Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Interview with Ben Emlyn Jones - HPANWO Radio Show No. 237 - Update

Hi Folks,
Now that my interview with Ben Emlyn Jones for HPANWO Radio has been archived, I just wanted to update you with the links to the interview - for those who might want to listen again or download it.
Many thanks again to Ben for taking the time to have me on his show, to all those people who listened in, and to those who gave me such positive feedback.
I really appreciate all your support!
All the best for now.
Carl (The Truth Seeker's Guide)

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Interview with Ben Emlyn Jones - HPANWO Radio Show No. 237 - Stanley Kubrick

I've recently had the priviledge of being interviewed by Ben Emlyn-Jones for his HPANWO Radio Show. I often get asked to share my thoughts on, and research into, Stanley Kubrick and this interview is no exception. In the course of the interview, we managed to cover quite a few diverse areas of non-Kubrick matter as well as discussing some Kubrickian aspects that I haven't had the opportunity to bring up in interviews until now. I really appreciate Ben giving me the opportunity to feature on his show and hopefully we will get the chance to talk about some other subjects in the near future. Strangely, without us even initially realising it, this show was numbered 237 in the HPANWO catelogue of interviews. Clearly, synchronicity was trying to say something... a message from Kubrick's Room 237 perhaps!?
The interview will air tonight (Thursday 18th May, 2017) at 8pm (UK time.) Details and links to listen to the full show are below.


Programme 237- Carl James
This Thursday evening on the HPANWO Show: Carl James, a researcher and author who explores mysteries, conspiracies and alternative knowledge. He is very interested in the esoteric messages in the works of the film director Stanley Kubrick, see: http://thetruthseekersguide.blogspot.co.uk/. Also: All the latest news, details of upcoming events and space weather. Tune in at 8 pm, UK time, on Thursday the 18th of May. Please go to this page to listen: https://www.spreaker.com/user/benemlynjones To talk to the host and other listeners, join the HPANWO Radio chatbox here: https://chatwing.com/chatbox/bdb05d70-3992-11e7-8d0e-17047dd3fe00.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Attack at Westminster & 322

Today, an incident unfolded in Westminster in London that the BBC are currently describing as a “terrorist incident” and an “Attack at Westminster”. Here is the official account currently posted on the BBC’s website as of approximately 6pm the same day. “A police officer and a woman have been killed near Parliament in central London in what Scotland Yard are treating as a terrorist incident. The woman was among several pedestrians struck by a car on Westminster Bridge, before it crashed into railings. An officer was stabbed in the Houses of Parliament by an attacker, who was shot by police. Police said there were "a number of casualties" and a "full counter-terrorism inquiry" was under way. Writing on Twitter, BBC home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani said it is understood from multiple sources that two people were in the vehicle on the bridge.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39355940

At the time of writing this, few other details about the incident have been disclosed. At present, a single individual has been described as being responsible for the incident. It appears that this individual was shot dead. There has been some speculation that a second individual may  have been involved in some manner. At present, the identity of the dead individual nor any details about the individual’s possible motives have been announced. My thoughts are with those innocent bystanders who have been traumatized or injured during this incident. My thoughts and deepest sympathies also go out to the loved ones of those people who have lost their lives as a result of the incident today. My regular readers will know that I have, from time to time, written on this blog about “terrorist incidents” that have taken place throughout recent years. I have no wish to trivialise the events of today, nor do I wish to engage at this point in a lengthy discourse about the alternative nature of certain similar incidents that have taken place in recent times. I will leave that subject for another day. However, I have learned that there are times when it is vital to be observant and vigilant when certain events take place. It is an unbelievably important lesson from history that we never take information that is conveyed to us by the media on blind, face value. An irresponsible observer is one who does not scrutinise all they see and are told. Equally so when we do not ask questions. Please keep this in mind as we are told more about the events in Westminster and we observe the subsequent reactions of those in positions of authority. Moving on…

I’m not sure how many people will have noticed, but today is, aside from the tragic events in London, a very important day for those people in the world with certain “belief systems”. Today is 322. More accurately, it is March 22nd. 322 is considered a hugely significant number in certain occult and esoteric circles. Amongst its many diverse associations, 322 is perhaps best known to alternative knowledge researchers as the  numerical “emblem” of the Skull and Bones society. Although many men of power and wealth have moved through the ranks of Skull and Bones, its most high profile member is undoubtedly George W Bush. Although some people will remember him for a myriad of reasons, most will remember Bush Jnr as the American president who presided over the US during the events of 9/11 and the formative years of the subsequent Western-led “War on Terror”. Above and beyond the many tragic events that have happened in the last decade and a half, 9/11 is remembered as the most devastating to have been declared a “terrorist” attack. Of course, compelling and exhaustive evidence analysing the events of 9/11 - such as that assembled by Dr Judy Wood in her book “Where Did the Towers Go?” – shows that what really happened that day does not match the “official narrative” that the public were told about 9/11. It is that evidence, and inconsistencies about other subsequent events like 7/7, that has given many people justifiable reason to pay extra attention whenever such events - deemed of a “terrorist” nature - unfold. But back to 322…

Historically, March 20 - 22 has been dedicated to the Goddess Ostara. March 20th 2017 celebrates the High Feast of Ostara and is also the Spring Equinox - often dedicated to the worship of the Mother Earth Goddess Gaia. March 21 is allegedly, according to certain sources, one of the Illuminati's "Human Sacrifice Nights." March 22nd 2017 is also the Ceremony of Hilaria - an Ancient Roman rite given to "rejoicing and public sacrifices [...] the eve of that day they spent in tears and lamentations [...] The day of its celebration was the first after the vernal equinox, or the first day of the year which was longer than the night. The winter with its gloom had passed away, and the first day of a better season was spent in rejoicings [...] All kinds of games and amusements were allowed on this day; masquerades were the most prominent among them, and everyone might, in his disguise, imitate whomsoever he liked, and even magistrates." The date is also curious for an assassination plot that took in Ancient Rome. "Maternus against Emperor Commodus [...] planned to disguise himself and his followers as members of the Praetorian Guard, and proceed among the true members of the Guard, until they were close enough to kill Commodus. However, one of Maternus's followers revealed the plot ahead of time..." http://pagancalendar.co.uk/event.php?zodiac=astrological&getdate=20170322&tz=Europe/London&id=1098

322 coincides with Uttara Ashadha Nakshatra - indicative of sun symbolism, the "birth star" and the creation of powerful energy. It also represents the first day of the 40 Day "Season of Human Sacrifice", the completion of the three-day process of resurrection from death. The Season of Human Sacrifice will conclude on April 30th 2017 - which is Beltane Eve (often celebrated with bonfires and fertility rites) and considered to be one of the most crucial occult dates in the annual calendar. We are currently seeing trailers for Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" movie "Alien: Covenant". A few weeks ago, a provisional release date for the film was cited, by certain sources, as April 30th. It is now being stated as May 19th. The original "Prometheus" was first shown to the public in Paris on April 11th 2012 - smack bang in the centre of the "40 Day Season of Human Sacrifice". Both "Prometheus" and, from what we have seen in the film trailer, "Alien: Covenant" contain ritualistic sacrifices of innocent humans. "Prometheus" is loaded with 322 symbolism - most notably the inverted name of the planet LV-223, which director Ridley Scott described (on the DVD commentary for the film) rather cryptically as a “very romantic codename”. "Prometheus" is also awash with symbols and themes relating to Saturn worship - another purveyor of ritual and mortal sacrifice. But I digress a little...

On March 22nd 2017 (322), the "Attack on Westminster" took place. According to several early sources, the assailant allegedly responsible for the events was shot by police at 2.30pm. A number of witnesses heard 3 shots being fired. One of the London "Red" buses photographed on the Westminster Bridge after the event was the 211. For much of the afternoon, the BBC has been airing helicopter footage of the Westminster Bridge cordoned off. From the time on the Big Ben clock face, we can see this footage was filmed at 3.20pm. The overhead footage clearly shows the two principle lane/direction signs painted on the road. One directs for the A302, the other for the A3211. These are the only road numbers shown on the road surface of Westminster Bridge in the footage. A minister in the House of Commons announced the events in Westminster to his fellow house members at exactly 3pm. Finally, Westminster is located in W1. W is the 23rd letter of the English alphabet. March 22nd 2017 (322) is, to the day, the one year anniversary of the Brussels "terrorist attack".

Maybe this is all coincidental... maybe not. I will leave it for you to decide.
If nothing else, please remember always to be mindful and observant - especially right now.
The Truth Seeker's Guide.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Kubrick Decoded - Mark Devlin interviews Carl James on YouTube

I have uploaded a new video to my YouTube channel entitled "Kubrick Decoded - Mark Devlin interviews Carl James."
It is taken from an interview I did with Mark Devlin on his Good Vibrations podcast series in late 2016. The video includes images and information that better demonstrates the subjects being discussed. In the interview, I talk about the life and cinematic works of Stanley Kubrick, some of the connections he had to the upper echelons of the elite global power structure, what he may have known about certain elite agendas, the veiled themes and symbolism in his films, whether or not Kubrick may have known about or even been involved with NASA's Apollo Moon fakery, the oddities surrounding his death and much more. We also discuss several connected subjects such as the strange life of Kubrick collaborator Peter Sellers, the use of Saturn symbolism in Kubrick's films, and the synchronicities between 2001: A Space Odyssey and the events of 9/11.

Please feel free to share this video far and wide and give the video a "thumbs up" if you like it.
Best wishes,
Carl James

"Kubrick Decoded - Mark Devlin interviews Carl James" - https://youtu.be/5K3-nmZeU5E

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Richplanet - 2017 Fake Reality Tour

Richard D. Hall and his excellent Richplanet TV show are embarking on a UK-wide tour in March and April of 2017. I highly recommend you checking out the tour if Richard is speaking in an area near to you. You won't regret it! Richard very kindly travelled to the E57 Truth Juice Birmingham venue to film my "Disney Darkside" presentation (which I am still currently editing!) in February. The same venue will be the setting for the Birmingham "leg" of Richard's 2017 Tour and I am hoping (my contrary health permitting!) to be there... so if you want to tap me on the shoulder and say hello, don't be a stranger! Full details of Richard's 2017 "Fake Reality" Tour are below. Please note that the Glasgow venue has now changed from that previously advertised. The currently listed venue is the correct one. To book tickets and get more information on venue, etc., visit the following link: http://www.richplanet.net/events.php

The 2017 Fake Reality Tour (as taken from the Richplanet website):
"I will be speaking at the following venues in 2017. Expanding on many of the issues already covered on Richplanet TV I will attempt to bring exposure to some of the devious practices of those who control the media. I will be launching a fourth Madeleine McCann film which assuming Madeleine McCann died, will examine how might she have died and why might this have been covered up by the British government. I will be launching another film on the tour which explores an issue I have been quietly investigating over the last few years. I want to keep my powder dry on this one so the subject will be announced nearer the time. As the name of the tour describes, more and more of what enters people’s minds these days, at least in the West is fake. People are walking around with heads full of beliefs that bear no relation to the real world. It's not just fake news stories which are being used to manipulate people’s minds, the fakeness seems to know no bounds. Fake science, fake technology, fake heroes, fake food, fake medicine, fake people, fake terror, fake researchers, fake whistle-blowers, fake conferences, fake political parties, fake political leaders, fake political issues, fake weather, fake gender, and on and on. In the second part of the presentation I will be expanding on my 2014 film "UFOs and NATO", a dark film which looked at NATO's alleged involvement in firing weapons at and acquiring UFOs and also their involvement in tidying up after UFO related human mutilation cases. The talks start at 7:30pm on the dot so please get there in plenty of time. We take a 15 minute break at approximately 9:00pm followed by part two which should finish at around 10:15pm, then followed by questions. The proceeds from these talks is used to fund future projects and online TV shows. Projects which mainstream media should be funding but don't. Independent investigations into many issues and cases are funded by these talks. Without people attending the talks, there would be no Richplanet TV. So by coming along to one, you are helping with the production costs of all the things that I investigate on Richplanet TV." Note : When you order tickets online they will be emailed to you within 7 days, they will not be emailed immediately.

NEWCASTLE Thu 30.3.2017  7:30pm Tyneside Irish Centre, 42 Gallowgate, Newcastle, NE1 4SG (Note: This venue is sold out)

GLASGOW Fri 31.3.2017  7:30pm GoGlasgow Urban Hotel, 517 Paisley Road West, G51 1RW

YORK Sun 2.4.2017  7:30pm Melodie Park, Wiggington Road, York, YO32 2RJ

MANCHESTER Tue 4.4.2017  7:30pm Premiere Suite and Lounge, 40 Corporation Road, Manchester, M34 5LP

LIVERPOOL Wed 5.4.2017  7:30pm Adelphi Hotel, Ranelagh Street, Liverpool L3 5UL

MANSFIELD Fri 7.4.2017  7:30pm The Towers, Botany Avenue, Mansfield, NG18 5NG

NORWICH Mon 10.4.2017  7:30pm Brook Hotel, 2 Barnard Road, Norwich, NR5 9J

KENT Tue 11.4.2017  7:30pm The Alexandra Suite, St Marys Road,Swanley, Kent, BR8 7BU

MERTHYR TYDFIL Thu 13.4.2017  7:30pm Merthyr Rugby Club, Dynevor St, Georgetown, CF48 1BA

CHICHESTER Fri 14.4.2017  7:30pm The Fishbourne Centre, Blackboy Lane, Chichester, PO18 8BE

BIRMINGHAM Sat 15.4.2017  7:30pm E57 Social Club, 699 Alcester Road, Birmingham, B14 5EY

PLYMOUTH Sun 16.4.2017  7:30pm The Staddy, 144 Staddiscombe Road, Plymouth, PL9 9LT

Monday, 9 January 2017

Carl James @ Birmingham Truth Juice - Disney Darkside

Hey folks, hope you are all well and looking forward to a happy and healthy 2017. I know I am! 2016 wasn't a particularly good year for me so I am really glad that the calendar has turned - a fresh chapter! I have been incredibly busy over the last few weeks - with research and writing. I am in the early stages of some new projects and devoting as much time and energy as I can to them. I don't want to say too much at this point - I jumped the proverbial "gun" in 2016 by announcing various projects and then health problems scuppered pretty much all of them! Suffice to say, at this point, I am researching and writing a new book on the subject of the power of the media - although I imagine this will be something of a middling to long-term project. I am also working on adapting several chapters from my "Science Fiction and the Hidden Global Agenda" books into videos for my YouTube channel. I will keep you posted on that.

In the more immediate future, I will be giving a talk at the Birmingham Truth Juice gathering on Tuesday 14th February 2017. If you are in the area and fancy coming along, I really look forward to seeing you there. Birmingham Truth Juice has a great audience filled with very open minded, interesting and friendly people. The title of this talk is "Disney Darkside". I postponed doing this talk for nearly a year due to health problems in 2016 and in many ways I am glad I did - as it allowed me to bring the subject fully up to date and incorporate my contact with several very well connected individuals.

All the details of the talk are below. Full details are also available on the Truth Juice website: http://birmingham.truthjuice.co.uk/index.php/2016/10/carl-james-in-birmingham-on-140217/

Hopefully see you there.
All the best wishes for now,


“Disney Darkside” – A Talk by Carl James

Disney is synonymous with wholesome values, memorable stories and films that will put a smile on the faces of all the family. But is there something far more sinister lurking beneath the surface of the “House of Mouse”? In this presentation, alternative knowledge researcher and author of the book “Science Fiction and the Hidden Global Agenda” will examine the long-known “dark side” of Disney – looking at its documented relationship with the military / industrial complex, and their use of embedded sexual and arcane symbolism, social engineering and fragmentation, alleged mind control programming, and so on. Carl will also recount how his research brought him into contact with a prominent Disney insider and how this contact set him off on an even darker investigation – one that involves the likes of J.J. Abrams, Star Wars, Saturn worship, energy, consciousness, transformation, and the very nature of reality. In asking the question – what are Disney really up to? – Carl may have uncovered a startling answer with implications for all of humanity.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Where have I been…? Perhaps farther than I thought!

Hiya folks! As we are now hurtling toward that key transitional period of the year - when all things seem to take on a bizarre level of significance for many people - it felt like a good time to catch up with you all and bring you up to speed on my absence. Some of you (especially those who I have had contact with away from this blog) may be wondering where I have disappeared to. Some people have emailed me or left a message in the comments (prior to comment approval) asking how I am, what I have been up to, etc. Others may have given up on waiting to hear from me! If any of this applies to you, then I am so sorry for not having got back to you and I want you to know that, despite my absence, I truly appreciate your concern and kind comments. So let’s get into the reasons for my absence.

There is a generic reason for why I seem to have largely vacated the planet throughout 2016. It is health related – however the circumstances surrounding my health (which I will elaborate on in a moment) created a “side-effect” which figuratively catapulted me into the proverbial “Twilight Zone” earlier this year and it seems that every time I have attempted to pull myself out, I have been unceremoniously flung back in! I have spent nine months trying to make sense of my personal experiences throughout 2016 and concluded that there now needs to be a major change in my attitude toward my experiences if I am ever to move forward. In this blog entry, I will attempt to recount my experiences for you. This is an uncomfortable experience for me as I live my life in a very pragmatic, no-nonsense kind of way and the experiences I have had seem to be anything but. Although I do have (for want of a better word) a “spiritual” core – grounded in notions of energy and consciousness, but not any form of dogmatic, organised religion or belief system – I insist that any notion must be, at the very least, quantifiable before I entertain it. I’m not prone to flights of fancy or considerations of every single concept that could be dreamt up by the human mind. Although I am very open-minded, you might be surprised to learn (considering this website addresses the ideas of conspiracies, cover-ups, the esoteric, and alternative knowledge) that there are some matters that I cannot engage with. My search for quantifiable and evidential answers gives me no choice but to rule out certain subjects from any consideration if the evidence is conclusive to the contrary – case in point: why do many people continue to insist that a case can be made for a “Flat Earth” when the evidence to the contrary is so easily demonstrable!?

I know the kind of raised eyebrows and knowing smirks that people often give when confronted by paradigms that simply seem too “out there” – I have even fallen victim to a wayward smirk myself from time to time. I also realise that some recounted “experiences” are “fodder for the cannon” when it comes to sceptics and naysayers. As somebody who researches alternative knowledge, I am quite prepared to be called a “wackadoo” – so long as I have some good evidence with which to counter the attack. However, with the particular experiences I have had this year, I have no means of proof. I have only my word to give you. If I were mounting an evidence-based case to prove something, I would be laughed out of court. As I have said many times over my years of writing this blog: I will leave it for you to decide. Writing this blog entry is uncharted waters for me. Up until now, I have shared the full details of my experiences with three people only… and only with those people because they are open-minded, I trust them, and they know me enough to be certain that I am not in the habit of making crazy shit up!

First off, I will get the easy to explain stuff out the way: my health. After several years of serious problems with my back, I was finally admitted to hospital in March of this year for spinal surgery. As my regular readers and supporters will know, this surgery didn’t exactly turn out as I planned. Although I initially had high hopes of success and eventually moved myself back into a largely regular day-to-day routine (circa early summer), with a positive attitude toward “life”, I still remained dogged by persistent pain. I had to move forward and spent a brief period of time (in hindsight prematurely) preparing interviews with fellow alternative researchers, readying public talks for the latter part of the year, and researching subjects for my next batch of writing projects. I was desperate to get things back on track. I had already postponed a number of projects by a considerable number of months and didn’t want to keep messing myself or other people about. The pain still remained. By now, I had tried any number of alternative treatments as it seemed that the mainstream medical route had failed me. The alternatives seemed to be just as ineffective. Then, on top of all this, I once again began having stretches of time where I couldn’t stand and walk about. Again, I couldn’t even sit to write or read. I would spend hours on my back (and not for the nice reasons!), metaphorically twiddling my thumbs and getting evermore frustrated that I wasn’t doing the things that I wanted to do. Eventually, weeks would go by without my contacting people (in the case of some people, many months). I felt sure that some researchers, who I had a great deal of respect for, had just given up on me and may now be considering me as a “Johnny Fly-by-Night” – who only gets in touch with people when it suits me! (I couldn’t be further from that type of person, by the way!) It may seem like a simple matter to send somebody an email but when sitting at a computer for even a few minutes (I don’t have internet on my mobile phone) becomes as painful as climbing a rock face, you start to realise just how cut off you are from many people. Things got worse after the summer and I found myself constantly back and forth from Doctors and hospital, absent from work, not getting anything substantial done with my life, and constantly being buzzed by strange experiences in “The Twilight Zone”!!!

As I mentioned before, the complicated events of this year began for me in March when I was admitted to hospital for spinal surgery. During the procedure, I was under general anaesthetic for about an hour or two. I have had general anaesthetic several times in my life so I knew what to expect. During the procedure, I became aware of watching myself being operated on. I was face down as the surgery obviously involved approaching my spine from the back. However, I knew it was me as I recognised a small but very noticeable birth mark I have part-way up the outer side of my left leg. There seemed to be a lot of commotion going on around me but I was more distracted by a banging / knocking noise on a door in the operating room. Nobody seemed to be paying any attention to this banging and so I walked around the room to the door and opened it. Beyond the door was a beach – not a tropical beach; just one of those you would typically find along the East coast of England – very flat, murky water, grey skies, drizzle in the air, and very cold. A short distance away along the beach was an old man (approx. 80+ years of age), dressed warmly and leaning on a walking stick with a brass “duck head” handle. He called me over to him and I became immediately aware that this man was an old-aged version of myself. He told me that something had “gone wrong” with the surgery and that my number was pretty much up. He then said that it would be okay, that I would be “going back”, but that “things would be different.” The conversation was very brief. A nurse patted me on my shoulder, who led me back through the door to my hospital environment. She asked me to lay down on a trolley (which was located in the recovery room adjacent to the O.R.) and shut my eyes. I opened them again and was told by another nurse that the operation was completely fine and there had been no complications or problems.

At this point, for the sake of being pragmatic, I must point out that I have dreamt about meeting an old-aged version of myself on an English beach on several occasions throughout my life. In these dreams, the “old me” usually imparts “pearls of wisdom” and portents of the future – one or two of these did come to pass but most were codswallop! Many years ago I described the walking stick of the “old me” to a close friend, who then subsequently spotted one identical to the stick I had described at a car boot sale. She brought it for me and I still have it at home! But I digress…

All of the aforementioned I could actually file in my mind as a curiosity and leave it at that, had it not been for what followed. During my “recovery” period from the surgery, there wasn’t much that I could do with my time other than rest and ease myself into an exercise regime that would strengthen my body and aid recovery. I spent a fair amount of time with family and close friends, often nattering away the hours. With nothing much going on in my contemporary life, we would talk about our shared experiences and I quickly noticed that something was really wrong. My recollection of personal events and experiences was seriously off-kilter with the recollections of my friends and family. There were many memories that tallied with mine, but others just seemed plain wrong. This occurrence began to escalate, even to the point where my memory of a distant past relationship with a girl was seemingly forgotten by everybody but me (I did try to contact her for confirmation but I couldn’t seem to find her for love nor money!) In other cases, my friends and family talked about things that I had done and experienced that I still (even now) have no memory of. I will honestly admit that I feared slightly for my health during this period, as this phenomenon seemed to be happening daily (often hourly) and caused much confusion and a number of arguments! As I was still (what they call) “under” the hospital where I had my operation, my post-operative care required follow-up appointments with my consultant/surgeon and I was able to address my concerns about the continued amount of pain I was in and the possibility that something in my spine had been affected or damaged that could perhaps even cause neurological side-effects. After a follow-up CT/MRI, I was reassured that there was no more damage and nothing that could cause other (such as neurological) problems. In any case, despite the reassurances of my consultant/surgeon, both the pain and the bizarre experiences continued. Unlike the pain, the experiences did begin to lessen – probably because I tried very hard not to pay any attention to them. I’m a big believer in the idea that the more you focus your attention and energy on something, the more you exacerbate the phenomenon. This is great when it is something positive or constructive, but not so much if it’s something negative, disturbing or uncomfortable.

By late August, I was largely ignoring my “memory” experiences. Then something happened that kicked everything into high gear again. First though, a little context. I have a bit of a “soft spot” for my dog! I love taking him for walks (not really since the operation though) and sitting in the garden with him! I have quite a large back garden (long as opposed to wide… no innuendos about size please!!) and get quite a bit of local wildlife in the form of birds, hedgehogs, frogs, cats, etc. My dog is a bit of a maniac when it comes to other animals! As much as I try to discourage him from chasing the wildlife, it is inevitable that he bounds off in pursuit of a cat or bird sooner or later. With my current back pain, he gets away from me in seconds flat. Fortunately, he has never attacked or cornered an animal… he just loves the chase, I think! His favourite pursuit is a snooty pigeon who comes and perches himself on a low branch (about six feet above the ground) at the very top of the garden. When the pigeon appears, my dog sets off like the clappers and I’m always reminded of the opening credits to a famous British cartoon about an animated dog called “Roobarb”!  (See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zedq1VhaS90
) This imagery has returned to my thoughts for the last several years - every time my dog chases the pigeon. In my head I see Roobarb running and this has always prompted another bit of nostalgia – that of “Dastardly and Muttley in their Flying Machines” chasing the pigeon in the old Hanna-Barbera cartoon. Viewers of the cartoon will recall that it had a fantastic and funky theme tune. I remember it well and have on occasion found myself singing the tune in my head whenever my dog has set off in pursuit of his pigeon foe!

Anyway, late August of 2016, sat in the garden with the dog, pigeon in his sight, I found myself thinking of the tune again: “Catch the Pigeon, Catch the Pigeon…” I thought that I really must revisit the theme tune at some point and that it would be easy to find on YouTube somewhere. Unusually, “Catch the Pigeon” lodged itself in my head for a little longer than usual that day and I decided to look it up. I asked a family member to use their laptop and type in the words “Dastardly and Muttley”, “theme song”, “catch the pigeon” on YouTube and this is what I found: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj6-LG5VpGk&spfreload=10
As I sat there watching, I was perplexed by Dastardly repeatedly singing “Stop the Pigeon”. My memory was apparently wrong – yet again! I noticed immediately below the video, in the comments section, that somebody had written that they also remembered the theme tune as “Catch the Pigeon”. There were numerous other comments repeating the notion. One comment said that this memory recollection “error” was an example of something called “The Mandela Effect”. I had not heard of this term before. Initially, I wondered if I had stumbled onto a phenomenon that could somewhat explain what I had been experiencing.

Here is what a cursory internet search for The Mandela Effect will usually turn up: “The Mandela Effect is a term for where a group of people all mis-remember the same detail, event or physicality. It is named after the instance in which a large group of people all shared the same memory that Nelson Mandela died prior to his actual 2013 death, usually sometime in the 1980’s. The effect exploded in popularity on the internet when a peculiar example popped up where a majority of people seemed to have recalled the Berenstain Bears books as being spelled as “Berenstein” or some other variation, differing from the actual spelling as presented by evidence. The effect is somewhat different from a false memory as it effects large groups of people, seemingly without many connections and without the same emotional factors present. It also seems stronger and harder to escape the feeling that it’s simply a mis-remembering of a detail, which is why people are so adamant with claims of their memories. As such, it’s often been hinted at that the Mandela Effect is closely related to cognitive dissonance. Cognitive dissonance can be mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds beliefs, ideas, or values and is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values. Please note the use of “can be” as there is many purists that don’t accept the broader definition and scope of cognitive dissonance applying to memory versus reality. Many Mandela Effects are usually trivial details about an oddly specific set of categories. These include things such as the how and when of celebrity deaths, misspellings (usually replaced or removed letters), placement of geographical locations, quotations within media, or alternate imagery. It is also related to misconceptions in general, although, again is differentiated due to the obscure nature and odd feelings resulting from learning the reality. The solutions, explanations and reasons for the misconceptions are also cryptic and often misrepresented or unknown altogether. The term it fits most with is “confabulation” which is a disturbance of memory which produces fabricated, distorted, or misinterpreted memories about the world, without the explicit or conscious intention to deceive others. People who confabulate in this way produce incorrect memories about the most trivial details (as seen with most Mandela Effects) but range up to more complex fabrications as well. They are generally extremely confident in their recollections and will typically resist any contradictory evidence.” http://www.debunkingmandelaeffects.com/mandela-effect-introduction/

More recently, I have come to the conclusion that the generic paradigm of “The Mandela Effect” and all the discussions surrounding it are nothing more than “internet noise” based on flimsy reasoning and half-baked theories (i.e.: the notion that people are remembering events from “parallel universe” realities… where is the hard proof of this?) I also have some evidence that the paradigm (like the “Flat Earth” noise on the internet) has been perpetuated (perhaps even entirely conceived) by parties looking to distract and discredited those who have serious questions about the nature of reality and the unseen world around us. For these reasons, I have some serious misgivings about the whole “Mandela Effect” paradigm and what it is possibly being used for. With the exception of my “Catch the Pigeon” snafu (and another song I seem to remember that no one else does), all of my memory “experiences” have been entirely personal and have no relationship to pop culture references, geography, everyday imagery, etc. Some of those people who discuss the proverbial “Mandela Effect” are convinced that there has been a mass consciousness “shift” / experience building over recent years and that this phenomenon has been most prevalent in 2016. I do find it curious that my experiences have wholly occurred in 2016 (since my operation) and that, as far as I can recall, I have not experienced anything remotely like it at any other time in my life. Unfortunately, the mass notion that such a phenomenon is happening more now than ever before is seemingly based on nothing more than guesswork or theory. It doesn’t seem to have any basis in quantifiable evidence – at least not at the moment. That said, 2016 has been a very strange year – not just for me, but for many people I know. Many of my friends and associates have had incredible misfortune this year. I have lost track of the amount of people I know who have lost close loved ones (of all ages) to a sudden illness or death in 2016 – far more than any other previous year. I have to accept that this may just be pure coincidence, but I also acknowledge that it is strange all the same.

As for my own experiences, having overcome the nagging feeling that this year has been somewhat jinxed for me personally, I have to move forward positively and constructively. I have memory filed my experiences for future reference but put them aside in order to not let them dictate my future. If there is any significance to what I have experienced, then I am sure the true meaning of them will be revealed in time – but I won’t be dwelling on them. The most important thing I can do now is start fresh and 2017 seems as good a time as any to do this. Yes, I am still in great pain. Yes, I’m still having occasions when I’m stopped in my tracks by my physical health problems. Yes, I may disappear from view for periods. But none of this can be helped. No one is more frustrated by this than me!

For now, I just want to thank you all for your understanding and continued support and positive thoughts. Once again, my apologies for the lack of blog entries this year, the postponed arrangements, the lack of contact with fellow researchers. I will endeavour to put all this right in the year to come… at least try my best in any case! To you all, I give my best wishes of the season and positive thoughts for a prosperous and healthy new year.

Until next time!