The Herrings are all a-twitter about the latest Priory of Sion bandwagon-jumping extravaganza, due to lift off in the next couple of weeks in New York and Los Angeles. Called Bloodline - The Movie, it purports to be a documentary account of the search for archaeological evidence that Mary Magdalene married Jesus Christ and fled to France with his children after the crucifixion.
Now, any self-respecting member of the Ordre du Hareng Rouge knows full well that the Priory of Sion doesn't actually exist, except maybe as a rather surreal performance art piece that we like to play with from time to time.
And that the marriage and subsequent "bloodline" of Jesus and Mary Magdalene was the hypothetical invention of Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, who eventually pursued a lawsuit against Dan Brown for alleged breach of copyright in The Da Vinci Code. Bizarrely, they lost the suit because it was determined that historical facts can't be copyrighted, despite the fact that none of this history actually exists and is therefore technically fictional.
But, what does a minor detail like historical accuracy matter, as long as there's money to be made? Or, failing that, getting your face splashed across a television screen?
Anyway, the way this latest escapade started off was when an old "research colleague" contacted me out of the blue a couple of years ago, trying to milk me for insider updates as he had been out of the Priory of Sion investigators loop for several years. After a convoluted little dance he finally admitted that he had bagged himself a position as a "consultant" to Bruce Burgess, a well-known documentary producer in the UK. Then he told me about Bloodline - The Movie and offered the magazine I edited at the time an "exclusive".
I think my exact words were, "You should be ashamed of yourself".
Therefore, he simply circumvented me and tracked down all the contacts, that I had named in my email updates, behind my back...
One contact saw through the manoeuvre and gave a secret Herring warning code word to tip off the well-known author they had brought with them, who subsequently left the project, and another contact gave them complete disinformation and sent them off on a merry wild goose chase.
Don't worry, I'm not going to name names - life's too short. But it's about bloody time that this mess was put to rest.
They should all be ashamed of themselves...