Saturday, 13 June 2009

Stonehenge is in Germany

Being a German from the very south, where archeologists have found many Celtic relics, I always knew that those guys must have spent some time in Germany too. Despite that, I was quite surprised when I found the real Stonehenge hidden in Karlsruhe, Germany.

I figured that it has been disguised as a mere public fountain by an ancient order of the Celts these days, who themselves are undercover and pretend to be a bunch of urban planners. But there is no way to deceive my senses or to obscure my mind, upon which the unconcious knowledge of my forefathers, the very creators of this monument, is imprinted!

Photo by Martin A. Trefzer, May 2009, Karlsruhe, Germany.

My next mission will be to investigate and reveal the purpose of this ancient site. I suspect that it might be an early version of the continuum transfunctioner, a very mysterious and powerful device and it's mystery is exceeded only by it's power[1]!

It all makes sense, since there is also an ancient energy source present in this region. It is marked by the position of five mountains with flat, tree-less summits that are arranged in a large circle: Ballon d'Alsace, Schwarzwald-Belchen, Jura-Belchen, Petit Ballon and Grand Ballon. Looking from the Ballon d'Alsace, the summits of the Schwarzwald-Belchen and the Jura-Belchen mark the place where the sun rises on midsummer and midwinter respectively. The sun rises exactly from behind the Grand Ballon on the 1st of May, a celtic festive day.

Photo by André Seemelink, April 2007, Belchen Black Forest, Germany.

Furthermore, Belenus is the name of the celtic sun god. Who dares to question the astronomic purpose of this pentagon of mountains and ancient source of energy anymore? This cannot be coincidence!

Those of you who want to dig deeper into the myths and secrets of the Celts, here are a few sources:

Belchen Datasheet ;-)

Magic Mountain Belchen

... and of course on Encyclopedia Galactica

All those articles are written in a secret language, I am afraid, and I am not allowed to translate. Not everybody shall be able to read the ancient scriptures! Unfortunately, many of these modern esoterics managed to acquire skills in reading what is not meant for their eyes *sigh*!

Filey or See You in Another Life, Brother!

Beware me tampering with faith, but it has to be said that the start of the summer in North Yorkshire (UK) has been gorgeous so far! It is quite dry and we are having a good amount of sunshine. The nice weather always makes us longing for the coast, hence my wive's and my recent visit to Filey.

Filey is a picturesque small town about 8 miles south of Scarborough. Unlike Scarborough, this little jewel in the crown is a bit more quiet in terms of beach arcades (not visitors). According to Encyclopedia Galactica, it is noteable that Leo Blair (father of ex prime minister Tony Blair) was born in Filey. Whilst maybe noteable this is not what necessarily makes Filey exciting. Let's also hope the Blair Witch is not involved somehow ...

What does make Filey exciting, however, is the fact that time seems to stand still there. There are lovely narrow paths between the old houses and gardens, a nice beach, great scones and friendly locals. Admittedly, there is not much 'action' going on and apart from the lot on the beach, mostly elderly people are hangin' out on the numerous benches.

Photo by Martin A. Trefzer 2009.

We were thus not surprised when we walked into a music festival that took place in a pavilion, surrounded by a large crowd of eaglerly listening elderly. The music was rather boring and the crowd slightly apathetic when the strangest event took place: the band started to play Is This the Way to Amarillo of South Yorkshire singer Tony Christie. All of a sudden, the old ladies and chaps started to sing along and clap their hands. Some couples even started to dance around the pavilion during that song!

Sometimes it's so simple to get into a good mood. My wife and I now like the song and we are frequently listening to it ever since. We want to make sure to know the text by heart in forty year's time!

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Natural Blondes, an Endangered Species

Last month (May 2009), I happened to be in Trondheim, Norway, during their National Day on the 17th of May. It was brilliant sunshine, nice and warm and 20 hours of daylight on top of that. The 17th was an amazing Sunday. It seemed like every citizen of Trondheim spent the day in the streets, most of them wearing traditional clothes that looked awesome (and I was told they cost a fortune)! It felt a bit like a time travel to the eight(ish) century, apart from the fancy sunglasses.

Of course, I took some pictures, which you can look at on my Flickr site. When I was sorting my photographs after I came back, this one caught my eye:

Photo by Martin A. Trefzer, Trondheim, Norway, 2009.

I thought the female half of this family with their equally blonde hair glowing in the sun, the traditional dresses and the fancy sunglasses looked great. When looking at the picture I remembered a story I once heard about natural blonde hair: due to the fact that the gene that is responsible for fair hair has recessive alleles, a recent scientific study from 2002 concluded that the last natural blonde baby will be born in 2202 in Finland. Stories about the disappearing blond gene have apparently periodically surfaced in media and press since 1865.

So it seemed to be a reasonable conclusion to mark natural blondes as endangered species. I came across three articles that are worthwhile reading:

Corrected-Cavegirls were first blondes to have fun

Encyclopedia Galactica: "Blond"

Encyclopedia Galactica: "Disappearing Blonde Gene"

The approaching extinction of the blonde gene lead to (fear in the male population ;-)?) wild (scientific?) discussions and conclusions: do blondes have more fun? Are blondes more successful? Are blondes more or less intelligent? etc.

I thought the most amusing theory came from Peter Frost, a Canadian anthropologist, who (according to Times) beliefs that the reason for the first blonde women to appear was when human society split up into hunters (men with a high death rate) and housekeepers (an army of women, who had to develop outstanding features in order to attract the few men left). Maybe he wrote the paper when he was 16?

Well, I was quite relieved on behalf of humanity and myself that the alleged World Health Organisation (WHO) study on the disappearing blonde gene turned out to be a hoax. The WHO issued a formal denial of such a study in 2002. Whether the blondes are relieved now I don't know. Some might have loved to be a bit special. I say look on the bright side! Despite globalism, our good old genes will keep us diverse and interesting. Now enjoy your weekends with minds at ease!

What the hell is the correct spelling 'blond' or 'blonde' ?!?