Crystal Conference Call
December 6, Ellie Crystal
and I will have a conference event, titled “How Ancient
Philosophies Help Define Our Current Lives”. Over recent
months, I have been working together with a number of people who
share my enthusiasm in trying to make past religions understandable
and applicable to us and today’s society. Several decades
ago, Carl Jung tried to do as much… and so have many others
before and since, though often within the confines of secretive
societies or small groups. But why not try to make it a global
phenomenon? Or an internet phenomenon?
years ago, in the pre The Da Vinci Code
era, I wrote “The Stone Puzzle of
Rosslyn Chapel”. The book was the first book in more
than half a century to talk about Rosslyn in its own right. My
hope was that it would become the first in a series of books that
would talk about the chapel and its environment, and not about
some theory, for which the authors then allegedly found “evidence”
Four years later, “The Stone Puzzle of Rosslyn Chapel”
is in its fourth reprint and about to have its third edition.
And, finally, after Mark Oxbrow and Ian Robertson’s “Rosslyn
and the Grail” last year, there are a number of books that
begin to tackle Rosslyn in its own right. This was in evidence
at The Saunière Society Conference in Newbattle Abbey over
the weekend. The second day could rightfully be called “Rosslyn
Day”, as it had no less than four speakers on the subject.
First, there was Judy Fisken, curator of Rosslyn Chapel from 1981
to 1996, who provided a visual virtual reality tour of the chapel.
Speaking about her predecessor John Taylor, she underlined that
no-one knows what Rosslyn truly means; John did not know after
forty years, yet some authors think they have the answer in five
minutes. This is exactly my feeling about the chapel: the chapel
remains a puzzle, where only certain elements are becoming known
and understood, but the overall picture is slow in revelation.
Next, Brian Allan, who had just published “Rosslyn, Between
two Worlds”, largely a rendering of psychic and other experiments
held in the chapel over the previous decade. Next: Ashley Cowie,
author of “The
Rosslyn Matrix”, who has tackled some of the graffiti
in the crypt and has tried to interpret them, apparently the first
of several such efforts, the result of which we will no doubt
see in the future. Ashley was obviously inspired by my book, as
he has tried to build upon “The Rosslyn Meridian”
material that went into it. Finally, there was a brief presentation
by John Ritchie on his and Alan Buttler’s new book “Rosslyn
Revealed: A Library in Stone”. John is a Rosslyn local
and it has “only” taken him half a century to begin
to write down his own and all collected knowledge about the chapel.
John has a lot to say and this book should only be the beginning,
but in this book, he has tackled some of the main pieces of the
puzzle, including an innovative and academic explanation of the
Apprentice Pillar, which is, in my opinion, the best explanation
ever set forward about the symbolism of the chapel.
Many of these books largely remain “on sane ground”
and I hope that this may continue for a long time, as it will
help to create a valuable foundation for the future, in which
the puzzle may finally be completed.
Wag the dictator...
another “coincidence”, two days before elections in
the US, former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was convicted for
war crimes and sentenced to death. It is a remarkable coincidence,
for the US elections were played as America deciding whether to
stand by or drop Bush and his (mainly foreign) policies. The answer
was a confirmation of public opinion: that Americans are not happy
with their international image, the Republicans’ method
of government and the state of the Iraq War – growing from
10 to 20% opposition in February 2003 to 60% in October 2006.
Sceptical minds, following the Wag the Dog principle, could, of
course, argue that the verdict in the Hussein trial arrived at
just the right moment, whereby the Bush Administration might want
to portray Saddam’s conviction as evidence that the Bush
Administration had done properly in Iraq after all, that its regime
change was a worthwhile cause, and that the country now has a
democratic system condemning a criminal for his war crimes. If
that were the case, it seems that this time, the spin doctors’
tactic failed to influence the outcome of the elections.
But government needs to have a contingency, and that was Donald
Rumsfeld, a man who at one point in his career received rather
“personal” remarks from Richard Nixon. His exit was
prepared in advance, largely because the Administration finally
realised that Rumsfeld’s shaping of the Iraq campaign has
seriously damaged the Republicans’ chances to remain in
the Oval Office in 2008. Still, a week before, Bush said that
Donald Rumsfeld would stay on till 2008, even though it was afterwards
clear that his replacement, materializing in the shape of Robert
Gates, a man who has worked closely with James Baker, who performed
a review of Iraq that will soon make recommendations, was actively
searched for. Asked about that “white lie”, Bush commented:
“The reason why is I didn't want to inject a major decision
about this war in the final days of a campaign. And so the only
way to answer that question and to get you on to another question
was to give you that answer.” Or: do not wag
the Defense Secretary… before you really have to. As
to Rumsfeld, he will probably go down as the man giving the most
nonsensical statement of the two terms: “Reports that say
that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to
me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things
we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is
to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there
also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we
Ten years on...
was in late October 1996 that André Douzet and I met for
the first time, when I was holidaying in the Rennes-le-Château
area with Clive Prince. Clive had, in the run-up to the publication
of The Templar Revelation, some details to discuss with André.
What began as a quick visit developed into a strong and enjoyable
friendship – and co-operation,
which celebrated its tenth anniversary last week.
Ten years ago, I also visited Carol, the enigmatic oeuvre of Louis
de Coma, a priest who was at least as enigmatic as Rennes-le-Château’s
Saunière, but who today is hardly known, even though in
recent years two Italian researchers have tried to reignite some
debate. Over the summer months, Odile Martinez and Nathalie Dal
Zovo renewed contact with Valérie Jovy, owner of the few
remaining buildings of Carol. Valérie told us last week
that she too was celebrating moving in exactly ten years ago.
Our meeting also allowed us to finally enter the almost otherwordly
crypt that de Coma had built, as well as see other of the private
aspects of Carol – a privacy which some French researchers
recently apparently did not respect.
Our “anniversary day”, enjoyed in the company of Pierre
Demoustiez and Nathalie, also included a visit to Montsaunès,
the only surviving Templar church (with original and extremely
enigmatic drawings) in France, including the usual behind the
scenes privileges that André’s 45 years of research
and co-operation with various researchers has resulted in. We
decided to end the day with a quick stop at Puivert castle, one
of my favourite Cathar castles, largely because of its slightly
different nature than most and its inclusion in the film The
Ninth Gate. The Long and Winding Road…
V for Vendetta, Norsefire takes
control of the nation after it has told people that they should
be afraid, as it is clear to everyone that the country is under
attack (from Muslims, it seems), but that it is all ok, for Norsefire
will guarantee their safety. However, to guarantee this, the people
need to let go of some democratic principles, for they restrict
the government in maintaining the people’s welfare and rooting
out the evil that is ready to attack.
While preparing the presentation of the article, a newsfeed from
the White House came in, reading “President Bush Signs Military
Commissions Act of 2006”. On October 17, Bush stated that
it was a “rare occasion when a President can sign a bill
he knows will save American lives”, adding that “The
Military Commissions Act of 2006 is one of the most important
pieces of legislation in the war on terror. This bill will allow
the Central Intelligence Agency to continue its program for questioning
key terrorist leaders and operatives like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed,
the man believed to be the mastermind of the September the 11th,
2001 attacks on our country. This program has been one of the
most successful intelligence efforts in American history. It has
helped prevent attacks on our country. And the bill I sign today
will ensure that we can continue using this vital tool to protect
the American people for years to come. The Military Commissions
Act will also allow us to prosecute captured terrorists for war
crimes through a full and fair trial.”
As always, the political spin of what a law pretends to be and
what a law actually is, is sometimes… a bit different. Should
this be read as B for Bullshit? In fact, this law has potentially
completely reversed the statement “innocent until proven
guilty” into “guilty by association” and even
“guilty by suspicion”. Some even argue that it totally
undermines the US Constitution! So, when Bush stated that “one
of the terrorists believed to have planned the 9/11
attacks said he hoped the attacks would be the beginning of the
end of America”, it seems that 9/11 may indeed have signalled
– at least in theory – the end of the road for America
as a “democratic state”, but it were not Muslim terrorists
but a Born Again President who accomplished it.
The law specifically applies to “habeas corpus”, a
concept formulated in England in 1679, guaranteeing that a defendant
can be heard and can be defended. This law largely guarantees
most of our modern systems of law. But since October 17, Bush
has the power to arrest anyone, consider him or her as an “enemy
combatant”, who can thus be locked away for an undetermined
period of time, without being allowed to be heard, without the
judge even knowing what the accusation is. How does the new law
accomplish this? It allows courts to use hearsay as evidence,
provided the judge is convinced that the witness is deemed to
be reliable! The law also allows the High Chancellor – I
mean: the President – to identify what type of treatment
is to be given to prisoners, this at his own discretion.
Some Dutch political watchdogs have noted that hardly any American
politician objected; there were no protest marches; the media
largely did not report on it. Norsefire rules? When signing the
Act, he dedicated it to the memories of the victims of 9/11…
Twin Towers, Three Waters?
The New Pyramid Age… will arrive in August 2007
of you will know that over the past few months, times were sometimes
a bit hectic, with the writing of “The New Pyramid Age”.
But the manuscript is in, the publication date (August 2007) is
set… and the production process has begun. The book was
commissioned on the back of the Bosnian Pyramid controversy that
continues to simmer. As the title suggests, the book shows how
since 1994, our understanding of pyramids has – or should
have – dramatically changed, with new pyramids being discovered
or confirmed, and the known pyramids having become the subject
of radical reinterpretations: we live in a New Pyramid Age.
I am really – and truly – pleased with this work and
so are others who have read the manuscript. This is what Andrew
Collins, who soon will have The Cygnus Mystery out, had to say
about it: “A fascinating romp through the history and discovery
of the pyramid structure worldwide. From Bosnia across to China,
Mexico, Peru, Greece, Italy and Egypt. We learn of their original
purpose, not only to those who built them, but also to advocates
of the new ‘pyramid age’. A brilliant read, and one
with far reaching implications.” For those who cannot wait
until August 2007, a corner of the revelation will be peeled off
15, 2007, in Dorchester.
Bend it like Geller
Sarfatti has – and remains – “in the thick of
it”. So it was a nexus in time that he and I would be in
London at the same time, and that we both had meetings with Uri
Geller planned. Uri then wondered why the two were not rolled
into one and were there other people who might want to join? We
asked and, yes; Gary Osborn wanted to come; James and Lucinda
Stokes unfortunately couldn’t (though we met up later);
Peter Lloyd and Mark Pilkington were late additions.
Gary decided to label the meeting “Star Trek” for
a variety of reasons and we spent an enjoyable few hours with
Uri at his home outside of London. A spoon had to be bent, but
the most amazing aspect of this demonstration was that Uri bent
it for “only” about 30 degrees, then handed it over
to Gary, while the spoon continued to bend in Gary’s hand
for a further 60 degrees.
One of my personal interests (as was outlined by Jung many decades
ago) is that great magic (not in the “stage magician”
sense of the word, but in the “magi” sense) involves
an increase in synchronicities – coincidences that are stacked
up in a short period of time. This often involves a download of
information, into which the magi can tap – and which makes
him “psychic” – and often everyone involved.
Uri acted as a nexus in being able to create this, but equally
to demonstrate how he is able to download that information, which
was of course the very reason why Puharich and others were so
interested in him… thirty years on, and little or nothing
Another coincidence this week was that I finally got around to
reading Jeremy Naydler’s Temple of the Cosmos. In it, he
uses his usual clarity to describe the systems of magic of ancient
Egypt. “The Nine”
originally started out as a series of magical experiments, involving
Puharich in the States and a similar group in France (with both
descendents of that family and the owner of the location where
it occurred continuously threatening to sue me and anyone else
who puts the two names in print, hence why you won’t read
any details here). What was remarkable about Geller, Sarfatti
and several others, is that they did not require magical rituals
to contact this “force”. This “force”
is somehow out there and the upload and download happened to these
individuals without recourse to magical rituals. Naydler’s
model of Ptah magicians involves these “nine principles”
of God working as one, but, of course, Ptah was also known as
a craftsman deity, specifically linked with metal (through Hephaistos).
How apt to find that Geller has become famous for spoon –
metal – bending! If anything, Geller is a living example
of what ancient Egyptian Ptah – and other – magi were
said to be able to perform. And like Geller, whether their feats
are tricks or true magic, remains a controversy too… But
it is clear that whether they are Egyptian pharaohs or 21st century
presidents, magi are never far removed from the corridors of power.
The final coincidence involved Salvador
Dali, a man who over the past two years has popped up in my
life in so many forms and guises that I have stopped tracking
the “coincidences”. Geller and Dali knew each other
well for a number of years. It thus came as no surprise that there
was another visual reminder of Dali’s shadow inside Uri’s
house… Dali’s famous depiction of melted clocks, depicting
that time was “tired”. It was therefore intriguing
to listen to Sarfatti on the way back to central London that in
recent years, some have finally cracked the physics that would
create star gates and time travel. Perhaps time is indeed “tired”
and is finally willing to give up its secrets? Time… will
Juvelius expedition in Nexus
has become a regular entry over the past few months… and
once again this month. This time, my article on The Juvelius Expedition
has appeared in Nexus (Issue 13.6 – October-November 2006)
- and it even contributed to the cover art. Despite a version
of that article on this site, the version in Nexus is slightly
expanded – and will eventually replace the online version,
as is customary by now. Again, the US edition will be November-December
and foreign editions will follow shortly afterwards.
To provide you with an update on The
Burrows Cave article: Wayne May, one of the key players in
that saga, appreciated the article and he will run it in one of
the future editions of The
Burrows Cave in Nexus
has become a regular entry over the past few months… This
time, my article on The Burrows Cave
has appeared in Nexus (Issue 13.5 – August-September 2006).
Despite a version of that article on this site, the version in
Nexus is superior – and will eventually replace the online
version, which itself is the second incarnation of an article
that first appeared in 1997 – how time flies! Again, the
US edition will be September-October and foreign editions will
follow shortly afterwards.
In the footsteps of Orpheus
August 10, 2006, I accomplished a personal ambition: after having
visited several oracular sites, in various countries, I finally
made it to Cuma and Baia, two of the most underappreciated oracular
sites – from a tourist’s perspective. It meant that
unlike places such as Delphi (and we won’t even speak about
Athens’ Acropolis), where
tourists behave like a wasps’ nest, you find yourself almost
alone – in Baia, for a good half hour, I actually was alone!
Shortly, you will be able to read about Cuma on this site, but
I want to single out Baia for the moment. The discovery of a man-made
subterranean representation of the Underworld was made by Robert
Paget and Keith Jones in 1962 and in recent years has been popularised
largely due to the singular work and effort of Robert Temple.
Though Robert and I have our differences (mainly about Sirius),
I can only endorse him in his efforts to put Baia on the map.
Coming to Baia, I had no other ambition than seeing the site,
“decode” where the entrance to the Antrum was, and
respectfully leave. In my bag was Paget’s In The Footsteps
of Orpheus, so he was with me in spirit. I have seen entrances
to underground complexes, mainly those of Perillos
and Notre-Dame-de-Marceille in
Southern France, and know that a wall can hide a lot of things
behind it… and in the case of Notre-Dame-de-Marceille, have
seen the site when the wall or floor was not there. That statement
is so true for Baia, where the “Great Antrum” is extremely
well hidden beneath the impressive bathing complex that seems
almost stapled on the hill’s side. No-one would ever think
there is such an extensive complex underneath that hill. None
of the boards on the site speak of the Antrum and it is clear
that archaeologists are still treasuring its existence for a future
time – though hopefully not generation! If it wasn’t
for Paget and Temple’s books, no-one would know about it
Those who are aware with lore of such underground sanctuaries,
know that legends often speak as to how they are protected by
flies and wasps. Two weeks ago, I successfully managed to escape
being stung by the guardian wasps in a cave in Perillos which
we and others have titled “cave of the flies and wasps”,
for that typifies the site (as Andy Gough himself independently
discovered a few days later). But in Baia, I had no such luck.
Having confirmed the “general specific area” of where
the entrance was, I held onto a railing with my right arm, and
for the first time in my life, was stung by a wasp… It’s
good to see that wasps still take their ancient role to heart!
At the same time, I hope that Italian archaeologists will soon
begin a detailed exploration and restoration of the site; though
it will bring more tourists to the site and will destroy the peace
and tranquillity of the sleepy slope, such wonders, so desperately
hidden by Romans across the lengths of the Mediterranean Basin,
are in my opinion in need of being rediscovered by the world at
large. We live in times when history is constantly being rewritten
for the worst, yet ancient authors are now time and again proven
to be reliable… let us try to experience it… please.
The Metal “Audio” Library
the wee hours of this morning, I was interviewed for “Nexus
Radio” by Barry Eaton. You can listen to my interview, as
well as Duncan Roads’, on the Nexus Radio website.
And watch their magazine for another article in the August-September
issue of Nexus Magazine.
When in Arcadia…
weeks ago, I visited the Greek Arcadia (it’s overrated in
comparison to other parts of Greece) and now you can read a 17
questions’ interview of me on Andy Gough’s Arcadia…
which is either permanently, or just for the occasion of the interview,
located in central London. Andy Gough is one of the contributing
authors of The Dan Brown Companion, by Simon Cox, which if you
live in London was apparently difficult to get away from during
May – I ran into the advert in York Station. Read the interview
Forging the Metal Library
has published, for the fifth time in a decade, one of my articles:
“The Quest for the Metal Library”, about one of the
most controversial topics of the past three decades: the existence
of a metal library in Ecuador, which was used as the hammer to
beat Erich von Däniken with in the early 1970s.
The Australian and UK edition of Nexus Magazine carrying the article
has now gone on sale; in the US, it will appear in the July-August
issue. Its appearance in the various foreign editions (Italy,
France, Sweden, etc.) will occur in the near future. [update of
June 27: Nexus have placed the article online here.]
An article on “tunnels in South America” went on this
site and got syndicated in one American magazine. I thought that
would be the end of that. Then, by an amazing coincidence, I learned
I had known Stan Hall, one of the key individuals, for about seven
years, without realising the man I knew was Stan Hall, let alone
“the” Stan Hall. The life lesson to be learned here:
“always ask whom you are speaking to!” The article
published in Nexus is quite different from the one on this site...
and with a much more spectacular ending!
Barry Eaton interviewed me live on Australian radio about the
European pyramids article, which appeared in the previous issue
of Nexus. This interview is now also uploaded to the “Radio
In my second appearance on Eye
on the Future radio show in Vancouver on May 18, I was also
asked to tackle the pyramids debate – and other items, as
host H.H. Hehpsehboah A. is known for putting every topic in its
Out of (this) time
For many, it is the stuff science fiction is made of; for Pascal
Guillaume, it is an experiment – one of the few if not the
only one that is currently being held. “The Chronodrome”
is an invitation that will be sent out with the European satellite
Keo, which will remain in Earth’s orbit for the next 50,000
years. It contains millions of messages for our descendants. One
of these is an invitation that, should our descendants have conquered
the time barrier, they are welcome to meet us between 15h00 and
16h00 on May 1, between 2000 and 2050 AD. Location: just below
the Opoul plateau, near Perpignan, France.
In its seventh edition, no signals or apparitions have occurred
– and 2006 was no exception. At first, the experiment may
seem silly. Nevertheless, Chronodrome was launched with the support
and involvement of many of ESA (European Space Agency) scientists.
At best, it can provide us with a clear sign that our descendants
do take up the invitation and arrive through the space-time barrier;
or that our descendants have indeed not yet cracked that problem.
For us, the experiment is a pioneering effort to bring the concept
of timetravel in a scientific, testifiable setting. The 2006 edition
had one of biggest crowds (read: approximately 100 people), showing
that interest in such experiments is gradually increasing. We
wish Pascal all the best and hope that his experiment will be
the start of many similar experiments, which together will continue
to stimulate discussion into the space-time barrier, one of the
greatest – and last – frontiers that remain to be
Evidence mounts for sun's companion star
Richard Muller at UC Berkeley, Dr. Daniel Whitmire of the University
of Louisiana, amongst several others, have long speculated on
the possibility that our sun might have an as yet undiscovered
companion. Most of the evidence has been statistical rather than
physical. But the recent discovery of Sedna, a small planet like
object first detected by Cal Tech astronomer Dr. Michael Brown,
provides what could be indirect physical evidence of a solar companion.
Matching the recent findings by Dr. Brown, showing that Sedna
moves in a highly unusual elliptical orbit, Walter Cruttenden
has determined that Sedna moves in resonance with previously published
orbital data for a hypothetical companion star.
the May 2006 issue of Discover, Dr. Brown stated: "Sedna
shouldn't be there. There's no way to put Sedna where it is. It
never comes close enough to be affected by the sun, but it never
goes far enough away from the sun to be affected by other stars...
Sedna is stuck, frozen in place; there's no way to move it, basically
there's no way to put it there – unless it formed there.
But it's in a very elliptical orbit like that. It simply can't
be there. There's no possible way - except it is. So how, then?"
Walter Cruttenden agrees that Sedna's highly elliptical orbit
is very unusual, but noted that the orbit period of 12,000 years
is in neat resonance with the expected orbit periodicity of a
companion star as outlined in several prior papers. Consequently,
Cruttenden believes that Sedna's unusual orbit is something indicative
of the current solar system configuration, not merely a historical
record. "It is hard to imagine that Sedna would retain its
highly elliptical orbit pattern since the beginning of the solar
system billions of years ago. Because eccentricity would likely
fade with time, it is logical to assume Sedna is telling us something
about current, albeit unexpected solar system forces, most probably
a companion star".
Outside of a few popular articles, and Cruttenden's book "Lost
Star of Myth and Time", which outlines historical references
and the modern search for the elusive companion, the possibility
of a binary partner star to our sun has been left to the halls
of academia. But with Dr. Brown's recent discoveries of Sedna
and Xena, (now confirmed to be larger than Pluto), and timing
observations like Cruttenden's, the search for a companion star
may be gaining momentum.
First solid evidence of ancient Bosnian pyramid
faster than expected, excavations at the Bosnian
pyramid site are confirming that this is indeed a pyramid.
When the new season of excavations was announced on April 13,
there were several sceptical voices claiming this was just a publicity
stunt – or worse. But on April 19, Osmanagich and his teams
of qualified archaeologists have hit back – as it should
be: with hard facts.
They unearthed the first solid evidence that an ancient pyramid
lies hidden beneath a massive hill: a series of geometrically
cut stone slabs that could form part of the structure’s
sloping surface. "We can see the surface is perfectly flat.
This is the crucial material proof that we are talking pyramids,"
Osmanagich said. The huge stone blocks appear to be cut in cubes
Last week's excavations began with a team of rescue workers from
a nearby coal mine being sent into a tunnel believed to be part
of an underground network connecting the three pyramid-shaped
hills. They were followed by archaeologists, geologists and other
experts who emerged from the tunnel later to declare that it was
See our article in Nexus Magazine (and Frontier Magazine for Dutch
readers) for a thorough overview of this pyramid – and another
one, in Italy. This story is expected to run on… and on…
and we’ll keep you informed, either with the latest news,
or with reports from Sam himself – when he will intermittently
leave the archaeological teams over the following months and has
time to speak to us, rather than “just” make world
When Saunière goes to Rosslyn
the time Holy Blood, Holy Grail was launched, Henry Lincoln created
the Saunière Society. Fifteen years later, the society
was reinvigorated by the organisation of conferences, normally
held in London and Edinburgh-ish – a route taken by Robert
Langdon in the novel too. Since 1997-ish, the conferences have
continued on what seems to be an ever more frequent basis. It
was therefore good to meet up again in Newbattle Abbey, over the
weekend of April 8-9, as other commitments prevented me from attending
over the past two years.
On Friday afternoon, the English High Court ruled that Baigent
& Leigh had lost their legal battle against RandomHouse, whom
they sued for intellectual property breaches in Dan Brown’s
Da Vinci Code. Officially, Lincoln was not part of the lawsuit
because of health reasons. This should be deemed fortunate, for
the two authors were told to pay 85% of Random House's costs of
almost £1.3m. Mr Justice Smith ordered them to make an interim
payment of £350,000 by May 5 and refused the authors permission
The case was the talk of the conference, with Picknett & Prince
flying in late, informing the audience they had spent three full
weeks in court 61, following the proceedings. They shared the
judge’s position that this was not a “publicity campaign”,
which is the conspiracy rumour that RandomHouse created the entire
spectacle to raise controversy and publicity.
Picknett & Prince’s late arrival did mean that they
missed Guy Patton’s speech on Saturday. Patton’s thesis
is largely repeated in Picknett & Prince’s The Sion
Revelation… this meant that both talks also resembled each
other, with Clive Prince on Sunday largely repeating what Patton
had already said on Saturday. Unfortunately, it also meant that
Picknett & Prince missed a veritable bombshell that Patton
dropped on the audience… which we will reserve for later
- and elsewhere.
Andrew Sinclair was one of the first authors to promote Rosslyn
Chapel. But in recent years, he has been surpassed by the young
researching talents of Mark Oxbrow and Ian Robertson. Largely
repeating their 2005 Fringe performance, they continue their efforts
to strip the “mythical layers” of Rosslyn Chapel and
return to the source. It is a policy that we can only subscribe
to. With all the restoration work going on in the chapel, their
quest is probably best described as fellow restorers.
the next few weeks/months, my article The
European Pyramids, about pyramids in Italy and Bosnia, will
appear in several publications: World Explorers’ Club, Frontier
Magazine, as well as the various editions of Nexus Magazine. The
Australian and UK edition of Nexus Magazine carrying the article
has now gone on sale; in the US, it will appear in the May-June
issue. Its appearance in the various foreign editions (Italy,
France, Sweden, etc.) will no doubt take place in the near future.
Entering the X-Zone
the early hours of March 22, 2006, Rob McConnell, host of the
X Zone on Talkstar
Radio, interviewed me on Rosslyn Chapel and my book, The Stone
Puzzle of Rosslyn Chapel. The hour-long interview is available
via their website,
for a limited period. I particularly enjoyed the “We are
going to the Chapel to Get Married” tune they played at
the half-hour news interval.
Easter Island: Later, and quicker
archaeological evidence, published in Science, suggests that Easter
Island, mysterious home of titanic stone heads, was first
settled around A.D. 1200, much later than previously thought.
Once there, the colonizers quickly began erecting the famous statues.
They also helped deplete the island's natural resources at a much
faster rate than previously thought, the study says. Terry Hunt,
an anthropology professor at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu
and the study's lead author, says the new findings highlight the
dangers of human-induced environmental change, especially to islands.
have long believed the island was colonized around A.D. 400. More
recently, researchers argued that settlement first took place
around the year 800. The deforestation of Easter Island is believed
to have begun around 1300, suggesting that there was a period
of several centuries during which the islanders lived in harmony
with the environment. The new study by Hunt and his colleague
Carl Lipo, however, suggests that the Polynesians didn't arrive
until around 1200. The deforestation began soon thereafter, they
say. The findings suggest the island did not enjoy the kind of
Garden of Eden period for 400 to 800 years that researchers had
previously imagined. "Radiocarbon dates … show that
deforestation took place over 400 to 500 years," starting
around 1200, Hunt said. "This is consistent with our shorter
chronology and the observations made by the Dutch in 1722."
Happy birthday... to Canopus ?
are celebrating two years of this site’s existence this
week, which always makes for exciting times. All the more so because
of the following news article, which Anne Strieber (wife of Whitley
Strieber) was able to dig up: "The southern pole star, Canopus,
is rarely visible in the northern hemisphere, but it can be seen
tonight south of the approximate latitude of Los Angeles or Birmingham."
This occurred on January 21, the very day of the broadcast on
Dreamland. Perhaps it wanted to hear what I had to say about it...
The event was all the more remarkable, as the star was not visible
the following day.
was recently interviewed by Whitley Strieber and William Henry,
hosts of Dreamland
radio. The interview is on the subject of The Canopus Revelation
and lasts one hour (with a 30 minute special for the subscribers.
The broadcast is scheduled for the weekend of January 21.