24 June, 2016

So Mr Cameron, It Really Was A Sign That The UK Would Leave the EU !!



Not to be taken too seriously but, Mr Cameron, you should have read my post of the 13th of July - the signs were there!!

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23 June, 2016

The Most Gruesome Coincidence About President Lincoln

John Wilkes Booth
John Wilkes Booth
I'm going back in time today to President Lincoln's assassination. and some strange coincidences - not those well known ones, that are often regurgitated, but something different. These I found when scouring some very old newspapers.

It seems that a William J Ferguson was on the stage of Ford's theatre in Washington on the evening of the assassination - at the time he was a callboy at the Ford's. This is what was reported in a newspaper:

"The house where Mr. Lincoln was brought after the shooting, and where he died the following morning at 7 o'clock, was an actor's boarding house, to which Mr Ferguson had been accustomed to bring actors living there their 'sides' or parts,

"A peculiar coincidence connected with the house was the fact that the last time Mr Ferguson went on his usual errand, prior to the shooting, he found the actors all sitting about on the edge of the bed in which Lincoln died, and John Wilkes Booth lying in it smoking a pipe.

"Another peculiar coincidence connected with the whole affair is the fact that in the very hour that Edwin Booth, John Wilkes Booth's brother, died the front of the Ford's theatre collapsed.

"As to the story that John Wilkes Booth was burned to death or shot by the soldiers who surrounded the barn to which he fled across the Chain bridge, Mr Ferguson claims that both stories are absolutely untrue. Booth committed suicide, and, it being the final and most gruesome coincidence of all the coincidences connected with that most tragic shooting, shot himself through the base of the skull, in exactly the same place where he had shot Lincoln."

The standard explanation of Booth's death is - as per Wikipedia:

Sergeant Boston Corbett shot him [Booth]. According to Corbett's later account, he fired at Booth because the fugitive "raised his pistol to shoot" at them. Conger's report to Stanton, however, stated that Corbett shot Booth "without order, pretext or excuse," and recommended that Corbett be punished for disobeying orders to take Booth alive. Booth, fatally wounded in the neck, was dragged from the barn to the porch of Garrett's farmhouse, where he died three hours later, aged 26.

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21 June, 2016

The Weird Coincidence Of The Yukon Gold Rush


I'm sure there were lots of tales from the Yukon territory, the gold rush and the 'trail of '98' but this is perhaps one of the weirdest - and features a remarkable coincidence

The story is of Simon and John Turner, known to thousands of old time sourdoughs as the Two Apostles and also the Gold Dust Twins.

Simon and John were twins. Everything one wanted to do, the other also wanted to do. If one had a pain, the other felt it: they had a bond that shared everything.

The twins followed the trail to Yukon gold. Eventually, in the vicinity of the Lake La Barge region they located a paying claim. John started for Skagway with a large bag of gold nuggets. Simon stayed to work the claim.

Weeks and then months passed, but there was no sign of John returning. Simon felt a strange foreboding. He decided to close his claim and set off to Skagway himself.

There was no trace of John, so in 1900 Simon took up the search for his missing twin. His search continued for 32 years travelling over all of the possible routes John may have taken.

He became a famous figure. In Skagway, at Dyea amd Lake Bennet men told of his seeking. Many thought him a little mad. Others did not accept his story of a search for a long lost twin brother, but credited his search to some hidden cache, or pay streak and regarded his story as a cunning dissimulation on his part to hide his true endeavour.

The years rolled by, Simon grew bent and developed a dry, hacking cough. Many tried to persuade him to give up his search but his reply was always the same: "Identical twins we were. Everything one did the other had to do, you can't separate that kind. I've got to find him. We came into this world together and together we gotta be when the last trumpet sounds."

When he reached 70 years of age Simon moved to a wilderness almost devoid of men.

Two prospectors working out from White Horse came upon Simon lying at the base of a precipice, about 100 yards off the old Lake La Barge trail. Though the old man's neck was broken from a fall his face wore a look of perfect serenity. He had not been dead for very long.

The two prospectors decided it best to bury him where he lay. They dug down a little way when they turned up a skeleton. Mingled with the bones was an ancient wallet and some 32 year old papers, well preserved where the frost line lies close to the surface.

The papers bore witness that the skeleton was that of John, his long sought identical twin! By grim irony Simon had located his brother too late to know it in this conscious world.

Perhaps all of this was simply a coincidence, or maybe there's something more in this sympathy existing between twins, that is more powerful than man can know.

The two men were finally buried together and over their grave stands a simple headstone which reads:

In Death They Were Not Divided.

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19 June, 2016

Coincidences Aren't Always What We Think!

1950s policeman on traffic duty

This cutting from a newspaper made me smile - coincidences aren't always what we think!

Stories of people meeting up by coincidence reminded me of the time I was a police officer on Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire [England].

Doing point duty in the town centre, I was suddenly surprised to see walking on the pavement towards me an old friend whom I'd not seen for many a year. He was wearing clerical clothes and a dog collar. Such was my amazement, I left the traffic control and went to meet him.

Although I was in uniform, he recognised me immediately and we greeted each other enthusiastically. We chatted and it was obvious what I was now doing, while he told me he had just been appointed as the new curate if the local Church of England church.

We then got around to finding out when and where was the last time we'd seen each other, Therein lies the coincidence.

We went through our entire lives from school days, military service and civilian occupations. It was then that we both had to acknowledge the fact that we had never actually met each other before - at least not in this lifetime!

~ M.D Davies, Warks.

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17 June, 2016

4000 Year Old Bird Drips Blood During War Time

Lord Baden-Powell, founder of Boy Scouts
Lord Baden-Powell, founder of Boy Scouts
A coincidence from the archives, or perhaps it was some form of prophetic power (but take that suggestion with a pinch of salt but, there again ...)

London, October 26, 1930: A tale of an Egyptian mummified hawk that drips 'blood' during war time was told today by Lord Robert Baden-Powell, chief scout.

Lord Baden-Powell says he is not superstitious, but thinks its prophetic powers are "an amazing coincidence".

Bird 4000 Years Old
Asked to amplify a brief reference he made to the bird at a recent banquet he said:
"The bird, which is in a mummified state, was discovered in 1887 by a friend of mine during excavation work in Egypt. By comparing it to other things discovered at the same time, he concluded that the bird was at least 4000 years old.

"I saw the thing for the first time the other day at a friend's private museum. It is in a wonderful state of preservation and, although they eyes are gone, one can still clearly see the beak and the features."

Forecast of Boer War
"On the shelf where the bird stands, I noticed a dry brown stain, and when I questioned my friend about it he told me about a month before the outbreak of the Boer War the hawk became damp and gently oozed bubbles of this stuff.

"All through the campaign this 'sweating' continued, until about a month before the war ended, when, as suddenly and mysteriously as it had begun, the dripping ceased.

"But exactly a month before the outbreak of the great war [World War I] the bubbles again appeared, and the amazing fact is that they again stopped just a month before the armistice.

"How can one account for it? Is the liquid some preservative which is affected by the weather?

Lasted for War's Duration
"A point which seems to rather upset this theory is that there surely must have been weather conditions when the bird was dry similar to those when it was wet. And, again, how is one to explain that on each occasion the oozing coincides so exactly with the duration of the war?

"Personally I think it is just and amazing coincidence"

Well, there we go. An honourable man like Baden-Powell surely wouldn't spin an untruthful yarn, would he?

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15 June, 2016

A White Feather To Cilla From Bobby

Cilla Black 1960s
Cilla Black in the 1960s
A little something I read recently about Cilla Black - a British pop star from the Beatles era.

When Cilla's husband, Bobby, died she was, needless to say, traumatised. She would spend hours sitting under a willow tree in her garden, in Denham, talking to Bobby, and praying for a sign from him. One day, a white feather floated through the air and landed at her feet.

This convinced Cilla that Bobby was in touch with her and she is quoted as telling her sons, "I know he is waiting for me. When the time comes, we will be together again."

I seem to be getting many white feather stories recently. Not perhaps ones suitable for publishing on the blog but nevertheless interesting as a whole. If you search for white feathers at the top of the page you will find dozens of such stories on this blog.

Cilla had also seen a ghost in her house - a pallid faced girl, in a long white dress with a ruffled collar. Cilla and Bobby had seen her in their bedroom and other visitors had glimpsed the girl in other parts of the house.

Research was done and it was found that 14 year old Lilian Redley, the daughter of the gardener, was recorded as having died in the house in 1912. A clairvoyant claimed that Lilian had died in childbirth and was 'earth bound' as she was looking for her baby,

Cilla Black died last year.

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13 June, 2016

A Coincidence Sign That Perhaps Britain Will Exit The European Union!

Independence Day: Resurgence

I was looking at a poster for the movie Independence Day: Resurgence and noticed that it will be released in the UK on June 23rd. "Ding," a bell rang in my head, could this be a sign about what is being called Brexit.

"Is this a precognitive coincidence, showing that the result of the British referendum will be Independence from Europe?" I wondered.

Release date Independence Day: Resurgence

For those who may not know: Brexit is an abbreviation of British exit. It refers to the possibility that Britain will withdraw from the European Union. The country will hold an in-out referendum on its EU membership on June 23.

Brexit

So, is this a sign that Britain will regain it's Independence from the European Union? Okay, the most likely result is that we will remain in the EU - but the tide could well be turning ... I shall be voting to leave.

Resurgence: 
noun
meaning: an increase or revival after a period of little activity, popularity, or occurrence.
synonyms: renewal, revival, recovery, rally, upturn, comeback, reinvigoration, reawakening, resurrection, reappearance, re-emergence, rejuvenation, regeneration, new birth, rebirth, renaissance, new dawn, new beginning

Time will tell!

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