Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Bolan- UPDATE.

Thanks due to the ever radiant Hoi Polloi, who answered the call for 'occult synchronicities' re: Marc Bolan.

"With yet another attempt to get into the music business at a dead end, Marc found himself hanging around the National Theatre looking for work. He was able to land several character parts in some TV shows including a delinquent on the Sam Kydd TV series and a show called 'Orlando'. But TV acting bored Marc so he decided to take an extended trip to France. The accounts of what happened in France differ and not even Marc ever seemed to tell the same story twice. He was known to occasionally stretch the truth or fabricate pieces of it and seemed to often forget which parts were real and which were fantasies. He once admitted to an interviewer that he felt that his credibility as a poet allowed him to stretch the truth or make things up. In any case, according to Marc's accounts he met a magician who lived in a 40 room mansion with libraries of books on mythology and black magic. Marc claimed to have witnessed levitations, seances, and crucifixions of live cats. He even claimed to have at one point witnessed a ceremony at which the attendees resorted to consumption of human flesh. All of this, recall, was from Marc's own accounts. According to one of Marc's early producers, Simon Napier-Bell, however, Marc had merely met a guy who did magic tricks and spent a weekend with him. Whatever the real truth, the experience had a profound effect on Marc. He left France with a much more highly developed imagination and a near obsession with Greek mythology, British romantic poetry, and the Tolkien books "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of The Rings". The Tolkien books had reached nearly Biblical status with the sixties generation of hippies and they would have a tremendous influence on Marc's early song writing; manifesting themselves in the form of enchanted poems and lyrics.

Marc returned to Britain more determined than ever to become a star. He locked himself away for months writing songs in a manic frenzy of inspiration. His future wife would later describe his writing style in terms of "a force flowing out of him". He himself contributed it to the work of his Guardian Angel whom, he was sure, really did all of the writing. During this period of time, Marc would churn out a reservoir of songs which he would still be tapping into five albums later. Among them was a song which he entitled"The wizard" in honor of his wizardly friend in France. With the help of producer Jim Economedies, he recorded the song and landed a record contract with Decca."

Just learned from YouTube that Bolan took his stage name from the syllables Bo-b Dy-lan. The influence of that particular magician is very evident in the song referred to above, see here.

'Retaining DNA records of innocent people "unethical"...'

'The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has condemned the retention of "innocent" DNA on the National Database as unjustifed and unethical with "overtones of a police state".
The council - a group of clinicians, lawyers, philosophers, scientists, and theologians - was established in 1991 to examine ethical issues raised by new developments in science.'

Today, the police of England and Wales have wider sampling powers than the police force of any other country, and the UK has (proportionally, per head of population) the largest forensic database in the world.

When the police first began using DNA, consent was required before samples could be taken. A succession of Acts of Parliament and legislative amendments has increased police powers of sampling; the police can now take DNA samples from all persons arrested, without their consent, for recordable offences (an "arbitrary" classification), and retain the samples indefinitely regardless of whether the person arrested is subsequently convicted or even charged.

The finding of a match between a person and a crime scene does not indicate that the person was at the crime scene or that they committed the crime in question, but it might lead to them being subjected to a police investigation.

The report points out that "simply being the subject of a criminal investigation by the police can cause harm, distress, and stigma", and Sir Bob Hepple QC, chairman of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, cited a newspaper comment on the McCann case that the couple would find it "difficult to prove their innocence" as a result of widely reported forensic links.

Concern was also expressed about new uses to which the database is now being put and the acute lack of ethical oversight. The original aim of the DNA database was to match crime scene samples to suspect samples. It is now being used for "increasingly speculative searches", including "ethnic inferences" and "genetic predisposition to crime".

Council members have been unable to discover the nature of all the research projects permitted by the DNA Database Custodian, and criticise the lack of transparency over the granting of third party requests for access to the database.

The British Medical Association recently outlined its concerns about the "militarisation of biology" in its report 'The Use of Drugs As Weapons: The Concerns and Responsibilities of Healthcare Professionals.'

The report refers to the potential use of genetic material to satisfy the search for specificity by "less than lethal" weapon enthusiasts, and cites a paper by two Chinese authors in the 2005 Military Review in which they state: "If we acquire a target's genome and proteome information, including those of ethnic groups or individuals, we could design a vulnerating agent that attacks only key enemies without doing any harm to ordinary people".

Author: Amber Marks.


Monday, 17 September 2007

'It is the death of history.'

'2,000 year-old Sumerian cities torn apart and plundered by robbers. The very walls of the mighty Ur of the Chaldees cracking under the strain of massive troop movements, the privatisation of looting as landlords buy up the remaining sites if ancient Mesopotamia to strip them of their artefacts and wealth. The near total destruction of Iraq's historic past- the very cradle of human civilisation- has emerged as one of the most shameful symbols of our disastrous occupation.'


'EU let 20m Africans in'

'A huge increase in economic migration into the EU is being proposed by the European Commission. It wants to relax controls and open the borders to an extra 20 million works from Asia and Africa over the next two decades. That would more than double the present non-EU resident population now living in the 27 members states... Critics warned that most would make a bee-line straight for Britain.'

'Euro passports and ID cards could be on the way under new powers written into the revised EU treaty, it was discovered yesterday. The Daily Telegraph has learnt that existing safeguards preventing EU interference with national identity documents have been quietly dropped.'

Talisman of the One World Religion (continued)

'Marc Bolan would have turned 60 at the end of this month had he not been in the passenger seat of his purple Mini when his girlfriend, Gloria Jones, crashed into a sycamore tree. The couple were on their way home to Barnes after a night on the town. The 30th anniversary of his death this weekend, 16 September, seems as a good time as any to make the pilgrimage to one of London's less well-known rock shrines...'


'The latest incarnation of Kate Moss, 3.3 metres high, virginal white, limbs contorted in bestial beauty like a Shiva deity, is already part of our consciousness. That famous half-smile, dreamy and glazed, stares out through curtains of hair. Her androgynous body teeters precipitously on her coccyx, legs splayed and flaunting all for anyone who cares to see.

"Wherever we look, Kate Moss's image has become part of our mythology," observes the soft-spoken artist Marc Quinn, who sculpted the supermodel as Myth (Sphinx), now itself part of that image-making process. "In whatever form, in newspapers, magazines, on the internet, she's our kind of collective hallucination of perfection, someone we see everywhere and know amost nothing about."

For more, see:

The work forms part of the Beyond Limits exhibition at Chatsworth House. See:

Also featured in the exhibition is Damien Hirst's The Virgin Mother, see:

And for Todd Campbell's recent article on Hirst's crystal skull, see:

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

'Better late than never for millenium party...'

Ethiopia had waited more than seven and a half years to join the third millenium so a three-hour delay last night was not going to spoil the party... Last night's celebrations were the result of a quirk of Ethiopia's calendar. It's new year is timed to coincide with the Nile floods in Egypt, and the Ethiopian Church has steadfastly refused to accept a 5th-century recalaculation of the date of Christ's birth. So while the rest of the Christian world believes that 2007 years have elapsed since the nativity, Ethiopia reached 2000 only last night.'

For more, see:

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

'Gone Baby Gone'

Affleck may pull film because of Madeleine

As the parents of Madeleine McCann faced further torture this week after being named formal suspects by the Portuguese police, a Disney film which bears striking similarities to their story may be pulled from our screens for fear of offending the family of the missing four-year-old.

Gone Baby Gone, the directorial debut of the actor Ben Affleck, recounts the tragic tale of a four-year-old girl who is snatched from her bed as her mother leaves her alone in the house. What is more, the child actress playing the role shares Madeleine's first name, Madeline O'Brien, and is said to look very much like her.

Affleck, who is presenting the film, which is due out in November, at the Deauville Film Festival in France, says that he is prepared to take steps to prevent it from being released in Britain.

"We are acutely aware of the situation," he says. "We have a greater concern for that than the release of our film, which is just a commercial matter, whereas this is a matter of life and death. I'm not up to date on the details and it is not something that has taken off in the United States in the way it has in the UK. It is only when someone said there was this case that was very similar to my film that we looked it up.

"We don't want to release the movie if it is going to touch a nerve or inflame anybody's sensitivities."

Note to reader-
Russell O'Brien and Jane Tanner are two members of the McCann 'party of eight' who holidayed in Praia da Luz. They are married, with a child said to be 'exactly the same age' as Madeleine. Both Madeleine and her 'twin' were born via IVF treatment... and Jane Tanner is reported as having been present with Kate McCann during the birth of Madeleine in Amsterdam.

The actress is Cry Baby Gone is called Madeline O'Brien...

The name of the character played by little Madeline O'Brien is Amanda McCready (McCann?) And Casey Affleck, the director's brother, who stars also appeared in an earlier film called 'Gerry.'

Saturday, 1 September 2007

'Bee dates orchids back to time of dinosaurs...'

'Scientists have been able to calculate the age of the orchid family with greater accuracy than was previously possible after the fossilised remains of an extinct bee with a mass of orchid pollen on its back were discovered in the Dominican Republic in 2000.'


The Maritime Signals return...

Mother and Child, united around the key portal date of August 31... Inverted folk memory of the festivals to Artemis observed in the Roman world on August 13th, around which our contemporary 'Virgin Festivals' still adhere...

Midway between the two points, the 22nd: when the Catholics celebrate Artemis as the Assumption of the Virgin, the Apotheosis of the Crone...