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 >Listers, > >Having read this article on UFOs and the Rendelsham Forest >incident I thought I should drop it on UpDates for your >consumption: >http://tinyurl.com/2dclwbv >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 either. 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 airtime. Don Ledger * Local spelling of the name. Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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