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.
An interesting article from the ABC site which argues that serious study of crop circles is being held back by its association with ufology (though no doubt there are some ufologists out there who would argue the opposite). Article here; screen captures below.
A series of historic videos from 1990, covering Andrews and Delgado’s Operation Blackbird.
The first three are from the BBC’s People Today programme, and feature some background along with an interview with Pat and Colin.
This next video is a short interview with Delgado after the first night.
A news piece after night one.
Some BBC news pieces from the Blackbird operation.
Following the Operation Blackbird hoax.
Andrews getting very excited on live TV before the nature of the Blackbird hoax is discovered.
Historic news footage from 9 September 1991, the day Doug Bower and Dave Chorley came out as circlemakers. Interesting to note is the scepticism at their claims, which isn’t how the story is presented today.
Also worth watching is this short piece from South Today, featuring Doug and Dave’s demonstration formation, an interview with them, an interview with Robin Allen of the Wessex Sceptics, and an unhappy Pat Delgado.
Here’s a further video from Coast to Coast, featuring another Doug and Dave interview, their demonstration formation, and more unhappy Mr Delgado, joined this time by Colin Andrews.
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.
Two more sad losses to the croppie community. Pat Delgado died on 23rd May 2009. John Michell died on 24th April 2009.
Delgado was one of the very first crop circle researchers, drawn in by a pattern in a Hampshire field in 1981 and enraptured and promoting the circles every which way he could. Author of Circular Evidence and Crop Circles: The latest Evidence and Crop Circles: Conclusive Evidence(the former two with Colin Andrews).
Michell… What can we say? Visionary, mythologist, gentleman.In purely cerealogical terms he was integral in the founding of the Centre For Crop Circle Studies, and the first editor of The Cerealogist, and his impact on crop circle study cannot be underestimated. Hell, his impact full stop cannot be underestimated. Readers seeking a suitable epigraph could do a lot worse than read his book The New View Over Atlantis. Therein will you find him, and will find his resonance.
Michell also penned our favourite circular quote, in Crooked Soley: A Crop Circle Revelation (a book co-authored with Allan Brown), which sums up the wonder of the circles and their appeal far more eloquently than we’d attempt to:
“We cannot conscientiously advise anyone to enter the murky world of crop circle research. If you choose to do so – at your own risk – you enter a world of magic. No one has ever spent a summer in the ancient, sacred heart of England, from Avebury to the Vale of Pewsey, where the light and atmosphere are intense and crop circles proliferate, without being changed by the experience. You meet the most remarkable people, and you partake in a process whereby the light of divine knowledge enters minds, and hearts are stirred by the beauty of crop circles in their chosen setting. If you need an addiction, this is the best one you could find.”
Best of addictions indeed.
Erik Beckjord, Jonathan Sherwood, David Kingston, and Paul Vigay, John Michell, Pat Delgado… that’s six major croppies gone in less than a year. We sincerely hope that “ambulance chaser” croppies and conspiracy kooks don’t seek a pattern in this (the first whiff of which seemed to follow the deaths of Vigay and Kingston, but we’re very glad that line of enquiry has since been discarded).