Friday, October 31, 2014

Under the Portishead Bridge

After reading and watching a lot on ‘The Secret History of Magic Mushrooms’ at Gnostic Media, and listening to the guys on the Grimerica podcast, featuring Adam Gorightly, I recalled more from my childhood. These things seemed meaningless at the time, yet they’re still in my memory to this day. I’ll make this an intro to my already fragmented bio, that I started scribbling down in May 2010, segments of which have been posted to this blog previously.

…Back then, things were nothing like they are painted in American movies today. Our school had no ‘Breakfast Club’. The early '80s were a mixture of tame fun, colourful pop-music, Miami Vice, and racist bullying. At least for us country bumpkins, in our small town they were. The majority of kids had little or no experience of anything, let alone sex and drugs, even though they bragged a lot, unless they were the ‘abused’ kids that is.

Jennine was an abused kid. Well, there were rumours that her step-dad was abusing her. It’s weird now thinking back, how nobody said or did anything about it. Surely, if we knew, and her overly-sexualised clothing, causing all sorts of fights in school, seemed to shout it, no one raised a red flag. Not one teacher or student.

Kim (the cool girl that everyone wanted to be friends with) had a cousin Susan. She wasn’t at our school, but she use to hang out with us in the afternoons occasionally. Susan was an abused kid. Her uncle (Kim's dad) was a notorious drunk that use to make her take heroine every day, then he’d carryout the 'abuse' while his wife was at work. Susan told us it was a secret and not to tell anyone. Kim didn’t know about it, and no one told her or anyone else. Kim’s family were known to be the rough ‘council house’ lot, which meant you didn’t want to mess with them, because they might come round to your area, find where you live, and smash your windows.

If you wanted to hang out with the ‘cool’ kids, and be somewhere you weren’t supposed to be, you’d go down to the Rec. where they use to play football and rugby, at the back of the field. It was abandoned most of the time though due to excessive mud. You might find one or two twelve year-old boys sniffing glue and solvent sprays, which is all they could get their hands on. 

Apart from Kim’s cousin Susan, no one had admitted to trying anything more potent than smelling Tipp-ex, no stories of tripping, no highs and lows, nothing. Most of the time, all you heard about was the torture a guy called Ian had inflicted on his pet dog, and the latest 'Morrissey' lyrics.

I recall one time; it was on the journey back from a school trip to Stratford-upon-Avon. James remarked how it wasn’t difficult to find magic mushrooms, he knew where they were because he’d seen and tried them when his older brother took him picking. They were under the Portishead bridge. “Well, not really under the bridge,” he said, “you go under the bridge, and up a bit to the woods, and they were there. Easy!”

James insisted that he wanted to get off the coach at the next stop, whoever wanted to come with him; he’d show them where the mushrooms were. He wasn’t very adept to a capitalist system of entrepreneurship yet. At least school wasn’t teaching anything, except the history of the American West, the Second World War, and showing us cartoons about venereal disease. 

If you were willing to trudge up the embankment in the pouring rain, along the M5 hard-shoulder, then under the Portishead bridge, to pick magic mushrooms in the freezing cold at five o’clock, this was your chance. Not surprisingly, there weren’t many takers.

Lifes journey... just a strange trip?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Cameron's Camelot - More Cornish than Canadian!

David Cameron's faux-attacker de-arrested
Imagine the hallowed halls of Westminster on Wednesday Oct. 22, after news broke of the Canadian Parliament shooting. The muted voices of the gathered MPs and workers, security officials and media spokesmen, all wondering if such a thing could happen in the UK.

Sky News Oct. 27- “Scotland Yard has launched a security review after a member of the public appeared to collide with the Prime Minister in Leeds.

Former close protection officers and MPs have also called for a full inquiry into David Cameron's security arrangements after the runner was able to get close to him and members of his protection team as they left the city's Civic Hall.

Video footage shows the man, identified as Dean Farley, heading towards the group at speed while the Prime Minister visibly braces himself.

The dreadlocked 28-year-old then appears to bump into Mr Cameron before security personnel step in and wrestle him out of the way.

The PM appears to be alone for several moments before the team got him into a waiting car.”

It’s a false alarm we are told, a man ‘brushed’ against the Prime Minister, oblivious to who he was. Yes, this is what we are told, a misunderstanding!

Channel 4 News (UK) made a point of mentioning the T-shirt the man was wearing at the time, giving us no choice but to associate the incident with Cornwall, David Cameron's most favourite part of England.

“A Met spokesman said: "The man was arrested by local officers and was later de-arrested. The MPS specialist protection command is responsible for the personal protection of the prime minister and will now conduct a review of the incident in consultation with West Yorkshire Police."

Mr Farley, who was pictured wearing a T-shirt with the metal band Tintagel, was reported to have been on his way to the local gym."

King Arthur and Tintagel
(Source: Cornish Connexions web)

Cornwall and the legend of King Arthur are closely linked. Cornwall's claim to the story centers on the ancient castle at Tintagel. In fact, the site was occupied considerably earlier than the 13th Century when the castle, whose remains we see today, was built.

Evidence that it was an important Celtic stronghold and trading port in the period following the Roman occupation is significant, since many now believe that the Arthur story has its roots in that period and that the real life character behind the Arthur myth was probably a Romano-British warlord or tribal leader.

Tintagel fits the bill, in terms of many versions of the Arthur myth, as the location for Arthur's birth. There is a cave located within sight of the castle walls which would tie in with Merlin's role in Arthur's rise to power. Dozmary Pool, on Bodmin Moor, is widely held to be the lake to which Excalibur was returned by Sir Bedivere and in which the Lady of the Lake was said to reside.

The final link to the King Arthur legend lies in Cornwall's proximity to the lost land of Lyonesse. It has long been held that there was land to the west of Lands End which has now sunk beneath the waves. Legend has it that this was Lyonesse. Similarly, others have linked elements of the Arthur story to St Michael's Mount, which can only be accessed via a causeway at low tide.

However they have come about, Cornwall's claims to the Arthurian story are enduring and have become an integral part of the county's mythology. Since Tennyson wrote the Idylls of the King, Tintagel has continued to feature in many a modern re-telling of the Arthur story, including Channel 4's "Merlin" which saw Merlin assist Uther to deceive the Duke of Cornwall's wife into infidelity and so become pregnant with Arthur.

It was in Tintagel, according to this re telling, that Morgan Le Faye plotted against her half brother Arthur and where Mordred, conceived in an incestuous union between Morgan Le Faye and Arthur grew to power eventually causing the King's death in battle.

Unusually, Tintagel claims a link to not one famous tale but two! It is believed that Tintagel was home to a series of Celtic kings after the Romans left Britain to try to prop up their crumbling empire back home. One of these Kings is believed to be Mark, whose nephew was Tristan of this famous tale, Tristan and Yseult.

Historical Fact: The Cameron family enjoys annual holidays home and abroad, their preferred choice of the Cornish coast is well publicized, and the myths and legends of the area seem to figure in their lives.

Cornwall - Sept. 7, 2010
(Source: Beachhousecornwall)
Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha were on holiday near Port Isaac, Cornwall. Samantha had given birth to a baby girl whom they named Florence Rose Endellion Cameron.

The second middle name is taken from the parish, St Endellion, close to where the Camerons were staying in Cornwall.

The name, St Endellion, came from St Endelienta, a Christian Martyr who crossed the Bristol Channel in the 6th Century to bring Christianity to Cornwall.

Legend has it that Endelienta survived the crossing on cows milk but her cow was killed by a local lord. In turn, her godfather, King Arthur, killed the lord. Endelienta revived him and was subsequently made a saint – hence St Endellion.

Historical Fact: David Cameron is a descendant of King William IV
Historical Fact: Samantha Cameron is a descendant of King Charles II

I am sure there is a lot more to this story, Cameron's constant association by the media with Cornwall, the etymology, the numbers, JFK’s Camelot, even the ‘National Lottery’(company is Camelot in the UK). Who knows what all this means? There are others out there who can explain these synchronicities a lot better than I can.
Historical Fact: Cameron caught with his pants down... in Cornwall!

Some of the links I've used are here:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Is Nolan NASA's new Kubrick?

Interstellar Super Massive Black Hole

You may not have been moved by the hype over writer/director Christopher Nolan's new movie, 'Interstellar', but the latest science news should peak your interest.

UNIVERSE TODAY  "...While he was working on the film Interstellar, executive producer Kip Thorne was tasked with creating the black hole that would be central to the plot. As a theoretical physicist, he also wanted to create something that was truly realistic and as close to the real thing as movie-goers would ever see.

...Kip Thorne produced an entirely new set of equations which guided the special effects teams rendering software. The end result was a visual representation that accurately depicts what a wormhole/black hole would look like in space.

...Relying entirely on known scientific principles, the black hole appears to spin at nearly the speed of light, dragging bits of the universe along with it. Based on the idea that it was once a star that collapsed into a singularity, the hole forms a glowing ring that orbits around a spheroidal maelstrom of light, which seems to curve over the top and under the bottom simultaneously.

To simulate the accretion disk, the special effects team generated a flat, multicolored ring and positioned it around their spinning black hole. Then something very weird and inspiring happened.
McConaughey explores another world in Interstellar (top). Thorne’s diagram of how a black hole distorts light. Credit: Kip Thorne
Thorne’s diagram of how a black hole distorts light. Credit: Kip Thorne
“We found that warping space around the black hole also warps the accretion disk,” explained Paul Franklin, a senior supervisor of Academy Award-winning effects house Double Negative. “So rather than looking like Saturn’s rings around a black sphere, the light creates this extraordinary halo.”
Thorne realized that they had correctly modeled a phenomenon inherent in the math he’d supplied.
“This is our observational data,” he said of the movie’s visualizations. “That’s the way nature behaves. Period.” 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stop Clowning Around!

I use to like clowns. Well, that’s not exactly the truth. I never use to mind clowns, put it that way. Once or twice a year as kids, we would be taken to the Circus, where we would sit near the front, very well-behaved, and watch the strange, over-priced proceedings.

There were mostly clowns fooling around in red and white costumes throwing flour, hardly any animals except performing dogs, a tight-rope walker maybe, and a parading horse in a pink dress. (I’m starting to understand something about myself here. This explains A LOT!)

In movies like Uncle Buck (1989), the clown is a washed-up drunk has-been because, let’s face it, who wants to be a clown anymore. Why is that? If you search Google for movies with clowns, all you find are horror movies. They’re scary because of the clown in them. So there is a concerted effort to indoctrinate us into believing that clowns are bad. We know the Joker of Batman fame is no ordinary clown of course. Neither is Pennywise the Dancing Clown, he of Stephen King’s ‘It’ story.

Your friendly neighbourhood clown courtesy of the UK
This is what Wikipedia tells us about It:  A mysterious demonic entity, ‘It’ is a monster of unknown origin which preys on children and humans every three decades, stating ‘It’ finds the fear in children akin to "salt(ing) the meat". Among ‘It’s powers is shapeshifting into a form that induces fear while killing the victim, normally assuming the form of a middle-aged male clown, calling itself "Pennywise the Dancing Clown", modelled after Bozo, Clarabell, and Ronald McDonald.
Amazing artist JPS challenged Banksy when he made Pennywise steal the eponymous little girl's balloon!
'It' can also manipulate people into doing its bidding, either by assuming a form most familiar to them, or promising them their desires. Thus, having control over what happens, many of the child murders ‘It’ commits are never solved, as the adults either act as though nothing is happening or have forgotten about ‘It’.

Roger Moore as 007 in Octopussy (1983) 
The story below caught my eye today. After reading a lot about scary clowns over at Twilight Language and other bloggers with similar ideas, this ‘news worthy’ report just had me laughing.
Batman Comic (2007) NO. 663
You got to hand it to them, whoever started this, may single-handedly have destroyed the happy innocent childhood memories of millions. Perhaps this is the point afterall. Once you reach a certain age, you are supposed to grow-up (like you are programmed to) and stop clowning around, or else the clowns WILL get you. Alternatively, it’s a great way to scare the bejesus out of everyone for your own aims.

Batman The Dark Knight (2008) Clown masks
Armed clowns stalk California towns
The Telegraph
By Nick Allen Los Angeles
© Instagram - Wasco Clown
A California community is being stalked by creepy clowns reportedly armed with knives and baseball bats.
The bizarre phenomenon in the towns of Wasco, Delano, and Bakersfield appears to have begun with an innocent Halloween photography project in which a man dressed up as a clown and took spooky night-time pictures of himself at local landmarks.

The so-called "Wasco Clown" quickly collected 40,000 followers on Instagram. But police have received 20 reports in the last week of copycat clowns, some of them reportedly armed and chasing people in the street. One report to police said a clown was armed with a gun, another with a knife.

Sgt Joe Grubbs of the Bakersfield Police Department told local television: "There's a natural phobia of clowns. And clearly if someone is dressed up as a clown and holding a weapon in a threatening manner that's going to frighten people.

"If they want to dress in a clown outfit and walk down the street, ride in a car, that is certainly OK. We would appreciate it if you don't try to frighten people or wield any weapons at anybody or anything like that."

So far, one teenager dressed as a clown has been arrested.

In a Facebook post the "Wasco Clown" said he only carried balloons. The post said: "Our clown and his wife only go out and take their nightly photo and go home. He does not chase anyone, he does not threaten anyone."

Ray Pruitt of the Kern County Sheriff's Department said: "We received a call, a report about a person dressed as a clown carrying a knife out in the southeast part of Bakersfield."

Bakersfield resident Michael Kephart told ABC7 in Los Angeles: "I think our society is going to pot. It's just a really bad thing."

The Louis Vuitton new campaign features... clown face!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Not Again?

I'm breaking away from my norm to make a prediction. I rarely make predictions. While doing some housekeeping on this blog I recalled an old post I'd written in 2011. October 17th was the stand-out date for that post.

In light of the latest news headlines re: the Island of Cyprus and Isis, suspected Ebola pre-pandemic and all that jazz, it's appropriate to re-visit that territory. I feel something very bad and media-worthy may occur this coming Friday. (I'll buy a hat to eat on Saturday, just in case!)

The significance of the number 17 is well known. This particular date, Friday, 17th October, is nine days after the Blood Moon Eclipse of 8th October, that is 9 + 8 = 17.

Oct 17 1925 Issue - New York City's predictive in an obscure way! Those are the Twin Towers, and yes, there are two planes flying above the smoking towers!
Paris massacre of anti-war protesters
Typhoon Fransisco heads for Japan 17th October 2013
Batman: "I won't kill you, but I don't have to save you!"...



Looking into the history of the number does provide an astonishing explanation.  I feel, at least as one reason for the persistent use of 17 in the various enigmas, is its associations with the number 153, the fish, and most of all, the vesica piscis.  Valuable insight is realized by exploring these relationships.
In the last chapter of the Gospel John, verse 11, the miraculous catch of fish is told.  The tale states specifically that 153 large fish were netted by the disciples.  Many scholars have debated on why such a precise number was applied.  Some feel there is nothing to it; while others believe the number must possess a veiled knowledge.
An amazing aspect of the number 153 is that the first 17 integers sum to this number (1+2+3+4…..+17=153).   This direct relationship between 17 and 153 was significant to St. Augustine.  He believed the number 17 was special because it was the sum of the 7 gifts of the Spirit and the 10 commandments. This combination of the old and new covenant (Law and Spirit), and the fact that 153 encompassed the ‘first 17’, led St. Augustine to propose 153 saints will rise from the dead at the world’s end.   Here, one may even question if the month January, as the ‘first’ month, along with the date 17, might allude to ‘first 17’, and therefore 153.
The number 153 is also one of the numbers used to illustrate the closest approximation to the square root of 3.  265/153=1.73206….(infinity).  The square root of 3 is 1.732058…(infinity) and is extremely important to the vesica piscis.  The vesica piscis, meaning ‘vessel of the fish’, is a shape formed by intersecting two circles with the same radius and with centers on the perimeter of the other.  The square root of 3 is recognized to be the value of the central line of the vesica piscis.  You could call it the major axis of these two combining worlds or circles.
Not only does the name vesica piscis translate to include fish, but the relationship to the number of 153 fish in the Bible verse is seen; for 153 is used to convey an important value of the ‘fish’ or vesica piscis (265/153).  And as mentioned, 17 is equivalent to 153 by it being the sum of the first 17 integers.
This, to me, is extremely interesting in relation to the following.  One cause, recognized by scholars, for the held importance of 17 is verse 17 of Numbers (chapter 24) in the Bible speaks of the coming star.  This star is believed to refer to Christ.  Many images of Christ show him within the vesica piscis and the fish symbol is celebrated in Christian belief.
Christ said he was the Truth, the Way, and the Life, and only through him can a person come to the Father (John 14:6). It is not difficult to then feel this joining of two circles, illustrates the coming together of two worlds (God and man); since Christ is often depicted in this space of the vesica piscis.  The shape in the center exposes the way, truth, and life to something beyond.  Support is realized from 153 being written for the amount of fish caught in the verse of John, and for 153 being one of the whole numbers used to express the cut through space of the vesica piscis.
The Ebola River - NDR of Congo

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Up, Up and Away with the Fairies!

I've wasted a lot of time today watching, frankly hilarious videos discussing the possibility of Michelle Obama actually being a man in disguise. Even the late Joan Rivers seemed to know about this 'transgender' issue!

Today, I also read that Emirates Airlines chief, Sir Tim Clark, has questioned the official report into what happened to Flight MH370. Intriguing...

While reading more on the story, I found plenty of syncs for both MH370 and MH17, including how the Dutch investigator goes against the official report findings for MH17 (the Ukraine flight) by stating that a passenger was found with an oxygen mask. This fuels the theory that MH370 and MH17 could quite possibly be the same plane. The so-called 'conspiracy theories' just keep on coming.

I was laughing sarcastically after reading this little gem of an article, which pools as many conspiracies as possible, but fails to mention the Pitbull and Shakira song, 'Get it started'! Some of the more widely publicized theories are presented as 'conspiracy' here...

What have I learned today? HAARP is making more headlines in one week (now it's apparently closed) than it has in over 20+ years of operation.

I've also learned that one in ten Americans believe in Aliens, Time Travel, and other dimensions.

The article also tells me that, quote: "No conspiracy is complete without Israeli involvement"! ....hint hint hint....