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Scotland Top UFO Hotspot Of The Globe

From: Stig Agermose <stig.agermose@privat.dk>
Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2002 09:56:22 +0200
Fwd Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002 09:33:28 -0400
Subject: Scotland Top UFO Hotspot Of The Globe

Source: The Observer




Passing UFOs make beeline for Scotland

Stephen Khan, Scotland editor
Sunday June 23, 2002
The Observer


The country is usually associated with spectacular mountains,
tumbling rivers and deep-fried Mars bars. But Scotland has a
proud new boast: it has become the landing strip of choice for
flying saucers and other mysterious, metallic, hovering craft.

More odd incoming craft have been tracked over the hills and
glens than anywhere else on Earth, and UFO enthusiasts are
flocking north to experience close encounters of the Caledonian

A survey published tomorrow will reveal that 300 UFOs are seen
in Scotland each year - four times as many as in France and
Italy, which appear to be aliens' next favourite destinations.
Even New Mexico, home of the Roswell air base and Area 51, where
UFO believers insist that alien corpses were kept and studied by
the American government, has seen less activity over the past

Graham Birdsall, editor of UFO magazine, has tried to explain
the phenomenon. 'UFOs tend to be attracted to regions that are
fairly remote,' he said. 'Plus, if you have a remote area, look
out for air bases; Scotland is littered with air bases. In 90
per cent of reports, a bit of diligent research will produce a
simple explanation.'

But that leaves 10 per cent unexplained. 'When you think of the
number of sightings in Scotland compared to the size of its
population, it is phenomenal,' said Ron Halliday, who has
written two books on the appearance of UFOs in Scotland.

Yet it is not remote Highland or Borders areas that play host to
the visitors. The Nineties saw a sudden surge of sightings in
the central Scottish areas of West Lothian and Stirlingshire,
particularly around the small town of Bonnybridge, near Falkirk.

'The area has become known as the Falkirk triangle,' said
Halliday. 'There have been various suggestions as to why it is
such a magnet for UFOs.

'One theory is that the area near Bonnybridge is a window into
another dimension. That would explain why certain people see a
UFO and others don't - because a UFO is some kind of paranormal
phenomenon, rather than a nuts-and-bolts spaceship.'

Halliday added that the sightings went beyond strange lights in
the sky. Some people had encountered shimmering discs just yards
away from their bodies, while others said they had been attacked
by UFOs.

The most famous such incident occurred in 1979, when forestry
worker Bob Taylor claimed a gang of large shimmering spheres,
with spikes protruding from them like naval mines, set upon him.
He lived to tell the tale and thousands of reported encounters
and UFO spotters followed.

Craig Malcolm has sought a slice of real-life X-Files action by
taking video footage for six years outside the Forge restaurant
in Bonnybridge. While three airports and a gas-flaring oil
terminal all lie within a 30-mile radius and offer some
explanation for what he shot, footage of a ball of light dog-
  legging back and forth across a clear sky is nevertheless

Malcolm spends hours in favourite spotting sites such as the one
next to electrical pylons, where a circular ball of light is
said to have bounced along the tree tops, and a field where a
plane- like object with no wings sent 'black reek belching out
the back of it as it soared off'.

Bonnybridge's status as a UFO capital prompted one councillor to
call for it to be twinned with Roswell and ambitious plans have
been mooted to build a multi-million-pound UFO theme park. But
it is not alone. 'There have also been a substantial number of
sightings in the Glasgow area,' added Halliday.

VisitScotland, the tourist board that commissioned the latest
survey, sees it as a growth market. 'Our survey confirms that
Scotland is the nearest thing there is to the Costa del Sol for
aliens,' said Karen Gray of VisitScotland. Whatever the truth
about UFOs, the Falkirk triangle has already attracted hundreds
of visitors from the United States, Japan and England.


Guardian Unlimited =A9 Guardian Newspapers Limited 2002

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