Two Weeks Away From Here…

I’m taking a two week break. I’ll be heading to Victoria to spend time in an 1850s granite cottage. A time of relaxation and hopefully a chance to have another slice of one of my favourite cakes, Raspberry Dacquoise, from one of the town’s cafes.

I am also hoping to catch up on some reading – to finish what I’ve started and to reduce my still-to-be-read pile. There are so many books I’d like to read, but deciding which one is a big decision. Choosing one means neglecting others.

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been a bit over-stretched, with too many books on the go at the same time. I don’t want to repeat that situation again during my break.

I’ve been listening to some interviews with David Mitchell during my drive to work, and I’ve seen most of the film version of his book Cloud Atlas which I hope to finish watching on the weekend. I’m tempted to read another of his novels, or even to re-read Black Swan Green or Cloud Atlas… but I feel reluctant to start re-reading when I have so many books waiting for a first reading.

Another possibility if I don’t follow the Mitchell path is Zadie Smith’s NW. It all depends on how I’m feeling when I’m ready to make the decision.

While I’m away any comments here won’t get moderated. They will have to wait for approval until I get back


Mirage Men by Mark Pilkington

Mirage MenMirage Men is one of the most informative and readable books about UFOs that I’ve come across.  

Over the years I’ve had a considerable library of UFO related writing – but found far too much of it was poorly researched, lacked objectivity and  bordered on the fraudulent in claiming to be non-fiction.

I’ve never been in any doubt that there is some kind of reality behind UFO phenomena; or maybe I should say realities –  it is a complex subject where a single answer isn’t sufficient to explain everything.

Pilkington’s book gives strong evidence for one of the most contentious parts of the UFO puzzle, the role of the US military and Security services. While there have been many claims of a US Government coverup of UFO truths – Pilkington shows that the opposite is likely to be true. Rather than covering up what is known about aliens and their spacecraft, US authorities seem to be creating and disseminating some of the most sensational UFO information that UFO buffs are lapping up. And its been going on for decades.

I recall a TV special screened back in the 1980s, in which whistleblowers associated with US security services, faces obscured and voices disguised,  gave their accounts of captured aliens and alien technology. (including the revelation that the aliens liked strawberry ice cream).

 One of those whistleblowers, identified as Falcon, was in fact Richard Doty. A lot of Pilkington’s book involves interaction with Doty, (now a “private citizen” ) and his continued involvement with the sharing of unverified UFO claims and his unfulfilled promises of verification.  And it seems that a lot of the most impressive political “evidence” about UFOs made public over the last couple of decades has involved Doty in some way.

Pilkington presents a very convincing case that UFO disinformation has been the US governments game instead of the commonly claimed UFO coverup. Dramatic UFO claims have been a useful sleight of hand tool to distract from genuine military activities and the testing of new technologies.

And yet despite the very clear evidence found by Pilkington the die-hard believers prefer to continue swallowing the lies that have been fed to them. Pilkington sums up that problem towards the end of chapter 11:

The believers don’t want to know the truth, they only want to have their pre-existing beliefs confirmed and elaborated upon


The evidence discussed in Mirage Men is also being presented in a recently released film of the same name.




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