It’s difficult to imagine now, how much of a quantum leap pictograms were. Up until 1990 croppies were acustomed to only seeing circular arrangements in fields. The advent of lines in crop circles took the phenomenon in an entirely new direction (and – intentionally, according to Doug Bower – utterly wrecked Meaden’s plasma vortex theory). Here are a couple of BBC news clips documenting it as it happened, the first covering the very first pictogram to appear at Chilcomb Down, Hampshire, in May 1990, and the second covering the first double pictogram at East Field, Alton Barnes in July 1990. Richard Andrews, Pat Delgado, Terence Meaden, and Colin Andrews provide the researcher perspective. Tim Carson speaks for the farmers.
George Vernon, better known as Merlin, is a name perhaps only known to long-in-the-tooth croppies such as ourselves these days. We well remember him flogging his crop circle board game at The Barge Inn every season back in the 1990s. Unfortunately George has been banged up for racially abusing his neighbour. Here are two articles for you to read; the first a news piece from The Mirror covering the crime and sentencing, the second a very interesting historical piece from World Gathering regarding George’s involvement in the legendary Operation Blackbird. Screen captures of the latter below. Thanks to our friends at Circular State Of Mind for the links.