The FSA the great Mortgage Scam of All time.

Scam that affected thousands of innocent home owners in UK 1988-90

headerimage  The head office of Abbey Life in Bournemouth UK

In the mid years of the 1980s on the announced new Government promise to clean up the industry of insurance and assurance. Abbey Life trained a team of unknowns to sell mortgages to all and everyone.They would be self employed under the banner of Abbey Life and with abbey line identity badges . They could promise what ever they wanted but sell at least four policy a month. The best seller promotion to manager on a set wage .’Go out and prove to me you can sell mortgages transfer pensions sell insurance what ever the need you can cover it. We are only at the other end on your phone if you need help.Go out and sell.’

that was part of the training. Not one of the newly made department of sales had a single clue about any of law on pensions or mortgages but every contact was explained.all they need was name and signature ,the office can do the rest.

Each one of them given an area to comb. Pressure was on them to sell. A call on any home was to say you have been selected for a financial health check. Next was ,”this is a nice house have you lived here long” .Oh! 20 years . “Did you know that you could draw off the equity on your home without any lose of ownership.”

Then they creep into the unsuspecting victim and if they say no thanks get them to sign the thank you sheet as called on you. Tell what ever tale you wish and use that signature on all documents. If they say yes bring instantly in our estimator call him the valuer. Once we know the value of the property you can sell them the idea of say 40,000. pound pay out .Dress it up and signed and out you come. If they have tight questions just tell them there is a slight pay back but we can deffer payments so if on a mortgage you will pay no more than you do now.

This all came from an agent who worked for them. I do have his name to be brought in in part two.  Then a more personal case of being robbed by them. You see Government had told this dodgy industry to clean up its act.The industry came back with yes but give us time to do all the papers to reprint and all that. Result, Government was on the edge of the chair to get this done and so promised a period of so many months.

Fast as one week later hundreds on unemployed sat learning how to fiddle. Once the thing was sold no 14 day cool off time. We avoid them as you sell all policy from many companies and we get a bite of all. Your self employed so get as many in as possible.

This is pretty much what was said To all of the new starters. They had about three months to create hell as nothing could be done once that Financial Services Act came into force. Most tried to stop it all once they spoke with friends who knew lawyers and some who knew real insurance men who saw the scam. Big companies just closed their doors , saying the man you need is in conference trick each time but if you rang back ,it would be, sorry that numbers busy do you wish to hold or ring back. Eventually they all run out of time and tried taking it to court but told by judge what they have done is immoral, evil, greedy, but now not able to be judged.they knew that ,said my judge shaking his head.Financial Service Act covers all sins. Yet with thousands of people homeless through this scam we see the offenders still dealing and surviving. The likes of abbey Life are owned by some one else today been bought and sold so may times since 1990.


I could not see them get away totally with all they did in my area of the country of England but some aged never picked life up again. Many I knew with small children had to run and keep running in order to avoid the bailiff. It was the scam of the devils that wanted as much illegally as they could knowing it would be made to vanish once the act covered them.

investigation that deffer payment case is hard. You are given cash out of your equity .No that can never be right. What happens is they sell you a loan. You think that it is out of the figure of equity as that is what an legal person had just told you. Could not be less than lies. Equity is when you buy your home to the date you are visited by scoundrels. It is inflation and the rise in nations wages that sell your property at a higher price than when you first moved in. Yes make equity. Your home could never be the bank but this is what you are conned into believing by commissioned sales persons as not one of them was such as lawful even then. They could not tell you anything like that and be legal so they are there to rob you. A cash loan has its payback and no deffered figure can remain without a massive balloon figure in the last days of mortgage .So instead of retiring with all paid off the house now yours, the mortgage company issue a closing balloon figure of something like 25,000 pounds in interest unpaid. I found that what went wrong with so many was their own banks did not receive the papers until after that final date and so perhaps three day over the mortgage company took you slyly off that deffered agreed payback figure to full pay back amount.

Now you owe the true figure of your loan. One chap owned his home found he had 45000 to pay back in ten working days. Another found 100000 pound he owed but had never signed that papers or asked for a loan but it was in his bank. He then tried to put it back with the lender .No they demanded interest of 25 years based loan. Both men lost the homes they had owned with nothing to show for all that paying out to mortgage societies over 30 years in one case 19 in another. It is an evil web hidden by that Financial Services Act law passed to hide criminals who refused to sign Government green papers to make a dodgy industry legal if no time for them to make waves. In that offered time they went right out to rob and steal anyone to bring home to cash. For all knew that once that date for signing loomed nearer it had to stop but anything they committed in sin would not be against them after that. So Courts all over Britain told their victims . Some rather inventive sales persons rose to managers knew more ropes and cared not about guilt. One such madam forged signatures and changed pensions under hand. This is part one of an article .Next will come names and lies exposed as we close in on the very devil who exists even today. We can name names and  red face all of them but will they care . God knows.



On the 11th May 2018 at 3.54 pm tried to speak with Matthew Allen of Phoenix plc. This was to give them chance to defend before publishing the truth. It came back post failed. I then went on to their compliant form as now Abbey Life is owned by Phoenix Assurance and so in great trouble as so many have complained of Abbey Life scam to new owners of that said firm.

I only hope this helps those who now have a chance at showing up that scam that made thousands homeless in Great Britain.

Yours with respect and thank you all for reading my blogs.

Sir Kevin.


copyright Kevin Parr Bt 2018



Cats and the Black Death case.

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You may be alarmed to know about this singular case of stupidity that contributed to some third of European people loosing their lives in the worse plague in human history.

Pope Gregory 1X 1227-1241. decided that cats ,especially black cats had connection to the Devil. He organized a vast clear out of cats all over Europe by Papal Degree. Cats connected to witchcraft wiped out millions of the poor innocent creatures and it took years until hardly a single cat remained alive any place in nay European nation. He as Pope then changed every law  in the Catholic library. A Papal inquisition followed hard on that trail which rewrote history. You spoke against the church and the Pope signed your death warrant as a fact.  Cats piled in heaps all over Europe stank as fire then had to be the clear up.

That is enough of  Ugolino de Conti who  became Pope Gregory 1X

For almost a century after this massacre of cats came the worse human tragedy ever recorded. The plague called the Black Death ran quickly through all Europe into England unstoppable and death bringing killed without mercy millions of people.Age mattered not your family wiped out in days.  Accounts of the deaths are fact the lime pits clearly ,marked in London Rome and Paris still stand as sentinels of truth that so many died. Some villages have plague pits all over their boundaries. One theory is that rats brought in the Black Death from Asia Minor. By ship the rats over populated every country and brought in the flea that is blamed for plague spreading.

We go back to the lack of cats slaughtered by the Pope as one good reason why rats, mice and rodents of all types would have been kept well down in number by none other than the cats themselves. It took a time to build up so many rodents that ran in streets like rivers and stories of Pied Piper is not wrong. Men earned hard cash dispelling the rats it was that desperate in all cities. Town too as any crumb of food feed the vast armies of rodent power. Nothing was safe children eaten dogs devoured and then on to ships in harbour for anything to eat. In 1346 the first terrifying signs of plague hit Europe. Until 1353 it raged hard and long like arrows into peoples hearts everywhere. The call to bring out your dead echoed all around you and the takers of bodies wore beaked head gear filled with scents as they thought that an air born invasion of death could be stopped by not breathing in the air but through mixtures of scents and fruit skins. The Peak that made them look so evil was protection filled with this mix.


So the Vatican stopped killing cats as Gregory died and the new Pope stopped most of it.

The people saw cats as witchcraft and it was years later that cats re appeared at all mostly from Ireland into England and back out into Europe.

Many believe now that rats did bring that plague and all can be placed on the Vatican for wiping out billions of cats on the stupid idea they had all been made by Satan that that church itself invented to scare you into paying out for protection. The millions that suffered from such as Black Death would agree that they died in agony through the absence of cats to control the armies of rats. We can only save RIP to our ancestors, yours and mine that suffered such an evil death.

As for the cat today ,it is back and loved by many who see its beauty its pet like charms and who enjoy the absence of rats around their estates. Let us pray that never again will we see such a plague or evil wicked invasion of rats to affect us.

cat-kill-rat-close-up-thai-mouse-ceramic-floor-tiles-3642728Rats, they fought the dogs,killed the cats and bit the babies in their cradles, and ate the cheeses out of the vats, and licked the soup from the cooks own ladle,Split open the kegs of salted sprats made their nests in dead mans hats and even  spoiled the womens chats by drowning  their speakers with shrieking and squeaking . In fifty different sharp and flat yodel .

Such was it that Robert Browning wrote after reading history of the plague.

Thank you for reading this and know now ,save today ,we seem compared to then we are happy people to be alive.  Man made religion, God made man to love him and serve him.

Yours with respect. Sir Kevin.


The Vatican today

copyright Kevin Parr Bt  2018




The case on the Delphi Oracle voice.


Long ago in space and time a monk sat thinking deeply on the subject of money.

He had it that he could make his idea work but how to build his designed Oracle on land he could not afford to buy. The mystery thus begins as someway he starts his build.Some years march by but now many have arrived to work on the idea. Before long all Greece have been told of the monks who can connect you to your dead loved ones. Can read your worries and for just a few gold coins let you see the future and the past as one.

Today we travel back in time to the 2nd century AD. We are on the Greek mainland some way from Athens.

The site was once  a service so rare, so gifted ,holy and pure ,that the legend of the Oracle that is Delhi raced around the Known World. A group of loyal holy monks trusted and kind serve both the living and the dead. It was here that mighty  King of  Ithaca, Odysseus, came to find his dead wife Penelope.

When he arrived heart broken at her loss this warrior King was told by monks not to say his name but to dress as all else and spend four days in penance to cleanse the soul in a cell with another with no identity.  All who came had to obey the written rules of entry.

In 1987 I walked around the ruins of Delphi in wonder. I had made it so far from childhood dream to be there. Stone upon stone and the odd wall are mostly what is left. From architectural maps showing how it all looked and numbered notes on every corner one may see how cleaver an idea it was. The oracle that really gave answers to questions then gave them to me now. Hours of strong sunlight on five days holiday spent researching this site paid off.

The mystery lasted four centuries until the coming of the Church of Rome. The Catholic pope had the Oracle stopped in its tracks and pulled to bits. It was all through the book written by a monk who described the workings so to move on from Delphi . It explained what drugs had been used to induce belief. How women used voices to tell the drugged King that indeed his Penelope waited for him in the curtain beyond lifes door.

Here at the site I trace double walls all around what had been the main dwelling.It was marked as the traveler visitors to see the oracle cells. It was clear how they manged to do this. Each visitor was brought down to nameless .Sat with someone in same mode and in closed locked cell. what happens is you each tell the other why you came to be there and a little of your worries. It is natural of a long stay that all of us would act this out. Throw in some drugged food and listen to every word behind the sealed walls. It was magic in motion and as corrupt as ever it could have been.

Then no one cracked it then the monks had perfected such an act that for centuries it worked a treat. Some high ranking world known historic people went there just to talk with their dead, see the oracle and find out the next move in life. For this they paid highly and made the small team of monks very rich.

All who came went home to tell of the wonder that is Delphi. Freely it was advertised from Greece to England all around the trading world.

The sun had gone down, the cool night air bathed the heated brow. It was dark and stuffy but I was between the walls. Here pipes protruded from the inner wall. .So this was how they listened. The outer stone wall was thickly built but the cell walls really only lathe and plaster mud brick type. Every word could be over heard by the monk as he slowly walked around the outsides of the many cells he marked down interesting comments on cell numbered script. The design was well thought out as its clever shape allowed voices to carry all around the tunnel behind each cell set in a semi circle. The listener could write all down as record.

By the end of the visitors stay all was known and the visitor was by now nicely drugged with hallucination plant heads and all kinds of magic mushrooms. Pliable of mind and with help from the team of monks led to speak with the oracle. Here a large metal bronze dish filled with oils and heated by wood fire under the bowl unseen. He would be drawn near and answered to each and  every question he asked and as if the oracle knew of his every though.

He would feel in capable hands. He would then see his future picked out in details in the floating hot oils that filled the wide bowl.

A voice in the distance told him it was his loved one, dead but able only to say a word or two. Even the white silk dress wafted across his face and perfume to drug him more as he fell to sleep. It was the best theater ever and it was done so professional that the fame of this spread around the globe and made this Delphi Oracle magnificently rich.

To travel today from Athens takes a bus ride from the city bus service marked Delphi. About 3 hours really depending on time of year and traffic. It costed then about one English pound. The site looks nothing from the road but as you have to pay to get in without the old oracle to boast of one can see it is very cheap now to enter. One big site with lots to take in and if you know the story and the famous who believed and had been there all comes to life even now.  I sat in the sunshine after hours on day one just walking in history.

A miracle no, a mystery no longer, a priceless fact , yes. But it was such a mystery to thousands of people who passed through and everyone heard and saw their dead speak. Received messages that answered all their questions and an oracle that told of their worries and gave them answers  that helped them. They also saw the beginnings of the earth in the oceans of fire show in the bowl of the oracles power. Heated oils can make lovely pictures and the monks had the skill to perfect.

What else would you wish for but the memory of your visit to last. The monks made certain that your every wish would be answered so you would be the advert for free and another satisfied happy customer.

It was the most profitable business in history. A monk who sat and thought this out was not next to God but he was the scoundrel so rich on earth he worried not. Need I say more.

We last not forever, no 10000 years, so be good and wait for the day of judgement clean without worry nor greed. A happy life to lead.

It  was the Greatest Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelious in his wisdom that said much like this and I  agree that he was right to believe that life is but the test and we are judged on our merit . Manners and respect cost nothing people matter and we can redeem our sins. The monks conned people in the cleverest way imaginable but it was evil one may imagine only what became of them later.Men such as Marcus Aurelious was remarkable for his wisdom in an age where sin was massive people butchered and killed in the name of riches alone. Yet no shroud has pockets to holds coin .

I hope you found interest in Delphi site and  a story as old as time ,as much as I found back then and writing it now.

Your host Sir kevin says thank you for your visits.



Copyright Kevin Parr Bt.2018.





The worlds first computer 1st Century BC



It has fascinated historians for over a century since it was found in a Roman ship wreck off the coast off the island of Crete in Greece

The year 1900 and the name given to the find is the ANTIKYTHERA MECHANISM7f7896075c292d29fa55a31f83fb32e2

My first connection to this amazing work came in 1976 with marine explorer and famous world diver Jacques Cousteau and his team on British television. He had dived onto the wreak and found bronze cogs ,no doubt that once had been in this clock mechanism at one time before the ship sank. It awakened my interest in such as a mystery as to what this mechanism could be?

Scientist Richard Feynman visited the National Museum of Athens to see  this mechanism close up. He was not impressed with the museum set up but found the device amazing. He records it has cogs and drives and much like a modern mechanical clock work but has really well made slid rule type devices and some sort of mechanical set of mathematical gadgets . It could be the worlds first computer.

Trigonometry was invented by Hipparchus who was born in what today is Turkey in 190BC and taught school on the island of Rhodes. He was one of the first to have known that the earth ran around the sun. It is believed with some facts that indeed this man designed the mechanism we discuss. Who made it is the unknown factor. Greek writing seem instruction on what the device does. Two separate writing styles suggest that maybe it was made in a family shop of metal castings work. The bronze metal inscribed with writing should tell the whole story, yet we are still in the dark.

The fact that this mechanism is so advanced we now are aware that it is a 2000+ year old computer made in Greece and in the end being taken by Romans .The ship sank and all was lost to history. Or was it a gift for Julio Caesar whom in the first century would have had a  very ample celebration.Then all thought ships went from Greece to Rome but now new facts seem to point towards Turkey being the destination of the ship that sank.

It was first discovered by Greek sponge divers in 1900. The equipment made for deep sea diving  was primitive then and killed two men with the bends at 150 feet deep when first discovery caused panic. Later some 2 more divers left with paralysis from the bends.

Marcus Tullius Cicero who spoke of something called the planetarium”sphere of Archimedes “. He went on to say that it was able to display the sun. movements of the moon and planets even the movement of earth. We think he was talking of this same mechanism. Perhaps Cicero himself ordered the ship cargo that sank.

in 1974 Physicist and historian Derek de Solla Price worked on the Antikythera Mechanism until his death in 1983. He never had it worked out fully but so close his papers tell but if he did crack the puzzle he took that to his grave.

we can only guess how it worked and so an element of mystery remains in this case file.

My thoughts are this, perhaps the part that could be missing lays 150 deep on the ocean floor even now. A puzzle without all the parts may be why no one can fire it up and make it work. We know that it did so when made. My theory could even be right. Who knows?

I did enjoy looking back at this case as it is so exiting to think we had all that before Christ lived. why do we go backwards what happened to stop such progress is always interesting for me; at any rate. The craftsmanship of this work is beyond the date we know this was made. It must have been famous as Rome knew of its existence. Greeks told of it and now we have most of it to study more questions than answers appear. That shipwreck is so far down in the sea we need even now a major job to shift through sands and rocks that form the sea bottom all around that wreck. Then try to brig an old Roman vessel back to  us for anything that helps to solve the mystery of what is the worlds first computerized clock that may even record time.

Until the next time. Thank you all for your support. I may only hope that you enjoyed the account case as much as i did writing it for you.

Yours with great respect and faithful service, Sir Kevin


Copyright kevin Parr Bt 2018



The Truth on the Mata Hari Spy Case


15 th October 1917. Records of letters and proof about her life now released by law.

Come with me on this journey in the the life of a remarkable woman who for nearly 101 years has occupied the centre stage of history only as maneater, a sex machine and a spy even double agent indeed. I now try to tell the story as it really was. I say that for much proof did I uncover in researching this case. Her letters in fact have emerged just one week  ago released by the years kept secret by the very Governments who used her as an escape goat for the massive loss of men on the battle front of the pointless first world war.

Margaretha Geertruda Zelle she was born and Christened on August 7th 1876. In the Dutch town of Leeuwarden , Holland. Her father a prosperous hat maker one Adam Zelle and his wife Antje Zelle. Later her father went bankrupt owing to bad advice on oil shares.  Soon after he left for good leaving 3 children a girl and two boys and a wife to starve.  He never returned. When Margaretha was 15 her mother died so the family had to be split up between various relatives. She never saw her dear brothers again.

Poor and sad she saw a lonely hearts advert in a local newspaper for a wife for an army officer serving out in Dutch East Indies. She was 19 and sent him her best photograph. They were married soon after and life in East Indies was far from worse. They had a boy and a girl and then her husband started drinking heavily in front of her. For 8 years she suffered beatings assault on her life with a butchery knife to her throat .The kitchen chair she was sat fell to the floor as he tried to cut her. As it hit the floor she picked her nimble self up and fled. He took the daughter but the servant poisoned the boy to death. We have no logical reason for this on record.

Now alone and no place to hide she was some 21 years younger that her husband Captain John Rudolf Mac Cloud.

She traveled to Paris and took up piano teaching. It did not pay too much and she eventually found herself in debt. So dancing was the way ahead .She was olive skinned and dark haired and attractive to men so being paid she loved the freedom and the job.

She soon found attention from a French diplomat and as much for protection she became his mistress.  She had been in the hands of a weak father and fallen into the arms of a complete cad in that of her drunken husband. This man may be different she wrote. He was but war was near and he drifted to the war office. She alone again now went back to dancing.

It was now that her Temple dance she saw in East Indies came to the fore. Slowly it brought the public in to see her.  Oriental items and effects had become so fashionable all over Europe by then and her dance fitted in nicely. Soon she appeared in La Scala in Milan . Next the Paris  opera.  All over Europe she was becoming famous. She attended garden parties and salons with her act. She was the toast of Paris then.  Once appeared on a white horse showing her buttocks off which was loved by the men and not so with the wives. She never ever took her top off or displayed her private parts just the faint sensation that she would drove men wild. She had what we call now today sex appeal in buckets full but it lasted only as long as her body was young. Soon younger girls tried to emulate her and she found herself out in the cold yet again. She was Mata Hari ,the eye of the wind, the eye of today. In an age before it began to be known she had invented herself. As the expression is now.

Mata Hari had cash but then she met an English man through a French army connection. In short they wanted her to draw information from high German command by giving private dances. The MO5 todays MI5 organized her schedule but she went too far  by boring a high ranking German with too many questions. He knew she was spying. He decided to hand her snippets of useless information on battle lay outs. It worked and  she made sure her French contact received all as duty to France.

She was recalled as the French had guessed that Germans had know all about Mata Hari so the game went no place she was dismissed.

It was about now that she met the man who would take her by storm into the love affair of her life. He a Russian Captain called Valdimer de Masloff. It was  1916 and in the throws of love he was sent to the front lines into battle against Germany. Two weeks later he was returned to Paris hospital blind in one eye and shell shocked with many scars from war. Mata Hari was devastated and desperate to save him, found work just to keep her love at home and take care of him. She was determined to work and now found a lucrative assignment to spy for France. Georges Ladoux whom had no doubt seen her dance had set his sights at signing her up. She was informed to use her charm to seduce her way into German officers minds. Somehow that game was up before she even started may be owing to that fact she was a household name by then.

Her letters; hidden since 1917, tell now who she really was. She wrote “Dont think me bad, this so called man eater hated sex. I who danced at La Scala in Milan ,the opera in Paris. Private salons across  Europe really  hated sex.:”

Maybe her husband had finished her appetite for men. A great lump of evil drunkenness and heavy weight punch to keep her still. No fun in that just pain, brutal ugly pain. Night after night for years. How she must have hated men as animals after that. My thoughts are it was her husband who gave her syphilis and after that she could  never want sex. So that breaks the myth that she a Coutezan.

She had invented the life of Mata Hari as escape from days of poverty and cruelty to survive. Her love the Russian, had gone and she was suicidal. Nothing now mattered save for that daughter she had lost and who had never left her mind from that day she had run for her very life.

Her pining for her daughter echo through her letters. Down on the floor trying to kill yourself it is hard beyond hope to get back on your feet. She did but so weak her life was over in her mind.  41 now she is having an early breakfast in the Paris Hotel as a guard appears in commotion, to arrest her.

From here she is dragged into a car and man handled in to the back seat. She is raced to appear in front of her prosecutor not knowing why. Captain  Pierre Bonchardon  a well trained French interrogator   set his teeth into the case and cursed her from the offset as he had been told to do by Raymond Poincare the President of France. She was the scape goat to fix the 40,000 dead on the battle front as she was a spy for Germany proclaimed.

The British too lost as many and sent file proof to France to show Mata Hari was passing information to Germans in pillow talk. It was here that the sex story really began. It was all fabrication and head of M05 one Major General Sir Vernon George Waldergrave Kell had made sure that this woman would pay for the war losses made by him and so many other useless so called military planers. The war was being lost and some poor sod had to carry the can. She had sold out all our dead was the cry from power. If all had been sweetness and light they would have stuck a Victoria Cross on her as the woman who saved France.

So the British as much as the French demanded her death. The jury took less than 45 minutes to accuse her and find her guilt as charged. She had no chance of saying her peace. Hangmans jury made only by the loosing allies. If at that stage we had been successful in battering our way back to where we sat in charge on day one but told to move from by idiots in Generals uniforms. Hill 16 we had on day one the war began but   into digging trenches was more important to the planer heads.

So it was that a woman had to carry all those idiots that lost a million men owing to stupidity in planing in 1916-17. i can not begin to imagine how she felt knowing she would be dead in a second as she gazed into the faces of so many young men with hate in their eyes.

She was lead out dressed as she had insisted in a blue dress, black over coat and French three corned hat. The picture of elegance as she walked easily to be tied to the pole ready for the riflemen to shoot. She bravely refused a blind fold and looked straight at her murderers. It is said she blew a kiss at them but I cannot find a single proof of this ,I was hoping to, I must admit, as it would have made this story better in our noble minds.


Two nuns and a church chaplain read to her last rites she drank coffee offered and smiled to the nuns to say go now. Up right she stood majestically gazing out into their eyes . No trace of regret or fear of beyond. They fired in unison all bullets hit her ripped right into her , she died instantly nobly and bravely. Forever Mata Hari.

I am glad to have told her story it is not as the many films that have been  made tell but however it is true to what really brought her death aged 41. Though unlike the sad men who framed her we will never recall their names but all this world will know the name of Mata Hari. A real woman who lived as she died by the hand of evil men. I believe only true cowards hide the truth and blame the innocent as we are but here on earth for a minute at a time with no promise of tomorrow. I hope Mata Hari is in the light of God as she is as innocent as that of the falling snow.

Thank you for being with me on this case. One day soon all this world will read the truth of the case of Mata Hari reputation as now more records of that period in time appear we will see who is right from the dust of ages now after 100 years those who did this to her are beyond arresting for their crimes.

Yours faithfully Sir Kevin.

Copyright Kevin Parr Bt 2018



The case of ghost ship Mary Celeste


Perhaps one of the most durable nautical mysteries ever recorded.On the 7th November

In the year 1872 a ship was found drifting along the coast of Portugal. Her name forever carved in our memories and for good reason as nothing adds up in any theory offered. Alien abduction, pirates ,mutiny and many more equally silly ideas of what caused a very experienced captain to abandon his ship.

We must set out some of this story , even though you have heard it all before many times.Some of the facts have never been told. For instance no dinner plates of half eaten food ever was the case. Yet so many believe it to be true. The ship was under her own power and had sailed most of the way from the Azores   to the position  she was found to be in just off the coast of Portugal.

The brigantine from England named Dei Gratia Captained by  Edward Morehouse saw what looked like a ship in trouble. No sails just the jib and one top sail but she was unable to steer a course. Morehouse brought his ship near alongside of her but could make out only her name He sent  three signals without reply .He had birthed next to her in New York just two weeks prior bound with cargo of industrial alcohol for the port of Genoa .Morehouse was loaded for Gibraltar  seeing a deserted ship that had sent of before him mid ocean now coasting off the coast some 200 miles of course he now sent over his first officer.A giant of a man called Oliver Deveau  a trusted man with the favour of the crew. In the company of others he boarded the Mary Celeste to find it wet inside and sea soaked un made births. On closer inspection they found the port side windows all boarded up.Down in the hold one of the pumps was stoved in and useless. Water about 2.6 feet deep filled that boat bottom and the cargo was in tact save for one opened barrel. In the cabin all sea charts lay all over the place and the sextant had been smashed in. The yawl had gone and the rails that released the boat lay  where the boat had been launched.


They counted the births belongings of each member of crew but two beds belongings were none. The 282 ton Brigantine was deserted with no sin or clue as to why Captain Benjamin Briggs had called the ship to be abandoned. On top of this Briggs had a wife and two year old daughter Sofie aboard. Morehouse knew all about them as both ships had loaded cargo in New York harbour some 11 days prior.

in the hold 1701 barrels of industrial alcohol was mostly in tact. One barrel had been opened. Some empty had leaked. No smell was present in the main cabin or crew quarters. Seven crewmen Briggs the Skipper and his family had all vanished leaving the ship to sail herself.

Azores is 972 miles from Lisbon Portugal. 1562 miles from London England and 2561 miles from New York.USA.  Some place between Azores and Portugal coast Mary Celeste had been abandoned. She could have sailed on no  real course for over 600 miles. The ships log had been left which no sailor ever would do was to loose the log. It was last entered just days before with no sign of happening. They had sailed the other side of Azores to try keeping out of a storm and had nothing more than that was logged.

Things looked very suspect but Morehouse had no choice than to take the charge of the deserted ship for salvage sale.

In December 1885 the Bark Alhama of Arendal Norway was found in much the same state abandoned and no trace of crew or captain. This too was just off the coast of Portugal . The crew of either ship vanished never to be heard of ever again. No one ever declared that they are the lost survivors.

i know race ahead to 1919. The Massive Iron battleship New Mexico was seen to shiver right down her length. Guns fell off turrets rattled the crew jumped over board as the fear was they had hit a bomb site. This lasted about ten minutes unexplained. research on her metal body seemed to relate to the old seamans fable of the sea quake being the cause.

Sea quakes we now know exist as in 1967 a Sperm Whale was washed right up a beach in Lancashire England. It was huge and on Northern News. I went to see this as she lay there for days before the animal rescue services and helpers towed her into the sea but she was dead.  Now we know that this great sea monster of a huge whale had been picked up and dumped by the sea quake that comes from the sea floor just as earth quakes do.

I read the story of Captain (retired ) David Williams who after a life time at sea in ships knows all about sea quakes and he thinks ,like me, that indeed Mary Celeste ended same way. The equipment may have started going wrong and Briggs found himself following the sextant only to find he was miles off track. Then the sea quake and it proved to much to bare. In the life boat all went and lost the rope that had them connected to the ship. Maybe the fear she was going down shaking loose of her timbers they decided to abandon.  All points to a hasty exit so if that was really what happened and I doubt it not then what happened to the people? Sadly they perished in high seas too many in an open rowing launch on the Atlantic Oceans hated run.

So by all   things proper that launched Yawl from the div on board showed that of a larger row boat carrying two masts and sails. If gas from the broken topped barrel had caused small explosion when the hatch was opened and lantern pushed in to see what was going on in the cargo hold.

Then we go back to sea quake it accounts for the men departing. The way the sails had been taken down was so they could use the spar to unload the boat. Now in a choppy water with earth quake power the ship sailed away as  the boat met water the line broken and the yawl could do nothing to catch the Brig. The thing then is how long can you survive outside of shipping lanes in an open boat on high seas with just a few cans of bullied beef and a bottle of water as we know that was all they took. It all points to loosing the rope that held them to the ship. I have thought of this every way possible over years of seeing every film and reading every book printed on the mystery. I can say it is not a mystery at all as if my theory is right it explains a sad story of misadventure only.

No doubt Briggs was not to blame nor his crew but something got them to quickly depart from that ship. We can look at Piracy but nothing was touched. Cargo in place and all crew belongings save for two unexplained. Those two men said that they last everything in the last ship that sank. Both of these men had been brothers.This led to the story of mutiny. I examined such but it explains nothing.

I think all sat in that boat and waited for the ship to stop shaking. Then they lost connection and with just two sails Mary Celeste sailed off and left them stranded.

Further more it may be said that no survivors and no one ever checked the graveyards in Azores islands nor in Portugal just in case bodies had been found.  Sad it is that they died, even that little Sofie aged 2. RIP

All we can ever do is pray for them as not one of them survived.  Nor would the sailors on the Norwegian vessel some 13 years later. Two tales of ships sailing alone just off the coast of Portugal points to sea quakes of mighty power. Both cases end exactly the same only the Mary Celeste stole the show.

Thank you all for reading my stories. Hope to see you again soon with my next amazing fact adventure. My intent is to keep it short and interesting just to wet your appetite and read all available on this fascinating subject .


Yours with respect Sir Kevin Parr Baronet.


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Donald Campbell and The last Race

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To start at the beginning we have to look closely at Donald as a boy. The son of a mighty race ace and daredevil renowned in the form of Sir Malcolm Campbell winner of land and water world cups. A real speed king who had little time for his rejected son. For Donald worshiped him was not enough for this fame seeking father to love him. It was a feeling that would last even after Sir Malcolm Campbells death.

Donald was born on the 23rd March 1921 Canbury House Kingston upon Thames Surrey England. He lived in the shadow of his great victorious father. His desire was never to race as he believed he was no good at anything. He left school with less than average skills and sought a job in a factory. He was then to meet again his fathers able promoter and mechanic and friend in Leo Villa. Over time Villa was able to talk Donald into racing. It took time but here we are in Australia with Bluebird car winning the world championship.Donald at the wheel. His first comment was “Do you think the old man would be happy with me now.”

Over time Donald built up a track and water speed record as good as anything his father had managed. He was now land and water race winner in the same year. A speed king Ace who had been rejected by call up for war as health problems stopped him going into forces. Rejected by his father and now world champion with only the wish, to please his dead fathers memory.

He told of doing it all for England. It was true but under it all he felt a failure all his life. We think his father may even have beat him for being weak. Only no proof as Donald never spoke only to ask and annoy all he pestered ,”Will my father be happy with me?”

The day I saw Bluebird k7 power down Windermere water at such speed with a back view from where I stood massive water fountains like fish tail as the boat flew from sight. The roar of that Bristol Orpheus Gnat Fighter engine was deafening all ears around the lake end. It was really practice as Bluebird was moored in Norman Buckleys boat house in the shore line of lake and his Langdale Chase Hotel.
Buckley was a boat racer himself and the two hit it off. Campbell stayed at another hotel as Chase was always fully booked. I also know that he was short of funds at that time. Norman Buckley was one of the richest men around and so he introduced Donald to electrical engineering friends who ran a business in Kendal some 8 miles away. Here it was agreed that they would work on up dating Bluebirds wiring harness.

In records I did find that Donald was not left Blue bird in his fathers will.No he had to buy it off his fathers estate? I can quite see Donalds rejection now.

About six days prior to the death race on Coniston Water Donald had confided in a friend that that he was about to go through a nervous breakdown. That friend told him not to race or drive but to check in with hospital.

The day of that fateful race Donald had drawn the death card in play of cards. He was always a very superstitious man and had a premonition he was about to die. Here he should have said no. But public and TV had all arrived early. He put on his brave face buckled up and hoped for the best. I do not think for one moment that he had a death wish. He had come all the way up and was still and even now today the only man ever to hold both land and water speed races titles in the same year. He had nothing to prove but racing was now in his blood. He smiled, climbed in and powered Bluebird K7 down the lake for try one. He recorded 297 mph Southbound. One thing he saw was the bow lift away from the water. Bluebird K7 he now realized was going beyond her ability in design. If that nose lifted more than 3 degrees up the craft would simply take off from the lake. He made the turn round fast as he knew that wake he had to break before it became too high. Time was all he needed and with engine warm he gave her full power back down the lake to the one mile marker and hope going through he would break his own record. Campbell always gave a running commentary over the radio to his team on shore.

His last words before Bluebird hit 328mph and lifted out of the water.

” Full nose up.pitching a bit down here. Coming through our own wash,er! getting straightened up now on track in rather closer to Peel Island …And we are tramping like mad,over. I cant see much and the waters very bad indeed. … Im galloping over that top and she is giving a hell of a bloody row in here….. I cant see anything , Ive got the bows out … Im going .UHHH!”

At this moment the craft had raised far out from the lake and backwards into a somersault and crashed down into what would be a concrete hard surface of water at that speed. At that exact moment Bluebirds perspex wind shield cuts Donalds head right off his shoulders he is dead before the craft sank.

It was a tragic end to a great and noble gentleman who gave his all that day. The simple truth is Bluebird K7 was not made to cope with 300 miles per hour. She could not take the power of flat out with the skill of such a driver he brought even more out of her than was ever expected. Death wish no it was win win and win again.

He had almost cried over John Cobbs death in Crusader on Lochness just a short time before. Now all mourned Donald who would not be found for another 36 years.
That day of race 5th January 1967 the 46 year old Campbell was lost. In 2001 was brought back up from the cold deep  waters. Donald-Campbell-with-Bluebird-Lake-Eyre-1963After a wide search for Bluebirds wreckage .In the deep gloom of an almost bottomless lake divers located the main fuselage of K7 but the nose cone end had not been located nor Campbells head. His helmet had been found still buckled proving he had been decapitated on impact. His blue overalls bearing the Union Jack flag found in bits around the headless skeleton that on DNA tests in Barrow in Furness Hospital matched with Daughter Gina and Donalds sister. 98 % fact recorded it was the remains of Donald Campbell.

He was buried in Coniston Village, Hawkshead Road cemetery, Cumbria UK.

Campbell had once told his sister that if anything happened Skipper and boat must stay together. He may still have that wish as nose cone and head will never be found in that cold dark waters of a Viking Lake in the land of mountains and legends he has joined the story of the area folk law. Along with Eric the Red and Kings Arthur and Dunmail who was the once and future King of legend. Roman fortress and Viking Halls, stone circles from before time was invented and now Donald Campbell is part of that story too.
He had not given up hope until Bluebird K7 killed him as it hit the concrete hard water he survived for just  seconds after impact as the screen broke off and all was over. He had a quick ending and one hopes above he can stand up to the father who rejected him as weak with more titles to prove who really was the better man.
I hope you remember his name and stand with me to protect his memory as he was a real gentleman in life and a legend forever. He was not weak as his over powering father had predicted he was just unloved. Even so he made a champion who has my respect


Yours always my friends my readers and thank you for joining me again. Sorry it is not   mystery now but at least his earthly bones are at rest from the deep.

Copyright Kevin Parr Bt 2018

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the occult


The world in the summer of 1917 was upturned by World War. The little silent

village of Cottingley was just an area on the edge of the city Bradford, in the county of Yorkshire. Yet it was to be famed all over the world through the action of two young girls.
Come with me now to the garden were young Frances Griffiths aged 9 from South Africa and her cousin Elsie Wright aged 16 are taking photographs of fairies at the bottom of Elsie familys long garden. She had taken her fathers new camera out of his hobby darkroom and suddenly the lie broke loose on an unsuspecting world.

Elsies father did not believe but his wife Polly did. The five photographs taken can be seen above .They have been cleaned up with modern technology and we may see what we see more clearly than from the originals.

A mystery it was and perhaps still may be but not in the way of judgement. a child trick that took the world by storm. You see how it worked in the sadness of war the hope these photos brought to millions of a better world than ours hidden in the banks of a gentle stream and woodland setting. Perhaps they wanted it all to be true and so we now tell the story as we progress into the past.

Elsies mother took a long look at her daughters work and decided it was really magic. So much so she took the photos with her to a meeting of the Theosophical  Society. A group of dedicated explorers into the unexplained. Not a load of silly old folk but what became the nucleus of a universal brotherhood of humanity . Run by a writer named Edward Gardner who accepted the photos at first glance as real. He then borrowed the work to display with his lectures on the occult. His way with  words sold the people the right to believe in another more peaceful world than ever mankind could live in. A curtain over the horror of war.

Enter our stage Sherlock Holmes creator Doctor Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Gardner had shown photographs taken of Fairies playing with two girls in a woodland setting. Doyle, an occultist spiritualist believed the photos stood as real proof at last, that another world ran parallel with ours. That was enough to start the ball rolling.

Doyle was on tour so he sent Gardner a message to bring in expert help. Gardner found photo expert Harold Snelling who was famous for spotting false and trick photography. This expert then pronounced to the world that the said photographs had not been faked and stood up as real.  Here we can stop as years roll by. 1921 Doyle is planning a book on the occult and recalls the fairy photos. He sends in Clairvoyant renown  Geoffrey Hodson. A man that Doyle had dealings with and seemed to trust.

What happened then was shocking as after he spent time with the girls in Cottingley Leeds he returned to Undershaw House in Hindshead Surrey  and the home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Hodson declared that like these girls ,he himself saw the garden full of fairy life. Doyle was delighted and planned a series of talks on the occult using proof from the photos.He was entirely taken in hook line and sinker as a believer in fairies, elf, goblin and Gnomes.

Doyle made a good income from his lectures including the passage of proof that fairies existed as his big finish.He even had a book published on the subject.

Leaving that period of time behind we now roll fast forward to the year 1982 and we are able to witness a BBC interview presented by Joe Cooper with both Elsie and Frances as two old ladies on the subject of fairy photographs. It related to an article in The Unexplained Magazine as Elsie had admitted she had falsified all five fairy photographs from artwork painted by Frances cut out from stiff cardboard and pined into the ground for photoing. It caused a sensation I recall.

Frances had a book by Arthur Shepperson who wrote in  Princess Marys Gift book which bore many fairy drawings within its pages. From this Frances, a talented artist had painted just what would look life like. The girls then cut them all out, pasted onto board and there we have it, photos via a camera in the hands of two young forgers.

A lie that would have ruined Doyle reputation .Have brought down Gardner and that dishonest clairvoyant in seconds. But then in 1983 not one of them mentioned were around to be laughed at.

What a lie can do is beyond belief but is never the less true.Some Six people affected and for nearly 70 years two world wars and up to the 1980s five black and white photographs taken by children who with guile and devilment brought us a world beyond our own. Only to admit their guilt on air 67 year later.

We look at the photos today and cannot see how so many millions of people could have been fooled. Was it a generation that needed hope, wanted magic and prepared to accept as fact utter nonsense? Or is that our clean up of those photographs show us far more than the soft, slightly out of focus, tinted originals.Photographs that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle held close to his eyes and unlike his Sherlock Homes character was totally taken in by the case of fantasy.

Perhaps we all hope for better worlds even now. I would be sorry for fairies in a world of today myself. I cannot say we are alone on earth but for most of us fairy tales really are just that.

A mystery cleared by the dismissal of a lie from the mouths of the guilty.

Thank you for your support in reading a tale that made the world sit up and listen to. Over a vast period of time 101 years, for many more than will admit all was truth and fairies did exist.  For three generations it was fact for some 45% of the population.The proof lay in those photographs.

The work by Conan Doyle was first publish in 1922 by Hodder and Stoughton London England. Entitled The Coming of the Fairies. It remains in circulation even today. In the pages of this book all five faked photos appear as Doyle used them as his big fact that fairies are at the bottom of your garden. He believed right up to his death. What power that lie did have to travel through from Leeds across the globe and exits for 101 years. Now that is the only mystery . As for Sherlock Holmes he would have spotted the fake and marked it as a case for Watson to write up. Not so his able creator. The first mentioned detective was penned far earlier by Edgar A Poe with inspector Dupin stories. The first real detective came after Doyle Sherlock Holmes first appearance in the London Strand Newspapers with Jack Whicher OF Scotland Yard 1880s who was a real human being not an invented character.

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Jack Whicher



Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


The Mystery of Cleopatra Tomb.

Mark Antony                                             Cleopatra

pjKehLvtsSdchwWxgG4CVGwx  Cleopatra was the last Pharaoh of Egypt. She was of Greek blood through her Great the grandfather General Ptolemy who had been granted Egypt by Alexander the Great. Cleopatra was a ruler with her brother but he had rebelled and so Cleopatra pleaded from help from the Roman Juio Caesar. Julio or Julius as we call him today ran a battle against young Ptolemy and the boy was drown by accident. Cleopatra was now head girl. She spoke nine languages and accounts of her such as that of Plutarch who wrote the life of Antony tells us that her actual beauty was not so remarkable that none could be compared with her.The character that attended all she said and did was something bewitching.

In this account I write I deal with not her rule ,though that in itself was excellent as she loved her people and had far vision. She spoke in their tongue though dealt in Greek. She studied finance and ruled in fair way. I deal with what really happened after that battle with Octavian in the seas off Actium Greece.

Setting the scene we see Julius return home to Rome having fathered a boy child with Cleopatra. He was called Ciserian and was breach born.His name therefore forever attached to the method of birth.

Mark Antony was Julius Caesars friend and was sent to talk sense into paying of taxes to Rome by Egypt. As Antony sailed into see her Cleopatra sailed to great him in barge where she was a Goddess and her guards all dressed as servants to her .The sail of this barge had been soaked in heavenly perfumes made by Cleopatra to drift into Antonys face before he ever saw her. It was a ploy that worked and so Antony with excited blood met with his future wife. Not that it was planed to work out that way.

Julius was dead his will decreed young Octavian would be Caesar and so when Antony replied he was in love and married to the none payer of taxes he had been sent to arrest all hell broke out.Octavian knew well that Antony was the greatest army General in Rome. So he could not win on land.He chose the sea knowing Antonys hate of sea battles.

Antony had no choice and went with the smaller Egyptian fleet against the might of Rome. Cleopatra did not as legend states join Antony but prepared for his safe return.

We know that Octavian won and Antony had fled to his new wifes side. Octavian at his heels Antony said his farewell and fell on his sword dead. Cleopatra cried but at the gates of the Nile Octavian had arrived with all Roman army at his side. She considered for a while than drank poisons. She did not use the snake as history says as the ASP poison can take all day to kill its victim. She had to finish it fast.

Her faithful servants moved her body whilst Octavian was burning Mark Antonys corpse in true Roman cremation style.

What happened to the body of Cleopatra is the mystery. Octavian searched but found nothing. He had seen her dead but where was she now?

Egypt was now under Roman rule.Octavian Emperor and had changed his name to Augustus Caesar.  He had Roman rule in Egypt and in celebration of his victory he paraded the effigies of Mark Antony and Queen Cleopatra on an ox cart tied in chains to the horror of all who viewed.

We leave that time as we now must be here today. For two thousand years her tomb had been untouched. We know that Professor Zahi Hawas  of the Museum of Egypt research department has theory that Cleopatra was burred in the Temple of Toposins Magna some 30 miles outside of Alexandre. As yet no real proof is found.

Cleopatra was of the Pholemaic Dynasty that had ruled Egypt for 300 years. She had a perfume factory and used lead based eye decoration not as fashion but to ward off the sand particle invasion that come in sand storms. Her eye lids  would suffer cracks so she invented the famous look for medical reasons. We know that she had illnesses as her whole family dealt in incest sex. She was really incest soup in fact. Married to both of her brothers was only half of that story.  She was 28 when she died. The last of the Pharaoh of Egypt is still a mystery as in deed she was in life. Somewhere around the Nile river Cleopatra must be hidden to rise as a goddess out of the sands of time. One day she will be found by men such as Mister Haswas and his team.

Antony was born in Rome on the 14th January in the year 83BC. He died on 1st August 30BC Egypt. He is either , as legend is burried with his wife Cleopatra or as what is more likely he drifted as dust in ash by cremation. I go for the later as it may account how the maid servants shifted Cleopatra body away from the palace.

It pays to watch Zahi Haswas research as funds have just arrived to assist his dig to find the tomb of Cleopatra in the ruins of an ancient temple cellar.

Thank you once more for your time reading it is my humble pleasure to be your guide into our mysterious past.

Yours faithfully, as always Sir Kevin.


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Was it suicide,accident or murder that ended poor Amys life.

Amy Robsart  original
Amy from art painting 1800s
Robert Dudley
William Cecil

The death of a fine noble 28 year old woman, in 1560 it made history of a case. The wife of Robert Dudley first Duke of Northumberland  was found dead in her house at base of a stair.We have no idea where this stair was located or how many steps it had as nothing of Cumnor Place near Oxford now remains of it today. It has been passed around so many times as to her real fate and we  have a clear view to see if we but open our minds to logic not maybe that leads to fairy tales. Continue reading “Was it suicide,accident or murder that ended poor Amys life.”