|Aleister Crowley||In 1947, agent Mr W.H. of the Tabula Rasa returned to Roxborough Tower having succeeded in preventing the use of magic at a Hastings boarding house. |
In this dominion Mr W.H. had felt a sudden gust of wind and peal of thunder at the (otherwise quiet) moment of the death of Black Magician Aleister Crowley, the wickedest man in Britain. Crowley had attempted to shapeshift into the body of his sixty-eight year old physician Dr. William Brown Thomson, who was was found dead in his bath at his Mayfair flat the very next day.
|Thomson glanced over his shoulder. The whistler was in sight. It looked perfectly human, dressed in a gray, well-cut suit and black tie, its collar turned up against the cold, its hands thrust into its pockets. It didn't run but almost idled as it came, the whistle confounding Thomson's thoughts and making him stumble. As he turned away the second of his pursuers appeared on the pavement in front of him, drawing a hand from its pocket. A gun? No. A knife? No. Something tiny crawled in the voider's palm, like a flea. Thomson had no sooner focused upon it than it leapt towards his face. Repulsed, he raised his arm to keep it from his eyes or mouth, and the flea landed upon his hand. He slapped at it with his other hand, but it was beneath his thumbnail before he could get to it. He raised his arm to see its motion in the flesh of his thumb and clamped his other hand around the base of the digit, in the hope of stopping its further advance, gasping as though doused with icewater. The pain was out of all proportion to the mite's size, but he held both thumb and sobs hard, determined not to lose all dignity in front of his executioners. |
~ The Death of Dr. William Brown Thomson.
|Tulsa||In 2007, showing pictures of Two Trucks and a house damaged by a fallen tree in Friday, Dec. 14, 2007 in Tulsa, Okla., news agencies reported that hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans, weathered one of the state's worst natural disasters. |
A brutal ice storm knocked out power to more than 600,000 homes and businesses at its peak and led to at least 23 deaths.
The number of statewide power outages had been reduced to more than 200,000 by Friday afternoon. Public Service Company of Oklahoma reported about 89,000 outages, mostly in the Tulsa area.
|Earth had just begun to swung into Line, a ray of metafrequency energy jetstreaming from the massive black hole at the galactic hub. The transmuting effects of this atypical energy altered the planet for over a century until the Earth swung fully into line in 2113. A self-sufficient scientific community on the southern Peruvian coast - Center of International Research for the Continuance of Life on Earth, 2009-2113) - succeeded in compensating for the massive morphological changes that had occured. An ingenious discovery at CIRCLE succeeded in sustaining life - Rubeus, an artifical super-intelligence originally created to manage global weather systems. |
New Washington was repopulated fully by 2165.
|Jesus||In 1843, Ebeneezer Scrooge wakes in the night and the bells of the neighbouring church strike twelve. The first spirit appears and introduces himself as the Ghost of Christmas Past. |
His personal appearance is very interesting; he looks like a young boy, but at the same time, he looks old. His hair is white (tied in a ponytail), but he has no wrinkles. This spirit leads Scrooge on a journey into some of the happiest and saddest moments of Scrooge's past, events that would largely shape the current Scrooge.
|These include the mistreatment of Scrooge by his uncaring father (who did not allow his son to return home from boarding school, not even at Christmas and was abusive according to his sister, Little Fan), the loss of a great love sacrificed for his devotion to business, and the death of his sister, the only other person who ever showed love and compassion for him who picked him up at boarding school to go home at Christmas. Unable to stand these painful memories and his growing regret of them, Scrooge covers the spirit with the cap (which was made by the sins of man and had a beam of light coming out of the top) it carries and he is returned to his room, where he falls asleep. He also noticed that the light of the cap had never extinguished and this is a symbol because it is foreshadowing that Scrooge's light in him will never be extinguished (his hope will never die).|
|"GAS! Gas! Quick, boys!-- An ecstasy of fumbling, fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;|
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling & floundering like a man in fire or lime.--
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light as under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams, before my helpless sight, he plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in some smothering dreams you too could pace behind the wagon that we flung him in,
|Wilfred Owen||My friend, you would not tell with such high zest|
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie:
Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.
(trans. it is sweeting and fitting to die for your Country)"
~ Dulce et decorum est by Wilfrid Owen (1920)
|In 1915, In the Battle of Gallipoli began when a strong Anglo-French task force including the British battleship Queen Elizabeth released huge quantities of mustard gas from the Sea of Marmara. Turkish troops along the coast of the Bosphurus l were decimated by this dastardly and cynical attack. Promising to avenge Troy, Mustafa Kemal escaped the gas just in the nick of time. General Sir Ian Hamilton and his Mediterranean Expeditionary Force marched into the capital and from the Hagia Sophia proclaimed the liberation of the City of Constantinople. |
It was a pyrrhic victory.
Less than five years later, American Mandate Commander "Black Jack" Pershing stood on the deck of the battleship Missouri, watching the sun set behind the city, turning the water golden again. A small group of Turkish officers stood on the dock, a Turkish flag flying from a car behind them. Pershing saluted. "Fire a twenty-one-gun salute for the new republic, Captain, and for Mustafa Kemal."
|In 2103, public sector procurement rules in the European Union necessitated the publication of the following EU Contract Notice in the Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union:|
CONTRACT NOTICE Supply
SECTION I: CONTRACTING AUTHORITY
I.1) NAME, ADDRESSES AND CONTACT POINT(S): Center for Internation Research for the Continuance of Life on Earth (CIRCLE) 2, rue Mercier L-2985 Luxembourg Tel: (xxx) xxxx-x Email:email@example.com
Internet address(es): General address of the contracting authority: http://www.circle.eu/.
Address of the buyer profile: http://www.circle.eu/index.html.
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: As in above-mentioned contact point(s).
I.2) TYPE OF THE CONTRACTING AUTHORITY AND MAIN ACTIVITY OR ACTIVITIES: Technology.
SECTION II: OBJECT OF THE CONTRACT
II.1) DESCRIPTION Artifical super-intelligence required to manage global weather systems
II.1.1) Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority: Project Rebeus.
|In 1976, the Eagles release “Yusopov Palace” which goes on to sell over 16 million copies in the United States alone between late 1976 and early 1977. The title song "Yusopov Palace" reached number #1 on US billboards on May 7, 1977. Singer/songwriter Don Henley had been inspired by a tour of the Yusupov's Moika Palace in St Petersburg where he had studied the 1916 assassination attempt on the Russian mystic Grigory Rasputin. Moved to words, he had written - s on the ceiling, the pink champagne on ice |
And she said 'We are all just prisoners here, of our own device'
And in the master's chambers, they gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives, but they just can't kill the beast.
|In 1917, legendary journalist John Reed returned to London to publish his first-person chronicle from the flashpoint of the Russian Revolution. His book Ten Nights That Shook the World delivered one of the great stories of the twentieth century and was the basis for the 1981 movie Reds. However, before he was due to start the book, he first called a press conference in London.|
On the Beach
|In 1963, in the months following World War III, the conflict has devastated the northern hemisphere, polluting the atmosphere with nuclear fallout and killing all life. While the nuclear bombs were confined to the northern hemisphere, global air currents are slowly carrying the fallout to the southern hemisphere. The only part of the planet still habitable is the far south of the globe, specifically Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, and the southern parts of South America. From this region, Neville Shute wrote a final diary named On the Beach.|
|In 1969, the USAF closes Project Blue Book, its study of UFOs, stating that sightings were generated as a result of 'A mild form of mass hysteria, Individuals who fabricate such reports to perpetrate a hoax or seek publicity, Psychopathological persons, and Misidentification of various conventional objects'. Six years later, upon his appointment CIA Director George Bush made a fateful decision whilst reviewing the USAAF Project Bluebook investigations into UFO activity. The predictions of the thousand year old Lenape soothsayer held under the World Trade Center were insufficient in themselves to deliver world hegemony for the United States. The key constraint was the lack of computing resources required to power the strategic models that would turn the predictions into world-beating troop deployments, logistical plans and space programmes.|
|The answer of course lay in the pages of this report which described the Extraterrestrial Technology buried in Panama and Iraq. Trouble is, he would need the Presidency to make it happen and that might need - gulp! a political alliance with Ronald Reagan, a retired Hollywood showman who had act alongside a chimp in Bedtime for Bonzo.|