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      Hot Gossip UK July 2002

      Welcome to the July 2002 round-up of the weird and the wonderful, with
      all the latest news concerning UFOs, the paranormal and much more

      National Skywatch

      Following on from last year's event in Rendlesham Forest, Strange
      Phenomena Investigations (SPI) are holding a second British National
      UFO Skywatch in the Scottish town of Bonnybridge. Bonnybridge has long
      been associated with UFO sightings and is probably the UK's best-known
      UFO hotspot at present. The skywatch will take place on Saturday July
      27 and the plan is to rendezvous in the Royal Hotel on Bonnybridge
      High Street at 9pm, before heading up to the moors. Those attending
      are asked to wrap up warm and bring cameras, video cameras and
      binoculars if they have them. To confirm attendance or get further
      details, e-mail the organiser, Malcolm Robinson, at


      Endemol, the production company behind Big Brother, is making a new
      quiz series for Channel 5, entitled Swapheads. The idea is that two
      enthusiasts have to learn each others' subjects in just one day, with
      the help of two expert tutors. One of the programmes will feature
      Birmingham-based ufologist Darren Danks having to learn about the life
      of Muhammad Ali, while an Ali fan has to learn about the UFO
      phenomenon. At the end of the day, the two enthusiasts meet in a
      head-to-head quiz for a cash prize. Georgina Bruni and I were the
      expert tutors who had the task of teaching the Ali enthusiast all
      about ufology, covering such diverse areas as Kenneth Arnold' s
      Òflying saucerÓ sighting, the Roswell incident, the contactees, the
      abductees, UK and US government and military research programmes, and
      British and American civilian UFO groups. Although it was a fun
      programme to make, it did involve a lot of hard work from contestants
      and tutors alike. On current plans the series will go out every
      Wednesday at 7pm, starting from July 24, although scheduling
      alterations mean this is liable to change. Keep an eye out for this

      Bentwaters Music Event

      On June 8 there was a music concert at the old Bentwaters airbase near
      Rendlesham Forest, site of Britain's most famous UFO encounter.
      Appropriately entitled ConSPIracy Cantata, the performance formed part
      of the Aldeburgh Festival. The piece was composed by Yannis Kyriakides
      and revolves around the themes of espionage and secret government
      activities. The haunting electronic music features what are claimed to
      be actual radio transmissions between intelligence agencies and their
      field operatives. The choice of location shows that the Rendlesham
      Forest incident is slowly but surely establishing itself into the
      national awareness, and becoming part of the popular culture. This
      mirrors what has happened in America with Roswell, where irrespective
      of people's beliefs about what occurred there, most people are
      familiar with the motifs.

      RAF Cranwell UFO Hoax

      On May 16 both The Sun and Daily Star newspapers featured a story
      alleging that trainee RAF pilots at RAF Cranwell were being taught
      about UFOs as part of their training syllabus. It was claimed that
      this included the screening of video footage of a UFO sighting that
      occurred in November 1990, involving RAF Tornado pilots. I was
      immediately suspicious, because the story was curiously reminiscent of
      a 1998 story concerning an Òinternational UFO summitÓ supposedly being
      held by the RAF at Cranwell. I have made a few discreet enquiries with
      official sources and am satisfied that this latest story is equally
      spurious. While Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) does require
      military pilots to report any UFO sightings to the Ministry of
      Defence, this never formed part of any official training syllabus
      during my tour of duty. But even if brief mention of this SOP is now
      being made, there is no question of trainees being shown video footage
      of a 1990 UFO sighting, as has been claimed. Convincing hoaxes are
      rarely conjured up out of nowhere. Like disinformation, they are most
      effective when Ôpiggybacking ' onto something genuine. In the case of
      the 1998 story, there was indeed a symposium being held at RAF
      Cranwell at the time claimed, which included discussion concerning
      military exploitation of space (e.g. ballistic missile defence). This
      was seen as confirmation that the story concerning a UFO symposium was
      correct, even though such an assumption required a leap of faith
      unsupported by any hard evidence. I saw the agenda and made other
      checks - UFOs were definitely not up for discussion. This latest hoax
      used an identical tactic, by talking about video footage of a November
      1990 encounter between RAF Tornado pilots and a UFO. There was indeed
      such a sighting, which was one of the military UFO cases I wrote about
      in Open Skies, Closed Minds (Chapter 10). It is a sighting currently
      being investigated by ufologist Richard Foxhall, who has placed
      advertisements in RAF News in an attempt to track down the pilots
      involved in the incident. But while this sighting occurred, it was not
      filmed and forms no part of any RAF pilot training syllabus. Again,
      fact is being blended with fiction, so that the former will
      (incorrectly) be seen as confirmation of the latter. The full story of
      this whole affair is featured in the July edition of UFO Magazine,
      which should be in the shops now. Check www.ufomag.co.uk for further
      details, including details of how to subscribe.

      Discovery Channel UFO Documentary

      A new documentary is set to put the spotlight on British ufology.
      Provisionally entitled Britain's Men in Black (The second working
      title, and likely to change again) the show will look at the Ministry
      of Defence's attitude to the UFO phenomenon, and examine specific
      cases, including the Rendlesham Forest incident. Georgina Bruni and I
      had meetings and discussions with the producers, and were able to
      furnish them with various UFO-related documents, before being
      interviewed ourselves. The show will also feature various witnesses
      talking about their encounters, and the sceptical viewpoint will also
      be represented. The show is provisionally scheduled for broadcast on
      July 24, but broadcast dates are often changed, and as with Swapheads,
      I suggest you check TV guides for details.

      X-Files Star Moves To London

      Finally, British fans of The X-Files will be pleased to know that
      Gillian Anderson is moving to London. The Hollywood star, best-known
      for her role as FBI agent Dana Scully, has a starring role in Michael
      Weller's new play What The Night Is For, and has bought a flat in a
      trendy part of West London. Needless to say, I'm hoping to run into
      her on the party circuit, perhaps at one of Georgina Bruni's events.

      Ed's Note:

      Nick Pope's four books, Open Skies, Closed Minds, The Uninvited,
      Operation Thunder Child and Operation Lightning Strike are available
      from all good bookshops and from the usual Internet book sites. His UK
      publishers are Simon & Schuster. In America, The Overlook Press
      publish his books in hardback while the paperbacks are produced by
      Dell Publishing.

      © Hot Gossip UK 2001

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    • Frits Westra
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        Hot Gossip UK July 2003

        Welcome to the July 2003 round-up of news and views on UFOs, alien
        abductions, crop circles, the unexplained, the weird and the

        A Roswell Requiem

        Volume 10, Number 1 of Skeptic magazine contains an interesting 14
        page article on the Roswell incident. The article is written by B. D.
        ìDukeî Gildenberg, a meteorologist who was involved with USAAF and
        USAF operations, including Project Mogul, that he believes were
        responsible for triggering the Roswell incident. He was also involved
        in work for Project Blue Book, and more recently he was involved as a
        witness and researcher for the 1997 Pentagon investigation into the
        incident, which culminated in the publication of The Roswell Report:
        Case Closed. The article is entitled A Roswell Requiem. Given this,
        and the magazine in which it is published, readers will not be
        surprised to learn that the author attributes the Roswell Incident to
        Project Mogul, compounded by the fallibility of human memory, and
        exaggeration and lies on the part of certain people. He blames
        authors, publishers and TV producers for fuelling a modern myth, and
        concludes that ufology should move on from what he regards as a
        totally discredited case. Those who have read the two USAF reports The
        Roswell Report: Fact vs. Fiction in the New Mexico Desert and The
        Roswell Report: Case Closed will not find much new in the article, but
        this is not to detract from what is an important and well-written
        summary of the sceptical case against Roswell. Gildenberg uses the
        testimony of Captain Cavitt against the claims of Major Jesse Marcel,
        and that of Professor Kimball against the claims of Glenn Dennis.
        Believers can legitimately argue that the memories of Cavitt, say, are
        no more or less reliable than those of Marcel. However, any suggestion
        that those witnesses or experts supporting the official view are part
        of the conspiracy, or have been got at, would be more tenuous. The
        article has a sarcastic tone in places, but setting that aside, it is
        an important piece of journalism that, whatever ones views on Roswell,
        deserves a wider audience in ufology than it will probably get. Click
        on [1]www.skeptic.com for details of the magazine.

        Crop Circle Advertising

        Images of crop circles have often been incorporated into
        advertisements, illustrating how they have become part of the popular
        culture. The same has happened with UFOs and aliens. A new
        advertisement for tourism in Wiltshire has now used a crop circle
        photograph to promote the area, which is an interesting example of
        local government officials using the imagery. The imagery appears in a
        magazine advertisement, but there are a couple of references to crop
        circles on the official local authority site at [2]www.kennet.gov.uk
        together with links to some crop circle websites.

        NASA Nuclear Mission

        In a controversial move, NASA have given the go ahead to a deep space
        mission powered by a miniature nuclear reactor. The move has upset
        environmentalists concerned at the safety implications, especially in
        the light of the tragic loss of the space shuttle Columbia earlier
        this year. An essential safety feature will mean that the reactor
        cannot be switched on until the spacecraft has gone well beyond the
        orbit of the Earth. Project Prometheus involves NASA funding Lockheed
        Martin to investigate the concepts needed to design a viable nuclear
        propulsion system. The first aim would be a mission to some of the
        moons of Jupiter such as Callisto, Europa and Ganymede, where
        primitive life may exist in oceans beneath the icy surfaces. The
        likely launch date will be 2011. In the longer term, this technology
        may be the first step towards the previously stated NASA aim of a star
        mission. For this to occur in a meaningful timescale, radical new
        propulsion systems will be needed, incorporating nuclear mission, or
        matter/antimatter annihilation.

        Open Skies Closed Minds in Romania

        I am pleased to announce that my first book Open Skies Closed Minds is
        to be published in Romania. Open Skies Closed Minds is an overview of
        the UFO phenomenon, focusing on my running the UK Government UFO
        research and investigation project, at the Ministry of Defence. My
        books are available in America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and
        have previously been translated into various other languages,
        including German, Greek and Polish. On past form, English language UFO
        books being translated into other languages leads to greater liaison
        between researchers in different countries, and results in previously
        unreported cases being given greater prominence. My thanks go to the
        respected ufologist Ion Hobana for arranging this.

        Glastonbury Symposium 2003

        On 25, 26 and 27 July the Glastonbury Symposium 2003 takes place at
        The Town Hall, Glastonbury. Entitled Investigating Crop Circles and
        Signs of Our Times, the symposium features a host of well known names,
        including Maurice Cotterell, Ed Sherwood and Michael Glickman. The
        special Sunday night guest is Budd Hopkins. However, the focus will be
        on crop circles, and the event includes a coach tour of whatever
        formations are in the area at the time. The event is hosted by Andy
        Thomas and Karen Douglas, and details can be found at the
        [3]www.glastonburysymposium.co.uk website.

        The 2003 Crop Circle Convention

        If Glastonbury whets your appetite, then there is another three day
        crop circle conference on 8, 9 and 10 August, in the Cricklade Theatre
        in Andover, Hampshire. Invited speakers include Colin Andrews, Reg
        Presley, Philip Mantle, Lucy Pringle and Busty Taylor. I have no
        internet site details for this event, but further information can be
        obtained by telephoning 01392 677462 any evening. Bookings can be made
        by calling 01264 360063 during office hours.

        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

        © Knight International 2003

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