Tuesday, September 30, 2003

18th Century Shakespeare forger The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington has a fascinating exhibition around William Henry Ireland, who for a couple of years in the 1790s produced a huge number of forged Shakespeare documents. At first his discoveries provoked a public sensation and he was feted by society and even the Royal Family. His downfall came when he produced a dreadful faked new play and he became a laughing stock. Rather puts one in mind of Thomas Chatterton, who produced similar faked mediaeval poetry around the same time
Guardian Unlimited - For Atlantis, turn right at Cyprus a researcher claims to have found the remains of Atlantis in the Mediterranean between Cyprus and Syria. Sounds interesting, and it certainly could be possible that there are the remains of something there. Researchers are finding more and more evidence of drowned civilisations all round the world, which appear to have been inundated at the end of the last ice age.
Vatican archives: Mussolini wanted Hitler excommunicated - Newly discovered documents in the Vatican secret archive have revealed that Musolini wanted the Pope to excommunicate Hitler because he was worried Hitler might try to annexe a German speaking part of Italy
Tragedy of honour killings - A huge clash of cultures where Kurdish escapees from Iraq in the UK face up to the Westernising influence
Scotsman.com News - Study into near-death experiences supports theory of a 'sixth sense' How strange, I knew what this article was about before I read it heh heh

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Wired News: Turn Back the Spam of Time Freaky loner sent out millions of spam emails in the hope of buying parts to make a time machine
2,000-year-old carvings dated back to ... 1995 Red-faced archaeologists got it totally wrong when they assumed some druidic carvings were 2.000 years old - they were in fact only 8 years old - d'oh!