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  • Frits Westra
    September 2004 Weird World NICK POPE http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/September_2004/115.cntns Welcome to the September 2004 round up of news and views on UFOs,
    Message 1 of 24 , Sep 2, 2004
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      September 2004

      Weird World
      NICK POPE

      http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/September_2004/115.cntns

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

      Crop Circle Apocalypse

      The annual battle between farmers and crop circle enthusiasts is under
      way, with the usual accusations and counter accusations concerning the
      provenance of formations, damage to crops, revenue made for charging
      access to crop circles, etc. There are no easy answers here, though
      everybody wants you to have one.

      Rendlesham Forest Skywatch

      British UFO Research Association and Strange Phenomena Investigations
      members were out in force on Saturday 14 August at Rendlesham Forest.
      Former United States Air Force security policeman Larry Warren gave a talk
      about the incident and then led a tour of the forest, pointing out some of
      the sites associated with the famous UFO incident from 1980. Interest in
      this incident refuses to go away.

      Bonnybridge UFO Theme Park

      Another UK UFO hotspot, Bonnybridge in Scotland, has been at the centre of
      rumours concerning a new theme park, centred around the UFO phenomenon.
      Newspaper reports claim that a multi million pound deal has been struck to
      create an attraction that could be on the scale of Disneyland and might
      create as many as twelve thousand new jobs. Local councillor Billy
      Buchanan has consistently lobbied to raise the profile of the UFO
      phenomenon and has lent his support to the project. Watch this space.

      SETI Conference

      A conference on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence was held at
      Harvard University on 6 August. One of the key players present was Frank
      Drake, widely regarded as the father of SETI. The theme of the conference
      was quite provocative, as it focused on the reasons for the negative
      results achieved thus far. Drake and others believe that the time may have
      come for looking not just for radio signals but for powerful bursts of
      light that night be used as a beacon, to announce the presence of an
      extraterrestrial civilisation. Some SETI optimists believe that our
      capacity to conduct meaningful searches is advancing so rapidly that we
      will be able to detect signals from extraterrestrial intelligences within
      twenty years at the maximum. Again, watch this space.

      The Tunguska Event

      On 30 June 1908 something crashed in the Tunguska region of Siberia,
      flattening a vast area of forest and led to weird atmospheric phenomena
      witnessed all around the world. Theories have ranged from comets and
      meteorites through to black holes, anti matter and alien spacecraft. The
      latter theory has now had a boost with reports from Russia suggesting that
      a new scientific expedition has discovered artificial objects believed to
      have come from an extraterrestrial spacecraft. Is this a publicity stunt
      or has something actually been recovered? Watch this space, because I
      suspect we shall be hearing more about this in the next month or so.

      Sunday Express Ghost Story

      You expect from time to time to see stories about ghosts in the national
      newspapers. You expect that such stories will be a little lighthearted or
      written in an over the top style. What you do not expect is for the editor
      to come out and discuss a personal sighting. And yet that is precisely
      what happened on 15 August in the Sunday Express. The editor, Martin
      Townsend, devoted his column to giving an account of an encounter he and
      his then girlfriend had. They were walking through the village where he
      lived when they saw both saw a well known local man. Townsend said that
      something was troubling him about this, but for a moment he could not
      place the source of his anxiety. And then it hit him. The man had died a
      month or two beforehand. Townsend made no sensational claims and was not
      trying to make any profound points about religion or the afterlife. He was
      simply giving a no frills account of what he had seen. Sometimes the most
      sensational stories are the ones written in the least sensational way.

      Questing Conference 2004

      Andrew Collins is already planning Questcon04, the latest in a long line
      of successful conferences focusing on alternative history, forbidden
      archaeology and hidden teachings. Speakers include Lynn Picknett and Clive
      Prince talking about the Priory of Sion, Alan Alford discussing secret
      chambers in the Great Pyramid, Robert Feather speaking about the Spear of
      Destiny and Andrew Collins giving a presentation on the True Grail. Graham
      Phillips will attend if his other commitments permit. The conference is
      being held on Saturday 6 November at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park
      Road, Camden, London. The conference is being sponsored by Nexus Magazine.
      Check out www.questingconference.com for more details.

      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
      October 2004 Weird World NICK POPE http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/October_2004/125.cntns Welcome to the October 2004 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
      Message 2 of 24 , Oct 1, 2004
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        October 2004

        Weird World
        NICK POPE

        http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/October_2004/125.cntns

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

        Crop Circle Advertisement

        Yet another commercial company has used crop circle imagery in a high
        profile advertising campaign, showing once again how firmly embedded the
        phenomenon is in the public consciousness. Mobile telephone operator O2 is
        the latest in a long line of companies who have used crop circles in an
        advertisement. They are unlikely to be the last.

        Peter Robbins and Larry Warren

        Peter Robbins and Larry Warren have been giving a series of talks on the
        so called Rendlesham Forest incident, arguably the most famous UFO case in
        the world aside from Roswell. Larry was based at Bentwaters/Woodbridge at
        the time of the incident, and Peter (who works closely with abduction
        researcher Budd Hopkins) is one of the leading experts on this case. They
        are the authors of the book Left At East Gate. Larry currently lives in
        Liverpool, but Peter, a native New Yorker, is making a rare but welcome
        trip to the UK. I shall be spending some time with him, discussing the
        case and visiting the site of the incident.

        Graham Birdsall

        It is hard to believe it is now just over a year since Graham Birdsall
        died. His tragic and untimely death was a devastating blow for his family
        and friends, but also for ufology more generally. The subsequent closure
        of UFO Magazine was also a sad loss for ufology. Several people have
        worked tirelessly to produce internet magazines that attempt to fill the
        gap left by UFO Magazine. While these efforts are to be commended, UFO
        Magazine will be a hard act to follow.

        Lord Hill-Norton

        It is also hard to believe that Lord Hill-Norton, another hero of ufology,
        is no longer with us. He died in May and a memorial service was held on 23
        September. Sadly, I was unable to attend, because of an overseas work
        commitment.

        Ultimate Sci-Fi Top 10

        Granada TV made three programmes for Sky One, looking at popular science
        fiction. I took part in these programmes (looking specifically at aliens,
        robots and science fiction moments) which were screened on 13, 20 and 27
        September, but which have already been repeated extensively. There is a
        long running debate over the influence of sci-fi on ufology, with sceptics
        claiming that sci-fi has influenced and perhaps in some cases inspired
        some UFO reports. Ufologists point out that the situation is equally true
        in reverse, with series like The X-Files, Taken and Dark Skies
        incorporating ufological motifs. Indeed, it should not be forgotten that
        Steven Spielberg used Dr J Allen Hynek, the Project Blue Book scientific
        consultant, as a consultant on Close Encounters of the Third Kind. An
        interesting counterargument to the assertion that UFO witnesses are
        consciously or subconsciously basing their accounts on things they have
        picked up from science fiction can be found by looking at the UFO and
        abduction literature. The carrying of laser weaponry (a common sci-fi
        motif) is almost completely absent from witness reports.

        Questing Conference 2004

        As reported last month, Andrew Collins is putting the finishing touches to
        the arrangements for Questcon04, the latest in a long line of successful
        conferences focusing on alternative history, forbidden archaeology and
        hidden teachings. Speakers include Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince talking
        about the Priory of Sion, Alan Alford discussing secret chambers in the
        Great Pyramid, Robert Feather speaking about the Spear of Destiny and
        Andrew Collins giving a presentation on the True Grail. Graham Phillips
        will attend if his other commitments permit. The conference is being held
        on Saturday 6 November at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, Camden,
        London. The conference is being sponsored by Nexus Magazine. Check out
        www.questingconference.com for more details.

        The Da Vinci Code

        I have finally got around to reading The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown. The
        book is hugely enjoyable and will be appreciated by anybody with an
        interest in alternative religious history. The Templars, the Priory of
        Sion and Mary Magdalene all feature, and indeed The Templar Revelation by
        Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince is one of the books that clearly inspired
        Dan Brown, who mentions it specifically in the text, along with Holy
        Blood, Holy Grail, another key source. Highly recommended.

        X-Conference

        The X-Conference, organised this Spring by Stephen Bassett, was
        undoubtedly the most important UFO conference of the year. Plans for a
        second such event, in 2005, are currently on hold, pending underwriting
        support.

        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
      • Frits Westra
        December 2004 - January 2005 Weird World NICK POPE Welcome to the joint December 2004 and January 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien abductions,
        Message 3 of 24 , Dec 3, 2004
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          December 2004 - January 2005

          Weird World
          NICK POPE

          Welcome to the joint December 2004 and January 2005 round up of news and
          views on UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the
          unexplained, the weird and the wonderful.

          The Naked Scientists

          The Naked Scientists Online Radio Show is an initiative based at the
          University of Cambridge and funded in part by the Royal Society. It aims
          to bring cutting edge science, often involving controversial and high
          profile subjects, to a wide audience, and do so in an entertaining way. I
          have been asked to take part on 19 December and to discuss the Ministry of
          Defence UFO project and the UFO sightings and alien abduction reports more
          generally. Check out www.thenakedscientists.com for further details.
          Because of the pressure of other commitments I do less talks for UFO
          groups than used to be the case. But I think it is hugely important for
          people involved in ufology to do what they can to take the subject to a
          wider audience, and especially to engage with the world of science. In the
          last year I have debated the UFO subject at the Dana Centre, part of the
          Science Museum in London, and have appeared at the Cheltenham Festival of
          Science. Next March I shall be lecturing at the Newcastle Science
          Festival. I shall keep readers posted on these appearances.

          Ghosts, Orbs and the MOD

          The MOD house magazine Focus has run another article on ghosts, reflecting
          the vast number of military bases that are alleged to be haunted. I first
          heard of some of these accounts whilst running the UFO project, but active
          investigation was outside my remit. Devonport Naval Base is the latest
          location to be studied, with a team from the Society of Metaphysicians
          based at Brunel University investigating the site, where naval ratings and
          security guards have been frequently scared by ghostly apparitions and
          related phenomena. Leading the study was psychic Goldy Bromley, whose team
          brought motion detectors, night vision cameras, laser thermometers and
          sound detection equipment. They also brought dowsing rods and toys for the
          spirits of children believed to haunt the base. Goldy Bromley subsequently
          claimed that some form of communication with spirits had taken place. As
          some of the ghosts are believed to be spirits of French soldiers from the
          Napoleonic era, the investigators hummed the French national anthem. It is
          claimed that this led to the appearance of orbs that were recorded on the
          night vision cameras. Similar balls of light have often been reported on
          skywatches and in areas closely associated with UFO sightings, such as
          Rendlesham Forest. The ghostbusters were accompanied by Naval personnel,
          and a report is being drawn up. I will keep readers posted on developments.

          Ghosts on the London Underground

          Still on the subject of ghosts, the London Underground is another place
          where numerous ghosts have been seen. A new television series will attempt
          to draw together ghostly experiences witnessed by staff and passengers
          alike. Check out www.underlondonground.co.uk for details and if you have
          had a ghostly experience on the tube, email it to
          info@... and you could be on TV. And yes, the website
          and email addresses are correct. There is no ghost in the machine here.

          The Holy Grail and The Priory of Sion

          Codebreakers at Bletchley Park were called in to help decipher an
          inscription at a stately home in Staffordshire. Rumoured to be a clue as
          to the location of the Holy Grail, it is now believed that the message
          relates to the mysterious and heretical Priory of Sion. Work to decode the
          message was undertaken by Oliver and Sheila Lawn, an elderly couple who
          were based at Bletchley Park during the Second World War. The so-called
          Shugborough Code reads D OUOSVAVV M and Oliver Lawn said it was harder to
          break than the Enigma Code, because there were so few letters. But the
          inscription is underneath a carving of Nicolas Poussin, rumoured to have
          been a Grand Master of the Priory of Sion. The message is believed to read
          Jesus (As Deity) Defy, which would reflect the heretical belief of the
          sect that Jesus was not divine.

          Atlantis

          Robert Sarmast, an American explorer, claims that he has discovered the
          real location of the Lost City of Atlantis. Following clues in the
          writings of Plato, he led an expedition to the Mediterranean waters off
          the coast of Cyprus. He claims that sonar scans he took provide evidence
          of man made structures on a hill flooded in around 9000 BC. He believes
          these scans show traces of walls and paths, but admitted that no artefacts
          had been recovered, on the basis that they are buried deep under sediment.
          Readers may recall a claim earlier in the year that the remains of
          Atlantis had been found in Spain, in a salt marsh. These claims surface
          from time to time, but I will keep readers informed if anything
          substantive develops.

          The Men Who Stare At Goats

          This latest and marvellously named book by Jon Ronson deals with some of
          the more bizarre studies undertaken by the US military, and some of the
          strange tactics they have adopted. From PsyOps to Remote Viewing, this
          book manages to be informative, entertaining and disturbing in equal
          measures. When running the UFO project at the MOD I was occasionally
          approached by remote viewers offering to become psychic spies. Sadly,
          nobody claiming such abilities was ever able to demonstrate this
          practically, so nothing came of the offers. Ronson, however, lifts the lid
          on a far more elaborate regime in which the Americans, often under the
          command of Major General Albert Stubblebine III, experimented with the
          weird and the wonderful on a far greater scale. Is invisibility possible?
          Can people walk through walls? Can remote viewers spy on enemies of the
          state, or even on extraterrestrials? And is it possible, through the power
          of your mind, to kill an animal just by staring at it? This book is
          seriously weird and hugely fun.

          Friendly Fire

          Authors Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince are best known for books such as
          The Stargate Conspiracy and The Templar Revelation, the latter being one
          of the key sources for the Dan Brown classic The Da Vinci Code. Their
          latest book, Friendly Fire, is a fascinating study of how the Second World
          War Allies manipulated and misled each other in their attempts to gain
          advantage not just against the Germans and the Japanese, but against each
          other. Deception, lies, intrigue, espionage and assassination abound, and
          readers will never view wartime leaders such as Churchill and Roosevelt in
          the same way again. There are fresh insights into the mystery of Rudolph
          Hess and his bizarre flight to Scotland, together with revelations
          concerning Soviet acquisition of atomic technology, and the roots of the
          Cold War. The book was co-written with the late Stephen Prior and
          incorporates additional historical research by military historian Robert
          Brydon. Check out www.mainstreampublishing.com for further details of this
          book. Fascinating and disturbing, this book will change your view about
          some of the key events that shaped the world in which we live.

          Seasons Greetings

          Finally, I would like to wish all my readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy
          New Year. In particular, my thoughts are with the brave men and women
          currently serving their country in Iraq, Afghanistan and other overseas
          locations. You may be far from home, but you are still in our thoughts.
          Stay safe.

          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
          February 2005 Weird World NICK POPE http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/February_2005/155.cntns Welcome to the February 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
          Message 4 of 24 , Feb 1, 2005
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            February 2005

            Weird World
            NICK POPE

            http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/February_2005/155.cntns

            Welcome to the February 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
            abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
            weird and the wonderful.

            UFOs and the Freedom of Information Act

            As I predicted some time ago, information on UFOs has become one of the
            most popular subjects requested under the Freedom of Information Act,
            which came fully into force on January 1 2005. Indeed, it was one of a
            handful of subjects picked out for special mention by the National
            Archives. The National Archives marked the coming into force of the Act by
            proactively releasing a large number of government files, including
            several dealing with UFO sightings. There was extensive media coverage of
            this, including articles in The Independent and the Daily Mail. Details of
            the newly released UFO files can be found at the following link
            www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/releases/2005/ januaryfoi/list4.htm and more
            extensive UFO research can be done by accessing the main National Archives
            website at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ and searching the site, using a
            range of search terms such as UFO, unidentified, flying saucers, etc.

            Rendlesham Forest UFO Documents

            More UFO documents relating to the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident have
            been released, this time by Suffolk Police. Their holdings are limited and
            include some public correspondence, but also released for the first time
            is the police log of the incident. This can be viewed at the following
            link www.suffolk.police.uk/NR/rdonlyres/
            2EF34838-589D-4DA7-95F1-CA23BE34E924/ 0/unusuallights.pdf or by searching
            the Suffolk Police website www.suffolk.police.uk/ for information, using
            the keyword Rendlesham.

            Newcastle Science Festival

            I have been asked to appear at the Newcastle Science Festival, to give a
            lecture on UFOs. The festival runs from March 11-21 2005 and I will be
            appearing on Saturday March 12. I spoke last year at the Cheltenham
            Festival of Science and always welcome the opportunity to discuss the UFO
            phenomenon at a science event, as it presents an opportunity to explain
            that UFOs can and should be the study of serious study, done in line with
            proper scientific methodology. It was no coincidence that the Ministry of
            Defence UFO project has its roots in interest expressed by one of its
            Chief Scientific Advisers, the legendary radar pioneer Sir Henry Tizard.
            Details of the festival can be found at the following link
            www.newcastlesciencefestival.co.uk/ and the website will shortly be
            updated to give more details of the various presentations. If you can get
            along, I look forward to seeing you.

            Sunday Express UFO Article

            On January 30 2005 the Sunday Express ran a double page UFO feature in its
            review section. The article featured UFO researcher Philip Mantle, UFO
            witness Craig Malcolm from the Scottish UFO hotspot Bonnybridge, and James
            Millen, an abductee. There was some more general background information on
            the subject and I was quoted commenting on the British Government UFO
            project and on the Rendlesham Forest UFO case involving the twin bases at
            RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge.

            X-Conference 2005

            The second X-Conference, organised by Stephen Bassett, will be held on
            April 22-24 2005, in Washington DC. Check out
            www.paradigmclock.com/X-Conference/X-Conference.htm for details of the
            conference, and check www.paradigmclock.com/ for details of the wider UFO
            disclosure orientated work undertaken by Stephen Bassett. The details of
            the participating speakers are now firming up and include Stanton
            Friedman, Ann Druffel, Robert and Ryan Wood, Jaime Maussan, Michael Salla,
            Paola Harris, Richard Dolan and Alfred Webre. I will cover this extensive
            conference in further detail as the event approaches.

            Daniel Augusto Chiesa

            For those interested in UFOs and Egyptology, and a possible link between
            the subjects, check out www.danaug.com for details of the thoughts,
            experiences and related artwork of Daniel Augusto Chiesa.

            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 has now been released, covering
            the subject. 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.

            Andrew Lownie

            Andrew Lownie, a UK literary agent who represents a number of writers on
            the UFO phenomenon, has recently updated his new website. Check out
            www.andrewlownie.co.uk for details of Andrew and his work.

            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
            March 2005 Weird World NICK POPE http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/March_2005/165.cntns Welcome to the March 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
            Message 5 of 24 , Mar 5 2:24 AM
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              March 2005

              Weird World
              NICK POPE

              http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/March_2005/165.cntns

              Welcome to the March 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
              abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
              weird and the wonderful.

              Daily Mail UFO Article

              Media interest in UFO documents and files released under the Freedom of
              Information Act continues, and many national and local newspapers have run
              features on the subject. I was commissioned by the daily Mail to write a
              full page article on this, which duly appeared on February 2. The article
              covered the history of the Ministry of Defence UFO project, and
              highlighted some of the most interesting sightings that the Department has
              investigated.

              Newcastle Science Festival

              I will be speaking at the Newcastle Science Festival on Saturday March 12.
              Details of the festival can be found at
              http://www.newcastlesciencefestival.co.uk while the hyperlink
              http://www.newcastlesciencefestival.co.uk/eventdetail.asp?e=49 should take
              you to brief details of my presentation. I spoke last year at the
              Cheltenham Festival of Science and have previously debated the subject at
              the Dana Centre, which is part of the Science Museum in London. I always
              welcome the opportunity to discuss the UFO phenomenon at a science event,
              as it presents an opportunity to explain that UFOs can and should be the
              study of serious study, done in line with proper scientific methodology.
              If you can get to Newcastle, I look forward to seeing you.

              Species III

              I have been doing some promotional work in respect of the forthcoming
              rental release of the new collectors edition DVD of the cult sci-fi movie
              Species III. The DVD will be released on March 28, and stars Natasha
              Henstridge and Sunny Mabrey. As anybody who has watched Metropolis or
              Barbarella will tell you, sex and sci-fi mix very well. Species III is a
              case in point. Look out for the DVD with its numerous special features,
              and for various UFO and alien related articles coinciding with the
              release. Sci-fi and horror fans alike will love this.

              Aliens: Why They Are Here

              Sunday Times cultural commentator Bryan Appleyard has a new book published
              in March, examining the UFO and alien abduction phenomenon in a cultural
              context. Although not yet received for review, the book - published by
              Simon & Schuster - is bound to provoke debate. More on this next month.

              Blue Book Archive

              The United States Air Force UFO research effort, codenamed Project Blue
              Book, was the big brother, so to speak, of the UK project that I stewarded
              from 1991 to 1994. The archives are extensive, and still a great resource
              for anyone with a serious interest in UFOs. Check out
              http://www.bluebookarchive.org for access to this fantastic ufological
              resource.

              The Hijack - Remote Viewing Novel

              Thriller author Duncan Falconer has written several best-selling novels
              dealing with terrorism and special forces. He knows his stuff, as they
              say. His book The Hijack, apart from being an exciting read, covers the
              subject of remote viewing. Alternatively known as psychic spying, this
              technique has been tried by various governments, to see if they can use it
              to locate submarines, drugs caches and other items of interest. When I ran
              the UK UFO project I had a steady stream of people volunteering to psychic
              spy for their county, simply because my office became the focal point for
              anything weird and wonderful. It is interesting to see the concept worked
              into a novel, especially one so gripping as this. Check out
              http://www.andrewlownie.co.uk/books/falconer.duncan/hijack.shtml for
              further 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 UFO disclosure orientated work undertaken by Stephen Bassett. The
              details of the participating speakers are now firming up and include
              Stanton Friedman, Ann Druffel, Robert and Ryan Wood, Jaime Maussan,
              Michael Salla, Paola Harris, Richard Dolan and Alfred Webre.

              Psychic Detective

              The TV show Psychic Detective is looking for people who have had a
              mysterious death or disappearance in the family, with a view to engaging a
              psychic medium to look into the case. I am not involved with this show,
              and sceptics would doubtless regard this as exploitative, but some people
              may want to engage in this, and one should never prejudge the results. The
              TV production company can be contacted by email on
              psychic.detective@... or telephoned on 020 7515 2332.

              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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              April 2005 http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/April_2005/172.cntns Weird World NICK POPE Welcome to the April 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
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                Weird World
                NICK POPE

                Welcome to the April 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
                abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
                weird and the wonderful.

                Bizarre

                Page 114 of the May issue of Bizarre contains an interview with me, in
                which I describe some of the weird and wonderful cases that I came across
                while running the UFO Project at the Ministry of Defence. I cover some UFO
                sightings that are explained and others that remain a mystery, delve into
                the issue of cover-ups and conspiracies, and look at alien abductions.
                Although covering a full page, the interview is a heavily edited version
                of what was a lengthy discussion, and inevitably, a couple of comments
                have been taken out of context. Furthermore, Bizarre is a somewhat risqué
                magazine that some might find offensive. However, it is more evidence that
                the media are taking an increased interest in UFOs.

                Asteroid Alert

                As an Associate Member of Spaceguard UK, a lobby group raising awareness
                on the threat posed to the Earth by comets and asteroids, I was pleased to
                see the Daily Mail run a full page article on March 15, dealing with the
                work of Scottish scientist Dr Gianmarco Radice. Radice works at the
                Aerospace Engineering Department at Glasgow University and has won a
                research grant from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research
                Council. Unlike most current work, his study will focus not on detection,
                but on the technology of interception and deflection. Check
                http://www.spaceguarduk.com/ for information of the threat we face and the
                action being taken to deal with it.

                Newcastle Science Festival

                My March 12 talk at Newcastle Science Festival was a great success, with
                an audience of around 350 and a question time that ran on for a long time
                after the scheduled period. It is easy to talk at UFO conferences, because
                there is a sense that one is preaching to the converted. It is more
                difficult to discuss UFOs at science events, and yet this will probably
                achieve more, in the longer term. I was particularly pleased to see so
                many young people taking such an active interest.

                The Beast of Sydenham

                More big cat sightings from the UK, with children being kept inside and
                armed police roaming the streets trying to track it down. I have been
                warning of this threat for years and have predicted that, tragically, it
                is only a matter of time before a child is killed. The latest alert
                follows an attack on a 36 year old man and a sighting by a police officer.
                In a related story, farmers in Oxfordshire have put up a reward for the
                capture of a big cat held responsible for killing livestock.

                Species III

                As mentioned in my last column, I have been doing some promotional work in
                respect of the forthcoming rental release of the new collectors edition
                DVD of the cult sci-fi movie Species III. The DVD was released on March 28
                and stars Natasha Henstridge and Sunny Mabrey. As anybody who has watched
                Metropolis or Barbarella will tell you, sex and sci-fi mix very well.
                Species III is a case in point. Look out for the DVD with its numerous
                special features. Sci-fi and horror fans alike will love it. A series of
                UFO and alien abduction related articles are appearing to coincide with
                the launch of the DVD, of which the article in Bizarre magazine is the
                first.

                Aliens: Why They Are Here

                Sunday Times cultural commentator Bryan Appleyard has a new book published
                in March, examining the UFO and alien abduction phenomenon in a cultural
                context. I have now received a review copy and am midway through the book.
                Although I do not agree with some of the points Bryan makes, this is a
                very well written book and easily the most significant addition to the
                ufological literature in recent years. Go to
                http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/
                0743256859/qid=1111928893/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_10_1/
                026-6976479-4448465 for details of the book and how to order it.

                X-Conference 2005

                Time is running out for those of you who wish to attend the second
                X-Conference, organised by Stephen Bassett, which 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 UFO disclosure
                orientated work undertaken by Stephen Bassett. The participating speakers
                are now confirmed and include Stanton Friedman, Ann Druffel, Robert and
                Ryan Wood, Jaime Maussan, Michael Salla, Paola Harris, Richard Dolan and
                Alfred Webre. It promises to be a superb conference, and while this is
                primarily aimed at US readers, a fair few Brits made the trek over last
                year, and very much enjoyed themselves. And Washington in springtime is
                one of those trips that everybody should make once in a lifetime, to see
                the cherry trees in bloom, visit the White House and marvel at the Wright
                Flyer, on display at the Smithsonian.

                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

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                  Weird World
                  NICK POPE

                  Welcome to the May 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
                  abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
                  weird and the wonderful.

                  http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/May_2005/181.cntns

                  London UFO Conference

                  Details of what promises to be the most ambitious UFO conference held in
                  the UK for several years have now been announced. The Scientific Evidence
                  For UFOs is a one day conference being held in London on Saturday June 11.
                  Keynote speakers are Dr Richard Haines, Timothy Good, Dr Vladimir Rubtsov,
                  Dr Viktor Zhuravlev and myself. Click on
                  http://www.wddty.co.uk/ufo_conference_info.asp for further details of this
                  major UFO conference.

                  Countdown To Oblivion

                  Recently received for review, an extraordinary new book about alien
                  abductions, entitled Countdown To Oblivion. Written by D J Haskell and
                  published by Trafford Publishing (UK) Ltd, this book reads in many ways
                  more like some of the old contactee titles. Some may see this book as
                  quite New Age in its approach, and sceptics will doubtless question much
                  of the material, especially that part relating to the enigmatic entity
                  referred to as The Stranger. However, this is an intriguing addition to
                  alien abduction literature, and is bound to spark debate about the true
                  nature of the UFO phenomenon and the alien abduction mystery. Check out
                  www.trafford.com for further details.

                  Mars

                  In the aftermath of the ill fated Beagle 2 mission, the European Space
                  Agency has announced its intention to return to the Red Planet, with a new
                  mission due to leave the Earth in 2011 and arrive in 2013. This new
                  mission would again include a roving robot, and a key aim would be to
                  search for evidence of life. The details of the mission have yet to be
                  agreed, but the intention is clear. One option being considered is a
                  mission to return Martian rocks to Earth for study.

                  Nexus Conference

                  Nexus magazine runs an interesting mix of esoteric material, conspiracy
                  theories, allegedly suppressed information, ufology and the paranormal.
                  Their annual conference is due to take place from May 13 - 15 in
                  Amsterdam. Speakers will include Laurence Gardner, Linda Moulton Howe,
                  David Hatcher Childress, Alfred Lambremont Webre and Nexus publisher and
                  editor Duncan Roads. Subjects to be covered include the Tunguska incident,
                  Mary Magdalene, UFO crash retrievals, ancient Egyptian knowledge, mind
                  control and out of body experiences. Check out www.nexusmagazine.com for
                  details.

                  Moon Dust

                  Andrew smith has written a fascinating new book about the space programme,
                  focusing on how the Apollo astronauts adjusted to life back on Earth. This
                  is an extraordinary book about some extraordinary men. The views of Edgar
                  Mitchell are interesting, and his deeply spiritual beliefs have already
                  been published in his own fascinating book, The Way of the Explorer.
                  Nonetheless, one is left with a sense that these extraordinary brave
                  individuals have found it difficult to adjust to life back on Earth, as if
                  everything that followed their brief adventure was an anti climax.
                  Fascinating, tragic and a little disturbing.

                  More Planet Earths

                  British scientists at the Open University have published new theories
                  supporting the idea that approximately half of all planetary systems could
                  harbour a planet like Earth. The new theoretical models suggest that such
                  planets may exist in far greater numbers than previously suggested,
                  offering the tantalising prospect that extraterrestrial life could be far
                  more widespread than previous estimates made by SETI scientists such as
                  Frank Drake. The research has been published in Astrophysical Journal.

                  New Piatkus Catalogue

                  The new Piatkus book catalogue is out, detailing titles due to be
                  published in the second half of 2005. Piatkus publish a wide range of
                  paranormal and New Age titles, and books in the latest catalogue include
                  Phenomenon by Sylvia Browne and Life Before Life, a book by Dr Jim B
                  Tucker about reincarnation claims made by children. Check out
                  www.piatkus.co.uk for further details.

                  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

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                    NICK POPE

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                    Welcome to the June 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
                    abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
                    weird and the wonderful.

                    The Scientific Evidence For UFOs

                    Details of what promises to be the most ambitious UFO conference held in
                    the UK for several years have now been announced. The Scientific Evidence
                    For UFOs is a one day conference being held in London on Saturday June 11,
                    at the Friends Meeting House on Euston Road. Keynote speakers include Dr
                    Richard Haines, Dr Vladimir Rubtsov, Dr Viktor Zhuravlev and myself. Click
                    on www.wddty.co.uk/ufo_conference_info.asp for further details of this
                    major UFO conference, which is latest in the series of conferences
                    organised by Living The Field. Check out www.livingthefield.com for
                    details of this organisation.

                    Festival of Near Death Experience

                    On July 29 a bizarre festival will be held in North West Spain, close to
                    the border with Portugal. People who have had near death experiences come
                    together to celebrate their resurrection as part of a bizarre event that
                    one suspects the Catholic Church only tolerates with extreme reluctance,
                    despite a nod to their patron saint of resurrection, Santa Marta De
                    Ribarteme. Those who have had these experiences take part in a procession,
                    carrying or lying in a coffin. The celebration is held in the town of As
                    Neves in Galicia, but other towns in the region, such as Amil, have
                    similar events. Search within the www.tourspain.es site for details, or
                    try Google.

                    Astraea Magazine

                    I have just recorded a major new interview with Astraea Magazine, an
                    exciting new internet magazine devoted to a wide range of esoteric
                    subjects. Experts already featured include Dr Robert Lomas and Michael
                    Cremo, while the subjects range from Egyptology and Black Madonnas to
                    Freemasonry and UFOs. Check out www.astraeamagazine.com for more details.

                    New Jack The Ripper Theory

                    Author Trevor Marriott has a new theory about Jack The Ripper, which he
                    has published in a new book, entitled Jack The Ripper: The 21st Century
                    Investigation. Marriott suggests that the Ripper may have been a sailor,
                    and draws parallels between the London attacks and killings in Nicaragua.
                    He even identifies a cargo vessel on which he believes the Ripper may have
                    served, and attempts to track his movements around the globe, tying them
                    in to brutal murders that fit the modus operandi of the Ripper.

                    Results of Alien Abduction Study

                    Regular readers of this column will recall that I have featured the work
                    of Professor Chris French at Goldsmiths College, University of London, who
                    has recently undertaken a scientific study into the alien abduction
                    phenomenon. I had a meeting with Chris and his team at the outset of the
                    project, discussing methodology, helped promote the study and encouraged
                    abductees I had worked with to take part. The analysis is now complete and
                    Chris will be giving an overview of the study at a conference to be held
                    at Liverpool Hope University College on Saturday June 4. Check out
                    www.hope.ac.uk/anomalousexperience/programme.htm for details of this talk
                    and other lectures in the Developing Perspectives on Anomalous Experience
                    conference. Other topics covered will include séances, out of body
                    experiences, hauntings and ESP. The full report on the abduction study
                    will be ready shortly after Chris presents his overview on June 4. I will
                    return to this in my column next month.

                    Crop Circles

                    The crops are ripening in the fields, and it will not be long before the
                    debate about crop circles resurfaces, as it does every summer, in England.
                    I await with interest the annual reports, and suspect that they will begin
                    shortly. I suspect that in my column next month, I will have some
                    interesting things to report.

                    UFOs on TV

                    Because of the fact that I used to head the UFO Project run by the British
                    Government, I am frequently approached by television and film production
                    companies, asking me to give interviews, act as consultant or present
                    shows dealing with this subject. I try to help out when I can, although
                    the pressure of other business precludes the time I have for such media
                    projects. What I can say is that there are numerous UFO related media
                    projects which will be appearing on your TV screens shortly.

                    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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                      Weird World
                      NICK POPE

                      http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/July_2005/199.cntns

                      Welcome to the July 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
                      abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
                      weird and the wonderful.

                      Microsoft, UFOs and Aliens

                      I have been asked to judge a competition being run by Microsoft. MSN
                      Spaces are inviting people to submit a picture (real or fake) of a UFO or
                      alien, and follow the clues to track down the location of a hidden UFO
                      base. Prizes include a holiday in Florida with VIP access to the NASA
                      Space Center at Cape Canaveral, a digital camcorder, MP3 players and the
                      trendy new Qee toys. Check out http://www.msnspacerace.co.uk/ for details,
                      or enter the phrase MSN Space Race into Google.

                      Crop Circle Conference 2005

                      On August 13, 14 and 15 the Wiltshire Crop Circle Study Group are putting
                      on what promises to be one of the largest crop circle conferences in
                      recent years. The conference will be held at Marlborough College and
                      speakers include Francine Blake, Michael Glickman, John Major Jenkins and
                      Jay Goldner. Helicopter flights over crop circles and sacred dances in
                      formations will also be available. Email wccsg@... for further
                      details.

                      Glastonbury Symposium 2005

                      The other big crop circle conference is the annual Glastonbury Symposium.
                      This will be held on July 22, 23 and 24 in the Town Hall at Glastonbury,
                      and speakers include Andy Thomas, Robin Heath, John Michell, Marcus Allen
                      and Sir Laurence Gardner. Check out www.glastonburysymposium.co.uk for
                      further details.

                      Crop Circles and The Sun

                      Top UK tabloid The Sun put a crop circle on its front page on June 10.
                      Under the headline Aliens Back Our Bid, the newspaper featured a formation
                      in the shape of the Olympic symbol. The Sun was behind the stunt, and
                      admitted they had commissioned the making of the formation, but it was a
                      timely reminder of the enduring power of crop circle imagery, and the
                      extent to which this is now part of popular culture.

                      The War of the Worlds

                      The must see movie of the summer, The War of the Worlds, is now on general
                      release here in the UK. It remains to be seen whether such a Hollywood
                      blockbuster will

                      Exopolitics

                      Alfred Lambremont Webre has authored a book entitled Exopolitics. His
                      involvement with the study of the UFO phenomenon includes work with the
                      Carter Administration and the prestigious Stanford Research Institute.
                      Exopolitics is a controversial part of ufology, which attempts to define
                      the position of humanity in a Universe populated with other intelligent
                      civilisations. Check out http://www.exopolitics.com/ for details of the
                      subject, and
                      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0973766301/qid=1119385731/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/104-8721351-2327150?v=glance&s=books
                      for details of the book. Alternatively, key the word Exopolitics into
                      Google or Amazon. Subtitled Politics, Government, and Law in the Universe,
                      this book is bound to be controversial.

                      The Secret History of Lucifer

                      A fascinating book by top paranormal and esoteric author Lynn Picknett
                      threatens to challenge everything you thought you knew about Lucifer.
                      People expecting satanic revelations will be disappointed, because it
                      seems the devil has been much maligned. Lucifer, Lynn suggests, has far
                      more to do with Goddess worship, pagan rituals and enlightenment than
                      anything evil. The subtitle Evil Angel or the Secret of Life Itself well
                      illustrates the debate at the heart of this book. Check out
                      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/078671560X/104-8721351-2327150?v=glance
                      for further details of the book, or search for the title on Google. And
                      stand by for fireworks when this controversial book falls into the hands
                      of the fundamentalist, patriarchal Christians that Lynn so despises. A
                      more comprehensive review of this extraordinary, interesting,
                      well-researched and controversial book will appear next month.

                      Alien Abduction Study

                      As mentioned in my column last month, the scientific study into the alien
                      abduction phenomenon carried out by Professor Chris French at Goldsmiths
                      College, University of London, has now been completed. I had a meeting
                      with Chris and his team at the outset of the project, discussing
                      methodology. I also helped promote the study and encouraged abductees I
                      had worked with to take part. The analysis is now complete and Chris gave
                      an overview of the study at a conference held at Liverpool Hope University
                      College on Saturday June 4. Check out
                      http://www.hope.ac.uk/anomalousexperience/programme.htm for details of
                      this talk. The full report on the abduction study will be ready shortly.
                      Chris forwarded me a copy of his paper, but asked me not to post it for
                      now, as this might cause problems with subsequent publication in
                      scientific journals. He did, however, say that I could post a summary of
                      the paper. I am wary of this, as I am not a scientist, but I think I can
                      safely say the following. The study involved 19 abductees (8 male, 11
                      female) and a control group matched by age and gender. The study looked
                      for postulated psychological differences between the two groups, for
                      differences in susceptibility to false memories and for differences in ESP
                      and PK abilities. Significant differences were found in areas such as
                      tendency to hallucinate, absorption and dissociative tendencies. The
                      results were less clear on fantasy-proneness, while no significant
                      differences were found on susceptibility to false memory. Greater
                      incidence of sleep paralysis was found among the abductees, though it was
                      acknowledged that this might be a symptom of, and not an explanation for,
                      alien abduction. The tests on paranormal abilities did not appear to show
                      any significant differences, though there was one apparent difference on
                      the clairvoyance test, which I am attempting to clarify. Once the paper
                      has been published in scientific journals, I will feature a more detailed
                      analysis in this column.

                      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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                        NICK POPE

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                        Welcome to the August 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
                        abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
                        weird and the wonderful.

                        MSN Space Race

                        There is still time to enter the UFO competition being run by Microsoft.
                        Have you got a photograph of a UFO? Have you managed to take a picture of
                        an alien? If not, do you think you could fake one good enough to fool the
                        experts? And can you follow the clues to track down the location of a
                        hidden UFO base? I have been asked to judge this competition, as has
                        former Ministry of Defence scientist Peter Varnish. The prizes include a
                        holiday in Florida with VIP access to the NASA Space Center at Cape
                        Canaveral, a digital camcorder, MP3 players and lots of trendy new Qee
                        toys. Check out http://www.msnspacerace.co.uk/ for details, or enter the
                        phrase MSN Space Race into Google. The venture has been widely reported in
                        the national media, but please, do not believe some of the bizarre
                        conspiracy theories circulating on the internet. This is not a ruse on the
                        part of British intelligence to gather information about ufologists, or to
                        amass a collection of UFO photographs previously outside our control. It
                        is a fun competition for UFO witnesses or people with an interest in the
                        subject.

                        War Of The Worlds

                        If you only see one movie this summer, make sure you see this sensational
                        sci-fi blockbuster. Spielberg is back to his best, Cruise is superb and
                        the special effects are ... out of this world. I gave a brief interview
                        about the possibility of a real war of the worlds a sci-fi supplement that
                        appears in the current issue of the film magazine Empire. But please, with
                        all movies like this, see it on the big screen at the cinema. Enjoy!

                        Beagle 2 Inquest

                        The chances of Beagle 2 succeeding on Mars were a million to one, but
                        still ... sorry. Joking aside, the powerful Public Accounts Committee have
                        published a critical report into the much publicised failure of the Beagle
                        2 mission, citing poor risk management, last minute technical changes,
                        over ambitious timescales and funding uncertainties as reasons for the
                        failure.

                        Conspiracies

                        I hope regular readers of this column have caught the new series of
                        Conspiracies. Broadcast on Sky One on Sunday evenings at 9pm, the second
                        series of this show has delved into some intriguing areas, including Waco
                        and the Lockerbie bomb. One of the programmes in the second series will
                        relate to UFOs, so watch this space.

                        Haunted Homes

                        Do you have a ghost in your house? If you do, a new TV series wants to
                        hear from you. If you believe you are living with a paranormal presence
                        and want it investigated, email gemmachapman@... and give
                        the details. A psychic and other paranormal experts are involved with the
                        Haunted Homes TV show, which is a new series being developed for ITV.

                        Crop Circle Conference 2005

                        On August 13, 14 and 15 the Wiltshire Crop Circle Study Group are putting
                        on what promises to be one of the largest crop circle conferences in
                        recent years. The conference will be held at Marlborough College and
                        speakers include Francine Blake, Michael Glickman, John Major Jenkins and
                        Jay Goldner. Helicopter flights over crop circles and sacred dances in
                        formations will also be available. Email wccsg@... for further
                        details.

                        North Wales

                        A new website has been set up concentrating on UFO sightings in North
                        Wales. The area has seen a number of fascinating UFO sightings over the
                        years, and the website covers an interesting mix of UFO and abduction
                        related material, including information on some famous Welsh cases such as
                        the Berwyn Mountain crash, the Broadhaven Triangle, strange activity on
                        Denbigh Moor and the UFO sightings at Great Orme, one of the top ten UFO
                        hotspots in the UK. Check out www.nwalesufos.com for details of this new
                        but fast growing website.

                        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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                          September 2005

                          Weird World
                          NICK POPE

                          Welcome to the September 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
                          abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
                          weird and the wonderful.

                          Metro - 60 Second Interview

                          On 10 August I appeared in Metro, the popular free newspaper read by most
                          London commuters. I was featured in their regular 60 Second Interview
                          slot, and used the opportunity to tell people about my time on the
                          Ministry of Defence UFO Project. I was also pictured on the front cover,
                          which I had not expected. This is a tremendously high-profile feature -
                          other recent interviewees include Norman Cook and Sandra Bullock - so was
                          a wonderful opportunity to promote ufology and the paranormal more
                          generally. Click on http://www.metro.co.uk/metro/interviews/
                          interview.html%3Fin_page_id=8&in_interview_id=1144 to see the interview in
                          its entirety.

                          Forbidden Knowledge

                          One of the biggest esoteric conferences ever held in the UK will be held
                          on Saturday 1 July 2006. Speakers include Alan Alford, Andrew Collins,
                          Michael Cremo, Paul Devereux, Philip Gardiner, Lionel Fanthorpe, Gary
                          Osborn, Karen Ralls and myself. The conference will be held at Kings Hall
                          in Stoke on Trent and is already attracting massive interest from all
                          those interested in forbidden knowledge, Earth mysteries, the paranormal,
                          mysticism, ancient mysteries and other esoteric subjects. On a related
                          subject, a new book by Philip Gardiner and Gary Osborn, entitled The
                          Serpent Grail, will be published on 15 September by Watkins Publishing.
                          Click on the official Philip Gardiner website at
                          http://www.philipgardiner.net for more details on the book and on
                          http://www.phil.fah-designs.com/forbiddenknews1.pdf for details of the
                          conference.

                          QuestCon05

                          For those of you who are unable to wait to 2006 for a big conference on
                          various esoteric subjects, check out QuestCon05. Organised by Andrew
                          Collins, the event will be held in London on Saturday 5 November. Speakers
                          include Andrew Collins, Graham Phillips, Colin Wilson, Philip Gardiner and
                          Gary Osborn. Click on http://www.andrewcollins.com/page/
                          conference/conferencenews.htm for more details of what promises to be an
                          informative and intriguing conference.

                          Curried Meatballs and Alien Abduction

                          The Ministry of Defence has run a news feature on some of the Freedom of
                          Information requests it has received since the Act came fully into force
                          on 1 January this year. A light-hearted news feature entitled Curried
                          Meatballs and Alien Abductions appeared recently on the MOD website,
                          highlighting the wide range of requests that the MOD has received. Many
                          requests have related to information on UFOs and alien abductions, and the
                          MOD news feature picks out a couple. Click on http://news.mod.uk/
                          news_headline_story2.asp?newsItem_id=3474 for details of the story.

                          Ufology is Dead - Again

                          Another local UFO group ran short of sightings, prompting media
                          speculation that ufology is dead. Several national newspapers ran articles
                          on this and I was quoted in The Guardian, commenting on the story. I
                          subsequently discussed this on BBC Radio Scotland and pointed out that
                          stories like this were often the making of the UFO group concerned, as
                          they get publicity which prompts people to send them the very UFO reports
                          they complain are not forthcoming.

                          MSN Space Race

                          The UFO competition run by Microsoft has now closed. Entrants were asked
                          to send in photographs of UFOs or aliens, real or fake, and to follow a
                          series of clues to guess the location of a secret base where UFOs were
                          being kept. The prizes included a holiday in Florida with VIP access to
                          the NASA Space Center at Cape Canaveral, a digital camcorder, MP3 players
                          and lots of trendy Qee key rings. I was asked to judge this competition,
                          along with former Ministry of Defence scientist Peter Varnish. There was a
                          fair bit of coverage of this competition in the media, but provoked quite
                          a negative reaction on various discussion groups and blogs. The apparent
                          coming together of Microsoft, NASA and the MOD in a UFO-related venture
                          made many conspiracy theorists suspicious. There were rumours that the
                          competition was aimed at gathering information about ufologists, or
                          amassing a collection of genuine UFO photographs that had not previously
                          been seen by officialdom. There were accusations that the whole
                          competition was a disinformation project aimed at undermining ufology by
                          blurring the line between fact and fiction, and some people even went so
                          far as to encourage people to complain to Microsoft. In fact, the whole
                          thing was a fun idea, and when we came to the judging, Peter and I
                          assessed the entries not just for realism but for creativity, originality
                          and humour. Check out the MSN Space Race website at
                          http://www.msnspacerace.co.uk/ for a look at the winning entries and the
                          runners-up.

                          Crop Circle Formations of 2005

                          There may not have been much in the newspapers, but the crop circle
                          phenomenon is still very much with us. The summer of 2005 has seen some
                          beautiful formations appearing in the fields of England. Whether you
                          believe crop circles are made by people, Earth energies or
                          extraterrestrials, they are undeniably fascinating. Click on
                          http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2005/2005.html or
                          http://www.temporarytemples.co.uk/2005/ for details of 2005 formations.

                          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
                          October 2005 Weird World NICK POPE http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/October_2005/226.cntns Welcome to the October 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
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                            Weird World
                            NICK POPE

                            http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/October_2005/226.cntns

                            Welcome to the October 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
                            abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
                            weird and the wonderful.

                            The Science of Aliens

                            The Science Museum is not the sort of place you would normally expect to
                            find an exhibition and debate about UFOs, and yet that is exactly what is
                            happening. The Science Museum is running a major new exhibition called The
                            Science of Aliens, looking at UFOs, alien abductions and the most profound
                            question of the modern era - are we alone in the Universe? To complement
                            the exhibition, the Science Museum is running three debates at their new
                            Dana Centre site. I shall be taking part in one of these. Tickets are free
                            but must be pre-booked. Check out http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/aliens/
                            for details of the exhibition http://www.danacentre.org.uk/ for details of
                            the Dana Centre or http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/corporate_commercial/
                            press/ShowPressRelease.asp?Show=336 for information about the debates.

                            Astraea Magazine & Web Radio

                            An absolutely fascinating series of interviews on a wide range of
                            paranormal, mysterious and esoteric subjects can be accessed via Astraea
                            Magazine & Web Radio. Subjects covered range from Freemasonry to Jack the
                            Ripper, while I give one of the most wide-ranging interviews I have given
                            in recent years on the Ministry of Defence UFO Project. Check out
                            http://www.astraeamagazine.com/radio.php for details of the interviews and
                            http://www.astraeamagazine.com/ for details of the magazine.

                            Heavenly Lights: The Apparitions of Fatima and the UFO Phenomenon

                            A controversial new book (or rather, an English language translation of a
                            classic Portuguese book) suggests that the mysterious Fatima incident in
                            1917 may have involved UFOs and not a manifestation of the Blessed Virgin
                            Mary, as some believe. Heavenly Lights: The Apparitions of Fatima and the
                            UFO Phenomenon is written by Portuguese academics Joaquim Fernandes and
                            Fina d' Armada, and has a foreword by Jacques Vallee. Intriguing and
                            provocative. Check out www.eccenova.com and follow the links to the media
                            kit for more details, or check out the usual online book sites.

                            The Serpent Grail

                            A fascinating new book by Philip Gardiner and Gary Osborn, entitled The
                            Serpent Grail, was published on 15 September by Watkins Publishing and is
                            generating a lot of excitement among those with an interest in forbidden
                            knowledge and ancient mysteries. The book looks at stories of the Holy
                            Grail, the Philosopher's Stone and the Elixir of Life, and links these
                            concepts with shamanism and enlightenment. Running through all this and
                            providing, the authors believe, the key to unlocking numerous mysteries,
                            is serpent mythology. This is a well-researched, well-written and
                            thought-provoking book. Click on the official Philip Gardiner website at
                            http://www.philipgardiner.net/ for more details, or check out the usual
                            online book sites.

                            QuestCon05

                            Still on the subject of esoteric knowledge, there are still some tickets
                            left for QuestCon05. Organised by Andrew Collins, the event will be held
                            in London on Saturday 5 November. Speakers include Andrew Collins, Graham
                            Phillips, Colin Wilson, Jeremy Narby, Philip Gardiner and Gary Osborn.
                            Click on http://www.andrewcollins.com/page/
                            conference/conferencenews.htm for more details of what promises to be an
                            informative and intriguing conference.

                            An American Demonology

                            Coming soon, from the self-styled bad man of ufology, possibly one of the
                            most important UFO books to have hit the bookshelves for some time. An
                            American Demonology is a biography of Captain Edward Ruppelt, a United
                            States Air Force officer who ran Project Blue Book, the US Government UFO
                            Project. Ruppelt went on to write The Report on Unidentified Flying
                            Objects, arguably the most important UFO book ever written. Bennett delves
                            into the work and the mindset of this extraordinary character, and in
                            doing so says much about UFOs, ufology, and America in the Fifties. Jerome
                            Clark wrote the foreword and I wrote the introduction. Bennett is an
                            experienced biographer whose previous subjects have been Charles Fort and
                            George Adamski. More on An American Demonology soon.

                            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 2005 Weird World NICK POPE http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/November_2005/235.cntns Welcome to the November 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
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                              November 2005

                              Weird World
                              NICK POPE

                              http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/November_2005/235.cntns

                              Welcome to the November 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
                              abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
                              weird and the wonderful.

                              Italian UFO Conference

                              I have recently returned from Italy where I spoke at a UFO conference held
                              at the University of Calabria. Organised by highly respected Italian
                              ufologist Roberto Pinotti, the conference was an interesting mix of SETI,
                              ufology and exopolitics. Accordingly, speakers ranged from Alexander
                              Zaitsev and Claudio Maccone through to Monsignor Corrado Balducci and
                              Michael Salla. For me, it was a nice opportunity to catch up with old
                              friends such as Budd Hopkins and Roger Leir, among others.

                              Threshold

                              Threshold is an exciting new sci-fi show that is getting a lot of people
                              talking. The lead character is a worst-case scenario planner, paid to
                              think the unthinkable. When an unidentified object enters the atmosphere
                              and encounters a trawler, she puts together a mixed team of experts and
                              investigates. With the crew either dead or missing, and with strange
                              events occurring on the mainland, time is running out. Watch out for more
                              about this exciting new series, already running on CBS in America, and
                              airing on Sky One in the UK, from November.

                              The Real 4400

                              The 4400 is another UFO-related sci-fi series still running and still
                              attracting a lot of interest and comment, with its story of 4400 abductees
                              who are returned to Earth with strange powers. The Real 4400 is a
                              documentary I was involved in, focusing on the alien abduction mystery. It
                              aired on Sky One on October 19, but is being repeated. The 4400 itself
                              continues to run on the USA network in America and on Sky One in the UK.

                              The Science of Aliens

                              A new exhibition called The Science of Aliens has recently opened at the
                              Science Museum. The exhibition covers a wide range of areas, including
                              SETI and speculation as the what alien life might be like, but includes
                              some material about UFOs and alien abductions. Check out
                              http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/aliens/ for details of the exhibition. I
                              took part in a debate organised as part of this event and am doing some
                              other work to help promote the exhibition. This is a welcome opportunity to

                              Nick Pope Interview Online

                              I gave one of the most extensive and wide-ranging interviews I have given
                              in recent years on the Ministry of Defence UFO Project to Astraea Magazine
                              & Web Radio. This forms part of a growing archive of interviews on a wide
                              range of paranormal, mysterious and esoteric subjects, ranging from UFOs
                              and Freemasonry through to Jack the Ripper. Check out
                              http://www.astraeamagazine.com/radio.php for details of the interviews and
                              http://www.astraeamagazine.com/ for details of the magazine.

                              Laughlin UFO Conference

                              The 15th Annual International UFO Congress will be held in Laughlin,
                              Nevada, from February 26 - March 4, 2006. This really is the biggest UFO
                              conference in the world, and speakers include Jim Marrs, Dolores Cannon,
                              William Hamilton, Donald Ware and many more besides. Check out
                              www.ufocongress.com for the details.

                              UFO Conference in Hawaii

                              One of the most beautiful and exotic locations in the world will play host
                              to a UFO conference next year. Organised by Michael Salla, the event will
                              focus on exopolitics and will feature speakers such as Alfred Webre, Paola
                              Harris and Salla himself. The conference lasts from June 9 - 11, 2006.
                              Check out www.exopoliticsinstitute.org for the details.

                              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
                              December 2005 - January 2006 Weird World NICK POPE http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/December_2005_-_January_2006/243.cntns Welcome to the joint December 2005 and
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                                Weird World
                                NICK POPE

                                http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/December_2005_-_January_2006/243.cntns

                                Welcome to the joint December 2005 and January 2006 round up of news and
                                views on UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the
                                unexplained, the weird and the wonderful.

                                Rendlesham Forest UFO Incident - 25th Anniversary

                                Christmas and the New Year sees the 25th anniversary of the Rendlesham
                                Forest UFO incident and the subsequent official investigation. This is the
                                most compelling UFO encounter ever to have taken place in Britain and has
                                generated a massive amount of interest not just from UFO researchers but
                                from the media and the public. There are several books on the incident,
                                the best known of which is You Can't Tell The People, authored by Hot
                                Gossip Editor in Chief Georgina Bruni. The title reflects a conversation
                                Georgina had with former PM Baroness Thatcher at a charity function in
                                1997, when they were discussing UFOs. Baroness Thatcher said "you can't
                                tell the people" in response to a question Georgina posed about UFOs, but
                                refused to elaborate on her cryptic remark. Various events are planned to
                                mark the 25th anniversary, including a vigil and skywatch at RAF
                                Bentwaters, a commemorative event organised by the Forestry Commission,
                                and various media features.

                                Daily Express Rendlesham Article

                                On Saturday November 19 the Daily Express carried a major, double page
                                feature on the Rendlesham Forest incident. I was pleased about this, not
                                least because I wrote it. The paper had commissioned the 2000 word article
                                from me the week before and was therefore the first newspaper to run the
                                story in the run up to the anniversary. UFO researchers often complain
                                that the media misrepresent ufology or take their comments out of context.
                                Obtaining a commission gets around these problems and the only changes to
                                my article were minor editorial ones. I am pleased to have been able to
                                play a part in kick starting the media interest in the anniversary. The
                                article has generated much wider interest and Georgina Bruni and I have
                                already conducted a live interview on BBC Radio Suffolk. December and
                                January will see further media features on this intriguing case.

                                The Material World

                                The prestigious BBC Radio 4 science programme The Material World recently
                                ran a feature on the alien abduction phenomenon, with Professor Chris
                                French and I debating the subject with presenter Quentin Cooper. Needless
                                to say, it is a major coup to get the subject discussed on such a
                                mainstream programme. Click on http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/
                                science/thematerialworld_20051103.shtml to listen to the show.

                                California Lecture Tour

                                I have just returned from a brief lecture tour in California, where I gave
                                talks in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. I had a hectic schedule
                                but very much welcomed the chance to promote British ufology to American
                                audiences, meet some old friends and meet some new ones. Click on
                                www.mufonla.com/videoorder.htm for details of how to order the 2 hour DVD
                                of my lecture, which was entitled The Real X-Files: The Inside Story of
                                the British Government's UFO Project.

                                Sopranos

                                I do not normally do restaurant reviews, and this is more by way of a
                                thank you. During my recent lecture tour in California I arrived quite
                                late at my hotel in Costa Mesa. I looked around the neighbourhood, but
                                there was only one restaurant within walking distance. I went in and
                                ordered a beer. It had been a long day and I was still recovering from my
                                ten hour flight to Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the kitchen had closed and
                                the staff were clearing up. I was resigning myself to the situation when
                                the manager realised that I had been travelling all day and had come from
                                the UK. Five minutes later, a delicious and piping hot plate of spaghetti
                                and meatballs appeared, while the manager stayed on after hours, until I
                                finished. So thank you Sopranos, for your great food and hospitality.
                                Check www.sopranoseatery.com for details. As I arrived, two regulars were
                                leaving. They said the food was fantastic and I should eat there again. I
                                am only sorry that, because of my schedule, I never got the chance.

                                Threshold

                                Threshold is an exciting new science fiction show that is getting a lot of
                                people talking. It is running on CBS in America and on Sky One in the UK.
                                The lead character is Molly Caffrey, a worst-case scenario planner, paid
                                to think the unthinkable. When an unidentified object enters the
                                atmosphere and encounters a trawler, the woman who wrote the contingency
                                plan is tasked by the US Government with running the operation to deal
                                with the situation. She puts together a mixed team of experts and
                                investigates. With the trawler crew either dead or missing and with
                                strange events occurring on the mainland, time is running out. The media
                                in the UK have drawn parallels between Molly Caffrey and me and I have
                                given a number of interviews based around the question, what would we do
                                if aliens really invaded? The media wanted to know about the real
                                worst-case scenario planner thought of the series, and what my plan was. I
                                helped in so far as I could, though I was reluctant to go into too many
                                details.

                                The Science of Aliens

                                A new exhibition called The Science of Aliens has recently opened at the
                                Science Museum. The exhibition covers a wide range of areas, including
                                SETI and speculation as the what alien life might be like, but includes
                                some material about UFOs and alien abductions. Check out
                                http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/aliens/ for details of the exhibition. I
                                took part in a debate organised as part of this event and am doing some
                                other work to help promote the exhibition.

                                An American Demonology

                                Now published and written by the self-styled bad man of ufology comes
                                possibly one of the most important UFO books to have hit the bookshelves
                                for some time. An American Demonology is a biography of Captain Edward
                                Ruppelt, a United States Air Force officer who ran Project Blue Book, the
                                US Government UFO Project. Ruppelt went on to write The Report on
                                Unidentified Flying Objects, arguably the most important UFO book ever
                                written. Bennett delves into the work and the mindset of this
                                extraordinary character and in doing so says much about UFOs, ufology and
                                America in the Fifties. Jerome Clark wrote the foreword and I wrote the
                                introduction. Bennett is an experienced biographer whose previous subjects
                                have been Charles Fort and George Adamski. Check out Amazon and all the
                                other usual book sites for details of how to order.

                                Crop Circle Sale

                                Crop circle researcher Colin Andrews is selling his extensive database and
                                archive, covering 22 years of research into the crop circle mystery. The
                                collection is up for sale on eBay. This has itself generated much debate
                                among crop circle researchers and ufologists, and an article in the
                                Western Daily Press, to which Colin Andrews took great exception. Check
                                out www.cropcircleinfo.com for details of the auction.

                                Seasons Greetings

                                Finally, I would like to wish all my readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy
                                New Year. In particular, my thoughts are with the brave men and women
                                currently serving with British, American and other allied Forces in Iraq,
                                Afghanistan and other overseas locations. You may be far from home, but
                                you are still in our thoughts. Stay safe.

                                © Knight International
                                www.knight-intl.com
                              • Frits Westra
                                February 2006 Weird World NICK POPE http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/February_2006/252.cntns Welcome to the February 2006 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
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                                  February 2006

                                  Weird World
                                  NICK POPE

                                  http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/February_2006/252.cntns

                                  Welcome to the February 2006 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
                                  abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the
                                  weird and the wonderful.

                                  The Rendlesham Forest UFO Case

                                  There was extensive media coverage of the 25th anniversary of the
                                  Rendlesham Forest UFO incident, which occurred over the Christmas period
                                  in 1980. This is the most compelling UFO encounter ever to have taken
                                  place in Britain and has generated a massive amount of interest not just
                                  from UFO researchers but from the media and the public. There are several
                                  books on the incident, the best known of which is You Can't Tell The
                                  People, authored by Hot Gossip Editor in Chief Georgina Bruni. The 25th
                                  anniversary media coverage included a two page article that I was
                                  commissioned to write for the Daily Express, a major feature in The Sun,
                                  national radio features on BBC Radio Five Live and Talk Sport, and a whole
                                  host of other regional newspaper and radio coverage. I also did an outside
                                  broadcast live from the forest for the new Channel 4 breakfast show,
                                  Morning Glory.

                                  Left At East Gate

                                  The other well known book on the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident is Left at
                                  East Gate, co-authored by Larry Warren and Peter Robbins. This book has
                                  recently been updated and republished by Cosimo-on-Demand. Order through
                                  Amazon or all the other usual sites for books, making sure that you get
                                  hold of the new, updated version. Peter Robbins spent much of December in
                                  the UK and gave a number of lectures about the Rendlesham Forest incident
                                  to UFO groups around the country, and spent the 25th anniversary itself in
                                  the forest with Larry Warren and die-hard UFO enthusiasts who braved
                                  sub-zero temperatures to mark the event.

                                  Kittie Klaw

                                  I recently met up with one of the most extraordinary paranormal
                                  investigators in the UK, the multi-talented Kittie Klaw. As well as being
                                  an expert on all matters paranormal and psychic, Kittie is involved in a
                                  wide range of dancing, acting and modelling. One of her ventures is the
                                  Ministry of Burlesque, currently launching Battle of Burlesque - a sort of
                                  Search for a Star for the world of glamorous cabaret performers. Check out
                                  www.ministryofburlesque.com for the details of this series of events and
                                  check out www.kittieklaw.com for more information about this
                                  extraordinarily talented performer. Kittie and I decided that a little
                                  collaboration would be in order, on various projects, so watch this space.
                                  Ministry of Defence meets Ministry of Burlesque. Interesting.

                                  Britain's Roswell

                                  OK, this is yet another story about the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident,
                                  but I make no apologies, because this has been a massive story here in the
                                  UK over recent weeks. There are numerous documentaries on the subject,
                                  including the Sci-Fi Channel show UFO Invasion at Rendlesham. Now The
                                  History Channel have a new show on the incident, featuring Charles Halt,
                                  James Penniston, John Burroughs, Georgina Bruni, Peter Robbins, Larry
                                  Warren and myself, among others. The documentary was shown first last
                                  month, but has been repeated several times. Check your TV schedules for
                                  details.

                                  Dana Centre

                                  The Dana Centre at the Science Museum are holding another event that will
                                  cover UFOs and aliens. Taking place from 6pm through to 11pm on Friday 17
                                  February, the event is free, but booking is essential. The Dana Centre is
                                  all about making science fun and making people think about contemporary
                                  scientific issues. This is the third of these Science Museum events in
                                  which I have participated and I welcome the fact that they are prepared
                                  increasingly to look at featuring discussions, debates and events on alien
                                  life, UFOs and abductions. It is a welcome sign that such subjects are
                                  becoming more mainstream. At the last such event, the TV cameras turned up
                                  and I appeared live on London Tonight, so watch this space. Check out
                                  www.danacentre.org.uk for details out the event and www.danacentre.org.uk
                                  for details of the Dana Centre and some of their other events.

                                  The World's Strangest UFO Stories

                                  A new series looking at UFOs has started on the Discovery Channel here in
                                  the UK. The World's Strangest UFO Stories started on 15 January and will
                                  run for several weeks on Sunday evenings, at 10pm, examining various weird
                                  and wonderful UFO incidents. Stories featured include the incredible
                                  claims of jazz singer Pamela Stonebrook, who says that she has had sex
                                  with a six foot tall reptilian extraterrestrial. Check TV listings for the
                                  Discovery Channel series, and www.intergalacticdiva.com for information
                                  about Pamela Stonebrook.

                                  Off The Page

                                  I recently recorded an edition of the prestigious BBC Radio 4 show, Off
                                  The Page, where I debated the question 'Are We Alone?'. The programme airs
                                  on Friday nights at 11pm and my show will probably be played on Friday 3
                                  February. Yet another example of discussions about UFOs getting an
                                  increasingly mainstream and Establishment audience.

                                  Invasion

                                  Mainstream television interest in all things alien continues with Channel
                                  4 showing the new US cult sci-fi series Invasion. The series begins with a
                                  hurricane in Florida, strange lights in the sky, and the mysterious
                                  involvement of the United States Air Force. As the series unfolds,
                                  weirdness and paranoia increase, as the small community of Homestead
                                  struggles to rebuild itself. But is Homestead the only place in danger, or
                                  is the entire human race in peril?

                                  Phenomena Magazine

                                  For anyone with an interest in UFOs, the unexplained, the paranormal, the
                                  mysterious and the esoteric, Phenomena Magazine is well worth your time.
                                  Updated daily by the prolific editor Robin Crookshank-Hilton, the site is
                                  packed full of interesting news stories, in depth features and interviews.
                                  Check http://phenomena.cinescape.com for the magazine, and
                                  http://phenomena.cinescape.com/0/Editorial.asp (or search for my name once
                                  in the site) for probably the lengthiest interview I have given in recent
                                  years.

                                  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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