Sunday, 21 December 2008

(Zombie) Alien Inspired Music Video

Kentaro Mori over at wrote another great Blog post recently under the Fortean section. It's the excellent video recently for the new tune from Metallica and the actual music video is presented as a mixture of old-school Soviet-style propaganda along with several Fortean mainstays, held together by conspiracy theorist's paranoia and finally a liberal sprinkling of the very much ‘en vogue' horror ingredient of late, zombies, which when animated as they are make for a rather disturbing and surreal finished video.

Unfortunately and due to a vigorous campaign by WMG the only place that the video “All Nightmare Long” can be seen is at the official Metallica website.

Metallica combine Soviet propaganda footage and animation involving zombies roaming over U.S. in the new video for 'All Nightmare Long' and the video starts with the Tunguska blast site and suggests that whatever crashed there was carrying alien spores and so the experiments began. Here's a short video clip explaining the ‘real' Tunguska blast site.

The Metallica video was released on the 7th December 2008 and the single released on the 15 th December. Another reason for including it is due to the mention of Chemtrails in the closing scene of the video, mainly as they have been in the News again recently.

The news report featured is actually a real one but the information in has been debunked. I actually uploaded the video at the time but never made it ‘public' once I quickly realised the error in the content.

Here's the Chemtrail News Video.

At just over 50 seconds into the segment, Investigative Reporter Jeff Ferrell says:

"KSLA News 12 had the sample tested at a lab. The results: A high level of barium, 6.8 parts per million, (ppm). That's more than three times the toxic level set by the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA."

The Problem?

The actual video clearly shows 68.8 ug/L (stands for MICROGRAMS PER LITER), eg 68.8 ppb (STANDS FOR PARTS PER BILLION). A Liter of water is 1000 grams, or 1 kilogram. Just as 1+1=2, so does a millionth of a gram out of one thousand grams correspond to one part per Billion. And so does 68.8 millionths of a gram per liter correspond to 68.8 parts per BILLION.

The reporter was not off by a factor of 1000, but only 100 instead, but only because he read the "68.8" as "6.8". So Ferrell only over-estimated the amount of barium in the test report by a factor of 100 (or, 10,000 PER CENT if you prefer percentages”


Don't forget to visit for his unique views as well as several other Fortean links evident in the video.

It's also an excuse to repost the “Pendulum” track ‘Granite' from 2007 which prominently feature UFO sightings and some convincing (FAKE) footage.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

St Edmundsbury Cathedral ‘Power Cut' UFO Has Multiple Witnesses (Nov-Dec 2008)

Reports are still coming (Dec 11th 2008) in regarding the Bury St Edmunds UFO sighting. (The UFO was spotted on the 29th November 2008). According to one of the witnesses it was of a ‘classic' flying saucer, i.e. metallic grey and appeared to be spinning. The media reports which were posted online were quick to point out that back on the 3rd September 2008, a UFO was reported to be spinning and tilting over houses in the area (Mildenhall and Howard estates).

Perhaps a more interesting (and corroborated) aspect of this particular UFO report is regarding the two power-cuts that seemingly accompanied the sighting and is suggested to have heralded its appearance. Back in the day the interruption of electrics, electrical interference, internal combustion engines malfunctioning or failing etc. were reported along with UFO sightings & experiences a great deal more than in recent times and if believed (and in the majority of cases there's no reason not to) is certainly an intriguing and physical side effect of these encounters. This has also been reported in some other 'high profile' UFO reports .....

Here's part of an article posted by the Bury Free Press on the 1st December:

UFO sighting over Bury St Edmunds (Cathedral) Sat 29th Nov (2008)
Bury Free Press UFO Report
(Published 1st December 2008)

An anonymous witness stated:

"I looked up at the sky - I was quite frightened. There was a grey thing spinning around and around. About four or five other people were looking up at the sky….."It went around the cathedral and then disappeared. Then I saw this bright orange ball fly through the sky from Churchgate Street towards the churchyard….. I'm just puzzled by it all."

He said a friend had subsequently suggested the sighting might have been something to do with the Christmas fair in the Abbey Gardens and on Angel Hill.

A police spokeswoman said: "We did have a report of a large object in the sky for approximately 10 to 12 minutes that looked like a UFO," adding that police had only received one report regarding the sighting.

Source: Bury Free Press (1st December 2008)

Bury St Edmunds (St Edmundsbury Cathedral)
St Edmundsbury Cathedral
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Then on the 5th December the East Anglian Daily Times (online) confirmed a second witness:

UFO spotted above Cathedral (5th December 2008)
East Anglian Daily Times

Bury St Edmunds UFO sightingThe UFO was spotted above St Edmundsbury Cathedral. POLICE were alerted after a UFO was spotted above St Edmundsbury Cathedral. New twist in UFO mystery. The UFO was spotted above St Edmundsbury Cathedral

A UFO spotted above St Edmundsbury Borough Cathedral was seen by a member of staff, it emerged today. Police were first notified about a UFO above the cathedral in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday night. The incident, which lasted just minutes, happened in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday night. It is understood the man saw the grey UFO spinning in the air near the cathedral before disappearing behind the Bury landmark.

But it has now emerged a member of the cathedral's own staff saw the UFO as well.

The cathedral's visitor officer Sarah Friswell said: “I mentioned it at our staff meeting yesterday and a member of staff did see 'it' as well. But I have to say no-one else has commented or 'phoned or mentioned it…..It happened in between two short power cuts, so we wondered if it was linked to that .”

A police spokeswoman said: “We received a report at 10.43 pm on Saturday from a gentleman who said he'd seen a large object spinning in the sky for around 10 to 12 minutes, which looked like a UFO. This was the only report received."

The apparent sighting comes just four months after similar reports of a UFO above the town's Mildenhall and Howard estates. Eyewitnesses told how, on September 3, they saw an object at about 9.30pm spinning and tilting above houses and appeared to change colour.

Source: East Anglian Daily Times (5th December 2008)

And also on the 5th December ran the following story, as 'AllTheWeb' is an Australian based website I'm assuming that due to extensive media coverage that the UFO phenomenon is currently receiving in Australia explains why they ran it. This is only an excerpt as the original article goes well beyond conjecture and into plain fantasy. Prefixed with, “There are some people who believe…..” before wandering into wholly unsubstantiated supposition and equally outlandish hypotheses, that's not necessarily a criticism (in this case) just the reasoning behind its exclusion:

UFO causes power cuts in the UK (5th December 2008)

UFO over Cathedral Causes power cuts in UK historic town

AllNewsWeb - UFO ReportLast Saturday night a slightly luminous grey UFO was reported to police in the historic town of Bury St Edmunds in the United Kingdom . The UFO was seen spinning and hovering over the St Edmundsbury Cathedral by a townsman. Now it has emerged that the UFO was also seen by a staff member of the Cathedral. Sarah Friswell, the Cathedrals visitor officer, noted that the topic of the mysterious craft had come up in a staff meeting and one of the staff members confessed to also witnessing the rather clear UFO of a very ‘Classical' appearance.

More interestingly the sighting was accompanied by unusual power cuts, confirmed by the Cathedral administration that could not be explained by the local electricity provider. Many have claimed that such sightings are in fact pranks by hobbyists involving RC flying models, yet the power cut seems to somewhat disprove this theory as it is unlikely any hobbyist could pull such a feat off.

Source: AllNewsWeb (5th December 2008)

And the ‘East Anglian Daily Times' posted another article in which a Mrs Carol Marsh “who lives in the shadow of St Edmundsbury Cathedral” also reports witnessing the UFO. The following was posted on the 9th December:

More sightings of UFO over Suffolk (9th December 2008)
East Anglian Daily Times

UFO fever is taking hold in a Suffolk town as tales of mysterious flashing lights over Suffolk 's mother church abound.

Fresh reports of the “amazing” light show over Bury St Edmunds on Saturday, November 29, have come in from resident Carol Marsh, who lives in the shadow of St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Mrs Marsh said she and a group of friends watched entranced at around 10.30pm as the lights travelled low in the sky from Northgate Street , over the cathedral and neighbouring St Mary's Church and out of sight towards Southgate Street .

And Mrs Marsh is no stranger to the supernatural - when she was an 11-year-old girl she firmly believes she witnessed a flying saucer in the skies over her then home in Lincolnshire . Her father, a Lancaster bomber pilot, was so convinced by his daughter's story he called ministry of defence bosses to check out the mysterious sighting. The Church Walks resident was less convinced her latest brush with little green men was for real, but she believes there was a chance the sighting over the town could have been a UFO: “It's certainly a possibility."

“It was the weekend of the Christmas fair and I suppose they could have been sending up some sort of lights from Angel Hill but what ever it was, it was absolutely amazing.....The lights were low in the sky, very bright and seemed to be revolving. It was totally noiseless and for 45 seconds it lit up the sky - it was just incredible - an amazing thing going on the sky outside my house. The amber lights were almost like they were being fired up into the sky.”

One sky-watcher reported the strange lights to the police. He said he saw a grey UFO spinning in the air near the cathedral before disappearing behind the Bury landmark.

The report was confirmed by a police spokeswoman, who said:

“We received a report at 10.43 pm on Saturday from a gentleman who said he'd seen a large object spinning in the sky for around 10 to 12 minutes, which looked like a UFO. This was the only report received.”

A spokeswoman for the cathedral said a staff member also saw the unexplained lights.

Source: East Anglian Daily Times (9th December 2008)

Bury St Edmunds UFO sighting

So now there are three independent witnesses who have come forward and at the time of writing (12th December 2008) the following article posted (again) on the website is the latest piece of information to be released. It was submitted by an internet user called, “Susan.” According to the website and after a cursory glance her personal details had at least superficially checked out.

More witnesses come forward claiming to have seen the
St Edmundsbury Cathedral UFO (11th December 2008)

AllNewsWeb - UFO ReportFurther witnesses have come forward claiming to have seen a UFO hovering over St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk , UK on Saturday night. One of the witnesses, Carol Marsh, lives within the proximity of the Cathedral and says she and a group of friends saw dazzling lights she describes as 'amazing' swirling above the Cathedral Spires. Local Police have confirmed that they received the report first mentioned in All News Web. 'We received a report at 10.43 pm on Saturday from a gentleman who said he'd seen a large object spinning in the sky for around 10 to 12 minutes, which looked like a UFO. This was the only report received.' noted a police spokeswoman.

All News Web received this email yesterday:

“I read your story on the UFO near the Cathedral, I live about one mile from there. I am employed as a nurse and have never claimed to have seen a UFO before although that night I noticed the strangest thing as I looked out of my bedroom window, a blurry disc like object moving quickly that appeared to be circling the Cathedral and then vanished-the object appeared to be black with a glow around it. I noticed slight electrical surges of lights in the vicinity. I work in health and would rather remain anonymous as I don't want to be labelled as stark, raving mad!”

The alleged witness allowed us to identify her as Susan, and has supplied us with further personal details that seem to suggest personal credibility.

Source: AllNewsWeb (11th December 2008)

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

More UFO Sightings Over Fenland Skies (Wisbech)

Fenland Citizen UFODOZENS of people have contacted the Citizen to report sightings of UFOs in the skies over Fenland following last week's front page picture of some unexplained lights spotted over Wisbech. Among those who rang in was Doreen Annetts from March who said she had seen a similar set of lights as she drove home early on Tuesday morning after dropping her husband off at work.

She spotted the lights over-head as she travelled along the Twenty Foot from Hobbs Lot Bridge at around 5am. Mrs Annetts said the lights were very bright and looked to be in the same formation as those captured on film by a 23-year-old Wisbech man on Monday November 17 and featured in last week's Citizen: “ I knew it wasn't an aeroplane because they usually have various little lights. I'm not somebody who imagines things.

• Michael Marshall from Bourne also called to say he had seen the lights. He spotted them from his hill-top home at around 9.15pm on November 18. He said they had come in from an easterly direction and were moving over Wisbech.

• And a Chatteris man said his daughter had captured some lights on her camera phone a couple of months ago. He said they were coloured and there were lots of them.

• A March woman told how she had spotted a bright light track across the sky as she looked out of the bedroom window of her Green Street home. She had believed it was a shooting star at first but then noticed it was leaving a trail behind it. She saw it at around 9pm to 9.30pm on Tuesday.

• And a Wimblington couple also spotted a strange orange light in the sky over their Norfolk Street home. They spotted it at around 10.55pm on Children in Need night. They said the object moved silently through the sky before suddenly disappearing. “ We get a lot of jets over this area and they are noisy. This was quiet and was quite spooky .”

• And finally Reg Wenn from Chatteris sent in a photo of an object he captured from his home in Acre Fen: “ I have been tracking one of these for over 16 years, it appears in the sky south of my home from time to time, I managed to get a picture of it a few weeks back .”

(Top left is original image) Looks suspiciously like camera shake to me.....
UFO Sightings Over Fenland Skies (Wisbech)
“This thing appears and disappears like switching a light on and off.”

Source: Fenland Citizen

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Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Police Helicopter ‘Swerves' To Avoid UFO

From what we've been told so far then this particular report is certainly a strange one and again involving a police helicopter which I wrote about back in June, “UK UFO – Police Helicopter Crew Reports UFO.” Anyway here's the more recent report as originally posted by the Birmingham Mail on the 21 st November, 2008 but actually occured almost 5 weeks prior to the earlier report.

UFO involved in a dramatic incident.

A POLICE helicopter flying over Birmingham narrowly avoided tragedy when it nearly collided with a UFO, a report has claimed. The pilot managed to swerve out of the mystery aircraft's way while he was on a routine police surveillance task over the city centre earlier this year. The helicopter was also carrying two police observers during the journey at around 9.50pm on May 2nd.

All three reported seeing an aircraft with two continuous blue/green lights – but were unable to identify what it was. The extraordinary incident is detailed in a document compiled by experts from the Airprox Board, which records near misses and reports them to the military and air traffic control units.

The report stated: “ The front observer saw unidentified lights flying around their aircraft. The pilot established visual contact, as he manoeuvred the aircraft to avoid a collision and to identify the light source.

The object was less than 100m away and flew around them. The pilot told the Airprox Board he thought the intent may either have been sinister or just someone messing around. It was initially believed that the object was a radio controlled aircraft and that it was purposefully flown around the helicopter.

The report stated: “He (the pilot) believes the lights may have come from a radio controlled fixed wing aircraft, the lights being to assist with night flying.

Despite searching the area with a thermal camera, the pilot was unable to find any signs of radio-controlled model activity. And the British Model Flying Association ruled out the possibility, saying the mystery object was flying too high to be a miniature craft. Leading expert Nick Pope, who previously worked for the Ministry of Defence's UFO desk and is nicknamed the British Fox Mulder, told the Birmingham Mail today:

“A helicopter was nearly blown out of the sky…..This is a very disturbing incident which needs to be thoroughly investigated by the MoD and the Civil Aviation Authority as well as other near misses…..The conclusion on the report is unsatisfactory especially when this aircraft came within seconds of a collision. It is a very interesting case especially when you look at the eyewitnesses. They are credible and reliable sources who have experience in night time flying…..This sighting clearly illustrates that whatever one believes about UFOs, this incident raises important air safety issues and should be taken seriously.”

Source: Birmingham Mail

The Official Airprox summary is in a PDF file and it's quite large (668 Kb) and this event is only referenced in 3 pages of it, alternatively you can view the three pages in question by visiting here.

Sunderland UK UFO: Cylindrical UFO Sighting – Wednesday 29th October, 2008

The following was recently posted to the UFOCasebook forum by a new member who signed up to report the sighting and also to ask for any information regarding it:

Wed 29th Oct, 2008 – Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, North-East England.

"At around 9.00am, I was looking out of a west-facing upstairs window in my house when I saw an airliner coming from the north and heading roughly southwest at maybe 2,000 – 3,000 feet. It was clearly visible and stood out against a cloudless blue sky. I watched the plane for a few seconds before I realised there was something wrong with what I was looking at – the body of the plane was very wide and it was travelling too slowly for an airliner at that height. I grabbed a small pair of 10x25 binoculars and was able to focus on the plane for maybe half a minute before it moved out of sight behind nearby trees.

Through the binoculars I could see it wasn't an airliner, but a rocket-shaped cylinder – cream or off-white in colour – travelling horizontally like a cruise missile. There were no wings or fins, no markings, no flashing lights, and no flames or smoke trail. The front of the cylinder was definitely pointed and the end was solid, with no darkened area to suggest a jet exhaust.

Guessing the altitude to be 1,000 feet, I estimated the cylinder to be about 50 feet long (but this could all be way out) and I came to the conclusion that it must be some sort of balloon drifting in the wind. To confirm this theory, I emailed the UK Met Office on Thursday morning who told me the wind direction at 9.00am on Wednesday was westerly. This means the object was travelling against the wind under its own power. Very difficult to estimate its speed, but I would guess around 100 - 150mph.

I'm sure no self-respecting alien would be seen dead travelling around in a magnolia-painted space craft so I'm assuming the cylinder originated on this planet. Whatever it was, the sky was so clear it must have been seen by dozens if not hundreds of people as it headed southwest from the north of England . If anybody saw it or knows what it was, would you please enlighten me.


Saturday, 15 November 2008

UFOs, Red Laser-Beams & Camera Phones

There have been a few peculiar UFO videos around of late and the timing of these releases into the main-stream has been quite remarkable, well, only when considering the lack of videos showing this particular anomaly until recently.

I'm talking about the increasingly popular “UFO/Red Laser Beam” videos. The ones I've seen are apparently captured exclusively on mobile phones, first off there was the now well known, “Irish UFO Conference Footage” which due to the ambiguous wording of the original article/s seemed to suggest that there were three witnesses to this spectacular event but upon further reading it is apparent that these are three completely unrelated reports.

Then Andrea Mulligan contacted several websites that had posted about the footage and claimed that they were Chinese Lanterns from her wedding reception. I personally received further confirmation from the events manager at the Dunboyne hotel that the release of these balloons correlated with the sighting of the LITs and Andrea also commented on my Blog post I made about the report.

Then on the 11th October (2008) Carl Nally who is currently holding the footage to ransom for the price of a UFO conference ticket announced that the footage would NEVER be seen on terrestrial television or online video-sharing sites such as YouTube (visit here for footage which was claimed to be the Irish UFO) , and would only ever be viewable by attending one of Carl's conferences. While this may be considered as clever marketing by some I struggle with the concept that any footage that may prompt the fabled disclosure should come at a price.

Anyway, I'll come back to the Irish footage, but first a couple of observations on the other ‘Laser-beam' videos.

After the Irish footage the Sun posted two separate videos both containing this anomaly and also recently posted to YouTube there was a German video of a UFO that again displayed the anomalous red beam, these three were all recorded and posted within 5 days of each other.

Firstly on the 6 th November (2008), the Sun posted the following:

What's Zap?

A RED beam of light shoots to the ground from what is believed to be a UFO.

The Sun was yesterday handed dramatic footage of the mysterious craft hovering over Bristol . Shellie Williams, 20, and her mum Betty, 53, filmed it on their mobile phones. When they zoomed in, they also caught red and white vertical beams not visible to the naked eye.

Care worker Shellie, who watched from outside her home in nearby Hartcliffe, said: “It was bizarre and I was quite frightened.”

Betty said: “Through binoculars you could see clusters of lights…..They seemed to form a circle and were attached to something. It freaked us out.

Neighbour Tony Jefferies said he had seen the lights on and off for two weeks.

In daylight yesterday, Shellie and Betty pinpointed the lights as being close to a radio mast on Dundry Hill. Air traffic control at Bristol International Airport said it had no reports of “unusual activity”. Avon & Somerset police said their helicopter was not out and they had not had UFO reports.

Published: 06 Nov 2008
The Sun

In my opinion the most important aspect of the story was, “When they zoomed in, they also caught red and white vertical beams not visible to the naked eye.

For anyone who is even remotely interested in the UFO phenomenon and reads the above quote alarm bells should be a' ringing as we've all seen these UFOs which weren't visible at the time of shooting and inevitably turn out to be what has been termed, “Blurfos.”

Blurfos in reality are no more than insects and occasionally birds which happened to fly into the field of view as the photograph was taken, insects are the main culprits as due to the size of them & the speed at which they fly they consequently appear in the image as an orb or a blurred object (hence the name!!) But I digress, sufficient to say that alarm bells should be ringing when shown any image/footage that displays an unexplainable object which wasn't apparent at the time the image/footage was captured.

And the second story posted by the Sun was as follows:

Is this UFO from outer space?

A SHINING beam blasts earthwards from what looks like a hovering UFO, in another astounding sighting. A clip handed to The Sun shows the white dot hanging motionless in the air before a shot of white light emits from the orb, hitting the earth. Just a few seconds later a red beam comes firing from the object before the silent orb disappears.

Zoe Salthouse, 20, captured this incredible footage a couple of weeks ago while sitting in a friend's back garden. The student nurse from New Moston, Manchester , was sitting with friends in nearby Alcrington when she saw the light.

She said: “I got out my mobile phone straight away and started filming. It was eery and strange - but then the light came out we were all shocked…..Everything was pitch black apart from the dot…..When the light beams came out it seemed to just shoot down to the ground and disappear…..I don't know what it was, but it didn't look man-made…..I am a pretty level headed girl, but what I saw defies explaining.”

Published: 10 Nov 2008
The Sun

Now you may think from the above statement that this witness observed the Laser phenomenon at the time of filming, well I beg to differ. It is evident from the audio that accompanies the video footage that the Laser was obviously not visible at the time of filming, and even if it was visible on the screen of the mobile phone then surely the main witness (person filming the event) would have mentioned it in the live audio?

And if physically visible in the sky at the time them surely others in the group (who can be heard commentating on the UFO at the exact time the Laser anomaly appears) would have at least mentioned it? In fact if the witnesses were observing this laser phenomenon, i.e. a UFO shooting bright red lasers straight in front of their position and NOT running away from it are not to be trusted as they're obviously prone to making an incredibly poor assessment of the situation!!

And it's the same for the German UFO footage in which the exact same anomaly appears, you can hear the wind howling and other background noises yet the witness is completely unaffected by what (if the fact that they seen this anomaly at the time of filming is accepted) they think is a UFO shooting a red laser just in front of their position.

No witness reactions whatsoever in any of the available footage!?

Or perhaps the, “Lasers” simply weren't visible at the time?

Taking it one step further then perhaps the lasers were nevervisible because they weren't actually there?

To the left there is a compilation of the different lasers from the two sun videos.

A couple of points to note here, I admit that I've cropped these images but if you watch the footage then you can plainly see that the red beam extends from the point light source to the base of the frame, NOT until it hits an object but to the base of the frame regardless.

Also, notice how each beam is pixel perfect, there' a definite distinctive separation between the different coloured adjoining pixels and not one pixel is misaligned the entire length of the beam.

Now if you look at the following gif animation, it consists of three frames from one of the Sun videos. The first second frame is the two LITs, the and third is when the red-beam is visible.

The camera shake is clearly discernible and this is evident by the distortion of the two white lights in the consecutive frames, so we can be 100% certain that the camera shake is happening so why doesn't it affect the red-beam?

And exactly the same in this animated gif from the Manchester video:

Basically I believe that these red-beams are no more than a digital artefacts created by the camera phone rather than as a projection from the white light in the sky, although it can't be denied that the artefact is inextricably linked to these light sources but I suspect that the camera phone is that link. I am especially interested in the technical cause of this anomaly but I have as yet to find a satisfactory explanation, I would however be interested to know the model & make of the camera phones in question as well as the processing software that they use as there may be clues there as well as perhaps an explanation for their recent appearance. But unfortunately and drawing on past experience then I fear the Sun prefers sensationalism and certainly doesn't worry about something as mundane as the facts…..

I should also point out that I am in no way disputing the videos in their entirety as they definitely show a light source and indeed this is exactly what each witness intentionally filmed; only later discovering the red-beams in the footage. This was stated by one witness and the audio of the footage suggesting this was the case with the other two. Personally I struggle with the possibility that the red-beam was anything other than an artefact which was unintentionally introduced to the footage at some point by the camera phone itself.

And here's the YouTube clip which was posted on the 8th November 2008 by YouTube user, "Romulo282838".

From: Romulo282838
Added: 08 November 2008

Amateur cameraman said: "I filmed this in 18.10.2008 against 21:30 clock took up. In Brandenburg. I do not have an explanation for it."

Now as I mentioned earlier, back to the Irish UFO footage…..

Or more importantly back to the the Irish Tribune who ran the story and also posted what is to my knowledge the only screenshot of the footage and here it is:

Now it may just be my suspicious mind but it did strike me as strange at the time that the only image released was a heavily filtered one. Have a look at the image and compare it to the other red-beam artefacts and it appears to tick the boxes as for all it's been filtered then you can still see that it extends to the base of the frame.

So on reflection then I suspect that the Irish Conference UFO footage is merely the same anomaly as what can be seen in the two videos posted by the Sun and the same as the Brandenburg footage.

The ever vigilant also picked up on this and provided examples of what was known to be pixel bleeding as a means of comparison, the following is from

So what was it? Assuming it was not a crude hoax, which I think it was not, then it was very probably just a common artifact of cheap cameras, including those on cell phones.

That was simply pixel blooming or bleeding. It occurs when sources of light exceed the full well capacity (the electron-holding capacity) of the pixels on which they are being recorded. As a light-gathering pixel exceeds its capacity to hold captured photons, the excess energy spills over into the adjacent pixel (or pixels, if the second pixel also fills to its capacity). This spillover, called “blooming,” produces a spike of light.

This artifact is so common with digital images, and yet, source of so much confusion and shameless exploitation. For instance, it has already been the culprit behind alleged “Sun Cruisers”, supposedly gigantic flying saucers near the Sun that for some strange reason always appear in profile:


Of course theses anomalies mentioned by Mori differ from what we are seeing in the camera phone footage, mainly as the blooming appears either side of the object but I believe it's certainly a step in the right direction towards definitively resolving the origins of these anomalous beams.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Remembrance Sunday – Lest We Forget

“Who would've noticed another madman around here.”

One of the darkest hours of recent history is splendidly portrayed by Blackadder et al. It's 1917 and captain Blackadder is in the trenches of the First World War and preparing to go, “Over the top”.

A tragic and harrowing story that shares the hopelessness of the situation and the general futility of war, the climax is a sorrowful and extremely poignant final scene when Blackadder and his men finally go over the top and lead charge into No-Man's-Land, before masterfully dissolving into a poppy-filled field.

“Millions have died but the troops have advanced no further
than an asthmatic ant with some heavy shopping.”

Last years post, “Lest we forget” (Flanders Fields) available here.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

UK - The Sun Has Best UFO Proof Yet (Again)

A strange image was published by the Sun newspaper (via Gary Heseltine) which they stated was photographed at Dudley castle 'last April'.

To be honest I've purposefully refrained from posting any of the Sun newspapers UFO stories, mainly because they were caught out a couple of months ago and admitted intentionally lying to their readers, this was defended by claiming they were just, “Having a little fun” with their long suffering readership.

But prior to this wholly unsurprising revelation about their lack of ethical integrity their previous track-record in reporting UFO related stories was equally wanting. The stories were always misleading and they consistently contacted several UFO researchers and inevitably quoted the one researcher who agreed there was something anomalistic about the 'exclusive' photograph they'd been sent, usually insinuating (if not stating outright) that any/all objects captured were of obvious extraterrestrial origin.

UFO picture is 'best proof yet'

The Sun UK UFO ImageA “FLYING saucer” is photographed in daylight over a town — in a snap hailed as one of the most important ever pieces of evidence of alien life. The UFO shot across the sky in front of clouds above Dudley in the West Midlands . A startled visitor to Dudley Castle captured the amazing image, and sent it to a police detective who collects UFO sightings. Yesterday DC Gary Heseltine, 48, said:

“It's a very intriguing photograph that was taken purely by chance…..If it's genuine then it could be one of the most convincing pieces of evidence about aliens from the UK ever.”

The photo was taken by a 57-year-old nanny on a day out last April. DC Heseltine, of Wakefield , West Yorks, has now handed it over for study to a former US navy physicist who specialises in photo analysis. The British Transport Police officer will reveal the findings at the UFO Data Magazine annual conference in Pontefract, West Yorks , on October 25.

(Virginia Wheeler - 20 Oct 2008)
The Sun

Gary Heseltine is no stranger to the UFO subject and runs the, “PRUFOS (POLICE REPORTING UFO SIGHTINGS) DATABASE” website which collects and catalogues UFO reports from police officers while both on and off duty.

It's more than likely that the, “Former UFO Navy physicist ” is none other than the inimitable Dr. Bruce Maccabee, the following is a brief excerpt from his Bio page: "Studied physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass (B.S. in physics) and then at The American University, Washington, DC (M.S. and Ph. D. in physics)…..1972 commenced his long career at the Naval Surface Warfare Center…..has worked on optical data processing, generation of underwater sound with lasers and various aspects of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) and Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) using high power lasers… in UFO research since late 1960s when he joined the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP)….active in research and investigation for NICAP until its demise in 1980…..became a member of MUFON in 1975…..appointed to the position of state Director for Maryland, a position he still holds…..1979 he was instrumental in establishing the Fund for UFO Research…..chairman for about 13 years…..presently serves on the National Board of the Fund.."

In fact even if it isn't Bruce Maccabee then I still strongly urge you to check out his personal pages as his investigative analysis is consistently methodical in approach and execution and as such is testament to the rigorous protocols employed in his previous investigations. And as well of course as (usually!!) making for fascinating reading.

Of course there's so little information available and the image posted to the Sun website is compressed to such an extent that no manipulation could bring out any more detail than is already evident, but when Bruce Maccabee receives the original then he will certainly be able to (at least) ‘yay or nay' its validity, i.e. whether its actually a genuine image and also whether or not it's a physical object. But whether it's an object in the sky, a camera artefact or even a rogue cloud formation I found it to be one of the more aesthetically pleasing and interesting images that has been posted online for a while.....

Gary Heseltine (PRUFOS) The Sun UK UFO Image

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

MoD Files - North East UK UFO Reports

While the media coverage of the last two days (since the release of the MoD UFO files) is almost at epidemic proportions I always try and post my regional (North-East) UFO related stories, so here's an article regarding the six-years worth of UFO files (and of course which are relevant to North East) from the Evening Chronicle.

Evening Chronicle - UFO Story

Secret files reveal Tyneside UFO sightings

SECRETS of strange happenings on Tyneside have been revealed in unseen UFO files. Glowing lights and amber aircraft are among the night-sky mysteries which spooked people in the region between 1986 and 1992. The classified Ministry of Defence (MoD) reports were released for the first time yesterday, published by the National Archives. And among the hundreds of descriptions are dozens from the North East.

A night security guard in Newcastle was baffled by a white lights hovering over the city in 1987. On June 30 he alerted RAF Boulmer to the flying saucer sighting, which he said lasted 15 to 20 minutes. The former member of the armed forces wrote: “A large, white light was travelling west to east. The other five lights travelled in various directions.” He described the weather conditions as clear, but said it was too high to estimate the distance of the lights.

Meanwhile, three terrified Gosforth residents made separate reports of a green object in the sky above Newcastle in the same year, on March 6. One UFO spotter looked out of his window and was shocked to see what he described as a pale, bright, green object. The report continued: “Nil sound or smell. Steady movement, then it disappeared.” It was reported to Northumbria Police and then to Newcastle Airport . Police were alerted to the green object by a second Gosforth resident, who described the light as green and glowing. It was seen outside his house for a few minutes.

Then a third report came from a Gosforth resident, who made the sighting while outdoors in Longbenton. He saw a green sphere for five minutes and immediately alerted the police. Six months later a customs officer spotted a bizarre sight near Newcastle Airport . He claimed to see an unusual aircraft for one or two minutes, which he described as a cigar-shaped object, gold and orange, with bright lights on descent. The police officer who took the call seemed convinced by the report and said the caller sounded rational and intelligent, although a little breathless.

North East Of England UFO

Another UFO was reported near the airport in November 1987, when someone spent 15 to 20 minutes watching blue and amber lights. The file reads: “One object, approximately the size of helicopter, with blue and amber lights – very bright.” The sky was clear, and the aircraft hardly seemed to move. A neighbour backed up the caller's report and no explanation could be found.

Experts at the MoD created more mystery when they tried to explain UFO sightings near RAF Boulmer in Northumberland in 1987. Responding to a letter about suspected flying saucers, the squadron leader wrote:

“We have checked our records covering the period April 2 to 22, 1987, and are unable to confirm or deny that your reports of unknown targets originated from aircraft taking part in exercises being carried out at the time……I can inform you that our day-to-day practice sorties are carried out over the North Sea and would not normally be visible from the coast…..However, between April 6 and 10, 1987, we were involved in Exercise Mallet Blow and from April 13 to April 15, Exercise Priory took place in a similar area. Both of these events did include a number of low-flying target aircraft which would have flown inland from the North Sea toward firing ranges in the Otterburn area…..Unfortunately I am unable to tie any particular aircraft to any given UFO sighting.”

Alfred Dodds, of the Northumberland UFO Research Centre, says all the reports are vital in helping build up a picture of UFO activity in the region:

I think everybody in the industry is interested in these files…..When we get sightings in, I compare them with sightings that have been registered, so it helps in that way. It gives a better idea of whether to investigate further or not…..A couple of years ago there was a report of two red lights circling each other in a way that airplanes don't do. And when the last files were released, there was a report from down south that was exactly the same…..There have been quite a number of reports from this area in the past five years. These files are very important to shed light.”

(Oct 21, 2008 by Katy Simpson)
Evening Chronicle (Chronicle Live)

Sunday, 19 October 2008

The National Archives Second Release Of MoD UFO Files (20th Oct 2008)

Well it seems as if the second release of previously classified Ministry Of Defence (MoD) UFO files is due for release on the Monday the 20th October 2008.

I personally thought that the previous release and more importantly the incessant and outlandish media coverage of it was almost single-handedly responsible for what became known as, “The 2008 British UFO Wave” and elaborated on why in some detail here.

Indeed, it was almost impossible to have missed the furore regarding the MoD release of their "UFO files" back in May as it was all over the web, the television and the media for several weeks. The event was covered by many different authors at many different venues in many, many different countries. The relentless media coverage (especially in the UK ) was unparalleled for a UFO related story as for at least a few days in May 2008, UFOs certainly went mainstream.

To see and appreciate the extent of the coverage I've correlated it into some loose semblance of order, due to the lists of reports and the amount of media footage it wasn't possible to include them all in one Blog post, so I'll only post a couple of clips here. (Main post here)

Also available is a collection of the recent online UK UFO reports as well as all of the online video & audio related to the earlier MoD UFO file release (and of course liberal sprinklings of conjecture and opinion) then visit, "The MoD UFO files release, the Sun & the 2008 UK UFO Wave."

Lastly regarding the first MoD UFO file release, Joe McGonagle ( organised a team of UK UFO researchers to catalogue the first TNA MoD UFO files release. This is provided in a very user friendly spreadsheet, which is available here.

Spreadsheet available of the first TNA/MoD UFO files release available here.

Right, onto the release scheduled for the 20 th October 2008…..

It seems as if yet again a couple of the nationals have jumped the gun and published details of this hours before (again) the release is publicly announced, and as before the release will be available from the ‘The National Archives' (TNA) website.

It would appear that the ‘Sunday Mirror' was the first to crack and run a story on the imminent release which was as follows:

Passenger jet almost 'collided with UFO'

A passenger jet heading for Heathrow almost collided with a UFO over Kent , according to the latest "X-files" to be released by the Government tomorrow. In other reports US Air Force pilots were ordered to shoot down a UFO over East Anglia (the files don't say what happened next) and RAF Tornado jets were overtaken by another UFO over Germany . The files from 1986-92 include claims from people who say they met or were abducted by aliens. They will be posted on the National Archives website.

Source: (19/10/2008)

US jet 'ordered to fire at UFO over East Anglia '

A US Air Force fighter pilot claims he was ordered to fire all of his 24 rockets at a UFO spotted flying over East Anglia – and then warned never to speak about the incident - the MoD records reveal.

Milton Torres, then aged 25, was on standby at RAF Manston in Kent on May 20 1957 when he received an urgent order to scramble and intercept an unknown craft with " very unusual flight patterns ". He managed to get a radar " lock-on" the target, which he could not see because of thick cloud but which his instruments indicated was the size of a B-52 bomber.

The order then came through to fire his jet's entire arsenal at the UFO, but it darted off his radar before he could act. Dr Torres, now 77 and still convinced it was an alien craft, says he was visited the next day by a man claiming to be from the US National Security Agency, who threatened him with losing his flying status if he told anyone what happened. The former pilot's story entered the MoD's archives after he repeated his claims at a veterans reunion in 1988.

"There are people who are still alive on Earth who know about this," he said.

Source. (Last Updated: 5:21PM BST 19 Oct 2008)

Five of the strangest UFO sightings and encounters

These are some of the most interesting reports contained in the released Ministry of Defence files:

1) January 1991: Man reports seeing two aliens landing their flying saucer next to a railway track near Warminster Army barracks in Wiltshire.

2) March 1990: Woman claims she is an alien from " Amazon, the planet of warrior women " in the Sirius system, whose spacecraft landed on Earth during the Second World War. Encloses drawing of herself with ears similar to Star Trek character Mr Spock.

3) 1989: Two aliens seen emerging from flying saucer in Somerset , apparently in order to check their engine. One was able to speak in perfect English, according to witness.

4) April 1991: Alitalia airliner en route from Milan to Heathrow has near miss with brown missile-shaped object near Lydd in Kent . Case closed after investigation fails to identify object.

5) June 1991: Four passengers on board a Dan Air Boeing 737 saw a "wingless projectile" pass beneath the aircraft as it climbed from Gatwick Airport headed for Hamburg .

Source. (Last Updated: 5:21PM BST 19 Oct 2008)

UFOs, alien abductions and Tina Turner feature in Close Encounters secret files

Passenger jets nearly colliding with UFOs, reports of alien abduction and lasers from a Tina Turner concert all feature in the latest "Close Encounters" released by the MoD.

The 19 files, which date from 1986 and 1992, show the extensive records of strange sightings by members of the public and unexplained radar images from air traffic control. In one instance, an Alitalia flight coming into land at London 's Heathrow Airport reported a near miss with a UFO, which the pilot described as " similar to a missile - light brown or fawn - about three metres in length but without any exhaust flame ". Captain Achille Zaghetti was so concerned about a collision he shouted " Look out! Look out !" to his co-pilot who then spotted the same object. A corresponding image appeared on the Air Traffic Control radar and the MoD was brought in to investigate.

In the files, released by the National Archive, the military admitted the sighting in April 1991 could not be explained, having ruled out a British or American missile. It concluded: " In the absence of any clear evidence which could be used to identify the object, it is our intention to treat this sighting like that of any other Unidentified Flying Object. " Two further near misses were reported in the summer of 1991 when one aircraft flying in to Gatwick airport reported a " wingless projectile " passing the left side of the plane and another flight leaving Gatwick spotted a " small lozenge-shaped object " speeding past the cockpit. The newly released files also go into detail about a US Air Force pilot who claims he was ordered to shoot down a UFO flying above East Anglia in 1957, and was later warned never to speak about the incident.

Also included in the material are several reports of alien abductions and strange sightings. In 1989, one man from Somerset reported seeing a flying saucer land near the Feltham bypass and two aliens, dressed in black, apparently emerged. One alien checked the engines while a second said - in fluent English - " capture that man before tells anybody else ". Another man from Brighton spotted a brightly-lit UFO, shaped like a " squashed rugby ball ", which hovered above his house.

Two men in beige uniforms were seen inside, but when they spotted the man, they turned out the lights and sped out to sea. The RAF official who took the call noted: " Caller sounded genuine enough and his main concern seemed to be that he didn't want to talk too much about the craft if it was 'one of ours that we wanted to keep secret'. " In August 1989, reports of "two to three lights, green, red and orange oscillating" and moving " left and right and around each other " were reported to the MoD. What the concerned callers did not realise was that they were looking at the lasers illuminating Tina Turner's latest concert.

Source (Last Updated: 8:29PM BST 19 Oct 2008)

I predict more of the same as we seen with the earlier release as the all too fickle media pretend to (albeit briefly) take the UFO subject seriously. Still, give it a couple of days as after they’ve had a chance to actually peruse the documents they’ll start publishing the ridiculous accounts, the snide comments and the, ‘Aliens abducted my dog’ accounts before moving on to more 'important' stories.....

UFO Images & Phantom Planes

Paranormal photographs and UFO Images

Seeing as Halloween is almost upon us I thought I'd share some stories that lean more towards ‘paranormal' than 'Ufological' as well of course as the usual UFO related fodder. Anyway, I happened across a classic TV programme recently and one which I remember watching in my youth. It's a UK production called, “Strange But True – Encounters” and was fronted by Michael Aspel. This particular episode looked at the problems that trick photography, misperception and hoax images facing UFO & paranormal researchers face as well as several genuinely unexplained anomalies and photographs which still resist an defy any explanation.

Including a brief look at ghost images, UFO images, Bigfoot video, NASA footage, Manhattan UFO and a remarkable image of a squadron with the ghostly apparition of a their Naval mechanic who had died three days previous to the image being taken. Also shows a 'classic' UFO video taken at Nellis test range footage including an audio snippet of pilots discussing it. Includes Robert Irving, a Fortean Times writer and the landed UFO image he created for an article he'd wrote which was later claimed to be a genuine photograph.

The Phantom Planes Of The Derbyshire Dales

The second half of the episode goes on to discuss, “Phantom Planes” and airs an interview with Tony Ingle. Tony, who when walking his golden retriever saw a (silent) wartime aircraft pass about 50 feet above him, it appeared to be experiencing difficulties and also looked as if it came down in a nearby field, this was in April 1995!!

“It was very eerie...I could see the propellers going round but there was no sound…..It was getting lower and lower and I thought, this thing's going to crash.....It was bizarre...I could see it was banking as if trying to turn, and then it seemed to go down just over a hedge. I ran up the lane to see if I could see anything. I expected a plane to be in the field but there was nothing...just lambs and sheep. Everything was silent, you could hear a pin drop...”

The B-29 Bomber and its distinctive four propellors.

Includes footage of Tony Ingle returning to Aston Lane as he does frequently and his golden retriever (Ben) refusing to go anywhere near the field where they saw the plane and where it appeared to crash.

Phantom Airmen

The show also features rare interview footage with a Mr. Gerald Scarratt, whom originally witnessed the aftermath of the B-29 crash as a Glossop schoolboy in 1948. Gerald returned to the wreck with his son a quarter of a century later and discovered a gold ring engraved with the name of the plane's captain, Langdon P. Tanner. After the discovery was publicised, a group of aircraft enthusiasts asked Scarratt to show them the place where he found the ring, and he agreed to take them up to the crash site on Bleaklow, but when he bent down to show them where he had found the ring and looked up they had ‘scarpered' and were ten or fifteen yards away.

When he caught up with them they were ashen-faced. They said they had seen someone standing behind him, looking down and dressed in full flying uniform. Gerald told them he had seen nothing, but they said: "We've all seen him, thanks for taking us up, but we are going ."

Gerald has never seen or heard from any of them again!!

UK UFO researcher, Dr. David Clarke wrote about these and other incidents for his 1999 book, “Supernatural Peak District” in a chapter titled, “Ghost Fliers”. David has also made this particular chapter available at his website under the, “Supernatural Folklore” section which also includes photographs of the area and of the aeroplane in question.

Friday, 17 October 2008

Possible Explanation For Flintshire UFO?

Firstly, I'll admit that I haven't researched the new(ish) Flintshire UFO story in the slightest and so the following is no more than conjecture and certainly not the 'concrete' evidence that the Flintshire mayor is searching for, but if you'll indulge me.....

After reading several accounts which appeared across the internet I was instantly reminded of an earlier UFO report (with images) that I researched quite a while ago.

Here are some (edited) images of the US UFO report.
images of the US UFO report
3 images cropped and pasted together.

The report originated in the US and was reminiscent of the, “Cigar” like UFOs that are occasionally witnessed and reported, except of course that this particular object although it appeared structured didn't seem to resemble any of the earlier reports which were made regarding the classic cigar UFO.

Here's what I (and others) believed the object to be:
Solar Balloon (UFO?)

Regarding this recent Flintshire UFO report then as I said, I really haven't researched it in any detail whatsoever and subsequently I'm unable to make an informed decision, but…..

If I had to hazard a guess then it would be that the object was a solar balloon which are surprisingly easy to make and also relatively cheap to buy in kits. (Of course it may not have been the XXXXL model!!)

Anyway here are the two main articles from the website of the local newspaper:

Flintshire mayor calls for witnesses after seeing 'pipe-like' UFO.

UFO sightings over North Wales

Flint mayor, Terry Renshaw, is asking if anybody else saw a flying ‘ pipe-like ' object in the sky above Flintshire. Flint 's town mayor is seeking witnesses after spotting a mysterious 'pipe-like' object in the sky. Flint mayor Terry Renshaw was making lunch at his home in Bagillt at about 1.30pm on Saturday, when he noticed a strange pipe-like object flying through the air.

"I thought at first that it was a plane trailing a big streamer behind it, but then I realised it was something else…..It looked like a big, flexible aluminium pipe and it was travelling very fast, with no sound…..I took a picture of it on my camera and carried on watching it for a bit and then it disappeared, behind what I thought was a cloud, but there were no clouds…..I then looked at the picture on my camera but there was nothing there – just a clear blue sky."

However, the sighting is not the first unusual object to be spotted in Flintshire's skies in recent months as during the Christmas and New Year period, dozens of residents reported seeing a series of strange orange lights travelling quickly across the sky. So far, no-one has been able to offer a concrete explanation as to exactly what these objects were and following this latest sighting, Cllr Renshaw is looking for anyone in the area who may have noticed something similar, adding:

"I have contacted the UFO Society to see if it has received any similar reports, but I have not heard anything from them yet…..I would be really interested to know if anyone in Flintshire spotted the same thing."

Did you see the object in the sky? Let us know by leaving a comment below or emailing

Source: Evening Leader Wrexham (Published: 02 Oct 2008)

Flint mayor's UFO sighting verified by other spotters

Flint mayor, Terry Renshaw.

A town mayor's sighting of a mysterious object in the sky has prompted other Flintshire residents to speak out about their own strange experiences. Flint mayor Terry Renshaw claims he spotted a strange 'pipe-like' object travelling silently in the sky above his home, at about 1.30pm on Saturday, September 27.

He contacted the Evening Leader to ask if anyone else in North Wales had seen something similar and as well as attracting interest from an American citizen, who reported seeing the same object near his house in Vermont, Cllr Renshaw's revelations match sightings from two other Flintshire residents.

Gwyneth Davies, of Buckley, said:

"I saw the object Cllr Renshaw saw in the sky at lunchtime that day….."I thought it was an odd shape to be a plane and it was so silent…..It was tubular shaped, and I was going to mention it to my husband, then the phone rang and I came in from the garden…..It was only after reading about his sighting that I remembered about it."

Another reader added:

"Whilst travelling to work Corus on October 5, at about 6.15pm, I looked towards Bagillt and noticed a large, shiny, tube-like object in the clear blue sky, which did not seem to be moving…..As I arrived at work, I mentioned this to other work mates, who looked towards Flint and the object was still visible."

Source: Evening Leader Wrexham (Published: 15 Oct 2008)

If I was looking for explanations then a solar balloon would have to be satisfactorily dismissed before any more ‘exotic’ explanations were considered, especially when reading the above descriptions.

Solar Balloon (UFO?)

Auditory Hallucinations, Psychosis & Subjective Reality

  • Psychosis literally means abnormal condition of the mind, and is a generic psychiatric term for a mental state often described as involving a "loss of contact with reality".
  • People suffering from psychosis are said to be psychotic.
  • People experiencing psychosis may report hallucinations or delusional beliefs.

One important and puzzling feature of psychosis is usually an accompanying lack of insight into the unusual, strange, or bizarre nature of the person's experience or behaviour.

(Carpenter, William, Strauss & Bartko - 1973)

Hallucinations are essentially defined as sensory perception in the absence of external stimuli, i.e. perceptions in a conscious and awake state in the absence of external stimuli AND which have qualities of real perception, in that they are vivid, substantial, and located in external objective space.

These definitions distinguish hallucinations from the related phenomena of:

  • Dreaming, which does not involve consciousness;
  • Illusion, which involves distorted or misinterpreted real perception;
  • Imagery, which does not mimic real perception and is under voluntary control;

Hallucinations also differ from "delusional perceptions" in which a correctly sensed and interpreted genuine perception is given some additional and usually bizarre significance. (Hallucinations may occur in any of the five senses and take on almost any form).

Auditory hallucinations

  • Hallucinated voices may talk about, or to the person, and may involve several speakers with distinct personas.
  • Auditory hallucinations tend to be particularly distressing when they are derogatory, commanding or preoccupying.
  • Auditory hallucinations, and in particular the hearing of a voice as well as being a common and often prominent feature of psychosis are additionally thought of as particularly characteristic of people suffering from schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is a group of psychotic disorders characterized by disturbances in perception, affect, behaviour and communication lasting longer than 6 months. Symptoms are often described in terms of positive and negative with positive symptoms including delusions, auditory hallucinations, and thought disorder. These are typically regarded as manifestations of psychosis and for obvious reasons it is difficult for a person to tell the difference between real and unreal experiences and even in the case of an acute psychosis people may be completely unaware that their vivid hallucinations and delusions are in any way "unrealistic".

“If you talk to God, you are praying.
If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia…..”

(Psychiatrist & Professor of Psychiatry, Thomas S. Szasz)

Normal subjects also report auditory hallucinations to a surprising extent and many studies have shown that hallucinatory experiences take place worldwide. One study from as early as 1894 in a report on the census of hallucinations (Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research) reported that approximately 10% of the population experienced hallucinations.
  • Bentall and Slade conducted a study in 1985 (Reliability of a scale measuring disposition towards hallucination: a brief report ) and reported that as many as 15.4% of a population of 150 male students were prepared to endorse the statement ‘In the past I have had the experience of hearing a person's voice and then found that no one was there'.

  • Green and McCreery (Apparitions) found that 14% of their 1800 self-selected subjects reported a purely auditory hallucination, and of these nearly half involved the hearing of articulate or inarticulate human speech sounds.

  • Posey and Losch in their 1983 paper, “Imagination, Cognition and Personality” (Auditory hallucinations of hearing voices in 375 normal subjects) estimated that 10% of their population of 375 American college students had had this type of experience and temed it as: “Hearing a comforting or advising voice that is not perceived as being one's own thoughts.”

  • A four year survey of over 13,000 people (Prevalence of hallucinations and their pathological associations in the general population. Psychiatry Research) between 1996-1999 reported a much higher figure, the results which were published in 2000 and revealed that a staggering 39% of people reporting hallucinatory experiences, 27% of which were daytime hallucinations, mostly outside the context of illness or drug use.

Although many people not suffering from a detectable, noticeable or diagnosable mental illness can hear voices as well and there are several support/advocacy organizations and charities geared towards people who hallucinate voices, but do not otherwise show signs of mental illness or impairment. As shown above, research has shown that the majority of people who hear voices are not in need of psychiatric help. There are various explanations for the experience of hearing voices which have been shown to empower voice hearers, enabling them to live with the experience in a positive way and, “The Hearing Voices Movement” was created to support voice hearers, regardless of whether they are considered to have a mental illness or not.

The following was originally posted by Andrea Thompson at 15 September 2006.

Hearing Voices: Some People Like It

For some people, hearing voices in their heads is a positive experience, not a sign of mental illness or cause for distress. Researchers at the University of Manchester are aiming to find out why. Traditionally these auditory hallucinations, as psychologists call them, are associated with mental illness. They can be a symptom of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and sometimes depression.

But studies by Dutch researchers that began in the 1990s found that some healthy people also regularly hear voices. The scientists ran a program on Dutch television asking for volunteers who heard voices, and they got a surprising response. Many of the people who contacted them did not find the voices disruptive and had never felt the need to consult mental health services. Some even said they found the experience to be positive or inspirational.

The resulting studies found that more people might hear voices than psychologists had thought, perhaps around 4 percent of the population. Aylish Campbell, a psychologist at the University of Manchester , is hoping to expand on the Dutch study by investigating why peoples' reactions to hearing voices vary so widely. Campbell has just begun looking for study participants in Britain . Campbell and her colleagues suspect the variation could be caused by different life experiences. Childhood traumas, beliefs that other people are untrustworthy or dangerous, and feelings of vulnerability might react with fear to cause people to hear voices.

The experience might be enjoyed by people who have positive outlooks, Campbell thinks anyone can hear voices, particularly when stressed. For example, those who are grieving over the recent loss of a loved one might hear that person's voice.

"We're looking for people who hear voices who have a range of experiences…..It might just be a normal human experience…..People are susceptible to different degrees…..If we can understand a bit more about the factors, we might be able to use that knowledge to help people who do find it distressing," said Campbell.

Campbell hopes that learning what triggers different reactions could help develop new psychological therapies to help people—at least those who don't like the phenomenon—to cope with the voices.

Source: LiveScience – Andrea Thompson (15 September 2006)

Auditory Hallucinations:
A comparison between patients and nonpatients.

Honig A, Romme MA, Ensink BJ, Escher SD, Pennings MH, deVries MW. (Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology, Maastricht University, Academic Hospital Maastricht, The Netherlands).

The form and the content of chronic auditory hallucinations were compared in three cohorts, namely patients with schizophrenia, patients with a dissociative disorder, and nonpatient voice-hearers. The form of the hallucinatory experiences was not significantly different between the three groups. The subjects in the nonpatient group, unlike those in the patient groups, perceived their voices as predominantly positive: they were not alarmed or upset by their voices and felt in control of the experience. In most patients, the onset of auditory hallucinations was preceded by either a traumatic event or an event that activated the memory of earlier trauma. The significance of this study is that it presents evidence that the form of the hallucinations experienced by both patient and nonpatient groups is similar, irrespective of diagnosis. Differences between groups were predominantly related to the content, emotional quality, and locus of control of the voices. In this study the disability incurred by hearing voices is associated with (the reactivation of) previous trauma and abuse.

Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Sources/Further Reading

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Alleged Irish Footage Posted To Internet Is Fake

I was a little surprised to see that Blog posted the following (7th Oct 2008).

The stunning irish triangle ufo video (Tuesday, October 07 2008)

This is the apparent Irish triangle Ufo i recently posted about. The footage was seen at the irish ufo conference and was filmed by senior garda pilot and witnessed by a Fianna Fail (irish) politician. If its a CGi its well done, if anyone knows anymore about the footage please reply to this post.

Unfortunately I can say categorically that this particular video is undoubtedly a fake. I posted the following comment/question that has yet to be answered (as are any comments):

“What information do you have access to that suggests it's the Irish conference footage?

As (unfortunately) if you check the comment posted with the video it says:

“This is a video was on a cheap camera I found when Hiking in the Smokey Mountains . This is all that was on it.”

I assume(d) that the, “Smokey mountains” in question were of the Appalachian variety (rather than Irish)……

Also according to the latest article in the Meath chronicle then there were four triangles visible suggesting it was indeed a collection of point light sources rather than structured objects.

Are you relying solely on the various YouTube comments to establish this is the correct video?”

The above video which was alleged to be the Irish footage and is being perpetuated as such is 100% verifiable man-made competition entry. It was made by someone called Jeff Wilson, the following is an excerpt from the ‘HoaxResearchCenter' website:

Speaking of Strange UFO Experience

Last year's winner, and 3-year champion, Jeff Wilson, created a triangular helium-lifted craft, remote controlled, with multiple stages. He was able to scan the audience with a laser, release smoke to enshroud his creation, and even switch the craft's lighting structure instantly, producing the illusion of a different object.

For more information on the “Speaking of Strange UFO Experience” visit

(1) Recent alleged Irish UFO footage.
(2) Jeff Wilson 2006 man-made UFO in flight.
(3) Jeff Wilson 2006 man-made UFO display.

While the images of the toy UFO created by Jeff Wilson that can be found on their website are certainly similar it's not the exact same one BUT that's because it's the 2006 craft, however if we have a look at some of the footage from the 2007 competition….. (The relevant section is around the 3:30 mark).

As you can see the exact same footage WITH original audio.

For links to video clips of all the other competition footage then please visit L.E.M.U.R. forums here, it also includes 2008 footage in which Jeff only managed 2nd place losing out to what was titled in the subsequent press release as:

" Phoenix Lights" UFO Effect Recreated for $25 at Contest

Second Place went to Jeff Wilson, the 3-year First Place Winner since the events inception, in 2005. Wilson is also the first UFO champion to go on Coast to Coast AM, briefly interviewed along with Joshua P. Warren on August 19, 2008. Jeff's initial plans went awry when there were unexpected problems with his main entry, so he had to compete by entering a secondary craft, far less elaborate than his original. Jeff's unexpected problem was echoed by the new champion, Jim, since Jim's grand finale, a huge balloon with multiple-stage effects, also had to be cancelled at the last minute due to a frame break that could not be easily repaired. This is a great example of the significant technical challenges these talented engineers face, and illustrates the difficulty in faking some of the extreme UFO sightings reported throughout history.

‘It blew everyone away,' said event organizer Joshua P. Warren. ‘This is a valuable piece of data for anyone interested in analyzing UFO imagery. It's a great example of how studying a fake can help us analyze the real thing.'

The above release is available to read at the L.E.M.U.R. forums where it was originally posted on the 6th October (2008).