The Truth Is Out There

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"The missing wreckage of a miniature UFO that ‘crash landed’ on the North York Moors 60 years ago has been found - hidden in the archives of a London museum.

The story has been claimed by some experts as Britain’s answer to the Roswell incident. 

When the Yorkshire object was opened a tiny book made of 17 thin copper sheets was found inside, held in place by a coil of copper wire. The sheets were covered in more hieroglyphics and these were deciphered by a Scarborough café owner, Philip Longbottom...

He claimed they contained a bizarre 2,000-word message allegedly sent to Earth by an alien called Ullo who wanted to warn us about atomic warfare. It contained the warning: ‘You will improve or disappear’...

But for half a century the missing pieces of the puzzle have been sitting inside a tin cigarette box at the Science Museum Group’s archive, more than 200 miles away from the wild moorland where they were found at the height of the Cold War.

Papers in the museum archives reveal the remains of the ‘Silpho Moor Object’ were sent to London for examination by experts in 1963.

Sceptics claimed the ‘saucer’ was made from a domestic hot water cylinder in a back-street garage and planted on the moor as an elaborate hoax.

Believers such as Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding, who led the RAF during the Battle of Britain during WW2, revealed in 1959 that he had ‘actually held and examined’ the Silpho object. He described it as a ‘a miniature pilot flying saucer’ - and was convinced it was a genuine artefact from space... 

Tests carried out at Manchester University revealed the object’s shell contained lead and the copper parts were of unusual high purity. But a metallurgist concluded it could not have arrived on Earth from space as there was no evidence it had been exposed to high temperatures...

The story first broke on 9 December 1957 when the Yorkshire Post revealed how ‘a mystery object’, shaped ‘like a large flattish spinning top’, 45cm in diameter and weighing 15kg, had been found on the moor north-west of the town two weeks earlier.

Scarborough businessman Frank Dickenson, then 42, claimed he and two friends were driving up Reasty Hill near the village of Silpho at night when his car stalled and they saw ‘a glowing object in the sky’ that appeared to fall to the ground on a ridge above Broxa Forest.

Mr Dickenson left the car, climbed a steep bank and found the metallic saucer lying in a patch of bracken. But as he returned along a footpath to alert his friends he passed a young couple walking towards the scene. When the three men returned to search the moors, the object was gone...

Mr Parker’s fascination grew after he, Mr Dickenson and Philip Longbottom prised open the two halves of the object. Inside they found traces of ash, fused glass and the copper book ‘that had a coil of hollow tubing wrapped around it’.

The story made headlines just two months after the Cold War space race began with the launch of Sputnik. Some of those who examined the Yorkshire ‘whatnik’ initially feared it could have fallen from the spy satellite or was part of a bomb or wartime mine.

And in a bizarre twist, over thirty years later a cache of IRA guns and bomb-making equipment was found near the same patch of isolated moorland shortly before Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was due to speak at the Conservative party conference in Scarborough.

The arms cache included Czech-made Semtex, a key component in bombs used by Irish terrorists. It was found by a man searching for compost in Broxa Forest, close to Silpho Moor, in March 1989 and sparked a huge security operation."

Turkey Carpets

"The village of Silpho, tucked away deep in the North York Moors, has become an unlikely focal point for an army of Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) hunters and paranormal investigators searching for definitive evidence about alien life...

"The British Flying Saucer Bureau, which was set up more than half a century ago, is leading the investigations to establish whether the Silpho saucer did come from outer space.

Its head of investigations for the north of England, Russ Kellett, has been researching the case for more than a decade.

He said: "This really is one of the original X Files, and it is the British equivalent to the Roswell Incident over in America (where a UFO was supposedly found in New Mexico in July 1947).

"It is such a fascinating case and provides us with one of the first incidents where something tangible was found.

"We are trying to track down anyone who was about at the time of the find, and ultimately we are trying to find out if the saucer is still in existence.

"If we can find out more about the flying saucer then, who knows, we might be able to prove that this was conclusive evidence that the human race has been contacted by alien life forms.

"That in itself would mark perhaps the most important development known to mankind, giving answers to some of the world's mysteries but also opening up a whole host of new questions.

"It really is such an exciting time."

The Silpho case hit the national headlines after the Yorkshire Post carried an article on December 9, 1957, under the headline, "Has Yorkshire got a flying saucer? Mystery object found on Scarborough moors".

Once the saucer had been opened, 17 thin copper sheets were found inside engraved with a lengthy message in hieroglyphics.

The mystery surrounding the object has been heightened with the passing of time after the exact ownership of the flying saucer has become increasingly murky...

Harry Challenger is the editor of the Flying Saucer Review, which was established in 1955 and is the oldest English-language publication of its kind.

Mr Challenger said: "The Silpho disc, like the Roswell Incident, appears to be a signal or a wakening call, although we cannot be certain from whom. There is the enigma that this object has gone missing, and it has never been authenticated.

"But if it had been, it could have given clear and tangible evidence that something is out there."

However, the intriguing find has not gone down in the folklore of Silpho, with many villagers unaware of the bizarre find almost half a century ago.

Richard Coates, 60, who has lived in the village with his wife Diana since 1970 and is the vice-chairman of the parish council, said: "I keep an open mind about these things – you shouldn't discount something until you have got definite proof that it is a hoax. It really is an intriguing case, especially as it is so close to home."


All very Prudom ..

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"The Energy Secretary, Mr Anthony Wedgwood Benn will today open the valve which will bring ashore Britain's first North Sea oil. The oil arrived at the BP refinery on the Isle of Grain, near Rochester, Kent, last night on board the Liberian-registered tanker Theogennitor. The 18,000-ton cargo of "black gold" came from the Argyll Field, 225 miles off the Scottish coast.

The oil is being produced by a consortium which includes the American Hamilton Brothers company, RTZ, Texaco and Associated Newspapers. The consortium plans a big welcome when the oil is pumped ashore from the tanker this morning. Mr Benn will open a ship-board valve to allow the flow to begin.

Argyll is the smallest commercial North Sea oilfield and will soon be producing 35,000 barrels of oil a day. Another company confirmed its plans to land its oil in England by the end of the year. Mobil, whose development in the Beryl Field, 95 miles south-east of the Shetlands has been going ahead on schedule and and they expect oil to begin flowing in December.

Mr Benn yesterday hit back at Conservative claims about the vast cost of Government participation in North Sea oil. Some Tories have quoted figures as high as 5bn. Mr Benn said, "Our aim is that these outgoings will ultimately be recovered in such a way that participation places no net burden on public funds. It will, over a time, be self-cancelling."


One hour after this Yorkshire Post story was published & went Wobbly it was pulled.

Interesting, Heritage. Mind it could simply be that One is in residence.

Watch this space ...


Ah, so ...

"Fragments of a mysterious object dubbed "Britain's answer to Roswell" have been unearthed after being hidden away for decades in a Science Museum archive.

In 1957, newspapers reported a small "copper-bottomed flying saucer" being found on Silpho Moor near Scarborough.

Despite tests finding the object was likely to be terrestrial in origin, the unusual item sparked wide intrigue.

Shards held in the archives have been re-examined after archivists were told of their "cultural significance"..."

About that tin opener.

"Doubts about its authenticity were quick to emerge, with tests at the Natural History Museum and the University of Manchester finding it was likely to be an "elaborate hoax".

Despite this, Dr Clarke said, the object created an urban legend, provoking many conspiracy theories.

While at a recent conference about the National Archives, Dr Clarke was told about "alleged UFO bits" lying in a cigarette tin in the museum's collection.

"Dr Clarke said: "He opened the tin box and took out the pieces, it was an amazing revelation - it had just been sitting there for half a century.

"There must be a lot of it still out there, sitting in someone's attic, or maybe these are the last remaining pieces."

He added: "I thought it was a prank, but the question remains - who went to all that trouble at great expense and what did they gain from it?

"It has been described several times as Britain's answer to Roswell, and I don't think that's too great an exaggeration."

Mr Thirlaway said: "We didn't know there was this massive cultural history behind it, it really brought the items to life for us.

"There's a chance they may go on display as we're now aware of their cultural significance."



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The Dark Knight Rises

One for the 'Jerry Grumman' show ...

All highly amusing ... the Q remains. Did they 'Frack' or didn't they? 

A: Why wouldn't they.


"..the object weight some three or four stones, he was unable to take it back with him.

... As the cash was provided by Mr. Parker/Avenel the object was immediately taken to him at his Scalby Cottage. It was about 45 cm (18 inches) in diameter and shaped like a flattened spinning top. The upper dome was white whilst the base was copper with some unusual hieroglyphics etched into it. These looked like some form of shorthand appended by what appeared to be a numerical key.

A small electric drill was used to cut through the thick axis which held the two hemispheres firmly together. Inside was what looked like a roll of copper with a coil of hollow tubing wrapped tightly around it. Ashes and a white powder covered the inside. When the roll was carefully removed from the coils it was found to open out in a small book.

This had a total of seventeen pages, each made of copper foil and covered with inscriptions similar to those seen on the outer casing. The scroll measured approximately 15 cm x 12 cm (6 by 5 inches) and had a thick piece of copper as a back cover. This appeared to have some time have been subjected to intense heat. The copper backing was slightly larger then the individual pages. Each piece of copper foil was stamped with about fourteen lines of writing, made up of almost entirely of T's and V's at different angles...

"Professor Bernard Lovell of Jodrell Bank suggested that it may have fallen from a passing aircraft. However, the most likely suggestion came after the subsequent deciphering of the hieroglyphics by an interested space enthusiast, who claimed that part of the message suggested that the disc had originated on mercury and was launched from a scout ship en-route to Yeovil (possibly Silpho is the little green men's equivalent of a motorway service station!).

A photograph of the object appeared in the Yorkshire Post on 9th December 1957 - but don't try looking. Mysteriously pages 2 and 3 of every library copy have been removed!

...The saucer was in fact one of a batch of secret surveillance objects code named PF228. Three of those launched went astray, two falling into the Atlantic, the other being lost somewhere over northern Britain. He recognised my description of the object as he was working at the base at the time of their launch. They were (he claimed) deliberately disguised as UFOs for the very reason that we discovered. If one were to be found, no-one would believe anyone about it."

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The Plot Thickens

"...I am writing about an even more pressing short-term challenge. Just a few weeks before Theresa May underlined the vital importance of local papers to our democracy, the House of Lords did something astonishing to undermine our work.

They used an entirely unrelated Bill on data protection to sneak through an amendment that could threaten the existence of many local newspapers. Now elected MPs need to protect the work of the local press – and local democracy – by undoing the work of unelected peers.

We need them to vote down this harmful, backdoor threat to local and regional papers like the one you are reading, hence why I am writing directly to encourage all of our readers to make your views known to your MP and ensure we continue to have a vibrant and free local press...

"As chief executive of Johnston Press, the company that publishes this title, I’m an evangelist for all local papers. I agree with Lord Leveson, who published a report into press ethics some years back and said such titles were “good for our communities, our identity and our democracy and play an important social role”.

Practices on certain national newspapers were appalling, and the culture that led to phones being hacked needed to be radically overhauled through the Leveson Inquiry.

But one of Leveson’s recommendations – that newspapers should be forced to sign up to a Government-sponsored regulator or face the guarantee of ruinous court costs – is frankly terrible for the local press...

"When enacting Leveson’s recommendations, Ministers wanted every paper in the land to sign up to a regulator approved by a state-appointed panel. Practically every paper in the country views this as too much of a step towards state regulation of a free press.

To strong-arm papers into signing up for this kind of regulation, they made a law (Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act) that said if a title didn’t join an approved regulator, then anytime they were taken to court – whether they won or lost – they would have to pay all the costs, including those of unsuccessful claimants.

Just think that through for a moment. The smallest, most dedicated local paper (a title with one full-time journalist for example) could be taken to court, win on every count, but still have to pay all the costs of the losing complainant as well their own.

Not only is that unfair, and not only would it create a constant fear of financial ruin, but this fear would have a devastating effect on the freedom of journalists to do what we all need them to do: to hold the powerful to account without fear or favour.

If someone didn’t like a critical story their local newspaper had run, they could threaten legal action in the knowledge that even if they lost they would face no cost and the newspaper would be damaged, possibly ruined. It would have a chilling effect on journalism.

That is why we were relieved when the Government said it would repeal this awful measure, but now the Lords wants those provisions to be enforced through another means...

"The new, industry-backed regulator we are now signed up to is tougher than critics realise. If an investigation is triggered by the Independent Press Standards Organisation, a vast number of work hours can be spent exhaustively going through notebooks full of shorthand and taped recordings in order to be sure we got the story right, and to resolve any complaint.

We always want to get the story right: that is how we serve our readers and our business won’t prosper unless we serve them well.

So elected MPs, even if they’ve been on the wrong end of tough scrutiny from their local paper, need to stand up for a free press and local democracy. If they agree that their constituents must have the opportunity to hold them accountable through free and fair reporting, they must overturn the vote in the Lords.

If this reckless Act is not overturned, many papers will not be around to serve local communities at all."


Hmmm ...

"Details were correct at the time of walking, but please remember that changes occur in the countryside."


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The Truth is In There

"Dredging is underway at Peasholm Lake in Scarborough.

Work is being carried out to maintain the lake within the park, which will involve the lake being emptied and dredged, to ensure a suitable depth for the operation of the pleasure boats and Naval Warfare is retained, and to help alleviate flooding issues.

When the lake is empty, there will also be a chance for any necessary repairs to be made to the sides of the lake and the surrounding fencing..."

Ah, so...


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The Common People

"The agenda for the all-day summit, seen by the BBC, says there will be a discussion of "wider governance considerations" which insiders say is code for the succession."

'Dear Old Bean,

Pheasants, peasants &  Martin Sheen

This Green be pleasant, Roses

The Mean'

Ah, so ..

"Sonic innovator and multiple Grammy Award winner Nile Rodgers transcends all styles of music across every generation with a body of work that’s garnered him inductions in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2017) and the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2016). Nile’s work in the CHIC Organization and his productions for artists like David Bowie, Madonna and Diana Ross have sold over 300 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide while his innovative, trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicci and Sigala reflect the vanguard of contemporary music."



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Its Wet Up North

"Despite covering about 70% of the Earth's surface, water, especially drinking water, is not as plentiful as one might think. Only 3% of it is fresh.

Over one billion people lack access to water and another 2.7 billion find it scarce for at least one month of the year. A 2014 survey of the world's 500 largest cities estimates that one in four are in a situation of "water stress"

According to UN-endorsed projections, global demand for fresh water will exceed supply by 40% in 2030, thanks to a combination of climate change, human action and population growth."

Eight days a week ...

"To study skates, they extracted the animals' motor neurons and sequenced their DNA. Specifically, they looked at skate embryos because it's in this early stage that both skates and humans develop neural circuits. In the beginning stages of a skate's development, they propel themselves with their spine, but by the time they hatch, their spine becomes fixed and they use their fins to push forward.

"By comparing mouse and skate, we knew everything important for walking in mice is also detected in skates," he says.

Both skates and mammals, the study shows, have the same "genetic switches." Essentially, the same genes that tells a skate to move its little fins are also the same genes that tell us to move our arms and legs."



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Half A World Away

"More than half the world’s oceans are being fished by industrial vessels, new research reveals.

The maps based on feedback from more than 70,000 vessels show commercial fishing covers a greater surface area than agriculture, and will raise fresh questions about the health of oceans and sustainability of trawler fishing..."

GeGa explains JeCo's vision of the future:  @ 6/07

"Never interupt your enemy whilst they are busy making a mistake .."

Now if we could 'swap' Bolton for Barnaby ...

Ah, So ..

Beam me up ...

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Charters of Fundamental Rights

"In 2014, David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, and Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, used the Charter to appeal against the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act of 2014 which would, they believed, limit the confidentiality of communications with constituents. Though a leading Brexiteer, Davis sought to use the EU Charter to ensure the rights of MPs.

The Government proposes to incorporate almost all EU law into domestic law. It will then consider which to retain, which to modify and which to repeal. But the Charter is not being incorporated. There are good reasons for this. Some provisions of the Charter, for example the right to vote for and stand in European Parliament elections, will be irrelevant after Brexit. Others, such as the right to free movement in the EU, go against government policy. Nevertheless, Brexit will reduce our rights and the protection given by the courts..."

"If we are not careful, papers that have served their communities with the emphasis on that word - community - will wither, while the tech giants continue to grow in profit and power, but with little focus on or concern for places like Yorkshire. Here is the issue: currently, newspapers are only able properly to carry out their journalism thanks to an exemption in data protection legislation which enables them to publish details of local people involved in local events, report the day to day work of local organisations and carry out investigations on your behalf."

"This one's for all you geeky linguists out there. The word lobby dates all the way back to the 16th century meaning covered walk, as in traversing a monastic cloister. It's verb use, however, is far more fascinating. In the UK, 'lobby' refers to each of the corridors in the Houses of Parliament to which MPs retire to vote, as well as to the several large halls in which members of both houses meet members of the public. It's third use, also refers to lobby correspondents - i.e those journalists you see lobbying politicians to get their scoop. It's all a tad confusing, but in a nutshell, a word wrapped up into the workings of the UK constitution is pretty cool..."

Meanwhile :

"It's one of most coveted addresses in the land, and parliament's speaker gets to call the place home. Luckily for current speaker John Bercow, he and his family live rent free in a lush palatial apartment overlooking the Thames. Rent-free and bill free? Where do we apply?"

"Funding decisions on the Council’s applications for the Whitby Piers Refurbishment Project are anticipated to be received soon. Council is recommended to :

1. approve a total project budget of £9m for the Project including £1,397k contingency, subject to the Council obtaining a satisfactory level of external funding to finance the Project, noting that the Council’s current maximum contribution to coastal protection schemes across the Borough is £5m.."


"Like it's UNESCO-neighbour Westminster Abbey, the entire Parliamentary estate is built on an island. For those who walk through and visit, it's strange to think that Parliament and the surrounding area used to be separated from the rest of the capital..."

"It's actually illegal to die inside the Palace of Westminster. We're not too sure what the punishment is if you do actually die within its walls, but according to Parliamentary  insiders, the law is in place for a very good reason. Anyone who does happen to kick it in the building, would be entitled to a State Funeral, so it survives to ensure the tax payer does not have to fork out for the local butchers regal wake..."

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