30 September, 2014

The Coincidence Of The WW2 Nurse And The Truck Driver


The following is a true coincidence story taken from 'WW2 People's War' about Jerry Clements of Middlesbrough as told by Joan Bilton in 1974.

The month was November, and the year 1945. The war in Europe over, and Hiroshima still fresh in the memory. All over the world service men and women were picking up the pieces and dreaming of demob.

North Africa was teeming with prisoners of war and refugees. Algiers was busting at the seams, and among the allied forces in the town was a recently arrived contingent of WAAF’s (Womens Auxiliary Air Force). They were there to assist in the running of No 2 General Hospital, some miles from the town.

On this night a party of these girls - and I was one of them - waited by the hospital gates for transport to take them to a dance at the Sgts. Mess, RAF Blida. The transport was late, and some of them drifted back to their billets. Eventually the truck arrived and in a short time set off for Blida.

As the truck travelled along the 19 year old driver prepared to go over a level crossing. All appeared to be normal, barriers raised and green lights showed. As he drove onto the crossing he was horrified to see an engine speeding down the line and almost on top of them.

In desperation, he wrenched the wheel over to the right and hit the gate post.

The young driver, unhurt but badly shaken, went to get help. He was later to get an official commendation for his skill and prompt action in a serious emergency. Regaining consciousness days later I found I had been the most seriously injured WAAF, having a fractured skull.

Years passed, and I have lived in many parts of the country. My husband got a job with British Steel Corporation and we moved to Middlesbrough. On recommendation of colleagues at work, he decides to take his car to a motor engineer in the town centre.

As it was a Saturday, I went along with him to leave the car and do some shopping. As the repair proved to be easily remedied, we waited for the engineer to complete the job.

As the three of us chatted, a chance remark channelled the conversation into reminiscences of the war.

The engineer, Jerry Clements, had been in the RAF and served in Algiers. A look of amazement spread over his face as I described the ill-fated trip to that dance 29 years before. When the story was told, he spoke quietly.

"I was the driver of that lorry"!

WW2 People's War is an online archive of wartime memories contributed by members of the public and gathered by the BBC.

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29 September, 2014

Do We Know The True Three Secrets Of Fatima?

Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta
By 'chance' I noticed some synchronicity regarding the Three Secrets of Fatima and the date of May 13th. This was the date of the first apparitions; the day Pope Pius XII was ordained; Pope Paul VI flew to Fatima on May 13, 1967; and on May 13, 1981 Pope Paul was wounded by a Turkish terrorist in St Peter's Square.

The Three Secrets of Fátima are a series of three apocalyptic visions and prophecies which were supposedly given to three young Portuguese shepherds, Lúcia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto following an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, starting on 13 May 1917.

Around noon on the 13th, the Virgin Mary is said to have entrusted the children with three secrets. Two of the secrets were revealed in 1941 in a document written by Lúcia, at the request of José Alves Correia da Silva, Bishop of Leiria.

When asked by the Bishop in 1943 to reveal the third secret, Lúcia  said she was "not yet convinced that God had clearly authorized her to act." But, in October 1943, the Bishop ordered her to put the third secret in writing.

Lúcia did as instructed and sealed this in an envelope, not to be opened until 1960, when "it will appear clearer." For some reason this didn't happen but the supposed text of the third secret was officially released by Pope John Paul II in 2000. Some claim, however, that it was not the entire secret revealed by Lúcia, despite repeated assertions from the Vatican to the contrary.

The Secrets are as follows:

First Secret
Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire which seemed to be under the earth. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear.

The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repulsive likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent. This vision lasted but an instant. How can we ever be grateful enough to our kind heavenly Mother, who had already prepared us by promising, in the first Apparition, to take us to heaven. Otherwise, I think we would have died of fear and terror.

Second Secret
You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pope Pius XI.

When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church.

The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.

Third Secret
At the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword; it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour

Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: "Penance, Penance, Penance!" (In the second scene a terrible catastrophe befalls the world.) And we saw in an immense light that is God… a Bishop dressed in white. We had the impression it was the Holy Father.

Other Bishops, Priests, men and women going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big cross; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins, and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow.

He prayed for the souls of corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died the other Bishops, Priests, men and women, and various lay people of different ranks.

(The third scene depicts the return of humanity to God.) Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels, each with a crystal aspersorium in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.

How you decipher the 'secrets' is up to the individual but there has been much controversy and discussion as to whether the full 'true' secrets have been revealed,

For example, in his book, Behold A Pale Horse, Milton William Cooper, a former US Navy Intelligence Briefing Team Member, wrote the following:

"The events at Fatima in the early part of the century were scrutinized. On the suspicion that it was alien manipulation, an intelligence operation was put into motion to penetrate the secrecy surrounding the event. The United States utilized its Vatican moles and soon obtained the entire Vatican study, which included the prophecy.

This prophecy stated that if man did not turn from evil and place himself at the feet of Christ, the planet would self-destruct and the events described in the book of Revelation would indeed come to pass.

The prophecy demanded that Russia be consecrated to the Sacred Heart. It stated that a child would be born who would unite the world with a plan for world peace and a false religion. The people would discern that he was evil and was indeed the Anti-Christ.

WORLD WAR III would begin in the Middle East with an invasion of Israel by a United Arab nation using conventional weapons, which would culminate in a nuclear holocaust. Most of the life on this planet would suffer horribly and die as a result. The return of Christ would occur shortly thereafter."

Whatever we feel about the Three Secrets of Fatima there are times when it does feel as if we are on the knife-edge of something disastrous - but hopefully not.

And, of course, there is also an opinion that the Three Secrets of Fatima are a massive hoax ... but that would mean people are being manipulated by religion ... surely not ...

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27 September, 2014

So, Where Is Heaven?

Heaven sign

"So where is Heaven?"

I've read quite a few Near Death Experiences (NDEs) and though, often very descriptive, they never say 'whereabouts' it is they actually visited. Travel descriptions and pictures are all well and good but it's also nice to have a map. Especially if you think you might one day pay a visit yourself.

Usually people say that Heaven is up above us: we go up to Heaven and down for Hell, but that must surely now be an outdated view.

I was pondering this conundrum - not that my bags are packed or anything - but it would be nice to know where certain people are now residing.

When my best friend died his wife gave me quite a few of his books, many of them I still haven't got round to reading. I did, however, open up one yesterday called, The Magic Of Angels. This is a publication from the Seekers Trust who my friend was associated with. They are a spiritual and healing group in England.

The book is written by C.A. Simpson but the fly leaf states, "Based on the teachings of Dr. Lascelles received through his medium the late Mr. C.A. Simpson." Think of that what you will.

Anyway, here is what the book says about the location of Heaven:

"Heaven, we are informed by the great teachers and masters, does indeed exist, but it exists in the here and now, not in some other place some other time.This leaves us with the conclusion that it must occupy the same place as this earth.

One of the first precepts of philosophy is that two things cannot occupy the same place at the same time. But they can. If one interpenetrates the other as the odour of roses interpenetrates the air, or as water interpenetrates a sponge, then two things can occupy the same place.

This leaves us with the problem of invisibility. If Heaven is here and now interpenetrating not only us ourselves, but everything else on earth, how is it that we are not aware of it?

Perhaps the problem is one of hyper-physics whereby one atomic system can exist within another. This would indicate that there is nothing supernatural about Heaven and that it is a manifestation of a greatly extended nature, vaster and more intricate than science at this stage is capable of measuring.

After all, frontiers of nature have been pushed back so far that many things which are regarded as normal and acceptable (e.g. radio waves for instance and the whole range of cosmic rays) would have been looked upon as both impossible and supernatural a century ago."

Regarding Heaven and it's residents the book states:

"As for the inhabitants of Heaven we might consider Dr. Lascelles' assertion that Heaven is a mirror of this world. If a mirror, then the inhabitants of Heaven would be recognisable, but so also would the buildings, roads and artifacts. Normality would have to be the keynote."

So, according to a dead doctor - who should therefore have the inside info - Heaven is running alongside the earth side by side, intermingled, so to speak. The dead are with us but denseness or vibrational levels mean we can't see them.

And what do the dead in Heaven wear? Clothes - fortunately! To quote the good doctor:

"The inhabitants of Heaven wear clothes. It is noteworthy that period costume appears to be the mode more than modern gear. This again suggests that what we call Heaven is, in some mysterious way, furnished by our own consciousness ..."

And regarding the variation in NDE visions, this would be dependent on what part of Heaven was seen. Just as our earth varies from country to country and continent to continent, so does Heaven.

Did this answer my question: "Where is Heaven?" Probably not entirely but I've always felt that there are different 'layers' surrounding the earth getting finer and finer. The level we reach after death depends on our personal level of attainment. If we are none too fine, back we come to our earth level for another lesson. This way I can believe both in Heaven and reincarnation.

But there again, it could all be something completely different and one day we'll simply wake up from our dream. The only thing I feel certain about is that we are all immortal.

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Heaven is not a place, and it is not a time. Heaven is being perfect.
~ Richard Bach, in Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Nothing is further than Earth from Heaven: nothing is nearer than Heaven to Earth.
~ Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth

If our Creator has so bountifully provided for our existence here, which is but momentary, and for our temporal wants, which will soon be forgotten, how much more must He have done for our enjoyment in the everlasting world?
~ Hosea Ballou

Heaven, as conventionally conceived, is a place so inane, so dull, so useless, so miserable, that nobody has ever ventured to describe a whole day in heaven, though plenty of people have described a day at the seaside.
~ George Bernard Shaw, A Treatise On Parents And Children

He who seldom thinks of heaven is not likely to get thither; as the only way to hit the mark is to keep the eye fixed upon it.
~ Bishop Horne, Aphorisms and Opinions of Dr. George Horne

The number of levels in Heaven is the number of verses in the Qur'an. Thus, when a reciter of the Qur'an enters into Heaven, it will be said to him: 'Go up one level for every verse that you can recite.' Thus, no one will be in a higher level than the one who has memorized the entire Qur'an.
~ Muhammad

Heaven will be no heaven to me if I do not meet my wife there.
~ Andrew Jackson

Name something you like. I bet it's not in heaven. Sex? Sorry, lust is a sin. Can't have it. Your career? Nope. There's no money in heaven; nobody needs to work. Besides, as far as I can tell from studying the scriptures, all you do in heaven is pretty much just sit around all day and praise the Lord. I don't know about you, but I think that after the first, oh, I don't know, 50,000,000 years of that I'd start to get a little bored.
~ Rick Reynolds

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26 September, 2014

The Memories Of A House Coincidence Story

But the memories remain

This is another coincidence story sourced to me via JC.

"My brother is a Professor at a University in the State of Maryland in the U.S. He was talking with his students one day and for some reason referenced fond summer memories of his late uncle's house in Duxbury Massachusetts.

 He mentioned some details of the house in relation to the fond memories. When the class ended one of his students came up to him to talk more, as the details he had mentioned sounded very much like the house in which her parents currently live (and she, whenever not at uni).

They were able to corroborate that she does in fact live in my and my brother’s late Uncle’s house!

The State of Maryland is a ten hour drive South of the State of Massachusetts, so for her to end up in my brother’s class, and for this to come out in the open is interesting indeed."

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25 September, 2014

Sammy And The Secret Garden Guarded By A Silver Knight

Sammy magic

There's magic in Sammy's world where everything we believe will come true. There's a secret garden, guarded by a silver knight, I never knew was there.

Secret Magic Garden Guarded By A Silver Knight

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24 September, 2014

Six Years Of Waiting Brings A Money Galore Coincidence

Pretty girl playing violin

I start off with a sad tale, so play those violins.

Lee and Sue from Grimsby in England were strapped for cash. After having a brand new baby there wasn't much left. They had to hunt for bargains, cheap supermarket deals and so on. The baby needed nappies. I think that's diapers in the US, so the couple had to forgo their usual flutter on the UK lottery. The £1 ($1.40) had a more practical use for that particular week.

Lee and Sue always kept to the same numbers for the lottery, so surely one week missed wouldn't hurt. Sadly it did. Their six numbers came up and they would have won £8 million, that's about $11.5 million. Just imagine!

They carried on with life for the next six years - they had no choice - and went back to hunting for bargains at car boot sales, discount houses and the like. They also increased the size of their family.

Ah, but now we can cut those violins and play some happier music.

Lots of coins

Things improved a little and the couple started doing the lottery again, but this time the Euromillions draw, same numbers as before, of course. And the good news is ...

... they won a share of the top prize, and have received a cheque for a cool £5 million! Okay, maybe not the £8 million they missed out on, but they aren't grumbling. What's £3 million amongst friends.

Lee Mullen said, "We missed out on £8 million and were gutted. We finally started doing the lottery again only a few weeks ago. It's an amazing outcome." And who can argue with that.

So was there a reason they missed out on the big money six years ago? Perhaps it was the wrong time for them to become millionaires and now is the right time - who knows, fate is a funny creature.

Some people will no doubt explain that: 'The odds of winning the UK lottery are 14 million to one, but someone still has to win, and does win it most weeks. And some of those winners are bound to have some sort of coincidence story to tell about their success.'

But we don't think like that do we? Winning the lottery twice and with the same numbers - there's got to be some magic dust flying about there. The odds are humongous.

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23 September, 2014

Is There Such A Thing As Time?

Buddha quote about time

Is there such a thing as time? Most likely we'd answer that there must be, because we can watch it tick by on our clocks, but this may not be proof that it exists.

Time is the duration between events, we measure it astronomically with reference to the sun or stars. If, however, nothing moved and there was nothing that changed would there still be time? Kant maintained it is simply something we impose on to reality in order to make the world more comprehensible.

There is so much to think about, so many questions like: Does time have a beginning and an end? Does it flow in one direction and so on. It's mysterious stuff because it can sometimes appear to be manipulated. Here's something interesting ...

Let's imagine two identical clocks, both accurate and synchronised. Now let's place one on a spaceship travelling away from earth and the other somewhere safe and sound in a secure cupboard, let's say in your office. Now when the spaceship finally returns, guess what?

The travelling clock will show that less time has elapsed than the clock sitting in the cupboard. It's true.

On a simpler level we all notice how time flies when we are having fun. It's the same period, according to our watch, but if we are waiting for something, time drags. Get engrossed in an interest and an hour can tick by in an instant.

Time is an illusion, like the rest of life. It all depends on how we see it.

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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

Daffodils
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.

Primroses
Azalea
Poppies including Mrs.Perry
10 flower photos on 67 Not Out
Red rose
Pink dahlia
Hydrangea
Fuchsia
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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13 September, 2014

The White Feather Messages From Katharine's Deceased Mother

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Another white feather story to add to the collection. This one is from Katharine Farrell.

"My mother died in July almost unexpectedly, so it was a big shock for me and my sister. We were all very close since our father passed away.

At the funeral we found a white feather at the graveside, right where me and my sister stood. It was my husband who saw it. He pointed it out to us because it was large and fluffy and for no other reason.

When the funeral was over some of us made our way to my sister's house. She got there before us and the first thing she said when she opened the door was, "There was another white feather on the doorstep when I got home."

Since then both me and my sister kept seeing white feathers for five or six weeks and then they got less and less until September 2, which would have been mother's birthday. My sister and her partner came to my house and when I opened the door to them there was a white feather by the front door.

Me and my sister kept thinking the feathers were somehow from mother but my husband thought that was silly. But now I've seen all of those other white feather stories I'm convinced the feathers we saw were from our mother. I find it comforting to think this, as I miss her very much and I know my sister does as well."

~ Katharine Farrell

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