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Hidden in the Welsh countryside are Cold War bunkers with their own power supply.

A network of Cold War-era nuclear bunkers has been discovered in the Welsh countryside, and they have even been used as set pieces for Doctor Who.

A daring explorer has discovered a secret network of nuclear bunkers hidden in the Welsh countryside that were used during the Cold War and have recently been used as set pieces for a Doctor Who episode.

Jay Curtis, 32, discovered the intriguing network late last year when he noticed it tucked away in the countryside in Brackla, Bridgend.

When the Welsh explorer investigated the area, he discovered nuclear blast doors, an air filtration system, a generator, and water and diesel storage.

The bunkers also housed eight secret magazine tunnels designed to protect the high explosives stored at the Brackla Munitions Factory, where 40,000 people worked during WWII.

The secret bunkers are hidden in the countryside. (Photo by Jam Press Vid/Jay Curtis)

Jay Curtis Explores explored the area and shared his discovery on YouTube, saying, “Now this place might look like any ordinary industrial estate, but with the impending Second World War upon Britain, this place became one of the most secretive places in South Wales – and there’s plenty of other hidden history left over if you know where to look.”

“Within the bunker, there’s a maze of rooms for personnel, beds, a canteen, recreation, offices, communication centers, you name it.” This bunker is still locked and forgotten on the hill.”

The Royal Ordnance Factory ceased production of explosives in 1945, and the site remained abandoned until the 1960s when the Ministry of Defence (MOD) converted a portion of it into a nuclear command bunker for South Wales.

While the bunker appears to have been completely abandoned and reclaimed by nature, with leaves and plants growing all around it, Jay revealed that it still has its own power supply.

On his YouTube channel, Jay Curtis investigated the bunkers (Image: Jam Press Vid/Jay Curtis).

“You can tell by the well-maintained road and new locks that this place is still in use,” Jay added.

It is unclear who is using the site at the moment, but it has previously been used as a filming location for Doctor Who and Torchwood, with the crew granted access to film episodes featuring the iconic Cybermen villains.

Everything inside the locked bunkers is still “in full working order,” according to Jay.

“That strange-looking square building behind me was actually a magazine tunnel entrance, but this new entrance was added with the imminent threat of a nuclear attack – hence the air filtration system, the generator inside, the water and diesel storage, and a series of nuclear blast doors,” Jay explained as he stood outside the entrance.

For years, the bunkers and magazine tunnels have been abandoned (Image: Jam Press Vid/Jay Curtis).

The magazine tunnels are also still “scattered across the landscape.”

“Many have been filled in, but two or three above-ground entrances give an idea of what a secretive past this hillside once had,” Jay explained.

“Thousands upon thousands of tonnes of explosives would be piled high to the ceiling in these dark magazine tunnels, hidden from the enemy and the threat from above.”

Jay discovered the remains of more tunnels further down the hillside, with the main access and ventilation shafts now filled in.

The bunker’s main monitoring room (Photo: Jam Press/Jay Curtis)

“It was a complete surprise to find this as I went looking for evidence of the former munitions factory tunnels and did not expect to stumble across the bunkers in the woods,” he said after sharing his video.

“The atmosphere below ground was unsettling. Nothing from above ground could be heard.

“The damp environment inside the bunker bore little resemblance to its significant past, with only a chemical toilet, cupboard, some BT junction box and wiring, and the remains of the water pump.”

 

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‘Queen’ Founding Member Shares Crop Circle Picture

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On May 24th, Brian May, a founding member of the rock band Queen who later earned a Ph.D. in astrophysics, posted several images to Instagram of a crop circle seen near Marlborough, England.

“Have you noticed anything out of the ordinary here in the English countryside?” The photos were captioned by May. “I’d never seen a crop circle before. As a result, I’m always skeptical of them. But yesterday, as we flew back from our production rehearsal space, over a location near Marlborough, there was this. […] Who creates these fascinating works of mathematical art? Is it a hoax? Are they created by extraterrestrials? And… how…? And what is their goal?”
Responses to May’s post have been mixed, with some claiming that the phenomenon is paranormal, while others believe that hoaxers are to blame.

Crop circles have sparked speculation in the modern era since at least the mid-1970s, with theories ranging from hoaxers to otherworldly beings to “earth energies.”

Despite the fact that people have claimed responsibility for certain crop circle formations, mysterious circles of flattened plants discovered in fields date back much further than modern-day hoaxers.

W.Y. Evans-Wentz recorded folktales of faeries coming in the night to thresh farmers’ grain in his 1911 book The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries. Similarly, in 1678, an English woodcut pamphlet depicts ‘The Mowing-Devil,’ who is shown mowing crops in a circular pattern.

While some dismiss these as folkloric inspiration for modern-day hoaxers, others see them as proof of a phenomenon that predates man-made imitation.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the crop circle photographed by May.

 

Source Credit: SingularFortean.com

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DoD Announces Expanded Effort to Investigate UFOs

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According to a press release issued by the Department of Defense (DoD):

Due to the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2022, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), amended her original directive to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence & Security on July 15, 2022, by renaming and expanding the scope of the Airborne Object Identification and Management Group (AOIMSG) to the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO).

USD(I&S) Hon. Ronald S. Moultrie informed the department today of the establishment of AARO within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, and named Dr. Sean M. Kirkpatrick, most recently the chief scientist at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Missile and Space Intelligence Center, as its director.

The AARO’s mission will be to coordinate efforts across the Department of Defense and other federal departments and agencies in the United States to detect, identify, and attribute objects of interest in, on, or near military installations, operating areas, training areas, special use airspace, and other areas of interest, and, as needed, to mitigate any associated threats to operational safety and national security. Anomaly, unidentified space, airborne, submerged, and transmedium objects are included.

Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (USD(I&S)) Ronald Moultrie will lead the AARO Executive Council (AAROEXEC), which will provide oversight and direction to the AARO along the following primary lines of effort:

1. Surveillance, Collection and Reporting
2. System Capabilities and Design
3. Intelligence Operations and Analysis
4. Mitigation and Defeat
5. Governance
6. Science and Technology

This newly reported expansion of the Pentagon’s UFO investigation program follows low congressional trust in their investigative efforts.

Following the release of the much-anticipated preliminary assessment report on UFOs by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence last year, many in the intelligence community were critical of what they saw as the report’s failure to offer any concrete explanations for most of the incidents examined, particularly in light of concerns about secret Russian or Chinese technology.

The Pentagon then promised to revamp the task force in charge of investigating UFOs, which resulted in the formation of the AOIMSG, which has since been renamed the AARO.

This reflects Congress’ growing interest in UFOs, which was most recently demonstrated during a House Intelligence Subcommittee hearing on the subject last May—the first of its kind in more than 50 years.

The congressional hearing allowed lawmakers to question the Pentagon about unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP)—the current government term for UFOs—and for government officials to explain their current position and outline plans to investigate the issue further.

During the hearing, there were few mentions of extraterrestrials, though the Pentagon did express a particular interest in reports containing unusual flight characteristics such as incredible speed, transmedium capabilities, and undetectable means of propulsion.

Since the existence of the Pentagon’s Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP), which reportedly ran from 2007 to 2012, was made public in 2017, congressional interest in UFOs has skyrocketed.

Interest in the encounters between Navy pilots and UFOs grew, and in 2019, several senators, including Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), then vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, were briefed on them.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, led at the time by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), then included a directive in their Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 ordering the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to create a report on “unidentified aerial phenomena” in consultation with the Secretary of Defense.

That bill resulted in the formation of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF), which was in charge of producing the aforementioned preliminary assessment report.

 

Source Credit: SingularFortean.com

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The Marlborough Monkey is a Cryptid Fans Classic

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The latest documentary by researcher and filmmaker Karac St. Laurent, The Legend of the Marlborough Monkey, takes a fresh look at an older and often overlooked series of cryptid sightings in New Hampshire.

Most people don’t think of Bigfoot sightings in the northeastern United States, but St. Laurent has made a compelling case for taking the subject seriously while still having fun along the way.

The film is a tribute to the classic cryptid documentaries of the 1970s, and it was shot to look like an 8mm film being watched on a VHS tape. With thematic music and Robert Ready’s absolutely perfect deadpan narration, viewers could be forgiven for not immediately recognizing this as a documentary shot in 2021.

Despite its aesthetic, the film is very much a product of modern investigation, and St. Laurent conducts field investigations using equipment anachronistic to the 1970s, both solo and in collaboration with Small Town Monsters alum Aleksandar Petakov.

When some filmmakers might have been content to show only the interviews with researchers and witnesses included in the documentary, the field investigations were a nice touch. Folklorist John Horrigan is an especially bright addition to an already entertaining documentary, and his unique blend of wit and historical storytelling could have carried the film on its own.

Horrigan, interestingly, coined the term “The Marlborough Monkey” to describe the hairy humanoid being reported by New Hampshire residents in the 1990s, based on one account in which the witness said the creature looked like an orangutan. Those reports never stopped, and sightings of ‘The Marlborough Monkey’ are still being reported today.

St. Laurent, however, does not stop with stories; similarly to his first documentary, Release the Bodette Film, a variety of evidence is presented for the viewers to peruse. Much like that film, the viewer is ultimately left to decide what to believe, despite the fact that the vast majority of the film approaches the subject from a staunchly materialistic standpoint. Petakov makes a passing reference to high strangeness during an interview late in the film, but otherwise the assumption is that if something strange is going on, it’s most likely an undiscovered primate. This isn’t necessarily a negative, depending on your point of view, and those who prefer materialist science in the hunt for cryptids will appreciate the film’s mainstream take on the phenomenon.

That viewpoint is consistent with the 1970s-era documentaries to which it pays homage, and given the evidence presented, there’s never any sense that the investigation should be taking a different path. If The Legend of Boggy Creek is one of your favorite documentaries, check out The Legend of the Marlborough Monkey.

The Legend of the Marlborough Monkey has a run time of 43:14 and will be available to watch for free on the Crash-Course Cryptozoology YouTube channel starting at noon on September 12th. Expect it to be available on DVD around Thanksgiving.

 

Source & Photo Credit: SingularFortean.com

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