Tag Archives: UFOs

Michael Swiney (1926-2016)

Retired Royal Air Force officer Michael Swiney, who observed three UFOs while flying a training mission in 1952, has died aged 90. Swiney’s close encounter occurred shortly after a wave of unexplained sightings during the NATO operation Mainbrace. According to Captain Ed … Continue reading

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Katharine Briggs award shortlist

My book How UFOs Conquered the World: the history of a modern myth was shortlisted by The Folklore Society for the Katharine Briggs book award for folklore scholarship in 2015. The judges described the book as ‘a lucid account based on 30+ years of … Continue reading

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The Warminster Syndrome

It is 50 years since the Wiltshire town of Warminster, 15 miles west of Stonehenge, first became a centre of pilgrimage for British UFO watchers. As flying saucerers gather for a convention and skywatch to mark the anniversary of the … Continue reading

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Sky at Night reviews ‘How UFOs Conquered the World’

Writing in the August 2015 issue of BBC Sky at Night Mark Bowyer, an expert in the US manned space programme, says: ‘…As the introduction makes clear, this book is not about UFOs themselves, but the people who see and believe … Continue reading

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Apocalypse then…The Met’s X-Files

In May the tabloids revealed that detectives from Scotland Yard ‘kept dossiers on The X-Files and Star Trek, fearing the television series could cause riots and mass suicide’. The story emerged from two briefing documents I obtained from the Metropolitan … Continue reading

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The Visit: an alien encounter

My personal highlight from the 2015 Sheffield’s International Documentary Film Festival is an experimental film that poses a fundamental human question – if aliens were to land on Earth, what would happen? What plans do governments and other agencies have in place to … Continue reading

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UFOs Conquer The World

My new book How UFOs Conquered the World was published on 14 May and is reviewed by The Sunday Times here. In his review James McConnachie says UFO believers will not like this book, ‘it is not a classic debunking. … Continue reading

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How UFOs Conquered the World

How UFOs Conquered the World: The History of a Modern Myth, will be published in hardback by Aurum Press on 14 May 2015. It is the story of the long, strange trip that I began almost forty years ago when I … Continue reading

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Common Sense About UFOs – The Unopened File

Britain’s Ministry of Defence is often accused of hiding ‘top secret’ files on UFOs or not being entirely honest about what it knows about the subject. Conspiracy-minded UFO truthers got excited last year when the ministry announced it had found … Continue reading

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UFOs and the mythical ‘acclimatisation programme’

Every so often the release of archive documents throws up another gem from the bygone era when flying saucers really were taken seriously by world governments. The most recent turned up in a collection of papers produced by Irish diplomats … Continue reading

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