You may well have heard talk of an alleged boycott of Wiltshire fields by circle makers this season – indeed we have touched on it in other posts. The following was posted by Andrew Edwards on the Report A Crop Circle Formation Exposed Facebook page. As we had suspected, a look at the figures clearly demonstrates that all boycott talk was hot air. A salutary lesson; ignore those who shout loudest and look at the actual data.
”In MWs latest rant he makes a statement that if you were to compare the number of circles in and out of Wiltshire then we would see the effect of his ‘ban’ especially early in the season. So I have done this for every day of the year and compared it with the yearly average for every year since 1980. I have plotted the percentage of UK circles in and out of Wiltshire as a percentage of the total number of UK crop circles that year. Obviously this year is not over yet so I have taken the total to be that as of today.
The dashed lines are the averages, the solid lines is this year and the filled colours are the standard deviation (68% of years fall within this area). The red is the percentage of circles in Wiltshire and blue is the percentage elsewhere.As you can see that although the percentage of crop circles in Wiltshire is lower than the average (and outside is higher) they are both well within the population standard deviation indicating that there is nothing weird about this years distribution. An interesting observation is that since 2007 most of the years (2010 being the exception) have been way off the average, outside the standard deviation with a strong skewness towards circles within Wiltshire.
In fact removing the years later than 2007 from the average this year is almost exactly the same as it.
If anything this year has been a return to the norm.”
When friends fall out, it can often provide useful ammunition against existing enemies. Screen shots from CCPMT, wherein Matthew Williams and CCPMT accuse Steve Alexander of paying circle makers to make circles for him to photograph. They’ve made this accusation before, and to date have provided no evidence whatsoever to substantiate their claim. We agree with Darren Francis’ comments here. Making crop circles is a choice, not an obligation. If CCPMT have proof Steve has ever commissioned and paid anybody to make a circle, they should provide it. If not, they should shut up and apologise to Mr Alexander for such slander. Neither of these things will happen.
A short piece from The Daily Echo regarding a (non-commissioned) circle that recently appeared very close to the Boomtown Festival held at The Punchbowl, Hampshire. We note that Andrew Pyrka isn’t yelling ‘commission!’, ‘this is man-made artwork!’ from the rooftops, as hewas with a circle that similarly appeared back in 2012. The Punchbowl was, of course, a prime circles location throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. Article here; screen captures below.
The latest post from Crop Circles Anonymous is worth quoting in full:
”And the disgraceful persecution of Monique Klinkenbergh continues.
The attached was posted on the ridiculously named Crop Circles The People The Mystery The Truth page on 1 August.
The assumption that someone would only give up their business and move to Wiltshire in pursuit of crop circles if they intended to monetise the subject says more about the author of this invective than it does about Ms Klinkenbergh. Not everybody’s motivations are mercenary.
‘We want circles fully back in Wiltshire’, you say. The use of the word ‘fully’ here would seem an acknowledgement that the absurd and self-serving ‘no circles in Wiltshire’ campaign has been a failure, as – ironically – circle makers do not support it.
‘If you f***k then [sic. – we hope] things will get back to normal’? It is evident to anybody who cares to look that crop circles in Wiltshire were being routinely cut by farmers before Ms Klinkenbergh began her ‘access pass’ scheme. The reasons for this have been rehearsed elsewhere and cannot be laid at Ms Klinkenbergh’s door. They cannot get back to the ‘normal’ you would wish if Ms Klinkenbergh ‘f***’s because they were not ‘normal’ before her arrival.
You have a very limited view of crop circle history, which seems to only encompass the last five or six years. Those of us who have been on the scene for much longer are well-aware that a wider spread of crop circles across the country, rather than an overwhelming concentration in Wiltshire with occasional stragglers elsewhere, was ‘normal’. The normal you seek is in itself abnormal.”
From reading this latest post, one could be forgiven for thinking that Report A Crop Circle Formation – which purports to be a “crop circle reporting and discussion portal” – doesn’t want there to be any circles. Now why could that be?