Category Archives: 2016 Jun 5 Mere

UK Crop Circles June 2016 [hj]

The first formation of June 2016 was a ‘stage two’ of a circle from May, in a big sloping barley field opposite Silbury Hill in Wiltshire, reported on 5 June (this and other photos in this article by Steve Alexander except where indicated).

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The same weekend saw two formations in the same corner of Wiltshire, near the town of Mere, both reported on 6 June. The first (and the first of the season in wheat) was a little scrappy though not without its supporters, in particular the Facebook page Clendestine Esoterical Mysterious Universe. This was the first of three circles this month to be announced to the world via this page and I wish they would not do it. As Miles Challett has explained in another post on this blog, it kills any mystery and ambiguity the circle might have had and in the process kills the circle itself. Whatever happened to circles just appearing in a field somewhere and waiting for someone to discover them?

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The second Mere circle was a much more pleasing affair, a play of five and ten fold geometry rendered very precisely in barley.

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This was followed by the second Clandestine Esoterical Mysterious Universe circle of the month, at Wylye, Wiltshire on 16 June (photo by Lucy Pringle). This was the first circle CEMU withheld the location to, giving clues as to its location and opening up a guessing game.

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The summer solstice always sees at least one circle. This year, rather than it being in the traditional seat of Wiltshire, it was the turn of Hampshire, more specifically a huge sloping wheat field opposite the Science Centre on Chilcomb Down. The delicate floral design was most pleasing.

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Things took a downturn, with the daft ‘sharks’ circle in wheat above Hackpen Hill on 23 June. Some people seemed to like this design. I am not one of them.

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Things swiftly improved however with this beautiful wheat design on Gander Down near Ovington, Hampshire on 24 June, which calls to mind the ‘time tunnel’ and ‘vortex’ designs of 2006. It is definitely my favourite circle of the year so far.

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This lovely floral design appeared at Popham, Hampshire, on 27 June in wheat.

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Unfortunately the month was to end on a sour note, with another ‘location withheld’ CEMU circle at White Sheet Hill, Wiltshire, on 29 June. At least this one was a lot more precisely constructed than their other efforts.

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This next circle appeared at Andover on 30 June (photo credit not known). Though it looks intriguing from this ground shot, aerials later revealed a horrendously wonky construction.

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I have also had reports of two other circles not mentioned above and which to my knowledge have not been photographed. First, at Winterbourne Whitechurch, near Blandford, Dorset. The farmer was apparently furious and cut the circle not long after it appeared. Second, at Eton Wick near Slough, Surrey. No further details. I will update this post in future if any additional information come to light.

Whack! Pop! Whack! [MC]

In my last post I likened dealing with Matthew Williams to playing whack-a-mole. No sooner has one dealt with one thing than the numpty springs up again somewhere else. Whack! Pop! Whack! Just after posting, the following article appeared on Yahoo.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/can-you-see-something-wrong-with-these-crop-115137141.html

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Sigh. Is it even worth countering all this cobblers? Sometimes I really don’t have the enthusiasm, but I do think it important, if only for the historical record, that an alternative perspective is available. That is one of the purposes of this blog.

As I’ve mentioned before, a key element of Williams’ criticism of circles is his not knowing who made them or where they came from. There’s nothing wrong with these particular circles. They’re fine, and all par-for-the-course. The Silbury Hill and first Mere ones are rather lovely, and I also have quite a fondness for the East Field singleton.

Since Williams is so quick to criticise other people’s work, I think it worth taking another look at the calibre of circles he is capable of, from his nineties oeuvre (photos by Steve Alexander except where indicated; Bishops Cannings ‘grey head’ photo by Peter Sorensen).

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2013-01-11_20-53-46_-_ulrich_koxQuite a difference in quality. Notice that I didn’t include the famed Bishops Cannings “Basket” of 1999 (photo by Ulrich Cox). Williams’ claim to it is baloney. Sure, he may have been there, helping out, but that’s a long way from it being his circle to claim. A look at the aerials should easily demonstrate this. It’s in a whole other league compared to what we know he can muster.

Also of note in this article is the sentence “Despite having made circles himself for about 20 years, he’s steered clear of making them ever since he became the first person successfully prosecuted for the offence”, the two parts of which flatly contradict each other. Williams’ first claimed circle was in 1991. “About 20 years” takes us to 2011. Williams’ prosecution was in 2000. It’s been said before that his claim to have ceased circle making following his prosecution is a lie (it is), and this would seem oblique confirmation.

Whack! Pop! Whack! I doubt it’ll be long before the chump is back for more.

Miles Challett

Staggering Hypocrisy [mc]

One would think that after the smacking he receives every season (literally so last year) Matt Williams would have gotten the point by now, but every spring the guy pops back up like a whack-a-mole. Making the same arguments which have been proven to be bullshit, and utterly oblivious to the fact that much of the croppie scene considers him a bollocks-talking troublemaker who has brought nothing but destruction to a subject they hold dear.

He seems to have moved away from talk of any Wiltshire boycotts this time round – perhaps even he’s having difficulty putting a pro-Matt spin on the fact that every single UK circle so far this year has been in Wilts. He’s also shut up about Monique Klinkenbergh and the “circles being cut is all her fault” lie he’s been spouting for the last three years, having finally admitted late last season and by-the-by that it wasn’t true. Is he going to apologise to Monique? No. Why? Because – in his words – “she’s a cunt”.

So what’s got him in a lather now? Circles he considers wonky. Same old. Matt, no one cares. What’s more, you don’t care either.

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Why do I say that? Because, Matt, if you really cared, you’d have posted a similar YouTube video and RACCF criticism regarding that piece-of-crap bird circle from last July, instead of heaping praise upon it as you did (see my post Flippin’ The Bird). These circles get ripped apart for alleged imprecision, whereas your mates can bang out any old shite and get patted on the back for it. It’s got nothing to do with wonky circles. It’s because these two 2016 circles weren’t reported to you. Because you don’t know who made them. Because you imagine them the work of people you’ve fallen out with. Because, Matt, as ever you’re more transparent than a window.

Even the Connector can’t help themselves this time round, as exhibited by their latest and breathtakingly hypocritical post:

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I’m guessing the ‘RC’ initial here is Red Collie. It’d be too much to expect the Connector admins to actually put something together themselves instead of merely posting things other people send them. Collie, you do know that most of the other circles which the Connector gets the exclusive on are made by Matt’s mates and reported directly to him so he can photograph them, don’t you?

Miles Challett