Thursday, 30 September 2010

UFO Paper:
“UFO sightings at ICBM sites

and nuclear Weapons Storage Areas”
by Robert L. Hastings (2006) (NICAP.org)

Robert L. Hastings reports on UFO incidents at U.S. nuclear weapons sites and his sources:

http://www.nicap.org/babylon/missile_incidents.htm

Robert L. Hastings,
U.S. UFO Author,
Lecturer & Researcher
UFO News Article:
“UFOs Haunt Missile Crew”,
27 June 2001 (Florida Today, Melbourne, Florida)


Billy Cox reports on UFO incidents at U.S. nuclear weapons sites:

http://www.paradigmresearchgroup.org/News_Items-4.htm#6-27-01%20FT

Cox interviews Jerome Nelson, former U.S. Air Force First Lieutenant, who was a member of the 579th Strategic Missile Squadron (Walker Air Force Base, Roswell, New Mexico) from 1962 until 1965.

Nelson said at the 27 September 2010 UFO-Nukes Connection Press Conference that the 579th Strategic Missile Squadron, Site 9 experienced several UFO incidents during the winter of 1963/1964.

579th Strategic Missile Squadron, Walker Air Force Base, Roswell, New Mexico:

http://www.atlasmissilesilo.com/579thSMS.htm
















Atlas F ICBM silo
(atlasmissilesilo.com photo)
















Satellite photo of the 579th SMS, Site 9, Walker Air Force Base, Picacho, New Mexico (atlasmissilesilo.com photo)
UFO News Article:
“Former Air Force officers discuss UFO sightings”,
27 September 2010

(Air Force Times, Springfield, Virginia)

Air Force Times reports on the UFO-Nukes Connection Press Conference that was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on 27 September 2010:

http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2010/09/ap-Former-Air-Force-officers-discuss-UFO-sightings-092710/



















Aerial view of Francis E. Warren Air Force Base,
Cheyenne, Wyoming (wikimedia.org photo)
UFO News Article:
“Ex-Air Force officers discuss UFO sightings”,
28 September 2010 (Great Falls Tribune, Montana)


Great Falls Tribune reports on the UFO-Nukes Connection Press Conference that was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on 27 September 2010:

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20100928/NEWS01/9280301/Ex-Air-Force-officers-discuss-UFO-sightings

“Declassified U.S. Government Documents on the UFO-Nukes Connection”:

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/multimedia/dc/UFO_Nukes.html

Affidavits from Robert L. Salas, Robert S. Jamison, Patrick McDonough and Dwynne C. Arneson:

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/multimedia/dc/Malmstrom_UFO.html















(google.com image)
UFO TV Interview:
Nick Pope, 27 September 2010
(CNN, Atlanta, Georgia)


CNN interviews Nick Pope, former head of the UK MoD UFO Office (1991-1994), regarding the role of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA):














Nick Pope, the former Head of the UK MoD's UFO Office
(1991-1994), UFO Author, Lecturer & Researcher
UFO TV News Report:
“Witness Testimony:

UFO Activity at Nuclear Weapons Bases”,
27 September 2010 (CCTV, Beijing, China)


CCTV reports on the UFO-Nukes Connection Press Conference that was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on 27 September 2010:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZCPHSyzcto

CCTV is China’s main state broadcaster.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

UFO TV News Report:
“Airmen Say UFOs Visited U.S. Nuke Missile Bases”,
28 September 2010

(Happening Now, Fox News, New York City)

Host Jon Scott interviews Robert L. Salas and Robert L. Hastings regarding the UFO-Nukes Connection Press Conference that was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on 27 September 2010:



UFO TV News Report:
“Have UFOs Been To Earth?”,
29 September 2010

(American Morning, CNN, Atlanta, Georgia)

CNN interviews Robert L. Hastings, U.S. UFO author, lecturer and researcher, regarding the UFO-Nukes Connection Press Conference that was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on 27 September 2010:
UFO TV News Report:
“Air Force Officers Give Testimony of UFO Encounters”,
28 September 2010

(America Live w/Megyn Kelly, Fox News)

Fox News reports on the UFO-Nukes Connection Press Conference that was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on 27 September 2010:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np1I4_AHjzk

Host Megyn Kelly also interviews investigative journalist, UFO author and researcher Leslie Kean.


Tuesday, 28 September 2010

UFO News Article:
“Namdals-UFO’en filma”
(“The Namdalen UFO filmed”),
23 January 2001 (NRK, Oslo, Norway)


An anonymous woman from the Namdalen district (Namsos is the centre of trade for the Namdalen district) in Norway recorded two night-time UFO footage in November/December 2000, NRK reports:

www.nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/nrk_trondelag/729006.html

English translation:

http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=no&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nrk.no%2Fnyheter%2Fdistrikt%2Fnrk_trondelag%2F729006.html

The first UFO was filmed in late November and the second UFO in mid December 2000.

The UFOs were almost as large as a full moon, according to the woman.

NRK also presented one of these UFO videos (the mid December 2000 video) in a UFO TV programme shortly after the UFO sightings.

The UFO witness told Arnulf Løken, UFO-Norge (Norway) regional leader and investigator, an interesting fact about the UFO observation: At one point the UFO turned off the light while a car drove past it.

The UFO video that was presented by NRK showed that when the UFO left the area, it accelerated towards the sea at an incredible speed. The UFO got smaller and smaller as it flew towards the west.

There were a lot of UFO observations in the Møre og Romsdal, 
Sør-Trøndelag and Nord-Trøndelag counties during the 
1 December 2000-31 January 2001 time span. A few UFO 
observations were also made in November 2000 and February 2001.

Norsk Rikskringkasting (NRK) is Norway’s state broadcaster.








Freeze-frame from the UFO video (NRK image)
UFO TV News Report:
“Unidentified Flying Objects:

Sightings Near U.S. Military Bases”,
28 September 2010

(Connect with Mark Kelley, CBC News,
Toronto, Canada)

CBC News reports on the UFO-Nukes Connection Press Conference that was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on 27 September 2010:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7me4boq5Wyk (1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSu8tl08y5g (2)

CBC News interviews retired U.S. Air Force Captain Robert L. Salas.




















(youtube.com images)
UFO News Article:
“Ex-Air Force Personnel: UFOs Deactivated Nukes”,
28 September 2010 (CBS News, New York City)


CBS News reports on the UFO-Nukes Connection Press Conference that was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on 27 September 2010:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/09/28/national/main6907702.shtml

















Minuteman ICBM Silo
(wikimedia.org photo)
UFO News Article (Blog):
“We can be heroes, just for one day”, 28 September 2010
(De Void, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Florida)


Billy Cox reports on the UFO-Nukes Connection Press Conference that was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on
27 September 2010:















Robert L. Hastings
(2.bp.blogspot.com/theufochronicles.com photo)

Monday, 27 September 2010

UFO News Article:
“Former Airmen to Govt.: Come Clean on UFOs”,
27 September 2010 (ABC News, New York City)


ABC News reports on the UFO-Nukes Connection Press Conference that was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on 27 September 2010:

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/airmen-govt-clean-ufos/story?id=11738715

The article mainly focuses on the UFO experiences of retired U.S. Air Force Captain Robert L. Salas.

Robert L. Salas
(youtube.com image)
UFO Press Conference:
“Former Air Force officers discuss UFO sightings”,
National Press Club, Washington, D.C.,

27 September 2010 (CNN, Atlanta, Georgia)

The whole UFO-Nukes Connection Press Conference
(at archive.org):


The UFO press conference was organised by Robert L. Hastings and Robert L. Salas:

http://www.ufohastings.com/PressPage.html

Participants: 
* Robert L. Hastings (Co-Organiser), U.S. UFO Author,
   Lecturer & Researcher; 

* Captain Robert L. Salas (Co-Organiser), U.S. Air Force (Ret.); 

* Lieutenant Colonel Dwynne Arneson,
 U.S. Air Force (Ret.);

* Captain Bruce Fenstermacher,
 U.S. Air Force (Ret.);

* Colonel Charles I. Halt,
 U.S. Air Force (Ret.); 

* Robert Jamison,
 former U.S. Air Force Captain; 

* Intelligence Command Master Chief Patrick McDonough, 
   U.S. Navy (Ret.) (he was a U.S. Air Force geodetic surveyor 
   at Malmstrom Air Force Base in 1966);
 

* Jerome Nelson, former U.S. Air Force First Lieutenant














From left to right: Arneson, Fenstermacher, Halt, Hastings
McDonough and Jamison
(3.bp.blogspot.com/theufochronicles.com photo)














From left to right: Salas, McDonough, Jamison and Nelson
(discovery.com photo)
UFO TV News Report:
“Ex-Air Force Officers Say Pentagon

Is Covering Up Details about UFOs”,
27 September 2010 (RT, Moscow, Russia)


RT reports on the UFO press conference that was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on 27 September 2010:








(youtube.com image)
UFO TV News Report:
“UFO Conference in the U.S.”, 27 September 2010
(The Morning Show, Seven Network, Sydney, Australia)

The Seven Network reports on the UFO-Nukes Connection Press Conference (National Press Club, Washington, D.C., 27 September 2010):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX-82a1EohQ

The TV news report contains an interview with Australian UFO researcher Bill Chalker.

Bill Chalker,
Australian Industrial Chemist,
UFO Author & Researcher
(flickr.com photo)
UFO TV News Report:
“Alien Activity at Nuke Sites? -

Former Officers Speak Out”,
27 September 2010

(Fox & Friends, Fox News, New York City)

Fox News reports on the UFO press conference that was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on 27 September 2010:












(youtube.com image)
UFO News Article & TV News Reports:
“Former Air Force Officials Claim

UFO Sighted at Military Bases”,
27 September 2010
(WTTG Fox 5 News, Washington, D.C.)


Fox 5 News reports on the UFO press conference that was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on 27 September 2010:

http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/former-air-force-officials-claim-ufo-sighted-at-military-bases-092710

“Are They Out There?”, 26 September 2010:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K9x4NuWN4M










Captain Robert L. Salas, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
UFO Press Conference:
UFOs at U.S. Nuclear Weapons Bases,
27 september 2010,

National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

The video presents the testimonies of Captain Robert L. Salas, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Lieutenant Colonel Dwynne Arneson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.) and Robert Jamison, former U.S. Air Force Captain:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmWp590TUAE (1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuFm2DrVKeQ (2)

Robert Jamison,
former U.S. Air Force Captain

Sunday, 26 September 2010

UFO TV News Report:
“UFO Incursions a Reality? -
Former Military Officials to Expose UFO Threat”,
26 September 2010

(Fox & Friends, Fox News, New York City)

Fox News reports on the UFO press conference that will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on 27 September 2010:

http://video.foxnews.com/v/4350211/former-military-officials-to-expose-ufo-threat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmw48zvL2CA

Host Clayton Morris also interviews Leslie Kean about her book,
“UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go On the Record.”

Leslie Kean
UFO Mailing List Post:
“Brazil Releases New UFO Documents” by A. J. Gevaerd,
26 September 2010 (UFO UpDates, Toronto, Canada)

A. J. Gevaerd, editor of the Brazilian UFO Magazine, reports
that the Brazilian Air Force Commander, Lieutenant-Brigadier
Juniti Saito has released a new batch of previously secret UFO
documents:

http://ufoupdateslist.com/2010/sep/m26-001.shtml

A. J. Gevaerd
(paradigmresearchgroup.org photo)

Saturday, 25 September 2010

UFO News Article:
“Argentina: UFO Stole Water from Military Base”,
6 September 2010 (Diario Popular, Sarandi, Argentina)

The article was translated into English by Inexplicata.blogspot.com:

http://inexplicata.blogspot.com/2010/09/argentina-ufo-stole-water-from-military.html

A UFO stole water from the 12th Infantry Regiment Military Base in Santa Fe on 24 November 1999, Diario Popular reports.

The UFO left an imprint in the ground.

The Argentinian UFO research group, Vision OVNI presents an excellent report on this UFO incident:
“Casos: Caso Regimento 12 de Infanteria”:

http://www.visionovni.com.ar/index.php?start=0&storytopic=0

English translation:
(“Cases: Case 12th Infantry Regiment”):

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.visionovni.com.ar%2Findex.php%3Fstart%3D0%26storytopic%3D0

The 12th Infantry Regiment Military Base can be found at these coordinates (Google Earth):

31°38'57.00" S 60°43'16.00" W













12th Infantry Regiment Military Base, Avenida Freyre 2500, Santa Fe, Argentina (panoramio.com photo)
UFO Lecture (Excerpt):
Michael Schratt: “Bombshell UFO Case Files Revealed”,

Los Angeles, 19 January 2010 (MUFON-LA)

Michael Schratt, a U.S. military aerospace historian, presents a fully illustrated, well-documented lecture, focusing on some of the UFO case files from the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS) archives:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF9quw5yD4k

Michael Schratt,
U.S. Military Aerospace Historian &
UFO Researcher
UFO News Article:
“Retired Military Personnel To Confirm UFO

Incursions at American Nuclear Weapons Sites”,
25 September 2010

(Veterans Today.com, San Ysidro, California)

Gordon Duff reports on the UFO press conference that will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on 27 September 2010:

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2010/09/25/retired-military-personnel-to-confirm-ufo-incursions-at-american-nuclear-weapons-sites/

Gordon Duff,
Senior Editor of Veterans Today
(veteranstoday.com photo)

Friday, 24 September 2010

UFO News Article:
“Aliens Are Monitoring Our Nukes,

Worry Ex-Air Force Officers”,
23 September 2010 (Fox News, New York City)

Fox News reports on the UFO press conference that will be held
at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on 27 September 2010:

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/09/23/aliens-monitoring-nukes-worry-ex-air-force-officers/















The article mentions Robert L. Hastings’ book, “UFOs and Nukes: Extraordinary Encounters at Nuclear Weapons Sites” (theufochronicles.com image)
UFO News Article:
“ ‘Yes, UFOs exist’: Position statement

by SEPRA head, Jean-Jacques Velasco”,
18 April 2004 (La Depeche du Midi, Toulouse, France)

The Toulouse newspaper, La Depeche du Midi reports on the UFO research work of Jean-Jacques Velasco and SEPRA:

http://www.ufoevidence.org/documents/doc1627.htm

Jean-Jacques Velasco worked as an engineer for the National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) and was director of the official French Government programme to study UFOs, SEPRA, from 1983 until 2004.

Jean-Jacques Velasco,
Director of SEPRA, 1983-2004
(ufoevidence.org photo)
UFO News Article & TV News Report:
“Strange lights over Tucson”, 24 September 2010
(KOLD CBS News 13, Tucson, Arizona)

Several Tucson, Arizona residents sighted an alleged UFO on
24 September 2010, according to KOLD 13 News:

http://www.kold.com/Global/story.asp?S=13209980

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp9RL6HzysQ

Thursday, 23 September 2010

UFO TV News Magazine Report:
The 1981 Trans-en-Provence and

1982 Nancy UFO Landing Incidents
(Unknown Date) (INA, France)

INA reports on SEPRA’s investigation into these two French UFO incidents, that occurred on 8 January 1981 and 21 August 1982:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPWAMM1iUBw

(ina.fr image)
UFO TV News Magazine Report:
Mysteres OVNI (UFO Mystery), Trans-en-Provence, 1981
(Unknown Date) (TF1, Paris, France)

TF1 reports on the 8 January 1981 (at 5:00 p.m.) Trans-en-Provence, France UFO landing incident:





UFO TV Science Magazine Report:
“La Trace” (“The Trace”), 4 January 1984
(Temps X, TF1, Paris, France)

The TV science magazine, Temps X reports on the 8 January 1981 Trans-en-Provence, France UFO landing incident:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rUJvCURIQE (1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE0RLChb2Kg (2)

Temps X reconstructs the observation by Renato Nicolai, the UFO witness.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

UFO TV Report:
“Velasco UFO Evidence”,
13 September 2007 (Paranormal TV, U.S.A.)


Paranormal TV reports on the UFO research of Jean-Jacques Velasco:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7WN15MTdTM (1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CALDLFn6SbQ (2)

This TV report focuses on the 8 January 1981 Trans-en-Provence, France UFO incident.

Jean-Jacques Velasco worked as an engineer for the National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) and was director of the official French government programme to study UFOs (GEPAN/SEPRA) from 1983 until 2004.

UFO News Article:
“Open Letter to the Skeptics

by Jean-Jacques Velasco of SEPRA”,
March 1998 (Sciences Frontieres, France)

The article was published in the French magazine, Sciences Frontieres (No. 29):

http://www.ufoevidence.org/documents/doc1632.htm

Jean-Jacques Velasco worked as an engineer for the National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) and was director of the official French Government programme to study UFOs, SEPRA, from 1983 until 2004.

Jean-Jacques Velasco,
Director of SEPRA, 1983-2004
(ufoevidence.org photo)
UFO Articles:
“Selected Articles by Nick Pope” 

(nickpope.net)

Nick Pope, the former head of the UK MoD UFO Office
(1991-1994), added two new UFO articles to his website on
15 September 2010:

http://www.nickpope.net/articles.htm

Nick Pope,
UK UFO Author,
Lecturer & Researcher
UFO News Article:
“Expert Says Colorado Is Hotbed For UFO Sightings”,
25 February 2005

(KTVZ NBC NewsChannel 21, Bend, Oregon)

KTVZ-TV interviews John F. Schuessler, MUFON International Director:

http://www.ktvz.com/technology/4231843/detail.html

“UFO Researchers & People: John F. Schuessler, M.S.”
(UFO Evidence.org):

http://www.ufoevidence.org/researchers/detail28.htm












John F. Schuessler, MUFON International Director (2000-2006)
(jerrypippin.com photo)

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

UFO TV Interview:
“OVNIs en Arequipa: Caso: Base Aerea de La Joya”
(“UFOs in Arequipa: Case: La Joya Air Force Base”)
(Unknown Date) (Laberinto, TV UNSA, Arequipa, Peru)


TV UNSA interviews Commander Oscar Alfonso Santa Maria Huertas, Peruvian Air Force:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp_jxtzIO3M (1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqGMSQpN2kY (2)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnhBknhUZ4U (3)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTQIjROJXJ0 (4)

Former Peruvian fighter pilot Oscar Alfonso Santa Maria Huertas (now Air Force Commander) had a dog-fight with a UFO over La Joya Air Force Base, Arequipa, Peru on 11 April 1980.

TV UNSA is the TV channel of the National University of San Agustin (Univeridad Nacional de San Agustin), Arequipa, Peru.

I also reported on this UFO case on 9 June 2010:

ufo-interview-spanish-former-peruvian.html







Commander Oscar Alfonso Santa Maria Huertas,
Peruvian Air Force






UFO TV News Magazine Report:
Cazadores de OVNIs en Mexico
(UFO Hunters in Mexico) (Unknown Date)
(Tercer Milenio, Mexico)


Channel 4 reports on the work of Mexican UFO researchers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzXOMbE0dUM

The TV report contains several UFO footage.

UFO News Article:
“Retired Military Personnel To Confirm UFO
Incursions at American Nuclear Weapons Sites”
19 September 2010
(The American Chronicle, Beverly Hills, California)

Frank Warren (The UFO Chronicles.com) reports on an upcoming UFO press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.:

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/185304

Quote from the article (the following text is written by Robert L. Hastings):
“On September 27th, during a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., six former U.S. Air Force officers and one former enlisted man will reveal their own dramatic experiences involving UFOs at nuclear weapons sites.”

Robert L. Hastings,
U.S. UFO Author,
Lecturer & Researcher









Captain Robert L. Salas, U.S. Air Force (Ret.) will talk about his UFO experiences at the press conference

Monday, 20 September 2010

UFO Book:
“THE UFO EVIDENCE” (NICAP.org)


“THE UFO EVIDENCE” was published by the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) in 1964:


http://www.nicap.org/ufoe/cover.htm


SECTION I. A Cross-section of significant cases and guide to additional examples in other sections:

http://www.nicap.org/ufoe/section_1.htm


SECTION II. Intelligent Control:

http://www.nicap.org/ufoe/section_2.htm


SECTION III. Air Force Observations:

http://www.nicap.org/ufoe/section_3.htm


SECTION IV. Army, Navy & Marine Corps:

http://www.nicap.org/ufoe/section_4.htm


SECTION V. Pilots & Aviation Experts:

http://www.nicap.org/ufoe/section_5.htm


SECTION VI. Scientists & Engineers:

http://www.nicap.org/ufoe/section_6.htm


SECTION VII. Officials & Citizens:

http://www.nicap.org/ufoe/section_7.htm


Section VIII. Special Evidence:


http://www.nicap.org/ufoe/section_8.htm


Section IX. The Air Force Investigation:


http://www.nicap.org/ufoe/section_9.htm


SECTION X. Foreign Reports:

http://www.nicap.org/ufoe/section_10.htm


SECTION XI. The UFO Chronology:

http://www.nicap.org/ufoe/section_11.htm


SECTION XII. Patterns:

http://www.nicap.org/ufoe/section_12.htm


SECTION XIII. Congress & the UFOs:

http://www.nicap.org/ufoe/section_13.htm


SECTION XIV. The Problems & the Dangers:

http://www.nicap.org/ufoe/section_14.htm



















(abovetopsecret.com image)
UFO News Article:
“New Zealand Investigates 5 UFO Reports”,
24 December 1978 (The Pittsburgh Press, Pennsylvania)


New Zealand’s Defence Department investigated five UFO incidents in December 1978, according to The Pittsburgh Press:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=bdMdAAAAIBAJ&sjid=LlkEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4401,2757310

Quote from the article:
“The reports said the pilot of a commercial airliner claimed one UFO shadowed him for 12 miles on his approach to Christchurch Airport early Friday (22 December 1978).

Capt. Vern Powell, a pilot for 25 years, described the object as ‘a brilliant white light, like an arc lamp, and moving at tremendous speed.’

In a dramatic message to Christchurch control tower he said, ‘something’s coming towards us at tremendous speed.

It has traveled 24 kilometers (16 miles) in five seconds. It has now abruptly veered off.’

Powell said his crew saw the UFO clearly and Civil Aviation radar in Wellington tracked it.”

NOTE: The newspaper date is 24 December 1978.















Aerial view of Christchurch International Airport,
Christchurch, New Zealand (flickr.com photo)