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Re: BBC Article On UFOs

From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2010 14:14:41 -0300
Archived: Thu, 12 Aug 2010 13:27:49 -0400
Subject: Re: BBC Article On UFOs

>From: Roy Hale <roy.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates <post.nul>
>Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2010 13:12:03 +0100
>Subject: BBC Article On UFOs

>Having read this article on UFOs and the Rendelsham Forest
>incident I thought I should drop it on UpDates for your


>The UK media never cease to amaze me with their official
>skepticism on the subject of UFOs and how this article only
>refers to the work of Mr. Ridpath on this case.

>A quote from the article:

>"Mystery explained. It was an easy mistake for young Americans a
>long way from home to make."

I re-read Ian Ridpath's paper yesterday.

Ridpath's explanation; the Orfordness* Lighthouse, relies on his
claim of where Holt et al were positioned. The light is
practically invisible from any position further to the northwest
because of the shield which blocks the back light from the
lighthouse never mind the forest. Halt discounts the lighthouse.

The route taken through the woods relies on Halt and the base
police weaving their way carefully between the fenced off
northern edge of RAF Woodridge and open spaces and roads along
the way to thread their way through to the field where the
Ridpath's farm is -east of RAF Woodridge- and where the
lighthouse can be seen, if you are in just the right spot.

Halt and his security police were ranging over a wide area
watching the phenomenon.

Ridpath ignores other farms and fields which could have been the
farm and farmhouse that was seen. And Orfordness Lighthouse is
southeast of Bentwater's east gate, not due east. I don't know
if Ridpath had access to Google Earth or not but anyone can look
at the topography now and see the problems arising from his
claim of a light house. The flashing light of a lighthouse of
which Halt at least was familiar doesn't come close to matching
up with what the witnesses described.

Ridpath's explanation suffers from a common malady. It could not
have happened 'there' so it must have  happened 'here' so I can
say this case is solved.

It doesn't work in police work and it won't work in this case

As to what the media will seize upon? That is a subject heatedly
argued about for years. If you don't expect them to engage in
due diligence then you won't be disappointed. Reporting on the
UFO phenomenon is too hard for most of them because of the
history they have to research. Any of those that do usually find
themselves in a morass and quagmire they didn't expect. Not
worth the effort for 900 words in an article or 20 minutes of

Don Ledger
* Local spelling of the name.

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