Illuminating the Crystal Skull
probably a good time to use the occasion of the “revelation”
of the movie poster for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal
Skull to “reveal” what some already know: I have completed
two articles, one on the true origins of the Mitchell-Hedges skull,
and the other on the likely use of the stone; both articles will
be published around the time of the release of the movie, May
22, 2008. One of the articles is nothing short of sensational,
and I specifically need to thank those closest to this particular
crystal skull for choosing me to write out this account.
Interestingly, the new Indiana Jones movie will be set in 1957,
two years before “Mike” Mitchell-Hedges died. Indy’s
voyage somewhat resembles Mike’s, taking in New Mexico,
Connecticut, Mexico City and the jungles of Peru. And as incredible
as it may seem, whereas Indy is racing for the crystal skull against
operatives from the Soviet Union, shortly after Mike “discovered”
the crystal skull, he was racing after Soviet operatives, including
Leon Trotsky, whom he personally knew.
The film’s co-producer Frank Marshall has said that “the
theory is [that the crystal skulls] are shaped by higher powers
or alien powers or came from another world, or an ancient Mayan
civilization had the powers”, and the second article will
indeed quite convincingly show that one of these theories is correct.
For those who can’t wait, remember that patience is a virtue.
New Pyramid Age” devotes ample attention to one of Europe’s
few and most enigmatic pyramids: the pyramid of Falicon, situated
above a small village near the French town of Nice. Several authors
(including Maurice Chatelain) wrote on this small pyramid, but
after the death of French journalist Daniel Réju, little
was done, until André Douzet and I, via France Secret and
our magazine “Les Carnets Secrets”, decided the structure
was in need of renewed attention.
This proved to be a contributing factor in the recent inscription
of the pyramid as a “Historic Monument” by the French
authorities, accompanied by a ceremony I unfortunately could not
attend, but which was attended by André Douzet. This official
recognition is the culmination of decades of work, including the
most recent, three year long campaign by people from the region
itself, to have the site validated after French authorities had
always neglected to pay any attention to it. Instead, they were
often more than quick to argue that it was the folly constructed
by a local in the 19th century. This conclusion was contradicted
by at least two pieces of evidence, which showed the structure
predated that century. These were documents in the possession
of Daniel Réju, but about which archaeologists were doubtful
they existed… because they didn’t have them in their
possession. Apparently, archaeologists are somehow incapable of
asking people whether documents could be photocopied, so they
can then study them.
Despite the official recognition, the official standpoint remains
that the construction dates from 1803 and was the work of one
Domenico Rossetti, who built the pyramid over a natural cavity,
this to warn the visitors of the presence of a cavity below, and
apparently an outcome of the “Napoleon-mania”, after
the French leader who had conquered Egypt. But, at least, the
official recognition as a Historic Monument means that from now
on, the site will be protected and will hopefully not be further
destroyed, as has been the case in past decades.
The official ceremony was accompanied by an exposition on the
pyramid in the centre of Falicon, whereby the cover of Les Carnets
Secrets was one of the illustrations there to illuminate the visitors.
André Douzet also offered the local archaeologists the
opportunity to receive the documents that were formerly in Réju’s
possession, so that a more correct date for the monument can be
established than the official date currently in vogue.
The Last Cathar and the First Champagne
favours… the traveller? Last week, during my usual three
times a year trip to Southern France, fate fated me to have lunch
in the immediate shadow (less than 10 yards!) from the rocky outcrop
where the last Cathar, Guilhem Bélibaste, was burnt –
and no, we did not do a barbeque for lunch. Outside of France,
it is less known that Catharism continued after the Fall of Montsegur
in 1244. In fact, some of the most colourful perfects, the name
given to the Cathar priests, such as Pierre Autier and Philippe
d’Alayrac – and Bélibaste – postdate
Montsegur. Bélibaste even survived the fall of the Templars,
being burned in Villerouge-Termenès in 1321. His death
is often seen as the end of the Occitan Cathar Church, the religion
only surviving in Bosnia, where in the 15th century, adherents
largely converted to Islam.
Bélibaste and co. travelled in the region that is now most
famously known as that of Rennes-le-Château. Equally little
known is that this region is the veritable home of the champagne
– whose name, of course, is linked with the Champagne region
elsewhere in France. North of Rennes-le-Château is the tranquil
village of St Hilaire, near Limoux, the cradle of the “Blanquette
de Limoux”, a sparkling wine that is very much like champagne.
Indeed, it is said that Dom Perignon came here, learned the rather
alchemical process of its making, then decided to change the grape
and add sugar, and the champagne was made. Recently, one winemaker
of St Hilaire has nevertheless had the sparkling idea to recreate
the original recipe, resulting in a “blanquette” that
has only six percent of alcohol, but which is a veritable joy
to the taste buds. On my way home, the baggage handling system
of Perpignan airport tried to kill my suitcase – succeeding
– but failing to harm the bottle of the special edition
Showered with applause
Saturday, November 10, we had the largest Frontier Symposium ever
– a capacity audience of 600 people, with sessions in two
break-out rooms (100 and 50 seats each), this amidst an autumn
storm tormenting Amsterdam. It is now one of the biggest conferences
of its kind in the world.
In recent years, the event in the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky has
also become a Hegge-Coppens family gathering, and this year was
no exception. “Kras” has been a second home to Frontier
since its inception and this year felt extra special, as it also
plays a supporting role in Karl Hammer-Kaatee’s “Satan’s
Song”, one of the nominees for this year’s Frontier
One mission statement of Frontier was always to provide a platform
for Dutch researchers from which they can launch towards an international
audience. In the run-up to the conference, there were the news
reports how Wouter Bijendijk, a Dutch magician whose stage name
is Ramana, was wowing passers-by by seeming to float in mid-air
in front of the White House – a feat he had performed at
the 2005 opening of the Frontier
Bookshop and Frontier Symposium 2005.
We had, as is becoming the norm, a long list of Dutch celebrities
who lectured on the day, including space scientist Piet Smolders,
politician Emile Ratelband and rapper Lange Frans, supported by
this year’s selection of the crème de la crème
of Dutch and Belgian “frontier sciences” speakers.
On the day itself, the 2007 Frontier Award went to Ronald Jan
Heijn for his “Staya
Erusa” DVD production, featuring Uri Geller. In his
acceptance speech, Heijn underlined a message dear to my heart
too, which is that science desperately needs to begin to seriously
am honoured to have been invited to write for the first volume
of Darklore, an initiative of Greg Taylor’s Daily
Grail. An adapted version of my article on the Hellfire
Club is one of 18 essays that make up a total of 304 pages.
Some of the other essays are by Nick Redfern, Loren Coleman, Michael
Prescott, Picknett and Prince, Michael Grosso, etc.
The hardcover edition is available in 66 copies only, at $US39.95
or £19.99. The paperback edition is $US13.95 or £8.99.
To order, go to my Store.
Back Up from Down Under
have just returned from a most enjoyable week on Australia’s
Sunshine Coast, just north of Brisbane, where I was a presenter
at the Nexus Conference 2007. Based in the beautiful Twin Waters
Resort, the conference was a great opportunity to meet up with
some of the “locals”, such as Greg Taylor of The
Daily Grail, as well as those Nexus team members who hadn’t
made it to Europe in the past. Amongst those that came to speak
were Harry Oldfield (of which more soon) and the almost legendary
Bruce Cathie. The real star of the show, though, seemed to be
For those who failed to attend, you can read the lectures online
here. Not only does Australia dominate
most sports they tackle, it is also clear that Aussie minds are
very much wired in and switched on too – making it ever
so more enjoyable for any speaker.
Oh Cult the Personality
case you aren’t tired yet of hearing me and my opinions,
“Occultofpersonality”, described me as “one
of the world’s foremost esoteric researchers”! I greatly
enjoyed this interview, as the line of questioning was insightful
and well-prepared, and I think the answers were therefore quite
interesting too. Greg and I talked about how it all started and
the many subjects I’ve covered since, including the Knights
Templar, Rennes-le-Château, and some of the research from
my latest book, “The New Pyramid Age.”
Veni, vidi, Wiki
issue of Nexus (October-November 2007), another article in Nexus,
this time “The Truth and Lies of
Wikipedia has become a powerful reference work for many doing
“online research”, but like real life, Wikiworld,
comes with it dangers, traps… and disinformation. To quote
from Duncan Roads’ Editorial: “Almost anyone can insert
or edit the information in this super ‘encyberpedia’
– rendering it vulnerable to manipulation for propaganda
and misinformation. Recently, a breakthrough piece of software,
WikiScanner, has allowed us to identify who is changing what.
Philip Coppens’ article reveals the usual suspects, i.e.,
government departments, big business and organised religion.”
those of you who want to hear more information on “The New
Pyramid Age”, as well as sneak previews from the Crop Circles
lecture coming to Australia’s Sunshine coast soon…
and various other topics tackled on this site, head over to Ghost
Radio Australia: “The First and Original 24/7 Internet
Radio Station Dedicated to the Paranormal!”, where the interview
was hosted by Lia Ramses. Go here
for a live streaming, and here
for an MP3/download format.
Egyptian archaeologists support Bosnian Pyramids
week after my departure from Sarajevo, a team of Egyptian archaeologists
arrived on site for a detailed inspection of the work carried
out so far. At a press conference on September 3, Dr. Pr. Nabil
Mohamed Abdel Swelim stated that “the Bosnian Pyramid of
the Sun is the largest pyramid ever witnessed; it is an amazing
structure of a great importance for the entire world.” Swelim
is the holder of three PhDs in archaeology and Egyptology and
discovered four pyramids in Egypt.
He echoed my observations, that “this
is an amazing discovery and it is going to take us a lot of time
to figure all this out, meaning how these fascinating structures
were built.” Accompanying Swelin are Pr. Dr. Mona Fouad
Aly, the Chair of the Restoration Department, Archaeological University,
Cairo and her colleague, professor/Dr. Suleiman Hamed El Haweli,
an expert on Pharaonic Period Egypt at Archaeological University,
Cairo and Dr. of Geology Aly Barakat, who works at the Mineralogy
Resource Institute in Cairo, and who spent a considerable amount
of time on site last year. ”Everything that we have seen
so far tells us that human hands built these structures a long
time ago. Of course, a lot more research is needed, including
laboratory analyses in order to conclude how these structures
were made, and most importantly, we need to know their purpose;
why they were built, and who built them. I took a variety of samples
from the locations in question which will be analyzed in our labs
in Cairo, and the Foundation will be given our results,"
Pr. Fouad stated.
"We came here with many doubts, but after seeing everything,
there is no more room for any doubts,” concluded Dr. Swelim.
Professor/Dr. El Haveli stated that the pyramids of the Moon and
Sun partially originated by the work of nature and were later
modified by human hands.
China’s Terracotta Army invades the British Museum
British Museum has opened one of its grandest exhibits in several
decades; “The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army”
explores one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the
20th century, giving an insight into China’s First Emperor,
Qin Shihuangdi, and his legacy. The exhibition will run until
April 6, 2008.
“The exhibition includes a number of the world-famous terracotta
warriors from Xi'an, China, which were buried alongside the First
Emperor in readiness for the afterlife, as well as some of the
most striking recent discoveries made on the site. In introducing
the idea of a unified state and effectively creating China in
221 BC, the First Emperor of Qin created what is today the oldest
surviving political entity in the world.”
By sheer coincidence, the exhibit roughly coincides with the launch
of my book “The New Pyramid
Age” and an article on the Chinese pyramid controversy
in the September-October edition of New Dawn Magazine. Both book
and article add a dimension to the terracotta army that is sadly
lacking from all the “British Museum” coverage, namely
that the army was part of a pyramid landscape, largely on par
with the building of the Gizeh complex, not so much pyramid size-wise,
but through the production of the terracotta army, which is believed
to have required a workforce of 700,000 people. The silence about
the Chinese pyramids seems to continue in certain quarters.
The death of Ufology? Long live UFOgate!
the UFOgate section of this site, I’ve
discussed the Bennewitz affair, as
well as Jacques Vallee’s take
on Hynek’s “oversights” when it came to evidence
that the US government was using the UFO phenomenon to spread
disinformation – the main thesis of UFOgate, which even
suggests that the phenomenon may have been purposefully created
to create a smokescreen to hide non-extraterrestrial activities
Now, UFO researcher Greg Bishop, has stated that one of the stars
of the UFO firmament, Dr. Allen Hynek, played a key role in the
government disinformation campaign against Bennewitz. Previsouly,
the campaign was identified as being the work of AFOSI agent Richard
Doty and associates, mainly using UFO researcher William Moore,
the man who had previously popularised the Roswell crash story.
To quote Bishop: “Bill Moore claims that he met up with
Dr. Hynek at the 1982 MUFON convention, and over a couple of beers
at a nearby bar, Hynek admitted that he was the one who had been
assigned to give the bogus computer setup to Bennewitz. He also
said that it was one of the last tasks he was asked to perform
for the Air Force.” The “one of the last tasks”
suggests that Hynek did previous jobs for the Air Force of a similar
nature – posing the question how far down the rabbit hole
of disinformation Hynek went.
Bishop added: “If true, this throws a new light on the sort
of dealings that some major ufologists may go through in order
to keep a line of communication (however tainted) open to authorities
who can push the right buttons and make the right calls when they
are needed.” I would argue that one needs to see this incident
for what it could potentially be – and in my opinion is:
that Hynek, one of the top UFOlogists purposefully deceived the
field and the world as a whole, promoting the UFO hoax intentionally
– and that this is why he was not at all interested in what
Vallee had uncovered. And hence, Hynek’s name should be
added to a list that already includes Moore and Maccabbee –
three of the most noted UFO researchers of their time.
revelation does not come alone. At the 2007 MUFON Conference,
Sparks discussed the infamous Majestic/MJ-12
documents, arguing if not proving that they are a hoax. Though
UFOgate has said as much, Sparks has confirmed that MJ-12 was
the creation of Bill Moore, Richard Doty, and former National
Enquirer UFO reporter Bob Pratt.
Using information from Pratt’s personal notes and substantiating
those with interviews, Sparks and Barry Greenwood have concluded
that MJ-12 is a hoax. But more importantly, Sparks argues that
in his opinion, it was a sanctioned disinformation campaign by
AFOSI, with Moore and Shandera as willing participants.
UFO researcher Kevin Randle commented on this revelation: “disinformation
implies that it was an official operation of some kind and in
this case the overseeing agency is AFOSI, at least to Spark’s
way of thinking. I’m not sure it was a sanctioned mission
and it might have been more of Doty seeing a gravy train and leaping
aboard with his buddy Bill Moore than it was any kind of planned
AFOSI operation. At this point, it really doesn’t matter
because in either case, the conclusion of hoax is the important
one. Government disinformation or opportunism by Doty and Moore
makes no difference in the end.” Again, I would argue to
be bolder, and more logical: if a government agency creates a
hoax, the primary thought should be that this government agency
is doing this intentionally, rather than assume that perhaps a
government agent is going to do some freelancing and receive extra
income, or attention, by helping to write fake documents, which
will bring that government agency – and others – into
a major controversy… and somehow being able to escape all
sanction, despite major television series made and named after
your hoaxed material!
The two incidents, occurring within a few weeks of each other,
have destroyed some of the pillars of UFO research and it will
be interesting to see whether, how – and specifically who
– will keep the myth alive.
V for Velikovsky
the past weekend, a conference was held in the heart of academia,
the English university town of Cambridge, devoted to the question
of Velikovsky and “cosmic catastrophes”. More than
half a century after Velikovsky’s bestselling books set
the halls of academia alight with insults directed at the man,
the question seemed to be whether anyone has been able to prove
Velikovsky was right, or wrong.
In short, the answer seems to be no-one is nearer in proving Velikovsky
right – though science is beginning to accept Earth has
been shaken and shattered by catastrophes, they are dated much
older (millions of years) rather than the few thousand years Velikovsky
proposed. That, in itself, is a major evolution, though not specific
Specifically, Velikovsky’s critics have argued against his
attempt to identify the old deities with the planets, and to argue
for a literal interpretation of these myths. At the conference,
few seemed brave enough or willing to tackle this subject, though
some, like Peter Warlow, and to some extent Wallace Thornhill,
at least proposed a model in which Velikovskian planetary disasters
could occur. Warlow also underlined that though science now accepts
ice ages, tectonic shifts and pole reversals, it remains unable
to answer how precisely they occur, adding that his own model,
inspired by Velikovsky, proposed for a rapid pole reversal (days
as compared to thousands of years), which science is now coming
to accept as possible, after years of arguing against such sudden
In the history of the 20th century “alternative history”,
Velikovsky is right there with Erich von Däniken. The latter
posed uncomfortable questions, which, in the case of e.g. the
Nazca lines, forced scientists to take note and come up with a
solid explanation. Even though it turned out the Nazca lines was
not an alien airport terminal, von Däniken’s emphasis
on Nazca and so many other sites, forced the halls of academia
to go out and answer the questions. Velikovsky, writing almost
thirty years before, does not seem to have had the same effect
on the academic circles – and it seems that few will be
able to push – in fact, a consensus amongst the speakers
seemed to be to try to push catastrophic history forward without
mentioning the V word. S for silence.
The New Pyramid Age has appeared
sees the publication of “The
New Pyramid Age”, my second book released this year.
The first, “Land of the Gods”,
was originally scheduled for release in 2004, but I changed publishers.
It received a new publication date of late 2006, but various delays
have meant that both books have now almost come out at the same
time. Lest anyone thinks I can write two books at the same time:
The release of the book has seen, since early August, a series
of articles on this site, with material that did not make it into
the book. Expect to see some more material in the near future
in a series of publications, for example one in the September-October
edition of New Dawn (Issue No. 104), featuring The Chinese Pyramids.
As I reported earlier, I am greatly pleased with the publication
of this book and its conclusions and feel it has made a valuable
contribution to the pyramid debate, one which both sides will
hopefully be able to appreciate, if not embrace.
Two lectures on the subject are scheduled
for October, one in London and one at the Nexus Conference in
Australia. So perhaps see you then!
A pyramid of delight
have just returned from four days in Bosnia-Herzegovina, to see
first-hand the work that has been carried out on the various sites
in the “Bosnian Valley of the Pyramids” during the
first two years of excavation. I would like to thank the Foundation
as a whole, and Nadir and Maria in specific, for a wonderful,
interesting and enjoyable time in and near Visoko.
The “Bosnian Valley of the Pyramids” offers a unique
insight in one of the most controversial archaeological sites
and discoveries currently in progress. The Foundation has made
it possible that tourists and visitors can see what has been and
is being accomplished, while at the same time allowing proper
archaeological methods to be followed. For any enthusiast of history,
Visoko offers an easily accessible gateway into the past –
and our quest to understand it.
Archaeological trench warfare
has published “Archaeological
Trench Warfare”, an article on Glozel that focuses more
heavily on the political agendas that featured in one of the most
famous “incidents” in the history of archaeology.
I will no doubt not receive too many new friends from within the
world of archaeology with this publication, but it underlines
the reality of the archaeological work and some of the going-ons,
that are typical of then, today, and no doubt the future.
Something old, something new, something of the future
votes are in: the new seven wonders of the world have been voted
for. The only surviving wonder of the ancient world, the Great
Pyramid, was made exempt from the competition after complaints
from Egyptian authorities. Rather than give it special treatment,
the organisers, in what may not have been the smartest of moves,
decided to exclude it from the competition. The new wonders are:
Chichen Itza; Macchu
Picchu; The Taj Mahal; Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer;
China’s Great Wall; Petra and the Roman Colloseum. Five
of these seem or have proven to be fit for survival; let’s
hope they will all withstand the test of time.
As with anything new, there are always newer things planned. Lewis
Pollock contacted us, detailing his project of “The
Colossus of London”. Also known as “The Spirit
of Man”, this sculpture-building is partly based on “The
Wicker Man” and other ancient monuments. Pollock hopes
that London will find both a venue and an interest for making
this into London’s signature building.
Nebra Disc in ring fight again
“Land of the Gods”,
the Nebra disc is discussed shortly, as evidence of our megalithic
ancestors’ usage of astronomy. As if on cue, archaeologists
have now revived the debate over whether this Bronze Age disc
from Germany is one of the earliest known calendars.
The Nebra disc is emblazoned with symbols of the Sun, Moon and
stars and said by some to be 3,600 years old. Writing in the journal
“Antiquity”, Emilia Pasztor of the Matrica Museum
in Hungary and Curt Roslund of Gothenburg University in Sweden,
they challenge the possibility that the 32cm-wide disc could have
been used as a precise calendrical device. Two golden arcs on
the outside of the disc may show how far the sunrise and sunset
move along the horizon between winter and summer solstices. The
arcs are 82.5 degrees long, which is the angle the Sun is seen
to travel between the high mid-summer sunset and the low mid-winter
The precise angle varies from place to place, but Professor Wolfhard
Schlosser, from the University of Bochum, in Germany, has pointed
out that 82 degrees corresponds to the journey of the sun at the
specific latitude in Nebra. As such, it could have been used as
a calendrical tool by Bronze Age Europeans.
In Antiquity, Pasztor and Roslund suggest that if the goldsmith
intended to produce an accurate chart of the sky, he would have
not have ignored the conspicuous nearby constellation of Orion,
and the square of Pegasus to the right. Instead, they argue that
rather than a calendrical device, the disc was used in a shamanic
ritual – obviously involving a stellar cult, seeing the
disc depicts objects in the sky.
But others are not convinced by the new report, stating that the
disc could have been used to harmonise the lunar and solar calendars.
Ralph Hansen from the University of Hamburg, found a calculation
rule in ancient Babylonian texts that said that a thirteenth month
should be added to the lunar calendar when one sees the moon in
exactly the arrangement that appears on the Nebra disc. In addition,
the number of stars on the disc is 32, along with the Moon, that
makes 33 objects in total. Intriguingly, 33 Moon years are equivalent
to 32 Sun years. And hence the debate continues.
Did you hear it on the radio?
with Andy Gough & Corjan de Raaf, I have launched a new initiative:
Radio RenneSSence. The
internet “radio station” is devoted to the mystery
of Rennes-le-Château and is brought to you under the collaborative
effort that is Rennessence – a name I once thought up as
a section heading for a French magazine and which Corjan independently
coined later as well; spooky, or what?
The first incarnation of this co-operation was the RSS newsfeed,
which since its humble beginnings, is now being used by an ever
larger number of sites.
With the interview section, we hope to bring a new dimension to
the mystery, offering you interviews with some of the leading,
new or less-known authors and researchers, as well as any other
news we, or our hopefully growing team of “roving reporters”,
are able to track down. The first guest is Patrice Chaplin, arguing
that according to her sources, the enigmatic priest of Rennes-le-Château,
Bérenger Saunière, went to the Spanish town of Girona
to track down rituals, involving the Grail and “the Manifestation
of the Messiah”!
The premiere of the Rosslyn Motet
evening, I attended the “world premiere” of the Rosslyn
Motet, a piece of music decoded by “the Mitchell Dynasty”
– Thomas and Stuart. Performed within the settings of Rosslyn
Chapel, with instruments conforming to the 15th century, the ensemble
performed the musical piece that Thomas and Stuart Mitchell believe
to have decoded from the so-called “musical cubes”.
These cubes are part of the decoration of the ceiling of the Lady
Chapel and could thus be seen as “The Rosslyn Code”.
Ten years ago, when I first visited the chapel, the meaning of
the cubes and the possibility that they were a musical code was
pushed by the late Stephen Pryor. Stephen tried to gather interest
in this bold theory, but this drive faded with his death some
years later. A decade later, it seems the journey has finally
Music is an often overlooked (overheard?) dimension of ancient
buildings. Men like the Renaissance scholar Ficino were notorious
for being practicing musicians and he believed music was a vital
component in the pursuit of God. Perhaps his illuminated contemporaries,
like Sir Gilbert Hay, felt the same and decided to code one of
his favourite pieces – if not his own creation – into
The evening features several musical pieces, dating from the Renaissance
period or inspired by the Motet, as well as short lectures by
Stuart and Thomas Mitchell, Ian Robertson, a demonstration of
the Cymatics phenomenon by Professor Murray Campbell, and of course
the performance of the Motet itself. Check out their website
for upcoming performances over the next months.
B-25 Wreckage from Maury Island UFO Incident rediscovered
first and most intriguing UFO crash
story ever has just received a new twist in the tail. When
the military investigated the story, a plane carrying some of
the alleged debris crashed. Even “worse”: the crash
site was all but unknown. The crash area was somewhere in the
Cascade foothills, about 25-miles to the east of Kelso, Washington.
Almost sixty years after that plane went down, the wreckage has
been located. Jim Greean had been searching for the crash site
for the last ten years. On April 15, Greean was hiking along Goble
Creek, following its narrow channel as it rushes towards the mighty
Columbia River. It was along that Creek that a glint of sunshine
caught his eye.
“I looked down and there was a piece of silver looking metal.
I had a shovel and I touched it and it was metal, so I slid down
the bank and it was the first piece of that plane I found,”
Jim said. “I started going back up the Creek and it was
full of metal. It was like finding gold! I finally found it!”
He pulled dozens of pieces of debris from the mud and muck alongside
the Creek. Many of the pieces were mangled, some ripped in two
by the sheer force of the impact, and some charred, “This
almost looks like it’s black from being burned.” Many
more pieces of the plane, he left behind. “There were pieces
sticking out and I just couldn’t pull them out. I’m
going to have to go out and dig them out.”
Some of the pieces of the wreckage will go on display at Seattle’s
Museum of Mysteries. No traces of the “UFO debris”
have been recovered so far.
Ashes to Ashes...
is with sadness that I was informed of the passing of Anna "Sammy"
Mitchell-Hedges and Jan De Groot. Anna was the adopted daughter
of the adventurer Mike Mitchell-Hedges. Anna died on April 11,
aged 100, was cremated on April 14, and her ashes will at some
point be scattered on the sea off Devon, near her father’s
In 1924, on Anna’s birthday, the superb “Mitchell-Hedges”
skull was officially discovered in Lubaantun, Belize. The
story of the discovery only came out a few decades later. Whether
bought at auction or given by the local Indians as a thank-you
for the work Mitchell-Hedges had performed for them, there is
another scenario, which is a variation on this theme, which I
hope that some people will, with Anna having now passed, make
public, and which may be the ultimate truth. Anna spanned a century
in which at first the Mayan civilisation was a cultural pariah,
and is now a worldwide sensation, with movies such as Apocalypto
and the entire 2012 “obsession”. Her
skull could almost be seen as the “magical talisman”
that guided this transformation. It was during my lecture
yesterday that I announced, for the first time, for what purpose
crystal skulls may have been used, and what they may have represented.
Jan De Groot was Mirin Dajo’s
trusted assistant and died aged 93. We invited Jan to speak at
the Frontier Symposium and the Nexus Conference, as well as published
his book. For the first conference, pushing 90, Jan’s car
was stuck in traffic, and with a helper on either side, he rushed
through the centre of Amsterdam to make the presentation on time.
Like Anna, Jan was a man who made sure the message was always
more important than the messenger. At the time of their passing,
it is nevertheless required to remember the messenger, and thank
them for their contributions.
Planes? Trains? No: automobiles!
this category is called “Road-news”, let’s talk
about some “road news”. Stan Hall and I live close
to each other (just outside of Edinburgh) and were both scheduled
to speak at Dorchester, approximately 500 miles south, near the
South coast of England. Fog in Edinburgh resulted in the cancellation
of Stan’s early morning flight and the imminent cancellation
of my afternoon departure. Should we just give up? It would leave
the conference having speakers from 10h to 11h, and 16h to 18h
– not the best way to please a crowd. Should we try to fly
into another airport? No options. The train? A 14h journey, let
alone the cost (trains being more expensive in the UK than flights).
“How about driving?” We checked a website and learned
estimated travel time was just over eight hours. So, at 11.35am,
the time I was meant to start driving off to the airport, I set
off, picking up Stan, driving South. By plane, then a train ride
from Southampton to Dorchester, I was scheduled to arrive at 19h23.
By car (travelling within legal speed limits): 19h15! Who says
planes are faster than cars?
In the end, the trip was well worth it, as the conference
was excellently organised, with a very knowledgeable audience.
And it is clear speakers take great effort to show up, as Barbara
Lamb was reminiscing about her appearance last year, when she
had broken a shoulder skiing, ending up in a shoulder spica, and
a few days before the conference, fell on the street, bruising
and injuring her face in addition to her previous shoulder injury.
Nevertheless, she appeared as announced and gave her talk. If
there is an organisation that gives awards to lecturers that guarantee
their appearance, no matter what, could the three of us have an
honorary badge please?
Restoration funds in line for Rosslyn Chapel
has received grants totalling £7.2 million ($13.4 million)
toward the restoration of the chapel.
The Heritage Lottery Fund designated £4.5 million in what
it calls a Stage One pass. Historic Scotland agreed to contribute
£2.7 million toward the five-year programme of repairs.
While a pass does not guarantee funding, it is an indication of
positive support and money for the scheme is set aside pending
a second application.
Repairs will include conserving and protecting the stonework,
fixing the stained and leaded glass and restoring the Victorian
baptistry. The temporary tin roof, which has protected the chapel
for the last ten years to let the original roof and walls dry
out, will be removed.
The Heritage Lottery Fund grant will also help support the development
of the existing visitor facilities to provide a new reception
with an interpretative timeline, exhibition space, flexible education
space, café, shop and toilets.
Red Ice interview
team of Red
Ice Creations recently interviewed me on a myriad of topics.
The free-to-listen section includes an in-depth discussion on
Canopus, ancient Egypt, magic, and even modern politics. The subscription
section talks about The Stargate Conundrum, as well as an introduction
into the enigma that is Perillos. The ice was definitely broken…
The Opinion of the Unicorn
we noted that The Stargate Conundrum
was warmly received by the main parties involved. At that time,
one person had so far not spoken out: Ira Einhorn, currently serving
a life sentence for the murder of Holly Maddux.
One researcher sent him the essay, which resulted in the following
comments from Ira: “The enclosure [the Stargate Conundrum]
was superb and I spent much of the day on it as I am still working
on the problems discussed in it and was glad to receive the stimulus
it produced. The article is the most thoughtful I have seen in
years, and provides an obvious context for my situation.”
In a follow-up letter, "I found your understanding of what
happened so acute that it tipped off much writing on my own. [...]
It also provides a basis for much further writing about what has
happened to me regarding Tesla, the CIA, Yugoslavia, Bronfman,
etc. and the ridiculousness of my present legal situation."
And the Award goes to… the Burrows Cave
article on The Burrows Cave has
received the “Burrows Cave Award 2007” from the Midwestern
Epigraphic Society. Though I unfortunately won’t be
able to attend the conference on which the award would be presented,
the article received the award for being “well written and
unbiased speculation of the authenticity of the Burrows Cave artefacts.”
The Midwestern Epigraphic Society researches the ancient migrations
of Mankind to the Americas, especially Pre-Columbian and particularly
to the Midwest US, as revealed by cultural similarities, archaic
writing, ancient world history and evidence found by modern science.
We will revisit this debate in the near future…
Magazine issue 14.2 (February-March 2007) is once again carrying
one of my articles: “State-sponsored
terror in the west”. This is somewhat different than
the usual blend of material you get on my site, or to quote Duncan
in his Editorial: “Consensus reality would also have us
believe the lie that terrorism is somehow caused by disgruntled
Muslims who had the West. Philip Coppens takes a break from his
history/mystery articles and explores the extensive links showing
how terrorism is actually created and used by governments and
military organisations for their own advantage. Yes, modern Western
nations still kill their own citizens, plant ‘evidence’
to blame some created or mythical enemy, and then pass laws –
which normally would never be accepted by the populace –
to attack their countries and;/or to remove civil rights and freedoms
under the guise of ‘protecting us’.” I couldn't
have summarised it better myself. And though it may seem not relevant
to most of the articles you read on this site, let me assure you
it is directly relevant to some...
“initiation” into the alternative field occurred in
the Belgian city of Ghent, in the early to mid 1990s. It was therefore
bizarre – and moving – to be informed that Freemasons
in that city had been inspired by an
article on this site and had as a consequence dedicated their
lodge to Jan Van Eyck. Though I am not a Freemason myself, having
inspired the creation of a Masonic lodge in a town I have a strong
connection with, is one of the more bizarre incidents of my life
(and there have been quite a few) – but also quite a moving
one, for if ever someone required a lodge to be named after him,
it was Van Eyck. I therefore wish the “A:.
L:. Jan van Eyck” the best of luck for the future.
Scottish tradition of “The First Footing” is to guarantee
that the new year will be a prosperous one. At the strike of midnight,
a "tall, dark stranger" appears at your door with a
lump of coal for the fire, or a cake or coin. In exchange, you
offer him food, wine or a wee dram of whisky, or the traditional
“Het Pint”, a combination of ale, nutmeg and whisky.
2007 has started with a mixture of the First Footing and the wedding
tradition of “something old, something borrowed, something
Stan Hall was the key figure in “The
Quest for the Metal Library”, the article that created
a lot of interest, with a plethora of readers asking when an expedition
to Ecuador would be organised. That’s the something old.
The “something new” is that David Hatcher Childress
has published Stan Hall’s “Tayos Gold”, a book
I enjoyed producing. That book was the last to arrive through
my letterbox in 2006 and the first person to arrive through my
door in 2007 was its author, Stan Hall. So that could be seen
as the "First Footing". He brought with him a DVD of
his expedition, featuring an interview with Father Crespi - the
something borrowed, or the alternative replacement for a lump
It's unlikely the “First Booking” will ever become
a tradition… Meanwhile, we wish every reader all the best
for 2007! And we hope that the ever so slightly changed design
of this website will be enjoyed.