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Unspecified Title (Article) - 9/5/2009 9:59:19 AM

Hey Spidey... to be fair to Lloyd, I was the one who put the italics in when I edited the text. The original text had the emphasis in CAPITALS all the way through, which I thought was a bit TOO MUCH, so I switched to italics in the relevant places. I take your point that the emphasis might come across as a bit too hokey, but I left it in because this is the way Lloyd talks and I felt that, as this was a plea from his heart, it would be more appropriate to retain his personal style. So, I will take responsibility for being a crap editor. 

 

But, I've known Lloyd for seven years now and - whether anyone believes that the Starchild Skull is genuine or not - Lloyd himself is a very genuine and emphatic person.

That's why I, for one, hope that some eccentric and benevolent millionaire steps forward and funds the DNA tests, so that this matter can be laid to rest once and for all. 

Unspecified Title (Article) - 8/23/2009 3:17:17 AM

Roger - interesting comment, will try to remember to ask Baigent next time we speak (am currently reading an advance copy of his next book, hopefully to review next week before it's released on the 1st). The Wasserman book doesn't really address the issue, although it has a short section on military lodges, ending with the comment, "More than one story exists of fraternal kindness, respect, and compassion extended between British and American brothers on opposite sides of the conflict".

Starlight - I not only have Sinclair's book, but I've met him... my personal opinion is that most of the material promoted by the Sinclairs in general is highly "romanticised" - particularly the bits about Rosslyn Chapel that were embroidered in the Da Vinci Code. 

Having said that, there were almost certainly visits to the New World before Columbus - possibly even as far back as the Phoenicians. It would be useful if someone would produce a serious academic study on this. 

As far as specifically Templars in the New World, I think Roger probably knows more about that than I do... Roger?

Unspecified Title (Article) - 8/10/2009 1:41:28 AM

It's good to know you're here, Starlight!

Ah... our pal Baigent. Ironically, his new book is coming out in Sept, which is coincidentally the same month that Brown's new book is coming out.

Yes, I think that September will be an interesting month in 23.5 Degrees... 

Don't worry about the Pimm's... just drink beer. Beer is Art!

Unspecified Title (Article) - 8/9/2009 1:28:51 AM

Hey Starlight, nice to read you again! In this credit crunch crisis I think it's important to support the smaller publishers who are there because they believe in what they are doing. In times like this, we need to nurture fresh ideas... I'm getting tired of the formulaic bandwagon-jumping recycling to make a fast buck. 

I think I need to cut back on the Pimm's, though, because I'm having too much fun and not reading enough...

Unspecified Title (Article) - 8/3/2009 12:15:05 AM

Rosie, I think you've just demonstrated why it's a bad idea for an author to Google their research. It's always better to write about something that you have firsthand experience of... 

Unspecified Title (Article) - 8/2/2009 2:40:29 AM

Brace yourself, GIJew... it's gonna get worse. There are at least two more books being written around this theme that I know of. The Kabbalah, especially the later Christian Kabbalah is going to become the new "in" theme in this genre after we've been pummelled with Freemasonry when Dan Brown's book is released in Sept. 

This is one of the reasons why Chip asked me to come back to Mania - so that I could write about this material BEFORE it started being published. That's why a lot of what I'm writing doesn't make any sense, because most of it hasn't happened yet...

Rosenbaum - sorry, you've got the wrong side of the Ile de la Cite, you need to go west to find the Isle of the Jews, which was later fused with the Ile de la Cite. 

What you've got there are the two islands which later became the Ile Saint Louis (which was originally used to graze cows). 

The Ile Saint Louis enters our story later on, in a very interesting manner...

Unspecified Title (Article) - 7/6/2009 2:26:32 AM

Yep. Having been part of the Watkins scenario in the 90s, I'm aware of the whole convoluted backstory, although I didn't know Haywood's exact name until Bloodline came out. In fact, I actually thought it was a pseudo when I first heard it, so I was surprised that it was confirmed. 

So, what I find interesting, if it's really true, is that his involvement traces back to old Geoffrey's coterie. In other words, he's been around for a while. Baigent doesn't really remember him, though, which is also interesting. 

Unspecified Title (Article) - 7/5/2009 6:01:24 AM

Hi Guys!

Roger - to be fair to Haywood, there's an email in the Dossiers in which it appears (to me, at least) that Haywood didn't suggest or encourage the comments that were later circulated (or implied) about Litchfield's death. I'll discuss with you privately...

Hey Mort! - I wonder if the Ancient and Grand Order of Rodentia has any connection to the Exalted Order of the Furry Thingy? Furthermore, could this be the source of the true meridianic (I think I just made that word up) origin of locations such as Rhodes and Rodez - to secretly designate the hyper-dimensional mousehole coordinates to initiates?!

W - all I can say is... avoid the Artichokes at all costs!

Unspecified Title (Article) - 6/12/2009 2:20:26 PM

I suspect that "recent developments" are designed as an "interlude" to hold our attention until the next exciting installment. And, given how swiftly events are moving along, I think there will be sufficient entertainment between now and the next sale, so I'm watching with interest. But, we definitely need more Archangels... or at least a saint or two. Oh, hang on... does Saint Louis count?

You are smart to have invested in flying pig insurance, though, it may come in handy.  

Unspecified Title (Article) - 6/7/2009 12:59:28 AM

I can't help myself... I just LOVE a good game of Prankster Ping-Pong! Give me an illuminated manuscript, an Archangel, and a fish and I'm as happy as a clam.

Anyway, I'll bet you all a Flying Pig that the second installment will be timed to coincide with the Summer Solstice/Feast Day of Saint John the Baptist...

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