Yatesbury, Wiltshire, 25 June 2013

Noticing which formations RACCF choose to put the boot into, and which they leave be, is always an enlightening exercise, and a clear indication of which formations they know nothing about and which were either (a) the work of their extended coterie, or (b) tipped off to them.

I see little other reason for the unassuming Yatesbury flower being given such a rough ride.



Speaking of tipped off – and RACCF oft boast of having been informed of freshly made formations by their creators – it seems a little cheeky of them to accuse someone else of just that. Target of said accusations is usually The Crop Circle Connector or Steve Alexander. In the case of the Yatesbury formation, it is the latter.

Steve Alexander was not tipped off about this formation. His explanation, that he was flying to photograph the solstice quintuplet at Yatesbury and happened upon the flower, rings true, and some of us are long enough in the tooth to remember a day (though heaven knows it seems an age away now) when a chance drive or flight and a discovery of a new circle was not uncommon.

None of this matters to RACCF, of course; they take the snide assumption that Alexander was tipped off and run with it, not bothering to look before they cross and step straight into a traffic crash.

yates sa dig p1

yates sa dig p2

This is all becoming tiresome now, and in amongst all the insinuation and insults the silent casualty is of course the formation, kicked to death in the field before it ever had a chance to breathe and make a life of its own. No great loss, some might say, but personally I’d much rather see these ‘classical’ geometries in the fields than the likes of the garbage that currently sits and stinks at Stanton St Bernard or Silbury Hill.


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