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'Scottish' UFOs - Exact Numbers From Survey

From: Stig Agermose <stig.agermose@privat.dk>
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 03:53:31 +0200
Fwd Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2002 22:05:25 -0400
Subject: 'Scottish' UFOs - Exact Numbers From Survey


Source: The Scotsman,

http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3D4854960

Stig

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Sun 23 Jun 2002

2:04pm (UK)

Scotland 'Out of This World' for Ufo Sightings

By Kevin Schofield, PA News

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Scotland was today dubbed "the Costa Del Sol for aliens" after
coming top of a league table of the world's UFO hotspots.

Researchers have discovered that Scotland has the highest
concentration of UFO sightings of any country in the world.

The results, published to coincide with International UFO Day,
show that there are 300 reported UFO sightings in Scotland a
year -- four times as many per square kilometre than France and
Italy, who come joint second in the rankings.

Scotland also records the highest number of UFO sightings per
head of population, with the figure once again four times higher
than second placed Canada.

The research was commissioned by VisitScotland, the country's
national tourist body, and a spokesman said: "This confirms that
Scotland is the nearest thing there is to the Costa del Sol for
aliens."

Scotland's reputation as a UFO hotspot stems from the early
1990s, when there were dozens of sightings in and around the
village of Bonnybridge in Stirlingshire.

The area quickly became known as the 'Falkirk triangle' and
there were also more sightings in nearby West Lothian.

Bonnybridge councillor Billy Buchanan even called for a UFO
visitors' centre to be built in the village to cash in on the
phenomenon.

Stirling-based UFO expert Ron Halliday, author of the books 'UFO
Scotland' and 'UFOs: The Scottish Dimension', said: "When you
think of the number of sightings in Scotland compared to the
size of its population, it is phenonmenal."

Mr Halliday also explained why he thought there were so many
strange sightings in the Bonnybridge area in particular. He
said: "One theory is that the area around Bonnybridge is some
kind of window into another dimension.

"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."

Graham Birdsall, editor of 'UFO' magazine, offered another
explanation as to why Scotland has become a UFO hotspot.

He 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
unexplained."

According to the research, Scotland has 0.004 UFO sightings per
square kilometre and one sighting per 17,000 inhabitants.

By contrast, France has just 0.001 sightings per square
kilometre and one sighting for every 86,857 of its citizens. And
although the USA has 2,000 sightings a year, that works out at
just 0.0002 per square kilometre and one sighting for every
136,450 people.

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=A92002 scotsman.com



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