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Scotland 'Top Alien Nation'

From: Stig Agermose <stig.agermose@privat.dk>
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 03:36:17 +0200
Fwd Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2002 22:04:19 -0400
Subject: Scotland 'Top Alien Nation'

Source: BBC News


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Monday, 24 June, 2002, 10:16 GMT 11:16 UK

Scotland dubbed 'top alien nation'


Scotland can rightly lay claim to being the "Costa Del Sol" for
aliens, according to tourism officials.

They are pointing to a survey which says that Scotland has the
highest concentration of reported sightings of Unidentified
Flying Objects (UFOs) of any country in the world.

The results have been published to coincide with International
UFO Day and refer to 300 reported UFO sightings in Scotland a

According to the study, Scotland also recorded the highest
number of reported UFO sightings per head of population.

The researchers said Scotland had 0.004 reported UFO sightings
per square kilometre and one sighting per 17,000 inhabitants.

The research was commissioned by VisitScotland, the national
tourist organisation.

A spokesman said: "This confirms that Scotland is the nearest
thing there is to the Costa del Sol for aliens."

The village of Bonnybridge in Stirlingshire has become a hub for
UFO enthusiasts following numerous reports of sightings.

Visitor centre

The area became known as the "Falkirk triangle" and other
"sightings" have been recorded in neighbouring West Lothian.

Bonnybridge councillor Billy Buchanan has called for a UFO
visitors' centre to be built in the village.

Stirling-based UFO writer Ron Halliday said: "When you think of
the number of sightings in Scotland compared to the size of its
population, it is phenomenal."

Of the Bonnybridge "phenomenon", he said: "One theory is that
the area around Bonnybridge is some kind of window into another

"That would explain why some people see a UFO and others don't -
  because a UFO is some kind of paranormal phenomenon rather than
a nuts and bolts spaceship.

"People are not so much seeing little green men as little grey men,
tall grey men and different varieties of types."

Mr Halliday said it was important to emphasise that although
there had been many reports of sightings, it was impossible to
say that every one was an alien entity.

"But it does seem to be a bit of a mystery why Bonnybridge
should be a target of spaceships from other planets."

Alien concept

Graham Birdsall, editor of UFO magazine, said: "UFOs tend to be
attracted to regions that are fairly remote.

"Plus, if you have a remote area, look out for airbases -
  Scotland is littered with airbases.

"In 90% of UFO reports, a bit of diligent research will produce
a simple explanation, but that still leaves 10% remaining

However, Stuart Campbell, author of The UFO Mystery Solved, said
he had "never been stumped" to explain a reported sighting.

"I claim that 100 percent (of reports) are explainable, it just
depends how many explanations you have available.

"I have never found one that I couldn't explain."



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