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PostPosted: 15-07-2009 22:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this man a potential cereal killer?

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Man held after crop circle shooting
5 hours 45 mins ago
A man has been arrested after allegedly firing a shotgun at people visiting a crop circle.

The 62-year-old reportedly hid in a tent in the centre of the circle before jumping out and firing over the heads of a group of tourists, thought to be from Norway.

The incident happened following the appearance of a crop circle in fields close to the village of Allington, near Devizes, Wiltshire.

The group of tourists fled and called police, who sent armed officers and a helicopter to the scene at around 2pm on Monday.

The 300ft crop circle is thought to be of an ancient bird.

Nearby Cannings Cross Farm lost thousands of pounds worth of crops in 2007 after a 500ft pattern appeared in a field.

Wiltshire Police said a 62-year-old man, from Oldham in Lancashire, had been arrested for possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

He has been released on conditional bail pending further inquiries.

A spokesman for the force could not confirm whether the man worked on the land.


They also charged the chap with loitering within tent....
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PostPosted: 16-07-2009 07:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Crop circle 'vigilante': Farm worker who turned his gun on UFO hunters is arrested
By Luke Salkeld and Caroline Grant
Last updated at 12:54 AM on 16th July 2009

If it had been a group of aliens returning to inspect their handiwork, he would not have stood much of a chance.
Fortunately for Kenneth Wilson the 'trespassers' he confronted were visitors from this planet.
A group of Norwegian crop-circle enthusiasts had come in peace to see the latest 300ft creation in a Wiltshire field.

Mr Wilson, however, was determined to keep any intruders at bay and fired several warning shots at the group, it is alleged.
But his stand was halted by an easily identifiable flying object - a police helicopter.
Dressed in camouflage gear the 62-year-old had set up camp in the middle of the crop circle and armed himself with a shotgun.
When a group of tourists arrived to inspect the design, which is thought to represent a bird with an open beak, he opened fire and shouted at them to get off the land.

One of them, Eva- Marie Brekkesbo, 47, said: 'The gunman was dressed in full camouflage garments, had a black mask over his face and held a gun in his hands.
'When I asked him if he was the farmer, he said that he was engaged by the farmer to prevent anyone from visiting the crop circle.'

She added: 'I have been visiting crop circles for a decade and have in various ways been told that we are not welcome, but this is the first time I have been threatened with a gun.
'Farmers have the right to protect their land, but they have no legal right to threaten people. It was totally unnecessary and incredibly scary.'
A member of the group called the police and with the help of an observation helicopter that was in the area officers swooped in to stop the gunman.
Mr Wilson was arrested at around 2pm on Tuesday. He was later released on bail pending further inquiries.

But the owner of the field, Richard Oram, claims that he had simply been shooting at pigeons with his brother Sid.
'Sid is ex-firearms,' the farmer said. 'He's always shooting pigeons and rabbits on our farm. He and his brother both had permission to be there.'
Mr Oram that after the circle appeared last Thursday, the disturbed area of land would have attracted plenty of birds to feed on the seeds and insects.
He admitted that crop circles are a problem for him.
'This one alone will have caused £1,000-plus damage,' he said.
Another worker at the farm near Devizes, Wiltshire, described the crop circle as vandalism and said: 'If people go nosing around on other people's land they are trespassing and will be removed.'

Expert Steve Alexander, who spotted the crop circle last week when flying overhead, said: 'I have never encountered anything like this before.
'We know crop circles are man-made and they cause huge problems for farmers because these crops are grown to earn the farmer income. However, there is no justification in using a firearm to intimidate people - that is simply illegal and totally wrong.'
Sid Wilson, 64, refused to comment on his brother's arrest.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1199885/Masked-farm-worker-fired-shotgun-Norwegian-crop-circle-tourists-300ft-design-appeared-overnight.html
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PostPosted: 16-07-2009 14:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe circle makers should be given ASBOs to discourage them from messing up farmers' fields in the first place. Surely it's criminal damage?
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PostPosted: 16-07-2009 15:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Maybe circle makers should be given ASBOs to discourage them from messing up farmers' fields in the first place. Surely it's criminal damage?

This seems to be a mystery - very complex patterns, created in a few short hours of darkness... surely a few of the makers would have been caught, or at the very least forced to escape, leaving their artwork unfinished?

In all these years, no-one ever caught in the act?
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PostPosted: 16-07-2009 20:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

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onlyadownstat wrote:
Maybe circle makers should be given ASBOs to discourage them from messing up farmers' fields in the first place. Surely it's criminal damage?

This seems to be a mystery - very complex patterns, created in a few short hours of darkness... surely a few of the makers would have been caught, or at the very least forced to escape, leaving their artwork unfinished?

In all these years, no-one ever caught in the act?


I sure hope people don't actually think these things are done in just a few hours. Realistically any farm worker that works every day gets up around 5am and finishes up around 7pm depending on the type of farm. Surely these folks are slumbering typically by 10PM and most of their farms sit quite a bit off their actual houses they live in.

I have seen programs featuring people who in detail will map out the amount of space they need and use graphing paper detail out the actual drawing.

I feel bad that the destructive art effects these poor farmers and then causes people to flock and tresspass on their lands ruining more of their crops just for a couple pictures. Obviously your better off looking at the topographic imagery being taken by passer by planes rather then going there to look at the real thing.

I would hope that if UFOS were really doing this work they would rather just poke into a radio line and start broadcasting hellos and messages of need to know rather then some cryptic message in a corn field Shocked
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PostPosted: 16-07-2009 20:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I sure hope people don't actually think these things are done in just a few hours. Realistically any farm worker that works every day gets up around 5am and finishes up around 7pm depending on the type of farm. Surely these folks are slumbering typically by 10PM and most of their farms sit quite a bit off their actual houses they live in.

Typically, maybe, but now and again I'd expect farmers to have a night out, and not return home until the wee small hours (especially if they don't have livestock to deal with). And as they pass their fields they'd surely notice anything amiss....

(Most of the farmhouses round here are surrounded by their fields, or are at the edge of them.)

And if the crop circles are not done "in just a few hours", then that just increases the chances of the perpetrators being surprised in the act, and I find it amazing that none of them have been caught.

Why have no part-completed circles been reported? Were they not newsworthy enough?
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PostPosted: 29-08-2009 19:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Wiltshire, Tan Hill and Milk Hill have often experienced crop circles.

Only a mile apart, they've both laid claim to be the county's highest point.

A recent "Countryfile" got a team of amateur hill measurers and the Ordnance Survey to settle the question once and for all. They both agreed on the winner, although the difference in height was only about 10 1/2 inches!

For the result, watch
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00mbv07/Countryfile_23_08_2009/

(It's the first item.)
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PostPosted: 29-08-2009 20:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

The same Countryfile link gives a helicopter look at this year's crop circles, and interviews one of the 'artists' who claim to make them.

And one farmer points out that one formation on his land took three nights to complete.

Footage starts at about 53 minutes into the prog.
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PostPosted: 04-09-2009 10:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

rynner2 wrote:
onlyadownstat wrote:
Maybe circle makers should be given ASBOs to discourage them from messing up farmers' fields in the first place. Surely it's criminal damage?

This seems to be a mystery - very complex patterns, created in a few short hours of darkness... surely a few of the makers would have been caught, or at the very least forced to escape, leaving their artwork unfinished?

In all these years, no-one ever caught in the act?


Of course, but that is all part of the mystery, from what I have seen they appear overnight, now unless the farmers are in collusion with the circle makers, it's all rather convenient for the modern day scientist, it saves them having to investigate further
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PostPosted: 08-05-2010 12:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hooray! Very Happy

Summer starts today and, bang on cue, the first crop circle of 2010 pops up
By Jessica Satherley
Last updated at 1:19 PM on 7th May 2010

The cuckoo traditionally marks the beginning of spring and right on cue to mark the first day of summer a crop circle has been spotted.

The first to be seen of that seasonal staple it is made up of curious swirls and has been 'discovered' in a field of oil seed rape in Wiltshire close to the remains of an Iron Age hill fort.

The county is a popular spot for crop circle sightings and this one was found overlooking the historic site of Old Sarum, near Salisbury, near to where a 150ft dragonfly appeared in a field last year.

STRATEGIC SARUM
Old Sarum was a mighty Iron Age hill fort which became the site of the first Salisbury cathedral. Chosen because of its strategic importance it was where two trade routes and the River Avon meet.
The Romans installed a garrison in the river valley below the site which was named Sorviodunum. Under the Anglo Saxons it ranked among the most considerable towns of the West Kingdom before the Normans arrived and built a castle there in 1069. The construction of the cathedral began in 1075 and it was nearly 200 years later that the second cathedral that stands today was built.

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Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1274365/First-crop-circle-2010-spotted-Wiltshire.html#ixzz0nLAzoU3v
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Crop circle 'inspired by most beautiful formula in mathematics' appears in Wiltshire
A crop circle thought to be inspired by a formula acclaimed as the most beautiful in all mathematics has appeared on a hillside in Wiltshire.
By Matthew Moore
Published: 5:30PM BST 24 May 2010

The circle, which is more than 300ft in diameter, was cut into a field of oil seed rape by Wilton Windmill at Wilton near Marlborough.

Experts say that the design may be connected to Euler's Identity, a complex formula devised by the 18th Century Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler.

Lucy Pringle, the crop circle researcher who photographed the formation from a helicopter after it appeared in the early hours of Saturday morning, said that each segment of the circle represented an element of the formula.

The pattern of dashes and spaces against each of the lines coming out of the centre forms the binary code for symbols and letters of the alphabet which feature in Euler's Identity, it is claimed.

She said: "This is one of the most profound and complicated equations of the past 2,000 years, and we think the crop circle is some form of visual translation."

The Wilton Windmill pattern is the latest in a long line of mathematical crop circles in Britain. In 2008 a coded image representing the first 10 digits of pi was discovered in a barley field in Wiltshire.

Euler's Identity is admired by mathematicians for linking several fundamental mathematical constants.

Keith Devlin, professor of mathematics at Stanford University in California, said that the formula "reaches down into the very depths of existence ... like a Shakespearean sonnet that captures the very essence of love."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/7760079/Crop-circle-inspired-by-most-beautiful-formula-in-mathematics-appears-in-Wiltshire.html
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Crop circle season arrives with a mathematical message
By Matilda Battersby
Tuesday, 25 May 2010

It is perhaps little known that the beautiful county of Wiltshire, famed for Stonehenge and the white horses carved into its hills, is the most active area for crop circles in the world, with nearly 70 appearing in its fields in 2009.

It is unsurprising then, that the appearance of a phenomenally complex 300ft design carved into an expanse of rape seed on a Wiltshire hillside has caused excitement. But it's not just the eye-pleasing shape which has drawn attention to it. The intersected concentric pattern has been decoded by experts as a “tantalising approximation” of a mathematical formula called Euler’s Identity (e ^ ( i * Pi ) + 1 = 0), widely thought be the most beautiful and profound mathematical equation in the world.

The design (pictured above) appeared beside Wilton Windmill late on Friday night. Lucy Pringle, a founder of the Centre for Crop Circle Studies, was one of the first on the scene. She says: “What has happened in this particular crop circle is that there are 12 segments and within each segment there are 8 partly concentric rings. Each of these segments indicates a binary code based on 0 and 1. If you use an Ascii Table [computer calculation system], the pattern transposes itself into a tantalising approximation of Euler’s equation.”

[Click here or on the image for a gallery of recent UK crop circles]

The average person finds such complex mathematical talk utterly confounding, so The Independent Online asked Dr John Talbot, a maths research fellow at University College London, for his take on the matter. He said: “Looking at the crop circle, the link with Euler’s most famous theory seems to make perfect sense. However, the way the formula has been executed is partially incorrect. One of the discrepancies is that one part of the formula translates as ‘hi’ rather than ‘i’, which could be somebody’s idea of a joke.” Cool

The Wilton Windmill circle is not the first to have provoked mathematical exposition. In July 2008 a photograph of a crop circle near Barbary Castle (also in Wiltshire) caught the attention of retired American astrophysicist Mike Reed when he saw it in a national newspaper. He was struck its shape and eventually concluded that it was a coded image representing the first ten digits of Pi (3.141592654), a conclusion declared to be a “seminal event” by Pringle at the time.

Sceptics dismiss crop circles as utter rubbish, but despite decades of research nobody knows conclusively how they’re made. As Francine Blake of the Wiltshire Crop Circle Study Group, explains: “The difficulty is that we don’t know the answer. It’s something that needs to be treated with great respect, but is too often talked about flippantly in the media which, I think, closes the subject rather than opens it.”

There has been extensive scientific exploration into the affect the circles have on nearby wildlife. Flowers and soils inside crop circles are dramatically altered, Blake explains. Pringle observed in a 2003 experiment that seed samples taken from inside a crop circle had 40 per cent higher protein levels than those taken from outside it.

Another interesting element is the nature of the soil on which the circles appear. Pringle says that 93.8 per cent of crop circles are made on chalk, "a worldwide phenomenon" recorded in 54 different countries. She says the significance may be connected to underground springs called aquifers commonly found in chalk. One theory is that the “huge electrical force” of such springs works in harmony with the electromagnetic force of Earth’s tectonic plates to create the patterns.

Blake also remarks on the significance of the chalk, which she says the ancients often built their monuments on - an observation which the existence of Neolithic sites like Stonehenge and Avebury attest. She says the ancients also built their temples on “energy lines” and has observed that “crop circles always appear on or near these lines.” Blake was impressed with the Barbary Castle circle and its derivations because the shape itself was “like a Labyrinth,” which “gives it a spiritual as well as a mathematical tradition.”

Nobody knows for sure how crop circles are made. Reports of strange mists creating the complicated patterns in a matter of minutes, their connotations with little green men and Midwich Cuckoos and elaborate hoaxes have fostered a widespread unwillingness to take the idea seriously. This approach both feeds the mystery around the concept and prevents further exploration of it, as it is an area of research that is unlikely to be awarded large research grants or space on university courses. But, as Blake remarks: “There’s neither rhyme nor reason, they just keep coming.” And with crops nearly at their full height, the UK’s crop circle season is upon us. If you want to see for yourself Wiltshire is your best bet.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/crop-circle-season-descends-with-a-mathematical-message-1982647.html
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(Not so much) peace and love: Farmer's fury as crop circle appears next to heart-shaped wood on Summer Solstice
By Sophie Freeman
Last updated at 8:29 AM on 22nd June 2010

The summer solstice is traditionally a time of peace and love.
So it was particularly fitting that this crop circle should appear in a field in Wiltshire yesterday - right next to a heart-shaped wood.
But the sentiment wasn't exactly shared by the farmer whose land the circle appeared on. He blasted the design an 'act of vandalism'.
A man claiming to be Gavin Davies, the farm's manager, posted an angry message on a website run by crop circle enthusiasts, urging them not to encourage people to visit the field.

He said: 'I have this morning noticed the circle on land that I manage.
'I do not support this vandalism, and demand that this circle, and the location are not reported on your website.
'We will be posting notices on the field stating we do not allow access to the circle, and will regularly monitor the field to ensure this is obeyed.'
Mr Davies said he was concerned visitors could trample on his crops, destroying them in the process.
He said: 'At this stage, the crop remains harvestable, and as a result, we will leave the circle intact.

'If visitors to the site ignore our notices, and continue to walk into the crop, we will mow out the circle.

'I will be taking advice from the local police, and legal advice from our solicitors to counter this act of vandalism.
'Please let the teams behind the circles know they are not welcome here. If we get anymore, we will be forced to mow them out to avoid the hassle. I thank you for your assistance.'

Crop circle fans were earlier trying to de-code the 200 foot design which sprung up in a field near Marlborough on the longest day of the year.
Crop circle expert Karen Alexander said: 'It appears to be a complicated mathematical formula and there have been several circles in the area over the years that represent Pi.

'The fact it has appeared next to a heart-shaped wood suggests there is something more significant to the message, especially as it appeared on the Summer Solstice - the longest day of the year.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1288462/2010-Summer-Solstice-Crop-circle-appears-heart-shaped-wood.html#ixzz0rZai8WkS
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PostPosted: 12-07-2010 09:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple of interesting examples here (even if the first one isn't actually a circle!)

Close encounter of the 3-D kind? Crop circle followers spotted dancing around mysterious 200ft 'cube'
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 8:42 AM on 12th July 2010

Perhaps it was caused by a close encounter of the 3-D kind.
This sophisticated crop circle uses an optical illusion to give the impression of a three dimensional cube.
The creators of the 200ft wide design in a field of wheat at Clay Hill near Warminster, Wiltshire remain a mystery.

The area is known as the UFO capital of Britain after repeated sightings of unearthly objects and numerous crop circle appearances over the last few decades.

However, those hoping that the mysterious circle is a message from another world or a sign of a spacecraft landing are likely to disappointed.
Over a decade ago pranksters Doug Bower and Dave Chorley admitted that they had created 200 crop circles mostly around Warminster.
Mr Bower explained that after sketching them out in his studio workshop they would take a plank and rope to a cornfield where they would walk around with the rope in ever-increasing circles and make a passageway leading to another identical circle.

Not that this very down to earth explanation halted wild conjecture about their origins.
The crop circle phenomenon started in Westbury, just three miles north of Warminster in August 1980 and last month 200 crop circles have appeared in one elaborate formation in the nearby village of Mere.
Some believe Westbury's proximity to the prehistoric stone circles at Stonehenge and Avebury is the reason for the strange goings-on.
Others say it is because it lies on the confluence of two so-called leylines, which link spots said to have 'mystical energy'.

Conspiracy theorists put them down to the proximity of Salisbury Plain, home of secret military work.
Crop circle expert Steve Alexander said of the latest design: 'It appears to be a cube which involves the circle makers using techniques other than just flattening the crop.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1293805/Maybe-thisll-help-win-Dutch-crop-circle-followers-spotted-dancing-200ft-cube-ahead-World-Cup-final.html#ixzz0tSO0vZAI
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I like how the paper says it's a 4 dimensional image! HAHA!
I wonder how much grass those people dancing, smoke!
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