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  • Frits Westra
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      Hot Gossip UK May 2001

      Welcome to the May 2001 round-up of news and views from the world of
      ufology, the paranormal, strange mysteries, the weird and the

      The Mammoth Book of UFOs

      Robinson publish a whole series of these books, and their latest
      offering is well worth a look if you're interested in UFOs. These
      hefty compilation books can be a hit or miss affair, but this 150,000
      word tome looks to be a first rate overview of the UFO mystery. The
      author Lynn Picknett is ideally-placed to have written this book. She
      was Deputy Editor of the classic partwork The Unexplained, and also
      edited The Encyclopedia of the Paranormal. More recently she's
      collaborated with Clive Prince, with whom she's co-authored Turin
      Shroud, The Templar Revelation and The Stargate Conspiracy. This
      latter project has clearly influenced Lynn's thinking on ufology, and
      the connections that she draws between trickster entities and the Nine
      are particularly fascinating. This linking of occult, paranormal and
      ufology won't go down well with everyone, and may upset sceptics and
      pro-ETH believers alike. But Lynn's a dedicated and honest researcher
      who goes where the data take her, and these connections can't be
      ignored, whatever one's established beliefs. This comprehensive book
      is well-researched and well-written. It is highly recommended.

      Crop Circle's in Popular Culture

      Circle Master organic ale is the latest example of how the crop circle
      phenomenon is becoming part of the popular culture. Named in honour of
      the skilful character (the label makes no definitive statement about
      the identity of such characters) who creates such patterns in the crop
      fields, this ale should be available from most of the big supermarket
      chains and specialist off-licences. Details are at
      [1]www.wychwood.co.uk and I can thoroughly recommend this tasty and
      refreshing product, which I sampled extensively � for research
      purposes, of course.

      New Magazine Out Now

      As previously trailed in this column, May sees the launch of a
      sensational new magazine concentrating on the shadowy world of
      intelligence, espionage, secret services and military-related matters.
      There will be eight issues of Eye Spy! each year, and they'll cost
      �2.95 each. An annual subscription will cost �20 and details are on
      the www.eyespymag.com website. This publication promises to be
      interesting and controversial. It's edited by Mark Birdsall, who
      previously worked on UFO Magazine and The Unopened Files.

      Double Standards

      Britain in 1941: beaten back but defiant. Facing down the Nazi menace
      but united behind Winston Churchill and prepared to fight until the
      last. Right? Er, well, maybe not. Behind the myths about our finest
      hour, rumours have long circulated that many senior politicians were
      ready to conclude a peace deal with Hitler. Now there's an important
      new book that could really put the cat amongst the pigeons. Double
      Standards: the Rudolph Hess Cover-up examines the extraordinary
      circumstances surrounding the flight to Britain on 10 May 1941 of
      Deputy Fuhrer Rudolph Hess. The book suggests the intriguing theory
      that Hess had flown to discuss terms with the Duke of Hamilton, with
      the full knowledge and support of certain members of the aristocracy.
      There's also the suggestion of a Royal connection, with new witness
      testimony pointing to the conclusion that the Duke of Kent (who later
      died in a mysterious aircraft accident) knew of the mission and was at
      the Duke of Hamilton's estate at the time of Hess's flight. The
      authors suggest that Hess was to have landed at the Duke's estate, but
      that he failed to find it and had to bale out of his Messerschmitt
      Me-110. They conclude that once Hess was captured, handed to the Home
      Guard and recognised, the powerful peace lobby were forced to deny any
      knowledge or involvement with Hess's mission. Hess died in Spandau
      prison in 1987, under circumstances that some still believe to have
      been suspicious. Double Standards is written by Lynn Picknett, Clive
      Prince and Stephen Prior, with Robert Brydon, and is published by
      Little Brown.

      UFO Magazine

      The latest edition of UFO magazine went on sale on 26 April, so should
      be in the shops now. As ever, it's well worth checking out, and
      contains the usual mixture of breaking news, in-depth analysis,
      photographs and reviews. Details are at www.ufomag.co.uk and this site
      is well worth checking out, and adding to your list of favourites.
      Tickets for their Leeds annual conference on 21, 22 and 23 September
      are apparently selling quickly (hardly surprising given that both Budd
      Hopkins and John Mack will make rare UK appearances), so you're
      advised to book up soon. Again, details are in the magazine and on the

      NASA Aircraft to Break Speed Record

      This month will see the first unpiloted test flight of NASA's new
      X-43A aircraft, which should accelerate up to a speed of around 7200
      mph, mashing the existing speed record. This is a prototype
      'scramjet', a revolutionary new design which scoops up oxygen from the
      atmosphere instead of having to carry it. These so-called
      'air-breathing' engines are the next step in the evolution of
      aircraft, and although development of operational aircraft is still
      years away, the prospect of Mach 10, hypersonic flight is eagerly
      awaited. Commercial applications are still further ahead, but the
      statistic most often quoted in the media is that this would reduce the
      flight time from London to New York to thirty minutes.

      Ghost Hunt

      Over a ten day period 250 volunteers carried out a ghost hunt in the
      vaults and tunnels around Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. An incredible
      44% of people reported strange experiences of some type, ranging from
      anomalous sounds and lights, feelings of being touched, and anomalies
      on various photographs and videos. Co-ordinator Dr Richard Wiseman
      from the University of Hertfordshire remains open-minded about the
      cause, acknowledging that the dampness and cold might be a factor. But
      he did say that most of the experiences happened in those parts of the
      vault which are reputed to be the most haunted. Clearly there may be
      other factors at work too, such as the beliefs of the volunteers, but
      studies like this are important, and should go some way towards
      encouraging further and increasingly scientific study of ghosts.

      Ed's Note:

      Nick Pope's four books, Open Skies, Closed Minds, The Uninvited,
      Operation Thunder Child and Operation Lightning Strike are available
      from all good bookshops and from the usual Internet book sites. His UK
      publishers are Simon & Schuster. In America, The Overlook Press
      publish his books in hardback while the paperbacks are produced by
      Dell Publishing.

      � Hot Gossip UK 2001

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    • Frits Westra
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        Hot Gossip UK July 2003

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

        A Roswell Requiem

        Volume 10, Number 1 of Skeptic magazine contains an interesting 14
        page article on the Roswell incident. The article is written by B. D.
        ìDukeî Gildenberg, a meteorologist who was involved with USAAF and
        USAF operations, including Project Mogul, that he believes were
        responsible for triggering the Roswell incident. He was also involved
        in work for Project Blue Book, and more recently he was involved as a
        witness and researcher for the 1997 Pentagon investigation into the
        incident, which culminated in the publication of The Roswell Report:
        Case Closed. The article is entitled A Roswell Requiem. Given this,
        and the magazine in which it is published, readers will not be
        surprised to learn that the author attributes the Roswell Incident to
        Project Mogul, compounded by the fallibility of human memory, and
        exaggeration and lies on the part of certain people. He blames
        authors, publishers and TV producers for fuelling a modern myth, and
        concludes that ufology should move on from what he regards as a
        totally discredited case. Those who have read the two USAF reports The
        Roswell Report: Fact vs. Fiction in the New Mexico Desert and The
        Roswell Report: Case Closed will not find much new in the article, but
        this is not to detract from what is an important and well-written
        summary of the sceptical case against Roswell. Gildenberg uses the
        testimony of Captain Cavitt against the claims of Major Jesse Marcel,
        and that of Professor Kimball against the claims of Glenn Dennis.
        Believers can legitimately argue that the memories of Cavitt, say, are
        no more or less reliable than those of Marcel. However, any suggestion
        that those witnesses or experts supporting the official view are part
        of the conspiracy, or have been got at, would be more tenuous. The
        article has a sarcastic tone in places, but setting that aside, it is
        an important piece of journalism that, whatever ones views on Roswell,
        deserves a wider audience in ufology than it will probably get. Click
        on [1]www.skeptic.com for details of the magazine.

        Crop Circle Advertising

        Images of crop circles have often been incorporated into
        advertisements, illustrating how they have become part of the popular
        culture. The same has happened with UFOs and aliens. A new
        advertisement for tourism in Wiltshire has now used a crop circle
        photograph to promote the area, which is an interesting example of
        local government officials using the imagery. The imagery appears in a
        magazine advertisement, but there are a couple of references to crop
        circles on the official local authority site at [2]www.kennet.gov.uk
        together with links to some crop circle websites.

        NASA Nuclear Mission

        In a controversial move, NASA have given the go ahead to a deep space
        mission powered by a miniature nuclear reactor. The move has upset
        environmentalists concerned at the safety implications, especially in
        the light of the tragic loss of the space shuttle Columbia earlier
        this year. An essential safety feature will mean that the reactor
        cannot be switched on until the spacecraft has gone well beyond the
        orbit of the Earth. Project Prometheus involves NASA funding Lockheed
        Martin to investigate the concepts needed to design a viable nuclear
        propulsion system. The first aim would be a mission to some of the
        moons of Jupiter such as Callisto, Europa and Ganymede, where
        primitive life may exist in oceans beneath the icy surfaces. The
        likely launch date will be 2011. In the longer term, this technology
        may be the first step towards the previously stated NASA aim of a star
        mission. For this to occur in a meaningful timescale, radical new
        propulsion systems will be needed, incorporating nuclear mission, or
        matter/antimatter annihilation.

        Open Skies Closed Minds in Romania

        I am pleased to announce that my first book Open Skies Closed Minds is
        to be published in Romania. Open Skies Closed Minds is an overview of
        the UFO phenomenon, focusing on my running the UK Government UFO
        research and investigation project, at the Ministry of Defence. My
        books are available in America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and
        have previously been translated into various other languages,
        including German, Greek and Polish. On past form, English language UFO
        books being translated into other languages leads to greater liaison
        between researchers in different countries, and results in previously
        unreported cases being given greater prominence. My thanks go to the
        respected ufologist Ion Hobana for arranging this.

        Glastonbury Symposium 2003

        On 25, 26 and 27 July the Glastonbury Symposium 2003 takes place at
        The Town Hall, Glastonbury. Entitled Investigating Crop Circles and
        Signs of Our Times, the symposium features a host of well known names,
        including Maurice Cotterell, Ed Sherwood and Michael Glickman. The
        special Sunday night guest is Budd Hopkins. However, the focus will be
        on crop circles, and the event includes a coach tour of whatever
        formations are in the area at the time. The event is hosted by Andy
        Thomas and Karen Douglas, and details can be found at the
        [3]www.glastonburysymposium.co.uk website.

        The 2003 Crop Circle Convention

        If Glastonbury whets your appetite, then there is another three day
        crop circle conference on 8, 9 and 10 August, in the Cricklade Theatre
        in Andover, Hampshire. Invited speakers include Colin Andrews, Reg
        Presley, Philip Mantle, Lucy Pringle and Busty Taylor. I have no
        internet site details for this event, but further information can be
        obtained by telephoning 01392 677462 any evening. Bookings can be made
        by calling 01264 360063 during office hours.

        Ed's Note:

        Nick Pope has written four books. Open Skies, Closed Minds is an
        overview of the UFO phenomenon with the emphasis on his official
        Ministry of Defence research and investigation. The Uninvited is an
        overview of the alien abduction mystery. Operation Thunder Child and
        Operation Lightning Strike are science fiction novels about alien
        invasion, incorporating UFO and abduction data. All four titles are
        available from most good bookshops and all the usual Internet book

        © Knight International 2003

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