Nick Popes Weird World
May 2000
  Posted by Georgina Bruni
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Welcome to May's column, with all the latest news and gossip on ufology, the paranormal, and other items of interest.

Rudloe Revelations

The underground facility at Corsham in Wiltshire - part of what used to be RAF Rudloe Manor - has frequently been linked to secret UFO work, ever since hints that Rudloe Manor had such a role emerged in Timothy Good's 1987 book, Above Top Secret. I'm not a believer in these claims, but for all those with an interest in the site a revealing insight into the underground facility was given in the 17 March issue of RAF News (an unclassified publication available to the public and sold at larger newsagents). The article is illustrated with photographs, giving a rare glimpse of some of the many tunnels and rooms that make up this impressive site. For those unable to get hold of this back issue, further information on the Corsham site can be found in Mark Quested's article in issue 11 of The Unopened Files and in Nicholas McCamley's book Secret Underground Cities, which is published by Leo Cooper.

Double Whammy

By the time you read this, the next issue of UFO Magazine should have hit the streets (it's out on 27 April). The next edition of its sister publication, The Unopened Files, is out on 25 May. Both are essential reading for those with an interest in ufology, mysteries, suppressed and hard to get information. Check out for details of both magazines, together with information on how to order a wealth of fascinating books, videos and document packs.

Goodbye And Good Luck

Ufologists on the Internet can hardly have missed the announcement that radio show host Art Bell announced that he'll be signing off for good on 26 April. Over the last few years Art Bell has championed ufology, and has interviewed some of the top figures in ufology, making all the tapes available through his website. For legal reasons I'm taking the decision not to go into the accusations and counter accusations that have gone on, but will simply direct people to where they can see his announcement for themselves, and check out some of the other data. Whatever happens, ufologists will miss Art Bell, and will doubtless wish to see him back again before too long. But if that's not to be, goodbye, good luck, and thanks for your commitment to ufology.

Area 51 Exists - Just Ask The Russians

I'm sure everyone saw the Russian satellite photographs of the facility popularly known as Area 51, which have been widely publicised on the Internet and - in the third week of April - in many of the national newspapers. But for those of you who haven't, and who want to, now is the time to call up your favourite search engine, key in 'Area 51', and see what happens. Enjoy.

The X Factor

Following on from the above story, issue 86 of the excellent Marshall Cavendish partwork magazine The X Factor featured an interview with David Adair, who claims to have worked at Area 51. The interview covers subjects such as the alleged back-engineering of alien vehicles, and is worth a look if Area 51 is your thing. E-mail for details of how to get hold of this magazine. The video David Adair at Area 51 is available from Free Spirit Productions. I don't have contact details for them, but try an Internet search if you want to find out more.

New Roswell Witness

The UFO UpDates Internet site is one of the best sources of information about breaking news in the weird and wonderful world of ufology (although as with many sites, pretty much anyone can post, as long as it isn't offensive, so it can be difficult sorting out the wheat from the chaff). It really is worth a browse, and I can't believe that ufologists reading this will be unaware of it. But just in case, it comes highly recommended. And as it's only a short leap from Area 51 to Roswell, I though I should point you in the direction of a post from Ed Gehrman, that appeared on UFO UpDates on 31 March (look through their list of previous posts), concerning a new witness to the Roswell crash. Check it out.

New Abduction Book

Jenny Randle's The Complete Book of Aliens & Abductions was released in paperback on 27 April, and is published by Piatkus Books at œ10.99. it's a good introduction to the subject of alien abductions for those new to the subject, and accordingly, my endorsement appears on the back cover (we're all friends in ufology really!). Check out for details of this and other interesting titles on ufology and the paranormal.

A Mars A Day

I've not yet seen Brian De Palma's new movie Mission To Mars, but I do plan on going, despite some less than generous reviews. The film stars Tim Robbins, Connie Nielsen and Gary Sinise, and the dénouement should please those with an interest in the so-called Face on Mars, and those who believe that intelligent life once existed on the Mars. This is obviously a popular subject at the moment, because the film Red Planet will be released late in 2000. Try an Internet search for details of this yet to be released movie.

Start Spreading The News

I'll be going to New York for the Year 2000 UFO Abduction Conference, held on 6 May at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadow. I'll be sharing the platform with the likes of Budd Hopkins and John Mack, and will be writing about my trip for the next edition of UFO Magazine. Check out for further details of both the conference and the group behind it.

The Uninvited and Open Skies, Closed Minds Ed's Note:

Nick Pope's three books, Open Skies, Closed Minds, The Uninvited and Operation Thunder Child are available from all good bookshops. His UK publishers are Simon & Schuster. In America, The Overlook Press publish his books in hardback while Dell Publishing produce paperback editions.


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