve Alexander. Circlemakers Rod
                    Dickinson and John Lundberg have meanwhile being featured in the media
                    talking about their commercial circle making activities. This typically
                    involves their being paid to produce corporate logos for advertising
                    campaigns or formations that promote TV series. This, of course, is where
                    the controversy arises. Sceptics point to the intricacy of some of these
                    commissioned works and say this proves all the pictograms are made by
                    people. Believers disagree, saying that while these commissioned works are
                    impressive, they are not as complex as the most intricate of pictograms.
                    They also point out that commissioned formations are produced in daylight,
                    quite openly, whereas they say the most spectacular pictograms have
                    appeared in a few short hours, overnight. I got a chance to make a brief
                    visit to Alton Barnes on 4 July when I was interviewed in The Barge Inn by
                    an Italian TV company making a programme on the crop circle mystery. The
                    Barge Inn is a lovely pub by the canal and is often used as a meeting
                    point for crop circle researchers and enthusiasts.

                    Sixto Paz Wells

                    Peruvian contactee Sixto Paz Wells made a rare visit to the UK recently
                    and I attended a lecture he gave in London on 29 June. With the current
                    focus on alien abductions, it is interesting from a ufological perspective
                    to come across someone whose story is reminiscent of the claims made by
                    people like George Adamski, Truman Bethurum, Daniel Fry and Howard Menger.

                    Atlantis

                    A new theory about Atlantis, this time from a German scientist, Dr Rainer
                    Kuehne. He believes that satellite photographs of an area near Cadiz in
                    Spain show evidence of ancient flood damage consistent with the original
                    descriptions of Atlantis offered by Plato. Dr Kuehne is trying to persuade
                    archaeologists to take a look at the site, with a view to carrying out an
                    excavation.

                    Laurance Rockefeller

                    Sad news of the death of another hero of ufology. Conservationist,
                    philanthropist and businessman Laurance Rockefeller died on 11 July at the
                    age of 93. Rockefeller financed the production of a UFO briefing document
                    entitled Best Available Evidence, which was subsequently sent to various
                    world leaders. I was not directly involved in the production of this
                    document but was quoted in it and received a copy of the final product,
                    which was in later years published as a paperback. The production of the
                    document owed much to the dedication of Don Berliner, Marie Galbraith,
                    Antonio Huneeus and Sandra Wright. It marked a high point in ufological
                    cooperation, with CUFOS, FUFOR and MUFON all fully engaged.

                    SynchroFile

                    Paranormal investigator Raymond Fowler has a new book out that deals with
                    the intriguing subject of synchronicity. Drawing on personal experience,
                    Fowler examines various paranormal phenomena such as UFOs, ghosts,
                    telepathy and out of body experiences, speculating that they are all
                    linked. A unified theory of the paranormal? Order from Amazon or other
                    outlets and decide for yourself.

                    After The Martian Apocalypse

                    Mac Tonnies has just had a new book published looking at the idea that
                    there was once a civilisation on Mars. This is not the first book to look
                    into these theories, but it is interesting to note that interest in Mars
                    is still high.

                    SPI Talk

                    I shall be giving a talk at the SPI group run by Malcolm Robinson on 28
                    August. I will be discussing what it was like to work on the Ministry of
                    Defence UFO Project and shall be looking at some previously unknown
                    aspects of this work, in relation to some of the other strange reports
                    that came our way in the margins of our UFO work.

                    Media Interest In UFOs

                    A couple of other things to report in relation to my own media
                    appearances. I appeared on Xchange on CBBC on 2 July and will be appearing
                    on some Sky One programmes looking at science fiction, in September. More
                    about this next month.

                    Ed's Note:

                    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
                    genuine UFO and abduction data. They are also the only science fiction
                    novels ever to have needed official government clearance. 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

                    © Knight International
                    www.knight-intl.com
                  • Frits Westra
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                      Weird World
                      NICK POPE

                      http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/September_2004/115.cntns

                      Welcome to the September 2004 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
                      abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
                      weird and the wonderful.

                      Crop Circle Apocalypse

                      The annual battle between farmers and crop circle enthusiasts is under
                      way, with the usual accusations and counter accusations concerning the
                      provenance of formations, damage to crops, revenue made for charging
                      access to crop circles, etc. There are no easy answers here, though
                      everybody wants you to have one.

                      Rendlesham Forest Skywatch

                      British UFO Research Association and Strange Phenomena Investigations
                      members were out in force on Saturday 14 August at Rendlesham Forest.
                      Former United States Air Force security policeman Larry Warren gave a talk
                      about the incident and then led a tour of the forest, pointing out some of
                      the sites associated with the famous UFO incident from 1980. Interest in
                      this incident refuses to go away.

                      Bonnybridge UFO Theme Park

                      Another UK UFO hotspot, Bonnybridge in Scotland, has been at the centre of
                      rumours concerning a new theme park, centred around the UFO phenomenon.
                      Newspaper reports claim that a multi million pound deal has been struck to
                      create an attraction that could be on the scale of Disneyland and might
                      create as many as twelve thousand new jobs. Local councillor Billy
                      Buchanan has consistently lobbied to raise the profile of the UFO
                      phenomenon and has lent his support to the project. Watch this space.

                      SETI Conference

                      A conference on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence was held at
                      Harvard University on 6 August. One of the key players present was Frank
                      Drake, widely regarded as the father of SETI. The theme of the conference
                      was quite provocative, as it focused on the reasons for the negative
                      results achieved thus far. Drake and others believe that the time may have
                      come for looking not just for radio signals but for powerful bursts of
                      light that night be used as a beacon, to announce the presence of an
                      extraterrestrial civilisation. Some SETI optimists believe that our
                      capacity to conduct meaningful searches is advancing so rapidly that we
                      will be able to detect signals from extraterrestrial intelligences within
                      twenty years at the maximum. Again, watch this space.

                      The Tunguska Event

                      On 30 June 1908 something crashed in the Tunguska region of Siberia,
                      flattening a vast area of forest and led to weird atmospheric phenomena
                      witnessed all around the world. Theories have ranged from comets and
                      meteorites through to black holes, anti matter and alien spacecraft. The
                      latter theory has now had a boost with reports from Russia suggesting that
                      a new scientific expedition has discovered artificial objects believed to
                      have come from an extraterrestrial spacecraft. Is this a publicity stunt
                      or has something actually been recovered? Watch this space, because I
                      suspect we shall be hearing more about this in the next month or so.

                      Sunday Express Ghost Story

                      You expect from time to time to see stories about ghosts in the national
                      newspapers. You expect that such stories will be a little lighthearted or
                      written in an over the top style. What you do not expect is for the editor
                      to come out and discuss a personal sighting. And yet that is precisely
                      what happened on 15 August in the Sunday Express. The editor, Martin
                      Townsend, devoted his column to giving an account of an encounter he and
                      his then girlfriend had. They were walking through the village where he
                      lived when they saw both saw a well known local man. Townsend said that
                      something was troubling him about this, but for a moment he could not
                      place the source of his anxiety. And then it hit him. The man had died a
                      month or two beforehand. Townsend made no sensational claims and was not
                      trying to make any profound points about religion or the afterlife. He was
                      simply giving a no frills account of what he had seen. Sometimes the most
                      sensational stories are the ones written in the least sensational way.

                      Questing Conference 2004

                      Andrew Collins is already planning Questcon04, the latest in a long line
                      of successful conferences focusing on alternative history, forbidden
                      archaeology and hidden teachings. Speakers include Lynn Picknett and Clive
                      Prince talking about the Priory of Sion, Alan Alford discussing secret
                      chambers in the Great Pyramid, Robert Feather speaking about the Spear of
                      Destiny and Andrew Collins giving a presentation on the True Grail. Graham
                      Phillips will attend if his other commitments permit. The conference is
                      being held on Saturday 6 November at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park
                      Road, Camden, London. The conference is being sponsored by Nexus Magazine.
                      Check out www.questingconference.com for more details.

                      Ed's Note:

                      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

                      © Knight International
                      www.knight-intl.com
                    • Frits Westra
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                        Weird World
                        NICK POPE

                        http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/October_2004/125.cntns

                        Welcome to the October 2004 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
                        abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
                        weird and the wonderful.

                        Crop Circle Advertisement

                        Yet another commercial company has used crop circle imagery in a high
                        profile advertising campaign, showing once again how firmly embedded the
                        phenomenon is in the public consciousness. Mobile telephone operator O2 is
                        the latest in a long line of companies who have used crop circles in an
                        advertisement. They are unlikely to be the last.

                        Peter Robbins and Larry Warren

                        Peter Robbins and Larry Warren have been giving a series of talks on the
                        so called Rendlesham Forest incident, arguably the most famous UFO case in
                        the world aside from Roswell. Larry was based at Bentwaters/Woodbridge at
                        the time of the incident, and Peter (who works closely with abduction
                        researcher Budd Hopkins) is one of the leading experts on this case. They
                        are the authors of the book Left At East Gate. Larry currently lives in
                        Liverpool, but Peter, a native New Yorker, is making a rare but welcome
                        trip to the UK. I shall be spending some time with him, discussing the
                        case and visiting the site of the incident.

                        Graham Birdsall

                        It is hard to believe it is now just over a year since Graham Birdsall
                        died. His tragic and untimely death was a devastating blow for his family
                        and friends, but also for ufology more generally. The subsequent closure
                        of UFO Magazine was also a sad loss for ufology. Several people have
                        worked tirelessly to produce internet magazines that attempt to fill the
                        gap left by UFO Magazine. While these efforts are to be commended, UFO
                        Magazine will be a hard act to follow.

                        Lord Hill-Norton

                        It is also hard to believe that Lord Hill-Norton, another hero of ufology,
                        is no longer with us. He died in May and a memorial service was held on 23
                        September. Sadly, I was unable to attend, because of an overseas work
                        commitment.

                        Ultimate Sci-Fi Top 10

                        Granada TV made three programmes for Sky One, looking at popular science
                        fiction. I took part in these programmes (looking specifically at aliens,
                        robots and science fiction moments) which were screened on 13, 20 and 27
                        September, but which have already been repeated extensively. There is a
                        long running debate over the influence of sci-fi on ufology, with sceptics
                        claiming that sci-fi has influenced and perhaps in some cases inspired
                        some UFO reports. Ufologists point out that the situation is equally true
                        in reverse, with series like The X-Files, Taken and Dark Skies
                        incorporating ufological motifs. Indeed, it should not be forgotten that
                        Steven Spielberg used Dr J Allen Hynek, the Project Blue Book scientific
                        consultant, as a consultant on Close Encounters of the Third Kind. An
                        interesting counterargument to the assertion that UFO witnesses are
                        consciously or subconsciously basing their accounts on things they have
                        picked up from science fiction can be found by looking at the UFO and
                        abduction literature. The carrying of laser weaponry (a common sci-fi
                        motif) is almost completely absent from witness reports.

                        Questing Conference 2004

                        As reported last month, Andrew Collins is putting the finishing touches to
                        the arrangements for Questcon04, the latest in a long line of successful
                        conferences focusing on alternative history, forbidden archaeology and
                        hidden teachings. Speakers include Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince talking
                        about the Priory of Sion, Alan Alford discussing secret chambers in the
                        Great Pyramid, Robert Feather speaking about the Spear of Destiny and
                        Andrew Collins giving a presentation on the True Grail. Graham Phillips
                        will attend if his other commitments permit. The conference is being held
                        on Saturday 6 November at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, Camden,
                        London. The conference is being sponsored by Nexus Magazine. Check out
                        www.questingconference.com for more details.

                        The Da Vinci Code

                        I have finally got around to reading The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown. The
                        book is hugely enjoyable and will be appreciated by anybody with an
                        interest in alternative religious history. The Templars, the Priory of
                        Sion and Mary Magdalene all feature, and indeed The Templar Revelation by
                        Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince is one of the books that clearly inspired
                        Dan Brown, who mentions it specifically in the text, along with Holy
                        Blood, Holy Grail, another key source. Highly recommended.

                        X-Conference

                        The X-Conference, organised this Spring by Stephen Bassett, was
                        undoubtedly the most important UFO conference of the year. Plans for a
                        second such event, in 2005, are currently on hold, pending underwriting
                        support.

                        Ed's Note:

                        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

                        © Knight International
                      • Frits Westra
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                          December 2004 - January 2005

                          Weird World
                          NICK POPE

                          Welcome to the joint December 2004 and January 2005 round up of news and
                          views on UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the
                          unexplained, the weird and the wonderful.

                          The Naked Scientists

                          The Naked Scientists Online Radio Show is an initiative based at the
                          University of Cambridge and funded in part by the Royal Society. It aims
                          to bring cutting edge science, often involving controversial and high
                          profile subjects, to a wide audience, and do so in an entertaining way. I
                          have been asked to take part on 19 December and to discuss the Ministry of
                          Defence UFO project and the UFO sightings and alien abduction reports more
                          generally. Check out www.thenakedscientists.com for further details.
                          Because of the pressure of other commitments I do less talks for UFO
                          groups than used to be the case. But I think it is hugely important for
                          people involved in ufology to do what they can to take the subject to a
                          wider audience, and especially to engage with the world of science. In the
                          last year I have debated the UFO subject at the Dana Centre, part of the
                          Science Museum in London, and have appeared at the Cheltenham Festival of
                          Science. Next March I shall be lecturing at the Newcastle Science
                          Festival. I shall keep readers posted on these appearances.

                          Ghosts, Orbs and the MOD

                          The MOD house magazine Focus has run another article on ghosts, reflecting
                          the vast number of military bases that are alleged to be haunted. I first
                          heard of some of these accounts whilst running the UFO project, but active
                          investigation was outside my remit. Devonport Naval Base is the latest
                          location to be studied, with a team from the Society of Metaphysicians
                          based at Brunel University investigating the site, where naval ratings and
                          security guards have been frequently scared by ghostly apparitions and
                          related phenomena. Leading the study was psychic Goldy Bromley, whose team
                          brought motion detectors, night vision cameras, laser thermometers and
                          sound detection equipment. They also brought dowsing rods and toys for the
                          spirits of children believed to haunt the base. Goldy Bromley subsequently
                          claimed that some form of communication with spirits had taken place. As
                          some of the ghosts are believed to be spirits of French soldiers from the
                          Napoleonic era, the investigators hummed the French national anthem. It is
                          claimed that this led to the appearance of orbs that were recorded on the
                          night vision cameras. Similar balls of light have often been reported on
                          skywatches and in areas closely associated with UFO sightings, such as
                          Rendlesham Forest. The ghostbusters were accompanied by Naval personnel,
                          and a report is being drawn up. I will keep readers posted on developments.

                          Ghosts on the London Underground

                          Still on the subject of ghosts, the London Underground is another place
                          where numerous ghosts have been seen. A new television series will attempt
                          to draw together ghostly experiences witnessed by staff and passengers
                          alike. Check out www.underlondonground.co.uk for details and if you have
                          had a ghostly experience on the tube, email it to
                          info@... and you could be on TV. And yes, the website
                          and email addresses are correct. There is no ghost in the machine here.

                          The Holy Grail and The Priory of Sion

                          Codebreakers at Bletchley Park were called in to help decipher an
                          inscription at a stately home in Staffordshire. Rumoured to be a clue as
                          to the location of the Holy Grail, it is now believed that the message
                          relates to the mysterious and heretical Priory of Sion. Work to decode the
                          message was undertaken by Oliver and Sheila Lawn, an elderly couple who
                          were based at Bletchley Park during the Second World War. The so-called
                          Shugborough Code reads D OUOSVAVV M and Oliver Lawn said it was harder to
                          break than the Enigma Code, because there were so few letters. But the
                          inscription is underneath a carving of Nicolas Poussin, rumoured to have
                          been a Grand Master of the Priory of Sion. The message is believed to read
                          Jesus (As Deity) Defy, which would reflect the heretical belief of the
                          sect that Jesus was not divine.

                          Atlantis

                          Robert Sarmast, an American explorer, claims that he has discovered the
                          real location of the Lost City of Atlantis. Following clues in the
                          writings of Plato, he led an expedition to the Mediterranean waters off
                          the coast of Cyprus. He claims that sonar scans he took provide evidence
                          of man made structures on a hill flooded in around 9000 BC. He believes
                          these scans show traces of walls and paths, but admitted that no artefacts
                          had been recovered, on the basis that they are buried deep under sediment.
                          Readers may recall a claim earlier in the year that the remains of
                          Atlantis had been found in Spain, in a salt marsh. These claims surface
                          from time to time, but I will keep readers informed if anything
                          substantive develops.

                          The Men Who Stare At Goats

                          This latest and marvellously named book by Jon Ronson deals with some of
                          the more bizarre studies undertaken by the US military, and some of the
                          strange tactics they have adopted. From PsyOps to Remote Viewing, this
                          book manages to be informative, entertaining and disturbing in equal
                          measures. When running the UFO project at the MOD I was occasionally
                          approached by remote viewers offering to become psychic spies. Sadly,
                          nobody claiming such abilities was ever able to demonstrate this
                          practically, so nothing came of the offers. Ronson, however, lifts the lid
                          on a far more elaborate regime in which the Americans, often under the
                          command of Major General Albert Stubblebine III, experimented with the
                          weird and the wonderful on a far greater scale. Is invisibility possible?
                          Can people walk through walls? Can remote viewers spy on enemies of the
                          state, or even on extraterrestrials? And is it possible, through the power
                          of your mind, to kill an animal just by staring at it? This book is
                          seriously weird and hugely fun.

                          Friendly Fire

                          Authors Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince are best known for books such as
                          The Stargate Conspiracy and The Templar Revelation, the latter being one
                          of the key sources for the Dan Brown classic The Da Vinci Code. Their
                          latest book, Friendly Fire, is a fascinating study of how the Second World
                          War Allies manipulated and misled each other in their attempts to gain
                          advantage not just against the Germans and the Japanese, but against each
                          other. Deception, lies, intrigue, espionage and assassination abound, and
                          readers will never view wartime leaders such as Churchill and Roosevelt in
                          the same way again. There are fresh insights into the mystery of Rudolph
                          Hess and his bizarre flight to Scotland, together with revelations
                          concerning Soviet acquisition of atomic technology, and the roots of the
                          Cold War. The book was co-written with the late Stephen Prior and
                          incorporates additional historical research by military historian Robert
                          Brydon. Check out www.mainstreampublishing.com for further details of this
                          book. Fascinating and disturbing, this book will change your view about
                          some of the key events that shaped the world in which we live.

                          Seasons Greetings

                          Finally, I would like to wish all my readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy
                          New Year. In particular, my thoughts are with the brave men and women
                          currently serving their country in Iraq, Afghanistan and other overseas
                          locations. You may be far from home, but you are still in our thoughts.
                          Stay safe.

                          Ed's Note:

                          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

                          © Knight International
                          www.knight-intl.com
                        • Frits Westra
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                            February 2005

                            Weird World
                            NICK POPE

                            http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/February_2005/155.cntns

                            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
                            link www.suffolk.police.uk/NR/rdonlyres/
                            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.

                            X-Conference 2005

                            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.

                            White Noise

                            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

                            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.

                            Ed's Note:

                            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

                            © Knight International
                            www.knight-intl.com
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                              Weird World
                              NICK POPE

                              http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/March_2005/165.cntns

                              Welcome to the March 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
                              abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
                              weird and the wonderful.

                              Daily Mail UFO Article

                              Media interest in UFO documents and files released under the Freedom of
                              Information Act continues, and many national and local newspapers have run
                              features on the subject. I was commissioned by the daily Mail to write a
                              full page article on this, which duly appeared on February 2. The article
                              covered the history of the Ministry of Defence UFO project, and
                              highlighted some of the most interesting sightings that the Department has
                              investigated.

                              Newcastle Science Festival

                              I will be speaking at the Newcastle Science Festival on Saturday March 12.
                              Details of the festival can be found at
                              http://www.newcastlesciencefestival.co.uk while the hyperlink
                              http://www.newcastlesciencefestival.co.uk/eventdetail.asp?e=49 should take
                              you to brief details of my presentation. I spoke last year at the
                              Cheltenham Festival of Science and have previously debated the subject at
                              the Dana Centre, which is part of the Science Museum in London. I 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.
                              If you can get to Newcastle, I look forward to seeing you.

                              Species III

                              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 will be 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,
                              and for various UFO and alien related articles coinciding with the
                              release. Sci-fi and horror fans alike will love this.

                              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. Although not yet received for review, the book - published by
                              Simon & Schuster - is bound to provoke debate. More on this next month.

                              Blue Book Archive

                              The United States Air Force UFO research effort, codenamed Project Blue
                              Book, was the big brother, so to speak, of the UK project that I stewarded
                              from 1991 to 1994. The archives are extensive, and still a great resource
                              for anyone with a serious interest in UFOs. Check out
                              http://www.bluebookarchive.org for access to this fantastic ufological
                              resource.

                              The Hijack - Remote Viewing Novel

                              Thriller author Duncan Falconer has written several best-selling novels
                              dealing with terrorism and special forces. He knows his stuff, as they
                              say. His book The Hijack, apart from being an exciting read, covers the
                              subject of remote viewing. Alternatively known as psychic spying, this
                              technique has been tried by various governments, to see if they can use it
                              to locate submarines, drugs caches and other items of interest. When I ran
                              the UK UFO project I had a steady stream of people volunteering to psychic
                              spy for their county, simply because my office became the focal point for
                              anything weird and wonderful. It is interesting to see the concept worked
                              into a novel, especially one so gripping as this. Check out
                              http://www.andrewlownie.co.uk/books/falconer.duncan/hijack.shtml for
                              further details.

                              X-Conference 2005

                              The second X-Conference, organised by Stephen Bassett, will be held on
                              April 22-24 2005, in Washington DC. Check out
                              http://www.paradigmclock.com/X-Conference/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
                              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.

                              Psychic Detective

                              The TV show Psychic Detective is looking for people who have had a
                              mysterious death or disappearance in the family, with a view to engaging a
                              psychic medium to look into the case. I am not involved with this show,
                              and sceptics would doubtless regard this as exploitative, but some people
                              may want to engage in this, and one should never prejudge the results. The
                              TV production company can be contacted by email on
                              psychic.detective@... or telephoned on 020 7515 2332.

                              Ed's Note:

                              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

                              © Knight International
                              www.knight-intl.com
                            • Frits Westra
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                                Weird World
                                NICK POPE

                                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.

                                Bizarre

                                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.

                                Asteroid Alert

                                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.

                                Species III

                                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
                                first.

                                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
                                http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/
                                0743256859/qid=1111928893/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_10_1/
                                026-6976479-4448465 for details of the book and how to order it.

                                X-Conference 2005

                                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
                                http://www.paradigmclock.com/X-Conference/
                                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.

                                Ed's Note:

                                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

                                © Knight International
                                www.knight-intl.com
                              • Frits Westra
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                                  Weird World
                                  NICK POPE

                                  Welcome to the May 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
                                  abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
                                  weird and the wonderful.

                                  http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/May_2005/181.cntns

                                  London UFO Conference

                                  Details of what promises to be the most ambitious UFO conference held in
                                  the UK for several years have now been announced. The Scientific Evidence
                                  For UFOs is a one day conference being held in London on Saturday June 11.
                                  Keynote speakers are Dr Richard Haines, Timothy Good, Dr Vladimir Rubtsov,
                                  Dr Viktor Zhuravlev and myself. Click on
                                  http://www.wddty.co.uk/ufo_conference_info.asp for further details of this
                                  major UFO conference.

                                  Countdown To Oblivion

                                  Recently received for review, an extraordinary new book about alien
                                  abductions, entitled Countdown To Oblivion. Written by D J Haskell and
                                  published by Trafford Publishing (UK) Ltd, this book reads in many ways
                                  more like some of the old contactee titles. Some may see this book as
                                  quite New Age in its approach, and sceptics will doubtless question much
                                  of the material, especially that part relating to the enigmatic entity
                                  referred to as The Stranger. However, this is an intriguing addition to
                                  alien abduction literature, and is bound to spark debate about the true
                                  nature of the UFO phenomenon and the alien abduction mystery. Check out
                                  www.trafford.com for further details.

                                  Mars

                                  In the aftermath of the ill fated Beagle 2 mission, the European Space
                                  Agency has announced its intention to return to the Red Planet, with a new
                                  mission due to leave the Earth in 2011 and arrive in 2013. This new
                                  mission would again include a roving robot, and a key aim would be to
                                  search for evidence of life. The details of the mission have yet to be
                                  agreed, but the intention is clear. One option being considered is a
                                  mission to return Martian rocks to Earth for study.

                                  Nexus Conference

                                  Nexus magazine runs an interesting mix of esoteric material, conspiracy
                                  theories, allegedly suppressed information, ufology and the paranormal.
                                  Their annual conference is due to take place from May 13 - 15 in
                                  Amsterdam. Speakers will include Laurence Gardner, Linda Moulton Howe,
                                  David Hatcher Childress, Alfred Lambremont Webre and Nexus publisher and
                                  editor Duncan Roads. Subjects to be covered include the Tunguska incident,
                                  Mary Magdalene, UFO crash retrievals, ancient Egyptian knowledge, mind
                                  control and out of body experiences. Check out www.nexusmagazine.com for
                                  details.

                                  Moon Dust

                                  Andrew smith has written a fascinating new book about the space programme,
                                  focusing on how the Apollo astronauts adjusted to life back on Earth. This
                                  is an extraordinary book about some extraordinary men. The views of Edgar
                                  Mitchell are interesting, and his deeply spiritual beliefs have already
                                  been published in his own fascinating book, The Way of the Explorer.
                                  Nonetheless, one is left with a sense that these extraordinary brave
                                  individuals have found it difficult to adjust to life back on Earth, as if
                                  everything that followed their brief adventure was an anti climax.
                                  Fascinating, tragic and a little disturbing.

                                  More Planet Earths

                                  British scientists at the Open University have published new theories
                                  supporting the idea that approximately half of all planetary systems could
                                  harbour a planet like Earth. The new theoretical models suggest that such
                                  planets may exist in far greater numbers than previously suggested,
                                  offering the tantalising prospect that extraterrestrial life could be far
                                  more widespread than previous estimates made by SETI scientists such as
                                  Frank Drake. The research has been published in Astrophysical Journal.

                                  New Piatkus Catalogue

                                  The new Piatkus book catalogue is out, detailing titles due to be
                                  published in the second half of 2005. Piatkus publish a wide range of
                                  paranormal and New Age titles, and books in the latest catalogue include
                                  Phenomenon by Sylvia Browne and Life Before Life, a book by Dr Jim B
                                  Tucker about reincarnation claims made by children. Check out
                                  www.piatkus.co.uk for further details.

                                  Ed's Note:

                                  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

                                  © Knight International
                                  www.knight-intl.com
                                • Frits Westra
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                                    Weird World
                                    NICK POPE

                                    http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/June_2005/190.cntns

                                    Welcome to the June 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
                                    abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
                                    weird and the wonderful.

                                    The Scientific Evidence For UFOs

                                    Details of what promises to be the most ambitious UFO conference held in
                                    the UK for several years have now been announced. The Scientific Evidence
                                    For UFOs is a one day conference being held in London on Saturday June 11,
                                    at the Friends Meeting House on Euston Road. Keynote speakers include Dr
                                    Richard Haines, Dr Vladimir Rubtsov, Dr Viktor Zhuravlev and myself. Click
                                    on www.wddty.co.uk/ufo_conference_info.asp for further details of this
                                    major UFO conference, which is latest in the series of conferences
                                    organised by Living The Field. Check out www.livingthefield.com for
                                    details of this organisation.

                                    Festival of Near Death Experience

                                    On July 29 a bizarre festival will be held in North West Spain, close to
                                    the border with Portugal. People who have had near death experiences come
                                    together to celebrate their resurrection as part of a bizarre event that
                                    one suspects the Catholic Church only tolerates with extreme reluctance,
                                    despite a nod to their patron saint of resurrection, Santa Marta De
                                    Ribarteme. Those who have had these experiences take part in a procession,
                                    carrying or lying in a coffin. The celebration is held in the town of As
                                    Neves in Galicia, but other towns in the region, such as Amil, have
                                    similar events. Search within the www.tourspain.es site for details, or
                                    try Google.

                                    Astraea Magazine

                                    I have just recorded a major new interview with Astraea Magazine, an
                                    exciting new internet magazine devoted to a wide range of esoteric
                                    subjects. Experts already featured include Dr Robert Lomas and Michael
                                    Cremo, while the subjects range from Egyptology and Black Madonnas to
                                    Freemasonry and UFOs. Check out www.astraeamagazine.com for more details.

                                    New Jack The Ripper Theory

                                    Author Trevor Marriott has a new theory about Jack The Ripper, which he
                                    has published in a new book, entitled Jack The Ripper: The 21st Century
                                    Investigation. Marriott suggests that the Ripper may have been a sailor,
                                    and draws parallels between the London attacks and killings in Nicaragua.
                                    He even identifies a cargo vessel on which he believes the Ripper may have
                                    served, and attempts to track his movements around the globe, tying them
                                    in to brutal murders that fit the modus operandi of the Ripper.

                                    Results of Alien Abduction Study

                                    Regular readers of this column will recall that I have featured the work
                                    of Professor Chris French at Goldsmiths College, University of London, who
                                    has recently undertaken a scientific study into the alien abduction
                                    phenomenon. I had a meeting with Chris and his team at the outset of the
                                    project, discussing methodology, helped promote the study and encouraged
                                    abductees I had worked with to take part. The analysis is now complete and
                                    Chris will be giving an overview of the study at a conference to be held
                                    at Liverpool Hope University College on Saturday June 4. Check out
                                    www.hope.ac.uk/anomalousexperience/programme.htm for details of this talk
                                    and other lectures in the Developing Perspectives on Anomalous Experience
                                    conference. Other topics covered will include séances, out of body
                                    experiences, hauntings and ESP. The full report on the abduction study
                                    will be ready shortly after Chris presents his overview on June 4. I will
                                    return to this in my column next month.

                                    Crop Circles

                                    The crops are ripening in the fields, and it will not be long before the
                                    debate about crop circles resurfaces, as it does every summer, in England.
                                    I await with interest the annual reports, and suspect that they will begin
                                    shortly. I suspect that in my column next month, I will have some
                                    interesting things to report.

                                    UFOs on TV

                                    Because of the fact that I used to head the UFO Project run by the British
                                    Government, I am frequently approached by television and film production
                                    companies, asking me to give interviews, act as consultant or present
                                    shows dealing with this subject. I try to help out when I can, although
                                    the pressure of other business precludes the time I have for such media
                                    projects. What I can say is that there are numerous UFO related media
                                    projects which will be appearing on your TV screens shortly.

                                    Ed's Note:

                                    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

                                    © Knight International
                                    www.knight-intl.com
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                                      Welcome to the July 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
                                      abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
                                      weird and the wonderful.

                                      Microsoft, UFOs and Aliens

                                      I have been asked to judge a competition being run by Microsoft. MSN
                                      Spaces are inviting people to submit a picture (real or fake) of a UFO or
                                      alien, and follow the clues to track down the location of a hidden UFO
                                      base. Prizes include a holiday in Florida with VIP access to the NASA
                                      Space Center at Cape Canaveral, a digital camcorder, MP3 players and the
                                      trendy new Qee toys. Check out http://www.msnspacerace.co.uk/ for details,
                                      or enter the phrase MSN Space Race into Google.

                                      Crop Circle Conference 2005

                                      On August 13, 14 and 15 the Wiltshire Crop Circle Study Group are putting
                                      on what promises to be one of the largest crop circle conferences in
                                      recent years. The conference will be held at Marlborough College and
                                      speakers include Francine Blake, Michael Glickman, John Major Jenkins and
                                      Jay Goldner. Helicopter flights over crop circles and sacred dances in
                                      formations will also be available. Email wccsg@... for further
                                      details.

                                      Glastonbury Symposium 2005

                                      The other big crop circle conference is the annual Glastonbury Symposium.
                                      This will be held on July 22, 23 and 24 in the Town Hall at Glastonbury,
                                      and speakers include Andy Thomas, Robin Heath, John Michell, Marcus Allen
                                      and Sir Laurence Gardner. Check out www.glastonburysymposium.co.uk for
                                      further details.

                                      Crop Circles and The Sun

                                      Top UK tabloid The Sun put a crop circle on its front page on June 10.
                                      Under the headline Aliens Back Our Bid, the newspaper featured a formation
                                      in the shape of the Olympic symbol. The Sun was behind the stunt, and
                                      admitted they had commissioned the making of the formation, but it was a
                                      timely reminder of the enduring power of crop circle imagery, and the
                                      extent to which this is now part of popular culture.

                                      The War of the Worlds

                                      The must see movie of the summer, The War of the Worlds, is now on general
                                      release here in the UK. It remains to be seen whether such a Hollywood
                                      blockbuster will

                                      Exopolitics

                                      Alfred Lambremont Webre has authored a book entitled Exopolitics. His
                                      involvement with the study of the UFO phenomenon includes work with the
                                      Carter Administration and the prestigious Stanford Research Institute.
                                      Exopolitics is a controversial part of ufology, which attempts to define
                                      the position of humanity in a Universe populated with other intelligent
                                      civilisations. Check out http://www.exopolitics.com/ for details of the
                                      subject, and
                                      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0973766301/qid=1119385731/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/104-8721351-2327150?v=glance&s=books
                                      for details of the book. Alternatively, key the word Exopolitics into
                                      Google or Amazon. Subtitled Politics, Government, and Law in the Universe,
                                      this book is bound to be controversial.

                                      The Secret History of Lucifer

                                      A fascinating book by top paranormal and esoteric author Lynn Picknett
                                      threatens to challenge everything you thought you knew about Lucifer.
                                      People expecting satanic revelations will be disappointed, because it
                                      seems the devil has been much maligned. Lucifer, Lynn suggests, has far
                                      more to do with Goddess worship, pagan rituals and enlightenment than
                                      anything evil. The subtitle Evil Angel or the Secret of Life Itself well
                                      illustrates the debate at the heart of this book. Check out
                                      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/078671560X/104-8721351-2327150?v=glance
                                      for further details of the book, or search for the title on Google. And
                                      stand by for fireworks when this controversial book falls into the hands
                                      of the fundamentalist, patriarchal Christians that Lynn so despises. A
                                      more comprehensive review of this extraordinary, interesting,
                                      well-researched and controversial book will appear next month.

                                      Alien Abduction Study

                                      As mentioned in my column last month, the scientific study into the alien
                                      abduction phenomenon carried out by Professor Chris French at Goldsmiths
                                      College, University of London, has now been completed. I had a meeting
                                      with Chris and his team at the outset of the project, discussing
                                      methodology. I also helped promote the study and encouraged abductees I
                                      had worked with to take part. The analysis is now complete and Chris gave
                                      an overview of the study at a conference held at Liverpool Hope University
                                      College on Saturday June 4. Check out
                                      http://www.hope.ac.uk/anomalousexperience/programme.htm for details of
                                      this talk. The full report on the abduction study will be ready shortly.
                                      Chris forwarded me a copy of his paper, but asked me not to post it for
                                      now, as this might cause problems with subsequent publication in
                                      scientific journals. He did, however, say that I could post a summary of
                                      the paper. I am wary of this, as I am not a scientist, but I think I can
                                      safely say the following. The study involved 19 abductees (8 male, 11
                                      female) and a control group matched by age and gender. The study looked
                                      for postulated psychological differences between the two groups, for
                                      differences in susceptibility to false memories and for differences in ESP
                                      and PK abilities. Significant differences were found in areas such as
                                      tendency to hallucinate, absorption and dissociative tendencies. The
                                      results were less clear on fantasy-proneness, while no significant
                                      differences were found on susceptibility to false memory. Greater
                                      incidence of sleep paralysis was found among the abductees, though it was
                                      acknowledged that this might be a symptom of, and not an explanation for,
                                      alien abduction. The tests on paranormal abilities did not appear to show
                                      any significant differences, though there was one apparent difference on
                                      the clairvoyance test, which I am attempting to clarify. Once the paper
                                      has been published in scientific journals, I will feature a more detailed
                                      analysis in this column.

                                      Ed's Note:

                                      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

                                      © Knight International
                                      www.knight-intl.com
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                                        http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/August_2005/208.cntns

                                        Welcome to the August 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
                                        abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
                                        weird and the wonderful.

                                        MSN Space Race

                                        There is still time to enter the UFO competition being run by Microsoft.
                                        Have you got a photograph of a UFO? Have you managed to take a picture of
                                        an alien? If not, do you think you could fake one good enough to fool the
                                        experts? And can you follow the clues to track down the location of a
                                        hidden UFO base? I have been asked to judge this competition, as has
                                        former Ministry of Defence scientist Peter Varnish. The prizes include a
                                        holiday in Florida with VIP access to the NASA Space Center at Cape
                                        Canaveral, a digital camcorder, MP3 players and lots of trendy new Qee
                                        toys. Check out http://www.msnspacerace.co.uk/ for details, or enter the
                                        phrase MSN Space Race into Google. The venture has been widely reported in
                                        the national media, but please, do not believe some of the bizarre
                                        conspiracy theories circulating on the internet. This is not a ruse on the
                                        part of British intelligence to gather information about ufologists, or to
                                        amass a collection of UFO photographs previously outside our control. It
                                        is a fun competition for UFO witnesses or people with an interest in the
                                        subject.

                                        War Of The Worlds

                                        If you only see one movie this summer, make sure you see this sensational
                                        sci-fi blockbuster. Spielberg is back to his best, Cruise is superb and
                                        the special effects are ... out of this world. I gave a brief interview
                                        about the possibility of a real war of the worlds a sci-fi supplement that
                                        appears in the current issue of the film magazine Empire. But please, with
                                        all movies like this, see it on the big screen at the cinema. Enjoy!

                                        Beagle 2 Inquest

                                        The chances of Beagle 2 succeeding on Mars were a million to one, but
                                        still ... sorry. Joking aside, the powerful Public Accounts Committee have
                                        published a critical report into the much publicised failure of the Beagle
                                        2 mission, citing poor risk management, last minute technical changes,
                                        over ambitious timescales and funding uncertainties as reasons for the
                                        failure.

                                        Conspiracies

                                        I hope regular readers of this column have caught the new series of
                                        Conspiracies. Broadcast on Sky One on Sunday evenings at 9pm, the second
                                        series of this show has delved into some intriguing areas, including Waco
                                        and the Lockerbie bomb. One of the programmes in the second series will
                                        relate to UFOs, so watch this space.

                                        Haunted Homes

                                        Do you have a ghost in your house? If you do, a new TV series wants to
                                        hear from you. If you believe you are living with a paranormal presence
                                        and want it investigated, email gemmachapman@... and give
                                        the details. A psychic and other paranormal experts are involved with the
                                        Haunted Homes TV show, which is a new series being developed for ITV.

                                        Crop Circle Conference 2005

                                        On August 13, 14 and 15 the Wiltshire Crop Circle Study Group are putting
                                        on what promises to be one of the largest crop circle conferences in
                                        recent years. The conference will be held at Marlborough College and
                                        speakers include Francine Blake, Michael Glickman, John Major Jenkins and
                                        Jay Goldner. Helicopter flights over crop circles and sacred dances in
                                        formations will also be available. Email wccsg@... for further
                                        details.

                                        North Wales

                                        A new website has been set up concentrating on UFO sightings in North
                                        Wales. The area has seen a number of fascinating UFO sightings over the
                                        years, and the website covers an interesting mix of UFO and abduction
                                        related material, including information on some famous Welsh cases such as
                                        the Berwyn Mountain crash, the Broadhaven Triangle, strange activity on
                                        Denbigh Moor and the UFO sightings at Great Orme, one of the top ten UFO
                                        hotspots in the UK. Check out www.nwalesufos.com for details of this new
                                        but fast growing website.

                                        Ed's Note:

                                        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

                                        © Knight International
                                        www.knight-intl.com
                                      • Frits Westra
                                        September 2005 Weird World NICK POPE Welcome to the September 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal,
                                        Message 19 of 24 , Sep 5, 2005
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                                          September 2005

                                          Weird World
                                          NICK POPE

                                          Welcome to the September 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
                                          abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
                                          weird and the wonderful.

                                          Metro - 60 Second Interview

                                          On 10 August I appeared in Metro, the popular free newspaper read by most
                                          London commuters. I was featured in their regular 60 Second Interview
                                          slot, and used the opportunity to tell people about my time on the
                                          Ministry of Defence UFO Project. I was also pictured on the front cover,
                                          which I had not expected. This is a tremendously high-profile feature -
                                          other recent interviewees include Norman Cook and Sandra Bullock - so was
                                          a wonderful opportunity to promote ufology and the paranormal more
                                          generally. Click on http://www.metro.co.uk/metro/interviews/
                                          interview.html%3Fin_page_id=8&in_interview_id=1144 to see the interview in
                                          its entirety.

                                          Forbidden Knowledge

                                          One of the biggest esoteric conferences ever held in the UK will be held
                                          on Saturday 1 July 2006. Speakers include Alan Alford, Andrew Collins,
                                          Michael Cremo, Paul Devereux, Philip Gardiner, Lionel Fanthorpe, Gary
                                          Osborn, Karen Ralls and myself. The conference will be held at Kings Hall
                                          in Stoke on Trent and is already attracting massive interest from all
                                          those interested in forbidden knowledge, Earth mysteries, the paranormal,
                                          mysticism, ancient mysteries and other esoteric subjects. On a related
                                          subject, a new book by Philip Gardiner and Gary Osborn, entitled The
                                          Serpent Grail, will be published on 15 September by Watkins Publishing.
                                          Click on the official Philip Gardiner website at
                                          http://www.philipgardiner.net for more details on the book and on
                                          http://www.phil.fah-designs.com/forbiddenknews1.pdf for details of the
                                          conference.

                                          QuestCon05

                                          For those of you who are unable to wait to 2006 for a big conference on
                                          various esoteric subjects, check out QuestCon05. Organised by Andrew
                                          Collins, the event will be held in London on Saturday 5 November. Speakers
                                          include Andrew Collins, Graham Phillips, Colin Wilson, Philip Gardiner and
                                          Gary Osborn. Click on http://www.andrewcollins.com/page/
                                          conference/conferencenews.htm for more details of what promises to be an
                                          informative and intriguing conference.

                                          Curried Meatballs and Alien Abduction

                                          The Ministry of Defence has run a news feature on some of the Freedom of
                                          Information requests it has received since the Act came fully into force
                                          on 1 January this year. A light-hearted news feature entitled Curried
                                          Meatballs and Alien Abductions appeared recently on the MOD website,
                                          highlighting the wide range of requests that the MOD has received. Many
                                          requests have related to information on UFOs and alien abductions, and the
                                          MOD news feature picks out a couple. Click on http://news.mod.uk/
                                          news_headline_story2.asp?newsItem_id=3474 for details of the story.

                                          Ufology is Dead - Again

                                          Another local UFO group ran short of sightings, prompting media
                                          speculation that ufology is dead. Several national newspapers ran articles
                                          on this and I was quoted in The Guardian, commenting on the story. I
                                          subsequently discussed this on BBC Radio Scotland and pointed out that
                                          stories like this were often the making of the UFO group concerned, as
                                          they get publicity which prompts people to send them the very UFO reports
                                          they complain are not forthcoming.

                                          MSN Space Race

                                          The UFO competition run by Microsoft has now closed. Entrants were asked
                                          to send in photographs of UFOs or aliens, real or fake, and to follow a
                                          series of clues to guess the location of a secret base where UFOs were
                                          being kept. The prizes included a holiday in Florida with VIP access to
                                          the NASA Space Center at Cape Canaveral, a digital camcorder, MP3 players
                                          and lots of trendy Qee key rings. I was asked to judge this competition,
                                          along with former Ministry of Defence scientist Peter Varnish. There was a
                                          fair bit of coverage of this competition in the media, but provoked quite
                                          a negative reaction on various discussion groups and blogs. The apparent
                                          coming together of Microsoft, NASA and the MOD in a UFO-related venture
                                          made many conspiracy theorists suspicious. There were rumours that the
                                          competition was aimed at gathering information about ufologists, or
                                          amassing a collection of genuine UFO photographs that had not previously
                                          been seen by officialdom. There were accusations that the whole
                                          competition was a disinformation project aimed at undermining ufology by
                                          blurring the line between fact and fiction, and some people even went so
                                          far as to encourage people to complain to Microsoft. In fact, the whole
                                          thing was a fun idea, and when we came to the judging, Peter and I
                                          assessed the entries not just for realism but for creativity, originality
                                          and humour. Check out the MSN Space Race website at
                                          http://www.msnspacerace.co.uk/ for a look at the winning entries and the
                                          runners-up.

                                          Crop Circle Formations of 2005

                                          There may not have been much in the newspapers, but the crop circle
                                          phenomenon is still very much with us. The summer of 2005 has seen some
                                          beautiful formations appearing in the fields of England. Whether you
                                          believe crop circles are made by people, Earth energies or
                                          extraterrestrials, they are undeniably fascinating. Click on
                                          http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2005/2005.html or
                                          http://www.temporarytemples.co.uk/2005/ for details of 2005 formations.

                                          Ed's Note:

                                          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

                                          © Knight International
                                          www.knight-intl.com
                                        • Frits Westra
                                          October 2005 Weird World NICK POPE http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/October_2005/226.cntns Welcome to the October 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
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                                            October 2005

                                            Weird World
                                            NICK POPE

                                            http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/October_2005/226.cntns

                                            Welcome to the October 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
                                            abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
                                            weird and the wonderful.

                                            The Science of Aliens

                                            The Science Museum is not the sort of place you would normally expect to
                                            find an exhibition and debate about UFOs, and yet that is exactly what is
                                            happening. The Science Museum is running a major new exhibition called The
                                            Science of Aliens, looking at UFOs, alien abductions and the most profound
                                            question of the modern era - are we alone in the Universe? To complement
                                            the exhibition, the Science Museum is running three debates at their new
                                            Dana Centre site. I shall be taking part in one of these. Tickets are free
                                            but must be pre-booked. Check out http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/aliens/
                                            for details of the exhibition http://www.danacentre.org.uk/ for details of
                                            the Dana Centre or http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/corporate_commercial/
                                            press/ShowPressRelease.asp?Show=336 for information about the debates.

                                            Astraea Magazine & Web Radio

                                            An absolutely fascinating series of interviews on a wide range of
                                            paranormal, mysterious and esoteric subjects can be accessed via Astraea
                                            Magazine & Web Radio. Subjects covered range from Freemasonry to Jack the
                                            Ripper, while I give one of the most wide-ranging interviews I have given
                                            in recent years on the Ministry of Defence UFO Project. Check out
                                            http://www.astraeamagazine.com/radio.php for details of the interviews and
                                            http://www.astraeamagazine.com/ for details of the magazine.

                                            Heavenly Lights: The Apparitions of Fatima and the UFO Phenomenon

                                            A controversial new book (or rather, an English language translation of a
                                            classic Portuguese book) suggests that the mysterious Fatima incident in
                                            1917 may have involved UFOs and not a manifestation of the Blessed Virgin
                                            Mary, as some believe. Heavenly Lights: The Apparitions of Fatima and the
                                            UFO Phenomenon is written by Portuguese academics Joaquim Fernandes and
                                            Fina d' Armada, and has a foreword by Jacques Vallee. Intriguing and
                                            provocative. Check out www.eccenova.com and follow the links to the media
                                            kit for more details, or check out the usual online book sites.

                                            The Serpent Grail

                                            A fascinating new book by Philip Gardiner and Gary Osborn, entitled The
                                            Serpent Grail, was published on 15 September by Watkins Publishing and is
                                            generating a lot of excitement among those with an interest in forbidden
                                            knowledge and ancient mysteries. The book looks at stories of the Holy
                                            Grail, the Philosopher's Stone and the Elixir of Life, and links these
                                            concepts with shamanism and enlightenment. Running through all this and
                                            providing, the authors believe, the key to unlocking numerous mysteries,
                                            is serpent mythology. This is a well-researched, well-written and
                                            thought-provoking book. Click on the official Philip Gardiner website at
                                            http://www.philipgardiner.net/ for more details, or check out the usual
                                            online book sites.

                                            QuestCon05

                                            Still on the subject of esoteric knowledge, there are still some tickets
                                            left for QuestCon05. Organised by Andrew Collins, the event will be held
                                            in London on Saturday 5 November. Speakers include Andrew Collins, Graham
                                            Phillips, Colin Wilson, Jeremy Narby, Philip Gardiner and Gary Osborn.
                                            Click on http://www.andrewcollins.com/page/
                                            conference/conferencenews.htm for more details of what promises to be an
                                            informative and intriguing conference.

                                            An American Demonology

                                            Coming soon, from the self-styled bad man of ufology, possibly one of the
                                            most important UFO books to have hit the bookshelves for some time. An
                                            American Demonology is a biography of Captain Edward Ruppelt, a United
                                            States Air Force officer who ran Project Blue Book, the US Government UFO
                                            Project. Ruppelt went on to write The Report on Unidentified Flying
                                            Objects, arguably the most important UFO book ever written. Bennett delves
                                            into the work and the mindset of this extraordinary character, and in
                                            doing so says much about UFOs, ufology, and America in the Fifties. Jerome
                                            Clark wrote the foreword and I wrote the introduction. Bennett is an
                                            experienced biographer whose previous subjects have been Charles Fort and
                                            George Adamski. More on An American Demonology soon.

                                            Ed's Note:

                                            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

                                            © Knight International
                                            www.knight-intl.com
                                          • Frits Westra
                                            November 2005 Weird World NICK POPE http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/November_2005/235.cntns Welcome to the November 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
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                                              November 2005

                                              Weird World
                                              NICK POPE

                                              http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/November_2005/235.cntns

                                              Welcome to the November 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
                                              abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
                                              weird and the wonderful.

                                              Italian UFO Conference

                                              I have recently returned from Italy where I spoke at a UFO conference held
                                              at the University of Calabria. Organised by highly respected Italian
                                              ufologist Roberto Pinotti, the conference was an interesting mix of SETI,
                                              ufology and exopolitics. Accordingly, speakers ranged from Alexander
                                              Zaitsev and Claudio Maccone through to Monsignor Corrado Balducci and
                                              Michael Salla. For me, it was a nice opportunity to catch up with old
                                              friends such as Budd Hopkins and Roger Leir, among others.

                                              Threshold

                                              Threshold is an exciting new sci-fi show that is getting a lot of people
                                              talking. The lead character is a worst-case scenario planner, paid to
                                              think the unthinkable. When an unidentified object enters the atmosphere
                                              and encounters a trawler, she puts together a mixed team of experts and
                                              investigates. With the crew either dead or missing, and with strange
                                              events occurring on the mainland, time is running out. Watch out for more
                                              about this exciting new series, already running on CBS in America, and
                                              airing on Sky One in the UK, from November.

                                              The Real 4400

                                              The 4400 is another UFO-related sci-fi series still running and still
                                              attracting a lot of interest and comment, with its story of 4400 abductees
                                              who are returned to Earth with strange powers. The Real 4400 is a
                                              documentary I was involved in, focusing on the alien abduction mystery. It
                                              aired on Sky One on October 19, but is being repeated. The 4400 itself
                                              continues to run on the USA network in America and on Sky One in the UK.

                                              The Science of Aliens

                                              A new exhibition called The Science of Aliens has recently opened at the
                                              Science Museum. The exhibition covers a wide range of areas, including
                                              SETI and speculation as the what alien life might be like, but includes
                                              some material about UFOs and alien abductions. Check out
                                              http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/aliens/ for details of the exhibition. I
                                              took part in a debate organised as part of this event and am doing some
                                              other work to help promote the exhibition. This is a welcome opportunity to

                                              Nick Pope Interview Online

                                              I gave one of the most extensive and wide-ranging interviews I have given
                                              in recent years on the Ministry of Defence UFO Project to Astraea Magazine
                                              & Web Radio. This forms part of a growing archive of interviews on a wide
                                              range of paranormal, mysterious and esoteric subjects, ranging from UFOs
                                              and Freemasonry through to Jack the Ripper. Check out
                                              http://www.astraeamagazine.com/radio.php for details of the interviews and
                                              http://www.astraeamagazine.com/ for details of the magazine.

                                              Laughlin UFO Conference

                                              The 15th Annual International UFO Congress will be held in Laughlin,
                                              Nevada, from February 26 - March 4, 2006. This really is the biggest UFO
                                              conference in the world, and speakers include Jim Marrs, Dolores Cannon,
                                              William Hamilton, Donald Ware and many more besides. Check out
                                              www.ufocongress.com for the details.

                                              UFO Conference in Hawaii

                                              One of the most beautiful and exotic locations in the world will play host
                                              to a UFO conference next year. Organised by Michael Salla, the event will
                                              focus on exopolitics and will feature speakers such as Alfred Webre, Paola
                                              Harris and Salla himself. The conference lasts from June 9 - 11, 2006.
                                              Check out www.exopoliticsinstitute.org for the details.

                                              Ed's Note:

                                              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

                                              © Knight International
                                              www.knight-intl.com
                                            • Frits Westra
                                              December 2005 - January 2006 Weird World NICK POPE http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/December_2005_-_January_2006/243.cntns Welcome to the joint December 2005 and
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                                                Weird World
                                                NICK POPE

                                                http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/December_2005_-_January_2006/243.cntns

                                                Welcome to the joint December 2005 and January 2006 round up of news and
                                                views on UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the
                                                unexplained, the weird and the wonderful.

                                                Rendlesham Forest UFO Incident - 25th Anniversary

                                                Christmas and the New Year sees the 25th anniversary of the Rendlesham
                                                Forest UFO incident and the subsequent official investigation. This is the
                                                most compelling UFO encounter ever to have taken place in Britain and has
                                                generated a massive amount of interest not just from UFO researchers but
                                                from the media and the public. There are several books on the incident,
                                                the best known of which is You Can't Tell The People, authored by Hot
                                                Gossip Editor in Chief Georgina Bruni. The title reflects a conversation
                                                Georgina had with former PM Baroness Thatcher at a charity function in
                                                1997, when they were discussing UFOs. Baroness Thatcher said "you can't
                                                tell the people" in response to a question Georgina posed about UFOs, but
                                                refused to elaborate on her cryptic remark. Various events are planned to
                                                mark the 25th anniversary, including a vigil and skywatch at RAF
                                                Bentwaters, a commemorative event organised by the Forestry Commission,
                                                and various media features.

                                                Daily Express Rendlesham Article

                                                On Saturday November 19 the Daily Express carried a major, double page
                                                feature on the Rendlesham Forest incident. I was pleased about this, not
                                                least because I wrote it. The paper had commissioned the 2000 word article
                                                from me the week before and was therefore the first newspaper to run the
                                                story in the run up to the anniversary. UFO researchers often complain
                                                that the media misrepresent ufology or take their comments out of context.
                                                Obtaining a commission gets around these problems and the only changes to
                                                my article were minor editorial ones. I am pleased to have been able to
                                                play a part in kick starting the media interest in the anniversary. The
                                                article has generated much wider interest and Georgina Bruni and I have
                                                already conducted a live interview on BBC Radio Suffolk. December and
                                                January will see further media features on this intriguing case.

                                                The Material World

                                                The prestigious BBC Radio 4 science programme The Material World recently
                                                ran a feature on the alien abduction phenomenon, with Professor Chris
                                                French and I debating the subject with presenter Quentin Cooper. Needless
                                                to say, it is a major coup to get the subject discussed on such a
                                                mainstream programme. Click on http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/
                                                science/thematerialworld_20051103.shtml to listen to the show.

                                                California Lecture Tour

                                                I have just returned from a brief lecture tour in California, where I gave
                                                talks in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. I had a hectic schedule
                                                but very much welcomed the chance to promote British ufology to American
                                                audiences, meet some old friends and meet some new ones. Click on
                                                www.mufonla.com/videoorder.htm for details of how to order the 2 hour DVD
                                                of my lecture, which was entitled The Real X-Files: The Inside Story of
                                                the British Government's UFO Project.

                                                Sopranos

                                                I do not normally do restaurant reviews, and this is more by way of a
                                                thank you. During my recent lecture tour in California I arrived quite
                                                late at my hotel in Costa Mesa. I looked around the neighbourhood, but
                                                there was only one restaurant within walking distance. I went in and
                                                ordered a beer. It had been a long day and I was still recovering from my
                                                ten hour flight to Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the kitchen had closed and
                                                the staff were clearing up. I was resigning myself to the situation when
                                                the manager realised that I had been travelling all day and had come from
                                                the UK. Five minutes later, a delicious and piping hot plate of spaghetti
                                                and meatballs appeared, while the manager stayed on after hours, until I
                                                finished. So thank you Sopranos, for your great food and hospitality.
                                                Check www.sopranoseatery.com for details. As I arrived, two regulars were
                                                leaving. They said the food was fantastic and I should eat there again. I
                                                am only sorry that, because of my schedule, I never got the chance.

                                                Threshold

                                                Threshold is an exciting new science fiction show that is getting a lot of
                                                people talking. It is running on CBS in America and on Sky One in the UK.
                                                The lead character is Molly Caffrey, a worst-case scenario planner, paid
                                                to think the unthinkable. When an unidentified object enters the
                                                atmosphere and encounters a trawler, the woman who wrote the contingency
                                                plan is tasked by the US Government with running the operation to deal
                                                with the situation. She puts together a mixed team of experts and
                                                investigates. With the trawler crew either dead or missing and with
                                                strange events occurring on the mainland, time is running out. The media
                                                in the UK have drawn parallels between Molly Caffrey and me and I have
                                                given a number of interviews based around the question, what would we do
                                                if aliens really invaded? The media wanted to know about the real
                                                worst-case scenario planner thought of the series, and what my plan was. I
                                                helped in so far as I could, though I was reluctant to go into too many
                                                details.

                                                The Science of Aliens

                                                A new exhibition called The Science of Aliens has recently opened at the
                                                Science Museum. The exhibition covers a wide range of areas, including
                                                SETI and speculation as the what alien life might be like, but includes
                                                some material about UFOs and alien abductions. Check out
                                                http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/aliens/ for details of the exhibition. I
                                                took part in a debate organised as part of this event and am doing some
                                                other work to help promote the exhibition.

                                                An American Demonology

                                                Now published and written by the self-styled bad man of ufology comes
                                                possibly one of the most important UFO books to have hit the bookshelves
                                                for some time. An American Demonology is a biography of Captain Edward
                                                Ruppelt, a United States Air Force officer who ran Project Blue Book, the
                                                US Government UFO Project. Ruppelt went on to write The Report on
                                                Unidentified Flying Objects, arguably the most important UFO book ever
                                                written. Bennett delves into the work and the mindset of this
                                                extraordinary character and in doing so says much about UFOs, ufology and
                                                America in the Fifties. Jerome Clark wrote the foreword and I wrote the
                                                introduction. Bennett is an experienced biographer whose previous subjects
                                                have been Charles Fort and George Adamski. Check out Amazon and all the
                                                other usual book sites for details of how to order.

                                                Crop Circle Sale

                                                Crop circle researcher Colin Andrews is selling his extensive database and
                                                archive, covering 22 years of research into the crop circle mystery. The
                                                collection is up for sale on eBay. This has itself generated much debate
                                                among crop circle researchers and ufologists, and an article in the
                                                Western Daily Press, to which Colin Andrews took great exception. Check
                                                out www.cropcircleinfo.com for details of the auction.

                                                Seasons Greetings

                                                Finally, I would like to wish all my readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy
                                                New Year. In particular, my thoughts are with the brave men and women
                                                currently serving with British, American and other allied Forces in Iraq,
                                                Afghanistan and other overseas locations. You may be far from home, but
                                                you are still in our thoughts. Stay safe.

                                                © Knight International
                                                www.knight-intl.com
                                              • Frits Westra
                                                February 2006 Weird World NICK POPE http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/February_2006/252.cntns Welcome to the February 2006 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
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                                                  February 2006

                                                  Weird World
                                                  NICK POPE

                                                  http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/February_2006/252.cntns

                                                  Welcome to the February 2006 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
                                                  abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
                                                  weird and the wonderful.

                                                  The Rendlesham Forest UFO Case

                                                  There was extensive media coverage of the 25th anniversary of the
                                                  Rendlesham Forest UFO incident, which occurred over the Christmas period
                                                  in 1980. This is the most compelling UFO encounter ever to have taken
                                                  place in Britain and has generated a massive amount of interest not just
                                                  from UFO researchers but from the media and the public. There are several
                                                  books on the incident, the best known of which is You Can't Tell The
                                                  People, authored by Hot Gossip Editor in Chief Georgina Bruni. The 25th
                                                  anniversary media coverage included a two page article that I was
                                                  commissioned to write for the Daily Express, a major feature in The Sun,
                                                  national radio features on BBC Radio Five Live and Talk Sport, and a whole
                                                  host of other regional newspaper and radio coverage. I also did an outside
                                                  broadcast live from the forest for the new Channel 4 breakfast show,
                                                  Morning Glory.

                                                  Left At East Gate

                                                  The other well known book on the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident is Left at
                                                  East Gate, co-authored by Larry Warren and Peter Robbins. This book has
                                                  recently been updated and republished by Cosimo-on-Demand. Order through
                                                  Amazon or all the other usual sites for books, making sure that you get
                                                  hold of the new, updated version. Peter Robbins spent much of December in
                                                  the UK and gave a number of lectures about the Rendlesham Forest incident
                                                  to UFO groups around the country, and spent the 25th anniversary itself in
                                                  the forest with Larry Warren and die-hard UFO enthusiasts who braved
                                                  sub-zero temperatures to mark the event.

                                                  Kittie Klaw

                                                  I recently met up with one of the most extraordinary paranormal
                                                  investigators in the UK, the multi-talented Kittie Klaw. As well as being
                                                  an expert on all matters paranormal and psychic, Kittie is involved in a
                                                  wide range of dancing, acting and modelling. One of her ventures is the
                                                  Ministry of Burlesque, currently launching Battle of Burlesque - a sort of
                                                  Search for a Star for the world of glamorous cabaret performers. Check out
                                                  www.ministryofburlesque.com for the details of this series of events and
                                                  check out www.kittieklaw.com for more information about this
                                                  extraordinarily talented performer. Kittie and I decided that a little
                                                  collaboration would be in order, on various projects, so watch this space.
                                                  Ministry of Defence meets Ministry of Burlesque. Interesting.

                                                  Britain's Roswell

                                                  OK, this is yet another story about the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident,
                                                  but I make no apologies, because this has been a massive story here in the
                                                  UK over recent weeks. There are numerous documentaries on the subject,
                                                  including the Sci-Fi Channel show UFO Invasion at Rendlesham. Now The
                                                  History Channel have a new show on the incident, featuring Charles Halt,
                                                  James Penniston, John Burroughs, Georgina Bruni, Peter Robbins, Larry
                                                  Warren and myself, among others. The documentary was shown first last
                                                  month, but has been repeated several times. Check your TV schedules for
                                                  details.

                                                  Dana Centre

                                                  The Dana Centre at the Science Museum are holding another event that will
                                                  cover UFOs and aliens. Taking place from 6pm through to 11pm on Friday 17
                                                  February, the event is free, but booking is essential. The Dana Centre is
                                                  all about making science fun and making people think about contemporary
                                                  scientific issues. This is the third of these Science Museum events in
                                                  which I have participated and I welcome the fact that they are prepared
                                                  increasingly to look at featuring discussions, debates and events on alien
                                                  life, UFOs and abductions. It is a welcome sign that such subjects are
                                                  becoming more mainstream. At the last such event, the TV cameras turned up
                                                  and I appeared live on London Tonight, so watch this space. Check out
                                                  www.danacentre.org.uk for details out the event and www.danacentre.org.uk
                                                  for details of the Dana Centre and some of their other events.

                                                  The World's Strangest UFO Stories

                                                  A new series looking at UFOs has started on the Discovery Channel here in
                                                  the UK. The World's Strangest UFO Stories started on 15 January and will
                                                  run for several weeks on Sunday evenings, at 10pm, examining various weird
                                                  and wonderful UFO incidents. Stories featured include the incredible
                                                  claims of jazz singer Pamela Stonebrook, who says that she has had sex
                                                  with a six foot tall reptilian extraterrestrial. Check TV listings for the
                                                  Discovery Channel series, and www.intergalacticdiva.com for information
                                                  about Pamela Stonebrook.

                                                  Off The Page

                                                  I recently recorded an edition of the prestigious BBC Radio 4 show, Off
                                                  The Page, where I debated the question 'Are We Alone?'. The programme airs
                                                  on Friday nights at 11pm and my show will probably be played on Friday 3
                                                  February. Yet another example of discussions about UFOs getting an
                                                  increasingly mainstream and Establishment audience.

                                                  Invasion

                                                  Mainstream television interest in all things alien continues with Channel
                                                  4 showing the new US cult sci-fi series Invasion. The series begins with a
                                                  hurricane in Florida, strange lights in the sky, and the mysterious
                                                  involvement of the United States Air Force. As the series unfolds,
                                                  weirdness and paranoia increase, as the small community of Homestead
                                                  struggles to rebuild itself. But is Homestead the only place in danger, or
                                                  is the entire human race in peril?

                                                  Phenomena Magazine

                                                  For anyone with an interest in UFOs, the unexplained, the paranormal, the
                                                  mysterious and the esoteric, Phenomena Magazine is well worth your time.
                                                  Updated daily by the prolific editor Robin Crookshank-Hilton, the site is
                                                  packed full of interesting news stories, in depth features and interviews.
                                                  Check http://phenomena.cinescape.com for the magazine, and
                                                  http://phenomena.cinescape.com/0/Editorial.asp (or search for my name once
                                                  in the site) for probably the lengthiest interview I have given in recent
                                                  years.

                                                  Ed's Note:

                                                  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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