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Well, my fellow port-swillers, ol’ Robbo and Mrs. Robbo are off to the wilds of western Murrland, there to have a couple nights’ rest and relaxation before reassembling the family later in the week.

Posting should resume some time over the long 4th o’ July weekend.  In the meantime, feel free to help yourself to the decanter and the walnuts.  The Stilton is on the sideboard.

Pip! Pip!

“Welcome Happy Morning.”

Well, not listening to it as such, but I’ve had Sir Arthur Sullivan’s sprightly tune running through my head all day.  This is probably because the heat finally broke, giving us a lovely, almost Easterish, morning here in Northern Virginny, and also because I was thinking about the gels, whom we will be retrieving from camp on Friday.  The middle gel, now aged 10, has become a mainstay of the yoot choir at Robbo’s Former Episcopal Church, and when she is not on duty, so to speak, we have taken to singing hymns together (including this one) with much mutual delight.

Sigh. I’m afraid that when RFEC finally reaches the point of apostasy where I cannot in good conscience darken its doors even for the sake of the family, and there are signals at both the national and the parish level that this may happen sooner rather than later, I’m going to miss the hymnody more than anything else.

This will interest Mr. FLGThe works of Plato appear to contain a hidden musical code, a British academic has claimed.

Researchers claimed they cracked “The Plato Code”, the long disputed secret messages hidden in some of Ancient World’s most influential and celebrated writings.

Dr Jay Kennedy, an historian and philosopher of science at the University of Manchester, found Plato used a regular pattern of symbols to give his writing a “musical” structure.

In his five year study, Dr Kennedy found Plato, who died around 347BC, used the symbols inherited from the ancient followers of Pythagoras.

His findings, published in the American classics journal Apeiron, suggested Plato was not only a secret follower of Pythagoras but also shared his belief that the universe’s secrets lay maths and its numbers.

The study, which has created excitement in the academic world, also suggests he anticipated the scientific revolution of Galileo and Sir Issac Newton by about 2,000 years after “discovering its most important idea (that) the book of nature is written in the language of mathematics”.

Dr Kennedy said the key to unlocking the code came from the 12 notes of the Greek musical scale, which he said was popular among followers of Pythagoras.

Using computer technology, he restored contemporary versions of Plato’s manuscripts to their original form, which he said consisted of lines of 35 characters, with no spaces or punctuation.

Dr Kennedy discovered that some key phrases, themes and words occurred during regular intervals throughout, which matched the spacing in the 12 note scale.

Personally, I’m inclined to lump this into the same category as the claim a few years back that the Bible contained secret encrypted prophesies.  But since I’ve never read much Plato, my opinion on the matter really isn’t worth much of anything.


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