31 October, 2010
The Bank of Scotland is in Edinburgh on The Mound - which connects the Old and New Town - and was built in 1801, though the bank itself was created long before this in 1695.
The St. Andrew's flag or Saltire, a white cross on a blue background, has a long history.
One legend goes back to the 8th century and a battle with the English known as Athelstaneford. It seems that King Ungus (though also referred to as King Angus Mac Fergus or Óengus II of the Picts) saw a cloud shaped formation like the Saltire - white clouds on the blue sky background - and took this to be a sign that St.Andrew was watching over them and would lead them to victory.
As to whether the cross seen over the Bank of Scotland has any significance, who knows. A symbolic meaning perhaps or just a coincidence of two planes on opposing flight paths?
30 October, 2010
Scrabble? Yes a Scrabble coincidence from Raine Carosin a South African artist.
Raine was playing the automated version of Scrabble on her computer. The third 'player' placed the word 'rain' - which happens to be how her first name, Raine, sounds (without the e). The letters left on her own grid spelled out her surname: Carosin. She was so impressed by seeing her name that she took a screen shot of the coincidence, as seen above.
Raine sent me an interesting email where she expressed her belief that there is a 'Higher Hand' that can move us to where we should be at any time. She writes, "... the wonderful thing was that I had a vision ... of Eternity, which I painted because God told me to. Anyway, I'm not the best artist, but I did do the paintings."
A selection of Raine's paintings can be seen on South African Artists, picture on right is called Lady.
She continued to say, "... but what amazed me more than anything is that we can be moved to where we must be, like a cloud or a book. I cannot write about all the things that have happened, but synchronicity is a reality.
Just tonight my husband, Pierre, and I, marvelled at how we both were being employed in two separate Internet companies by our two different contacts: his - Jakes, and mine, Jake. We've only been married 4 years on 20 Oct '10, but we are most definitely cosmic twins."
My thanks to Raine for her coincidence and view on life.
29 October, 2010
The phrase the double coincidence of want was coined by William Stanley Jevons (1835-1882) in his book Money and the Mechanism of Exchange which is now in the public domain. It was published way back in 1876.
This is what Jevons wrote: "The first difficulty in barter is to find two persons whose disposable possessions mutually suit each other's wants. There may be many people wanting, and many possessing those things wanted; but to allow of an act of barter there must be a double coincidence, which will rarely happen."
In other words there have to be coincidences for a barter to take place. He goes on to give examples of the problems with bartering. This is one of them:
"When Mr. Wallace was travelling in the Malay Archipelago, he seems to have suffered rather from the scarcity than the superabundance of provisions. In his most interesting account of his travels, he tells us that in some of the islands, where there was no proper currency, he could not procure supplies for dinner without a special bargain and much chaffering upon each occasion. If the vendor of fish or other coveted eatables did not meet with the sort of exchange desired, he would pass on, and Mr. Wallace and his party had to go without their dinner. It therefore became very desirable to keep on hand a supply of articles, such as knives, pieces of cloth, arrack, or sago cakes, to multiply the chance that one or other article would suit the itinerant merchant.
I won't bore you with too much on the subject but it does show how different kinds of coincidences can affect all parts of life. Jevons spoke of the benefits of money when trading - as coincidences are then no longer required for a transaction to take place:
"Accustomed from our earliest years to the use of money, we are unconscious of the inestimable benefits which it confers upon us; and only when we recur to altogether different states of society can we realize the difficulties which arise in its absence."
Finding a £10 Note Coincidence
Seed Money Brings A Tenfold Return
The Art Of Finding Coins Or Anything Else
28 October, 2010
A while back I wrote a post about the author Colin Wilson and his coincidence of where -after reading something - he picked up another book and opened it at an article written about exactly the same subject. Yesterday the same thing happened to me.
I was reading The Power of Coincidence and it mentioned the Nazca Lines in Peru and how Maria Reiche, a German mathematician, had devoted most of her life studying these lines.
I finished reading and, for some reason, picked up Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World. It opened to page 189 where I read, "In the last 1940's, Kosok teamed up with Maria Reiche, a German mathematician and astronomer. She had come to Nazca to pursue a theory of Kosok's that the lines were astronomically aligned ..."
The same page went on to tell of how, "Kosok died in 1959, but Maria Reiche has devoted her life to the study of these lines, living rough in the desert, tracing new alignments and preserving them against the inroads of tourists."
With the world of coincidence one thing leads on to another with the aid of synchronicity. And when I was looking for a photo, to include on this post, I searched on Google Images and the first one I clicked on was the one I have used. This turns out to have been released to the Public Domain by - yes, you've guessed - Maria Reiche!
27 October, 2010
"I had cause some years back to go and collect a load of straw from some farm buildings in Gloucestershire. A colleague, Anne, came with me for the ride, which I undertook in a small lorry, not much bigger than a pick-up truck.
I collected the straw and took this to the lorry. I noticed that Anne looked a little strained when I got ready to drive back, but I didn't mention the fact to her.
After we had delivered the straw she told me what had happened at the farm.
She said that as soon as I had left the cab, to load the straw, the whole place changed. She was now in a courtyard with other buildings at the side of the yard.
She saw herself as standing in the centre of the courtyard but as a young woman of about fifteen or sixteen years old (whereas in fact she was in her early twenties).
The young woman she saw in the courtyard in no way resembled her and was dressed as a servant girl from past centuries. Despite this she instantly knew this woman was actually herself and she suddenly found herself standing in the courtyard, and she 'became' the servant girl.
A horse came galloping into the courtyard, the rider dressed in old style clothes and wearing a three cornered hat. The horse reared up into the air close by her, frightening her, then another horse and rider galloped in and did the same thing.
She was aware that the second horse and rider had chased the first one into the courtyard. She was terrified and knew that they were going to fight.
She could not get from in between the two prancing horses, as the two men fought with swords. She did not experience being killed, but knew she was trampled to death under the hoofs of the horses.
Anne said the whole incident appeared to take about ten minutes but, in reality, she knew it had only been a few seconds. She swore she had not been to sleep.
Later I discovered that the place concerned was, centuries ago, a manor house farm and the foundations of the original buildings were where my lorry was parked.
I believe that the reason why she had this vision was because her subconscious was excited because she was on the exact spot where she was killed so many lifetimes ago. This glimpse of a previous reincarnation may have been to give her a shock so she would start thinking about what her present life was really for.
Don't know if readers will agree with my explanation."
The Reincarnation Of Cathars Priest Roger de Grisolles
The Reincarnation Of James Fletcher
Astral Travel By Hypnotherapy
26 October, 2010
67 Not Out Readers Coincidences - 5
67 Not Out Readers Coincidences - 6
25 October, 2010
"I'm not what you would call the religious type and I've always believed that most religion is based on nothing more than fairytales. But in 2001 I had a strange experience.
I was on holiday with my husband in St.Lucia. I stopped in my tracks when I saw this woman on the other side of the room. Everything about her reminded me of my mother who had died a couple of years before - her body shape, her hair, the way she twisted her mouth when she smiles, the kindness in her eyes and the way she moved.
I was in no doubt that my mother's spirit was present in this lady. We smiled at each other but didn't speak. There was no need for words. We both understood."
You could well say that this was all just imagination or even class it as a doppelganger, wraith or double. Maybe we simply see what we want to see at times.
In my own experience I saw someone who looked exactly like my dead mother, so much so that it quite shook me up at the time.
I was also on a holiday break and my wife and I were walking along the sea front on England's south coast at Eastbourne and there she was. I just said, "There's mum."
As with Sharon's story this wasn't a ghost like mirage, it was a solid person who looked at me but kept on walking. She had the same build, look, hair and expression as my mother had.
I have no answer as to how these sort of things happen. All I can say is that, in my own case, it all felt completely real. Perhaps the dead are able to return briefly to this plane.
P.S. Sharon Corr has released her first solo album Dream of You.
Daisy The Gentle Ghost Who Loves Dogs
The Ghost Of Granny And Her Revenge
Speaking To My Dead Father
24 October, 2010
In the 1830s, when he was just 14 months old, he was given up for adoption. In Hare's autobiography he relates the following story:
On the anniversary of my adoption, we all went to Mannheim and dined at the hotel where, seventeen years before, I, being fourteen months old, was given away to my aunt, who was also my godmother, to live with her forever as if I were her own child.
When we returned to the station in the evening on the platform was a poor woman crying bitterly, with a child in her arms.
She was asked if she was in great trouble. "Yes," she said.
"It is about my little child, who is only fourteen months old, and is going away from me forever in the train which is coming. It is going to be adopted by its aunt, who is also its godmother, and I shall never, never have anything to do with it any more."
23 October, 2010
Last weekend Israel's state lottery drew exactly the same six numbers as the draw just three weeks earlier. Seen live on television the numbers were 36, 33, 32, 26, 14 and 13.
Local radio stations were flooded with calls saying that the draw must have somehoe been rigged - but, of course, it wasn't.
An official from Mifal HaPayis who run the national lottery company said, "We are in the business of luck, and when it comes to chances and probabilities anything is possible, even the rare and infrequent, like in this case."
Everything was double checked, the balls and machine were examined and it was simply one of those coincidences. Yitzhak Melechson, a professor of statistics at the University of Tel Aviv, said, "The incident of six numbers repeating themselves within a month is an event of once in 10,000 years."
But these sort of things do happen, whatever the odds, as you can also read in: The Bulgarian Lottery Coincidence and The Bizarre Chinese Lottery Coincidence
22 October, 2010
Identical Twins Parallel Lives
Identical twins were born in Ohio in 1939 and they were adopted by different families. In 1979 they were reunited and it was then that they noticed the coincidences in their lives.
They had both been called James but were known as Jim (different surnames, of course: Lewis and Springer) and each of them had law enforcement training. Both twins married a girl called Linda and had a sons' called James - one was James Alan and the other James Allan.
Jim and Jim both likes carpentry as a hobby, favoured St.Petersburg in Florida as a vacation beach and both had a dog called Toy.
This is from Phenomena: A Book of Wonders and tells the story of a man who was killed by a Taxi in 1975 when riding his moped. Okay, a dreadful accident but here's the coincidence: Exactly one year before the man's brother was also killed, riding the same moped, and by the same taxi driver, on the same street and the taxi was carrying the same passenger.
The Clock Died Too
On September 1st, 1715 King Louis XIV of France died. At the exact moment of his death, 7.45am, an ornate clock belonging to the king stopped and has, supposedly, never worked again since.
The Same Assassin
An assassin called Claude Volbonne murdered Baron Rodemire de Tarazone of France in 1872. Twenty-one years previous to this the baron's father was also murdered by an assassin called Claude Volbonne. A double coincidence as the two assassins were different people and weren't related.
Catching A Baby
While strolling down a street in Detroit, in the 1930s, a baby fell on Joseph Figlock from a high window. A year later, walking down the same street, the same baby fell on him again and from the same window. Fortunately both baby and Joseph Figlock survived to tell the tale.
21 October, 2010
- and a time when there weren't too many readers. So, most likely, more recent subscribers and visitors won't have read this previously.
My wife and I try to take as many holiday breaks throughout the year - abroad and in England - as we can. This coincidence happened on one such break to Devon and is quickly explained.
We had booked a chalet near the sea for a week and when we arrived we were shown to a house instead, which was much better and larger than expected.
As usual we moved our luggage into the house and, after unpacking, looked about.
In England all electrical equipment, in rented holiday accommodation, has to have a sticker on it stating when the item was checked, who by and when the next check is required.
By chance I noticed the sticker on the side of the television. It had been checked by 'Mike Perry' - which just happens to be my name. That was a big coincidence in itself but there is more! The date when it had to be next checked was July 23rd - which also happens to be my birthday. I looked at a few more of the electrical items and they were all the same.
I'm not sure what these coincidences indicate but they impressed me at the time! Maybe it was just to indicate that I was in the right place at the right time.
20 October, 2010
"Bind the eyes of a frog with the flesh of a nightingale in the skin of a hart, place them near the person you wish to keep awake."
It's just magic! The first is Cornish witchcraft to cure whooping cough and the second will prevent sleep in ... well, anyone you want to keep awake.
Okay, we may laugh at these - as we avoid walking under a ladder, throwing a pinch of salt over our left shoulder while clutching onto our rabbits foot or four leaf clover.
In a Freemasons ceremony the apprentice enters with a noose and a rope around his neck, hung over his back ...
Magic, spells, talismans, ceremonies and so on may sound a little strange, even silly, to many but there is a purpose behind them which makes them either effective or meaningful.
They are props to make us believe and behind every aspect of life are our individual beliefs. These may hold us back in life, influence how we act or, on a positive note, drive us forward. With many of us though our beliefs - built up since childhood - are limiting.
An example of man's limitation may be something such as the four minute mile. Once upon a time no one believed that it was physically possible for human beings to run the mile in less than four minutes - so, for many, many years no one did. Well, it couldn't be done, could it?
Roger Bannister dared to think he could, so he altered his belief system. He programmed himself to believe that he could achieve the impossible by rehearsing the event over and over in his mind. And in 1954 he broke his belief barrier and ran the mile in under four minutes.
This was great for Bannister but it was also even greater for what he did for others. Within one year 37 other athletes also broke the four minute mile. They had witnessed that the impossible was actually possible, so they were able to physically run faster themselves. Today the four minute mile is common place.
What a lot of magic does is to re-programme belief. Because of the effort involved it convinces us that if we do this, this and that then, whatever it is, will come about - and sure enough it does.
Everything boils down to belief. It's why a faith healer or a trip to Lourdes may well work.
Sometimes we have to dream the impossible - because it isn't really so. We are simply bogged down by centuries of being told certain things by religions, parents, traditions and so on. These 'beliefs' become ingrained and difficult to remove. We are told we will die at, say 80, that our body will decline at, say, 60. Our memories will start to fade and ... etc. etc.
I believe, however, that we are on the cusp. Gradually things will alter, a new set of beliefs will emerge and wonderful, unbelievable things will become believable and therefore commonplace.
It will all be the result of Belief Programming and the ways in which we go about strengthening and developing our own personal belief systems. It's up to us what props we use: magic, ceremonies, visualisation, meditation, observing and acting upon coincidences and synchronicities plus dozens and dozens of other alternatives.
There could be exciting times ahead.
As he thinketh in his heart, so he is - Proverbs 23:7
19 October, 2010
Now they say that the odds of this happening is about a billion to one. Not sure who works out these stats but, anyway, a chef found a completely round egg. A normal chicken egg, that is.
The guy, James Church, lives here in Cornwall and was preparing breakfasts for the Hotel Bristol, where he works in Newquay - and there it was: a perfectly round egg.
James said, "I've probably cracked at least 100,000 eggs in my time as a chef but I've never seen one like this. I managed to save it from the frying pan and I'm definitely going to keep it."
He went on to tell the Daily Mail, "We get trays of free range eggs delivered in the morning and I was cracking them ready to make breakfast for the guests. I pulled out one tray and spotted this perfectly round egg. I stood for a few moments in awe because I had never seen anything like it. I called everyone in the kitchen over and they stood around it too, because they had never seen anything like it either."
So, there you go, a billion to one coincidence - or will more round eggs come to light?
18 October, 2010
Scott named the monster, using the Ancient Greek language, and settled on Nessiteras rhombopteryx. This is translated loosely as meaning the Ness monster with diamond-shaped fin.
Not sure why he couldn't have settled on a Scottish name and neither did the British newspapers at the time. As happens, one of the reporters was into anagrams and played around with Nessie's Greek name.
By a coincidence the reporter managed to re-arrange the letters of Nessiteras rhombopteryx to read, Monster Hoax by Sir Peter S.
All of this failed to deter Sir Peter and along with David James MP, and others, they founded the Loch Ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau which was in existence for ten years from 1962 to 1972.
One of the most famous photos of the Loch Ness Monster is the one on this post, supposedly taken by Dr. Robert Wilson way back in 1934. He claimed he was looking at the loch when he saw the monster, grabbed his camera and snapped five photos. After the film was developed, only two exposures were clear. In saying this it is now generally thought that the photo may well be a fake.
No clear photos of the monster have ever been published so many agree with that anagram of: Monster Hoax by Sir Peter S. But there again ... there could be a monster, couldn't there?
The Cornish Mystery Of Morgawr Monster Of The Seas
17 October, 2010
"I was born on the seventh day of the week, seventh day of the month, seventh month of the year, seventh year of the century.
I was the seventh child of a seventh child, and I have seven brothers; that makes seven sevens.
On my 27th birthday, at a race meeting, when I looked at the race card to pick a winner in the seventh race, the horse numbered seven was called Seventh Heaven, with a handicap of seven stone. The odds were seven to one. I put seven shillings on the horse.
It finished seventh."
16 October, 2010
There were two advertisements in question, both for a new dice game called The Deadly Double. Each ad had a headline of Achtung, Warning, Alerte! and were placed in the newspaper sixteen days prior to the attack.
The smaller of these advertisements - see top right of this post - showed two dice, one black and one white. On the white dice were the numbers 12 and 24 and also XX, which would be 20 in Roman numerals. The black dice showed the numbers of 0, 5 and 7.
It was claimed at the time that the 12 and 7 could have referred to the date of the attack (December 7); 5 and 0 may have indicated the time of the attack and the XX (20) might have stood for an approximate latitude of the target.
As for the other advert (see left) at the bottom were the words THE DEADLY DOUBLE and underneath this was a double headed heraldic eagle with a shield bearing a double cross (XX). This was all very similar to the armorial device of Germany.
These suspicions were taken seriously enough to be investigated by FBI agents and they made visits to the people who had placed the advertisements. These were a Mr and Mrs Roger Craig.
The game turned out to be legitimate and was sold in several New York stores.
The fact that the US government had looked into the matter was kept under wraps until 1967 when a U.S naval intelligence officer, Ladislas Farago, broke the story in a press release for a book he had written called The Broken Seal.
At the time Roger Craig's widow was emphatic that any connection between the advertisements and Pearl Harbor 'was just one big coincidence.'
In some ways this is a similar coincidence story to WW2 Code Names Found In Crosswords. Though both episodes were completely unproven there still remains opinion in some quarters that these were more than just coincidence.
15 October, 2010
In my post on Wednesday I was talking about clusters of coincidences and then yesterday (Thursday) I had a run of a few small coincidences myself. Odd how this sort of thing happens - it's almost a coincidence!
Our son, his wife and their 11 week old son have gone away on a belated honeymoon. We didn't have any idea of how long it would take to get to their destination. My wife said to me, "I wonder when they will arrive?"
As soon as she had finished her sentence the phone rang. It was our son saying, "Hello dad, we've just arrived."
Now that's how quickly all questions should be answered! And many are.
We had to go to the supermarket for a big shop. I usually wander off to look at the CDs and stuff while my wife fills up the trolley with essentials. I was in a world of my own thinking about something that had happened the previous week and how, out of the blue, the problem was solved. I thought to myself, "Strange how that all worked out so well, wonder how that happened?"
A voice said, "It was divine intervention." It was just like someone was answering the question in my mind. It actually turned out to be an elderly women relating a story to a friend. But, for me, she was answering my question too.
That morning, when the post arrived, there were letters for both myself and my wife from banks, both with new PIN numbers for credit / debit cards. I asked my wife what her four digit number was. Incredibly it was exactly the same as the one I had received. And this was virtually the same thing that had happened to Tom in the last post which included 67 Not Out Readers Coincidence Stories.
I was thinking (I seem to do a lot of that!) about something that Nancy had written as a comment on a blog post about UFO's. She wrote, "... I think they (UFOs) are around quite often and for some reason they are not always visible to everyone."
So why can't everyone see UFOs?
That evening I picked up an old book about Uri Geller by Andrija Puharich, opened it up at rendom to page 248. This was a supposed conversation with an alien called Hoova about UFO/Alien visits. This is what Hoova is quoted as saying, after being asked if space visitations were from his 'group':
"Most of these reports by humans (about UFOs) are due to hallucinations and aberrations. But some units have landed. But most of the reported landings have been other visitors from space - some of whom we do not see. They are of different vibrations different spaces, different velocities. We are the only ones who are mostly here. The other visitors come and go. We stay.
So seeing UFOs is all down to the old favourite: vibrations.
Okay, so there we have a cluster of small coincidences. It seems definitely true to me that once we start thinking about, or talking about, something important to us coincidences (and answers) follow.
14 October, 2010
This is a coincidence I mentioned way back when I first started writing this blog. I thought I'd update it and publish it again as, at the time, 67 Not Out didn't have too many visitors.
My wife and I were away on a long weekend break to North Devon and on the journey home I decided to take a longer scenic route, which took in the rugged north coast of Cornwall. It got to about 11 o'clock and I saw a sign to a small village called Boscastle.
I asked my wife if she'd like to visit there, so we could have a tea or coffee overlooking the sea. She wasn't too sure but I took the turning anyway and when I got to Boscastle drove into the only car park.
As it was late September the very large car park was virtually empty, so we found a spot right in the middle. As we parked another car stopped directly behind us but three rows back. I looked in my mirror and thought the car looked familiar but thought nothing more of it.
My wife went to the back of our car to make some tea. I looked again in my mirror and remarked to my wife that the man who had just pulled his car in behind us looked a little like Mick, a friend of some 30 years.
To cut a long story short it was our friend and his wife. Mick said he didn't realise it was us until he recognised my wife as she was bending over the car boot!
Now they live some 180 miles from where we live and they too, unbeknown to us, had also had a weekend away. They too were on their way home, in their case some 270 miles away. We were on our way home, about 90 miles away.
The strange coincidences were that:
(1) They arrived only minutes after us.
(2) They parked directly behind us, when they could have gone anywhere in the big car park. If they had chosen another spot we could have easily missed seeing them.
(3) Neither of us knew the other would be anywhere near Boscastle.
(4) As they drove into the car park Mick, and his wife Janet, were talking about coincidences.
So did one of us receive some sort of telepathic message that we should head for Boscastle? Was it purely by chance or an example of synchronicity? Whatever, we spent a pleasant, unexpected, time together.