Monthly Archives: July 2010

Fortean Times 265: Weapons of Mass Deception

Issue 265 of Fortean Times magazine features a cover article adapted from Mirage Men. ‘Weapons of Mass Deception’ looks at the events leading to and surrounding the great Washington DC UFO flap of July 1952, a turning point in America’s … Continue reading

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From the BBC : The Ministry of Defence has unveiled its prototype unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV). Taranis is a concept design for a long-range strike plane that has taken over three million man hours to produce. Defence Minister Gerald Howarth said … Continue reading

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Of storks, spies and paperclips

The document below can be found amongst the CIA’s online declassified file collection. Appearing just a couple of weeks after the CIA’s secret Robertson Panel encouraged the Agency to take a keener interest in the phenomenon, it’s a fascinating time capsule … Continue reading

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On John Keel

Mirage Men is dedicated to the memory of John Keel (above), author of fortean classics Jadoo,  The Mothman Prophecies, UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse, Our Haunted Planet and numerous other books, including some risqué fiction, under assumed names. Keel was first and foremost … Continue reading

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Thought for the day: Foo Fighter etymology

As anyone who has read a UFO book knows, the name ‘foo fighters’ was given to the balls of light that appeared to tail Allied bombers over Europe during WWII. The lights were a source of some concern for pilots, … Continue reading

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Millbank UFO?

Last week, this note was stuck to the door of a friend of mine who lives not far from Millbank Tower in Pimlico, on the North bank of the River Thames. You can see the video for yourself here: there’s no … Continue reading

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The Abuses of Enchantment at SELFS, London 8 July

I will be giving a talk entitled ‘The Abuses of Enchantment’ at the fantastic South East London Folklore Society next Thursday, 8 July. It’s a spin-off talk from the book that looks at various incidents of documented and speculative folklore abuse … Continue reading

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