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  • Frits Westra
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      Hot Gossip UK September 2002

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

      UFO Magazine Conference

      The biggest date of the year so far as British ufology is concerned is
      fast approaching, as UFO Magazine's Leeds conference draws ever
      nearer. Running from the evening of Friday 20 September through to
      close of play on Sunday, speakers will include Stanton Friedman,
      Michael Hesemann, Philip Mantle and Dr Roger Leir. Georgina Bruni and
      I will be giving a presentation focusing on government and military
      involvement in the UFO controversy, building on the Official History
      articles that appeared in the April and May issues of the magazine.
      Tickets are selling out fast, both for the conference itself and for
      Saturday evening's gala dinner. For further details on ticket
      availability, details of how to order, and details about the
      conference itself, check www.ufomag.co.uk for details. Also check
      out the September issue of the magazine, which went on sale on 29

      Asteroid Alert

      Many people out and about in London on 24 July got quite a shock when
      the Evening Standard put the headline ÒAsteroid on collision course
      with EarthÓ on all its billboards. The story was carried by most of
      the media, and concerns the possibility that asteroid NT7 will collide
      with the Earth on 1 February 2019. Astronomers estimate that the
      asteroid is two kilometres wide, large enough to cause devastation on
      a global scale. For people interested in the very real threat posed to
      the Earth by comets and asteroids, and for people who want to get
      involved in doing something about it, check out
      www.spaceguarduk.com for details of an organisation that raises
      awareness of the threat and lobbies for increasing action from
      governments and the scientific community alike.

      Intruders Foundation

      Check out www.intrudersfoundation.org for details of the work of US
      abduction researcher Budd Hopkins. IF Bulletin Volume 3, Number 2 has
      just been published, and includes an article I wrote giving a British
      perspective of abductions and abduction research.

      Anti-Gravity Propulsion

      The 31 July issue of Jane's Defence Weekly ran a full page article on
      Boeing 's experimental work on anti-gravity projects. Written by JDW
      aerospace consultant Nick Cook (Author of The Hunt for Zero Point) the
      article focuses on Boeing's attempts to validate the theories of
      controversial Russian scientist Dr Evgeny Podkletnov, who claims to
      have already developed anti-gravity devices. The Boeing project is
      known as Gravity Research for Advanced Space Propulsion (GRASP) and is
      being run out of the Phantom Works, Boeing's advanced research and
      development facility in Seattle. Check out www.jdw.janes.com for
      details of the magazine, a must for all those interested in defence


      Hollywood's take on crop circles will be revealed to British film
      audiences with the UK release of the new blockbuster movie Signs.
      Starring Mel Gibson, the film is bound to generate media interest in
      the crop circle phenomenon, so watch out for an increase in TV,
      magazine and newspaper features on the subject. The film is released
      on Friday 13 September and will be reviewed in next month's column.

      Questing Conference

      Organised by Andrew Collins in association with Nexus magazine, the
      Questing Conference 2002 is worth a look for all those interested in
      alternative history, forbidden archaeology and psychic questing.
      Speakers include Robert Bauval, Graham Phillips, Adrian Gilbert and
      David Rohl. The conference is on Saturday 16 November in London. Check
      out www.andrewcollins.net for the details.

      Eye Spy

      Issue 11 of Eye Spy magazine is out now and is well worth a look.
      There are few magazines dealing with intelligence and espionage
      matters. Specialist publications like Intelligence and National
      Security are available, but Eye Spy is really the only magazine on the
      subject available in most newsagents. If secrets and spies are of
      interest to you, check out www.eyespymag.com for details.
      Interestingly, although this is a British magazine, it is having even
      bigger success in America.


      I hope readers of this column caught the edition of Channel 5's new
      quiz series Swapheads on 23 August. As reported in previous columns,
      the idea of the show is that two enthusiasts have to learn about each
      other's subject in one day, with the help of expert tutors, before
      going head to head for a cash prize of £1000. This particular
      programme featured the combination of UFOs versus Muhammad Ali.
      Georgina Bruni and I were the expert tutors who had one day to give
      Ali enthusiast Fasal a crash course in ufology. Meanwhile, Birmingham
      based ufologist Darren Danks had a day to learn about the life and
      career of Muhammad Ali. One of Darren's tutors was legendary English
      boxer Henry Cooper. It was a close run, but in the end Fasal won
      through. Ufologists are often disillusioned with the way UFO
      documentaries turn out, but this was a rare example of ufology getting
      an airing in the course of a very different show. While at first
      glance a light entertainment quiz show might not sound the ideal
      vehicle for promoting ufology, I believe it was helpful, as it will
      have been watched by people who would probably never watch a UFO
      documentary. Accordingly, it should bring new people to the subject,
      while keeping ufology in the public eye.

      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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    • Frits Westra
      Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl (Frits Westra) URL: http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/pope.html Original Date: Wed, 02 Jul 2003 07:58:36 -0700
      Message 54 of 54 , Jul 2, 2003
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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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