Category Archives: 2012 Season

The Croppies

Not to be confused with Croppies – which is much more entertaining – a series of German (with English subtitles for the most part) films from the makers of the documentary New Swirled Order. Filmed in 2012 and featuring plenty of ground and drone shots from that season, Andreas Muller, Jonathan Paul de Vierville, Karen Alexander, Michael Glickman, Steve Alexander, Monique Klinkenbergh, Elisabeth Zollinger, Jay Goldner, Ross Holcomb, along with numerous everyday croppies, also make an appearance. Enjoyable to watch, but one can’t help but feel the material would have been better served by editing it down into an hour-long feature.

Note: Part 4 is missing English subtitles (though half of it is in English anyway).

Note: Part 6 is also missing subtitles.

Note: Part 8 is also missing subtitles.

Farmers, Lies, & Videotape [MC]

Report A Crop Circle Formation and Matthew Williams persist in their claim that the reason farmers in Wiltshire are cutting out circles is down to Monique Klinkenbergh. They’ve been saying this so long they may even believe it. And it’s nonsense. Malicious, slanderous nonsense at that.

How do I know this? Ask the farmers why they are cutting circles. They’re the ones doing it. They should know.

Here’s a video interview with Tim Carson, who has farmed the land around Alton Barnes in the Vale of Pewsey since before circles first began turning up there. A great many circles have appeared in these fields since 1990 (more 120 by his estimation), and he has left them be. So why are they now being cut? (I’ve had to put this one as a link because the YouTube settings exclude embedding)

Because the farmers in that area have had enough, basically. You’ll also note his support for Monique Klnkenbergh, and his statement that the cutting policy began before Monique’s involvement, both of which fly in the face of what Williams and RACCF are peddling. The importance of this last point cannot be underestimated. Monique’s intervention began in the summer of 2013, yet as these photos show the cutting of Wiltshire circles was already prevalent in 2012.


Woodborough Hill, June 2012. Photo by Monique Klinkenbergh.


Milk Hill, June 2012. Photo by Steve Alexander.


Wilcott, July 2012. Photo by Monique Klinkenbergh.


Lockeridge, July 2012. Photo by Monique Klinkenbergh.


Windmill Hill, July 2012. Photo by Monique  Klinkenbergh.

The timeline by itself destroys the “it’s all Monique’s fault” argument.

The honesty box theft Mr Carson mentions occurred in 2009, and is covered in this article. Another likely contributing factor to circles-cutting was Matthew Williams’ circlemaker TV, which showed circle makers openly bragging of which circles they had constructed, and with a great deal of antagonism towards the farming community. The show began airing in 2010. A backlash from farmers was predicted at the time by members of the Crop Circle Connector forum and was of course ignored.

The following video was shot inside a circle in the field below Milk Hill in 2012 (see second photograph above), another area where circles have been appearing in abundance for decades without being cut. So why is the farmer cutting?

The audio on this video isn’t the best. If you can’t make out his words, here’s what he says:

“I’ve just seen shitty things what Matt Williams and Terry and all them dickheads who make them…. Coming back, you know that one we had a few years ago, and they’d do a bit one night then they’d come back and do a bit more. I caught them with my own eyes, I caught them making a crop circle on our field. And that’s what I don’t want. And I know that if I cut their crop circles out they won’t come back and do another one… I cannot understand how much they wind me up. And they’ll sit and they smirk just smirk at me… I hate them.”

So there you have it. Why are farmers cutting circles? Because they’ve had enough, because of piss-taking circle makers, and because of Matthew Williams. No mention of Monique Klinkenbergh, except in positive terms.

Look, RACCF. Look, Matt. Your allegations are utterly bogus. The farmers have said so. Stop pointing the finger elsewhere, grow a pair, and face up to it.

Miles Challett

The Boycott That Never Was

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.
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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.”
– Andrew Edwards

Now That’s What I Call Crop Circles 2012

Our pick of the best of this year in the UK.

Corley, Warwickshire, 11 July 2012. Photo by Steve Alexander.

Yatesbury, Wiltshire, 17 July 2012. Photo credit not known.

Devizes, Wiltshire, 28 July 2012. Photo by Janet Ossebaard

Ogbourne Down, Wiltshire, 29 July 2012. Photo by Lucy Pringle.

Owslebury, Hampshire, 29 July 2012. Photo by Lucy Pringle.

All Cannings, Wiltshire, 5 August 2012. Photo by Lucy Pringle.

Cheesefoot Head, Hampshire, 9 August 2012. Ignore all the bull you may have heard from Report A Crop Circle Formation; this circle was not commissioned. Photo by Steve Alexander.

Wappenbury, Warwickshire, 15 August 2012. Photo by Steve Alexander.

Savernake, Wiltshire, 23 August 2012. Photo credit not known.

Hackpen Hill, Wiltshire, 26 August 2012. Photo by Lucy Pringle.

Windmill Hill, Wiltshire,14 October 2012. Photo by Phillipe Ullens.

Hackpen Hill, Wiltshire, 26 August 2012 [mc]

2012 Aug 26 HackpenLooking at the various posts Andrew Pyrka has made about this formation, and the range of comments – the insults, the accusations (this is the third time this year he has accused Rob Irving of making a non-commisioned formation), the spreading rumours of video footage, the final after-the-event gushing praise – it s very clear that he knows nothing at all about this formation and how it came to be in the field, a matter he finds irksome.

Mr Pyrka likes to give the impression that he has an intimate insider knowledge of all that happens in the fields of Wiltshire and beyond. This formation proves – if yet more proof were needed after his many howlers this season – that he speaks from his derriere.

Miles Challett

Cheesefoot Head, Hampshire, 9 August 2012 # 2 [mc]

Andrew Pyrka’s promised article setting out his proof that this formation was commissioned:-


Aside from the ludicrous rhetoric – e.g. “Just as we all thought that the 2012 crop circle season was nearing an end, along came this well made crop formation.  When you first see an image such as the one above, the initial reaction is to express an outpouring of admiration by words such as ‘WOW ‘ !.  This kind of reaction is not surprising as  30 years of mind conditioning and manipulating  has taken its toll on all who have taken an interest in this controversial topic.” – why not just admit people respond to it in the same way as they respond to beauty in any artistic medium? Was years of mind control and conditioning neccessary before people could view the Cistine Chapel and say ‘wow’?

Andrew’s evidence that this formation was commissioned seems to be phone calls to the organisers, at first telling him it wasn’t commissioned, another person giving him a throwaway ‘so what if it is?’, followed by another telling him it wasn’t. So out of who knows how many calls he claims to have made – at least three – he chooses to believe the one that fits his already-established opinion and ignores all the others. What if the person who implied it was was winding him up and the others were telling the truth?

Andrew finishes with the claim that the circle was made by Rob Irving, his sole evidence seeming to be that Mr Irving made a post on a Facebook page discussing it. What about the posts made by Mr Irving on Report A Crop Circle Formation – Andrew’s very Facebook page – that are completely to the contrary? No, no need to mention those.

So, nothing new at all here, and more to the point none of the proof that was promised.

Outstanding research, Mr Pyrka!

Miles Challett

Winchester, Hampshire, 9 August 2012 [mc]

This is a masterful creation, which is perhaps why Report A Crop Circle Formation have made it their mission to utterly kick the stuffing out of it.

First we hear speak of the ‘Jugglers Lane Fiasco’. Now maybe I’ve got a different dictionary to Mr Pyrka’s, but the use of the word ‘fiasco’ here (capitalised or not) is way off the mark. To recap: a formation was discovered at Jugglers Lane earlier this season, it was photographed and much-liked for its precision and beauty, quite early in the day of its discovery rumours began to circulate that it was made with the farmer’s permission, and these rumours were soon confirmed. Some people chose not to believe these rumours, favouring a more esoteric origin – though that has been the case with pretty much every commissioned circle in history, so there’s nothing to stop the press about there. And that’s it. No ‘fiasco’ whatsoever, except on Planet Pyrka where there’s no shortage of moles ready to turn their hills into mountains.

Next we have the bald assertion that this formation is ‘commissioned art work’. Is it? No proof is given, and anybody asking for it has had their posts blocked or banned from the thread. Not for doubting the claim, mind, just for asking.

Which leads into an opportunity to put the boot in to the Crop Circle Connector.

“Promoted… in a style which creates a frenzy amongst their believers”?  Mr Pyrka sounds frothing and incandescent in his anger.

And what have the Crop Circle Connector done to provoke this ire? Put pictures of this circle on their website and Facebook page (as they have with every other circle this year, including – I should add – the garbage that Mr Pyrka and his friends have fouled fields with). That’s all. That’s what the Connector do.

Andrew, I think you need a lie down. I think the summer heat is getting to you.

Miles Challett

Owslebury, near Winchester, Hampshire, reported 29 July 2012 [MC]

Screen captures from Report A Crop Circle Formation Facebook page, today 31st July 2012.

Do I detect a hint of jealousy here? This formation is leagues ahead of anything the shoddy Team DC can muster.

Picking flaws in a masterful work such as this, when all one can manage is shabby hoaxes that look like they had all of two minutes thought put into them, merely makes one look like an idiot.

Miles Challett

Windmill Hill, Wiltshire, 31 July 2012 [MC]

RACCF demonstrates the utter lack of any depth of thought informing their alleged “research”.

At first glance it looks as though a circle is missing at the end of the spiral. But there are also other parts of the spiral that merely have rings or no circle at all. Do they look deeper into the design to see if a circle was intentionally not placed at the end of the spiral? No, they just make a sneering dismissal and assume it’s a cock-up.

Miles Challett