Category Archives: Matthew Williams

“Farmers Tell Of Stress And Anguish Over Unwanted Crop Circle”

As a counter to our last post, here’s an article from Farmer’s Weekly wherein the farmers of the field hosting the 4 August Hannington circle express their distress at its arrival. How much this contradicts their stance in the BBC article is open to the reader to judge. Article here, screens below.

As usual Matthew Williams couldn’t resist wading in to the comments section, and his post has likely done more damage than good in our estimation. In the current climate, and in an effort to save as many circles as possible from the blades of the combine, such comments should be kept to oneself.

CircleSpeak

Along with Croppies, perhaps our favourite circles documentary. Its subtitle, “A Journey Into The Heart Of Crop Circle Country”, says it all. Featuring one of the biggest cast lists of any circles doc, including Steve Alexander, Charles Mallett, Michael Glickman, Colin Andrews, Matthew Williams, Lucy Pringle, Terence Meaden, Pat Delgado, Busty Taylor, Peter Sorensen, Doug Bower, John Lundberg, George Wingfield, Francine Blake, Karen Alexander, Freddy Silva, Andy Thomas, William Levengood, Ed Sherwood, Kris Sherwood, Ron Russell, Simeon Hein, Suzanne Taylor, Polly Carson, Tim Carson, Isabelle Kingston, John Wabe, Dan Darby, Geoff Stray, amongst others. Recommended viewing.

Countryfile – Crop Circle Special 1998

new_yell1998 BBC documentary interviewing Doug Bower, featuring a potted history of the subject, and two commissioned circles, one made by Bower and the other by the circlemakers.org team. Also incudes interviews with Terence Meaden, Michael Glickman, Francine Blake, John Lundberg, Matthew Williams, Rod Dickinson, and others. See also this article on the circlemakers.org website for more information on their formation (image right).

Hoaxing Activity In The Etchilhampton Area

According to an article posted recently on the Silent Circle site, the “Etchilhampton Hill (Wiltshire, UK) area [has been] marked for substantial hoaxing effort” in 2016. The article is worth quoting in full:

“The area marked – north of Etchilhampton Village, Wiltshire, UK – has been marked by crop circle hoaxers and their supporters for substantial crop circle hoaxing activity during the summer of 2016.

The support structure that operates alongside the actual circle hoaxers comprises cropcircleconnector.com website, drone aerial photographer/s and Paul Jacobs, owner of the notorious yellow van – who charges unsuspecting visitors to the circles he covers outrageous fees to enter the given circle/s he covers.

The Holy Trinity: Jacobs and the yellow van, CCC website and convicted crop circle hoaxer / Drone photographer, Williams. It’s a scam and has nothing to do with the ‘real’ crop circle phenomenon. The primary reasons for the scam are…financial gain, website hits and something that amounts to deviant kicks for the hoaxers..they seem to get a thrill of sorts from conning people into believing that their vandalism is in some way special and meaningful. slightly creepy!”

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We do wonder how Charles Mallett knows this, exactly; does he have a “Deep Throat” circle making source? Is it merely guesswork on the grounds that the Etchilhampton farmers are known to be circles-friendly whereas a lot of other Wiltshire farmers are prone to cutting? It’s not exactly uncommon for the area to have circles; it has at least one or two every season. Only time will tell if Charles’ prediction is accurate.

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Addendum January 2017: As it turns out, only one circle appeared in the Etchilhampton area, which statistically means nothing for Charles’ claim. And as far as we’re aware, this circle had nothing to do with the “Holy Trinity” mentioned in Charles’ post, and merely appeared, unassuming, waiting to be discovered, as all the best circles should.

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Connectorgate

The Crop Circle Connector have become rather embroiled in controversy of late, thanks to Matthew Williams explicitly stating that all photos that appear on their website marked ‘copyright The Crop Circle Connector’ are taken by him. See Facebook screen captures below.

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This is an edited version of the post; we were unable to get screen captures of it before it was changed. The original was much more explicit in stating that all photographs marked as (c) Crop Circle Connector were taken by Williams. The whole thread has since been deleted. This next post was from some days later, but makes the position clear. Only the first few lines are relevant for the purposes of this discussion.

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Unsurprisingly, Charles Mallett has picked up the ball and run from one side of Wiltshire to the other with it:

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Nancy Talbot and the BLT research team have also formally and publicly withdrawn their support for the Connector (this screenshot is from Monique Klinkenbergh’s Facebook group and also shows her stance):

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How have the Connector themselves reacted? With their usual stock policy whenever courted by criticism, i.e. ignore it and wait for things to quieten down. The same can’t be said of Matthew Williams, however, who responded with ‘so what?’ and ‘no big deal’ RACCF posts, which have since been removed (though see our second screen capture above for a flavour).

The thing is, this story isn’t really news; we’ve known about the Connector’s photography source for some time, and we suspect quite a few of our readers have, too. Though regardless of how many videos and RACCF posts Williams makes, we can’t help but think he has missed the point. This isn’t about him. It’s about the Connector. They’re the ones being criticised, not him. He may say ‘so what’ but we doubt many of the Connector’s regular readers or paying subscribers, many of them far from the fields of Wiltshire and reliant on the Connector for research data, would see it that way.

It’s been said before on this blog, but bears repeating. The Crop Circle Connector has long abdicated their supposed role as crop circle researchers. They’re a PR company for circle makers.

Manton Drove, Wiltshire, 24 May 2015

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.

For RACCF, irony is something people do to their clothes in between washing them and hanging them up (though we kinda doubt much ironing goes on in the Williams household). Yes, it is a “same old, same old… loop of never ending tales”, but one coming from them and not from the fields. There’s nothing wrong with this circle. It’s fine. Sure, it’s bitty in places, but that’s immature barley for you. Sure, the four outer circles look like they’re wrongly spaced at first but with a 13-pointed star and four circles, maybe it’s deliberate. It’s very clear that RACCF don’t know the creator of this formation or their intentions, so how do they know that was not the case? As we said above, RACCF don’t like circles they know nothing about (and this hasn’t stopped them making wild guess accusations as to where this circle may have come from). RACCF especially don’t like circles in Wiltshire they know nothing about. Both these factors should, in themselves, be a reason to look at the circle more closely; i.e. it had nothing to do with them or their extended menagerie.”Same old, same old… loop of never ending tales” also aptly describes the CCPMT post, which is merely a tired rehearsal of their usual “Steve A, money, Charles Mallett, cash tills, Lucy Pringle, ker ching, Monique coming over here and stealing our circles” spiel and which says precisely zero about the circle itself. These delusions are those of CCPMT themselves (and RACCF for that matter) and bear little relation to what is happening in the fields.
Move along, nothing new to see here. Except for those who, ya know, might actually want to just look at the circle, which is new, and which we rather like. A good circle for barley, and a good season opener. But maybe that’s just us, liking as we do to look at circles on their own merits and without a raft of attendant and bogus biases.

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

When Friends Fall Out

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.

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