Odd Books - Reviews and News of Very Strange Books https://oddbooks.co.uk/ en Extraterrestrial Linguistics and The Secret of Human Origins https://oddbooks.co.uk/oddbooks/extraterrestrial-linguistics-and-secret-human-origins <span class="oddbook__title">Extraterrestrial Linguistics and The Secret of Human Origins</span> <span class="oddbook__uid"><span lang="" about="/users/alfred-armstrong" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Alfred Armstrong</span></span> <span class="oddbook__created">17 Jul 2022 - 18:40</span> <div class="oddbook__field-author field field--name-field-author field--type-string field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Author(s)</div> <div class="field__item">Frederick Dodson</div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-publisher field field--name-field-publisher field--type-string field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Publisher</div> <div class="field__item">The Author</div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-pubdate field field--name-field-pubdate field--type-string field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Edition / Year</div> <div class="field__item">2020</div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-file-under d-flex"> <div class="field__label font-weight-bold"> File under<span class="field__label__suffix mr-1">:</span> </div> <div class="field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/file-under/aliens" hreflang="en">aliens</a></span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/file-under/linguistics" hreflang="en">linguistics</a></span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/file-under/we-are-all-germans-now" hreflang="en">we are all Germans now</a></span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/file-under/pyramids" hreflang="en">pyramids</a></span> </div> </div> <div class="oddbook__taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">In the section labelled</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/odd-books/space-between-ears" hreflang="en">Space Between The Ears</a></div> </div> <div class="photoswipe-gallery"> <div class="oddbook__field-images field field--name-field-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2022-07/dodson1.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="3681x5592" data-overlay-title="Extraterrestrial Linguistics"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2022-07/dodson1.jpg?itok=S0ZYbDoD" width="214" height="325" alt="Extraterrestrial Linguistics" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2022-07/dodson2.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="3739x5594" data-overlay-title="Frederick Dodson, b 1974, success coach, teaching &#039;Reality Creation&#039; since 1992"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2022-07/dodson2.jpg?itok=7OJ7zSet" width="217" height="325" alt="Frederick Dodson, b 1974, success coach, teaching &#039;Reality Creation&#039; since 1992" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="oddbook__body field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Frederick Dodson, "author, success coach, consciousness researcher and international speaker" claims in this latest of his many books that we humans share not only an extraterrestrial origin but also a common language. Our ancestors, he says, spoke a form of ancient German, an idea Dodson took from a crank called Erhard Landmann.</p> <p>Landmann is also notable for the claim that most of recorded history prior to the Middle Ages is fake. It was falsified by hostile aliens to conceal the truth of their existence, which incidentally means he can argue that the absence of evidence for his theories is a good thing, as this is exactly what would be expected if they were true. </p> <p>Unfortunately Landmann's books are not available in English but, if he is correct we should all be able to read them in the original German, shouldn't we? I found learning German quite a challenge at school, but perhaps one has to rouse one's inner alien to jive with the <em>lingua franca</em>, if that is the right phrase. My personal ET must be practically comatose.</p> <p>Returning to Dodson, before tackling the language issue he is keen that we should know that NASA, the FBI and CIA have since the 1950s been engaged in an elaborate cover-up of the truth about extraterrestrials. Nothing new there, you might think, except that Dodson reckons that the CIA were actually responsible for the spate of flying saucer books that appeared during that period, in a bid to distract humanity from the obvious, that flying saucers are flown, not by little creatures green or gray, but by human beings. Authors such as George Adamski, previously considered to be mere crackpots, were government stooges.</p> <p>Apparently THEY do not wish us to know the truth, that the "Aliens Are Us". Why THEY have to conceal this is unclear but since Dodson also thinks the CIA created the hippie movement, one might conclude that government agencies exist primarily to fuck with our heads.</p> <p>One of Dodson's pieces of evidence consists of reviews of NASA taken from <a href="https://www.glassdoor.com/">Glassdoor</a>. That some employees have complaints about a high level of bureaucracy, poor management, and - most outrageously - having to PAY to use a microwave, clearly indicates that there are sinister things going on. Even more despicably, they never sent rockets to the moon, because space is "full of intelligent life" and if we went up there, this would become apparent. Or possibly, we are in quarantine by intergalactic decree. Whatever, we haven't been to space and we won't in the future.</p> <p>Having established his credentials as a maverick thinker, Dodson turns to his central purpose of demonstrating the common origin of all languages. This, he suggests, is a radical enterprise:</p> <blockquote><p>In 1866, the Linguistic Society of Paris prohibited that any papers on the common origin of all languages be published, From there, the prohibition extended to other countries and the topic has been actively derided in “Academia” ever since. I have read linguists echo this, telling me it's “prohibited” to make word-list comparisons, because there will always be a couple of words that cultures borrowed from each other. They say that these lists create the false impression that the languages are related. But what if | can show all words of disparate languages to be related to one specific other language? </p> </blockquote> <p>This is rather puzzling, as the construction of relationships between languages is a perfectly respectable academic discipline, and word lists are certainly not "prohibited". On page 35 of <em>Language History, Language Change, and Language Relationship: An Introduction to Historical and Comparative Linguistics</em> (Hock and Joseph, 2009), for example, we find a table of words from Latin, Italian, Spanish, French, and Romanian which illustrates why linguists think these languages share a common ancestor (Latin, in this case). It is not a novel idea to extend this to all languages and suggest that they all have <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proto-Human_language">the same origin</a>, but it is generally accepted, for fairly obvious reasons, that if there were such a language it would predate the birth of writing. To assert that the common origin of language is relatively recent is bold, to say the least (and full marks to Landmann for realising history would have to be drastically rewritten for such a thing to be possible).</p> <p>Dobson devotes most of his book to demonstrating how words that can be found in ancient German (abbreviated to "ag.") also appear in other languages that are seemingly unrelated, such as Aztec or Mayan.</p> <p> <figure class="figure"><a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Teotihuacan,_Pyramid_of_the_Moon_(20499957649).jpg"><img alt="Teotihuacan, Pyramid of the Moon (20499957649)" src="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/67/Teotihuacan%2C_Pyramid_of_the_Moon_%2820499957649%29.jpg/512px-Teotihuacan%2C_Pyramid_of_the_Moon_%2820499957649%29.jpg" width="512" /></a> <figcaption class="figure-caption">Teotihuacan</figcaption></figure></p> <blockquote><p>The [Aztec] word Teotihuacan is falsely translated [as] the "city of gods". But if you use a Dictionary of ancient German, the real meaning becomes obvious in an instant. <em>Teoti </em>is the ag. word for "<em>People</em>". But what is Huacan? There are many words that refer to "the gods" and flying devices that end in <em>Huacan</em>. It' s a well-known Aztec word, Remember what I said about "w" and "h" being interchangeable? In that case, it would be "wuacan". In ag. the words Huacan, Uaccan and Waccan all mean "Chariot" or "Wagon" as well as "Movement". Teotihuacan means either "Movement of the People" or "Wagons of the People". The reason the word "Huacan" is continually associated with "gods" flying around in the sky, is probably because the natives pointed upward, to the sky, when talking about the Wuacan, the "Wagons" of their ancestors.</p> <p>The place where the Germans first set foot was <em>Colhuacan</em>, containing the word "Huacan" for "Wagon" and the word "Col" which is a reversal of the ag. word "Folc", which again, means "People". Essentially, the place where the Mayas landed is called, in modern German, "Volkswagen". I guess the more things change, the more they stay the same.</p> </blockquote> <p>So in order to properly understand a foreign language, one should first consult one's ancient German dictionary, the only such work where the dictionary-makers did not err. If something looks like it is made up of one or more ancient German words it can be reinterpreted as such. Where necessary, one can invent stories to cover whatever discrepancies result, as you will see in this further example, Dobson's complete report on his investigation into the Maltese language.</p> <blockquote><p>The Maltese are like a mixture of Arabic, northern African and Italian. When I learned that the Maltese word “Minn”, means “from” or “of" to describe place of origin, I knew I had to have at least a brief look.</p> <p>I first looked up the word for Bell, because at that time, I was researching Bell-shaped spacecraft. In Maltese, Bell is <em>qanpiena</em>, containing one of the primary German words for spacecraft — qan, kan, kahn. As we will later see, the Kan travels on a Ray, which in Maltese is <em>Ragg</em>. It is also said to travel on a Pillar which in Maltese is <em>Pilastru</em>. The word Pilastru is an interesting hybrid of the German word <strong>Strahl</strong> (St-ra-hl), meaning Ray and the English <em>Pillar</em>.</p> <p>The word for Home is Id-Ar, which is amazing. In ancient German, the word for Earth is <em>Ar</em> or <em>Arde</em> or <em>Arden</em>. So when asked about their home, the Maltese are saying “It’s Earth” in ancient German. Of course, they'd only say that in a world where interstellar travel is real. So I looked up the word for water and it didn’t disappoint: <em>Ilma</em>. There’s that ancient German “m’ again. When I looked up the word for Pray, I found <em>Itlob</em>. “It Lob" in German, means “It’s Praise”. The word for Church is <em>Knisja</em>, which is Knis ja, meaning to kneel in front of Jah. The word for star is <em>stilla</em>, related to the ancient Latin Stella, which is related to alla, ella, el, illa. Looking up Eck, | found the word for Corner, which is Kantuniera. The German word “Kante” means Edge.</p> <p>Those are the results of a mere 10-minute excursion into Maltese.</p> </blockquote> <p>But Frederick, I hear the reader ask, if there are all these aliens coming and going, where do they land their spacecraft? The answer, you will be delighted to learn, is "on pyramids". Conveniently, although <a href="https://history.stackexchange.com/questions/69427/are-there-pyramids-at-sternenfels">not everyone agrees</a>, there are pyramids in Germany.</p> <blockquote><p>The Pyramids around the town <em>Sternenfels </em>are called <em>Zwerchhalde</em> and <em>Rohrhalde</em> in the old German of the locals. These are Just two further words that point to Pyramids as landing stations for spacecraft. <em>Zwerchhalde</em> and <em>Rohrhalde</em> are local dialect. In proper German, It’s <em>Zwerg-Halte</em> and <em>Rohr-Halte.</em> Halte means “Stop”, as in bus stop, car stop and other places fur vehicles to rest. <em>Zwerg</em> means Dwarf and <em>Rohr</em> means Tube. The Pyramids, then, are literally called Tube-Stop and Dwarf-Stop. Dwarf and Tube could very well be names for aircraft. The tube could be the pillar-craft and the dwarf could be a name for dwarf-ships that exit the pill or pillar shaped mother-ship. That’s Landmanns explanation, but I also see this possibility: The Space-Dwarves that people see on their hallucinogenic drug-trips, might really exist. I have already gone into detail on them in my previous book. And they might come from the Planet Min, as “Min” is associated with “small”, even in ancient Mythology.</p> <p>Another ancient German word for Dwarf (Zwerg) is actually “<em>Urkind</em>’, which means Source-Child or perhaps child from the original star system of the Pleiades (child here to be understood as human).</p> </blockquote> <p>Dobson's freeform etymological riffing reaches a climax on Salisbury Plain:</p> <blockquote><p>A quick diversion to Stonehenge in England. The rock formation that also keeps getting labeled as “mysterious”. The word is ancient German for <em>Steinhang</em>, supposedly coined by a British Man named Geoffray of Monmouth. But is that really a name? <em>Ge off ray of Mon Mouth</em> is a sentence in an old Saxon dialect: <em>The ray comes from the Moon Mouth. </em>What is the moon mouth? It’s the moon opening. Wait, what does that mean? Well, that’s a topic for another book. If only our education system taught anything real and useful, you'd know.</p> <p>An early writer about Stonehenge was named John Aubrey, which is <em>Ub Rey</em>, the Ray goes upwards. This is significant because the Stonehenge holes filled with ashes are also called <em>Aubrey</em>. When a spaceship that emanates rays lands of lifts off, it invariably produces Ashes. Or perhaps Stonehenge is connected to rays from the Moon.</p> </blockquote> <p>Another race of space people is referred to in the common myths of fairies. Fairies actually come from the planet Fe. They like to steal children and even fetuses (hence <em>fe-tus</em>, "tus" being ancient German meaning "exchange"). "Fe" can also be found lurking in the words "feudal", "fecund", "phenomenon", "phoenix" and "fencing", and Dodson provides helpful explanations of each.</p> <blockquote><p>The word Phoenix is ag. Fe Nich, which means fairy leaning. What's the import of the word "leaning"? When saucers orbit a Planet, they lean.</p> </blockquote> <p>Obvious, when you think about it.</p> <p>Dodson's most interesting chapter is his last one, titled "Counter Arguments", in which he addresses his own doubts, misgivings which are likely to be shared by the reader.</p> <blockquote><p>[...] there were times I wondered whether I'm insane. Don't insane people chink they are in possession of some secret and world-changing knowledge that only they, but nobody else, can see? And isn’t the fact that almost nobody would agree with me on ancient German and our origin in the stars, proof that I am insane, that I am seeing connections where there aren't any? And is it not paranoid delusion to assume that all Academia are wrong, and I am right? And is it not strange that Erhard Landmann got no recognition for his work? Isn’t that because he too, is insane?</p> </blockquote> <p>Perhaps, he wonders, he is suffering from Apophenia, "the tendency to mistakenly perceive connections and meanings between unrelated things.", but he decides not in fact, since he's "avoided being accused of it, by focusing only on the most obvious and undeniable proof". What a relief. As he tells us in conclusion:</p> <blockquote><p>[...] for now I am confident that this information can be applied to to make countless other new discoveries. I recommend you go out and use your new and wonderful tool.</p> </blockquote></div> Sun, 17 Jul 2022 16:40:13 +0000 Alfred Armstrong 1059 at https://oddbooks.co.uk https://oddbooks.co.uk/oddbooks/extraterrestrial-linguistics-and-secret-human-origins#comments Prelude to Sanity https://oddbooks.co.uk/oddbooks/prelude-sanity <span class="oddbook__title">Prelude to Sanity</span> <span class="oddbook__uid"><span lang="" about="/users/alfred-armstrong" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Alfred Armstrong</span></span> <span class="oddbook__created">29 Mar 2022 - 12:09</span> <div class="oddbook__field-author field field--name-field-author field--type-string field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Author(s)</div> <div class="field__item">S. Greiner</div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-publisher field field--name-field-publisher field--type-string field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Publisher</div> <div class="field__item">Master Publications</div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-pubdate field field--name-field-pubdate field--type-string field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Edition / Year</div> <div class="field__item">1943</div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-file-under d-flex"> <div class="field__label font-weight-bold"> File under<span class="field__label__suffix mr-1">:</span> </div> <div class="field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/file-under/cranky-old-geezers" hreflang="en">cranky old geezers</a></span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/file-under/pseudoscience" hreflang="en">pseudoscience</a></span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/file-under/hypnosis" hreflang="en">hypnosis</a></span> </div> </div> <div class="oddbook__taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">In the section labelled</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/odd-books/lone-voices" hreflang="en">Lone Voices</a></div> </div> <div class="photoswipe-gallery"> <div class="oddbook__field-images field field--name-field-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2022-03/greiner1.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="3366x5325" data-overlay-title="The book that was twenty-six years in the making..."> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2022-03/greiner1.jpg?itok=dWgfdNhE" width="205" height="325" alt="The book that was twenty-six years in the making..." loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2022-03/greiner2.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="3422x5200" data-overlay-title="the most momentous intellectual achievement of all time"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2022-03/greiner2.jpg?itok=Ecvkm2N7" width="214" height="325" alt="the most momentous intellectual achievement of all time" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2022-03/img_20220327_173733759_3.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="3427x4624" data-overlay-title="Samuel Greiner"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2022-03/img_20220327_173733759_3.jpg?itok=rHBOoAjJ" width="241" height="325" alt="Samuel Greiner" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2022-04/greiner3.gif" class="photoswipe" data-size="1675x2397" data-overlay-title="Crisis flyer page 1"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2022-04/greiner3.gif?itok=-IFuSAjm" width="227" height="325" alt="Crisis flyer page 1" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2022-04/greiner4.gif" class="photoswipe" data-size="1655x2396" data-overlay-title="Crisis flyer page 2"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2022-04/greiner4.gif?itok=-Yzoszop" width="224" height="325" alt="Crisis flyer page 2" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="oddbook__body field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Samuel Greiner, a Floridian restaurateur, had some original notions about the human condition. Everyone else is not merely wrong but exists in a state of delusion, and until we recover our prehistoric wisdom, that's how things are going to remain. Hypnotic experiments he had undertaken using patrons at his restaurant as subjects provided evidence of this alarming thesis. This book, the distillation of his research and thinking over the course of decades, was sold through advertisements in periodicals.</p> <p>One of those who purchased a copy was the poet W. H. Auden, who wrote about it in a letter to Nicolas Jenkins:</p> <blockquote><p>A propos of cranks I've just got <em>Prelude to Sanity</em> by S. Greiner who you may remember advertised himself in the Nation with an ad starting "The Piddling Nation" and including a letter from Claire Booth. <em>Well</em>, wait till you see the book.</p> </blockquote> <p>No quote from Auden appears on the jacket, a missed opportunity perhaps, but it does modestly state that "this book constitutes the most momentous intellectual achievement of all time". How is it that such a significant work has been forgotten? I hope by writing this review to start the process of bringing Greiner and his work back into the public consciousness, where they belong.</p> <p>The central idea of Greiner's book is that we are all mad, a problematic thesis for obvious reasons, since it implies Greiner is himself mad - and how are we to trust the arguments of a self-confessed madman? Nevertheless, at least one person was persuaded, someone identified only as 'L. W. W.", a "physician", who wrote the introduction to the book. L. W. W. was such a fan of Greiner's ideas that he believed everyone else would fall under the same spell:</p> <blockquote><p>Many a reader will have occasion to note that there is that about S. G.’s thesis as well as about his manner of presenting it, which at first sets our teeth on edge, then sets us to arguing with ourselves that there cannot be a particle of sense to it; but that the longer we try to undermine his propositions, the sooner and the oftener we alight upon instances in their support—so that in the end we literally find ourselves lecturing him <em>in absentia</em>, as though it were he whom we must convince at all costs of their intrinsic legitimacy and worth. This could not be so, if these propositions had no affinitive contacts with "substantive sanities" in all of us; and it is precisely because no one senses this more profoundly than S. G. himself, that he rarely affords us more than a glimpse into his vast cornucopia of objective documentation until he feels certain that the bare presentation of his stupendous theme has already more than half convinced us of its authentic relevance to the verities. </p> </blockquote> <p>I'll be honest, I'm still at the "teeth on edge" stage, but perhaps by the time I've finished writing this post I'll be posthumously  emulating L. W. W. by trying to persuade Greiner of his own brilliance. (Get the ouija board ready, Cato, just in case.)</p> <p>Greiner tells us he arrived at his "stupendous theme" by inward rumination and intuition. He decries conventional scholarship, and indeed the very use of words to convey ideas. Speech "has no content, no innerness, and hence no meaning". Thus "the truth has not heretofore been published because language is incompetent to deal with it". The components of language have no relationship to reality:</p> <blockquote><p>[...] in the final analysis, a sentence is primarily an exercise in demonology posited in the microcosmic authenticity of symbols: their magic competence to <em>be</em>, to <em>do</em> and to sustain relationships of cause and effect — so that no man can articulate one without professing a creed of idolatry.</p> </blockquote> <p>Greiner is aware that, having written a book full of sentences, he has once again apparently fatally undermined his own argument. But don't worry, he has a Cunning Plan. His purpose is not to persuade his reader directly, no, he will instead awaken the Cro-Magnon within, a hidden primitive natural part of us all, wherein man's true understanding lies. This natural facility is where his intuition comes from, and if he can address that part of the reader, the reader will be guided to the same conclusions by their own intuitive faculty without any need to parse language. Should he succeed, presumably humanity will return to a stage in which we all communicate in grunts.</p> <p> <figure class="figure align-center"><a class="photoswipe" data-size="500x357" href="/sites/default/files/inline-images/cac7b44dbc03d5b383af812058c0037f%5B1%5D.jpg"><img alt="Cavewoman: don't believe everything you read" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3eb34cb9-a66f-43e6-838a-d3c778f003e9" height="357" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/cac7b44dbc03d5b383af812058c0037f%5B1%5D.jpg" width="500" /></a> <figcaption class="figure-caption">A pupil of Greiner engaged in disseminating his message.</figcaption></figure></p><p>If language cannot be trusted, how is Greiner then to reach his Cro Magnon target audience? The answer is <em>by hypnotism</em>.</p> <blockquote><p>I had already schematized on paper as far back as 1922 mechanical apparatus for the induction of hypnosis that would dispense with the spoken word or the corporeal presence of the operator—it being my intent to demonstrate the automistic (unconscious) origin of all the components of the <em>ego</em>. But it was not until 1930, when I had attained some measure of affluence as restaurateur, that I was in a position to actualize my design and test its effectiveness. My choice of business was particularly fortunate in that it furnished me a well-nigh unlimited supply of experimental subjects.</p> </blockquote> <p>Every restaurant should have a Greiner automated hypnosis device. Simply put the customers into a trance until their food is ready and <em>voila!</em> no more complaints about slow service. But this must remain a dream, Greiner never having published the book on hypnotism in which he promised to reveal the operation of his invention. This is especially sad as such a device would have other, perhaps more important, applications:</p> <blockquote><p>[...] hypnosis tends to immunize towards microbic infections, and to mitigate the virulence of infections contracted prior to its induction.</p> </blockquote> <p>Not only is hypnosis useful as medicine, it can also be given as a much more radical form of treatment:</p> <blockquote><p>In fact, as the volume on hypnotism will demonstrate, the thirty odd subjects that are today enjoying existence with such characters as I have bestowed upon them are, by current standards, model citizens and happy creatures.</p> </blockquote> <p>Yes, Greiner claims that he successfully altered the personalities of a number of people through hypnosis. This is possible because "all personality-differences are not biological but grammatical". An operator such as himself "who steadfastly refuses to truckle to prevailing conventions, decora and taboos" can employ hypnotic means to reset his subjects "junctions" and rearrange their "switches", transforming their characters at will. </p> <p>("Darling, ever since we went to Greiner's Grill you've been a different man. What <em>do</em> they put in their sauces?")</p> <p>Greiner is an anti-Utopian, believing that the evils of the world are caused by a "racial trauma" - by which he means a trauma visited on the entire human race - which arose when his beloved Cro-Magnons turned into <em>Homo sapiens</em>. (Cro-Magnon man is generally considered a type of <em>Homo sapiens</em>, but Greiner knows better.) Cro-Magnons were wise by instinct and had no use for thinking (or "intellection" as Greiner, who has a mania for lexical obscurantification, calls it), the very act of thinking being another unfortunate modern innovation, but <em>Homo sapiens</em> has lost the use of instinctive wisdom and become chronically sick. Thus doctors are wasting their time trying to make people well when the root of all ailments is nothing but Greiner's racial trauma itself, of which our social structures and civilisation are symptoms.</p> <p>Reality is a hallucination and all academic endeavour is futile. Take philosophy, for example:</p> <blockquote><p>It is [...] my contention that philosophy radiates from profound disturbances within the racial organism—a way of saying that no philosopher, regardless of the complexion of his system, is exempt from involvement in the racial disorder. The ill are not one whit less ill because their delirium happens to be shifting from the babble of skepticism to the chatter of gnosticism, or from the manic-depressive psychosis of pessimism to the manic-elative psychosis of optimism. Racial pathologies are utterly impersonal; that is to say, they affect all of us in the same measure, though not necessarily in the same manner. It is therefore most essential that we do not confuse them with clinical pathologies, as this may create the erroneous impression that they are subject to the classifications, diagnoses and therapeuses listed in medical textbooks. That philosophy is symptomatologic of racial disorder is readily inferable from the fact that all philosophers view existence as a problem to be solved, a question to be answered, a conundrum to be unriddled; for problems, questions and conundrums hint at states of distress, such as arise in bodies affected by processes of racial erosion.</p> <p>[...]</p> <p>Philosophy may be defined as a Cry of Distress cortically dissipated into dialectical systems of such intricacy as to assume at times aspects of psychic harmonization. But symbolic surrogates for forfeited organismic composures can no more assuage the agonies attendant upon racial trauma than an oration can appease a toothache.</p> </blockquote> <p>Greiner proposes no cure for the disease, which he considers will eventually heal itself in an almighty Crisis with a capital C, after which there will follow a Heaven on Earth, "a <em>millennium </em>of human happiness that literally beggars description". To learn more, one must consult his other published work, <a href="https://www.worldcat.org/title/crisis-and-resurrection-a-prognostic-of-destiny/oclc/9507592"><em>Crisis and Resurrection, a Prognostic of Destiny</em> </a>(1954) - copies of which are very scarce, sadly. </p> <p>So, having read the whole thing and written this review: did my inner Cro-Magnon respond? Has the ancestral instinctual wisdom woken up? I fear not. Intellection and cortical dissipation got my bones.</p> <p><strong>Update</strong>: profuse thanks to friend of Odd Books, <a href="https://www.davidtibet.com/">David Tibet</a>, who supplied scans of a flyer advertising <em>Crisis and Resurrection</em> which includes quotes about <em>Prelude to Sanity</em>. I have added these to the image gallery above this review. As if that were not enough, the pencilled annotation reading "this is a remarkable and most provocative work" is from the hand of <a href="http://www.henrymiller.info/">Henry Miller</a>. What a find.</p></div> Tue, 29 Mar 2022 10:09:40 +0000 Alfred Armstrong 1058 at https://oddbooks.co.uk https://oddbooks.co.uk/oddbooks/prelude-sanity#comments Incantation of the Law Against Inept Critics https://oddbooks.co.uk/oddbooks/incantation-law-against-inept-critics <span class="oddbook__title">Incantation of the Law Against Inept Critics</span> <span class="oddbook__uid"><span lang="" about="/users/alfred-armstrong" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Alfred Armstrong</span></span> <span class="oddbook__created">28 Dec 2021 - 19:51</span> <div class="oddbook__field-author field field--name-field-author field--type-string field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Author(s)</div> <div class="field__item">Morten St. George</div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-subtitle field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">A guide to cryptic thinking</div> <div class="oddbook__field-publisher field field--name-field-publisher field--type-string field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Publisher</div> <div class="field__item">Booksurge</div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-pubdate field field--name-field-pubdate field--type-string field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Edition / Year</div> <div class="field__item">2006</div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-file-under d-flex"> <div class="field__label font-weight-bold"> File under<span class="field__label__suffix mr-1">:</span> </div> <div class="field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/file-under/nostradamus" hreflang="en">Nostradamus</a></span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/file-under/cryptology" hreflang="en">cryptology</a></span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/file-under/occult-powers" hreflang="en">occult powers</a></span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/file-under/aliens" hreflang="en">aliens</a></span> </div> </div> <div class="oddbook__taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">In the section labelled</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/odd-books/ooh-spooky" hreflang="en">Ooh, Spooky</a></div> </div> <div class="photoswipe-gallery"> <div class="oddbook__field-images field field--name-field-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2021-12/incantation1.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="3603x5435" data-overlay-title="Incantation of the Law Against Inept Critics"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2021-12/incantation1.jpg?itok=uR3mJxYu" width="215" height="325" alt="Incantation of the Law Against Inept Critics" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2021-12/incantation2.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="3636x5461" data-overlay-title="Blurb: &quot;Cryptic thinking is used to create cryptic communications&quot;"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2021-12/incantation2.jpg?itok=704B32Ig" width="216" height="325" alt="Blurb: &quot;Cryptic thinking is used to create cryptic communications&quot;" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="oddbook__body field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I do like a book that loudly touts an ambition it completely fails to live up to. Many of the works of <a href="/edgerly">Webster Edgerly</a> fall into this category, for example, but whether Morten St. George is as much a charlatan as Edgerly is not apparent. Nothing is obvious when it comes to this book or its author, as we'll see.</p> <p>St. George promises to teach us the art of "cryptic thinking", which he explains is the means by which one may create "deceptive communications". </p> <blockquote><p>A few clarifications about cryptic thinking are immediately appropriate. Cryptic thinking concentrates on the creation and deployment of deception devices. For example, a cryptic thinker might use ciphers, such as word ciphers, geometric ciphers, and even date ciphers. I will give you many examples of these. A cryptic thinker does create and use symbols. I will show you how to do this. More fundamentally, however, a cryptic thinker will try to write a passage in such a way that uninformed recipients remain unaware that the passage has no thematic or temporal consistency. This is not particularly difficult to do since the human mind tends to assume such consistency. But how do you then unwind the resulting nonsense? Frequently, cryptic thinking requires a protracted composition, and I will show you how to conceal the unwinding keys in a distant place. </p> <p>One additional technique is noteworthy. A cryptic thinker may sometimes resort to subtle and rapid oscillations between literal thought and figurative thought. This technique is usually a total knockout for most recipients, and unwinding keys are hard to provide. Here, the cryptic thinker counts on the intuitive genius of the reader to extract the correct meaning, and on the reader's ability to seek and find confirmation signals in other sections of the cryptic work. </p> <p>Based predominantly on psychological deception, cryptic communications have a special advantage over communications concealed by encoding. The concealed meaning of a cryptic document, or most of that meaning, can often survive literal translation from one language to another. In this book, native to my source material, I exemplify with Latin to French translations but I have found that it works with translations to and from other languages. </p> </blockquote> <p>So far, so confusing. Morten St. George's unusual technique for teaching how to make cryptic communications is not to start with some plain text and encrypt it but to take something already encrypted and decode it. This would be a justifiable if unorthodox approach if the subject matter was something of his own devising, since at least there could be no argument as to its meaning, but instead he chooses to concentrate entirely on verses taken from the works of Nostradamus, which are of course of uncertain interpretation, to say the least. (Nostradamus is also the source of the rather puzzling title of the book, which comes from <a href="https://nostratextor.blogspot.com/2014/04/nostradamus-c6-q100-powerful-curse-of.html">a verse exhorting readers to take his work seriously</a>).</p> <p>This curious switcheroo is not the end of it, though. St. George has other manoeuvres to perform:</p> <blockquote><p>The famous seer's book contained 942 astrological stanzas. Out of these, I selected twenty-five for the extensive illustration of cryptic techniques, and an additional fifty for briefer comment on cryptic thinking. To select these stanzas, I envisioned two prose passages in the seer's work as the product of cryptic thinking, and I looked there for stanza pointers. I will scatter examples of what I mean throughout the text. If you doubt that a cryptically selected stanza (essentially, four brief lines of 16th-century gibberish) can be used to convey 20th-century historical events or other specific information, you are underestimating the astonishing power of cryptic thinking. As you will see, cryptic thinking is capable of working miracles. </p> <p>Toward the end of the book, I insert a series of "challenges" to give you an opportunity to practice cryptic thinking. In each challenge, you become the recipient of an un-deciphered, cryptic message, and your task is to interpret that message. Though heIpful “hints" are provided, many of the solutions require some research as well as familiarity with the illustrations presented earlier. </p> <p>To make the learning process more entertaining, I throw in a hodgepodge of cryptic thinking stimulants: extraterrestrials, lost books of divine revelation, remote civilizations, underground sects, medieval secrets, contemporary conspiracies, hidden treasures and so forth.</p> </blockquote> <p>Had one the power of cryptic thinking to work miracles, perhaps one might be able to figure out what the hell St. George is on about.</p> <p>To his hodgepodge of stimulants Morten St. George adds a further confounding factor as he presents his analyses of Nostradamus using the mouthpiece of a fictional persona, a smug egotist called "The Master", who is teaching them to an ingenuous acolyte, "Leonora". Here's one of The Master's lessons, where he considers a stanza he claims refers to the Falklands conflict of 1982:</p> <blockquote><p><strong>STANZA IX-49:</strong> </p> <p>Gand &amp; Bruceles marcheront contre Anuers,<br /> Senat de Londres mettront a mort leur Roy,<br /> Le sel &amp; vin luy seront a l'enuers, <br /> Pour eux auoir le regne en desarroy. </p> <p>A cursory examination of the first verse raises serious doubts about a connection with the Falkland Islands War, or even with England. Cities of an extraneous region are cited: </p> <p>Gand &amp; Bruceles marcheront contre Anuers,<br /><strong>Ghent &amp; Brussels will march against Antwerp, </strong></p> <p>Ghent, Brussels, and Antwerp are cities in, what is now, the country of Belgium. During the 17th century this part of the world was in frequent turmoil, thus early interpreters of the prophecies were satisfied that this verse represented those conflicts. Nonetheless, we must note that the armed forces of the cities of Ghent and Brussels, together, never marched against those of Antwerp. Therefore, historically, this verse is inaccurate. </p> <p>We find a way out of this dilemma simply by looking at a map of Belgium, where we observe that the three named cities form an almost perfect equilateral triangle. From there, we can surmise that this verse aspires to produce an arrowhead pointer: </p> <p><a href="/sites/default/files/inline-images/IMG_20211228_164946616.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="1399x1167"><img alt="Ghent - Antwerp -Brussels" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="40801971-d46e-4009-82ac-bdfcf5dfa4da" height="332" src="/sites/default/files/resize/inline-images/IMG_20211228_164946616-398x332.jpg" width="398" /></a></p> <p>Since the verse states that Ghent and Brussels will march against Antwerp, the angle that represents Antwerp must be the sharp end of the arrowhead, specifying the direction (of the three possibilities) that the arrow points. By following this all around the globe, we arrive at Argentina.</p> </blockquote> <p>And look: G for Ghent, B for Brussels = GB = Great Britain(!) and A for Antwerp = Argentina(!!). Don't bother yourself that at the time this prophecy was supposedly composed (centuries before Nostradamus wrote it down, The Master reckons) neither Great Britain nor Argentina existed. But there's more:</p> <blockquote><p>le sel &amp; vin luy seront a I'enuers,<br /><strong>The salt &amp; wine to it shall be to the inverse, </strong></p> <p>[...] this verse seems close to incomprehensible. The "luy," <em>to him/her/it</em> cannot relate to the salt and wine. Since these are two separate items, they would require the French plural: "leur." Likely, therefore it refers to the place name of the preceding verse, London. The French "enuers" (from the Latin "inversus") refers to the opposite or reverse side. Thus, we note that London stands at 51.5 degrees north latitude, and at 51.5 degrees south latitude we find the Falkland Islands, Consequently, we must conclude that the “salt and the "wine" refer to those islands. This stanza, however, fails to show us how the terms "salt" and "wine" refer to the Falkland Islands, so we will have to look for the answer elsewhere. </p> <p>Pour eux auoir le regne en desarroy.<br /><strong>For them to have the reign in disarray. </strong></p> <p>The French "auoir" means to have or to possess, Thus, the translation of the first few words becomes "to have them" or "obtain them." The "eux," them, has to refer to the salt and wine of the third verse, which, as we have just surmised, must refer to the Falkland Islands. As noted earlier, the word "regne," from t Latin "regnum," can refer to either a government or a country: it is unclear, however, whether the verse is referring to the "regne" of Great Britain or that of Argentina. We alluded to both countries in the first verse. Argentina wanted "to have them", thus seized them, and Great Britain wanted "to have them" back. </p> <p>The Falkland Islands War caused “disarray” in Argentina. Because of his failure to hold on to the islands, the Argentine President fell from power. In England, there was "disarray" of another type. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, then the least popular Head of State in many years, with her grand triumph in that war became extremely popular and won reelection the following year. </p> </blockquote> <p>Leonora, at least, is impressed, and thinks the Master "clever in the way [he goes] beyond what the words themselves have to say." I can't help thinking of Lewis Carroll's Humpty Dumpty when reading such passages.</p> <p>As mentioned earlier, the original source of the prophecies is supposed to predate Nostradamus. In brief, it's aliens. Why they were, centuries ago, so preoccupied with the Falklands War (and, in passing, the marriage of Prince Andrew to Sarah Ferguson) is a great mystery, but apparently:</p> <blockquote><p><strong>MASTER: </strong>[...] the odds of everything I've shown you being sheer coincidence are greater than the number of stars in the known universe.</p> </blockquote> <p>Who could argue with that? Even if, after reading this book, you haven't learned much about how to write cryptic communications - which after all is the province of ancient aliens and not really to be tackled by mere lummocks such as ourselves - at least you'll know that, according to Morten St. George, Nostradamus called Margaret Thatcher a "<em>dame antique</em>" or - as The Master puts it - an "old bag".</p></div> Tue, 28 Dec 2021 18:51:09 +0000 Alfred Armstrong 1057 at https://oddbooks.co.uk https://oddbooks.co.uk/oddbooks/incantation-law-against-inept-critics#comments My Beatles Hell https://oddbooks.co.uk/oddbooks/my-beatles-hell <span class="oddbook__title">My Beatles Hell</span> <span class="oddbook__uid"><span lang="" about="/users/alfred-armstrong" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Alfred Armstrong</span></span> <span class="oddbook__created">26 Dec 2021 - 18:43</span> <div class="oddbook__field-author field field--name-field-author field--type-string field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Author(s)</div> <div class="field__item">Lew Baxter</div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-subtitle field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">The Tragical History Tour of Beryl Adams</div> <div class="oddbook__field-publisher field field--name-field-publisher field--type-string field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Publisher</div> <div class="field__item">Cities500</div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-pubdate field field--name-field-pubdate field--type-string field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Edition / Year</div> <div class="field__item">2004</div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-file-under d-flex"> <div class="field__label font-weight-bold"> File under<span class="field__label__suffix mr-1">:</span> </div> <div class="field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/file-under/beatles" hreflang="en">Beatles</a></span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/file-under/misery" hreflang="en">Misery</a></span> </div> </div> <div class="oddbook__taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">In the section labelled</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/odd-books/remainder-pile" hreflang="en">Remainder Pile</a></div> </div> <div class="photoswipe-gallery"> <div class="oddbook__field-images field field--name-field-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2021-12/beatles.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="3839x5705" data-overlay-title="My Beatles Hell"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2021-12/beatles.jpg?itok=xZpUNuKt" width="219" height="325" alt="My Beatles Hell" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2021-12/beatles2.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="3578x5666" data-overlay-title="Rear cover"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2021-12/beatles2.jpg?itok=UDUN1ccN" width="205" height="325" alt="Rear cover" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2021-12/img_20211219_142418391_2.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="3472x3067" data-overlay-title="Beryl as a child with brother and sister"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2021-12/img_20211219_142418391_2.jpg?itok=DRzG76e1" width="325" height="287" alt="Beryl as a child with brother and sister" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2021-12/kirbys.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="3165x2375" data-overlay-title="The Kirkbys"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2021-12/kirbys.jpg?itok=NAoxjUyZ" width="325" height="244" alt="The Kirkbys" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="oddbook__body field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Who does the pronoun "my" refer to in the title, "My Beatles Hell"? The most obvious answer would be Beryl Adams, the subject of Lew Baxter's book, but given how miserable an experience it appears to have been for him, it might equally be Baxter himself. Alternatively - and this is my own preferred interpretation - perhaps it is the reader, who must trudge through the dismal trackless wasteland of Baxter's creation, hoping to find a reason for it to exist and finding none. The unsettling cover, on which under a rust-coloured sky the Beatles appear huddled together like a four-headed beast of the apocalypse, their faces frozen in inane grins, looming over an anxious Beryl Adams like spectres, is enough on its own to provoke nightmares before one even tackles the insufferable contents.</p> <p>The justification for this sorry enterprise is that Beryl Adams happened to be Brian Epstein's secretary at the time he signed the Beatles, and her signature as a witness appears on the contract between them. She was a figure on the Liverpool pop scene and knew many of those involved. Her first husband was Bob Wooler, DJ at the Cavern, who she didn't at first realise was gay. She was also close to Pete Best, the Beatles drummer sacked by Epstein in favour of Ringo Starr, and Allan Williams, the group's first manager.</p> <p>Baxter doesn't come out and say so, but it seems that in writing Beryl Adam's biography he was hoping for some new and hopefully shocking revelation about the Beatles that would make it a bestseller. Unfortunately this was not to be: Beryl consistently wasn't there, didn't know, or wouldn't say. The experience of interviewing her seems to have increasingly infuriated him. He spent hours in her company trying to extract some nuggets of information about the Beatles or Epstein and got instead only the memories of a relatively ordinary woman, a sad document but not one likely to find a large audience. And if Beryl Adams' life was "hell" it was nothing to do with her brief association with the Beatles. Baxter would like to have us believe that somehow her secondhand brush with fame was linked to her lifelong struggle with depression and alcohol, but nothing in her story suggests this is true.</p> <p>Given how ungracious Baxter is about her, it would be only fitting if Beryl Adams, who died while the book was in preparation, did take some secrets to her grave. Unkindly, he describes her as:</p> <blockquote><p>... occasionally a bit shaky on her feet, though usually only after a few too many vodkas and orange ...</p> </blockquote> <p>Baxter's prose is just as unsteady, though we can only guess at how many nips he'd had before writing:</p> <blockquote><p>She often breathed hard through her nose when hurling out the fiery expletives that could embarrass a trooper: "A real shower of bastards!" She was referring in such colorful terms to many of those she dubbed liars and cheats who circulated on the Swinging Sixties music scene in Liverpool, and, later, as pathetic camp followers on the Beatles nostalgia merry-go-round. All have touted tales of insider gossip. "Bollocks," Beryl would rail forcibly, looking a bit sheepish at the vulgarity of her swearing, but always on a roll on this pet subject.</p> </blockquote> <p>Beryl was not above adding to the supply of gossip, even though unfortunately for Lew Baxter's potential earnings, she did not provide him with any unique eye-witnessed Beatles juicy nuggets, just tittle-tattle. So, for example, in her opinion Epstein and Lennon had had a physical relationship on their Spanish holiday together in 1963 because when Epstein returned he was in a <em>very</em> good mood in the office. And hadn't Lennon punched Bob Wooler for making suggestive remarks about this same holiday? No smoke without fire.</p> <p>She could however properly attest to such important matters as a meal she'd had with with Brian Epstein just after Ringo had replaced Pete Best. According to Baxter, "she could recall vividly what the couple had tucked into that evening". The sharpness of recollection extends to her having ordered that oxymoronic appetiser "a medium rare steak tartare". </p> <blockquote><p>Ever a connoisseur of fine wines, Epstein hadn't stinted that evening and Beryl was in seventh heaven as the delicious French wine kept flowing and turned her giddy. She could barely accept that she was in such [a] place and her hunches told her that he and the Beatles were going to be massive one day; it was inevitable, the wine whispered it. There was success, determination, savoir-faire and an air of complete control about Epstein’s destiny, and it seemed to surround him like a silver aura that night. </p> </blockquote> <p>Despite the silver aura and the whispering wine, Beryl managed to spoil the mood by complaining about Pete Best's dismissal. Her stalwart defense of Best as a better drummer than Ringo and "the best-looking kid in the band" didn't wash with Epstein, but may have helped Lew Baxter persuade Best to write the introduction to the book.</p> <p>Epstein didn't bear a grudge, and there were further evenings out, including one memorable visit to the Jung Wah Chinese restaurant. For a "fey young girl" with little experience of foreign cuisine this was a great adventure, and Baxter brings a masterly touch to his Breugel-esque word-painting of the scene.</p> <blockquote><p>Beryl was soaking up the atmosphere, the piquant smells and mouth-watering aromas wafting around from the dozens of tables throbbing with conversation from the Chinese and British diners. And in the end he ordered for her with aplomb and discretion, a slight smile playing over his face. He had such grand social graces. It was the first time she had ever tasted that well-known Cantonese dish of sweet and sour pork, or even eaten rice that wasn't in a milk pudding. </p> </blockquote> <p>Beryl parted from Epstein after he moved operations to London, so she was not involved in the later career of the Beatles. For a while she herself managed a pop group, The Kirkbys, but they failed to rise above murky obscurity, whether as an identikit Merseybeat outfit or after changing their name to The 23rd Turnoff and embracing psychedelia, reaching the summit of their career when their single <em>Michelangelo</em> scraped into the top 100.</p> <p>Baxter does not present us with a conventional biography in which chronology is observed, instead most of his book consists of gussied up transcripts of encounters with Beryl Adams on various occasions, sometimes alongside her ex-husband Bob Wooler or her lover Allan Williams. Given the paucity of interesting material, it seems as if Baxter could not be bothered to do much with what he did have: drunken conversations which repeatedly go over the same ground, picking over the details of a brief period when these characters shared space with people who, without them, would grow to become legends. </p> <p>Are Bob Wooler's rantings in a winebar in the 1990s worthy of print? Only if one is trying to pad out a lot of nothing to book length.</p> <blockquote><p>“Now, listen to me. Everyone! When I started at the Cavern in January 1961 the Grapes was still not a place that someone like Beryl would even dream of going near. Aha, but a year later, oh dear what a difference. It was attracting other people because of the groups and I even took Brian Epstein there. He sniffed a bit about it because it was still terribly rough. But secretly he revelled in it. Oh, yes. The sweat, the dirt, the hard men.” </p> <p>Today the Grapes in Mathew Street has all but been ruined by brewery refurbishment freaks; corporate suits, who in a fit of madness decided about ten years ago to redecorate it. They stripped out all of the original woodwork and décor. Then they tried to make it look ‘olde worlde’ with a technique called distressing. </p> <p>Wooler guffaws. “But it had been like that, prior to their ridiculous efforts. And for real, mark you. What clowns they are. My view is that they reckoned that it needed ‘tarting’ up - or rather ‘tarting’ down - for all the stupid Beatles’ fans that come tumbling along ‘Mythew Street’ trying to get a glimpse of the past. </p> <p>“Of course, they never can. It wasn’t like it is today. This is just a tourist honey pot full of memorabilia nonsense, Beatles theme bars, Beatles souvenir shops and bloody art galleries showing that dreadful bastard Lennon's rubbishy artworks, I wouldn't use most of them for toilet paper.” He is waving his arms around his head, almost out of control now.</p> <p>This provokes Beryl into a fit of the giggles. Bob shouts: “Now listen, this is all coming from the horse’s mouth and not the other end, You don’t get horse shit from ME!” </p> <p>There is a long silence - seconds tick into minutes and no one speaks - as more wine is poured and Beryl sits quietly, shrugging and occasionally laughing fitfully. Wooler is breathing hard through his nose, an old trick he used to distract listeners. </p> <p>It is clear that he holds Beryl still in his psychological fist; this man whom she liked to imagine replaced her dead dad. </p> </blockquote> <p>(Baxter's sensitivity to people breathing through their noses is probably because of the unpleasant racket made when near the mike of whatever cheap recording device he used.)</p> <p>The psychological fist of Bob Wooler passed away in 2002. Beryl Adams followed him a year later, dying from Creutzfeld-Jakob disease, that fearful condition also known, Baxter cannot resist saying, as "mad cow disease". In a life marked by unhappiness and ill-fortune, it is a rare mercy that she did not survive to see the mean-spirited cacological monument raised to her by Lew Baxter.</p></div> Sun, 26 Dec 2021 17:43:00 +0000 Alfred Armstrong 1056 at https://oddbooks.co.uk https://oddbooks.co.uk/oddbooks/my-beatles-hell#comments Arresting Disclosures https://oddbooks.co.uk/oddbooks/arresting-disclosures <span class="oddbook__title">Arresting Disclosures</span> <span class="oddbook__uid"><span lang="" about="/users/alfred-armstrong" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Alfred Armstrong</span></span> <span class="oddbook__created">02 May 2021 - 17:22</span> <div class="oddbook__field-author field field--name-field-author field--type-string field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Author(s)</div> <div class="field__item">John A. Bolton, M.I.H.</div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-subtitle field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">A report on the strange findings in undergarments washed with soap and water and popularly supposed to be clean, fresh and wholesome</div> <div class="oddbook__field-publisher field field--name-field-publisher field--type-string field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Publisher</div> <div class="field__item">The Author</div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-pubdate field field--name-field-pubdate field--type-string field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Edition / Year</div> <div class="field__item">1924</div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-file-under d-flex"> <div class="field__label font-weight-bold"> File under<span class="field__label__suffix mr-1">:</span> </div> <div class="field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/file-under/health" hreflang="en">health</a></span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/file-under/clothes" hreflang="en">clothes</a></span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/file-under/filth" hreflang="en">filth</a></span> </div> </div> <div class="oddbook__taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">In the section labelled</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/odd-books/lone-voices" hreflang="en">Lone Voices</a></div> </div> <div class="photoswipe-gallery"> <div class="oddbook__field-images field field--name-field-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2021-05/disclosures.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="3453x5157" data-overlay-title="Arresting Disclosures"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2021-05/disclosures.jpg?itok=P1j56V-6" width="218" height="325" alt="Arresting Disclosures" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2021-05/img_20210502_163305298.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="988x937" data-overlay-title="Bacilli"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2021-05/img_20210502_163305298.jpg?itok=KpWYfD4Z" width="325" height="308" alt="Bacilli" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2021-05/img_20210502_162931939.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="1788x3037" data-overlay-title="Worms"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2021-05/img_20210502_162931939.jpg?itok=ZioxDUOU" width="191" height="325" alt="Worms" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2021-05/img_20210502_162901488.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="2041x3072" data-overlay-title="Organisms"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2021-05/img_20210502_162901488.jpg?itok=59ZWBueH" width="216" height="325" alt="Organisms" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2021-05/img_20210502_162821372.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="2172x3072" data-overlay-title="Organism"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2021-05/img_20210502_162821372.jpg?itok=3a4LLpKz" width="230" height="325" alt="Organism" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="oddbook__body field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><blockquote><p>One day, several years ago, when passing by some stacks of laundered undergarments, my attention was arrested by an unpleasant odour of perspiration, which is frequently noticed in garments worn next to the skin.</p> </blockquote> <p>This was the pivotal moment in John A. Bolton's career, his road to Damascus, his taste of a madeleine dipped in tea: an encounter with a pile of smelly vests. Bolton (seemingly no relation to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Bolton">hawkish American Mr. Pastry lookalike John Bolton</a>) determined to find a better way to wash clothes. As the manufacturer of "<a href="https://www.knittingtogether.org.uk/behind-the-scenes/the-companies/chilprufe-limited-formerly-j-a-bolton/">Chilprufe</a>" woollen undergarments, he took a special interest in the subject, and having a well-equipped laboratory, he was able to test the result of different washing methods using modern equipment.</p> <p>When he used a powerful microscope to examine underwear washed in a conventional way with soap and water, he was horrified by what he saw. Unidentified organisms were to be found in abundance. In the absence of evidence to the contrary, he concluded they were probably harmful to health.</p> <p>After much research he came to the view that soap itself was a major contributor to the problem. After washing it left behind sticky residues in which microbial life would flourish. But as a manufacturer of (and evangelist for) woollen clothing he was not prepared to embrace the simpler possibility that cotton would be better than wool for undergarments as it can be laundered in water at boiling point, exterminating harmful bugs.</p> <p><em>Arresting Disclosures</em> is most notable for the number of photographs of horrid thingies found in washed clothes, which are undoubtedly frightful and probably brought a great deal of anxiety to sensitive readers. Bolton's answer to the supposed problem of soap seems to be "don't use soap" but to wash everything in clean water three times instead. However, whenever he describes one of his demonstrations it is of re-washing garments already washed in soap, so what he was actually doing was <em>rinsing</em>. His experiments seem to have proved not that soap was ineffective, but that people were not rinsing it out properly.</p> <p>Before <em>Arresting Disclosures</em> was published Bolton, who had some gift for publicity, had managed to get a degree of press coverage which he reproduces as an appendix to the body of his volume. He was strong enough in his convictions that he even included those that quoted experts pooh-poohing his findings, saying that his microphotographs are merely of "dust" or dead organisms. Here's part of one article from the <em>Daily Express</em>, with a characteristically alarmist headline:-</p> <blockquote><p>Daily Express, September 29th, 1923. </p> <p><strong>LAUNDRY BOMBSHELL. "UNDERWEAR WHICH SOAP CANNOT CLEANSE." RESEARCH WORK: REVELATION TO HELP DOCTORS.</strong> </p> <p>Mr. J. A. Bolton, of Leicester, manufacturer of one of the best-known brands of underwear, declares that almost every garment of that kind shelters millions of microscopic parasites, which are unaffected by ordinary laundry washing. </p> <p>He maintains a perfectly equipped laboratory at his works, and an examination of undergarments referred to his firm for repairs has, he told the editor of the ‘‘Leicester Mail’’ yesterday given him some staggering revelations. </p> <p>"These parasites,’’ he said, "are exuded through the pores of the skin, and live and thrive in the underwear. There are diminutive worms, cysts, fungi, and many other creatures swarming in every vest which is taken off and sent to the laundry, </p> <p><strong>WASHING.</strong> </p> <p>"And soap-washing does not remove them. Underwear, when returned from the laundry, is matted with moving myriads of unnamed forms of life unseeable to the naked eye. </p> <p>“When new garments were put under the microscope before leaving the factory they were found to be quite free from the objects discovered in the laundered garments,” </p> <p>Mr. Bolton, who has already spent four years on this research work, declares "he is not going to let the matter rest until he has separated and named every variety of creature. </p> <p>He invited the editor into his laboratory, and this is what the editor says -- </p> <p>“We sat down at the microscope and were fascinated by what we saw. Beneath our eyes was a mass of living forms of various shapes, sizes, and colours.</p> <p><strong>SWARM. </strong></p> <p>"The creatures were wriggling and working together in as crowded a formation as are bees when they settle after swarming."</p> <p>"I seriously think,’’ says Mr. Bolton, ‘‘ that we are in touch with what will help the research authorities with regard to cancer and other diseases. Get a complete knowledge of these creatures and we shall know much more about the human body."</p> <p>Mr. Bolton’s object is not to upset the laundries. What he is making known is the fact that soap does not destroy the creatures of filth.</p> <p>Mr. Bolton adds: "Science must try to make people so healthy that they will not give off these millions of strange creatures and it must discover new methods of cleansing clothes."</p> </blockquote> <p>The <em>Daily Express</em>, eternally ready to crusade against the tide of filth.</p> <p>You can still buy <a href="https://www.suzannecharles.co.uk/vests/chilprufe-100-cotton-wide-strap-cami.html">Chilprufe</a> underwear, though it is made of cotton now. Bolton would surely not approve.</p></div> Sun, 02 May 2021 15:22:27 +0000 Alfred Armstrong 1055 at https://oddbooks.co.uk https://oddbooks.co.uk/oddbooks/arresting-disclosures#comments The River Thames https://oddbooks.co.uk/oddbooks/river-thames <span class="oddbook__title">The River Thames</span> <span class="oddbook__uid"><span lang="" about="/users/alfred-armstrong" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Alfred Armstrong</span></span> <span class="oddbook__created">01 May 2021 - 14:54</span> <div class="oddbook__field-author field field--name-field-author field--type-string field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Author(s)</div> <div class="field__item">John William Pitt</div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-subtitle field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">A Descriptive Poem (From Source to Mouth)</div> <div class="oddbook__field-publisher field field--name-field-publisher field--type-string field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Publisher</div> <div class="field__item">The Author</div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-pubdate field field--name-field-pubdate field--type-string field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Edition / Year</div> <div class="field__item">1939</div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-file-under d-flex"> <div class="field__label font-weight-bold"> File under<span class="field__label__suffix mr-1">:</span> </div> <div class="field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/file-under/poetry" hreflang="en">poetry</a></span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/file-under/waterways" hreflang="en">waterways</a></span> </div> </div> <div class="oddbook__taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">In the section labelled</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/odd-books/rancid-rhymes" hreflang="en">Rancid Rhymes</a></div> </div> <div class="photoswipe-gallery"> <div class="oddbook__field-images field field--name-field-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2021-05/pitt_0.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="1122x1702" data-overlay-title="The River Thames - book cover"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2021-05/pitt_0.jpg?itok=9ThGvPOs" width="214" height="325" alt="The River Thames - book cover" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2021-05/img_20210501_140037323_1.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="1684x2672" data-overlay-title="John William Pitt"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2021-05/img_20210501_140037323_1.jpg?itok=ggBRKS9p" width="205" height="325" alt="John William Pitt" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2021-05/img_20210501_140123460_1.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="1692x1197" data-overlay-title="Thames Head Spring, the tradiitonal source of the River Thames"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2021-05/img_20210501_140123460_1.jpg?itok=-Beh07NJ" width="325" height="230" alt="Thames Head Spring, the tradiitonal source of the River Thames" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2021-05/img_20210501_155707377.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="3072x2453" data-overlay-title="A typical scene at the Henley Regatta"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2021-05/img_20210501_155707377.jpg?itok=F8qmEfAu" width="325" height="260" alt="A typical scene at the Henley Regatta" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="oddbook__body field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>There are few good reasons to write a long poetic work, especially when the poetry is mediocre at best. John William Pitt had the notion that his literary salute to the Thames would be widely used in schools, which indeed it might if the business of education was to acquaint children with a random assortment of facts expressed in the form of jogtrot doggerel, accompanied by postcard views of locations along a watercourse.</p> <p>Pitt's verse has some of the qualities of the work of <a href="https://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poet/william-mcgonagall/">The Great MacGonagall</a>. As MacGonagall was the Bard of the Silv'ry Tay, so Pitt sang gilded verses of the Thames. Even if Pitt's scansion is more plodding and regular than MacGonagall's, yet his line "Their fate of being burnt at Oxford none of them could know", about the college days of the unlucky Latimer, Ridley and Cranmer is as brilliant as anything produced by the Great Scot, stabbing at profundity while barely achieving truism. Like MacGonagall, too, Pitt was a royalist, and his stanzas in praise of the royal family will bring a tear to the eye of the staunchest of republicans.</p> <p>Visitors to this website, being universally possessed of refined critical faculties, will properly appreciate Pitt's work. To that end, here are a few selected extracts that reveal the range of his talents.</p> <p><strong><em>The Thames may not be the greatest river, but it's ours</em></strong></p> <blockquote><p>Few countries cannot claim to share some famous river’s course,<br /> Which often forms a natural frontier far below the source, <br /> And even England’s Thames, although comparatively small,<br /> Forms several county boundaries, and divides nine shires in all ;<br /> But England’s longest waterways, the Severn, Thames, and Trent,<br /> Seem merely narrow ditches when compared to the extent <br /> Of many foreign rivers distant from the British Isles, <br /> Brazil’s enormous Amazon, in length four thousand miles, <br /> The Mississippi and Missouri rivers (U.S.A.), <br /> Vast Russia’s Volga, and the Danube, Europe’s waterway.<br /> However, none of these huge rivers own such scenic gems <br /> As can be claimed by little British rivers like the Thames. </p> </blockquote> <p><strong><em>The burning of varsity alumni is </em><em>A Bad Thing</em></strong></p> <blockquote><p>Now, Oxford was a scene of shame in 1555, <br /> When, on the 16th of October, men were burnt alive;<br /> Two martyrs, Bishops Latimer and Ridley, noble men,<br /> Condemned to die for heresy, God rest their souls, Amen,<br /> Here, too, was Thomas Cranmer burnt in 1556; <br /> Their memory revered, like Christ’s by any Crucifix, </p> <p>At Cambridge University, while they were students there,<br /> (And, by divine coincidence, with Latimer at Clare, <br /> While Ridley was at Pembroke, at that time named Pembroke Hall<br /> And Cranmer was at Jesus; in a different college all,) ; <br /> They soon became aware of God’s high purpose for them, though <br /> Their fate of being burnt at Oxford none of them could know.</p> <p>One, Cranmer, later, Archbishop of Canterbury became,<br /> And none was brave in vain, for everlasting is their fame,<br /> The Pope and English Church opposed their efforts to reform<br /> Religious doctrine of that time, which caused a violent storm<br /> Of active protest from the clergy, mad with rage, which, then <br /> Declared them to be heretics, and not good Christian men. </p> </blockquote> <p><strong><em>Information for visitors to Windsor Castle.</em></strong></p> <blockquote><p>Now, when the Royal Family from the Castle is away,<br /> The State Apartments open to the public are each day,<br /> Excepting on a Friday, and upon a Sunday, too, <br /> On trifling payment being made towards a revenue<br /> Which greatly benefits deserving charities each year, <br /> Not only those in Windsor, but in other places near. </p> </blockquote> <p><strong><em>By the way, The Royal Family is a </em>VERY </strong><em><strong>Good Thing, HOORAY</strong></em></p> <blockquote><p>Although there are many nations, very few can claim to own <br /> A democratic monarchy, and not a King alone<br /> Great Britain is, of course, by far, the most distinguished one,<br /> Throughout the modern world, surpassed in any way by none,<br /> The recent Coronation of her gracious King and Queen,<br /> Once more, set an example to be, by the whole world, seen, </p> <p>In 1936, a royal crisis caused alarm, <br /> The British nation, on the whole, remaining much more calm <br /> Than other countries would have done; not one would have survived<br /> The harm done to its prestige, (which Great Britain soon revived),<br /> And, probably, they would have been in revolution, or <br /> In some state of internal strife, such as a civil war. </p> <p>The abdication of King Edward VII (eighth) was deemed a blow<br /> To Britain’s royal constitution, but was hardly so, <br /> For, though it caused such national distress throughout the land,<br /> And pessimists, so numerous, were found on every hand, <br /> The heir-apparent, who was, at that memorable time, <br /> The Duke of York, proclaimed King was, and, now, is in his prime. </p> <p>Thus, Britain’s monarchy has proved that it will not decline,<br /> For its existing House of Windsor is a very fine <br /> And noble royal family, which may prosper even more <br /> Than it has, with so much of credit, ever done before. <br /> Their present gracious Majesties, King George VI and Queen <br /> Elizabeth, are greatly loved, their future quite serene.</p> </blockquote></div> Sat, 01 May 2021 12:54:15 +0000 Alfred Armstrong 1054 at https://oddbooks.co.uk https://oddbooks.co.uk/oddbooks/river-thames#comments Spunk https://oddbooks.co.uk/oddbooks/spunk <span class="oddbook__title">Spunk</span> <span class="oddbook__uid"><span lang="" about="/users/alfred-armstrong" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Alfred Armstrong</span></span> <span class="oddbook__created">30 Jan 2021 - 14:31</span> <div class="oddbook__field-author field field--name-field-author field--type-string field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Author(s)</div> <div class="field__item">David V Bush</div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-subtitle field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">How to Lick Fear</div> <div class="oddbook__field-publisher field field--name-field-publisher field--type-string field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Publisher</div> <div class="field__item">The Author</div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-pubdate field field--name-field-pubdate field--type-string field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Edition / Year</div> <div class="field__item">1924</div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-file-under d-flex"> <div class="field__label font-weight-bold"> File under<span class="field__label__suffix mr-1">:</span> </div> <div class="field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/file-under/psychology" hreflang="en">psychology</a></span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/file-under/oo-er-missus" hreflang="en">oo-er missus</a></span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/file-under/self-help" hreflang="en">self-help</a></span> </div> </div> <div class="oddbook__taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">In the section labelled</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/odd-books/precious-guidance" hreflang="en">Precious Guidance</a></div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-images field field--name-field-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2021-01/spunk.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="2914x4467" data-overlay-title="Spunk"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2021-01/spunk.jpg?itok=aNaBLayV" width="212" height="325" alt="Spunk" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="oddbook__body field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Alfred A---- of the United Kingdom, though born into pitiful circumstances, is now hailed on every side as the world's greatest collector of books that others do not want. How did he accomplish such a feat? When confronted with unreadable pages penned by maniacs, did he shy away? No! Rather, he pressed on, though his all his senses cried out against the effort. For he was filled with SPUNK.</p> <p>As William Shakespeare, the famous writer, put it, "In time we hate that which we often fear. But here comes Antony." When you are on your knees in the gutter, your head bleeding from a wound inflicted by the knuckles of a ruffian who has stripped you of your money and run off with your wife, verily, you should thank him for the opportunity to rise up and believe in your success. That's hero stuff!</p> <p>"He who blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning, it will be reckoned a curse to him" says the good book. If a man puts his shoes on the wrong feet, he will find it difficult to walk. Don't be like that man: put your mental shoes on correctly and tie the laces carefully. If you think you are going to have prosperity, you will. H. A. Ballou, eminent paint retailer of Worcester, Mass., through grit and gumption became an eminent paint retailer and there is no reason that you cannot become one too.</p> <p>Think of the bathtub! There was a time in this great country when bathing was considered a dangerous deviation. The poor bathtub was attacked on all sides by legislators thirsting to ban it. What are your troubles compared to those of the bathtub? Have you been called undemocratic and a menace to health? No, so follow the example of the bathtub and keep on in the teeth of adversity. You too may be a fixture in every home.</p> <p>Smile! You may not be able to right away. Perhaps you have a mouth that people like to punch, but keep at it. One day, if you keep trying, you will have something to smile about. An insurance salesman knocked on the same front door every day for a month, each time getting the same answer: no. One day, though, he looked down and found a quarter, so when his prospective customer opened the door the salesman offered him the coin. The man took it and shut the door, but a little slower than before, allowing the salesman time to withdraw his foot before it was crushed. Thus small victories accumulate. Go though and do likewise!</p> <p>Similarly, did Alfred A---- flinch from parodically mocking a book that few have read? Did he ever worry that no one would think it the least bit funny? He did not. He had faith in himself despite it all. Inspired by Bush, he licked his fear, summoned up his spunk and, with a mighty roar, overcame.</p></div> Sat, 30 Jan 2021 13:31:01 +0000 Alfred Armstrong 1052 at https://oddbooks.co.uk https://oddbooks.co.uk/oddbooks/spunk#comments The Ensign https://oddbooks.co.uk/oddbooks/ensign <span class="oddbook__title">The Ensign</span> <span class="oddbook__uid"><span lang="" about="/users/alfred-armstrong" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Alfred Armstrong</span></span> <span class="oddbook__created">19 Dec 2020 - 15:37</span> <div class="oddbook__field-author field field--name-field-author field--type-string field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Author(s)</div> <div class="field__item">James Campbell Bell</div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-publisher field field--name-field-publisher field--type-string field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Publisher</div> <div class="field__item">The Author</div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-pubdate field field--name-field-pubdate field--type-string field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Edition / Year</div> <div class="field__item">1883</div> </div> <div class="oddbook__field-file-under d-flex"> <div class="field__label font-weight-bold"> File under<span class="field__label__suffix mr-1">:</span> </div> <div class="field__items"> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/file-under/numerology" hreflang="en">numerology</a></span> <span class="field__item"><a href="/category/file-under/christianity" hreflang="en">Christianity</a></span> </div> </div> <div class="oddbook__taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">In the section labelled</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/odd-books/religious-bent" hreflang="en">The Religious Bent</a></div> </div> <div class="photoswipe-gallery"> <div class="oddbook__field-images field field--name-field-images field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2020-12/bell.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="3194x4484" data-overlay-title="The Ensign (front cover)"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2020-12/bell.jpg?itok=IUulAnuW" width="232" height="325" alt="The Ensign (front cover)" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2020-12/bell2.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="824x682" data-overlay-title="James Campbell Bell, the salvation of the Daughter of Zion, counts numbers."> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2020-12/bell2.jpg?itok=7rxLUe4B" width="325" height="269" alt="James Campbell Bell, the salvation of the Daughter of Zion, counts numbers." loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2020-12/bell3.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="843x1053" data-overlay-title="&quot;The runner runs numbers as had from letters representing numbers&quot;"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2020-12/bell3.jpg?itok=m5wP0RDF" width="260" height="325" alt="&quot;The runner runs numbers as had from letters representing numbers&quot;" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://oddbooks.co.uk/sites/default/files/2020-12/bell4.jpg" class="photoswipe" data-size="866x1232" data-overlay-title="Another sample page, including the phrase &quot;James Campbell Bell&#039;s new thing in the earth&quot;."> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/2020-12/bell4.jpg?itok=6BMYb8jt" width="228" height="325" alt="Another sample page, including the phrase &quot;James Campbell Bell&#039;s new thing in the earth&quot;." loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-fluid" /> </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="oddbook__body field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><blockquote> <p>James Campbell Bell, the salvation of the Daughter of Zion, counts numbers.</p> </blockquote> <p>In this single sentence, which appears alone on a page before the main body of the text like a dedication, James Campbell Bell gives a perfect precis of what follows: a grandiose flowering in which his religious mania is bolstered by numerology. </p> <blockquote> <p>A distance of 119 numbers from a number is the run of that number, as is a distance of -- times 119.</p> <p>A distance of 833 numbers from a number is the run of that number, as is a distance of -- times 833.</p> <p>A distance of 2023 numbers from a number is the run of that number, as is a distance of -- times 2023.</p> </blockquote> <p>Bell calls himself "the runner", as being the one who identifies "runs" like those listed here. The seed numbers for these runs are obtained using simple numerology from passages of text taken largely from the Bible and events of his own life. by taking all the Roman numerals in the text and adding them together. Thus "the captivity of Israel" = C + I + V + I + I + L = 100 + 1 + 5 + 1 + 1 + 50 = 158. Having got his numbers, he is able to make significant connections.</p> <blockquote> <p>97 has a run in Saturday, 6th April, as Friday, 5th April, to Sabbath-day, 7th, when Jesus and Thomas were in company the Sabbath succeeding that of the Resurrection. </p> <p>The decease of Patrick Hunter Thoms, of the tribe of Ephraim, at Crescent House, Dundee, on Saturday, 17th June 1882, is the run of this year of the decease, it being 7475 times 119 apart from 6761. </p> <p>A run of 97 is in 10,450, Saturday, 23d January 1813, when the death took place in Dundee of Samuel Bell, architect there. </p> <p>In the series of 692, being 667 to 717, was the birth of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, whose life reached to 1656. In the end series, 1670 to 1737, were the births of Salah and Eber, </p> </blockquote> <p>Amidst all the scriptural analysis we learn that Bell was born on the 4th April, 1822, that his father, Thomas, was born in 1773 and lived to the age of 56, and that his mother died on the 30th January, 1870. Barbara and John Bell are also mentioned, apparently his brother and sister.</p> <blockquote> <p>The runner put into the post-office in Edinburgh a missive, which he wrote on Monday, 4th March, for Archibald Macphail, Rosdhow Lodge, near Luss village, Dumbartonshire, giving him the address in Victoria of his brother, Donal Macphail, as at post-office, Korong. </p> </blockquote> <p>Bell as well as being "the runner", is also, we are told, "the ensign" of the title, "a Jew", "of Israel", "the king's son" and "of the Free Protesting Church of Scotland". He "opens seals" and:</p> <blockquote> <p>The middle of Bell James Campbell is the middle of Palestine and of Jerusalem; and is the initial of Syria, of Salem, of Samaria, of Sodom, and of sisters, It is the middle of the seventeen letters, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob. </p> <p>The middle of the seventeen letters, Salem, Samaria, Sodom, is the middle letter of Samaria, and the initial of Ariel, the middle of which is the one-lettered word I, the initial of Isaac and of Israel, ‘The first letter of the alphabet, which is three tines in Abraham and in Samaria, is the middle of either of these, </p> <p>The middle of the twenty one letters, Jerusalem, Samaria, Sodom, is the initial letter of Adam, and of Abraham, and of Ariel.</p> </blockquote> <p>Inarguable!</p> <p>Unlike more conventional works of numerology Bell's work does not promise to reveal your fate nor the names of <a href="/oddbooks/mysteries-sound-and-number">horse-race winners</a>. Its only purpose seems to be to demonstrate the occult significance of James Campbell Bell, saviour of the Daughter of Zion, opener of seals, correspondent of Archie Macphail.</p> <blockquote> <p>James Campbell Bell is greater than John the Baptist  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  2302</p> </blockquote></div> Sat, 19 Dec 2020 14:37:43 +0000 Alfred Armstrong 1051 at https://oddbooks.co.uk https://oddbooks.co.uk/oddbooks/ensign#comments Did Frank Harris Cause the First World War? https://oddbooks.co.uk/harris/did-frank-harris-cause-first-world-war <span class="harris__title">Did Frank Harris Cause the First World War?</span> <div class="harris__body field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>A somewhat facetious question, perhaps, to which the answer is firmly in the negative, yet Frank Harris was at one time numbered among those who agitated for a war against Germany. Articles he published in the <em>Saturday Review</em> in the 1890s were so virulent that Wilhelm II himself was perturbed by them. Harris's later opposition to the war, as expressed in his 1915 book <a href="https://archive.org/details/englandorgermany00harr"><em>England or Germany?</em></a> is rather better known, and it has not often been noted how radical a change of position it was for him.</p> <p>Hugh Kingsmill's <em>Frank Harris</em> describes how anti-German the <em>Saturday Review</em> was under Harris, and attributes this to hero-worship of Bismarck. Harris tremendously admired Bismarck and identified with him, so when Wilhelm forced him to resign in 1890 Harris was outraged and moved to attack Wilhelm, whom he adjudged vain and stupid. Even so, if one reads the articles that Wilhelm was most alarmed by, those he lists in his <em>Vergleichende-Geschichtstabellen</em> (translated as <a href="https://archive.org/details/comparativehisto00willuoft/page/n7/mode/2up"><em>Comparative History, 1878-1914</em></a>) , one cannot help but be struck by the alarming sabre-rattling on show, a horrifying foretaste of what would come two decades later.</p> <p>Kingsmill implies the articles referred to by Wilhelm were all written by Frank Harris, though one at least was not. Nevertheless, Harris was proprietor and editor at the time and would not have printed such inflammatory matter if he did not largely agree with it.</p> <p>Ironically, these articles have been quoted by the antisemite Steffen Werner and other defenders of Hitler as evidence of a semi-secret "War Party against Germany" amongst the British upper class. There is no doubt they reflect the sentiments of a reactionary strand of Englishman, but to make them the voice of a conspiracy rather than a breed of crank is to mightily overstate their importance. It is especially a stretch to use some pieces that Harris printed between 1895 and 1897 to support a picture of Hitler as the victim of aggression rather than the perpetrator, four decades later.</p> <p>So what did these articles actually say? In August 1895 the first appeared, an argument against those who advised allying with Germany against France:</p> <blockquote><p>[...] we English have always made war hitherto upon our rivals in trade and commerce; and our chief rival in trade and commerce to-day is not France but Germany. In case of a war with Germany, we should stand to win much and lose nothing; whereas, in case of a war with France, no matter what the issue might be, we stand to lose heavily.</p> </blockquote> <p>Then in February 1896, there was an article by "a biologist" - said by the Hitler-defenders to be Sir Philip Chalmers Mitchell - that, starting from a Darwinian notion of species competing for resources, stirs in a large measure of racism to form a specious argument that war with Germany was inevitable, being determined by biology. That being the case, we, the British, should arm ourselves and prepare. Germany must be destroyed.</p> <p>Finally, in September 1897, there came the third of these articles, this one by its style almost certainly written by Frank Harris:</p> <blockquote><p>Prince Bismarck has long recognised what at length the people of England are beginning to understand - that in Europe there are two great, irreconcilable, opposing forces, two great nations who would make the whole world their province, and who would levy from it the tribute of commerce. England, with her long history of successful aggression, with her marvellous conviction that in pursuing her own interests she is spreading light among nations dwelling in darkness, and Germany, bone of the same bone, blood of the same blood, with a lesser will-force, but, perhaps, with a keener intelligence, compete in every corner of the globe. In the Transvaal, at the Cape, in Central Africa, in India and the East, in the islands of the Southern sea, and in the fair North-West, wherever - and where has it not ? - the flag has followed the Bible and trade has followed the flag, there the German bagman is struggling with the English pedlar. Is there a mine, to exploit, a railway to build, a native to convert from breadfruit to tinned meat, from temperance to trade gin, the German and the Englishman are struggling to be first. A million petty disputes build up the greatest cause of war the world has ever seen. If Germany were extinguished to-morrow, the day after to-morrow there is not an Englishman in the world who would not be the richer. Nations have fought for years over a city or a right of succession; must they not fight for two hundred million pounds of commerce? </p> <p>[...] Our work over, we need not even be at pains to alter Bismarck's words to Ferry, and to say to France and Russia 'Seek some compensation. Take inside Germany whatever you like: you can have it.' </p> <p>[...] 'Germania esse delendam.' [Germany must be destroyed]</p> </blockquote> <p>It is incredible that this was written by the same hand as <em><a href="https://archive.org/details/englandorgermany00harr">England or Germany?</a></em>, which was a forthright response to the ubiquitous British propaganda of the time, propaganda which crudely painted Germans as savage brutes. In his book Harris reminded the reader that Germany had produced Goethe, Heine and Beethoven, and pointed out how uncultured British society could be. </p> <p>At some point in the intervening years one assumes he must have regretted making the <em>Saturday Review</em> the voice of such extreme anti-German sentiment, and <em><a href="https://archive.org/details/englandorgermany00harr">England or Germany?</a></em> is perhaps to some extent an atonement.</p></div> <span class="harris__uid"><span lang="" about="/users/alfred-armstrong" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Alfred Armstrong</span></span> <span class="harris__created">13 Sep 2020 - 19:10</span> <section class="harris__comment-node-harris comment-list"> <h2>Comments</h2> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-10"> <div class="card"> <div class="card-header"> Leave a comment </div> <div class="card-body"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=1050&amp;2=comment_node_harris&amp;3=comment_node_harris" token="Po9i2IAth0vfY_cwvHnd5PWaG5e45Y-DaWoij6AS5-U"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </div> </div> </section> Sun, 13 Sep 2020 17:10:39 +0000 Alfred Armstrong 1050 at https://oddbooks.co.uk https://oddbooks.co.uk/harris/did-frank-harris-cause-first-world-war#comments Frank Harris joins the Rogues Gallery https://oddbooks.co.uk/harris/frank-harris-joins-rogues-gallery <span class="harris__title">Frank Harris joins the Rogues Gallery</span> <div class="harris__body field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The estimable <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6NfCuHyH4Er0MTezxlfJwg">Rogues Gallery</a> YouTube channel has begun the herculean task of giving viewers a tour of <em><a href="/harris/book/fh_autobio.html">My Life and Loves</a></em>. At the time of writing volumes 1 and 2 have received their delightfully entertaining treatment. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6NfCuHyH4Er0MTezxlfJwg?sub_confirm=1">Subscribe to the channel</a> to catch the entire series. Frank Harris is in fine company with the many other dubious individuals they have covered, from Samuel Pepys to Rasputin, Vlad the Impaler and Nero.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XZWPLKJ1Ui8" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yGLrDLHmtC8" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> </div> <span class="harris__uid"><span lang="" about="/users/alfred-armstrong" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Alfred Armstrong</span></span> <span class="harris__created">05 Sep 2020 - 17:51</span> <section class="harris__comment-node-harris comment-list"> <h2>Comments</h2> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-10"> <div class="card"> <div class="card-header"> Leave a comment </div> <div class="card-body"> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=1049&amp;2=comment_node_harris&amp;3=comment_node_harris" token="S_fJf2fGfth8uBn0dCDqfHqGCc6cVoqvqOVSgZ1aBUo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </div> </div> </section> Sat, 05 Sep 2020 15:51:58 +0000 Alfred Armstrong 1049 at https://oddbooks.co.uk https://oddbooks.co.uk/harris/frank-harris-joins-rogues-gallery#comments