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23.5 Degrees: The Tale of Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins (Article) - 11/1/2009 3:05:00 AM

How delightfully gruesome! Although, it doesn't have as many exhumed bones as the Catacombs in Paris... 

Great website, though... I've become a "fan".

23.5 Degrees: The Tale of Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins (Article) - 10/25/2009 1:03:29 AM


Unspecified Title (Article) - 10/2/2009 1:38:33 AM

My last column was so controversial that it was spiked, believe it or not! Ironically, it was about cozying up to a nefarious character... I seem to hobnob with quite a few of them, which I suppose is an occupational hazard. 

Having said that, 1664 has stopped exporting the Premium Cru, which is an international catastrophe as far as I'm concerned. I tried switching to champagne (Veuve Cliquot Rose in particular) but that makes me extremely gushy, which is dangerous. 

So, I'm definitely experiencing an artistic snit at the moment. Need to go shopping...

Unspecified Title (Article) - 9/20/2009 11:55:52 PM

Yes, Brown throws in a few Googled alchemical references, but nothing to do with Flamel. In fact, from the little hints he was dropping, I'm guessing his next book is going to be based around the Rosicrucians. He's done the Illuminati, the Priory of Sion, and now the Freemasons, so it's just a matter of time until he works his way around to the Rosicrucians (you read it here first!). 

Ironically, one of the books I'm reading at the moment is Isaac Newton's Freemasonry: The Alchemy of Science and Mysticism by Alain Bauer (in addition to Michael White's excellent The Last Sorcerer).

Squid - the codes are only on the covers on the US versions of the books, we have different covers over here in the UK. Besides, I have strong aversion to cracking codes and winning contests after what happened the first time:-

Unspecified Title (Article) - 9/19/2009 12:03:58 PM

No, he doesn't mention Flamel (I would have definitely noted it if he had), although he refers to Alchemy tangentially in some of the discussions (mostly in the context of it being an "Ancient Mystery"). As far as accuracy is concerned... some of the concepts/locations/events Brown uses as literary devices do indeed exist, although not necessarily in the way that he presents them. Does that count?

For the avoidance of doubt, just because I note some of Brown's alleged sources in the above review, this doesn't mean that I endorse them or even believe in them. 

I think it's important to remember that this is all fiction...

Unspecified Title (Article) - 9/18/2009 11:35:59 PM

For those who are interested, here is a link to the "spiked" Daily Mail story, which has now been run on another internet news site - ironically in response to the fact that our Mania story got such a huge amount of hits!:-

Unspecified Title (Article) - 9/14/2009 11:49:33 PM

You guys really crack me up!

Unspecified Title (Article) - 9/14/2009 8:30:45 AM

Well, Lloyd, you certainly got a reaction, that's for sure! I calculate that your first article racked up over 30,000 views and it's percolating all over the internet. 

Whether it's ultimately confirmed as a deformed human in the end, or indeed an alien hybrid, I still think it makes a fascinating saga...

I have a feeling that we're about to get bulldozed by Dan Brown, but hopefully you'll stay in touch and let us know the next exciting installment?



Unspecified Title (Article) - 9/8/2009 1:19:56 PM

This is just a quick note to say that Lloyd is now sending out frantic emails to people asking them to STOP sending him money. Apparently people have misread his text and think that he's asking for donations, when actually he was asking people to download his e-book which costs less than $20, in order to cover the cost of producing the e-Book. He's not asking for donations!

This is all actually quite amusing, from my perspective. At 17,500 views after only four days this is by far the most popular ever 23.5 Degrees column. In fact, it's actually got the most views of any Mania article on the entire site this week... which I find utterly bizarre. It even beat out The 13 Sexiest Superhero Costumes. I kid you not. 

And, for any benevolent moneybags reading along, the deal for the DNA test also includes the rights to the documentary which they hope will dramatically track the progress of the test. One may scoff, but seeing as 17,500 people have read this column so far, this might not actually be such a bad commercial deal, should one be benevolent and eccentric enough to grasp the irony.

Come to think of it, I know of a German music publisher who is planning to record an oratorio of the Priory of Sion's famous poem, Le Serpent Rouge, which we may well be able to acquire the rights for to use as a sound track. 

And if you're really lucky I may even offer to direct the the film myself... in fact, I'm seriously considering ditching the Priory of Sion and writing about Aliens from now on. Could it be that Jesus was really an Alien and the Starchild is the product of merging his Bloodline with Mary Magdalene?

I think this theory has definite possibilities...

Unspecified Title (Article) - 9/5/2009 11:15:49 AM

 Why are there never any benevolent millionaires around when you need one? ;-)


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