Author: The Croppie

Dear Croppie: Who is Robbert van den Broeke?

Not a month goes by without The Croppie being asked why an individual named Robbert van den Broeke isn’t covered in these pages. The answer isn’t complicated: The Croppie is primarily concerned with the British circles scene. Nonetheless, to fill that void on RvdB and to share things that really must be said, here’s a general lowdown on one of croppiedom’s weirdest and most dubious characters: Who is Robbert van den Broeke? Robbert, born May 1980, is a supposedly psychic medium and minor domestic celebrity from Hoeven in the region of North Brabant, The Netherlands. That’s the official line,...

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Top of the Croppies 2020

With England under Covid-19 lockdown it seemed, for a while at least, that the 2020 crop circle season may never get underway. Thankfully, after a bit of a wait, some circles did slowly begin to appear. Along with the formations came the croppies including researchers, alien scat collectors, old school enthusiasts and self-proclaimed artists after nothing but fame. In a now annual roundup of both the best and worst people to have been found in the fields, let’s see who is Top of the Croppies 2020. Since writing this piece, The Croppie has been made aware that the first...

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Team Bargain Bucket, Sponsored by KFC

Now we’re gonna have to call him Big Time Hine. Just weeks after retiring from the fields, the brain cell behind Team Clandestine, world famous artist Dene, has finally found the adulation and acknowledgement he’s so desperately sought. Forget the appearance on Chinese television, Hiney has only gone and got himself a gig as a guest on the finger lickin’ good KFC Mysteries show. Pitted against Somerset’s most hapless true believer Pete James in a cringeworthy debate (one that’s serving as a giant promo for the fast food chain), flat cap wearing Hiney reveals his tenuous grip on crop...

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Alien Shit Found Near Crop Circle

Hold the front page! Circle Chasers contributor Josh Kerson claims to have found an extraterrestrial turd close to a crop circle at East Kennett during the summer of 2017. In one of the most matter-of-fact, hilariously weird posts The Croppie has seen in a long time, Kerson says ‘I flew and lost a tiny drone, the wind took it away to another field … It started to rain harder, so I went into the woods a little bit, and then, I found some alien scat. Seems the aliens that made this one [crop circle], got out, and took a...

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2020 Circles: Roundway, nr Devizes

Reported: 13 September 2020 Location: Roundway, nr Devizes, Wiltshire Lead photograph by Nick Bull The placement of a crop circle is probably just as important as its physical appearance. The elegance of this ‘double S’ formation arrives at what is surely the end of a weird season in an even weirder year. It’s location is equally bizarre … a lodged field at the edge of Devizes. The Croppie prefers this...

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Team Dim Expose Their Own Hypocrisy

It was less than ten months ago that Team Clandestine’s Dene Hine told his Facebook audience he’d had enough of media outlets who don’t go out of their way to tell everyone crop circles are manmade. ‘This year you will only see crop circles that are made by teams to be flown by people to continue the mystery,’ he raved, referring to the Crop Circle Connector and photographers such as Steve Alexander, Hampshire Flyer and Nick Bull. ‘None of my creations will be available to these people. If and when I create my art it will be exclusive.’ How...

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2020 Circles: Chirton Bottom, Nr Urchfont, Wiltshire

Reported: 5 September 2020 Location: Chirton Bottom, Wiltshire Lead photograph by Nick Bull The Croppie had thought the season had ended after the combines rolled through the fields and brought in the wheat. Instead, this rather unusual circle, with a hint of the old school, has probably pulled the curtain down on what will be remembered as an odd, disjointed...

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Dear Croppie: How Come the Crop Circle Connector is First to Everything?

Sometimes things need to be said without beating around the bush. So here are two questions that are repeatedly thrown at The Croppie. One, just how does the Crop Circle Connector know the locations of new crop circles before anyone else does? Two, just how does the Connector get photographs of these new formations at the crack of dawn on the same day the circles are reported? Once upon a time crop circles would be formed in locations where they would be easily visible and readily discoverable by the public. Model locations for this ‘organic’ method of discovery included...

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Readers Recipes: Israeli Fruitcake

Here at The Croppie we love crop circles and everything associated with living the life of a circles enthusiast. By popular demand our legendary reader’s recipes section is back and begins with the return of its biggest hit: the Israeli fruit cake. It’s best eaten at Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot, a celebration of trees, the natural world and environmental awareness. However, it can be made and eaten at any time of year and goes great with a mug of hot, steaming coffee. Note that this recipe will give you a somewhat different, dense fruitcake which has a very long shelf...

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About

Croppie:
(noun)
A person with an interest in the crop circle phenomenon. Such individuals may be of varying belief, sanity and intelligence.

The Croppie:
The Croppie was established in 2015 to cover all aspects of the crop circle phenomenon occurring across Britain. This includes new formations, circles history, conspiracies and related culture.

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