Category Archives: Wiltshire politics

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Nancy Talbot and the BLT research team have also formally and publicly withdrawn their support for the Connector (this screenshot is from Monique Klinkenbergh’s Facebook group and also shows her stance):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

We’ve always found Report A Crop Circle Formation’s and Crop Circles The People The Mystery The Truth’s ‘turn over tables in temples’ attitude somewhat at odds with the selectiveness of their targets. We were therefore very interested earlier in the summer when Crop Circles Anonymous asked CCPMT why The Crop Circle Connector were exempt from their criticism, despite the Connector clearly having profited from crop circles (as an aside, we’d remind you that RACCF and CCPMT still insist they have no connection, despite sharing the same attitudes, allies, enemies, outlook, and unique linguistic style. We don’t believe them; whether you do is up to you).

Here’s Crop Circles Anonymous’ post:

This was. we’d imagine, prompted by this post by CCPMT on May 5 2014:

  
A contrary state of affairs indeed and CCA were, we feel, justified in their questioning. The responses were wisely captured and preserved by CCA, as CCPMT have a liberal deletion policy with regard to posts and comments on their page:
 A further and most curious comment on the matter was made by the “nothing whatsoever to do with CCPMT” RACCF a little later:
So effectively what these two pages are saying is that, despite The Crop Circle Connector embodying everything they so vehemently criticise others on the crop circle scene for, they won’t say anything because the Connector are mates. At least they’re honest about it, and don’t even appear to be denying it once you wade through the shoddy English and obfuscation. This does of course make a sham of their ‘we oppose crop circle deception and profiteering’ stance, but there you go; they said it, not us.

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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Xenophobia, Bigotry, & Crop Circles

The latest post from Crop Circles Anonymous is worth quoting in full:

”And the disgraceful persecution of Monique Klinkenbergh continues.

The attached was posted on the ridiculously named Crop Circles The People The Mystery The Truth page on 1 August.

Monique attackThe assumption that someone would only give up their business and move to Wiltshire in pursuit of crop circles if they intended to monetise the subject says more about the author of this invective than it does about Ms Klinkenbergh. Not everybody’s motivations are mercenary.

‘We want circles fully back in Wiltshire’, you say. The use of the word ‘fully’ here would seem an acknowledgement that the absurd and self-serving ‘no circles in Wiltshire’ campaign has been a failure, as – ironically – circle makers do not support it.

‘If you f***k then [sic. – we hope] things will get back to normal’? It is evident to anybody who cares to look that crop circles in Wiltshire were being routinely cut by farmers before Ms Klinkenbergh began her ‘access pass’ scheme. The reasons for this have been rehearsed elsewhere and cannot be laid at Ms Klinkenbergh’s door. They cannot get back to the ‘normal’ you would wish if Ms Klinkenbergh ‘f***’s because they were not ‘normal’ before her arrival.

You have a very limited view of crop circle history, which seems to only encompass the last five or six years. Those of us who have been on the scene for much longer are well-aware that a wider spread of crop circles across the country, rather than an overwhelming concentration in Wiltshire with occasional stragglers elsewhere, was ‘normal’. The normal you seek is in itself abnormal.”

– Crop Circles Anonymous