Tag Archives: The National Archives

UFO files – saved!

After six decades of official indifference UFO records have been finally recognised by Britain’s Ministry of Defence as being ‘historically significant’. MoD’s ‘Guidance for Record Reviewers’, lists files on ‘unidentified flying objects‘ alongside those concerning nuclear testing, Special Forces and … Continue reading

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Finding Needles in the MoD Haystack – guest blog

I am pleased to welcome veteran British UFOlogist Jenny Randles for this guest blog reflecting on the release of the Ministry of Defence UFO files: After the furore over the release of the final MoD files the UFO debate may … Continue reading

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UFO? = UAV

Chinese lanterns are the source of many ‘UFO‘ sightings – but the role played by remote-controlled drones should not be overlooked. UCAVs (unmanned combat air vehicles) are used extensively, and controversially, by both the USAF and RAF in combat operations … Continue reading

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UFO Files I have loved and lost

The media feeding frenzy that greeted the release of the final tranche of British UFO files was a fitting end to my involvement in one of the most successful Freedom of Information projects in recent years. #UFO files began trending … Continue reading

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The End of the UFO Files

The tenth and final collection of British UFO files have been released by The National Archives. From 2008 more than four million visitors from 160 countries have visited the project website to download files that would normally have been hidden … 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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Crop Circles – the MI5 file

Crop circles dating back to the Second World War are “proof the phenomenon is no modern hoax”, according to a story published by The Huffington Post. Research by an Australian archaeologist, using images from Google Earth’s new 1945 overlay, has … Continue reading

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Haunting my bookshelves in 2012:

Here’s my choice of other key books that floated my folkloric boat during 2012: The Legend of Spring-heeled Jack: Victorian urban folklore and popular cultures, by Karl Bell (Boydell Press).  As readers of my blog will know, the mysterious figure … Continue reading

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The UFO Files Rebooted

The second edition of The UFO files was published by Bloomsbury on 13 September 2012. You can order the book from Amazon here or via the publisher’s website here. The National Archives press release on the book can be found … Continue reading

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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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