News and Features

17th August

Well it’s an 8-8-8 date today, again.

 

Hy-Brasil230x132Hy-Brasil was an island which appeared on ancient maps as early as 1325 and into the 1800s. On most maps, it was located roughly 321km (200 miles) off the west coast of Ireland in the North Atlantic Ocean. One of the most distinctive geographical features of Hy-Brasil on those maps is that it often appears as a circle with a channel (or river) running east to west across the diameter. Stories about the island have circulated throughout Europe for centuries with tales that it was the promised land of saints or a paradise where an advanced civilization lived. In Irish myth, it was said to be clouded in mist except for one day every seven years when it became visible but still could not be reached.
Hy-Brasil: The Legendary Phantom Island of Ireland

…and for another ‘phantom island’, this time between Wales and Ireland see my site article: Called to Cares

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11th August

modchemwarfPotentially lethal biological agents were unleashed on an unsuspecting British public and chemical warfare was trialed on military personnel as part of Ministry of Defense (MOD) experiments carried out over decades, a shocking new book reveals.

In his latest work, entitled ‘Secret Science: A Century of Poison Warfare and Human Experiments,’ University of Kent historian Ulf Schmidt presents a series of case studies about covert state projects conducted between 1939 and 1989.
MoD released potentially lethal bacteria on London Tube, chemically experimented on soldiers
I recall when I was a teenager an older work colleague attempting to persuade me to spend a week (I think it was) of my holiday in a government project which the man told me was to find a cure for the common cold. It was well-paid, and he’d done it a few times, he said. Where was it? Porton Down. I never went. Even then it seemed stupid. – Ellis

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