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  • Frits Westra
    June 2004 Weird World NICK POPE Welcome to the June 2004 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 6, 2004
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      June 2004

      Weird World
      NICK POPE

      Welcome to the June 2004 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
      abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
      weird and the wonderful.

      Lord Hill-Norton

      Admiral of the Fleet Lord Hill-Norton died on 16 May 2004. He was a former
      Chief of the Defence Staff and Chairman of the NATO Military Committee,
      who in his later years became greatly interested in the UFO phenomenon.
      His long and distinguished naval career included active service on Arctic
      convoy duty during the Second World War, command of a destroyer during the
      Suez Crisis, and a later posting in command of the aircraft carrier HMS
      Ark Royal. His interest in UFOs came after his retirement, and he wrote
      forewords to a number of books by Timothy Good, including Above Top Secret
      and Unearthly Disclosure. He was particularly interested in the Rendlesham
      Forest incident, and worked with Georgina Bruni on this. He asked her to
      draft some questions which he subsequently tabled in Parliament, trying to
      elicit an official response to what he felt were a number of important
      defence and national security issues raised by the events. I briefed him
      on several occasions, which could be quite challenging. Many staff
      officers and journalists found him difficult, especially if they did not
      quickly get to the point. He was passionate about the Royal Navy, UFOs and
      a wide range of other subjects. When I called on him last summer, on my
      way back from a holiday, I found him as lively as ever. He had taken an
      interest in a UFO sighting involving military witnesses on HMS Manchester
      and had asked me to update him. He told me that despite the frustrations,
      he intended to remain involved in ufology for as long as he was able. Lord
      Hill-Norton appeared in several UFO documentaries and was frequently
      quoted on the subject in the media. Again, he could be quite outspoken and
      was often highly critical of the Ministry of Defence policy on the UFO
      phenomenon. Lord Hill-Norton was a great friend to ufology, where the
      active support of someone of his rank was without precedent. He will be
      sadly missed.

      The British UFO Files

      A new UFO documentary was shown on Channel Five on 26 May. The British UFO
      Files looked at several intriguing UFO incidents that had occurred in the
      UK and then examined the way in which the British Government had
      investigated them. The programme looked at how the Ministry of Defence
      first took an interest in UFOs in 1950 and set up the Flying Saucer
      Working Party to look into the phenomenon. The 1952 sighting involving RAF
      pilot Michael Swiney and his Royal Navy student David Crofts was featured,
      as was the Rendlesham Forest incident. Also covered was the extraordinary
      saga of royal equerry Sir Peter Horsley and his extraordinary meeting with
      a mysterious character called Mr Janus. So far as ufologists were
      concerned, Timothy Good and Georgina Bruni featured, Georgina commenting
      on the Rendlesham Forest incident. I was also featured quite a lot, and
      supplied the programme makers with copies of various declassified
      documents. Although appearing in a private capacity and not as an official
      government spokesperson, I commented on the history of the Ministry of
      Defence UFO project (which I ran from 1991 to 1994) and set out some other
      facts concerning MOD policy and handling of the subject. Lady Pamela
      Hicks, daughter of Earl Mountbatten, was interviewed, as was the editor of
      Eye Spy magazine, Mark Birdsall, who discussed the issue of Nazi flying
      saucers. The programme covered a lot of the same ground as the BBC 2
      Timewatch documentary that was shown in January. In fact, the two
      programmes were made at exactly the same time last year, with bemused
      participants sometimes being interviewed about the same incidents twice in
      the same week. I thought both programmes were good in terms of content,
      although the style was very different, because of the very different
      audience demographics of Channel Five and BBC2.

      Alien Abduction Study

      A scientific study into the alien abduction phenomenon is being carried
      out by psychologists at Goldsmiths College, University of London. This is
      the only such study ever to have been carried out in the UK. The project
      has been underway for some time now, and the interviewing stage of the
      study has been extended. What this means is that any UK based abductees
      who wish to take part do still have a little time left, if they are
      considering participating. I have spoken to several people who have taken
      part, and despite initial nervousness about getting involved in a project
      of this nature, they have told me they enjoyed taking part, welcomed the
      chance to tell their stories and be listened to, and felt that the whole
      experience was empowering. Witness confidentiality is guaranteed and
      abductees can use a pseudonym if they wish. Abductees and experiencers
      wishing to take part should contact Julia Santomauro at apru@... or
      telephone her on 020 7919 7171, extension 4389.

      UFO Debate at the Cheltenham Festival of Science

      On 11 June a debate on UFOs will take part as part of the Cheltenham
      Festival of Science. I shall be debating with Dr David Whitehouse, the BBC
      News online science editor. This is an interesting example of how interest
      in UFOs appears to be becoming more mainstream and how science, in
      particular, is taking an interest in the phenomenon. Regular readers of
      this column may recall that I debated the UFO phenomenon last year at the
      Dana Centre, a new venue at the Science Museum. The Cheltenham Festival of
      Science lasts from 9 to 13 June. Details of all the events and information
      on how to order tickets can be found at www.cheltenhamfestivals.co.uk

      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.

      Nick Pope has a website, which can be accessed at www.nickpope.net

      © Knight International
      www.knight-intl.com
    • Frits Westra
      November 2004 Weird World NICK POPE Welcome to the November 2004 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal,
      Message 2 of 2 , Nov 9, 2004
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        November 2004

        Weird World
        NICK POPE

        Welcome to the November 2004 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
        abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
        weird and the wonderful.

        John Mack
        Harvard Medical School psychiatrist, Pulitzer Prize winner, author and
        abduction researcher John E. Mack was tragically knocked down and killed
        by a car in London on September 27 2004. John had been in London to speak
        at the T. E. Lawrence Society symposium, having won a Pulitzer Prize for
        his biography of Lawrence of Arabia, A Prince of Our Disorder. John took
        an active interest in the alien abduction phenomenon and fell foul of the
        Harvard Medical School authorities for his interest in this controversial
        area of research. A formal inquiry exonerated him. His books Abduction and
        Passport to the Cosmos set out his views on the alien contact phenomenon.
        I met John on several occasions at various conferences and discussed the
        subject with him on numerous occasions. I was particularly impressed by
        the help that he gave to an experiencer by the name of Brigitte, who I had
        worked with for several years. It was ironic that shortly before his
        death, he had become increasingly interested in the survival issue,
        expressing surprise that the subject had previously passed him by. I
        attended a UK cremation on October 13 and paid my respects to a truly
        great man. A public memorial service will be held on Saturday November 13
        at the memorial church at Harvard. Check out www.centerchange.org for
        details of John Mack, his work and the memorial service.

        UFO Magazine
        The joint October and November issue of UFO Magazine contains a feature in
        which I discuss the current state of British ufology, with particular
        reference to the Freedom of Information Act, which comes fully into force
        on 1 January 2004. Now the UK magazine of the same name is sadly defunct,
        this US magazine is increasingly seen as the standard bearer of ufology.
        William J. Birnes, Nancy Birnes, Vicki Ecker and Don Ecker are doing a
        fine job of supporting ufology and publicising the latest news, views and
        theories. Check out www.ufomag.com for details.

        Gibraltar Ghosts
        The October issue of the Ministry of Defence house magazine, Focus,
        contains an article on ghost sightings in Gibraltar. This is the latest in
        a long line of features about ghost sightings on MOD land. This was a
        subject that occasionally came my way in the margins of my work on the MOD
        UFO project. The Ghost Club has frequently come onto the Defence Estate to
        check out sightings. Check out http://www.ghostclub.org.uk/ for details.

        X-Conference 2005
        The second X-Conference, organised by Stephen Bassett, will be held on
        April 22-24 2005, in Washington DC. Check out
        http://www.paradigmclock.com/X-Conference/ X-Conference.htm for details of
        the conference, and check http://www.paradigmclock.com/ for details of the
        wider disclosure orientated work undertaken by Stephen Bassett. More about
        this in later months, as the event approaches.

        Gordon Cooper
        Astronaut Gordon Cooper, one of the original seven Mercury astronauts,
        died on October 4 2004. Gordon Cooper took a great interest in UFOs and
        was quite outspoken on the subject, to the embarrassment of NASA. Cooper
        was a true American hero, whose story was fictionalised in the movie The
        Right Stuff.

        Novacon
        I shall be speaking at a science fiction convention, Novacon, on Saturday
        6 November. I will be discussing my official research and investigation
        into the UFO phenomenon, giving an insight into the way in which the
        government and military investigate the sightings. My two science fiction
        novels, Operation Thunder Child and Operation Lightning Strike, deal with
        this work in a fictional context and are currently attracting interest
        from production companies interested in seeing them made into a film or TV
        series. The conference is organised by the Birmingham Science Fiction
        Group. Check out http://www.novacon.org/ for details.

        White Noise
        Electronic Voice Phenomenon is a way in which many believe the voices of
        the dead can be picked up and listened to. This used to be regarded as a
        fringe paranormal phenomenon, but has now attracted the attention of
        Hollywood. A movie entitled White Noise will bring this mystery to a wider
        audience early next year. Starring Michael Keaton, the movie tells the
        story of a man offered the opportunity to contact his dead wife. Check out
        www.whitenoisemovie.com for details. The movie opens on January 7 2005.

        Andrew Lownie
        Andrew Lownie, one of the few mainstream UK literary agents who
        specialises in UFO manuscripts, has launched his new website. Check out
        www.andrewlownie.co.uk for details of Andrew and his work.

        Jane Goldman Investigates
        The new series of Jane Goldman Investigates is now underway, on the Living
        TV channel. I met Jane and her producer earlier this year for a discussion
        about UFO cases that might be featured on the show. But the series goes
        far wider than UFOs and alien abductions, covering poltergeists and voodoo
        to exorcism and mediumship. Check out
        http://www.livingtv.co.uk/janegoldman/synopses.html for details of the
        second series of this fascinating show.

        Questcon 04
        Questcon 2004 takes place on Saturday 6 November and features researchers
        such as Andrew Collins, Alan Alford, Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince. Check
        out www.questingconference.com for the latest news on this conference.
        Graham Phillips will attend if commitments allow and Andrew Collins will
        conduct a walkabout at the British Museum on Sunday 7 November. The
        conference is sponsored by Nexus Magazine.

        FUFOR
        The Fund For UFO Research has published two new UFO related booklets.
        Alien Invasion or Human Fantasy? The 1966-67 UFO Wave is written by
        veteran ufologist Richard Hall, while UFOs Exposed: The Classic
        Photographs is written by Rob Swiatek. Check out www.fufor.com for more
        details.

        Reg Presley Lecture
        Reg Presley, frontman with cult pop group The Troggs, is to give a lecture
        at Strange Phenomena Investigations, will be giving a lecture on Saturday
        27 November. Check out www.spiuk.net to hear what Reg has to say about
        UFOs, crop circles and other unexplained phenomena.

        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.

        Nick Pope has a website, which can be accessed at www.nickpope.net

        © Knight International
        www.knight-intl.com
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