As this recent article from the Farmer’s Weekly website shows, the farmer of the 9 June 2015 Sherston circle was less than happy with its arrival. Shame; we rather liked it.
A question we’ve been asked a number of times. Here’s a very interesting and comprehensive interview with the Wiltshire police, filmed in 2009, which gives the police view of the subject.Courtesy of the Silent Circle website.
Make a circle, then have your friends out it as your work on Facebook two days later. What a thoroughly pointless endeavor.
A new circle has just been reported at Manton Drove, near Marlborough in Wiltshire, and we rather like it.
With a dreary lack of surprise, however, RACCF and CCPMT – which in many respects are the same page – have given it a trouncing. Which tells you a very significant thing. RACCF and CCPMT only like crop circles which were made by them or by their friends. You can be sure that any circle which they put the boot into is one they know nothing about.
We’ve always found Report A Crop Circle Formation’s and Crop Circles The People The Mystery The Truth’s ‘turn over tables in temples’ attitude somewhat at odds with the selectiveness of their targets. We were therefore very interested earlier in the summer when Crop Circles Anonymous asked CCPMT why The Crop Circle Connector were exempt from their criticism, despite the Connector clearly having profited from crop circles (as an aside, we’d remind you that RACCF and CCPMT still insist they have no connection, despite sharing the same attitudes, allies, enemies, outlook, and unique linguistic style. We don’t believe them; whether you do is up to you).
Here’s Crop Circles Anonymous’ post:
This was. we’d imagine, prompted by this post by CCPMT on May 5 2014:
Our favourite circle of the season, and one that we know was much-loved by many people.
Even the farmer loved this one, despite his initial misgivings. The story featured in The Daily Mail on 5 August 2014 and is well-worth repeating, if only because it’s heartening to see a farmer appreciative of a circle that appears on his land, especially in view of the anger of many Wiltshire farmers in recent years. Read it here – below we have included screen captures of the whole article, partly for convenience and partly in case the link goes down:
We were especially impressed with the fact that The Daily Mail of all people acknowledged that the pentagram is a harmonious symbol and not a satanic one. Unlike Andrew Pyrka and Report A Crop Circle Formation, who went all fire and brimstone, hell and damnation, over this circle:
Yeah, right, Andrew, of course. Now go and take your meds.
Ignoring the ring of code – which has yet to be deciphered – perhaps the most striking and innovative thing about this design is the fact that the pattern is entirely within the lay rather than the conventional ‘alternating standing and flattened bits’ style. Yes, there have been woven circles before – indeed there were other woven circles in 2014 – but Cherrington takes it to another level entirely. Though few people seemed to pick up on it when Cherrington appeared, there is one particular example we can think of where this has been done before.
This circle appeared below the Hackpen Hill white horse in August 2013. From a distance it merely looks like a small and unremarkable ringed circle.
A closer look, however, reveals a striking hexagram lay.
This was one of those circles which was for the most part neglected when it appeared, but which was loved by all who took the time to appreciate it, especially those who visited. Its qualities take effort on the part of the participant. Perhaps that is the message of these two circles; get to know them, appreciate the detail, rather than just give the aerials a quick glance and a ‘yeah that’s nice’ or ‘fail’.
We’ve not seen anybody else link these two circles, though to our minds the relationship is obvious. Cherrington 2014 is Hackpen Hill 2013 taken to the next level.
Our annual pick of the best UK circles of the season.
Hod Hill, Dorset, 1 June 2014. Photo by Steve Alexander. There were a number of circles in Dorset this year. This one is our favourite; we found the others rather derivative of past seasons, all bells and whistles and little substance, albeit very well-made for the most part. It’s unfortunate that their makers felt the need to flaunt it all over the Facebook crop circle pages, leaving nobody in any doubt as to who they were.
Popham, Hampshire, 21 June 2014. Photo by Lucy Pringle. Comparatively simple compared to some of these designs, but we like it.
Wilmington, East Sussex, 3 July 2014. Photo by Steve Alexander.
Charlton, Wiltshire, 8 July 2014. Photo by Lucy Pringle.
Forest Hill, Wiltshire, 15 July 2014. Photo by Mr Gyro.
Cherrington, Gloucestershire, 27 July 2014. Our favourite of the season. Photo by Mr Gyro.
Ansty, Warwickshire, 16 August 2014. Photo by Steve Alexander.
We’re back on the croppie scene, after another hugely successful absence. In some respects it seems like another world compared to ten years ago, in others nothing has changed. The last few seasons have been most colourful, which we intend to cover in due course as we bring the blog up to date.
In the meantime, we’re very pleased to welcome Miles Challett to our team as a staff writer. Some of you may know Miles from his forum and Facebook posts. He patrols the dark underbelly of croppiedom so that we don’t have to. For convenience, Miles has copied all historic posts from his own blog to this one and you can read them all below. We hope to feature other guest writers in due course also; watch this space.
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.