News Briefs 07-01-2008By Rick MGon Monday, January 7th Someone’s been eating my porridge… Vanity Fair teases us with a five-page feature on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, including exclusive pics. Part 1 of aliens and UFOs in the Bible. A former British Royal Air Force official saw an alien orb create a crop circle. Files on UFO encounters investigated by a secret branch of the British MoD will soon be revealed. A couple in Canada film a dark spiral in the sky that defies explanation. The video is downloadable. Do you think it’s similar to this UFO with spikes filmed above Sao Paolo, Brazil? Could we be sharing the planet with sentient beings who live deep beneath the world’s oceans? Great movie, The Abyss. Amazingly, a carving of a stegosaur hasn’t been looted from Angkor Wat. Yet. Taking a stroll through Cumberland’s green grass and ancient stone circles. Are the stone circles of Bodmin’s Moors aligned with the belt of Orion? 51’000 Buddhist statues in the Yungang Grottoes urgently need protection. PAGASA in the Philippines is seeking local legends and folklore about celestial objects and events. Can large birds of prey catch small children? Tales of pigeons swooping on small children is how Greg gets his kids to bed. When the snow falls in Kashmir, princes, demons and fairies come alive as storytellers revive ancient folklore. Daniel Brenton pays tribute to the late Madeline L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time (Amazon US or UK), who may have been a big influence on Philip Pullman (L’Engle, not Daniel, although I’m sure Pullman is a big fan of Daniel’s Odd Little Universe as well). Is time slowing down and disappearing from the universe? Considering it’s 2008 already, slowing down time is a good thing. The Amazing Kreskin, who predicted in 2002 that Rudy Giuliani would run for President, gets annoyed when you call him a psychic. Quote of the Day: Adventure is just bad planning. Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen.