Monthly Archives: August 2012

Ghost Rockets from Erehwon

It sounds like a “mission impossible.”  But in a few days’ time a Swedish film crew will dive into a remote lake in search of wreckage from one of the mysterious “ghost rockets”  that have plagued Scandinavia since the end … Continue reading

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It’s all very silly season…

My research into the folklore of the ‘silly season’ was featured by BBC News Online (30 August) and in the gossip column of the Sheffield Star (21 August). Colin Drury writes: “….IT is the time of year known among journalists as the … Continue reading

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Air Traffic Control, UFOs and the FOIA

Each month Air Traffic controllers receive reports of flying objects ‘that don’t conform to normal flight patterns’ the head of Britain’s National Air Traffic Control Services admitted on BBC Radio 4. Towards the end of a general interview on the … Continue reading

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Seeing Sprites

Six years ago I used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the release of a secret Ministry of Defence report on ‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena’ (UAP). The study, codenamed ‘Project Condign‘, concluded that UAPs – as the MoD’s Defence Intelligence … Continue reading

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Space Age Folklore

Folklore is often regarded as something ‘other people’ have, certainly not educated people such as NASA staff at California’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. But a story on Stuart Clark’s Across The Universe blog for The Guardian demonstrates that we all have folklore … Continue reading

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Silly Season Survey

Yes folks it’s August and we have officially entered the period of the summer that journalists have traditionally called ‘the Silly Season’.  If you are a journalist please fill out a questionnaire to take part in my research into the origins … Continue reading

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