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A Victorian Encounter Of The Blurred Kind

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2007 09:10:49 -0400
Fwd Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2007 09:10:49 -0400
Subject: A Victorian Encounter Of The Blurred Kind

Source: The Times Colonist - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


Thursday, April 05, 2007

A Victorian Encounter Of The Blurred Kind
Jack Knox
Times Colonist

It was around 10 p.m. one night in mid-March that the Victoria
woman, standing in the driveway of her acreage, saw a UFO.

"I heard a very powerful blowing noise, almost a white noise as
it grew louder just to my left and just over the tree line. What
came first was a very large, but dull, flashing red beacon in
the centre of what began to appear as a massive triangular
shape. It was like nothing I have ever seen before.

"As it approached very low, just over the trees and my house, it
had a very strange white light on each side of the triangle;
they seemed to be extremely bright but did not illuminate the
ground at all. As it crossed overhead I thought I should be able
to get a good look at it as it was a clear, starry night, but it
brought a darkness with it. Darker than the night. Blacker than
black, making it unable to distinguish any actual lines."

Well, must admit that's not something you see every day (unless
you've been hanging around crematoria with Keith Richards),
which is why Ufologist Brian Vike, after receiving the written
report, forwarded it to the TC.

Vike lives up in Houston, B.C., where for the past seven years
he has run HBBC UFO Research - collecting reports on
unexplained sightings, doing an Internet radio show.

He gets maybe 900 UFO reports a year worldwide, had 274 from
Canada alone last year. Of those 274, he says maybe 200 could be
readily explained away - aircraft, Venus hanging low on the
horizon, that sort of thing. He tries to weed out the hoaxers
and kooks, discounts any report where the e-mail address bounces
back. That still leaves plenty that's intriguing.

Vike fielded a spate of calls from Ontario in March. "We had
reports of triangles. We had disc craft. We had metallic balls."
Some people reported lights zig-zagging across the sky. BBC
Radio interviewed him about all that this week.

Usually it's B.C. that is Canada's UFO-sighting capital, but
lately it's been slow here. "It's eieather has been so crappy."
Got to keep a sense of humour in thther because the aliens went
to Florida for a vacation, or the we UFO business.

Anyway, Vike was happy to get that report from Victoria. "From
the position of the lights and the shape of the blackness I am
sure it was a triangle, quite flat in depth," the woman's
statement read. "It moved in a very strange manner, almost
hovering, this incredibly massive - about 200 feet across and
almost that long - powerful craft moving at maybe 10 mph just
over my head. It made the strangest noise, not like any kind of
engine or jet. It was all very mesmerizing, and thinking back I
really was very oddly stunned. I wanted to run to the house for
my son but I couldn't take my eyes off it. I watched as it went
over my house maybe 200 feet. ...It took up a bit of speed and
altitude as it flew away. The lights very clearly started to
move horizontally, left and right very quickly. It veered off
towards the ocean and was gone."

Now, being a professional skeptic, my automatic suspicion is
that the writer either A) was pulling Vike's leg, or B) took the
brown acid at Woodstock.

On the other hand, in a world in which there are so few
unexplored horizons, it is oddly comforting to remember that
improbable doesn't equal impossible, that unproven doesn't mean
disproven, that you can never really shut the door.

"I do believe in my heart that there is something out there,
some kind of life," says Vike.

[Thanks to Stuart Miller of http://uforeview.net/ for the lead]

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