On Saturday November the 26th 1977, at 5.10pm, viewers watching the news on Southern TV in England got a bit of a surprise; the soundtrack suddenly cut out and was replaced by a slow, masculine voice claiming to be someone called “Vrilion”, an alien who represented the "Ashtar Galactic Command". The voice spoke perfect English, but sounded not quite human, or was perhaps electronically distorted. In the background a slow, bass, rhythmic, pulsing tone could be heard. Vrillion announced that he had come to warn humans of the impending catastrophe their civilization was causing and how to avoid it. 5 of Southern’s transmitters were effected over the whole of Berkshire, Hampshire and viewers as far away as Surrey parts of south London picked it up. The TV network received thousands of panicked calls and the police were mobilized. After about 6 minutes the broadcast returned to normal. The source of this interruption has never been traced. If it was a "student hoax" (Why do students always get blamed for these things?) then the perpetrators have never been caught and never confessed. If it was a hoax then it would have been very difficult to carry out. Breaking into a UHF TV signal is no mean feat, especially over such a wide area, even in the pre-digital age. It would have needed a lot of expensive technical equipment and the collaboration of many people over a wide area.
Could it have been a real alien? It's possible; after all UFO's are undeniably real. If even a small proportion of them are alien spacecraft then it means that beings from extraterrestrial civilizations are visiting this planet every day! Why shouldn't one of them try to contact us? It's been thirty years now since the incident; wouldn't one of the human hoaxers have confessed? By confessing they'd no doubt win fame and fortune; controversy would follow them as "conspiracy nuts" like me accuse them of being paid by the government to cover it up. But then again, seeing as the incident has been virtually forgotten, why bother covering it up? In fact any further publicity of any kind would be counterproductive.
I’m in the middle of reading the excellent book Does it Rain in Other Dimensions by Mike Oram http://www.inotherdimensions.com/ where the author refers to this incident. He includes news reports of TV officials stating that their signals are fitted with sophisticated security devices that would make jamming, although not impossible, very difficult. At one point the author himself is accused by the authorities of being the perpetrator! Here is a recording of the TV’s audio that night and some subsequent follow-up news bites: http://www.ufoshow.org/vrillon.mp3 The newsreader Ifor Mills, the same one who was speaking when Vrillon interrupted, sounds a bit a scared to me! Vrillon’s speech sounds slightly corny to me and reminiscent of cheap sci-fi, but it does contain pearls of wisdom. Could it be real? I’ve not made my mind up yet.
Here is a full transcript of Vrillion's message:
This is the voice of Vrillon, a representative of the Ashtar Galactic Command, speaking to you. For many years you have seen us as lights in the skies. We speak to you now in peace and wisdom as we have done to your brothers and sisters all over this, your planet Earth. We come to warn you of the destiny of your race and your world so that you may communicate to your fellow beings the course you must take to avoid the disaster which threatens your world, and the beings on our worlds around you. This is in order that you may share in the great awakening, as the planet passes into the New Age of Aquarius. The New Age can be a time of great peace and evolution for your race, but only if your rulers are made aware of the evil forces that can overshadow their judgments. Be still now and listen, for your chance may not come again. All your weapons of evil must be removed. The time for conflict is now past and the race of which you are a part may proceed to the higher stages of its evolution if you show yourselves worthy to do this. You have but a short time to learn to live together in peace and goodwill. Small groups all over the planet are learning this, and exist to pass on the light of the dawning New Age to you all. You are free to accept or reject their teachings, but only those who learn to live in peace will pass to the higher realms of spiritual evolution. Hear now the voice of Vrillon, a representative of the Ashtar Galactic Command, speaking to you. Be aware also that there are many false prophets and guides operating in your world. They will suck your energy from you - the energy you call money and will put it to evil ends and give you worthless dross in return. Your inner divine self will protect you from this. You must learn to be sensitive to the voice within that can tell you what is truth, and what is confusion, chaos and untruth. Learn to listen to the voice of truth which is within you and you will lead yourselves onto the path of evolution. This is our message to our dear friends. We have watched you growing for many years as you too have watched our lights in your skies. You know now that we are here, and that there are more beings on and around your Earth than your scientists admit. We are deeply concerned about you and your path towards the light and will do all we can to help you. Have no fear, seek only to know yourselves, and live in harmony with the ways of your planet Earth. We of the Ashtar Galactic Command thank you for your attention. We are now leaving the plane of your existence. May you be blessed by the supreme love and truth of the cosmos.
(BTW: Happy St David's Day to all HPANWO readers!)