Friday, May 12, 2006

Strangeways, Here I Come!

This will be a lot of fun - I haven't been back to the UK since I finished my year on exchange at the University of Dundee in 1988. While my old pal Peter Black and I spent four weeks travelling throughout England, Wales and Scotland on spring break (March, 1988), we had a chance for a day trip to Manchester. I'm keen to see how things have changed.

However, I am a bit chuffed that Redfern got top billing. Anyone who considers the Ramones to be superior to The Smiths has no business being at the top of the card in Manchester!

On the other hand, Stuart Miller called me "internationally reknown", so it's all good. As my friends will tell you, with me flattery will get you everywhere!

UFOs, ghosts... and there's a bar? Could this be heaven??

My Director of Photography Findlay Muir will also be with me - he was born and raised in Scotland, so this will be a nice "sort of homecoming" for him too.

Paul Kimball





Doors open 9:30am, Commence 10:00am. Ample parking, bar.



Author of the new book On the Trail of the Saucer Spies: Ufos And Government Surveillance

Now living in the States, Nick is a long standing and very well known Ufological writer and is the author of several successful books on the subject as well as on cryptozoology. He is generally recognised as the UK’s leading researcher and has a reputation as a direct, no nonsense journalist who is prepared to get his hands dirty and doesn’t like taking “No” for an answer. In 2005, he turned the world of Ufology upside down with his book Body Snatchers In The Desert which gave the most likely and most realistic explanation of what really happened at Roswell and why.Nick will be speaking about the UK and U.S. intelligence agencies observation over the years of people involved in Ufology, and will explain why and how people were watched and also who was watched, highlighting specific cases. He should know. Special Branch kept a close eye on him for many years!

From Canada.
Internationally reknown documentary film maker and UFO researcher
"The Wilbert Smith Story: Separating Fact from Fiction of a Ufological Icon".

Wilbert Smith held both a B.Sc. and M. Sc. in Electrical Engineering, and was Senior Radio Engineer, Broadcast and Measurements Section, in the Canadian Department of Transport (DOT).Smith's interest in the UFO phenomenon and his influential position within the Canadian government caused him to make a proposal to the Canadian DOT to establish Project Magnet to officially investigate UFOs. Smith stated in the proposal that his group believed that they were on the track of something which may well prove to be the introduction to a new technology.

In 1950 he wrote the "Smith Memo." This was a memo which attracted a lot of attention around the time of the MJ-12 papers and it helped lend a certain credibility to the whole MJ-12 milieu. It was originally sent to the Controller of Telecommunications as a proposal to study officially the UFO situation. In this memo, Smith wrote, "The existence of a different technology is borne out by the investigations which are being carried on at the present time in relation to flying saucers." He also stated that by making discreet inquiries at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC, he had learned from Dr. Robert Sarbacher that:

A. The matter is the most highly classified subject in the United States government, rating higher even than the H-bomb.

B. Flying saucers exist.

C. Their modus operandi is unknown but concentrated effort is being made by a small group headed by Dr. Vannevar Bush.

D. The entire matter is considered by the United States authorities to be of tremendous significance.

But is all this true? Was Smith all he was cracked up to be? Paul Kimball has made a number of incisive and successful documentaries on the UFO subject and as a fellow Canadian has taken a special interest in Smith’s career. Paul will be looking over Smith’s career in some detail and as the title of his talk says; will separate fact from fiction.


The Alien Autopsy Film –A Review and Update

In the light of the revelations brought out by the current Ant and Dec feature film, namely that the Alien Autopsy footage that appeared in public in 1995 was a fake put together by Ray Santilli, Neil Morris, who has been heavily involved in researching the validity of the film pulls together the whole sad story for us and brings us up to date with his research and recent events. Was Santilli lying back in 1995? Is he lying now? Was this the first sight that the people of this planet had of a life form from elsewhere, was it simply an autopsy performed on a disfigured human being, or was it just a cynical money making effort designed to fool the world?


CHINGLE HALL – The Most Haunted House In Britain

Just north of Preston, in the small village of Goosnargh, lies one of Britain’s oldest and most haunted buildings (it’s the oldest inhabited brick building), Chingle Hall. The house formerly known as Singleton hall was constructed in 1260 by the knight Adam de Singleton. The Hall remained in the de Singleton’s family late into the 16th Century but in 1585 the Wall Family who were related to the Singletons, moved into the Hall. Its history continues to this day and over the centuries there have been many, many sightings and strange and bizarre events. Here is one example:

“In 1985, sounds of bricks being moved were recorded by a visitor in the Priest's Room, which seemed to originate in the Priest's hiding hole. He peered within and saw part of a human hand moving one of the bricks. As he watched, the hand stopped moving and disappeared. This witness later managed to capture the sounds of footsteps on tape and a shadowy form on film. Later bricks were found scattered on the floor of the Chapel on the ground floor.”

Dave is the founder and co-ordinator of the Unknown Phenomena Investigation AssociationWith a background in Aircraft Engineering, Dave has been involved in Paranormal and UFOlogical research and investigation since 1995, forming the UPIA in 1998 as a result of an increasing number of reports emanating from the North West of England. Dave has studied and passed The BITC and AITC courses in the Anomalous Phenomena, ran by Manchester's Association of Paranormal Investigation and Training, and has appeared in Numerous documentaries regarding the subject. For two years and along with Para.Science, Dave hosted a weekly paranormal radio show on BBC Radio Merseyside on the Roger Lyons show. He has also had many articles published in magazines and North West Newspapers. Although The UPIA investigates many unusual reports, currently investigators are basing their studies primarily in the hauntings area although another section of the group does take part in other areas.


Tickets: £15.00 on the day at the door - £12.50 in advance. For advance bookings, cheques only I’m afraid to UFO Review, The New House, Church Bank, Richmond road, Bowdon, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 3NW. Tel; 0161 929 1846Doors open 9:30am. Commences 10:00am sharp. Ample off street parking, bar, food available, Stall holders welcome - Please contact organiser.Organised by UFO Review. 0161 929 1846. Email at


Mac said...

However, I am a bit chuffed that Redfern got top billing. Anyone who considers the Ramones to be superior to The Smiths has no business being at the top of the card in Manchester!

It's an outrage!

Paul Kimball said...


Damn straight!


Anonymous said...

As regards your June Presentation of Wilbert Smith, I trust you will be giving the audience the best possible view of what he said - by including the available audio of him.

Copy as much or as little of this as you wish, but it would seem pertinent to me for Wilbert's son, Jim's audio to be included.

Disks and Powerpoint available on request to anyone who wants them.