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Huge rise in British UFO sightings in 2007… maybe not?

Posted by dandare on February 9, 2008

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According to several media outlets, there is a large surge in British ufo phenomena.In the telegragh.co.uk  it states that there is a “huge rise in British UFO sightings” (posted 8th February,2008).

It mentions “Clusters of up to 100 mysterious objects, bright white lights and strange, triangular shaped objects are just some of a huge surge in UFO sightings reported to the Ministry of Defence last year” (extract from article).

Unfortunately (and sorry to say this) i am unimpressed… yes the British have had some good sightings, but quite a few have been chinese lanterns/IFOs.

 Also it states two things, which i seem to remember, it has repeated before about the MOD (apart from calling it the X files, yuck).

Firstly, that the MOD have for the first time, archived sightings running back to 1998 (wrong- its been ‘out there’ for a quite a while); secondly, i do not consider a huge rise in ufo sightings, from 97 in 2006 to 135 in 2007. Do you?

Luckily, it does go on to say, that alot of the sightings can be explained- phew. But the big media papers in Britain seem to be saying the same things, year on year.

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Others have also followed with this story; the independant “Uk sightings on the rise” (posted 8th february,2008). Luckily this article, says it is on the rise…. this article is shorter, but slightly better written.Of course, the sun had to get in the act as well with “Uk sightings in Britain rocket” (posted 8th february,2008). It starts off reasonably well, for the sun (although the heading of course is way off the mark) but soon nose dives…. still insisting that the Falmouth object is a UFO, when it is clearly a seagull (please try to ignore the photos as well); the only saving grace, was that the article was short.

The thaindian.com (repeats  similar article to the rest) but now its “absolutely enormous rise in ufo sightings in the UK” (posted 8th february,2008).

I’m sorry to sound negative, but the mainstream media seem to like to repeat the same old garbage, again and again, with no regard to the subject at all (there are occassional exceptions however). We’ll be back to little green men, again soon?  

As the MOD are about to release “the ‘X’ files” this spring, i dread to think what the headings and titles from some of these papers will be …….any guesses?  how about “X-files are XXX rated”.             

Am i over re-acting? are these articles actually telling us anything at all? Do i hate The sun?      

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4 Responses to “Huge rise in British UFO sightings in 2007… maybe not?”

  1. Steve said

    Dan,
    You’re absolutely right here. As for me, I try to avoid any story or reference to the stories from the above sources if they are not confirmed by some of the better UFO sources out there. Unfortunately, whenever anyone performs the almighty popular “google news”-search, the exact same sources and junk-stories do appear all the time.
    Good post and solid opinion!

  2. Hello,
    When I posted a story on my blog regarding this story, I tried to avoid “sensational” adjectives in the headline. You can read my full post here:

    http://ireporter.wordpress.com/2008/02/07/ufo-sightings-in-britain-up-by-39/#more-88

    Statistically speaking, the number of reported sightings did increase by 39% (or 40% if you use the rounding factor). Granted the total number of reports may seem small, but I think the gist of the story was intended to reflect the year-over-year increase from ’06 to ’07.

    In addition, I took the liberty of downloading and re-publishing the actual PDF records from the Ministry of Defence so my readers could look at them objectively without much commentary on my part. I tried not to assign any of the reportings to “little green men”, simply the fact that someone, somewhere made a report of something.

    Thanks!

  3. dandare said

    How true Steve… thats the only way.
    thanks 🙂

  4. dandare said

    Good on you ireporter…
    i have had a look at your blog, and will be adding it to my links. Thanks for your comments..
    For more information on the MOD (sorry if you already know about this), but on my ufo links page above…. about half way down, there is information about ufos on the MOD site.
    They like to also use the term UAP (unidentified Aerial Phenomena).

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