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      Hot Gossip UK August 2002

      Welcome to the August 2002 round-up of the weird and the wonderful,
      with all the latest news concerning UFOs, alien abductions, crop
      circles, the paranormal and much more besides.

      Crop Circles

      The September issue of UFO Magazine will be published on 29 August and
      will contain an article that IÕve written about government and
      military involvement in the search for the truth about this mysterious
      phenomenon. I Õll be revealing some new information and dealing with
      some of the misconceptions surrounding this issue. From Members of
      Parliament pressing for answers, to military helicopters flying over
      spectacular pictogram formations, IÕll be explaining what has
      happened, and why. Although my primary investigations at the MOD
      involved UFOs, IÕll be explaining why an official file was opened on
      the crop circle mystery. ItÕs certainly one of the more bizarre of the
      MODÕs X-Files.

      Aliens, Crop Circles And Contemporary Art

      The Spring 2002 issue of contemporary art magazine Untitled had a
      striking picture by artist Pierre Huyghe on the front cover. Entitled
      Two Minutes Out Of Time, the picture bears a striking resemblance to
      the sort of grey alien commonly reported by abductees. Although the
      face is framed by dark hair, the large, slanted, almond-shaped eyes
      dominate the face. The nose and mouth are small. Coincidentally, the
      magazine also carries an interview with contemporary artist Bill
      Drummond, who was linked by some to the crop circle phenomenon (See
      pages 171 and 172 of Jim SchnabelÕs book Round In Circles). For those
      interested in this contemporary art magazine, check
      www.untitledonline.co.uk for further details.


      Just as the crop circle season comes to an end as the crops are
      harvested, along comes a major Hollywood movie to help sustain
      interest in the subject. Signs stars Mel Gibson, and is released in
      America on 2 August. British audiences will have to wait a little
      longer, as the film comes out in the UK on 13 September. Watch out too
      for the lower budget British film A Place To Stay, which also features
      crop circles.

      UFO Overtakes RAF Jets

      The August issue of UFO Magazine is on sale now and features a
      fascinating article by Richard Foxhall. Richard has investigated one
      of the military cases that I was able to write about in Open Skies,
      Closed Minds and has done a fine job of piecing together the story
      behind a fascinating encounter in which a number of RAF Tornado
      aircrew witnessed a UFO. The official report which I first saw on a
      file in Sec(AS) contains the following fascinating quote: ÒUFO
      appeared in our RH side same level. We were travelling at Mach Point
      8. It went into our 12 oÕclock and accelerated awayÓ. Richard
      FoxhallÕs article includes copies of the original signal sent to the
      MOD, correspondence from an official in the Directorate of Air Staff,
      and a copy of a letter from a pilot who had served on XV Squadron. I
      Õm often criticised by researchers unfamiliar with the provisions of
      the Official Secrets Act for not being more forthcoming about such
      sightings. ItÕs easy for outsiders to make such comments, but there
      are very strict limits on what I can say, and very strict penalties
      for breaching the rules, including dismissal and imprisonment. But
      this incident, involving a UFO casually overtaking RAF fast jets,
      would not have been brought to the attention of ufologists at all had
      I not featured it in Open Skies, Closed Minds. Anyway, read Richard
      FoxhallÕs article in UFO Magazine for an insight into just one of the
      hundreds of such reports that exist in the real X-Files. ItÕs the
      military cases like this that eroded my initial scepticism about UFOs.

      Alien Abduction Statistics

      Aside from abductees with whom I am already working, I have received
      details of thirteen new cases during the first half of 2002. Ten of
      the people are from the UK, one from America, one from Australia and
      one from New Zealand. Nine of these abductees are male and four
      female, which is the highest ratio of males to females for some time,
      in the work that I do.

      Space Beer

      Scientists at the Academy of Agricultural Science in Russia are
      reported to be developing a beer for consumption in the International
      Space Station. The beer will have special additives making it suitable
      for consumption in zero gravity, and will also be fortified with
      vitamins and minerals. LetÕs hope the astronauts will be off duty when

      Wailing Wall Mystery

      A water stain on the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem has been seen by some
      as a sign of the imminent coming of the Messiah. Chief Rabbi Shmuel
      Rabinovitch is said to be monitoring the situation closely, together
      with archaeologists, because many ultra-Orthodox Jews believe that if
      the Wailing Wall cries, the MessiahÕs arrival is imminent. In a fine
      example of bathos, Rabinovitch went on to say that they would also
      check if the water was a leak from a pipe or a well.

      Focus On UFOs

      The following appeared in the June issue of MODÕs house journal,

      Last month Tony Matthews highlighted the existence of the Flying
      Saucer Working Party, set up in 1950 to examine the UFO phenomenon.
      The relevant papers were made available at the Public Record Office in
      January 2002 and led to some newspaper coverage. Investigative
      journalist and author Georgina Bruni researched the documents and
      discovered that some senior Establishment figures had played a key
      role in this saga. MOD Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Henry Tizard set
      up the working party, which reported to the Joint Technical
      Intelligence Committee, because he felt that UFO sightings should not
      be dismissed without some official investigation. Although not
      involved in the study, Earl Mountbatten and Lord Dowding were
      favourably disposed towards the idea that some UFOs were
      extraterrestrial. Among those who took a more sceptical line were
      ChurchillÕs scientific adviser Frederick Lindemann and MOD Director of
      Scientific Intelligence, Professor R V Jones. RAF officers consulted
      experts in the United States Air Force, who had been studying the UFO
      phenomenon since 1947. Drawing heavily on American advice the working
      party concluded in 1951 that sightings were the result of
      misidentifications, hoaxes or delusions, and recommended that no
      further investigations be undertaken. However, a series of
      high-profile UFO sightings involving the military occurred shortly
      thereafter and the MOD was soon back in the game, with a scientific
      intelligence division and a civilian secretariat investigating the

      The above was a reference to the Official History articles that
      appeared in the April and May issues of UFO Magazine. These articles
      that Georgina Bruni and I wrote went into great detail about the
      post-war sceptic versus believer debate that raged at the heart of the
      Establishment. ItÕs good to see MODÕs house journal picking up this


      ThereÕs still no news on when Swapheads, Channel 5Õs new quiz series,
      will be broadcast. As reported in last monthÕs column, the idea is
      that two enthusiasts have to learn about each otherÕs subject in one
      day, with the help of expert tutors, before going head to head for a
      cash prize. On one programme the two topics are the UFO phenomenon and
      Muhammad Ali. Keep a close eye on your TV guide for details of this

      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 %26 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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        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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