Weird 11 - Unexplained Mysteries
A full weekend of top speakers discussing a variety of fascinating, thought provoking, controversial and evidence based topics from ancient technologies to cryptozoology, myths and legends to alien existence.
This years speakers: Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval, Andrew Gough, Marcus Allen, Nick Pope, Andy Roberts, Lucy Wyatt, Andy Thomas, Tony Eccles, Dennis Price
Malcolm Robinson - Host of the 2011 Conference
This year we are pleased to welcome back our 2010 host Malcolm Robinson. An established author and investigator in his own right and part of the editorial team of UFO Matrix, Malcolm has traveled the world giving talks and lectures. We are fortunate to have him back for another year.
Graham Hancock - Elves, Aliens, Angels and Ayahuasca
Every day scientists learn more and more about humanity and our past, often turning up new evidence that challenges the accepted views and received wisdom of long-established orthodoxy. Graham Hancock is widely recognised as an unconventional thinker who raises controversial questions about humanity and its history, and his public lectures and television appearances, including Quest For The Lost Civilisation, have promoted his ideas before audiences of tens of millions. Tonight Graham will talk about revelations from his book Supernatural: Meeting the Ancient Teachers of Mankind. In his talk he will outline how less than 50,000 years ago mankind had no art, no religion, no sophisticated symbolism, no innovative thinking. Then, in a dramatic and electrifying change - described by scientists as 'the greatest riddle in human history' - all the skills and qualities that we value most highly in ourselves appeared already fully formed, as though bestowed on us by hidden powers. Graham will discuss this mysterious before-and-after moment in a bid to discover the truth about the influences that gave birth to the modern human mind.
Graham’s talk will take us on a journey from the stunningly beautiful painted caves of prehistoric France, Spain and Italy, to rock shelters in the mountains of South Africa, where he finds extraordinary stone age art. He will uncover clues that lead us to the depths of the Amazon rainforest where shamans drink the powerful hallucinogen ayahuasca, and whose paintings contain images of supernatural beings identical to the animal-human hybrids depicted in prehistoric caves.
Scientists at the forefront of consciousness research have begun to consider the possibility that such hallucinations may be real perceptions of other dimensions. Could the supernaturals first depicted in the painted caves be the ancient teachers of mankind?
Could it be that human evolution is not just the meaningless process that Darwin identified, but something more purposive and intelligent that we have barely begun to understand?
Andy Roberts - The Big Grey Man of Ben Macdhui
The Big Grey Man haunts Britain's second highest mountain, Ben Macdhui in the Cairngorms. Witnessed by experienced climbers and scientists, the phenomenon continues to defy description and explanation. Is it a ghost, a haunting, atmospheric phenomena or, as some a have suggested, a flesh and blood creature, our very own yeti? Or is there something much deeper going on, linking the modern day mind with perceptions of ancient elemental gods? Andy Roberts presents a thorough audio visual of this landscape mystery and comes to some startling conclusions.
Has been interested in strange phenomena since he was a child. He began active investigation and research of UFOs in 1983. He has been active in many investigation groups, including BUFORA and the IUN and is one of the country's leading ufologists.
His main fields of study are: the social history of ufology in the UK, UK contactees, UK UFO crashes, specifically the Berwyn Mountain UFO crash, foo-fighters, the Warminster phenomenon, UFO hoaxes, and witness perception. Andy is also active in the field of Fortean research and has written widely about such diverse subjects as The Big Grey Man of Ben Macdhui, Screaming Skull Legends, the Genius Loci and the telepathy experiments carried out by the Grateful Dead, among others.
Robert Bauval - The Master Game
Robert Bauval was born in Egypt in 1948. He studied construction engineering in England and subsequently worked in the Middle East and Africa till 1985. In 1994 he published The Orion Mystery, which was a No1 bestseller and now translated in more than 25 languages. He also wrote Keeper of Genesis (in 1996 with Graham Hancock), which was also a No.1 bestseller, and now in more than 20 languages. He lives in Spain with his wife Michele.
Hancock and Bauval have teamed up yet again to investigate the murky origins of the conflict haunting us today: the inevitable 'clash of civilizations' between the Islamic and the Western worlds. The conclusions are as riveting as they are shocking: a covert 'master game' that has been played undetected over two millennial by powerful forces causing endless genocides and destruction and, if not properly understood, could draw the world into an 'armageddon' of devastating proportion.
What is the Master Game? Who is playing it? And what is the prize?
Andy Thomas - The Truth Agenda
In a thought-provoking presentation, Andy Thomas, author of the book The Truth Agenda, explores some of the most famous unexplained mysteries of recent history, finding unexpected linking threads between them. What is the truth about UFOs, pyramids, religious apparitions, psychic phenomena, visions of the future and ancient prophecies, and what is their connection to famous conspiracy theories concerning the Moon landings, 9/11 and claims that the world is secretly run by a powerful ruling elite?
Andy Thomas is a leading researcher into unexplained mysteries and author of many books, including the acclaimed ‘The Truth Agenda’ and ‘Vital Signs’, described by many as the definitive guide to the crop circle phenomenon. Andy widely writes and lectures and has made numerous radio and TV appearances.
Lucy Wyatt - Approaching Chaos
The product of some ten years of comprehensive and passionate research, Approaching Chaos urges us to take a good look way back beyond those societies always admired as the first civilized examples, to re-think accepted accounts and concepts of history and go back over 5,000 years to focus on the Bronze Age civilizations. Nearly always considered to be both primitive and pagan, Lucy Wyatt reveals them to be in many ways extraordinarily sophisticated, well-rounded and highly successful infrastructures that combine the spiritual and the practical. She ardently believes that from them the ancient Greeks and Romans actually learnt and, even more pertinently, we can learn a tremendous amount that has been disregarded for far too long.
After studying International Relations and Italian at University, Lucy Wyatt went on to work for the National Economic Development Office, then in commercial design and marketing within Sir Terence Conran's empire and followed this by editing a business magazine for a firm of City of London stockbrokers. Lucy Wyatt comes from an illustrious family of mathematicians, architects and writers and herself has a life-long fascination for the ancient past and the political and economic realities of the 'bigger picture'. She lives with her family on an eco-farm in Suffolk, where she puts much of what she has learnt from her research into practice. Approaching Chaos is her first book.
Nick Pope - Lizards and Lies: The Truth about Conspiracy Theories
Is the world really run by a shadowy elite of shape-shifting reptilians, hell-bent on engineering some sinister New World Order? Do democratically-elected governments really assassinate errant Royals and government scientists, or engineer false flag attacks that kill thousands of their own citizens? And if they don’t, why do so many people believe otherwise? In this provocative and entirely new presentation, former Ministry of Defence official Nick Pope will examine a wide range of popular conspiracy theories, such as those involving 9/11, the death of Princess Diana, chemtrails and the death of weapons inspector Dr David Kelly. Drawing on his extensive experience of the way in which government works, he’ll evaluate these theories critically and see whether any of them could be true.
Author, journalist and TV personality Nick Pope used to run the British Government's UFO project at the Ministry of Defence. Initially sceptical, his research and investigation into the UFO phenomenon and access to classified government files on the subject soon convinced him that the phenomenon raised important defence and national security issues, especially when the witnesses were military pilots, or where UFOs were tracked on radar. While working on the MoD's UFO project Nick Pope also looked into alien abductions, crop circles, animal mutilations, remote viewing and ghosts. He is now recognised as a leading authority on UFOs, the unexplained and conspiracy theories. He does extensive media work, lectures all around the world and has acted as presenter, consultant or contributor on numerous TV and radio shows.
Andrew Gough - The Real Lost Symbol
Veneration of the Sacred Bee is an esoteric tradition shared by civilisations of all epochs, including the Sumerians, Egyptians, Minoans, Greeks and Mayans. The diminutive creature's many life-affirming by-products ensured that it was deified across the ancient world, yet somehow its importance has been forgotten, despite the fact that the United States of America is founded on its principals, as is freemasonry, politics and many esoteric concepts. Today, the Sacred Bee appears to be dying. Can it be saved, and if so, what can we learn from history’s greatest ‘lost tradition’?
Andrew Gough is the former director of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Sciences and current chairman of The Rennes Group – one of the most respected esoteric societies in Europe. He has contributed to best selling books such as The Dan Brown Companion and The Ancient Code, writes for various journals and has been featured in numerous television documentaries. Most recently, Andrew has starred in the Warner Brothers film, The Stone; a supernatural esoteric thriller, due for international release in 2011. Andrew lives and works in London, England.
Marcus Allen - Ancient Technology of the Egyptians
In modern times, granite is easily cut and shaped using diamond drills and tungsten-tipped chisels. In Ancient Egypt, 100 ton obelisks and blocks of granite were cut from the bed-rock, and shaped using diorite pounding balls, copper tools and sand. This is the accepted consensus. But these crude methods are so unlikely to have produced the visible results as to be, at best, simply a guess. The elegant and sophisticated artifacts seen across Egypt from Giza to Luxor to Aswan and displayed in the great museums of the world, are testament to whatever technique was used in their creation.
Today, this technology is a mystery to us. Stylised human/animal statues carved from granite, intricate hieroglyphs cut into granite obelisks and perfectly flat blocks of granite are some of the proof for this technology. The rain forests of South America might be the place to start looking for answers. In his illustrated presentation, Marcus will show evidence indicating the skills seemingly in use over 4,000 years ago. These results would be virtually impossible to replicate today, using the tools we are told were available in Ancient Egypt. But is the evidence for the actual technology simply ‘hidden in plain sight’?
After a career with a major Motor manufacturer, Marcus changed jobs completely and became the UK publisher of NEXUS Magazine, which he and his wife first introduced to this country in 1994. Since then, he has appeared on many TV and radio programmes and given numerous presentations both here and abroad, discussing subjects sometimes considered controversial. These include the Apollo Moon Landings, political conspiracies, and UFOs, as well as promoting NEXUS Magazine. The continually increasing number of readers evidently like what they read - they have made NEXUS the world’s best selling alternative news magazine. He has found that selling a good magazine is very similar to selling a good car - both should have the ‘Wow!’ factor.
Tony Eccles - Shamanism and Close Encounters
Tony Eccles has worked in the heritage sector for seventeen years and is employed as an ethnographer at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. He has been a member of BUFORA since the early 90s and is fascinated with the ideas surrounding the possibilities of contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence.
Tony was co-founder of the Merseyside Anomalies Research Association (MARA) in addition to hosting a programme on the UFO phenomenon on Radio Merseyside. His book A Different Sky documenting many strange sightings and experiences from Merseyside was published in 2003. He has conducted many years of wide-ranging research and investigation into UFOs and paranormal events.
Tony looks at our understanding of shamanism and what this could mean for the Western world and for certain individuals who have historically been labelled as a 'contactee', 'abductee' even 'spiritualist medium.' Is it possible that their real roles might infer something more meaningful for Western society?
Dennis Price - The Missing Years of Jesus
My introduction to 'ancient mysteries' came in the form of 'Gods, Graves and Scholars', a wonderful and engrossing book that my mother gave to me when I was about ten years old. Published in 1949, it provided the reader with what amounted to the history of archaeology and exploration up until that point, but the subject that really captured my imagination was the discovery of what had previously been thought of as the fabled or legendary city of Troy. The entire academic world of the time believed that the Iliad and Odyssey were works of pure fiction, but Schliemann chose to believe every word of them and in so doing, made one of the most momentous discoveries in history.
In later years, like millions of other people, I became interested in subjects such as Camelot, Atlantis, the notion of ancient astronauts and so on, as well as other mysteries such as the fate of the Princes in the Tower or the truth behind Kaspar Hauser. Which is the 'greatest ancient mystery of them all?' I don't know, but I eventually settled on Stonehenge as I ended up living within a few miles of the ruins for a decade. At some point, I came across a reference that suggested that William Blake was referring to Stonehenge when he wrote of 'dark satanic mills' in his poem Jerusalem, which in turn reminded me of the opening line "And did those feet in ancient time, walk upon England's mountains green?"
This was a clear reference to the notion that Jesus once visited the British Isles, presumably during those years of his life on which the Bible is silent. This apparently undocumented period comprises 18 years, from when Jesus was twelve years old and amazing the Elders with his understanding of scripture in the temple, to the point when he reappeared and embarked upon his famous ministry, aged thirty or thereabouts. It took a while for the full enormity of this to dawn upon me, but the essence of it is that the single most famous human being that the world has ever known was mysteriously missing for over half his lifetime. Even when we look at figures such as Attila the Hun, who emerged from the steppes of Asia in the fifth century, we know some details of his youth, while the same applies to King Arthur, that enigmatic figure from the Dark Ages.
I initially looked into this matter for around three months without finding anything remotely noteworthy and I was about to abandon the whole enterprise. Then I belatedly noticed one very interesting 'thing' that had been staring us all in the face for around two thousand years and this became the solid foundation of what turned out to be a highly unusual 'missing person's investigation' that eventually placed a young man from the Middle East in the West of England and South Wales at the end of the Iron Age for almost two decades.
An old mansion, a deserted location. A team of spiritual seekers. An ancient mystery as old as man.
Prepare to journey into the darkest recesses of your own mind as The Stone reveals mankind’s inner demons.
Our team arrive at an old hall in an attempt to help lost souls on their journey into the afterlife. Unknown to them another group also inhabit these sacred grounds – guardians of a lost secret. Slowly, Aleister, Charlotte, Tony and Helena discover that there is much more to this ancient place than meets the eye. They uncover an ancient artifact with dire consequences for their own souls.
Winner of Best Foreign Film at the Mountain Film Festival and hailed as a new era in filmmaking, The Stone will be one of the strangest mind trips you have ever taken. Unlock the secret codes hidden within the story; unravel the ancient mysterious truths and enjoy the beautiful cinematography that creates an air of truly weird emotions.