Monday, 15 June 2015

The Scottish UFO & Paranormal Conference 2015

By Malcolm Robinson

The Scottish UFO & Paranormal Conference
Pleasance Theatre, Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ
  June 20th 2015.
10:00am till 8:00pm.
(Doors Open 09:15am)
Sponsored by Phenomena Magazine.

10:00 - 10:10am  Compère Conference Introduction. (Councillor Billy Buchanan)

10:10 - 11:10am  Brian Allan.  ‘Truth Lies and UFOlogy’.

Brian Allan has written twelve books dealing with various aspects of the paranormal, magick, the occult and UFOlogy and has also produced scripts for several TV documentary programmes and has acted as a consultant for many more. Brian is still a dedicated and active ‘hands on’ paranormal and UFO investigator and is a former editor of Paranormal Magazine and is currently the editor of Phenomena Magazine. He has made a study of certain esoteric aspects relating to Rosslyn Chapel and made his own contribution to the lore surrounding this unique building; he is also noted as the discoverer of the remarkable and mind-altering ‘Rosslyn Frequency’.
However, in this presentation Brian changes tack slightly and casts an eye over the way in which, since the late 1940’s, various, mainly western intelligence agencies, have ruthlessly and cynically exploited the subject of UFOlogy for their own dark ends, sometimes to the detriment of the public, but almost invariably to provide an effective cover for cutting edge developments in a range of military and civilian aero-space programmes. Although absolutely convinced that we are regularly contacted and visited by non-human beings and entities that do not originate in our version of reality, Brian will present startling evidence (most of it new) to back up what he says, so what you hear (and see) in this presentation may give you cause to reconsider what you thought were unassailable icons from the early days of UFOlogy and see them in a very different light indeed.
(5 minute break/questions)

11:15 - 12:15pm  Nick Kyle. ‘The Scole Experiments - A Participant’s Account’
The Scole Experiments, one of the most impressive examples of physical mediumship and afterlife communication, took place in an old house in Norfolk over 500 sittings during the 1990s. These séances provided photographic and video evidence, spirit materialisations, apports, levitation and orbs moving in and through the bodies of participants. Nick Kyle, with four companions, witnessed the impossible twice at Scole and these experiences have changed his life. Consider the breath-taking evidence and get an update on what has been happening since, much closer to home. Nick Kyle is the President of Scottish Society for Psychical Research (SSPR)
(15 minute break/questions)

12:15 - 1:00pm    Lunch

1:00 -  2:00pm      Ron Halliday.  ‘UFOs Past & Present, Blue Men, Fairy Abductions And More’.

The question of what ‘Unidentified Flying Objects’ are  is clearly a fundamental one and a matter on which there are many differing views. Are we being visited by alien beings from a distant planet? Are sightings of ‘flying saucers’ a glimpse into events in another dimension or parallel universe? Or are they no more than figments of the collective imagination? I intend to look at reported strange events from the past which I believe shed some light on the UFO phenomenon.  Maybe we can we learn from the experience of our ancestors. My presentation will cover aspects of the UFO phenomenon that have always fascinated me. The link between UFOs and past (and current) Scottish folk legends. I will look at such issues as ‘blue men’, strange objects, for example, balls of lights sighted in lochs over the centuries, ‘birdmen’, fairy abductions,  phantoms in all their various forms and  evidence that ‘ancient astronauts’ visited Scotland. Does the modern sightings of UFOs, comprise, as some suggest, no more than a 21st century update of ancient legends? Or a phenomenon that stretches back in time – one with a common ancestry – the ramifications of which we have really only recently begun to understand.
(15 minute break/questions)

2:15 -  3:15pm      Alyson Dunlop ‘Communicating with Aliens’ (Or Phoning E.T.)

Alyson Dunlop is a paranormal and UFO investigator with SPI Scotland. She currently hosts her own show, The EDX-Files (East Dunbartonshire Radio), which deals with the subject of the strange and mysterious. Alyson has also studied ancient religions and magic at the University of Glasgow, where she graduated in classics. She is a healer, shaman and mystic, who founded the original Glasgow University Pagan Society and Scotwitch E-group, later Pagans of Scotland and Scotwitch.

As a classicist, Alyson has written books and adapted a couple of ancient texts for stage. As a writer, she explores sci-fi, fantasy and horror, as well as having a column with Phenomena Magazine. As a hypnotherapist, she specialises in fears and phobias, believing fear can be a feeding source for negative energies, as well as a block to our spiritual progression.
Alyson's interest in the paranormal began at an early age, and she has had many strange experiences throughout her life. In fact, she has been described as a Profound Human Experiencer because her encounters with the paranormal appear to be across the board: incubus attack, astral projection, The Hat Man, The Shrouded Figure, a Shadow Person, Shadow Spiders, precognitive visions, an angel, clairvoyance and healing gifts, and most recently telepathic communication with what may have been benevolent inter-dimensional beings. Alyson believes we do not have to fear alien entities, that there is a better way forward, and that we can experience communication with beings who wish to help and heal us. If we are open to it, Alyson will explain what to do if you want to phone E.T.! She will discuss ancient shamanic wisdom and methods for communicating with other occupants of the universe, showing that it is possible for us to interact and receive their knowledge and wisdom. They gave Alyson a message and she would like to share it with you!

Alyson Dunlop MA (Hons), DipCBH 
Writer & Hypnotherapist 

(15 minute break/questions)


3:30 -  4:15pm     Ewan Irvine. ‘Are We All Psychic’?

Ewan Irvine is a Clairvoyant Medium working in the UK and Ireland. As a child, Ewan experienced many strange happenings that could not be explained logically. It was only at the age of 19 that he began to realise that he had the ability of mediumship. Having developed these abilities with Portobello Spiritualist Church in Edinburgh, he became a regular demonstrator of mediumship within the UK. In 2008 Ewan won the UK's Spiritual Connextions Open Platform Award.

He has also worked with the paranormal and has used his mediumship in both private and public locations. These have included Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh’s Ragged School, Edinburgh Vaults, Scooner Hotel Newcastle Keep and many more. Ewan has also appeared in a number of TV productions including Most Haunted Live and ITV’s Tough Gig. Articles have also included Edinburgh Evening News, Scotland Today, Psychic News and BBC Radio Scotland. Ewan will speak about the mechanics of psychic ability and mediumship, and how it is used in everyday life as well as giving proof of the afterlife.  Many people have that feeling of a sixth sense, or a foretelling that something is about to happen. Is this the psychic? where does it come from? And how do we fine tune it? Ewan will bring these together with examples of his own life's journey within the psychic and mediumship field, one that came about accidentally but quickly became a way of life.  Ewan will also explore the question, Are we all psychic!

(15 minute break/questions)

4:30 -  5:30pm     Peter McCue.  ‘Dangerous Encounters and Dangerous Involvement’

Peter McCue is a former clinical psychologist. He has a Ph.D., from the University of Glasgow, awarded for a thesis on hypnosis. His interest in anomalous phenomena goes back decades, and he’s written numerous articles on these subjects. Peter is the author of a book, published in 2012, entitled Zones of Strangeness: An Examination of Paranormal and UFO Hot Spots. He believes that paranormal phenomena occur, and that many UFO experiences are genuinely anomalous. He contends that if we want to obtain a comprehensive understanding of ourselves and the nature of reality, these enigmatic phenomena can’t be ignored.
Some people believe that UFOs are spaceships, operated by extraterrestrials with a friendly disposition towards the human race. However, UFO encounters, whatever their nature, may result in injury or death. In some instances, this may be purely accidental. But other cases suggest deliberate targeting. The late Bob Pratt cites many such cases, from Brazil, in his 1996 book ‘UFO Danger Zone’. There are also accounts of pilots and their planes vanishing after UFO sightings. In October 1978, Frederick Valentich disappeared after reporting, by radio, the close proximity of a UFO while he was flying over the Bass Strait, near the Australian mainland. In June 1980, a small plane disappeared on a flight from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico. A pilot and student pilot were on board. The pilot started sending ‘Mayday’ calls, which weren’t received by the control facility at San Juan International Airport, Puerto Rico. But a Madrid-bound airliner acted as a link with San Juan. The transmissions from the stricken plane indicated that its occupants were lost, and that a strange object was making them lose course. After about three minutes, there were no further radio communications from the small plane. Subsequent attempts to locate it were unsuccessful.
According to conspiracy theories, there’s a widespread cover-up of the UFO phenomenon, and being a researcher in this area, or being privy to sensitive information about it, can put one at risk of being silenced or eliminated by officialdom. It’s been suggested, for instance, that one of the reasons for the JFK assassination was a fear, on the part of some, that Kennedy was going to reveal the truth about the UFO phenomenon to the US public. 
UFOs can also be a threat to non-human animals. For example, strange lights or UFOs have sometimes been spotted around the time of cattle mutilations, providing fodder for the theory of alien involvement. But other cases are suggestive of human agency. For instance, mutilated animals have been found with gunshot wounds; and on many occasions, helicopters have been seen around the time of mutilations. However, if there’s a paranormal aspect to some cases of animal mutilation, it’s possible that witnesses’ perceptions have been manipulated, and that the craft haven’t been real helicopters.

 (15 minute break/questions)

5:45 - 6:45pm    James Welsh. ‘Exposing a UFO Cover-Up’

James Welsh is the author of Corroborating Evidence the UFO investigation of the millennium. Born and raised in Glasgow, James is a multiple event UFO eyewitness who experienced an intense series of UFO encounters during December 1999. After submitting an official UFO report to Glasgow ATC on December 15th 1999, he later received a written response from the British Ministry of Defence dismissing his report. After making further enquiries he was informed that there was ‘no corroborating evidence’ to suggest the airspace had been breached. This reply was highly inaccurate as he had personally observed RAF Tornado jets in pursuit of these UFOs, both before and after the official report was submitted. So stories of a UFO cover-up just got personal. In 2001 he contacted UFO researchers Graham Birdsall and Ron Halliday and was instructed to get a written account down on paper. It was just the first small step of a very long journey. After setting up a meeting with all of the other eyewitnesses to his sightings and Ron Halliday in February 2002 James asked for Ron’s advice on what to do next. Ron’s advice was clean cut. Keep researching and keep writing. After a decade of intensive research, on August 31ST 2012 he personally went on to make an incredible series of discoveries while looking into the STS103 Hubble mission photographs which were taken during the redeployment of the space telescope on December 25th 1999. What he discovered cannot be easily dismissed as ‘ice crystals’ of ‘space debris’ and leaves NASA with a lot of explaining to do. James will be presenting Corroborating Evidence the UFO investigation of the millennium and his talk will be entitled Exposing a UFO cover-up.

(15 minute break/questions)

7:00 -  8:00pm      Malcolm Robinson & Alien Bill ‘9-11, An Inside Job’? 10 Of the Best Ghost Photographs & Alien Bill’s Orbs and Fairy Photograph’

Strange Phenomena Investigations founder Malcolm Robinson kicks off this double bill by discussing the inconsistencies with the evidence surrounding one of the world’s worst ever tragedies, 9-11.  Malcolm asks was 9-11 an inside job conducted and orchestrated by the American Government as an excuse to fight terrorism throughout the world whilst killing its own citizens to allow them an excuse to do so? Malcolm will discuss but some of these inconsistencies.  After this Malcolm will show 10 of what he considers to be the best ghost photographs ever.  Next up on this double bill is Alien Bill Rooke who will show some of his astounding orb photographs followed by his world shattering photograph of what he believes to be a real fairy and the equally astounding statements from some professors who viewed this photo from around the United Kingdom.

8:00 - 8:10pm     Close of conference vote of thanks from compere to speakers etc.

The organisers will try to ensure that the conference will finish on time but can’t guarantee that there won’t be a slight time difference owing to speaker’s running over their time.

Tickets priced at £10 for the full day are available from these sellers.

Malcolm Robinson (speaker and organiser) Tel: 07949 178 835  (English Seller) 

Ron Halliday: (speaker and organiser) Tel: 07512 743751.  (Stirling Central Scotland Seller) 

Alyson Dunlop: (speaker and organiser) Tel:  07852 575184  (Glasgow Central Scotland Seller) 

Or tickets available at the door on the day.

About the Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh

Address: Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH8 9TJ
Phone: 0131 556 6550

The Pleasance hosts a full, year-round programme of incredible live music, comedy, theatre and film, open to everyone (but with great student discounts!)

Last October, The Pleasance Sessions brought together some of Scotland’s favourite promoters, boutique festivals and respected publications to lay on three weeks of handpicked live acts in the unique setting of The Pleasance Theatre. 

Everybody knows that the Pleasance is one of the best loved Fringe venues with audiences flocking to the famous courtyard every year. Not everybody knows that outwith the month of August there is a strong and exciting year round program of events on offer.

Cabaret Bar
Capacity 175, disabled access
This versatile bar is used for more events than you could shake a stick at. This large space hosts regular comedy nights, acoustic sessions, theatre and dance as well as our ever popular pleasance pub quiz. It is situated to the rear of the courtyard past the Pleasance Bar.

Pleasance Bar
disabled access
A popular hangout for student sports teams and societies, the Pleasance Bar has a lively atmosphere and serves a decent pint. The Pleasance bar opens into the Cabaret Bar on larger events. It is situated on the left as you enter the courtyard.

Pleasance Theatre
Capacity 300, disabled access
The Theatre, located on the first floor hosts regular theatre and dance performances as well as comedy and opera. This fully seated room is the perfect venue for large production stage shows.