Strangeness in Paradise.


 David Calvert

Opposite the Gulfs of Patras and Corinth there lies an island steeped in myth and legend. It is an enigmatic place of mysterious moving rocks and vanishing waters, a land in which the inconceivable appears possible. For County Durham couple, Graham Beckwith and Angela Vale (real name withheld) one such unimaginable event took place when the hired car in which they were travelling seemed, quite literally, to defy the law of gravity.
It was June 1993, and the peak tourist season on Cephalonia was well underway. Like many other visitors to the Greek holiday island, Graham – a then student with BSC honours in environmental studies – and Angela were drawn to this idyll by the promise of unparalleled landscapes and geological contrasts.

Stop Off

Some 16 kilometers still remained of their homeward journey as they drove down the west coast mountain road, a relaxed mood engendering thoughts of the day’s events. It was late afternoon, the temperature was idling in the low 90s, and the village of Simotata now lay several minutes drive behind them.
July-8-2011-a-roadside-memorial-shrine-near-Kampos-village-on-Patmos-IMG_0572As they headed towards the Ionian village of Platie, a roadside shrine, similar to the one shown here,  suddenly piqued Angela’s curiosity. They pulled over and Angela got out of the car to take a better look, leaving Graham behind. Shrines to road accident victims are commonplace in that part of the world and Graham had seen more than enough of them that day.
Sitting in the car, with its motor running, Graham soon realised that his companion was taking a little longer than expected. He disengaged the engine and put the gears into neutral, keeping his foot on the brake pedal to prevent the Fiat rolling downhill. As he awaited Angela’s return he inadvertently shifted his foot from the pedal. Contrary to his expectations, and much to his surprise, the car began reversing uphill, covering a distance of 4-5 metres. Alarmed, he called out to Angela who turned to witness the bizarre spectacle.
“If I hadn’t applied the brakes when I did, Graham said, “I’d have rolled over the edge of the mountain.” Undaunted by his experience he drove back to his original position where, once again, the car duplicated its earlier action.
After arriving at their apartment some time later, the couple suddenly realised that Graham’s Sharp camcorder had lain, forgotten in the confusion, on the rear seat of the Fiat. They determined then to return to the spot to hopefully video a recurrence of the bewildering phenomenon.

A Chance Encounter

A further twist was added to the tale when on the following evening, having returned from a prearranged sightseeing tour, Graham and Angela met up with Norwich couple, Jill Palmer and Nigel Ashwood, to whom they related their strange story. Incredibly, the pair knew the precise location and described the area in detail – even down to the broken tile perched on top of the shrine. Mr. Ashwood went on to describe a disquieting episode at the site, which had caused both him and his partner to leave prematurely, with the distinct feeling that there was something “weird” and “threatening” about the place.

Video Footage

The following day, Friday, June 9, Graham and Angela returned to the shrine and, after several abortive attempts, managed to secure on film the gravity-defying Fiat in action. The gradient of the road and its direction of inclination are not readily obvious when viewing the video footage, which might lead the viewer to think that they were perhaps mistaken about it and that the car was, in actual fact, facing downhill. If this was the case, then why did it take several attempts before the Fiat responded? This fact, and the continued assertions of the others involved, can only lead one to conclude that something extraordinary did occur that day… or did it?
Several enquiries were made by this author to independent sources to ascertain whether an electrical or mechanical fault in the vehicle could account for its odd behaviour. They were met with the same swift and unequivocal response: “Impossible!”
Sceptics may theorise that the entire scenario was staged for notoriety or financial gain. Neither of these hypotheses fit. Any notoriety produced by their story could only have served to exacerbate and already troubled personal history, and there has certainly never been any question of payment regarding their tale.
Many years passed following  Graham and Angela’s strange encounter, and they had yet to discover the truth behind the mystery that beleaguered their minds with so many questions and speculations.  My involvement in this case added further to those speculations, as the following demonstrates:

Spontaneous PK & the ‘Hutchinson Effect’

Perhaps the answer lies in the exhaustive researches of German-born physicist, Helmut Schmidt who has amassed a dramatic and powerful body of evidence for the existence of spontaneous psychokinesis (PK). This apparent ability of certain individuals to exert, consciously or otherwise, an influence over people or objects causing them to move or levitate is well documented in the annals of psychical research.
There may, of course, be a more natural explanation for the gravitational anomaly, involving low-iron ball floatingpower electromagnetic (EM) fields. Canadian amateur scientist, John Hutchinson has been conducting research since 1981 into the bizarre effects of EM fields. He has recorded a range of phenomena in his laboratory involving the levitation of heavy objects, unusual luminous phenomena (balls of light), magneto-acoustic effects (the sounds of heavy footsteps and cracking whips), the deformation of metal bars, and much more.
Whilst these phenomena are due to the devices he employs in his laboratory to artificially create overlapping EM fields there is a growing body of evidence which suggests something similar occurs in the outside environment. In today’s world the proliferation of mobile phone relay towers,EM fields microwave repeaters, CB radios, radar equipment, TV stations and their boosters, radio frequency transmitters and a host of other telecommunication systems, combine to make electromagnetic hot spots. These fields mix with natural energies from the earth such as geological fault lines and subterranean water courses to create an electromagnetic environment similar to those recorded in Hutchinson’s laboratory. Might not this phenomenon also be responsible for the mysterious vanishing waters and moving rocks for which the island is noted?
Finally, it is perhaps interesting to observe that the effect of these intermodulating fields on the human brain can cause individuals to experience a sense of anxiety and menace, as was reported by Nigel Ashwood and Jill Palmer.
You will recall at the beginning of this blog [paragraph 2], the island is noted for its ‘unparalleled landscapes and geological contrasts’.  It is this author’s opinion that what was experienced in this case was an optical illusion created by the topographical surroundings.  Optical illusions are images or pictures that we perceive differently than they really are. Put another way, optical illusions occur when our eyes send information to our brains that tricks us into perceiving something that does not match reality.  In this case the lay of the land isn’t all it appears to be. What looks like an uphill incline is actually a downhill inclined surface. There are many  similar geological  landscapes across the world that share the same characteristics, but which are know to be optical illusions. One such is “Gravity Hill”.

© David Calvert 2011

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Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Theory

 a possible causal factor in alien abduction
David Calvert
EM fieldsThe basis of this theory is that there exists within the population – as the clinical studies of Albert Budden have shown – individuals who have the propensity to undergo realistic and vivid hallucinatory/visionary experiences associated with specific clinical parameters as a result of being exposed to fields from a variety  of sources of electrical and electromagnetic (EM) pollution in the environment ( see diagram). Under prolonged exposure to EM field irradiation, the electromagnetically hypersensitive percipients’ brains become electrically destabilized and they experience hallucinations as visual seizures and show signs and symptoms typical of  epileptiform states. These consciousness effects have come to be known as “alien contact” , or “abduction” experiences (CE IIIs and CE IVs respectively).
Budden’s studies have shown that such experiencers have developed an environmental sensitivity syndrome (ESS), including electrical hypersensitivity brought on by synergistic conditions in the environment which include major electrical event exposure (e.g., lightning strike proximity, electrocution, ball lightning, earth lights, corona discharges, etc.) and subsequent ongoing electromagnetic hotspot irradiation. Their sensitivity to environmental electromagnetic energies is what produces acute end states such as hallucinatory/visionary perceptions, including those formerly identified as psychic experiences, and latterly, interactions with extraterrestrials.
The dramatic and relatively sudden advance and proliferation of  electronic communication systems using radio frequency (RF) and microwave fields may well be instrumental in the production and exacerbation of  EH consciousness effects in the population.
Most importantly, Budden noticed that these experiences were set within the context of a consistent cluster of physical signs and symptoms, which were indicative of recognisable clinical effects and conditions including sensitivities  such as food allergies and chemical intolerances. Combined with psychological stress, which also induces adverse chemical changes in the body, it is instrumental in producing a breakdown of the bodies regulatory systems. This physiological dysfunction may lead to an intolerance threshold in nutritional, chemical and electromagnetic terms, known as the “load phenomenon”. Budden recognised, too, that if it were  true, the identification of such conditions could become a method of filtering out the hoaxes and fantasies from genuine cases.
In close encounter events individuals who have reached critical sensitivities may exhibit bizarre conscious effects when exposed to natural and man-made field emissions such as ball lightning, antennae/pylons, earthlights, etc. They are triggered to experience visionary, hallucinatory and emergent consciousness effects as shared hallucinations and/or veridical experiences which give information about the load phenomenon and/or body’s sensitivities/weaknesses in symbolic form.
Others may even share the “abduction” event. Emissions of personal fields, resulting from the allergic responses by the main EH focus/witness, can induct others into shared hallucinations when such personal fields merge with an ambient field that encloses all parties. The interpenetrating electrical medium links the nervous system of secondary witnesses to that of the EH focus as an induction effect.
The evidence of this theory is taken from control samples and actual case studies. The control samples were chosen on the basis that they were not subject to electromagnetic pollution and did not live in locations with raised levels of ambient fields (hot spots). Also absent were major electrical events in their lives, food allergies and chemical sensitivities. When compared with the study group, preliminary results showed that subjects who had not undergone a major electrical event did not develop electrical hypersensitivity or subsequently perceived formed figures, alien contact/abduction experiences etc., unlike the study group.
It  is hoped that the following example will provide the reader with some insights as to the correlations presented.
‘The Yorkshire Girl’

yorkshire girl

Since the age of sixteen Jane has reported repeated contact with aliens. Sometimes this takes the form of abduction into a “spaceship” that appears in the fields at the bottom of her garden, and at other times they appear in her bedroom at night. She describes them as tall with very large eyes, and during an ‘abduction’ episode, as she lay on a table, one of them had sexual intercourse with her. During the same episode, she saw some female aliens drinking something  from cups, and when she asked for a drink also, was firmly refused. She was also led to a table on which were a number of coloured sweets, and when she ate one, was severely admonished by an alien who told her that she should not eat them. About a week after this experience she developed a vaginal infection that was successfully treated at a local hospital.


At the age of sixteen, Jane watched an orange ball of light circle her house, causing interference to the radio. This may have been a geologically produced earth light. Such aerial lights (termed electroforms) have been reported in association with power lines, a row of which ran across the bottom of her garden.


It evidently irradiated the house interior causing radio interference via power surges, and would have constituted a major electrical event. A major radio frequency (RF) antennae is positioned on a hill overlooking the house about 800 metres away. Her vaginal infection turned out to be a fungal overgrowth of candida, which is fed by the presence of sugar in the body, and her abduction experience include an aspect that indicated that she should not eat sweets. It is also relevant that she developed an acute and sudden allergy to sugared coffee. which made her vomit. This appears to have been represented by the depiction of the group of female aliens drinking from coffee cups, from which she was firmly barred. She also suffers chemical sensitivities, including an intolerance to domestic gas, and watches very little TV, as she seems to be sensitive to the fields it emits.

The sexual overtones she experienced during her abduction could have been induced by the septal area of the brain. Such responses have been induced under clinical conditions by neurologist Wilder Penfield, et al, by electrical stimulation of that area of the brain. However, with EH subjects no contact is required and EM fields from transmitter and/or pylons can induce a variety of hallucinatory sensations depending on the part of the brain in which focal seizures are initiated. This stimulation would cue appropriate imagery within the visionary drama, and in this case certainly seems to have induced the ‘alien intercourse’ sequence in combination with the presence of vaginal candida, which in physiological terms is also alien to the body.

Brain's limbic system vector

Proponents of the extraterrestrial hypothesis (ETH) appear unwilling to accept any alternative explanation for the phenomena under study. However correlations indicate an extremely robust effect, which soon become self-evident when investigated openly according to outlined parameters.


Budden, A (1994): Allergies and Aliens. Discovery Time Press
Smith, C & Best, S (1989): Electromagnetic Man. Dent.
European Journal of UFO and Abduction Studies (EJUFOAS), September issue 1999.
Patient Information Pamphlet: Candida, The Breakspear Hospital. Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire UK.
Nathan, Peter (1988): The Nervous System. pp 233: Oxford University Press.
Gilroy, John MD (1990): Basic Neurology. Pergamon Press.

© David Calvert 2011

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