22 September, 2014

Homer And The Motorhead Ace Of Spades Coincidence

Homer Simpson playing cards

Here's a short coincidence story via JC, who often sends me interesting bits and pieces. It's the sort of happening, though very simple, which can make quite an impression.

"I was watching an episode of the Simpsons one day whilst listening to the Motorhead song 'Ace of Spades' on my iPhone. As you do. Homer was in a casino playing blackjack I think. As he turned over the ace of spades card, the lyric 'the Ace of Spades' was 'sung' by Lemmy. In the exact same instant!

It was a simple but quite startling coincidence."

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20 September, 2014

Seeing Deceased Loved Ones In Your Dreams

In one of his novels, One for My Baby, Tony Parson's writes, "Sometimes I think that the dead live in dreams. Heaven, the afterlife, the next world, whatever you want to call it - it's all in our Dreams."

I must say that partly I agree with what he says.  There have been occasions when I have seen loved ones, who have been very close to me, in my dreams. Nothing on a regular basis, but they appeared real enough for me to remember them years later.

The character in Tony Parson's book, Alfie, says after dreaming of his wife, Rose, who was killed in an accident, "And I still don't know what to make of those dreams - were they just the product of loss and imagination and grief? Or was it really her? They didn't feel like something that I had made up.  They felt far more real than most of the waking days of my life."

In a way that's how I felt too. I can't say why, or how but the loved ones I have seen in my dreams I believe were in fact them - still alive, but in another dimension.  Maybe they have access to our world for a short while after they have passed on and are able to leave us messages in our dreams and perhaps in other ways too, as I have written about previously.

From my experience we are more likely to have contact with the dead in dreams just after they have died. Or maybe when we are about to move on ourselves from this life.

Later in the book 'Alfie' mentions this as his Nan (grandmother) is dying: "My Nan has started to see the dead in her dreams. What is a little bit scary is that sometimes she is awake when she has these dreams.  She doesn't need to sleep to see her remembered dead.  They come to her anyway."

Tony Parsons isn't an author I would usually read but someone, who was moving, gave my wife a load of books - about thirty or forty - and I picked out one to read by 'chance' - as I felt like reading something easy and relaxing for a change.

It's strange how things work out, as the book unexpectedly helped me to realise that I had formulated an opinion about how the dead do really contact us in our dreams. I could well have picked out another book to read - the Universe does move in mysterious ways!

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19 September, 2014

Cleanse The Mind By Looking At The Flowers

There is a lot of bad stuff going on in the world today, from beheadings and unrest to bombs and bullets.

Sometimes it's good to step back from all of this and cleanse our minds with beauty and positivity. I personally do this by walking along the cliffs near to where I live or by looking at, and enjoying flowers.

The photos on this post were snapped throughout the year in our garden. I'm no photographer but they do illustrate some of the wonderful things there are in the world. Occasionally we have to remind ourselves of this and take time to look at the flowers.

Poppies including Mrs.Perry
10 flower photos on 67 Not Out
Red rose
Pink dahlia
Yellow gladiolus
Michaelmus Daisies
River FalFootnote: The following day, after setting up this post, my wife and I went for a longish walk along the River Fal. We had lunch with us so stopped to sit on a wooden bench seat.

The seat was there as a memorial and had a small plaque which read. "In memory of Arthur Toby [my dad's name was Arthur and our favourite dog was Toby] a man who always said we should take time to smell the flowers." He must have been a wise man and it was a pleasure to have shared our lunch with Arthur Toby while overlooking the river on a sunshine day.

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18 September, 2014

Be Careful What You Wish For: A Warning Tale

Genie lamp wish

Here's a coincidence story which illustrates how we should perhaps be careful what we say or wish for.

England, March 7, 1952

A man who often said, "I'd give my right arm," to see his ailing daughter cured, lost the arm in a car crash - and she was mysteriously healed.

The odd case, with the names withheld, was described by Dr JMH Smellie of Liverpool in today's issue of the British Medical Journal.

Dr Smellie said the girl was crippled with arthritis and disfigured by a skin disease associated with it. Her devoted father tried all kinds of treatment, but she did not respond.

One day he set off on a motor trip with the girl and his wife. The car was wrecked and the father's right arm torn off.

Before the father's wound healed, the daughter's skin trouble and arthritis had vanished.

Dr Smellie offered two possible explanations - the cure might have been due to psychological factors or to cortisone liberated from the girl's adrenal glands by the shock of the accident.

In time of shock the adrenal glands, situated near the kidneys, pour out cortisone. This substance has come to the fore in recent years for the treatment of arthritis.

Source: Spokane Daily Chronicle - March 7, 1952

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17 September, 2014

Subliminal Messages To Get What You Want

Subliminal book

A not too serious post today!

In my younger years I was interested more in possessions and money than I am today. So I tried many of those 'visualisation' and 'power of the mind' techniques. Some were quite cranky, when I now look back, but the funny thing is some of them did seem to work.

I don't know why, but the following method, based on subliminal images, came to mind as I was walking yesterday.

As you'll no doubt know the first use of subliminal images was supposedly in American cinemas. A message, such as 'I must buy an ice-cream', was flashed on the screen during a movie. The result was that ice-cream sales rocketed in the interval. This sort of thing is mostly now illegal (unless it's done by the state!).

I digress, what I remembered, was a simple (silly?) method to influence our own minds to do something or attract something / someone. The message? Anything from 'I will attract a new car' to 'I will lose weight' - absolutely anything.

But how to get the message across to the unconscious in a simple way is normally difficult bit. This method though was easy.

Remember how movie cartoons used to be made? The figure would be drawn and then in each following frame the figure would be slightly altered. When all of the frames were run quickly in succession it looked like the figure was moving.

So the idea is to take a paperback book and print your message or symbols on the top right hand corner of the pages - one word only per page, perhaps leaving a couple of blank pages between the words. Then all you have to do is flick through the pages. You won't necessarily 'see' the message but your unconscious supposedly will.

It's then a case of having a flick through the pages several times a day - not trying to read anything - but just look as the pages flick past your vision. The theory is that the message / symbols will have an effect and you'll attract that amount of money, new car or will lose weight or whatever.

Okay, maybe silly - but is it? Could it be developed to be included in a video, for example, so you almost brainwash yourself into becoming more confident or lucky or ... your choice.

As I said, I remembered this from many years ago - and what I wanted came about. I was very young at the time and it had something to do with a girl. But enough said!

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16 September, 2014

Seven Days Of Photos

Spider and web

Apologies for today's post being off subject, but wasn't sure what to write - a mental block or something. So it's seven photos instead.

A while back I mentioned how I try to take a photo every day - nothing great, just a snap of something for that particular day. These are the previous seven photos.

Day 1: Spiders! They are everywhere at the moment, The one above was in my front garden, but it's the time of the year for them and we've had several inside the house as well - last night there was even one on my pillow!

Day 2: Tall Ships. The tall ships were in Charlestown harbour and these two were high up in the masts doing some repair work.

Tall ships, Charlestown, Cornwall

Day 3: Television Problems. Our television pictures disappeared so the aerial needed repair. But isn't it funny how things come in threes? My Internet connection also started playing up and we had a warning light appear on our car dashboard, so three electrical type problems all at once. But now resolved.

Sky satellite dish

Day 4: Dentist. Karin had to go to the dentist for a routine check up and this is the view as you leave the surgery - with the Truro Cathedral spires in the background.

Spire of Truro Cathedral

Day 5. Lemon Street Market. We had a look round and a coffee.

Lemon Street Market, Truro

Day 6: Rain Clouds. Can't remember seeing rain clouds appear like this before. Suddenly dark clouds to the left and sunshine to the right. Fortunately the clouds rolled on by and we didn't get wet,

Rain Clouds

Day 7: Grandson. No week is complete without Sammy (and granddaughter Lucy) being in the picture. Sammy's trying to work some sort of magic on me!

Grandson Sammy

Hopefully will be back on track tomorrow!

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15 September, 2014

The Curse Of Tutankhamen's Trumpets: Did They Start World War II?

Tutankhamen's trumpets

While trawling through the archives of old newspapers, for another purpose, I came across a story about a largely unknown curse from Tutankhamen's tomb.

Back in 2011 I wrote a post, The Curse Of The Pharaohs, about how many of those associated with the opening of the tomb appeared to be cursed. The following story, however, tells of the curse of the Pharaoh's war trumpet.

It all started, it seems, with a producer working on the staff of Radio Cairo in 1939. He had the bright idea to celebrate the Mohammedan New Year: a blast from one of the silver trumpets found in Tutankhamen's tomb - the trumpeter to stand on top of the Pyramid of Tutankhamen!

Permission was given, and the two huge trumpets, each four or five feet long, were brought from the Cairo Museum.

From the first, it appeared that the proposed broadcast was under an evil star. No musician could get a note out of either trumpet. At last one man was discovered who claimed he could make the trumpets play.

He did. Watched by a group of fascinated Radio Cairo executives, he blew into one of the trumpets and produced a piercing, ghostly wail, which no human ear had heard for over 3000 years. He also cracked the priceless instrument.

All the same, he was permitted to try the other trumpet. It responded. Again came that high, unearthly wail. The producer was satisfied. His broadcast would be a sensation. However ...

The musician fell on the steps of the museum and sprainded an ankle. The programme had to be postponed. When, some time later, the musician was well enough, he was helped to the top of the pyramid. Microphones were rigged. All was ready. But interference hadn't ceased. Twice the crew failed to reach the pyramid - automobile accidents. Then came a breakdown at Radio Cairo. Atmospheric conditions grew steadily worse. But at last, it happened. The New Year had gone by, but all radio sets were tuned for the eagerly awaited event.

The trumpet sounded. It curdled the blood of frightened listeners - an eerie, sinister, fiercely menacing howl, a note not of this world.

And next day came the letters - thousands of them - for all Egypt had trembled. The ancient silver instrument was Pharaoh's war trumpet.

Six months after that eerie blast, World War II broke out!

Coincidence? Curse of the Pharaohs? Wisest are they who grant that they do not know.

Source: The Milwaukee Sentinel - Aug 29, 1954

Below is video of a 1939 BBC recording of the trumpets.

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