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  • Frits Westra
    URL: http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/pope.htmlHot Gossip UK May 99Edited by
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      Hot Gossip UK May'99

      Edited by Nick Pope

      Welcome to another window on the world of UFOs, alien abductions and
      other weird stuff. I'll be highlighting all the important news
      concerning these fascinating subjects, and telling you what's hot, and
      what's not.

      Alien Dawn

      Just out in paperback is Colin Wilson's book Alien Dawn. It covers a
      wide spectrum of material, and in his attempts to get to the bottom of
      the UFO mystery he covers all the usual mysteries that go hand in hand
      with UFOs - alien abductions, crop circles and animal mutilations to
      name but three. But the book goes wider than this, and introduces a
      wealth of less obvious (but actually, no less relevant) material on
      subjects as diverse as Bigfoot and Uri Geller. Wilson's research is
      impressive, so the book should appeal both to those new to the subject
      and to those already familiar with the mystery. There's a lot of
      fascinating information packed into this book, which is published by
      Virgin, and costs 36.99. Highly recommended.

      Positive UFO Encounters

      In UFO and abduction literature these days, it seems that the Greys
      have something of a monopoly. That is to say, you'd think that
      everybody claiming alien contact was having negative abduction
      experiences with short, grey entities with large, wrap-around eyes.
      This is far from the case, however, and many people are claiming
      benign encounters with more enlightened beings. The contactees, for
      example, haven't gone away - it's just that most ufologists don't
      highlight those sorts of cases any more. Actually, the range of
      contacts claimed has always been diverse, covering a huge range of
      entities and experiences. For those who are interested in a more New
      Age interpretation of the data, check out the Pleiadian Light Body DNA
      Activation Program. This comprises a series of tapes and essences
      aimed at a mixture of self-discovery and contact with high-minded and
      benign entities. Check out www.pleiadianlight.net for further details,
      or write to Dolphin Ray Productions, P.O. Box 32, Launceston,
      Cornwall, PL16 0YF, United Kingdom.

      RAF Rudloe Manor

      I consider Nick Redfern to be one of the UK's best researchers of the
      UFO mystery, and he's also a pleasant chap, free of the excesses of
      ego that are the hallmark of many of the louder characters in ufology.
      But he and I will have to agree to disagree when it comes to the issue
      of whether or not some sort of covert UFO research effort is taking
      place at that location so beloved of conspiracy theorists, RAF Rudloe
      Manor. In an Internet post some time ago (after a rather naughty dig
      at the amount of media appearances I make) he claimed that RAF Rudloe
      Manor was responsible for co-ordinating reports of UFO sightings. He
      has cited as proof a letter from an officer at Rudloe Manor,
      acknowledging such a role. Setting aside the fact that there's clearly
      nothing spooky and covert about something they write freely about to
      members of the public, people might be interested in something Nick
      Redfern mysteriously forgot to mention about the letter he received.
      Because just a few lines after the statement about co-ordination, it
      goes on to explain that this process involved nothing more than
      sending the reports to Sec(AS)2a, at the Ministry of Defence. This, of
      course, is precisely what I've said all along, and have patiently
      explained several times to Nick Redfern and others. I hope this will
      explain the position, and finally put an end to some of the nonsense
      that's been spouted about RAF Rudloe Manor. And I hope that Nick
      Redfern and others won't take offence at me if I'm somewhat bullish on
      this issue, but I've worked for the MoD for around fourteen years now,
      and think I'm entitled to feel a little aggrieved when outsiders come
      along and tell me they know the system better than me. Trust me - they
      don't.

      Don't Panic

      On Friday 9 April I did a down the line interview on Sightings Radio,
      which broadcasts regular interviews with various ufologists and
      witnesses. Check out www.sightings.com for further details of this
      excellent service. But while not being interviewed I could hear the
      advertisements that were being broadcast, and have to say I was
      surprised to hear a constant stream of commercials speculating on the
      consequences of Y2K, and using this to sell products such as emergency
      food kits, or to promote commodities that would hold their value in
      the event of computer meltdowns. Some people believe the fear of Y2K
      could lead to more problems than the dreaded date change itself. If
      so, are advertisements like this the solution to Y2K, or simply part
      of the problem? Either way, it was an interesting insight into the way
      in which Americans view the issue.

      Intruders Foundation Conference

      Saturday 10 April saw what was almost certainly the most important
      conference on alien abductions since the Abduction Study Conference
      held at MIT in June 1992. The Intruders Foundation conference was held
      in New York and featured an impressive line-up of speakers, including
      Stanton Friedman, David Jacobs, and Budd Hopkins. Also making a rare
      public appearance was Linda Cortile, whose spectacular experiences
      were featured in Budd's most recent book, Witnessed. Over two hundred
      people attended, and heard a powerful mix of material. Stanton
      Friedman discussed the physics of interstellar travel (they can get
      here from there!), while Budd Hopkins talked about the abduction of
      children, and showed some of these children's drawings. David Jacobs
      made the observation that descriptions of Grey and Reptilian aliens
      overlapped, meaning that the perception of abductees might be as much
      of a factor here as what the creatures look like. Carol Rainey gave a
      damning indictment of the way in which the media misrepresented the
      subject, and Jerome Clark talked of his attempts (largely
      unsuccessful) to find reports of abductions or the Greys predating the
      Betty and Barney Hill case. Intriguing points emerged from the panel
      discussion and the question and answer sessions, including the
      observation that on close questioning (without leading witnesses),
      many of those people claiming their abduction experiences were benign
      revised their opinions and realised they weren't. There were also
      discussions about whether abductions happened in waves, like UFO
      sightings (insufficient data to say) and about why early close
      encounter reports from before the abduction era never involve aliens
      coming into houses (they probably did, but the abductees generated
      screen memories to protect themselves from recalling the traumatic
      events. The good news is that this may become an annual event, so
      watch out for details. I'd hoped to get along to the conference
      myself, but in the event, the situation in Kosovo made it impossible
      to take leave from the Ministry of Defence, so my thanks goes to Peter
      Robbins for briefing me in detail on the proceedings. Further details
      are at www.if-aic.com/ifconference.

      Cambridge Union Lecture

      I'll be taking the message about UFOs to the heart of the
      Establishment again this month, with a lecture to the world famous
      Cambridge Union Society. The talk will be held at 8pm on Thursday 13th
      May.

      More UFO Programmes On TV

      The Discovery Channel have been screening a series of intriguing
      programmes under the general title Beyond The Truth, covering subjects
      such as UFOs, Men In Black and the mystery surrounding the Ark of the
      Covenant. The programmes were produced by Transmedia Productions,
      whose earlier successes include Dreamland, the acclaimed documentary
      on Area 51. Most of the programmes have now run, but two have yet to
      be screened. On 5 May, Impact Earth deals with the danger posed to
      Earth by comets and asteroids, while on 10 May, The Uninvited is a
      sensational one hour documentary examining alien abductions. I was the
      consultant on this latter programme, and indeed the show is very much
      the documentary version of my book, with many of the experts and
      witnesses that I wrote about making an appearance. But there are a few
      surprises too, and the programme is going to be controversial. I'll be
      monitoring the feedback, and will report on this next month.

      More Extrasolar Planets

      Forty Four light years from Earth is a star not unlike our own sun,
      and around this star - known as Upsilon Andromedae - there are at
      least three planets. Scientists knew about one of these planets as
      long ago as 1996, when its existence was deduced from the way in which
      its gravity caused the star to wobble. But these calculations have
      been refined, and now suggest the existence of three massive planets.
      The number of planets found around other stars is now around twenty,
      but this is the first time that another solar system has been
      discovered. It suggests that planetary systems like ours are common,
      and makes it even more likely that the universe is teeming with life.

      Nick Pope
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      Ed's Note:

      Nick Pope's books, The Uninvited and Open Skies, Closed Minds, are
      available from all good bookshops, in paperback. His publishers in
      Britain are Simon & Schuster. The Uninvited is available in the US,
      published by The Overlook Press, who plan to publish Open Skies,
      Closed Minds later this year.
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      (c) Hot Gossip UK 1999
    • Frits Westra
      Hot Gossip UK June 99Welcome to the June column, and the latest news and gossip from the weird and wacky world of UFOs, alien abductions and the
      Message 2 of 24 , Jun 1, 1999
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        Hot Gossip UK June'99

        Welcome to the June column, and the latest news and gossip from the
        weird and wacky world of UFOs, alien abductions and the paranormal.
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        Alien Big Cat Sightings
        The Beast of Bodmin, the Beast of Exmoor, the Surrey Puma. There have
        been a steady stream of big cat sightings over the years, and some new
        ones have just come to light from Devon. The term "Alien Big Cat", by
        the way, doesn't mean they're supposed to be extraterrestrial, and is
        simply a reference to the fact that if they're seen in the UK, this is
        "alien" to what's judged to be their usual habitats. These sightings
        are of interest to ufologists because it may have a bearing on animal
        mutilations. I kept an eye on these stories while investigating UFOs
        for the Government, and made some low key enquiries with the Ministry
        of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. These new sightings occurred on
        5th May, one in Harford and one in Wrangaton. As it happens, my
        brother lives in Wrangaton, so I telephoned him, to see if he could
        put me in touch with the witness. Well, Forteans among you can guess
        the rest; he was the witness! He told me that he was just
        putting the chickens away, when he saw a large, tan-coloured animal
        standing in the road. He described it to me as being "around three or
        four feet high, and five or six feet long". He told me that "I looked
        at it, and it looked at me, and then it turned and went". He admitted
        that he didn't know enough about big cats to say whether he thought it
        was a lioness, a panther, a puma or a lynx, but I'll be getting a more
        detailed account from him, and will keep you posted.
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        Crop Circle Study
        Many of the national newspapers carried the story of how the American
        millionaire Laurance Rockefeller is to fund an in-depth research
        project into the crop circle phenomenon. The study will be
        co-ordinated by Colin Andrews, who already has a computer database of
        over 10,000 formations from all around the world. Much of the money is
        likely to be spent on hiring aircraft so that more aerial photographs
        of formations can be taken. It certainly looks like being an
        interesting summer, down Wiltshire way.
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        New UFO Videos
        UFO Magazine have an exclusive deal to market videos of five
        intriguing programmes made by Transmedia Productions, and shown
        recently on Discovery channel. The programmes include one on animal
        mutilations, one on alien abductions and one on mind control. Details
        can be found on page 41 of the current (May/June) edition of UFO
        Magazine. These videos won't be available in the shops until later
        this year.
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        Global Abductions
        I've often tried to highlight the fact that reports of alien
        abductions come from a wider range of countries than Britain and
        America. To prove my point, I have four new cases that have come my
        way in the last couple of weeks. Two were from Britain, but one was
        from Australia and the other from Norway.
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        Traitors On The Net
        In the aftermath of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, and the recent nail
        bomb attacks in London, the extreme right have been subjected to more
        scrutiny than usual. Coincidentally, British ufology's resident Nazi
        has been keeping a low profile. However, he's now resurfaced, and in a
        move of breathtaking stupidity decided it would be clever to circulate
        the list of alleged MI6 agents that appeared on the Internet recently.
        Sorry, but there's nothing clever about treason, or about putting
        people's lives at stake to satisfy your own ego.
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        Space Debate
        On 4th May the House of Commons was the scene of a rare parliamentary
        debate on space issues. Billed as a debate on satellite
        communications, it widened out into a more general discussion. Topics
        raised included concerns over the militarisation of space, and the
        potential for "cyberwar", including vulnerability of military
        satellites to hacking. It's not often that such issues are aired, and
        it's an intriguing sign of the times when they are. There has already
        been a debate on the threat from comets and asteroids.
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        World Wide Whinge
        I received a highly entertaining e-whinge from Andy Roberts recently,
        after I dared to question his commitment to witness confidentiality,
        and indeed to ufology. And yet, he makes my own case for me when he
        haughtily advises me "Don't listen to what ufologists say - they know
        squat!". He goes on to freely admit that he and Tim Matthews/Hepple
        laughed at an abductee while at a TV show. Andy told me "&Mac183; we
        both openly jeered at an abductee. So what? Both their stories (sic)
        were funny and without any foundation in reality". Giving me his
        perspective on the Independent UFO Network (IUN), he promises " a
        surrealist, chaotic, non-organisation &Mac183;". As it happened, we
        didn't have long to wait before we were treated to an example of
        Andy's radical, new approach to ufology: he was due to write an
        article for UFO Magazine about the Berwyn Mountain case, but has
        decided he can't talk about the case for now, as he's got a book
        coming out: It's all in the book! Read my book! Radical stuff, Andy!
        We've never heard that sort of thing before in ufology! He's not a bad
        chap, but it seems to me that he's far more interested in
        point-scoring than in ufology. Still, if all his e-rants are as
        hilarious as his last one &Mac183; keep 'em coming!
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        Positive UFO Encounters
        In my last column in featured a company that specialised in material
        relating to positive alien encounters, and gave details of the
        website. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that the site was up and running
        at the time. Anyone interested in a more New Age interpretation of
        alien contact should now be able to access this site, at
        www.pleiadianlight.net. Alternatively, write to them at Dolphin Ray
        Productions, PO Box 32, Launceston, Cornwall, PL16 0YF.
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        The Unopened Files
        The new edition of The Unopened Files is out now, and available from
        all good newsagents. This fascinating magazine started off as a
        spin-off from UFO Magazine - it's edited by Mark Birdsall - but is now
        well-established in its own right, and is published Quarterly. As well
        as material on UFOs, it features articles on the Millennium Bug, BSE,
        biological warfare, cults, cover-ups, conspiracies and lots more. It's
        well worth checking out.
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        Peer Pressure
        Dr John Mack, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, is
        well-known for his view that the alien abduction phenomenon is worthy
        of serious study. This was a central theme in his book, Abduction, and
        it is a message that he continues to press home through the group that
        he set up to study abduction reports. The Program for Extraordinary
        Experience Research (PEER) produces a regular newsletter, PEER
        Perspectives, and has a website at www.peer-mack.org. Alternatively,
        snail mail them at PEER, PO Box 398080, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.
        There is essential information here for all serious researchers into
        alien abductions.
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        Ed's Note:

        Nick Pope's books, The Uninvited and Open Skies, Closed Minds, are
        available from all good bookshops, in paperback. His publishers in
        Britain are Simon & Schuster. The Uninvited is available in the US,
        published by The Overlook Press, who plan to publish Open Skies,
        Closed Minds later this year. Nick's debut novel, Operation Thunder
        Child, will be published in October by Simon & Schuster Ltd.
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      • Frits Westra
        Hot Gossip UK July 99Welcome to the July column, and the latest news and gossip from the weird and wacky world of UFOs, alien abductions and the
        Message 3 of 24 , Jul 28 11:31 AM
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          Hot Gossip UK July'99

          Welcome to the July column, and the latest news and gossip
          from the weird and wacky world of UFOs, alien abductions and
          the paranormal.
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          A New Beginning

          First of all, news that this column is going to be moving in
          a new direction. Over the past few months I'd been becoming
          more bullish in my response to certain people within ufology
          who'd been sniping at me over the years. Nobody likes
          criticism, and I'd been getting a fair bit - little of it
          constructive in nature. If people were criticising my views
          on, say, Roswell, then fine. I wasn't there, and so my view
          probably counts no more or no less than anybody else who's
          followed the case with a reasonable degree of interest. But
          it rankled when outsiders who'd probably never even visited
          MOD Main Building started casting doubts on my knowledge
          about - and access to - government and military UFO files.
          I've worked for the MOD for over fourteen years now, and
          three of those were spent researching and investigating UFO
          sightings, alien abductions, crop circles, animal
          mutilations and any other weird and wonderful reports that
          came my way. This inside knowledge doesn't give me a
          monopoly on the truth, but it shouldn't simply be waved away
          by people who find it inconvenient, because it conflicts
          with their own beliefs. Sadly, I'd fallen into the trap of
          responding to ill-informed criticism, instead of ignoring it
          and not giving the critics the oxygen of publicity. I'd
          allowed myself to be overly provocative in questioning
          certain people's commitment to ufology or to witness
          confidentiality, and had asked some awkward questions about
          other researcher's political affiliations. And in going on
          the offensive against what I call the militant anorak
          tendency within ufology (whether sceptics or believers), I
          found myself on the receiving end of a collective world wide
          whinge unprecedented even in ufology. What to do? Well, the
          answer's simple, and is a move which I'd like to see copied
          in the wider world of ufology. From now on, there will be no
          personal attacks in this column, and personal attacks on me
          will be ignored. That's not to say that there won't be
          attacks on people's data, where I believe it's justified.
          And I'll be more than happy to respond to any constructive
          criticism on my data. Will my many critics be able to rise
          to this challenge, and have the courage to respond in kind?
          Only time will tell.
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          Cosmic Crashes

          There haven't been many new UFO books from British authors
          so far this year. We've had Tony Dodd's Alien Investigator,
          which was reviewed in a previous column, and we've also had
          the paperback of Colin Wilson's excellent and comprehensive
          Alien Dawn, which has also been reviewed here. Now there's
          another new book, penned by a rising star of British
          ufology, Nick Redfern. Entitled Cosmic Crashes, Nick's book
          highlights a number of strange incidents from the UK, and
          suggests that Britain might have had its own share of UFO
          crashes. Personally, I'm extremely sceptical about this, but
          there's no getting away from the fact that Nick has amassed
          a wealth of intriguing material, together with some new
          witnesses. By the sort of bizarre synchronicity that crops
          up in this subject all the time, one of the most striking
          things about the book is that the cover design is very
          similar to that of the hardback of Tim Good's last book,
          Alien Base. And it's even more similar to the cover of
          Impact Earth, an excellent new book highlighting the threat
          from comets and asteroids. Spooky, eh?
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          KGB Remote Viewing Revelation

          Much is known and has been written about official US remote
          viewing programmes, such as GRILL FLAME, SUN STREAK and
          STARGATE. But less is known about the work done in the
          former Soviet Union. Quite by chance, the other day, I
          stumbled across an interesting nugget of information in an
          open source publication. I was reading Ken Alibek's
          excellent and highly disturbing book, Biohazard, in which
          the author described the Soviet's covert biological weapons
          programme (something he should know about, because he was in
          charge of it). And there, on pages 143 and 144, Alibek
          describes how the KGB used a psychic to try and track the
          location of a defector from the biological warfare
          programme. Now, Alibek admits that the KGB officer who told
          him about this was probably trying to test his reaction, to
          see if he'd known about the defection in advance.
          Accordingly, it's just possible that the story was invented
          by the KGB as a way of hiding the fact that they had an
          asset who'd passed on information about the defector's
          location. But that's not my reading of the situation, and
          taken at face value this new and intriguing revelation
          suggests that remote viewing was used, operationally, by the
          KGB.
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          Freedom of Information

          The draft Freedom of Information Bill was published on 24
          May, and promises to revolutionise UFO research in this
          country. It will open up some of my X-Files, which (when I
          was working on them) I'd naturally assumed would be covered
          by the Thirty Year Rule, and wouldn't see the light of day
          until at least 2021. Anyway, the draft Bill is in the
          consultation stage, and lots of people have asked me how to
          get hold of a copy, and contribute to the consultation
          process. Well, you can buy a copy at any HMSO outlet, or go
          to www.homeoffice.gov.uk/foi if you have Internet access.
          Government files - the truth is in there.
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          Blood on the Mountain

          I've been sent a fascinating new book to review. Blood on
          the Mountain is written by Richard Andrews (co-author of The
          Tomb of God), and deals with the intriguing subject of the
          Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Woven throughout the story is the
          recurring theme of the Ark of the Covenant - the most sacred
          relic in the Jewish Faith. What was the Ark? Does it still
          exist, and if so, where is it? These are some of the
          questions explored in a book that also contains information
          about the Freemasons and the mysterious Knights Templar. As
          we approach the new Millennium, Jerusalem will become a
          major focus of world attention - this fascinating book is an
          essential guide to this city and it's mysteries. The book is
          published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. It's expensive, costing
          �20, but is meticulously referenced, and contains a
          comprehensive index and bibliography. Well-researched, easy
          to read and interesting, this book is highly recommended.
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          Operation Lightning Strike

          Regular readers will know that my novel Operation Thunder
          Child will be published on 4 October by Simon & Schuster.
          It's a technothriller with an alien theme, combining my
          officially gained knowledge of UFOs and alien abductions
          with my experience of crisis management, gained during the
          Gulf War. Now, I can exclusively reveal that the sequel will
          be entitled Operation Lightning Strike. This, too, is to be
          published by Simon & Schuster, and will be available in
          October 2000. You heard it here first.
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          New CIA Blunder

          In an amusing mistake on the CIA's Internet site, British
          parliamentary democracy was wiped out in the stroke of a
          keyboard. Their kids' page stated, in its information on the
          United Kingdom, �Elections: None�. Then again, maybe they
          know something we don't?!
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          NIDS Poll

          The National Institute for Discovery Science are an American
          group devoted to serious, scientific research into UFOs.
          NIDS was founded and is largely funded through the
          generosity of Bob Bigelow, who has previously sponsored the
          Abduction Study Conference held at MIT in June 1992. It's
          sad that work like this has to be done by the private
          sector, because I believe that governments have a
          responsibility to investigate anything which suggests that
          national airspace is being violated. But since Project Blue
          Book was closed down in 1969, the US Government have
          (officially) been out of the game, so it's left to the
          efforts of private citizens to take matters forward. It's
          not unlike the situation with regard to the SETI programme,
          which is now continuing with private finance. Anyway, the
          latest NIDS venture is an opinion poll undertaken by the
          Roper Organisation, and this focused on the likely human
          reaction to alien contact. The most intriguing results were
          that 25% of those polled thought that there would be mass
          panic, while a massive 80% thought that the government would
          try to classify or suppress the evidence. Click on
          www.accessnv.com/nids for further information about NIDS,
          and the full text of the poll.
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          Ed's Note:

          Nick Pope's books, The Uninvited and Open Skies, Closed
          Minds, are available from all good bookshops, in paperback.
          His publishers in Britain are Simon & Schuster. The
          Uninvited is available in the US, published by The Overlook
          Press, who plan to publish Open Skies, Closed Minds later
          this year. Nick's debut novel, Operation Thunder Child, will
          be published in October by Simon & Schuster Ltd.
          _____________________________________________

          � Hot Gossip UK 1999

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        • Frits Westra
          Hot Gossip UK August 99We made it to August, so Nostradamus was wrong, and I ll get to see the total eclipse, after all. Hurrah! Now all we ve got to
          Message 4 of 24 , Aug 11, 1999
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            Hot Gossip UK August'99

            We made it to August, so Nostradamus was wrong, and I'll get to see
            the total eclipse, after all. Hurrah! Now all we've got to worry about
            is the Y2K Bug, doomsday cults and another Spice Girls Xmas single.
            It'll be touch and go, but we may yet make it to the next Millennium.

            Total Eclipse

            On Wednesday 11 August, I'll be travelling down to south Devon for the
            most awesome show on Earth - a total eclipse of the sun. Most of the
            TV networks will be running �eclipse specials�, and I've already
            pre-recorded an interview for Channel 5 about the likelihood of UFOs
            being seen during the eclipse. This has come up because of what
            happened in Mexico during the total eclipse on 11 July 1991, when
            numerous people saw UFOs, and a number of sightings were captured on
            film. I think ufologists need to be careful here. Many of those people
            travelling down to see totality will be predisposed towards the ETH,
            and people often see what they expect to see, or want to see.
            Furthermore, many people are planning to see the eclipse from
            aircraft, helicopters and hot air balloons. So when darkness falls,
            the sky will be filled with all sorts of light sources that were
            invisible a few moments before. Imagine somebody on the ground, with a
            camcorder, who suddenly catches sight of a bright light. People get
            quite emotional during eclipses, so we may get all sorts of UFO
            sighting reports and shaky videos. Sorry to be a party pooper, but I
            think ufologists should retain a healthy scepticism about any UFOs
            seen during this or any other eclipse. Anyway, watch the usual
            Internet sites for details of any sightings, and I'll write a full,
            eye-witness report in my next column.

            Finally, on this subject, an important warning. Never, ever look
            directly at the sun, unless you're using an approved eclipse viewer
            that complies to approved safety standards. Do not look through a
            piece of film. Do not look through sunglasses. Do not look through a
            bit of glass you've held in front of some smoke for a few moments. If
            you do any of these things, you run the risk of serious eye damage,
            including permanent blindness. The eclipse will be a truly awesome
            spectacle, but if you don't follow the safety advice that will be
            published in the media, it may be the last thing you ever see. Please
            pass this warning onto everyone you know who's planning to watch, and
            ensure that children are properly supervised.

            New JFK Documents

            One of the most interesting things to emerge from the recent G8 summit
            of the world's leading powers was that the Russian delegation handed
            the American delegation copies of KGB documents on the JFK
            assassination. Lee Harvey Oswald had lived in the USSR for a time, and
            after Kennedy's murder, the Soviets were petrified that the US would
            think they had something to do with the killing. So the KGB launched
            its own investigation. JFK researchers have known about these
            documents for some time, and some have been given access to the
            papers, but this latest development is bound to rekindle interest, not
            least on the part of my Editor in Chief!

            UFO Magazine Website

            Check out the new UFO Magazine website at ufomag.co.uk for a wide
            range of interesting articles, features and photographs. There's
            advance news about conferences, and details of how to order a huge
            variety of UFO-related books, videos, audio tapes and documents. This
            is an important new site, and the plan is that it will be constantly
            updated, to bring you breaking news stories.

            The Uninvited

            I hope you saw The Uninvited on Sky One on Wednesday 7 July at 10pm.
            This was the most comprehensive programme on alien abductions ever
            made, and was part of a series of UFO-related programmes made by
            Transmedia Productions. Watch out for that 10pm slot on Wednesdays, on
            Sky One, as they seem to be showing all the programmes in the series.
            If you missed it, you can probably order the video from UFO Magazine,
            via the website listed above.

            Alien Big Cats

            My brother still hasn't sent me his report of his sighting of a large
            cat in South Devon, so cryptozoologists will have to wait until my
            next column, when I hope to be able to feature his account in its
            entirety.

            THAAD

            Conspiracy theorists who believe that the Strategic Defence Initiative
            (nicknamed the �Star Wars� programme) was designed to deal with an
            alien threat may be interested to learn that the first successful test
            of the Theater High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) Missile took place
            in America on 10 June. Ostensibly a ballistic missile defence system,
            this involves a missile intercepting and destroying another missile.
            The test took place at the White Sands missile range in New Mexico.

            Engage

            Star Trek fans will be familiar with the concept of warp speed, in
            which the various incarnations of the USS Enterprise have traversed
            the galaxy at speeds way in excess of light speed. Now comes yet more
            serious scientific research which suggests that such concepts aren't
            so way out, after all. The 12 June edition of New Scientist carried an
            article highlighting recent research carried out by Chris Van Den
            Broeck at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the Catholic
            University of Leuven in Belgium. At this stage these are just ideas,
            but the important thing is that they are being debated by scientists.
            Check out the New Scientist website at www.newscientist.com for
            details of how to access this and other fascinating information.

            Uh-Oh, Here Comes Trouble

            OK, so Nostradamus goofed, and his �great king of terror� didn't come
            from the sky last month, after all (Actually, that was a
            mistranslation, but it was a good story while it lasted, so what the
            hell!). But maybe he just got the date wrong by a month or so. What
            makes me say this? Well, the Cassini spaceprobe is on its way to
            Saturn, but on 18 August it flies very close to the Earth as part of
            the strategy to gain extra speed by use of the so-called slingshot
            effect. The spacecraft weighs over six tons, and carries a plutonium
            power source which aroused the wrath of environmental protesters when
            it was launched in 1997. Watch the skies, and hope NASA got their sums
            right.

            Early Chupacabras Incident?

            Here's an item of interest for those people who've followed the
            mystery of the so-called Chupacabras - a strange creature most
            frequently seen in Puerto Rico, and associated with various attacks on
            animals. The other day I was re-reading Frank Drake's excellent book,
            Is Anyone Out There? It's an interesting account of the history of
            radio astronomy, and SETI. Suddenly, in chapter 4, I came across a
            little anecdote I must have missed previously. Drake describes his
            period as director of the observatory at Arecibo on Puerto Rico (home
            to the largest radio telescope in the world) and mentions an occasion
            where a local employee saw a strange man in a black cloak loitering
            around the installation. The man said he thought he was a vampire, and
            two days later, a cow was found dead on a nearby farm, with all the
            blood drained from its body. There was a local panic, and to placate
            his employees, Drake laced the food with garlic, and put the word out
            that this was part of a strategy to deal with the situation. There
            were no further incidents. The date isn't entirely clear from the
            book, but seems to be 1966 or 1967.

            And Finally

            Is it true what people are saying? I've heard a rumour, and maybe it
            is just that. But, well � is there really a new Star Wars movie out?
            They kept that quiet, didn't they?!

            Spaceguard

            On 15 June the issue of the threat to the Earth from comets and
            asteroids was debated in the House of Lords. This followed a debate in
            the Commons on 3 March. The Government is considering what action to
            take. Further details are at http://ds.dial.pipex.com/spaceguard.
            ____________________________________________________

            Ed's Note:

            Nick Pope's books, The Uninvited and Open Skies, Closed Minds, are
            available from all good bookshops, in paperback. His publishers in
            Britain are Simon & Schuster. The Uninvited is available in the US,
            published by The Overlook Press, who plan to publish Open Skies,
            Closed Minds later this year. Nick's debut novel, Operation Thunder
            Child, will be published in October by Simon & Schuster Ltd.
            ____________________________________________________

            � Hot Gossip UK 1999

            References

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          • Frits Westra
            Hot Gossip UK September 99UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles, animal mutilations, the paranormal. In short, anything weird and wonderful from all
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              Hot Gossip UK September'99

              UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles, animal mutilations, the
              paranormal. In short, anything weird and wonderful from all around the
              world. If it goes on, it goes in. This is the column that mixes
              serious research, breaking news and a few light-hearted items for good
              measure. Yes, this is a gossip magazine, but there's more hard data in
              here than in many of the self-produced UFO 'magazines' circulating
              on-line. And to critics of this column who get hung up on the word
              'gossip', check out your dictionaries, because there's more than one
              definition of the word gossip: as far as this column is concerned,
              we're talking unconstrained and topical writing, not groundless
              rumours. Check it out!

              One other point. Although I write for this magazine (and produce
              another column - London Calling - which can be accessed at
              www.ufocity.com) I'm not on-line myself. So I can't respond to any
              Internet messages, open letters etc unless an address for snail mail
              is included. I really do try and reply to all serious requests for
              information, so if your communication is motivated by a genuine
              interest in my research - as opposed to attempts to have a dig at me,
              score points or generate publicity for yourself - you will get a
              reply.

              Total Eclipse

              It was cloudy, we didn't see the sun, we didn't see the corona and we
              didn't see the shadow wall rushing across the ground at around 1500
              mph. Were we disappointed? No way! I was one of the many people who
              travelled to the South West, in order to experience the total eclipse
              visible from parts of Devon and Cornwall, as opposed to the partial
              eclipse visible from London and much of the rest of the country.
              Michle and I travelled down to stay with my Dad and my stepmum,
              travelling several days before the eclipse to avoid the anticipated
              chaos on the roads. After a pleasant few day's break we drove over to
              Wrangaton to stay with Seb and Laura (my brother and his wife),
              arriving the evening before the big day.

              On the day of the eclipse (11 August) people started arriving at
              around 9am, by which time - despite some earlier sun - it had clouded
              over. There were around a dozen of us, and we decided to climb nearby
              Ugborough Beacon, on the fringes of Dartmoor. It took us about an
              hour, and when we arrived at the top, there were around two or three
              hundred other people up there. We could see hundreds of people
              gathered on top of all the nearby hills. There was a great atmosphere,
              and although everybody had their eclipse viewers, pinhole cameras etc,
              the sun was hidden behind a solid wall of cloud. The extraordinary
              thing was just how quickly it went dark. Totality hit us at around
              11.13am, but the light didn't really start to fade noticeably until
              about two minutes prior to that. But it was the final moments before
              totality that were truly awesome, as the light faded from normal, dim,
              overcast levels to darkness in around thirty seconds. The temperature
              plummeted in a similarly dramatic fashion. The reaction from people
              varied: there were gasps of amazement as darkness descended in
              seconds; some people applauded and a few cheered. Others watched in
              reverential silence. Jared (Seb and Laura's three year old son) was a
              little frightened, although we soon cheered him up. There were several
              New Age types present (it was just like the Eastenders eclipse
              special!), one of whom had a drum which he used subtly and cleverly,
              and another of whom twirled a device around in the wind to produce an
              eerie moaning sound. The flashbulbs of thousands of cameras could be
              seen on nearby hills, and the orange streetlights from Plymouth all
              came on. Where we were, totality lasted little more than one minute
              and thirty seconds, and it seemed to be over in an instant.
              Afterwards, my brother opened a bottle of champagne, and we passed it
              around our group. I saw one or two other people (not in our group!)
              smoking � er � herbal cigarettes. There was really no need: Mother
              Nature had given us the biggest natural high on the face of the
              planet. Several people were so overcome with emotion that they were
              crying. Somebody in our group had a bag of Runes so we each drew one
              and she interpreted them for us.

              So, were there any UFOs seen during the eclipse? Not really. A few
              people in the path of totality might have seen Venus if they were
              lucky enough to have a break in the cloud; and there were numerous
              aircraft, helicopters and hot air balloons which would suddenly have
              been visible when it got dark. But that was it, really. Back to our
              own story, our post-eclipse BBQ/party lasted until about 1am, and we
              all went to bed tired but happy. When we got back to London, several
              people told us that it had gone 'quite dark' there, and had
              commiserated with us for spending all that time and money, only to
              have it ruined by cloud. We've tried to explain that the cloud didn't
              stop day turning into night within thirty seconds, but there really
              aren't the words. We tried 'awesome', but it really doesn't do the
              event justice. The only thing that's convinced people we saw something
              mind-blowingly wonderful is the fact that we're talking about going to
              Zimbabwe for the next total eclipse on 21 June 2001. It's only when
              people realise we're serious about it that they realise just how truly
              amazing an event they missed by not seeing the eclipse from the path
              of totality.

              NIDS Animal Mutilation Report

              For those people interested in the disturbing cattle mutilation
              phenomenon, check out the extraordinarily detailed June 1999 report
              issued by the National Institute of Discovery Science. The report
              details research carried out into the unexplained death of a cow at a
              ranch in Utah in October 1998. Check out www.accessnv.com/nids for
              details.

              The Big Conference

              Please don't forget that the biggest and best UFO conference of the
              year is fast approaching, and is to be held in Leeds on 17, 18 and 19
              September. The venue is the Conference Auditorium at the University of
              Leeds, and speakers include Tim Good, Nick Redfern, Michael Hesemann
              and from America, Dr Roger Leir - a physician who claims to have
              retrieved several implants from abductees. I'll also be giving a talk,
              and will be discussing the state of abduction research in the UK, and
              examining the apparent differences between UK and US reports. I'll
              also have a few interesting revelations to make, but that's another
              story. Check out the new and improved UFO Magazine website at
              www.ufomag.co.uk for full details of speakers, and information on how
              to order tickets.

              Cosmic Crashes

              Several people have asked me to elaborate on why I'm so sceptical
              about the UFO crashes that ufologist Nick Redfern writes about in his
              latest book, Cosmic Crashes. My objections are twofold. Firstly, the
              lack of firsthand witnesses prepared to speak out on the record, using
              their real names. Now, conspiracy theorists will say that this is
              because they're fearful of what action a vengeful government will
              take, and that such people are worried about their safety, the safety
              of their families, or the security of their pensions. Of course,
              democratic, western governments don't really behave like that, outside
              of cheap spy novels. But I'll never convince conspiracy theorists of
              that, so I won't bother. A more interesting problem is the lack of a
              paper trail. Nick Redfern's first book, A Covert Agenda, revolved
              around incidents that he could verify through official UFO documents,
              obtained from the Public Record Office. Some of these documents were
              formerly classified at the level of Secret. I've seen all these PRO
              documents, together with files that civilian researchers will almost
              certainly never get to see. But when it comes to trying to find a
              paper trail to validate any UFO crashes in Britain, there's nothing.
              And yet, there would be more things to record with a crash, because
              there would be so many analyses to produce (and because they'd be
              technical, they'd need to be properly recorded). Every detail would
              have to be recorded, and many different specialists would need to be
              brought in, covering everything from metallurgy, aerodynamics,
              propulsion, avionics and much more besides. So many people, so many
              scientific studies, and yet not a hint of a paper trail - not just at
              the PRO, but in the files ufologists haven't seen. I've been in
              Government for fourteen years, and whatever you might argue about
              Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) I'm afraid that doesn't make
              any sense.

              Operation Thunderchild

              Although the official publication date of my novel, Operation
              Thunderchild, is 4 October, copies may well get into the shops during
              September. I'll also be doing quite a lot of media work late in
              September and early October - so look out for me on TV! I'll be saying
              more about Operation Thunderchild in next months column, but I can
              confidently predict that this novel (a techno thriller with an alien
              theme) is going to be extremely controversial.
              ____________________________________________________

              Ed's Note:

              Nick Pope's books, The Uninvited and Open Skies, Closed Minds, are
              available from all good bookshops, in paperback. His publishers in
              Britain are Simon & Schuster. The Uninvited is available in the US,
              published by The Overlook Press, who plan to publish Open Skies,
              Closed Minds later this year. Nick's debut novel, Operation Thunder
              Child, will be published in October by Simon & Schuster Ltd.
              ____________________________________________________

              � Hot Gossip UK 1999

              References

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            • Frits Westra
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                Hot Gossip UK October'99

                Welcome to the October column, bringing you the latest news and views
                about UFOs, alien abduction and other weird stuff.

                Operation Thunder Child

                My new book, Operation Thunder Child, is out this month. The official
                publication date is 4th October, but copies should have found their
                way into the shops towards the end of September. Operation Thunder
                Child is a science fiction novel set in the near future, and deals
                with the concept of an escalating and hostile alien presence. What
                I've tried to do is to tell the story in as realistic way as possible,
                drawing on my official knowledge and experience of working at the
                Ministry of Defence. Accordingly, I use knowledge about UFOs and
                abductions picked up during my three years researching and
                investigating these phenomena, and also utilise information picked up
                while working in the Air Force Operations Room (part of the Joint
                Operations Centre) during the Gulf War. I've really tried to write as
                accurate an account as possible, giving people an insight into the way
                in which the government and the military would really respond to
                hostile alien contact. What I've tried to do is give readers a seat at
                the Top Table in the MOD, and show people how decisions are made in
                times of national crisis (although the book deals with alien contact,
                details about crisis management would apply equally to any normal
                conflict). Authenticity was a paramount concern: I discuss Rules of
                Engagement, weapons systems, operational doctrine and tactics and
                other real-life details. I also explore the way in which this
                situation would be reported to parliament and dealt with in the media.
                That said, some details have been changed to ensure that no classified
                information is included - this is the first time in publishing history
                that a science fiction novel has needed to be officially cleared by
                the Government! Another interesting fact concerns the disclaimer. Most
                novels have to contain a statement that all the characters and events
                are entirely fictitious. But my book draws on real UFO incidents from
                the Government's files, and reflects other things that have actually
                happened. For legal reasons, therefore, my book had to contain a
                specially worded disclaimer that points this out. Unsurprisingly, the
                book is already proving to be controversial, and there is as much - if
                not more - bad feeling about this book in certain quarters as there
                was about either of my two non-fiction books. I should be making
                various media appearances in late September/early October, so look out
                for me, talking about this new book. Operation Thunder Child is
                published by Simon & Schuster as a large format paperback, and costs
                #39.99.

                New Abduction Book

                Another new book has been published about the alien abduction mystery.
                The Complete Book of Aliens and Abductions is the latest offering from
                Jenny Randles, and is a brave attempt to give an overview of the whole
                alien abduction/alien contact mystery. It covers a lot of ground,
                looking at links between abductions and folklore and examining the
                possibility that cultural factors (e.g. science fiction films and
                television series) may have an influence on the phenomenon. Lots of
                potential explanations are offered, and there are plenty of case
                studies - some well-known and some less so. This is a welcome addition
                to the number of books devoted more to abductions than UFOs, and is a
                well-written and comprehensive overview of this intriguing mystery.
                The book is published by Piatkus, and costs =A317.99.

                New Magazine

                After the demise of Sightings, Alien Encounters, Uri Geller's
                Encounters and UFO Reality, it seemed as if magazines on UFOs and the
                paranormal were dropping like flies. Now a new title has appeared.
                Beyond is a monthly magazine which hit the news-stands in September,
                and promises to reflect all shades of opinion, whether people be
                believers, sceptics or neutrals on the topics covered. There's
                considerable diversity in the subjects featured: the first issue
                contained plenty of news and articles about UFOs, but other featured
                subjects included ghosts, crop circles, psychic detectives,
                synchronicity and much more besides.

                The Unopened Files

                On the subject of magazines, an established title which I consider to
                be one of the most interesting and thought-provoking publications
                currently available is The Unopened Files. This magazine covers
                ufology, but also carries a range of fascinating articles on secret
                technology, conspiracies and suppressed information. The Autumn issue
                (Number 12) is now out, and should be available from all good
                newsagents. One of the features is a lengthy interview with me in
                which I make some candid remarks about Operation Thunder Child, and
                explain why my new book is already proving so controversial.

                Psychic Development

                For those with an interest in all things spiritual and psychic, check
                out an interesting new book: The Psychic World of Derek Acorah. This
                new publication is part autobiography, part psychic self-development
                guide, and is packed with interesting accounts of occasions where
                Derek's powers were demonstrated. There are also various tests to
                judge your own psychic powers, and suggestions for developing such
                skills. It's informative but fun, and is well worth a look. It's
                published by Piatkus, and costs =A39.99.

                Alternative Therapy

                Every now and then my work with abductees can throw up a bizarre and
                abstract moment. One such moment occurred a few weeks ago. There's a
                particular abductee who I've been working with for about three years,
                and we've got to know each other socially. We went out one evening for
                a drink, and found ourselves in a karaoke bar. After some
                encouragement from her, I volunteered to do a song, and found myself
                belting out a number to a packed pub. The song I chose, somewhat
                appropriately, was the classic David Bowie number, Life on Mars. I'm
                sure there'll be some people who might think this a tad
                unprofessional, and I'm not quite sure what other abduction
                researchers will make of this. In reply to any criticisms, I'd simply
                point out that having fun is pretty good therapy for just about
                anything.

                Leeds Conference

                The annual conference held by UFO Magazine took place in Leeds on
                17th, 18th and 19th September. Next month's column will contain a full
                report on this event, with all the conference news and gossip.
                ____________________________________________________

                Ed's Note:

                Nick Pope's three books, Open Skies, Closed Minds, The Uninvited and
                Operation Thunder Child are available from all good bookshops. His UK
                publishers are Simon & Schuster. In America, The Overlook Press
                publish his books in hardback while Dell Publishing produce paperback
                editions.
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              • Frits Westra
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                  Time marches on, so appropriately enough, here's the March column, with a
                  mixture of news, reviews and gossip about ufology, the paranormal, the
                  weird and the wonderful. This month, I'm afraid, starts with extremely sad
                  news.

                  Helen Wheels

                  It's with great sadness that I have to report the tragic and untimely
                  death of American singer Helen Wheels, one of a handful of entertainers
                  who was brave enough to speak out pub licly about UFOs and abductions -
                  not least about her own extraordinary experiences. Helen's experiences and
                  philosophy were described in chapter nine of Michael Mannion's book
                  Project Mindshift, and she was an abductee who worked with researchers
                  such as the late Pete Mazzola and Budd Hopkins. She was a gifted
                  singer/songwriter who used her music to get across information about UFOs,
                  abductions, Freedom of Information Act UFO material and the issue of a UFO
                  cover-up. Songs like The Saucer Song were entir ely UFO-related, and she
                  used her album covers to disseminate information about UFOs. She also
                  wrote material which was used by other bands, such as Blue Oyster Cult.
                  Helen was the sister of ufologist Peter Robbins, and my dee! pest
                  sympathies go to Peter and the rest of the family. Tributes can be left at
                  www.helenwheels.com .


                  The Atlantis Enigma

                  Fans of authors like Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval will be interested
                  in a new book by Herbie Brennan. The Atlantis Enigma draws on ancient
                  myths and postulates that Biblical a ccounts of the Great Flood tie in
                  with accounts of other cataclysms mentioned in other cultures. Brennan,
                  however, puts forward the intriguing idea that this great and very real
                  cataclysm was caused by the explosion of a nearby star, which sent debris
                  thr ough our own solar system. There's a lot of material highlighting
                  extraordinarily advanced knowledge possessed by ancient peoples, but
                  plenty of new and thought-provoking ideas that are bound to lead to
                  debate. The Atlantis Enigma is published by Piatkus at L10.99. Check out
                  www.piatkus.co.uk for details of this and other Piatkus titles.


                  Satanic Abuse Claims Resurface

                  The controversy over ritual satanic abuse has been something that alien
                  abduction researchers have followed with interest, as both phenomena have
                  been denounced by some psychologi sts as having their roots not in reality
                  but in a mixture of hoaxing, fantasy- prone personality and
                  therapist-induced False Memory Syndrome. An apparent absence of any hard
                  forensic evidence prompted some to suggest that ritual satanic abuse
                  existed only in the minds of over-zealous social workers, and sceptical
                  ufologists have suggested some interesting parallels with over-zealous
                  abduction researchers. Now the debate is back with a vengeance, as
                  psychotherapist Valerie Sinason claimed that some children in Britain were
                  being specifically bred for ritual sacrifice. She claims that 46 of her
                  patients have reported seeing the murder of adults and children, while 16
                  reported seeing induced abortions or the murder of babies. She ! also
                  claims to have seen photographs showing injuries to children, ceremonial
                  sites and mutilated animals. Doubts have been cast on these claims by a
                  number of other experts, including Professor Richard Green from the
                  Department of Psychiatry at Imperial College School of Medicine in London.
                  But Valerie Sinason is putting together a report for the Department of
                  Health, and Scotland Yard are reported to be investigating. I'll keep you
                  posted on this disturbing story.


                  Cheers

                  There can be few more enjoyable pleasures than sitting outside on a warm
                  summers day, sipping an ice cold beer. But if you fancy an unusual tipple,
                  an American company - Crop Circ le Beer - is marketing a beer brewed from
                  barley from within crop circles. The deal involves Alton Barnes farmer Tim
                  Carson and Warminster Maltings, who ensure that the barley used in the
                  brewing process is not mixed with barley from other fields. The bee r
                  isn't yet available in the UK, but I'll be making every effort to get hold
                  of some, strictly for research purposes, of course!


                  Intruders Foundation 2000
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                  Hot news just in: Dr John Mack has agreed to speak at the Intruders
                  Foundation abduction conference being organised by Budd Hopkins in New
                  York on 6 May. More details in next mont h's column.


                  The Knights Templar

                  Much spookiness, mystery and conspiratorial skulduggery has been laid at
                  the door of the Knights Templar, and there have been numerous claims made
                  in the last few years, linking t his Order with The Holy Grail,
                  Freemasonry and the Turin Shroud. Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince wrote a
                  controversial, well-researched and meticulously referenced book called The
                  Templar Revelation which linked them to various practices that would be
                  deno unced as heretical by the Christian church. Now there's a new book
                  offering a less spooky history of the Order. Entitled The Templars, and
                  written by Piers Paul Read, it paints a rather more orthodox view of the
                  Templars as a Crusading Order whose fantast ic wealth attracted the
                  jealousy of a politically strong but impoverished French King. The book is
                  published by Weidenfeld at L20.


                  Flying Tractors

                  Researcher James Easton has caused much amusement among ufologists with a
                  new theory about Britain's best-known UFO case, the Rendlesham Forest
                  incident. James was previously best known for loudly championing Ian
                  Ridpath's theory that the triangular, metallic craft seen by numerous
                  United States Air Force personnel in Rendlesham Forest was a lighthouse,
                  although as one of the witnesses wryly pointed out, lighthouses don't fly!
                  Now Easton has a theory of his own: that the entire incident might have
                  been caused by the misidentification of a tractor. The apparently serious
                  suggestion started when Easton was driving late at night and saw a tractor
                  in a field, festooned with lights. Un fortunately, theories like this -
                  quite apart from being at odds with the data - serve only to infuriate
                  witnesses, believers and sceptics alike. Witnesses stand accused of
                  ridiculously poor judgement, while believers think it! 's yet more
                  negative, ill-informed debunking. Ironically, it's serious sceptical
                  researchers who tend to be most annoyed by such nonsense. Why? Because
                  wild claims like this do far more than simply undermine the credibility of
                  sceptics; they make them lau ghing stocks . and for serious researchers,
                  that's the kiss of death.

                  Nick Pope's three books, Open Skies, Closed Minds, The Uninvited and
                  Operation Thunder Child are available from all good bookshops. His UK
                  publishers are Simon & Schuster. In America, The Overlook Press publish
                  his books in hardback while Dell Publishing produce paperback editions.

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                    July 2004

                    Weird World
                    NICK POPE

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

                    Crop Circles

                    Crop circles have returned again to the fields of England. Several
                    patterns have appeared already, mainly in Wiltshire. I shall be there on
                    the weekend of 3 and 4 July 2004, doing some filming with an Italian
                    television channel. Those interested in Ministry of Defence involvement
                    with the crop circle mystery might like to check out the section of
                    www.nickpope.net on crop circles, which contains an official history of
                    government and military involvement with the subject. More on crop circles
                    next month.

                    Toutatis - The Doomsday Asteroid ?

                    The internet is buzzing again with stories of impending Armageddon. This
                    time the culprit is the asteroid Toutatis, which is due to make a close
                    approach to Earth on 29 September 2004. I have received several emails
                    about this and seen numerous New Age predictions on various websites. I
                    hope this does not lead to the sort of tragedy that arose in the run up to
                    the close approach of Comet Hale Bopp in 1997, when 38 disciples of the
                    Heavens Gate cult committed suicide. For the record, Toutatis will indeed
                    make a close approach to the Earth on 29 September 2004. However, it will
                    miss by nearly one million miles, which means it will be around four times
                    further away than the moon. Search for the word Toutatis on the NASA
                    website www.nasa.gov for the science behind the scare stories. And if you
                    have a genuine interest in the threat posed to the Earth by comets and
                    asteroids, you might consider joining Spaceguard UK. I am an Associate
                    Member and can recommend the organisation highly. Check out
                    www.spaceguarduk.com for details.

                    Andrew Green

                    Veteran ghosthunter Andrew Green died on 21 May 2004. Green was a prolific
                    writer, researcher and lecturer on the subject, whose best known book was
                    probably his 1973 offering Our Haunted Kingdom. As well as writing about
                    cases himself, he edited a number of books on the subject, including The
                    Enigma of Borley Rectory, written by Ivan Banks. Green wrote for a number
                    of magazines, including Prediction, as well as popping up on TV from time
                    to time. In 1996 he undertook a high profile ghost hunt at the Royal
                    Albert Hall, the night before the new Proms season began. Aside from
                    ghosts and hauntings, he was interested in a wide range of other
                    paranormal phenomena. If ghosts do exist, Green may well return to haunt
                    fellow ghosthunter Peter Underwood, whose obituary of Green in The
                    Independent seemed decidedly ungracious.

                    Alien Abduction Study

                    July 2004 presents UK based abductees their final opportunity to take part
                    in a scientific study into the alien abduction phenomenon, being carried
                    out by psychologists at Goldsmiths College, University of London. As
                    featured previously in this column, this is the only such study ever to
                    have been carried out in the UK. The project has been underway for some
                    time now, but the interviewing stage of the study will finish at the end
                    of July 2004. I have spoken to several people who have taken part, and
                    despite initial nervousness about getting involved in a project of this
                    nature, they told me they enjoyed taking part, welcomed the chance to tell
                    their stories and be listened to, and felt that the whole experience was
                    empowering. Witness confidentiality is guaranteed and abductees can use a
                    pseudonym if they wish. Abductees, contactees and experiencers wishing to
                    take part should contact Julia Santomauro at apru@... or telephone
                    her on 020 7919 7171, extension 4389. Once the scientists have published a
                    report into the study and its conclusions, later this year, I will feature
                    the story in this column. Watch this space.

                    UFO Debate at the Cheltenham Festival of Science

                    On 11 June 2004 I debated the UFO phenomenon at the Cheltenham Festival of
                    Science. The festival ran for five days and is now in its third year. Its
                    sponsors and partners included the British National Space Centre, The
                    Royal Society and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. The idea is
                    to showcase high profile, interesting and contentious issues in
                    contemporary science, such as nuclear power, cloning, climate change and
                    GM crops. Attendees included NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, Beagle 2 inventor
                    Colin Pillinger and Lord Robert Winston. The opening speech was given by
                    Government Chief Scientist David King. The debate itself was comparatively
                    unremarkable. I said a little bit about the Ministry of Defence UFO
                    project, UFO sightings backed by radar evidence, and photographic analysis
                    of UFO photographs and videos. I also gave some examples of interesting
                    cases investigated by the Department. Radio astronomer Ian Morison (a late
                    replacement for BBC News Online science editor David Whitehouse) talked
                    about SETI, the Rare Earth theory, light speed, and witness misperception.
                    This was followed by questions from the audience, and my only
                    disappointment was that despite being billed as a debate, no vote was
                    taken. The interesting thing, of course, is that ufology got onto the
                    agenda at all, at a science festival of this kind. Consider this alongside
                    the fact that psychologists at Goldsmiths College University of London are
                    conducting a scientific study into the alien abduction phenomenon. And
                    consider it too alongside the fact that the new multi million pound Dana
                    Centre at the Science Museum held a UFO debate in December 2003. I believe
                    these are encouraging signs for ufology. If nothing else, it rather
                    undermines some of the silly stories that have been circulating recently,
                    falsely proclaiming that ufology is dead.

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

                      Crop Circles

                      The crop circle season is in full swing, with all sorts of new formations,
                      events, media coverage and controversy. The biggest conference was the
                      Glastonbury Symposium 2004. It was held on 23 to 25 July and featured
                      talks from the likes of John Mack, Robert Bauval, Michael Glickman, Dr
                      Eltjo Haselhoff, Andy Thomas and Steve Alexander. Circlemakers Rod
                      Dickinson and John Lundberg have meanwhile being featured in the media
                      talking about their commercial circle making activities. This typically
                      involves their being paid to produce corporate logos for advertising
                      campaigns or formations that promote TV series. This, of course, is where
                      the controversy arises. Sceptics point to the intricacy of some of these
                      commissioned works and say this proves all the pictograms are made by
                      people. Believers disagree, saying that while these commissioned works are
                      impressive, they are not as complex as the most intricate of pictograms.
                      They also point out that commissioned formations are produced in daylight,
                      quite openly, whereas they say the most spectacular pictograms have
                      appeared in a few short hours, overnight. I got a chance to make a brief
                      visit to Alton Barnes on 4 July when I was interviewed in The Barge Inn by
                      an Italian TV company making a programme on the crop circle mystery. The
                      Barge Inn is a lovely pub by the canal and is often used as a meeting
                      point for crop circle researchers and enthusiasts.

                      Sixto Paz Wells

                      Peruvian contactee Sixto Paz Wells made a rare visit to the UK recently
                      and I attended a lecture he gave in London on 29 June. With the current
                      focus on alien abductions, it is interesting from a ufological perspective
                      to come across someone whose story is reminiscent of the claims made by
                      people like George Adamski, Truman Bethurum, Daniel Fry and Howard Menger.

                      Atlantis

                      A new theory about Atlantis, this time from a German scientist, Dr Rainer
                      Kuehne. He believes that satellite photographs of an area near Cadiz in
                      Spain show evidence of ancient flood damage consistent with the original
                      descriptions of Atlantis offered by Plato. Dr Kuehne is trying to persuade
                      archaeologists to take a look at the site, with a view to carrying out an
                      excavation.

                      Laurance Rockefeller

                      Sad news of the death of another hero of ufology. Conservationist,
                      philanthropist and businessman Laurance Rockefeller died on 11 July at the
                      age of 93. Rockefeller financed the production of a UFO briefing document
                      entitled Best Available Evidence, which was subsequently sent to various
                      world leaders. I was not directly involved in the production of this
                      document but was quoted in it and received a copy of the final product,
                      which was in later years published as a paperback. The production of the
                      document owed much to the dedication of Don Berliner, Marie Galbraith,
                      Antonio Huneeus and Sandra Wright. It marked a high point in ufological
                      cooperation, with CUFOS, FUFOR and MUFON all fully engaged.

                      SynchroFile

                      Paranormal investigator Raymond Fowler has a new book out that deals with
                      the intriguing subject of synchronicity. Drawing on personal experience,
                      Fowler examines various paranormal phenomena such as UFOs, ghosts,
                      telepathy and out of body experiences, speculating that they are all
                      linked. A unified theory of the paranormal? Order from Amazon or other
                      outlets and decide for yourself.

                      After The Martian Apocalypse

                      Mac Tonnies has just had a new book published looking at the idea that
                      there was once a civilisation on Mars. This is not the first book to look
                      into these theories, but it is interesting to note that interest in Mars
                      is still high.

                      SPI Talk

                      I shall be giving a talk at the SPI group run by Malcolm Robinson on 28
                      August. I will be discussing what it was like to work on the Ministry of
                      Defence UFO Project and shall be looking at some previously unknown
                      aspects of this work, in relation to some of the other strange reports
                      that came our way in the margins of our UFO work.

                      Media Interest In UFOs

                      A couple of other things to report in relation to my own media
                      appearances. I appeared on Xchange on CBBC on 2 July and will be appearing
                      on some Sky One programmes looking at science fiction, in September. More
                      about this next month.

                      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
                      genuine UFO and abduction data. They are also the only science fiction
                      novels ever to have needed official government clearance. 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
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                        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
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                          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
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                          Message 12 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

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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

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                                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

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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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                                      Weird World
                                      NICK POPE

                                      http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/June_2005/190.cntns

                                      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
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                                        Weird World
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                                        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
                                      • Frits Westra
                                        August 2005 Weird World NICK POPE http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/August_2005/208.cntns Welcome to the August 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien
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                                          Weird World
                                          NICK POPE

                                          http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/August_2005/208.cntns

                                          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
                                        • Frits Westra
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                                          Message 20 of 24 , Sep 5, 2005
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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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                                                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
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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

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