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      Hot Gossip UK March 2003

      Welcome to the March 2003 round-up of news and views on UFOs, alien
      abductions, the weird and the wonderful.

      Alien Abductees Show Real Symptoms

      The alien abduction phenomenon was discussed last month at the annual
      meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
      Professor Richard McNally from Harvard University said that many
      abductees had New Age beliefs that pre-dated their experiences, and
      suffered from sleep paralysis. But he also said that he believed most
      abductees were sincere in their beliefs and showed physical symptoms.
      He asked abductees to relay their experiences and recorded physical
      responses such as heart rate and sweating. When compared to a control
      group of non-abductees asked to relay similar stories, the abductees
      showed classic symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder akin to
      those of combat veterans. McNally does not believe the experiences
      took place in a physical sense, but his findings should at least help
      nail the lie that abductees are lying. Whatever is going on, the
      abductees do seem to be sincere in their beliefs.

      UFO Feature in Maxim Magazine

      The April issue of Maxim magazine is out now and pages 102 to 108 are
      devoted to a feature on UFOs and alien abductions. There are some
      fairly light-hearted illustrations and comments, as you would expect
      for this magazine, but at the heart of the feature are two interviews,
      which to be fair are played straight. I talk about my Ministry of
      Defence UFO investigations, while an abductee who gives his first name
      as Michael talks about a road abduction that took place in Kent a
      couple of years ago. Maxim sells about 300,000 copies in the UK, and
      this sort of feature does a lot to raise awareness with an audience
      not necessarily familiar with ufology.

      Ghost House

      George and Stephanie Knight had an unexpected problem when they moved
      into their 500 year old home in Much Hadham in Hertfordshire. The
      couple suffered months of harassment from a ghost, said to be that of
      a man who died in a duel. Objects were inexplicably moved, strange
      banging sounds and disembodied voices were heard. The temperature
      would drop rapidly, and on one occasion, Mrs Knight felt a black
      presence envelop her. Mr Knight, managing director of corporate
      financial advisers Hawkpoint, called in the local vicar, Reverend
      Nigel Abbott. He blessed the house on two occasions, after which
      nothing more was heard.

      New Stonehenge Discoveries

      Continuing research on the two skeletons found near Stonehenge last
      May are throwing up new clues as to life in early Bronze Age Britain.
      Analysis of tooth enamel suggests the man dubbed the King of
      Stonehenge actually came from Switzerland, Austria or Germany. The two
      men were probably father and son, and died in about 2300BC. Some of
      the gold artefacts buried with the men came from France and Spain,
      proving that trade was widespread at this time. Dr Andrew Fitzpatrick
      of Wessex Archaeology suggests that the men could have played a part
      in construction of the site. If we can discover more about who these
      people were, and where they came from, it may only be a matter of time
      before we unlock the ultimate secret of Stonehenge, resolving the
      mysteries of why and how it was built.

      New Project to Find Smallpox Cure

      For some time now, SETI enthusiasts have been helping in the search
      for extraterrestrial intelligence by making available unused
      processing power from their computers to help the search for a signal
      from an extraterrestrial civilisation. Now a similar plea has been
      made from scientists looking for a cure to smallpox. Although
      eradicated, many are worried it could one day return, and no known
      cure exists. The project involves the US Government, IBM, Oxford
      University and Essex University. Smallpox has claimed at least 300
      million victims, more than any other infectious disease. Check out
      www.grid.org www.grid.org/> for details of the smallpox project and
      the SETI project.

      Taken

      The Steven Spielberg miniseries Taken continues, and is proving
      popular with seasoned ufologists and those new to the subject. The
      series is scheduled to end on 15 March and digital channel BBC3 is
      marking the occasion with UFO Night, an evening of programmes devoted
      to the UFOs and alien abductions. One of the highlights of this will
      be a new documentary on the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident, for which
      Georgina Bruni acted as the consultant. The show may also be shown on
      BBC2, on or around the same date.

      Gravity Machines Operational

      The search for the most mysterious and least understood of the
      fundamental forces has begun. Two machines will now search for proof
      of the existence of gravitational waves. First predicted by Einstein
      85 years ago, but never proven to exist, their detection would mark a
      new chapter in our understanding of the cosmos. The presence of a
      massive object warps spacetime around that object, but like
      electricity and magnetism, gravity has to communicate change somehow,
      so that information can pass from one point to another. That is where
      the idea of a gravity wave comes in. Stand by for potentially
      sensational news.

      Football in Heaven

      UK medium Derek Acorah was once a professional footballer on the books
      of Liverpool FC. Now he claims that he received a message from the
      late Bill Shankly, the former Liverpool manager. The psychic message
      revealed that Shankly said Liverpool must never leave their current
      ground, Anfield. It also suggested that Shankly was still coaching
      players, in the afterlife.

      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.
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      © Knight International 2002

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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
        wonderful.

        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
        sites.
        ____________________________________________________

        © Knight International 2003

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