A SEPTEMBER OF DEMENTO- “THE BALLAD OF BILBO BAGGINS”- LEONARD NIMOY — slicethelife (Reblog)

A September of Demento- Today’s song is “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” by Leonard Nimoy- aka Spock from Star Trek. I have always thought it curious that both Nimoy and Bill Shatner in the wake of their Star Trek fame recorded albums- Shatner always seemed to be doing his Rolling Stones to Nimoy’s Beatles [in […]

A SEPTEMBER OF DEMENTO- “THE BALLAD OF BILBO BAGGINS”- LEONARD NIMOY — slicethelife

Favoured Old Books No: 1: ‘Gods and Spacemen in the Ancient East’ W. Raymond Drake (Sphere)

 

Back in the early 1970s when I was a teenager, I grew to love this kind of book. I, like many, was fascinated by ufos, aliens and space, that maybe the myths of the Greek gods were a retelling of ancient visitation of spacemen from other worlds.

Such books would have been scorned by my history teacher, yet these were far more interesting to me than the learned tomes we were supposed to study for O level.

This is the one I bought in 1973, which, as you can see I covered with plastic, as lovingly as any schoolboy would cover a textbook. It’s in very good condition.

Of course it was Erich von Daniken‘s famous book ‘Chariots of the Gods‘ which had really fired my imagination a little earlier. Although he was to receive much criticism from both the scientific and religious communities, I still believe there is much to be learned from his books and from other authors like Drake.

I recall one school assembly put on by some pupils around 1973 which even brought up the subject of ancient aliens. Was God and astronaut? The following day the headmaster took to the stage himself and attempted to shoot down the theory in flames. Despite this, the theory is still out there and as popular as ever.

The great thing about Drake’s writing is that whilst he is clearly learned, he writes in such an accessible way – it had to be for me to read it! I particularly enjoyed the chapter about the Ramayana of ancient India and his interpretations of it.

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The general thesis of all these books is that extraterrestrials have visited ‘our domain’ in the past and have effected the course of human civilisation, perhaps even to the extent of altering our DNA through one method or another.

For me it is a wonderful adventure, and even if not all of it is true, it is highly entertaining, nevertheless. One qualification I would insert is that the understanding of the word ‘extraterrestrial’ has become more complex in recent years. I am quite sure there are other dimensions to reality, and that ours is only one.

Therefore the origin of these interlopers, whether they be in spacecraft or not, could be from the same third dimension as our own, or from the fourth or fifth dimensions, the latter which may surround us invisibly.

I think it’s important for us to keep an open mind, to explore and yes… to imagine.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Moody Blues: To Our Children’s Children’s Children (1969)

A favourite album of mine too, excellently reviewed on a great site.

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Fifty years ago, this stunning album was released. The fourth album of the classic Moody Blues lineup.

This was the year of the moon landing, which is an underlying theme of this album. If you were alive then, as I was, your great grandchildren could be listening to this album now.

In 1969, war, pollution and the population bomb threatened our future. Seems relevant today as well.

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The Moody Blues were deep thinkers in their musical creativity. They could wrap lyrical observations around their cerebral soundscapes. This album was no exception. It shines as maybe the best of their works, and the most enjoyable to listen to in its entirety. Put it in the stereo and drift in the heavens with it.

There are those who might have written-off the Moodies as peace and love, long-haired hippies for the messages…

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When a joke about the moon hoax is taken too seriously — Matthew Wright

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There’s an old joke about the Moon landing hoax conspiracy. You know: “Sure it was a hoax, but they got Stanley Kubrick to direct and he insisted that they had to be on location.” I thought everybody knew that one. It’s an oldie but a goodie that suitably lampoons the lunatic fringe who imagine the […]

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Haiku: Internal Space

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This space is massive
It will fill your mind with awe
Forgotten glory

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Tanka: UFOs

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UFOs are real?
Then what is their origin?
That is the question
Multidimensional realms
They are closer than we think

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UFOs Or Satellites? Take Out The Trash!

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Mystery objects in the sky have tantalised humanity for longer than we think.

Even some Renaissance paintings have strange looking craft depicted in the sky, which bear a remarkable likeness to descriptions of present day UFOs. Such phenomena back then would probably have been put down to the work of the devil.

Today, however, we might have more ‘logical’, even rather prosaic explanations, like space rockets and the launching of thousands of satellites.

One thing is for sure – if we are to believe the number of satellites now orbiting the earth, – the skies are certainly getting a little crowded up there. After all, we have all seen the news telling us about satellite launches since 1957, Sputnik et al.

There is much justified criticism of the amount of junk, particularly plastic, in our oceans which threaten wildlife, yet not many give a thought for the vast amount of rubbish seemingly spinning around us, which could either fall on our heads at any time, or represent a hazard for other potential rockets carrying humans into the mysterious realms of space.

Logic would imply that at some stage, someone, or some authority, is going to have to deal with this ‘trash’ in the sky. I can’t wait.

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haiku: De Nada

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I come from nothing
a huge spontaneous bang
It’s nothing – really

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Haiku: Asteroid

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It’s silly season
An asteroid is coming
but where would it land?

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Haiku: Moon Landing 2

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Apollo was hot –
with a calculator chip
the eagle landed

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Haiku: The Moon Landing

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Neil, I was there!
You and Buzz lit up my dreams.
So why the long wait?

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