The Earth is Flat Like a Chessboard

See you around? The controversial Flat Earth premises in Greig Street, Inverness, near the River Ness, may have drawn its shutters for the last time

By Alasdair Fraser –
Published: 28 June 2021

An Inverness, Scotland headquarters for conspiracy theorists who claim the earth is flat appears to have closed.

Flat Earth premises in Greig St, Inverness
Flat Earth premises in Greig St, Inverness

One business owner operating nearby on the street said: “At certain times in the last few years, The Flat Earth shop could be pretty busy. “It attracted a lot of curious folk, tourists, or people just bemused or laughing at the notices on the window. “But it also had its regular followers who seemed to buy into and embrace their ideas. “They were never any trouble, and always friendly enough on the rare occasion I spoke to them.” A resident living near the store, who didn’t wish to be named, said: “Up until about two weeks ago, it seemed like business as usual in the shop, but then we noticed they were shut.
“Everyone was always intrigued as to who could be paying rent for the premises, as it certainly couldn’t have been cheap. “They had couches inside, and games like CHESS, and they had a lot of gatherings. Even school kids would go in sometimes. They had a TV and kitchen as well.”
As it looked until recently, The Flat Earth premises in Greig St, Inverness

The Flat Earth shopfront on the city’s Greig Street, near the River Ness, became notorious for outlandish claims and unscientific theories after opening in February 2018. In the last fortnight, the once-busy premises’ shutters have remained down, with the literature that became a permanent fixture on its glass windows removed. The posters and leaflets called into question earth’s curvature, orbital movement and forces of gravity and claimed the US space agency NASA was a major player behind the “hoax”. The organisation also suggested aeroplane vapour trails were actually “chem-trails” sprayed on the civilian population as part of a secret government campaign. After the pandemic began, the shopfront carried the banner “humanity is not a virus” and pushed anti-vaccination messages, also claiming the virus and lockdown was fake and a means to terrorise the masses. It was not known who was funding the rental of the premises.

The Courier has so far been unable to contact Richard Birkett, one of the main organisers at the premises, to clarify whether it is to re-open or remain permanently closed. The flat earth movement, as it is known today, has origins in the 19th century, but The Flat Earth Society was set up by Samuel Shenton in 1956 in the English town of Dover and remains active today. Two millennia of scientific consensus has it that the earth is spherical.

Flat Earth Song By Elektrodinosaur

Flat Earth Song Lyrics:

Flat earth is flat flat earth aint round
Jus Look at your feet down on the ground
Flat earth is flat flat earth’s aint round
Just take a look around

round earthers yeah!!
What ‘s wrong with y’all?

You know the earth is flat
Like a brick wall

Just look out the window what are u seeing?
Flat earth my human beings

Yeah miles and miles and miles away
From here i see the coast of new jersey
And i’m sittin on malibu beach
So listen to me preach

A round ball? Shoo, throw that ball in the hoop
Take me in the air with a parachute
When i come down
I’ll tell you this
The world’s flat mothasucker

Flat earth is flat flat earth aint round
Look at your feet down on the ground
Flat earth is flat flat earth’s aint round
Just take a look around

Flat is flat and that is that
I don’t care about science
A facts a fact
try to prove what you want
But you’re a fool
Flat earthers know the rule

Gravity’s a lie
We never been to the moon
Look what happens when i drop this spoon
And behind the moon i see a
Now what’s that all about?

Now i don’t believe what i don’t see
What i can see is what i believe
I’ve never been to outer space
So let me state my case


The world spins like this record
On my turntable
And you know i’m willing and able
To let you all know
To let it all go
The earth is flat and goes to show
We know all
You know none
Let me end it now before it’s begun
We are right you are wrong
Now listen to the song

Flat earth is flat
Flat earth aint round
Just look at your feet down on the ground
Flat earth is flat flat earth aint round
Just take a look around

We all live on a really flat earth
A really flat earth a really flat earth
Repeat chorus