Word of Mouth Marketing: One Easy (and Free!) Way to Support the Library — Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions (Reblog)

We are big supporters of public libraries here at Pages Unbound and we have previously suggested easy and free ways for our readers to support their own public libraries. However, one way we have not previously mentioned specifically draws upon the unique skill set of of book bloggers: word of mouth marketing. Word of mouth […]

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*** Great article. Books have built our civilisation, they should be cherished along with our libraries.

What on Earth’s Been Going Down in Antarctica?

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There have been rumours and several ‘conspiracy theories’ since the Second World War claiming that the Germans built a secret base in Antarctica, creating a kind of breakaway civilisation.

Now, with another story in the news about an apparently sophisticated 400 ft ship being found in an iceberg off the coast of Antarctica, these stories have resurfaced once again.

It is known that the Germans made several expeditions to Antarctica prior to the war. When by 1942 they realised they were going to lose, they apparently began to secretly transfer men and materials to a hidden base they had created in Antarctica, in a region called Neuschwabenland. Here, allegedly, they found areas free of ice, as well as areas under the ice they could inhabit safely.

Are Flying Saucers Real?

Of course, it would seem there is no way of verifying these theories and rumours, but it is definitely known that the Germans were also experimenting with some serious hi tech, in the form of flying discs. The blueprints for these craft are available and some of them were actually built and could fly.

However, it is indeed a huge leap of faith to associate these (as some do) with the flying saucer phenomenon, or UFOs, which exploded in to the news controversially in 1947 with the Roswell Incident.

How much actual truth lies behind these rumours I cannot say. As far as we know the biggest populations in Antarctica are still penguins. Nevertheless, it is intriguing to speculate.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haiku: Philosopher’s Stone

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Pyramids on fire
Secrets hidden underground
Exotic matter

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LEMURIA: THE LOST CONTINENT OF THE PACIFIC Book QUOTES/REVIEW — Lily Wang Blog – Reblog

LEMURIAN SPIRITUALITY The Lemuria I knew had all been communicated to me from Within And I had been planning to read more about it But short on time to do research to find a good book to begin Somehow I know the one I Must read will just fall into me As is the case […]

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Did Yahushua Return in 70 AD? I Think We Missed the Resurrection — reblog from The Unexpected Cosmology

“But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase to more ungodliness. And their word will eat as does a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.” Sha’ul (2 Timothy 2: 16-18) A…

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The Possible Berber connection to the lost kingdom of atlantis — Passport Overused

When I learned about the possible connection, I was completely mind blown. I never expected the lost city of Atlantis having roots to the biggest desert on earth. What I’m about to say and point out, will be very controversial. So, let’s start with what was the known map according to Herodotus. As you can […]

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Prague City Centre, Czechia 2019

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Prague, Czechia 2019

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Ophiuchus – Constellation Not Sign

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A little while ago that old chestnut about Ophiuchus being the thirteenth sign of the zodiac appeared all over the press once again.

The story seems to come around periodically in our ‘lowest common denominator’ society, which apparently seeks to deliberately trivialise (and confuse) virtually every issue, especially during the summer.

Each time the story is pitched in a different way to make it look as though it’s new, when in fact it’s old.

Let’s be clear – the twelve signs of the zodiac are the equal 30 degree divisions of the ecliptic, the apparent path of the sun around us.

Constellations are different from Zodiac signs

The signs from Aries to Pisces are not the same as the constellations, the latter, though they lie behind the path of the sun on its journey, are of unequal length – and yes, there are thirteen constellations which intrude into this path, one of which is Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer.

When we think about it, twelve is a natural division. For example, the planet Jupiter takes almost twelve years to return to the same position. That means he spends roughly one year in each sign. I think this is significant.

Whilst there are some astrologers who incorporate Ophiuchus into their work these days, I do not subscribe to it for the reasons outlined above. To each his own, as they say, and keep a clear mind.

The bottom line is that I think the waters are muddied enough already and nature’s symmetry truly is something to behold – and uphold.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

 

Wenceslas Square, Prague, Czechia 2019

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Wenceslas Square, Prague, Czechia

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