Tag Archives: Fortean Times

25 years ago: Alien film a FAKE says movie wizard

25 years ago crowds gathered to see the world premiere of the ‘alien autopsy‘ film at an international UFO congress held at Sheffield Hallam University. At the time I was journalist at the Sheffield Star and according to expert Philip … Continue reading

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Won’t Get Fooled Again?: The alien autopsy film (2006)

This piece originally appeared in the Flyingsaucery column of Fortean Times 210 (2006) to mark the release of the movie Alien Autopsy. UFOlogists are always keen to play down the amount of hoaxing that goes on within the subject and … Continue reading

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Britain’s Ritual Protection Marks

‘Witch marks‘ is a relatively new term popularly used to describe a range of ritual protective marks and charms that are carved and etched into the structure of churches, grand buildings and caves in Britain and elsewhere. I have summarised … Continue reading

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Churchill’s Secret War

Winston Churchill’s interest in strange phenomena and UFOs makes the cover story in the November 2018 issue of Fortean Times magazine. Top Secret War chronicles the British Prime Minister’s curiosity about a range of unexplained phenomena during his long career … Continue reading

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Six Months, Five Podcasts

During the past six months I have contributed to five Fortean-themed podcasts reflecting the range of my UFO and legend-related research interests. Brian J Robb who curates the monthly Sounds Peculiar round-up in the excellent Fortean Times magazine says that podcasting … Continue reading

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Hunting the Northern Lights

One of my ambitions has always been to take a voyage beyond the Arctic Circle in search of the elusive aurora borealis, or Northern Lights. For years I have been fascinated by the mythology of the lights and the stories … Continue reading

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Angels makes FT Top 40

My investigation of the First World War legend, The Angels of Mons, is among the top ‘all time favourite stories’ chosen by a panel of contributors to Fortean Times magazine. ‘Angels of the Battlefield‘ – published in 2003 – came 4th … Continue reading

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Ten Years of Saucery

Happy birthday to us! April 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the Flying Saucery gossip column I co-write with sidekick Andy Roberts for our favourite monthly ‘zine, Fortean Times, that celebrates its 300th issue this month. Since 2003 we have provided FT readers with an eclectic … Continue reading

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Farewell to the Solway Spaceman?

Retired fire fighter Jim Templeton died on 27 November last year. His name will mean little to all but the more ardent students of Forteana and UFOlogy. But the ‘freak’ photograph he took in May 1964 on the Solway Marshes, … Continue reading

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New for 2012!

I’m bringing in 2012 with two new books and the cover story in Fortean Times in what should prove to be an interesting year. If the doomsayers are correct we should expect the coming year to bring (in no particular … Continue reading

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