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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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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

The Alexander Lie [MC]

Okay, this is just getting nasty now.

The latest bee buzzing around in Matt Williams’ bonnet is Steve Alexander, or more specifically the allegation that Alexander has been commissioning circles and paying for them to be made. Williams’ sole “evidence” for this is the fact that there have been some circles which Alexander knew about and photographed and of which Williams knew nothing until Alexander’s photographs appeared on the internet. Here are a selection of Williams’ RACCF posts. You can almost hear the froth surging from the man’s mouth as you read it.

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Steve Alexander isn’t commissioning circles or paying for them to be made. He never has.

The thing is, Matthew Williams and Report A Crop Circle Formation want complete control of the UK crop circle scene. They think theirs are the only views you should hear. That they should be the first to know about any new circles. That everything should happen according to their wishes. That all circle makers are – or should be – on their side. A good sense of their self-importance, if their bombastic and grandstanding posts weren’t enough, can be gained from their 75,000 fake and paid-for Facebook page ‘likes’; the genuine likes are probably less than 10,000. Even the Crop Circle Connector Facebook page, run in association with one of the most famous and long-running crop circle websites, has less than a third of the ‘likes’ RACCF claim.

Unfortunately for Williams and RACCF, they’ve pissed off so many people over the years and burned so many bridges that this isn’t happening. So when new circles appear about which they know nothing or dislike the makers or feel the makers aren’t playing by their appointed rules, they ridicule or destroy them (physically, in some cases) or spread lies about them. A lot of circles have appeared this year outside their knowledge. Reading their RACCF posts makes this very clear. They trash these circles because they clearly demonstrate that Williams and RACCF don’t have anything like the control they pretend to. Hence the lies about them being made for Charles Mallett, or being commissioned by Steve Alexander. They’ve even accused Mallett and Alexander of making circles in some cases this season, which is simply ludicrous.

How does Steve Alexander know about these new circles? I’d imagine people tell him. He’s a well-known and long-standing figure in the crop circle community. And considering the distrust many people have for the Crop Circle Connector these days (primarily due to their association with Williams), it isn’t surprising they opt to report circles elsewhere – The Crop Circle Information Centre, Silent Circle, and Temporary Temples being the obvious choices. These three are also – not coincidentally – the primary targets of Williams’ and RACCF’s wrath. Remember what I said about control – to gain it, all three need to be taken down. Hence the long campaigns of lies and playground bullying. Thankfully, too many people can see RACCF’s and Williams’ actions for what they are and want nothing to do with it.

Miles Challett

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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2008 Season Update # 2

“…and still they come”!

We would have anticipated, this close to the Autumn equinox, to be at the end of another season and left with little but chaff and memories and another season’s madness to ponder.

Indeed we expected the 25th August 2008 Alton Priors formation, pictured above (photograph by Russell Stannard) – the fourth (!) in East Field this year and a circle which lasted but hours in the field before the combines moved in – to be the grand finale. But the poor weather in Southern England over the last few weeks has left many fields unharvested and formations still continue to fall. Some of them, it must be said, of exemplary quality. Late wheat formations do tend to have a slightly ragged look to them, due to the extreme ripeness of the crop, but their presence is more than welcome.

 Etchilhampton, Wiltshire, 31st August 2008. Photo by Lucy Pringle.

 
We’re also very pleased to see that Michael Glickman has a new website.  Even though we disagree with much of what Michael says his reverence and enthusiasm for the circles, tempered with his unique humour, never fails to envigorate. Long may he continue. In this respect, his blog at Temporary Temples is also highly recommended.

NB: Amendment, January 2012 – those Glickers links are no longer valid. Since the time of our writing the above, MG has left Temporary Temples, then set up a website and partnership with Gary King before parting company with him as well. We look forward to his next online home, and hope it a little more permanent this time.