Weird '10 Conference - The Athenaeum Centre, Warminster (21-22 Aug 2010)

Day One - Saturday 21 Aug 2010

Montage of Day One

Following the very successful Weird ’09 the team returned to Warminster for Weird ’10 and another weekend of alternative thinking. Malcolm Robinson and Ross Hemsworth swapped roles this year, with Malcolm acting as host and Ross doing a talk on the Sunday. Malcolm welcomed everyone to the Athenaeum Centre and advised on the format of the weekend. Malcolm is author of “UFO Case Files of Scotland: Amazing Real Life Alien Encounters” and “Paranormal Case Files of Great Britain: Vol. 1”. The event was being sponsored by the new UFO Matrix magazine and so Malcolm invited editor Philip Mantle on the stage to give a few words. Philip would return the following day for a talk. As in 2009 the first speaker was Kevin Goodman, who gave a good summary of Warminster’s association with UFOs. This included Arthur Shuttlewood and the Warminster Thing, as well as details of how the Weird conferences came about. Kevin also gave details about that night’s skywatch. Kevin is author of “UFO Warminster: Cradle of Contact”. Malcolm returned to the stage to introduce the next speaker - Wal Thornhill. Wal hails from Australia and is an alternative thinker in science. He showed how science has taken a wrong turning in the last 50 years. He ran through a detailed presentation on a universe based on electricity. He spoke about plasma and how ancient cave paintings could be portraying plasma rather than people. And how Stonehenge could be a model of what its builders were seeing in the ancient sky, with the numbers 56 and 28 linking to plasma forms. Malcolm came back to the stage to thank Wal and to introduce the next guest - Nick Pope. Nick was billed to be speaking about Rendelsham Forest but started off with a couple of other topics. He first gave the latest news about the release of the MOD’s files. He followed with information about a conference that had taken place earlier in the year at the Royal Institute. On Rendelsham he revealed how the case was often devalued by going under an alternative name of one of the nearby air bases - Bentwaters. He revealed some of the latest thinking on the case and how more was to come in this 30th anniversary year. Lunch followed, with time to visit the cafe upstairs and the two levels of merchandising stalls.

Dr. David Clarke was the first speaker of the afternoon. He is best known at the moment for his work with the National Archives on the release of the MOD’s UFO files. He is author of the book “The UFO Files: The Inside Story of Real-life Sightings.” For Weird ’10 he gave an interesting talk about the Angel of Mons. His book “The Angel of Mons: Phantom Soldiers and Ghostly Guardians” came out in 2004. Going through details of the case, he showed how works of fiction were once published alongside news. A story about an archer had appeared around this time and many people thought it was true. It’s likely this was the source of the Angel of Mons story of divine intervention on the battlefield. Following another break, Malcolm returned with some paranormal anecdotes and to introduce Andy Roberts. Andy is author of “UFO Down: The Berwyn Mountain UFO Crash”. He spoke about this topic, an incident that has become known as the Welsh Roswell. Something unusual happened on the Berwyn Mountain one night in 1974. Through meticulous research, Andy has not been able to find any evidence of crashed saucers or a large area being sealed off by the army. Andy was the last speaker of the first day. Following another break, all of the weekend’s speakers took to the stage for a question and answer session. Malcolm also conducted the raffle for various prizes of books, DVDs and a bottle of champagne. Later that evening The Program Initiative took to the stage for a musical performance. The annual skywatch on Cradle Hill was also taking place on this evening.

The lights dim

Malcolm Robinson is host for the two days

Philip Mantle talks about the UFO Matrix sponsorship of the Weird 10

Kevin Goodman goes through Warminster's historical weirdness

Kevin goes through Warminster's historical weirdness

Kevin goes through Warminster's historical weirdness

Matthew's Weird 09 montage appears on the big screen, complete with newly added spelling mistake!

Kevin talks about that night's Sky Watch

Malcolm prepares to welcome the next guest

Wal Thornhill shows why he thinks science has taken the wrong turning

Wal shows why he thinks science has taken the wrong turning

The electrical universe

How early cave painting could represent plasma

Wal shows how the Aubrey Holes at Stonehenge could link to plasma

Wal tells people how to get more information

Malcolm sends everyone on a break

Nick Pope talks about the latest UFO File releases, a talk at the Royal Society plus an update on Rendelsham

Nick talks about the latest UFO File releases, a talk at the Royal Society plus an update on Rendelsham

Nick talks about the latest UFO File releases, a talk at the Royal Society plus an update on Rendelsham

Malcolm thanks Nick

Lunchtime and time to walk around the merchandising stalls

Lunchtime and time to walk around the merchandising stalls

A package smuggled out of Area 51

Other exotic species

Malcolm welcomes everyone back

Dr. David Clarke takes the group through the famous Angel of Mons case

David takes the group through the famous Angel of Mons case

David takes the group through the famous Angel of Mons case

David takes the group through the famous Angel of Mons case

David takes the group through the famous Angel of Mons case

Malcolm introduces the next guest

Andy Roberts shows why he thinks the 'Welsh Roswell' did not involve any kind of saucer crash

Andy shows why he thinks the 'Welsh Roswell' did not involve any kind of saucer crash

Andy shows why he thinks the 'Welsh Roswell' did not involve any kind of saucer crash

Andy shows why he thinks the 'Welsh Roswell' did not involve any kind of saucer crash

Andy shows why he thinks the 'Welsh Roswell' did not involve any kind of saucer crash

Andy shows why he thinks the 'Welsh Roswell' did not involve any kind of saucer crash

Malcolm starts off the charity raffle

Montage of the Q&A session at the end of day one

Nick Pope answers a question

Wal Thornhill takes another alternative physics question

The audience listens intently

Ross Hemsworth answers a question on Exopolitics

Brian Allan talks about sub-particles

Nick Pope answers another UFO question

Dr. Ciarán O'Keeffe talks about orbs

Everyone gets a chance to say what they think about UFOs

Kevin talks about UFOs

Andy talks about UFOs

Malcolm closes the main part of the conference on the first day

Day Two - Sunday 22 Aug 2010

Montage of Day One

Malcolm welcomed everyone back for the second day of the conference. He began with some more paranormal anecdotes, including a story about his shoes flying through the window as a six-year-old! Dr. Ciarán O'Keeffe was the first speaker of the day. Lecturer and co-author of “In Search of the Supernatural”, Ciarán is best known for his work on the "Most Haunted" TV show. In an enlightening talk he defined parapsychology and the paranormal branches that it covers. Some practical Derren Brown-style demonstrations then followed. Two volunteers went up on the stage. One secretly drew a picture of a spider and somehow the other person drew the same item, even though there was no communication between them. Ciarán also predicted the playing card most members of the audience would remove from a selection, as well as which Zener Card they would most likely pick. He also covered the problems of mediumship and told a story about a vial of saintly blood that people flock to each year, even though its reported properties are not real. And of course he wouldn’t be able to finish his talk without revealing what it’s like working on Most Haunted. Following a break, Malcolm returned to the stage to introduce Philip Mantle. An eminent figure in British Ufology, Philip is author of many books, including “UFO Case Files of Russia” and one for the subject of this talk: “Alien Autopsy Casebook: The Full Facts Finally Revealed”. Philip has been following this case for almost two decades and gave a fascinating description of all its twists and turns. From the early rumours through detailed validation of what was present on screen, to ultimately tracking down those behind the elaborate fraud. Even though, some of the imagery was quite chilling! To this day the people behind the film claim there really was original footage, but that it had to be re-created due to the significant deterioration experienced since 1947.

After lunch Brian Allan took to the stage. His talk was linked to his new book: “ Heretics - Past and Present: Can We Now Explain the Unexplainable?” He went through definitions of magic and the different activities it can occur in. He used Arthur C. Clarke’s famous definition but then suggested that ‘forgotten’ technology could also be seen as magical. Brian went through a list of people from the past and present who are known to have used magical techniques. It’s surprising how often magic was related to military activity. Brian stayed on to answer some questions. Following the break, Malcolm introduced Ross Hemsworth, who was doing a talk about conspiracies. Ross is the author of “The Dead Are Talking” and he spoke about his background and how some of the conspiracies have come to affect him personally. He talked about the Gary Mckinnon case as well as the mysterious Norway Spiral from December 2009, chemtrails and the alien/human exchange programme Project Serpo. He concluded by questioning how much the mainstream media could really be trusted. The final talk came from Nicky Sewell of ASSAP (The Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena). Nicky spoke about her poor experiences with amateur paranormal groups, and how much damage can be done. For example, where a medium gave around a hundred orbs the names of deceased local people, when in fact the orbs were just dust particles coming off a vibrating piece of machinery. She called for a professional approach to investigating paranormal events. Several short videos were shown, including one about anecdotes and another about coincidence. Nicky and ASSAP associate Dave Wood finished by taking questions from the audience. Malcolm then returned to the stage to close the conference. This had been an excellent weekend and thanks go out to everyone who made it possible. Weird returns to Warminster in the spring with a one-day Weird Equinox event, followed by Weird ’11 in Swindon later in the year.

Malcolm welcomes everyone to the second day

Dr. Ciarán O'Keeffe was the first speaker on the second day

He described parapsychology and his various roles

Two volunteers go up to the stage

The problems of mediumship

The Most Haunted fan is found!

A story about a vial of blood that doesn't do what it says on the container

Malcolm thanks Ciarán for his talk

Malcolm builds up to the next guest

Philip Mantle takes the stage

Philip begins at the begining in this 14-year tale

The infamous alien

The even more infamous tent footage

A visit to Roswell

By the end of the talk everyone was sure about the nature of this story

Malcolm sent everyone off on a break

Around the conference

Brian Allan takes the stage

An old master defines 'magic'

Heretics have always been with us. Matthew is proud to be one!

Brian talks magic

Brian takes questions

Upstairs during another break

Malcolm reveals how much he knows about the next guest

Ross Hemsworth takes the stage

Ross talkes about some well known and not so well known conspirary theories

Last year's Norway Spirial

Ross talks about Gary Mckinnon

Malcolm thanks Ross

Ross takes questions from the audience

Nicky Sewell and Dave Wood from ASSAP take the stage

A short video about the problems with anecdotes

Dreams and chance

Future ASSAP events

Questions from the audience

Malcolm closes the event

 

*** The eight linked videos have been removed at the request of the organisers of Weird '10 ***


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