Category Archives: Silent Circle

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.

UK Crop Circles August 2016 [HJ]

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Chilcomb, Hampshire, 3 August 2016. Wheat. c.140′. A Circle containing a 10 x 10 standing grid, with each box diagonally divided. I am not quite sure why everybody got as excited as they did by this one, since it clearly looks unfinished. Perhaps the makers were disturbed mid-construction? Photo by Steve Alexander.

2016.08.05_19.10.34_-_CropcircleconnectorSparticles Wood, near Chaldon, Surrey, 3 August 2016. Wheat. c.100′. Photo by The Crop Circle Connector.

DSC4876-Bratton-Camp-Wilts-04-08-16-OHBratton, Wiltshire, 4 August 2016. Wheat. c.200′. This circle was in the field below the Westbury white horse which hosted the famed 1980 “Return of The Thing?” circles and could be said to have sparked the entire crop circle phenomenon as we know it today. Back in the 1980s and early 1990s, these fields were prime circles real estate. Photo by Steve Alexander.

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Etchilhampton, Wiltshire, 7 August 2016. Wheat. c.180′. Note the unicursal hexagram flattened into the lay of the central circle. This was in the same field as two circles from 2015 (the “ghosts” of which are still visible in some aerial photos), one of which had a similar lay. Photo by Steve Alexander.

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Ansty, Wiltshire, 12 August 2016. Wheat. c.300′. It is fair to say that this formation caused more controversy than any other this season. Temporary Temples provide a good introduction, with links to some articles worth reading for further background, as does The Croppie. Photo by Steve Alexander.

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Nursteed Farm, Wiltshire, 17 August 2016. Wheat. c.200′. Photo by Steve Alexander.

DSC5156-All-Cannings-Wilts-24-08-2016-OHAll Cannings, Wiltshire, 24 August 2016. Wheat. c.150′. Note the ‘splayed’ lay in the top-most circle. Photo by Steve Alexander.

DSC5218-Cooks-Plantation-nr-Beckhampton-Wilts-27-08-16-OHCooks Plantation, Beckhampton, Wiltshire, 27 August 2016. Wheat. c.150′. Farmers Ben and Robin Butler were outraged at the appearance of this circle, their fields having been circles-free until so late in the season, and there was some controversy at its depiction of a swastika, however it is clearly a Hindu swastika and not a Nazi one. That did not stop The Silent Circle proclaiming “predictable disrespect” shown by “hoaxers” (see screenshot below). My friends at The Croppie picked up the story.  Photo by Steve Alexander.

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DSC5225-Overton-Hill-nr-East-Kennett-Wilts-27-08-16-OHThe Sanctuary, Overton Hill, Wiltshire, 27 August 2016. Wheat. c.150′. Another simple ringed circle, of which there have been several this season. Photo by Steve Alexander.

PT sutton 1Sutton Hall, near Rochford, Essex, 29 August 2016. Wheat. Small, somewhat ‘old school’, and rather scruffy looking, though that may in part be due to the extreme ripeness of the crop. Photo by Prashant Trivedi.

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Robbert’s Dodgy BOL video

Screen-Shot-2016-08-12-at-13.52.22-400x162Though we decided early on that the remit of this site would be to primarily cover the UK crop circle scene, we do occasionally feature overseas news and events when they catch our eye and warrant reporting.

Robbert van den Broeke – a name we are sure will be familiar to many of our readers – has produced a video purporting to show a ball of light creating a crop circle in Holland. You can read all about it on the Silent Circle, and view Robbert’s video below. It looks like very dodgy CGI to us, but have a look and see what you reckon.

We find Robbert a fascinating character – one of the most interesting things happening on the crop circle scene at the moment (though not for the same reasons the likes of Nancy Talbot do), and intend to cover his activities in greater detail in the future. In the meantime, this primer article from our friends at Circular State of Mind makes for valuable reading.

Armageddon It On [MC]

I’m long in the tooth enough to have lived through several ends-of-the-world that weren’t, so eyelids were scarce batted when Report A Crop Circle Formation’s predicted ‘2015 Armageddon?’ did not come to pass.

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RACCF’s banner image* is both hilarious and confounding, a collection of straw-men the likes of which have not been seen since the legendary Wiltshire Farmers’ Scarecrow Convention of 1989.

Let’s start with their “every truth” hyperbole, and note that ‘truth’ is one of RACCF’s favourite words. By any logical analysis this is flat-out incorrect. ‘Truth’ is entirely relative, and throughout human history there have been many commonly accepted ‘truths’ that were never “violently opposed”. This statement is an intellectual nonsense.

Next, we get to their analysis of 2014 – regular readers of my blog, and other “counter to RACCF” news pages, will know that every line of this is baloney.

What ‘truth’ – that word again! – has been hidden? Since the 1980s there has been a tremendous amount of investigation into and public exposure of circle making – not only via rent-a-rant Matthew Williams and the circlemakers.org gentlemen, but by crop circle researchers. To name but some – Jenny Randles, Paul Fuller, Ian Mrzyglod, Ken Brown, George Wingfield, Rob Irving, Jim Schnabel, John Macnish, Terence Meaden, Jurgen Kronig, Peter Rendall, Peter Sorensen, Terry Brown, Freddy Silva, Simeon Hein… I have little doubt that most of these names – let alone their work – are unheard of to RACCF.

Have circle makers been ignored? If RACCF’s feed is anything to go by, the buggers couldn’t shut up even if they tried, and silence should of course be the creed of any circle maker worth their salt in the first place. I’m reminded of ‘goatboy’ from The Crop Circle Connector Forum’s summation of the role of the circle maker (which I have also seen attributed to Rob Irving) as “Enter field. Make circle. Leave field. Shut the fuck up”. If anything circle makers should be ignored if they want their circles to be taken seriously, to stand and be considered on their own merits. If they don’t like this, and want artistic acclaim, they shouldn’t make circles. Simples.

As for “start selling tickets”, “farmers cut out circles”, and “act like not your fault [sic.]”, I shan’t go over these points again here as they have all been dealt with previously on this blog and I don’t wish to needlessly repeat myself. Instead I refer you to the articles Farmers, Lies and Videotape, The Boycott That Still Never Was, and “Sadly It Has Come To This”, amongst others.

Andrew Pyrka likes to imagine himself a shepherd of men, a table-turning messiah come to spread the ‘truth’ amongst the ignorant. It doesn’t seem to have occurred to him – or any of his RACCF brethren – that anybody could possibly have ever considered crop circles to be man-made in the past, despite more than 20 years of extensive investigation into and documentation of this aspect of the subject before he bumbled onto the scene. His ignorance of the subject and its history is sometimes breathtaking. Oh how we laughed when for example he discussed the ‘malting stage’ of barley. Oh how we laughed when he accused for example Rob Irving (yes, the same Rob Irving who has publicly espoused a human origin since 1992, producing countless articles, two books, and numerous TV appearances) of distorting evidence in order to deceive others into believing a non-human origin of crop circles. Oh how we laughed again and again.

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Like most messianic wannabes, Mr Pyrka’s world-view is depressingly black and white. In his mind, either one knows the ‘truth’ that all crop circles are made by human artists, or one believes that all crop circles are made by aliens. In reality, of course, different people believe a great many diverse things, and even those who entertain the view that some crop circles may have a non-human origin hold a wide and arrayed range of opinions as to the essence of that source. Only for a few is it aliens.

Let the people consider Exhibit # 1, the massively magnified to the point of blurring photographs of bits of field and hedge and tree-line, in which Mr Pyrka’s pareidoliac eyes see ‘aliens’. If we couldn’t see them too we were simply wrong. Here are some examples. Mr Pyrka claims to have never digitally manipulated his images. I don’t believe him.

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Let the people consider Exhibit #2, the blog Andrew Pyrka Watch, which documents more examples of Mr Pyrka’s chicanery than I have the time, space, or enthusiasm for here.

Let the people consider Exhibit #3, #4, #5, and #6, Mr Pyrka’s own website and Facebook pages, Crop  Circle Wisdom (a great deal of which has been doctored or deleted over the years though thanks to The Way Back Machine we can still read it as originally written), Report A Crop Circle Formation, the Crop Circle Wisdom Facebook page, and Crop Circles The People The Mystery The Truth (note that Mr Pyrka denies any association with this latter page. Note also that that its unique, ungainly, pidgin grammatical style is identical to those of himself and his RACCF colleague and close associate Sue Davies).

Let the people consider Exhibit # 7, Report A Crop Circle Formation Exposed, which, like Pyrka Watch, has done a great deal of work in uncovering Mr Pyrka’s and RACCF’s sleight-of-fact.

Let the people assess all the above evidence, and make up their own minds as to the ‘truth’, and as to whether Mr Pyrka is indeed the chosen one or merely a deluded Cheltenham taxi driver.

I’ve touched in other posts on the subject of control, which in my opinion is the real underlying message here. RACCF’s relentless silencing of any dissenting view via post-deletion and banning on their pages. The persecution of Monique Klinkenbergh, Steve Alexander, and Silent Circle, all of whom provide information and commentary on the circles which runs counter to RACCF. The inane ‘Wiltshire Boycott’ and the seamy ‘Wellygate’. The vile personal attacks on the above individuals, and against Suzanne Taylor, Michael Glickman, Francine Blake, Gary King, Terry Hall, and numerous others, simply because they happen to hold differing opinions on the subject of crop circles, all the while championing themselves as the only source of ‘truth’. They want total control of the subject. They want theirs to be the only views you hear. They want to be the one and only source of information for new circles, for commentary on those circles, and to know (and to have the right to sometimes hint at) the authorship of all circles. If they can’t have that, if they can’t shape the crop circle phenomenon into a product of their own management and guidance, they want to destroy it.

If there is to be an Armageddon, it is one of these chumps’ own making.

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*Note that in between the first draft of this article and my finalising and posting it, RACCF changed their banner image – here is the current version.

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…Must Be Funny [MC]

Money, money, money. Regular readers of RACCF, CCPMT and their ilk will know the stance these pages take on this aspect of the crop circle subject, though it’s less a stance and more an obsession. To them, croppiedom is brimming with sinister shysters who are only in it for the dosh, who will lie and distort to fleece you of every penny. Steve Alexander, flying and photographing circles, producing photo-books and running conferences? He’s only doing it to make money. Monique Klinkenbergh and her Crop Circle Access scheme? Your Wallet Access scheme, more like. Charles Mallett and Silent Circle? He’s just after your hard-earned, too. Circlemakers.org? The greatest sinners of all; they make crop circles for profit!

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Part of the problem here is that RAPMT (as I will now collectively call them) cannot comprehend that others view the subject differently to them, and find it difficult to understand why people would want anything to do with it if there wasn’t a profit motive. Therefore it can only be the case that these people are hiding the truth from you in order to rob you blind. This says a lot more about RAPMT than it does about those it criticises. Whether it was RAPMT’s intention to profit from the subject themselves at one point or another in the past is also worth bearing in mind, though not the subject of this article.

Let’s look at this calmly, taking each of the criticised individuals named above in turn.

Steve Alexander does what he does because he loves crop circles and wants to document them. He has a passion for the subject, and wants to share that passion with others. Why does he use helicopters and not drones or microlights? Because the quality of the images acquired is far superior to images obtained using the latter. He’s a very skilled photographer who knows what he’s doing. And with all respect to the drone flyers (or droners, as I sometimes like to call them), Steve’s photos are far better than yours. Do the yearbooks and conferences make money? Perhaps a little, once all the costs are taken into account, not to mention the expenditure of time, but I’d imagine any profit goes into funding helicopter hire, which is far from cheap.

Regular readers of my posts will know that Monique Klinkenbergh has been criticised in some quarters since the very inception of her Crop Circle Access Pass scheme, which has degenerated to the level of bullying and harassment on the part of CCPMT. So why does she do it? Monique’s intentions are right, in my opinion. The situation in Wiltshire was a dire mess, with angry farmers cutting circles as soon as they appeared or were reported. Monique was not the reason circles were being cut. I’ve also covered this before. But to RAPMT, it’s always somebody else’s fault. Blame Monique. Blame Steve Alexander. Blame Team K Hole. Blame Charles Mallett. No. Blame yourself. Take some responsibility for once.

I applaud Monique’s efforts at building bridges with farmers. The Access Scheme, however, is unworkable in practice and doomed to fail in my opinion. Is she doing it for the money? No, she’s doing it because the situation in Wiltshire is in dire straits and somebody needs to save it. Does she make any money? I’d expect that once you take out her time and expenses any profit is non-existent. In fact I’d be very surprised if the access scheme hasn’t cost her far more personally than she’s made or is likely to make.

Charles Mallett and Silent Circle? Money-making scam? In what universe has that ever been remotely true? With apologies to Mr Mallett, let’s look at the Silent Circle’s history. Those of us who’ve been on the scene a long time remember when the Silent Circle began as a cafe along the side of the A4. We remember its constant closing, reopening, relocating from venue to venue. How could it ever be a profitable venture? Its target clientèle are only around for a few months of the year, and there aren’t exactly a great deal of them. It always functioned more as an information service and ‘drop-in centre’ anyway. Does anybody honestly imagine selling cups of tea and slices of cake and the occasional book or postcard could be a profit-making business? Try taking that one on Dragon’s Den; you’d be laughed out of the building. And each year Silent Circle got smaller, from dedicated venue to pub room to Yatesbury Village Hall to Barge Inn portacabin to Yatesbury Airfield. It wouldn’t surprise me if this year Charles is running it out of a deckchair in his front garden. So why do it? Because Charles is fascinated with crop circles. An information centre showing locations and images of the season’s circles is something Wiltshire has had for two decades, and a good thing for visitors, not all of whom check the internet every five minutes for the latest circular arrivals. Silent Circle and Monique, along with the Henge Shop in Avebury, are the only people currently providing this. Note also that Charles is often very critical of UK crop circles, especially those in Wiltshire, dismissing them as man-made. He’d hardly say that if he was trying to make money from the gullible, would he?

Circlemakers.org? These guys have been making circles commercially since the 1990s. And what of it? Anybody could have done what they’ve done. Anybody can present themselves as a commercial circle maker for hire. If you have the skill. That’s the thing. These gentlemen have formidable circle making ability. It’s too easy to sit on the sidelines grumbling, rather like musicians whose band never got anywhere while a similarly styled outfit had great success. If you can do it, do it. If you can’t, shut up.

Having written all that, I can’t help but feel a resounding “so what?”

Two reasons – first off, if someone makes a profit from the subject, good luck to them. There are many others who have done so, past and present, who I notice are not the subject of RAPMT’s ire. Colin Andrews, for example, oft boasts of how many copies Circular Evidence sold, which no doubt netted him a decent sum. The Crop Circle Connector charge a fee to access their archives, sell DVDs, and are one of the most advert-heavy websites I’ve ever visited. That’s how things go. Some farmers have profited from circles on their land, too, and nobody has a quibble with that. I especially applaud those farmers who donate profits recieved from circles visitors to charitable causes.

Second reason – this is crop circles we’re talking about. A rather minor interest subject, with far fewer dedicated followers than most and certainly compared to 20 or 25 years ago. There simply isn’t a large enough audience there for somebody to make stacks of wonga.

“The circle makers aren’t making any money”, Matt Williams has previously carped (with the exception of the .org chaps, of course). Well why the hell should they? What they do is illegal. They choose to do it, for their own reasons, and once they leave the field at the end of a night’s work that circle doesn’t belong to them any more. It’s out in the world, for all to see and visit and do as they wish with and have their own opinions on. “It’s yours because it’s free”, the Diggers famously said. And that is how it should be with crop circles.

So there you go. Money doesn’t come in to it, except in the case of a handful of individuals who are obsessed with the subject. More to the point, are disgruntled that they never made any. Whether they lacked the ideas, or the nous, or the skills, it never happened. And that makes them bitter. They see profit everywhere. Especially where there isn’t any.

Miles Challett

Crop Circles: The Pillocks, The Muppetry, The Tosh [MC]

I’ve been meaning to put up a post covering last season’s events on the bafflingly-named Crop Circles: The People, The Mystery, The Truth page for a while, but other things have intervened. Why ‘bafflingly-named’? By “people”, they mean “the half-a-dozen people we don’t like”. I don’t know what “mystery” has to do with anything, since the page admins seem to have convinced themselves they know the minutiae of everything circles-related, so by that definition there cannot be any “mystery”. By truth, they mean “ill-informed personal opinions, bigotry, re-posts from RACCF and whatever Matt Williams has pulled out from between his butt-cheeks this week”. Let’s have a look at what they have to say.

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I’m not sure why CCPMT are so happy that Matt Williams has announced that all photographs marked Copyright Crop Circle Connector these days are taken by him, since it has severed the last threadbare strand of credibility the Connector still had as a cereological research body. Matt knows this, and seems content to let his friends fall on their sword – why else would the images be captioned with Connector copyright if not to obscure the fact that Matt took them and therefore knew about the circles before anybody else did?

Oddly, Matt has stated in the past that his images are free for anybody to use, so how can there be “large scale photo theft” taking place? He didn’t specify “they’re free to use, unless your name is x, y, or z”. The “Alexander… Database website” referred to here is www.cropcirclesdatabase.com, and despite RACCF/CCPMT’s allegations, I have yet to see any evidence that this site is run by Steve Alexander. Neither have RACCF/CCPMT, but they prefer to let their prejudice against Alexander make up their minds for them. Williams also seems confused as to exactly what “image theft” entails – all photos on said Database site are credited, with a URL to the site of their origin. Reproducing them without permission constitutes a breach of copyright, but is hardly “image theft”.

Personally, I consider the Crop Circles Database site an excellent and valuable research resource, whatever its legality or otherwise. Their images are taken not just from the Connector but from a number of other websites, including Steve Alexander’s Temporary Temples. Of all these websites, the Crop Circle Connector is the only one that charges a fee to access their archive.

While we’re on the subject of the Crop Circle Connector, what do Messrs Gibsone, Fussell, and Dike do, exactly, other than administer the page? They don’t take the photographs, they don’t draw the diagrams, they don’t write any of the reports or commentaries. All of this is given to them gratis by others, then disappears into the vaults and can only be viewed if you pay. Why do RACCF/CCPMT have no problem with this, when they are so vehemently critical of anybody else charging money for any aspect of the crop circle subject? Extraordinary, and extraordinarily hypocritical.

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The majority of CCPMT’s posts are regurgitations from RACCF, despite their claim that the pages have no affiliation whatsoever (a claim that is utter hogwash, as anybody who studies both pages closely can easily deduce). This example is pitiful, and shows how slight is their grasp of the crop circle subject.Sure, circle 2 pictured here is a bit of a cock-up and looks incomplete. Circle 1 is fine if a little askew (many formations, including those acclaimed by RACCF on account of being made by their mates, are askew to one degree or another). Circle 3 is one of the finest of the 2015 season and a very long way from being “an absolute mess” (see my June 27 2015 post A Rose By Any Other Name for a more detailed look at this formation). Every week, month, year, the quality of crop circles varies. Your point is what, exactly? “Created by a bunch of amateurs”? Every circle maker, including your fabled “master”, is amateur. The only individuals who could be considered professional circlemakers are the .org guys, who you despise for reasons I’ve yet to fully fathom.

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I’ve previously written an entire post addressing the allegation of Steve Alexander commissioning circles. Nothing has been “proved.. before”. No, “Stevie hasn’t been a naughty boy”. “Yet again hes [sic.] been caught out”? What were the other times, pray tell? Williams is not “100% correct”. He is “100% making it up”.

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Not content to accuse Steve Alexander of commissioning circles – which is Bollocks with a capital B – it appears that other “business’s [sic.] in the Avebury area” are also now colluding in illegal activity for profit! If this is the case, CCPMT, your duty should surely be to take all the evidence you have gathered to the police. You do have evidence, don’t you? Thought not. You also have no proof whatsoever, despite “good suspicion” (i.e. guesswork), “that the owner of Silent Circle and others in the area and his shady friends are making crop circles to prop up their business’s [sic.]”. It’s a lie. If you have any proof, show it. You can’t, because you made it up. I know the circle pictured above had no connection whatsoever with Silent Circle or any other “business’s” because I know who made it. Do you? No, you don’t. You’re just talking cobblers.

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Of course, everything Matty says about this squalid event is “all very true” and Gary is “a liar” and we should not believe “a word [he is] saying”. Thing is, for the most part their accounts of the event concur. Does that mean they cancel each other out,or connect and explode like matter meeting antimatter? Do tell!

Isn’t it uncanny how everything that was crummy about last year’s otherwise fine and business-as-usual crop circle season is gleefully proclaimed on this page and on RACCF? I do wonder why these people even remain on the croppie scene. They clearly feel no joy at a subject that has enriched and transformed the lives of a great many people.Their smug and bitter jottings exist only to mock. All who do not share their beliefs are considered fair game. Their only pleasure is in the superiority they feel over others. I sincerely wish they would just fuck off into the ether, and leave the rest of us to peacefully enjoy the circles in whichever way we choose to participate, be it researcher, observer, croppie, maker. Because despite everything there is still a great deal of wonder to be found, provided one puts in the effort, knows where to look, and trains one’s senses to shut out the fucktards shouting one down.

Miles Challett

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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Chasing The Crop Circles

A short new documentary featuring some of the early 2015 season circles. We love documentaries like this, croppies exploring and enjoying the circles on their own terms, some theories thrown in but no ugliness.

The Recurring Circle

On 22 June 2014, just after the summer solstice, a new circle appeared in a barley field by the side of West Kennett Longbarrow. It was quickly recognised as a remake of a circle that appeared in the same field – then wheat – in 2011. Herewith the two side by side for comparison.

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West Kennett, 22 June 2014. Photo by Nils Fordall.

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West Kennett 25 July 2011. Photo by WCCSG.

Less acknowledged is the fact that the original had itself appeared twice in 2011; the second version was in a barley field on the other side of the barrow, and began as a centre circle with ring on May 17, with additional rings added on June 23.

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West Kennett, 17 May 2011; this photo was taken before the additional rings were added in June. Photo by Oliver Morel / WCCSG.

We liked this design in 2011, and we still like it now in 2014; there is a beauty and a harmony to its proportions, and an underlying pentagonal geometry which makes its apparent simplicity deceptive. Andrew Edwards elaborated on this on his website cropcirclegeometry.co.uk – please read Andrew’s article at the link to understand why there is a lot more to this design than first meets the eye.

Others, however, were less impressed by the reappearance of this design.

The first to put the boot in, surprisingly, were The Crop Circle Connector; we say ‘surprisingly’ because it is unusual for them to be this critical of a circle, especially one as neat and elegant as this.

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Matthew Williams swiftly followed, along with Report A Crop Circle Formation. Unfortunately the relevant thread on RACCF was deleted before we could screen-capture it, so we are unable to reproduce their comments; herewith some of Williams’ comments from a few days later, which echo the same sentiment.

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Screen capture from Report A Crop Circle Formation, 25 June 2012 – please note that these comments were made after the West Kennett circle was wrecked; see below.

Guys, calm the frak down! It’s only a crop circle! What is your problem? Well actually we know exactly what the problem is. This is a beautifully designed and made crop circle, and you guys have no idea how it got there. It wasn’t the work of your mates or anybody who tips you off, and it gloats in the face of your ‘no circles in Wiltshire this year’ campaign. The reader will also see, in the screenshot of Matthew Williams’ comments above, the ridiculous suggestion that this circle was made by Charles Mallett and Monique Klinkenbergh. No, it wasn’t.

Within a few days the circle was trashed, and not by the farmer (who had given permission for visitors to enter). A small single ring in the same field was also wrecked. Who could have done such a thing, if it wasn’t the farmer?

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The finger of suspicion was soon pointed at Matthew Williams and/or RACCF; the destruction certainly furthered their ‘boycott Wiltshire’ notions, and the ring being turned into a ‘No!’ left a very clear message. Their amusement and lack of concern at the trashing of these circles – which most people found abhorent – did little to support their denials of any involvement.

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Report A Crop Circle Formation’s response. They have since deleted this thread. Note also the similarity in style with the screenshots in our ‘ET Go Home’ and ‘Xenophobia, Bigotry & Crop Circles’ posts.

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Understandably feelings ran high over these actions and over the possible identities of those involved. On 30 June Crop Circles Anonymous issued a very strongly worded statement:

“Observers of the crop circle subject cannot help but be aware of a worrying trend this season. Circles which appear outside Wiltshire are first reported via aerial photographs on The Crop Circle Connector. Anybody familiar with the history of that website and its image sources will know who is behind the camera. Circles which appear in Wiltshire, without the prior knowledge of The Crop Circle Connector and its contacts, are rubbished, and – in some cases – physically destroyed.

Matthew Williams and Report A Crop Circle Formation would like you to believe that they are the voice of crop circles and of crop circle makers. They are not. Their views are their own, and shared by few.

Matthew Williams and Report A Crop Circle Formation would also like you to believe that there is a unanimous boycott of Wiltshire fields by crop circle makers. This is a lie. These individuals have decided they want a boycott, to further their vendettas against Charles Mallett and Monique Klinkenbergh. Circle makers who do not agree with this, or who have no interest in politics, have seen their work destroyed by those who purport to speak on their behalf.

Crop circles appear as and where they will. Nobody controls them. Any claim to speak for all circle makers is a nonsense. Observers should also take note that the Wiltshire crop circles are clearly nothing to do with these self-appointed spokesmen or any of their associates. They are unauthored, unclaimed, untethered from any individual or agenda. As crop circles should be.

Matthew Williams, Report A Crop Circle Formation, and The Crop Circle Connector are not the voice of crop circles. Crop circles belong to everyone. All crop circles, regardless of their location or relative quality. Do not allow bigots to take what is not theirs.”

But the West Kennett crop circle design wasn’t done yet, and appeared for a fourth time on 13 July, in a wheat field adjacent to the 22 June iteration. Unfortunately this version had a very short lifespan and was cut out by the farmer on the day it was discovered; the poor man being of course the silent victim in this sorry tale and who had no doubt had enough of the whole business. It was however photographed from the air by Nils Fordal:

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As can be seen, this version is also very neatly made, and – despite the claims of its detractors – clearly not the work of newcomers. Whoever made it was skilled and knew what they were doing. Note also that it appears to have the same dimensions (and relationship to the tramlines) as its June 22 2014 sibling. Although swiftly cut, it was visited and photographed at ground level very early in the morning of 13 July.

Ground shot and comments via Silent Circle website.

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One would think that the message in this design’s destruction and subsequent reappearance was clear. Matthew Williams, however, was far from happy. You’ll remember his inexplicable indignation (see above) about the 22 June version of this design; this latest incarnation seemed to tip him over the edge.

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While most observers were too busy being dumbstruck to respond, once again Crop Circles Anonymous stepped into the fray, with the following response to Williams on 16 July, with which we have to say we agree and which expresses things much better than we could:

“And people accuse us of ranting. Regardless we are grateful to Matthew Williams, as his outburst provides an excellent opportunity for us to address several issues.

It does indeed beggar belief that one who has consistently been so scornful of farmers in the past should now speak in their defense. We will address this point in greater detail below.

Mr Williams regards these circles as ‘boring’. That is his subjective view. They do not exist for his benefit. Others have enjoyed them.

Mr Williams wonders ‘am I missing some gigantic point here’? Clearly he is. It does not occur to him (and he is not alone in this) to simply ask that there may be a reason why the same design has appeared four times in the same location in different years. But grasping deeper meanings never was Mr Williams’ strong point.

Circles have appeared in these fields since the late 1980s. The farmer has for the most part been circles-friendly throughout, leaving formations intact and allowing visitors. He did just that with the ringed circle that appeared in this location on 22 June of this year. There is no reason to suspect that ordinarily he would not have done so with this latest circle. So what changed?

The June 2014 circle, and a small ring which featured in the same field, were wrecked by nocturnal visitors several days after they appeared. Mr Williams has previously made the extraordinary claim that this was done by the farmer. It was not. He knows who did it, as do we. These attacks caused more damage to the field than the circles or their visitors would have done, and are likely the reason the circles were cut. Until then the farmer showed every intention of leaving them be. It follows that the cutting of this latest circle is more likely a pre-emptive act on the farmer’s part rather than a particular anti-circles policy.

Mr Williams further writes, “As regards hammering the same field again and again – I thought this nonsense went away after last years antics.” If this statement were heartfelt, why was it not made when circles appeared at Woodborough Hill in June of this year? Because – unlike the Silbury Hill circles – those circles were made by friends of Mr Williams, who notified him, allowing him to photograph them before the farmer removed them? Surely not.

Which brings us to a wider point. Why are previously circles-friendly farmers cutting circles? In the case of West Kennett 2014, we have detailed above what we consider may be pertinent factors. But why, after more than 20 years of circles not being cut in the Vale of Pewsey, was such a policy introduced in 2012, a policy continued to date and the “last years antics” Mr Williams refers to?

Mr Williams, did you not think that in your ongoing contempt for farmers, that when you insulted them on your internet show, that when your associates in seeking a taste of acclaim boasted of which circles they had made and where, the farmers would not take notice? Did you not think that despite the masks the farmers know who these people are? “They’ll never catch me”, proclaimed one. Perhaps not, but they can cut out any circles as soon as they appear.

We fail to see how the Silbury Hill circles “add to… “ITs Manmade” being shouted through a megaphone directly at 1ft into your ear drum.” How could they? They are simply anonymous crop circles. Their originator is silent. The only persons shouting such words at such volume are Mr Williams and his Report A Crop Circle Formation associates.”

Williams’ response to that was long, rambling, and for the most part nonsensical; we reproduce it here in the interests of fairness of debate and to give an indication of the quality of discussion or lack thereof.

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mw cca response pt 2mw cca response pt 3mw cca response pt 4Two further perspectives well-illustrate the divisive nature of this circle.

The first is from Matt Gyro, a newcomer to the crop circle scene. Note that Gyro also makes the incorrect assumption that it was the farmer that destroyed the June circles, and takes the opportunity to have a dig at Monique Klinkenbergh and make the utterly unfounded allegation that these circles were made for profit, his thinking undoubtedly influenced by Matt Williams and RACCF.

”Deja Vu? Today we were told of another crop circle in Wiltshire next to… West Kennet Long Barrow. We were slightly surprised to hear of another formation in the same little patch of Wiltshire that has already been bestowed with not one but two formations in the last few weeks…

But wait, are you sure that’s a new circle? It looks a lot like the previous circle… In fact it looks identical!…

Now we were disappointed. It wasn’t a new exciting design, it was a iteration of a design we had seen in the same location only a few weeks earlier.

We then got to thinking. I bet the farmer is annoyed… We can see that the farmer that owns the little patch of Wiltshire has clearly reached [the stage where] his frustration has manifested itself in the form of a genuine massacre of crop circles on his land.

All three of the formations on his land have been defaced and now, cut-out…

So why is this happening? Why are we seeing formations in the same field? Why are we seeing the same designs repeated just weeks apart?

Surely the message from the farmer was clear when the two earlier formations were defaced. He does not want them on his land…

We think that the circles that are appearing in the fields next to West Kennet Long Barrow are indeed the work of men. We believe that these particular men are quite amateur and are not blessed with the gift of imagination and show a complete lack of artistic vision. It is our opinion that these men are driven by greed and the desire to make money from believers and general tourists that visit the lovely county of Wiltshire. We think that they continue to show no concern for the feelings of the farmer who’s crop they continually damage….

To all of you crop circle fans out there we offer this piece of advice:-

Do not feel that you must part with your cash to enjoy the formations. Do not feel obliged to buy into any schemes that promise to give you access to the crop circles and lure you in by promising that the money you have paid is given to help the famers [sic] who’s crops have been damaged.

Remember that even some of the crop circles that give off that magical energy and have a special feeling about them may have actually been created by incredibly artistic, smart and intelligent human beings that we label “Circle Makers”.

Crop circles are made to be enjoyed and admired by all, don’t let people monetise them to further there own agendas. There are websites, including ours (shameless plug) that will give you photographs and videos for free. Print them out, make your own calendar or postcards, you don’t have to pay for these things. Of course if you want to, that’s fine…

It’s just an opinion.”

Indeed it is just an opinion, and one we find wrong in many respects.

The second perspective, from circles veteran Jack Sullivan, is rather different:

‘Who or whatever is responsible for the persistent effort to draw our attention to this formation design, has been determined to confront us with it over three years since May 2011.

This, it now appears, was due to the fact that it is far from being just a random arrangement of bands of flattened and standing crop, it has been asking us the question we our selves ask, viz, does it have a meaning? and awaiting an answer from us

Up until the last few days no one has been able to proffer a viable answer but now a Mathematician and Geometer, Andrew Edwards, after his brilliant analysis, is able to show that the formation is a very clever and elegant demonstration of the geometric relationship between circles of particular dimensions and a series of Polygons. All the circles forming the edges of the bands are a structure for five precisely dimensioned polygons. See Below:- The design embeds 5 regular polygons:-

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One square, One Pentagon, two Hexagons, and one Heptagon. Inwards from the outer circle the number of sides of each polygon are 4: 5: 6: 7: 6:

This means that the formation design is one of the most significant in crop circle history, demonstrating an ability and level of intelligence we have not seen in our run of the mill known human circlemakers. It ranks in importance with the famous Barbary Castle Pi formation and is a more difficult problem to solve in that the Pi formation arrived complete with all necessary information for the solution visible in the field. That is not the case here.”

Both these perspectives appeared on The Crop Circle Connector. Oddly, Gyro’s appeared on the main page for the 13 July circle while Sullivan’s was relegated to a sub-page. Is this due to a bias on The Connector’s part?

Matters calmed down a little as July moved on, with new circles drawing people’s attention, but we still think it remarkable that such an unassuming and subtle crop circle as this could have been such an unexpected opener of so many cans of worms and the focus of so much debate. Or perhaps not; crop circles have frequently done extraordinary things to people. That is after all their purpose.