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      Hot Gossip UK June 2003


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

      Another Bentwaters Documentary

      No sooner has the dust settled on the documentary on the Rendlesham
      Forest Incident produced by Mentorn, than another documentary comes
      along. This one is an American production, being made for the Sci-Fi
      Channel. Unusually, the programme will last two hours. Peter Robbins
      is the US consultant and Georgina Bruni has been assisting them from
      the UK. I will say more about this programme in subsequent months, but
      I can promise people that there will be some fascinating new data
      revealed, and some new witnesses produced. The Mentorn programme
      concentrated on UFO researchers, but the Sci-Fi Channel will
      concentrate on those who were involved with the incident, or played a
      significant part in uncovering new data on the subject.

      Return of von Daniken

      Chariots of the Gods introduced a generation to the idea that some of
      the ancient wonders of this Earth may have been built by
      extraterrestrials, and some of our culture and religion might have
      been inspired by alien visitors who brought us technology and were
      worshipped as gods. Whatever one thinks of Erich von Daniken and his
      theories, one cannot overstate his impact on ufology. On 24 May a
      theme park based on the ideas of von Daniken and funded in part by the
      Erich von Daniken Foundation opened near Interlaken in Switzerland.
      Devoted to ancient mysteries this theme park is set to become a major
      tourist attraction, and rekindle interest in the work of von Daniken.
      Check out www.mysterypark.ch for more details.

      Monkey Magic

      If you give an infinite amount of monkeys typewriters, one of them
      will eventually produce the complete works of William Shakespeare. So
      runs the old adage. This concept has recently been tested by lecturers
      and students from the Media Studies course at the University of
      Plymouth, who were given a grant to test the theory. They used six
      macaques from Paignton Zoo, and spent a month to see what they could
      produce, when given a computer. After having first tried to destroy
      the computer, they then did produce five pages of text. Unfortunately,
      most of this consisted of the letter s. At the end of this literary
      composition, the letters j, l and m were produced. Needless to say,
      the experiment has not disproved the theory about the complete works
      of Shakespeare. But it is interesting and amusing nonetheless.

      Parallel Universes

      The May 2003 issue of Scientific American magazine contained one of
      the most fascinating articles on parallel universes to have appeared
      in recent years. Following on from the above story about an infinite
      amount of monkeys eventually producing the complete works of
      Shakespeare, this fascinating article by Max Tegmark also has at its
      heart the concept of probability. The idea of a parallel universe with
      an exact copy of any individual has its roots not in quantum theory as
      many might suppose, but in the theory of probability. Some
      mathematical understanding would be useful in truly appreciating this
      article, but it is not essential. The magazine may still be available
      in the shops, but an internet search on parallel universes, Max
      Tegmark and Scientific American should produce the goods. Check out
      www.sciam.com for the Scientific American website.

      Mind Games

      Professor Richard McNally from Harvard University attracted much
      publicity earlier this year when he published the results of
      experiments into false memories. It was mixed news so far as abductees
      and ufologists were concerned. McNally agreed that in most cases the
      trauma was genuine, suggesting that aside from a handful of hoaxers,
      abductees were being truthful. They genuinely believed their
      experiences were real. However, psychologist McNally went on to
      qualify his remarks by explaining that a mixture of New Age belief,
      sleep paralysis, and false memory syndrome effectively generated the
      phenomenon itself. This is an old debate so far as ufology is
      concerned, with abduction researchers and regression hypnosis accused
      by sceptics of fuelling fantasies and creating false memories. There
      is a similar debate raging about false memories in relation to
      childhood sexual abuse. McNally has written a book drawing together
      his research and theories about these issues. Remembering Trauma is
      published by Harvard University Press and should be of interest to
      abductees and anyone researching and investigating the alien abduction
      mystery.

      Worms Survive Shuttle Disaster

      Worms from an experiment carried on the space shuttle Columbia
      survived the tragic loss of the shuttle. The tiny C.elegans worms were
      being used in an experiment designed to test a synthetic nutrient
      solution. The worms found were not original ones, which have a
      lifecycle of less than ten days, but fourth or fifth generation
      descendents of the originals.

      Life On Mars

      On current planning the Beagle 2 mission to Mars will be launched on 2
      June. Designed by scientists from the Open University the Beagle 2
      mission will piggyback onto the Mars Express orbital mission planned
      by the European Space Agency. But Beagle 2 will land, sample the soil,
      and check for signs of life. Watch the news for details of this
      fascinating mission, and check out www.beagle2.com for mission
      updates.

      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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