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Anu’s New Ray of Hope

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER   
 

Gold galore turns up in South America courtesy of the Flood!

At the time of the Deluge, Noah already had three sons. Born 6000 years (100 years in the Bible) before the Deluge, they were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. This is the order in which they are typically listed in the Bible, implying that Shem was the oldest and Japhet was the youngest.

 

But the Bible itself is not uniformly consistent in designating who occupied what position in the pecking order. GENESIS 10:21, for instance, says, “Sons were also born to Shem, whose older brother was Japheth”. This makes Japheth senior to Shem and Ham the lastborn as opposed to being the middle son.

 

Why do the authors of Genesis betray such unabashed uncertainty on the matter? The answer is simple: they had a vested interest in terms of who they wanted to project as the heir to Noah. Since Shem was the pick of the Enlilites and the authors of Genesis (the Levites, a Jewish tribe) were Enlil’s people, they exalted Shem.

 

Yet the fact of the matter is that all of Noah’s three sons were born in the same year. The Bible itself is matter-of-fact on this phenomenon. GENESIS 5:32 (literally translated as opposed to the paraphrase found in most versions of the Bible) says, “Noah was 500 years old (30,000 years old in Sumerian records) when he begot Shem, Ham, and Japheth”. The three sons were born in the same year. How and why?


There are two likely scenarios. Either the three were born to three different mothers in the natural way or they were Test Tube babies who had been genetically tinkered with to yield refined but distinctive traits. Both the Bible and the Sumerian records far from characterises Noah as a polygamist or a philanderer but he did certainly have concubines as all Biblical patriarchs did, making the Test Tube scenario the more plausible.  And whose subtle hand do we see behind this clearly deliberate move to fast-track the emergence of a new generation? It’s Enki of course!


If you recall, the Deluge was anticipated about 25,000 years before it happened. Enki was aware of its full ramifications – that it could extinct the human race, his own creation. As such, he decided, 6,000 years before the   Deluge struck, to use Noah, his biological son, as the medium through which the human race was going to be perpetuated post the Deluge.

 

In the event, Noah had three women (one of whom must have been Noah’s wife Emzara) implanted with Test Tube embryos arising from Noah’s seed, resulting in the birth of Shem, Japhet and Ham. Note that contrary to the commonly held belief, the three did not consist of different races – Caucasian, Semitic, and Hamitic. All were one colour and that colour was darkish, like Falashan Jews.  As for the reason different skin tones that include paler races have come to be, that we will address at the appropriate time.  


It should also be borne in mind that the names by which the three sons are best known are not original: they were given retrospectively by Jewish chroniclers to reflect what transpired in due course. Hence, Japheth, meaning “Fair One”, was so-dubbed because the Caucasians of the Caucasus region in Central Asia descended from him. Ham, meaning “brown” or “dark”, in the sense of being sunburnt, was so-dubbed because his descendants were dark-brown.

 

Shem is thought to mean “renowned” or “famous”, but that is a secondary meaning. The original meaning was “Rocket”. Shem’s descendants (the real “Shemites” or “Semites” as per popular spelling, now known as Jews) were chosen by Enlil to protect (by way of being foot soldiers) the Anunnaki spaceport in the Sinai Peninsula. They were thus, in a manner of speaking, the “Guardians of the Rockets”.  So the Shem tag was intended to reflect this favoured status by Enlil.  

NINURTA STUMBLES UPON PLENTIFUL GOLD


Long before the Deluge broke out, Enlil, the Bible’s main Jehovah/Yahweh, had sent an Anunnaki team led by his firstborn son Ninurta to what we today call the Americas to seek out the race of humans Cain had founded. The idea was to cultivate a rallying force to counter Marduk, who had commanded a huge human following due to his pro-human sympathies as opposed to Enlil’s hard boiled sternness that denounced the human population as little more than serfs.  


Ninurta was accompanied by his immediate younger brother Nannar-Sin and his nephew (Sin’s son) Utu-Shamash. The three did find the Cainite civilisation there all right and went out of their way to ingratiate themselves to them. They taught them all the tricks in relation to modernising their lives and improving their standard of living.


Their base (that is, the Ninurta team) was two islands in South America known today as Titicaca and Coati respectively and which are situated around modern-day Bolivia and Peru.  At the time, however, they were called the Island of the Sun and the Island of the Moon respectively.  The Island of the Sun was named after Shamash, whose celestial counterpart was the Sun, and the Island of the Moon was named after Sin, whose prospective celestial counterpart was the Moon.


Whereas Sin decided to shelter from the Deluge by staying on the Moon and Shamash by going into orbit, Ninurta chose to ride out the watery disaster right here on Earth in South America, where its effects were reckoned to be minimal. In a way, Ninurta was to the Amerindians what Noah was to the people of Shuruppak. A fairly gifted craftsman, he taught them how to build a sophisticated type of raft that would keep them afloat when the Deluge hit.

 

Luckily as predicted, the Deluge was not as pronounced in the Americas as it was elsewhere and so those who had rafts, made makeshift  homes in mountain caves or simply moved to high-altitude topography survived it. They were henceforth to refer to Ninurta as their “Great Protector”, a title of a deity.


After the Flood had subsided, Enlil called an assembly of the Anunnaki at Baalbek as we saw last week. Ninurta was detailed by Enlil to explore new sources of gold (for the sake of planet Nibiru, which again had lost its atmospheric shield of gold dust, also known as Ormus) in the Americas as that part of the world was not that inundated by the Deluge.

 

Ninurta did likewise and was surprised at what he discovered. Whereas in Africa the Deluge had clogged up the mines, it had exposed a mother lode of pure gold and copper in that part of the Andes mountain range overlooking Lake Titicaca in today’s Peru and Bolivia. This was what is called Placer Gold – gold which simply washed down the mountains and formed part of the alluvial deposit of the Lake Titicaca bed. The gold did not need smelting or refining: only panning and collecting.


An ecstatic Ninurta reported thus to Enlil: “The avalanche of waters deep cut into the mountainsides there and tore from the mountainsides uncounted gold, in nuggets large and small. To the rivers below (gold nuggets) fell down. Without mining can the gold be hauled!” The moment Enlil and Enki heard this, they flew to South America to assess the situation firsthand. The two seniormost Anunnaki “gods” were equally dumbfounded. “A miracle it is,” Enki said to Enlil.

 

“What by Nibiru was wrought, by Nibiru was amended!” On his part, Enlil imputed it all to First Source rather than the Celestial Lord that was planet Nibiru. “The unseen hand of the Creator of All is involved,” he said. “It is his desire to enable life on Nibiru!”


NEW SPACEPORT IN THE AMERICAS

When King Anu heard of this providential treasure trove of gold, he was greatly relieved. The solution to Nibiru’s resurgent ozone hole problem had practically overnight become a certainty.  The King accordingly ordered that a new spaceport be established around Lake Titicaca forthwith so that the gold could easily be airlifted to Mars onward to Nibiru. The King was even all the more upbeat that there was ready manpower in the form of the Cainites to perform all the required manual tasks.


Enlil and Enki went to work straightaway. “For a new plain whose soil has dried and hardened they searched,” says The Lost Book of Enki. “In the proximity of the Landing Place, in a desolate peninsula, such a plain they found. Flat as a quiet lake it was, by white mountains (the snow-peaked Andes Mountain range) it was surrounded.” This was the beginning of a series of the enigmatic Nazca Lines of the Nazca Desert in southern Peru, which over the centuries have baffled archaeologists.

 

But the natives know better: they attribute them to the “gods”, that is, the Anunnaki, a claim dismissed as utter superstition by scientific (read: naïve) minds. The Anunnaki etched the Nazca lines onto the runway primary as aviational signals for landing spacecraft, although they did have a sacred geometrical purpose as well.  


But it was not only Nibiru-destined gold that was critical at this juncture: the survival of the Anunnaki, as well as the worker race that was mankind, was too. Both the two races needed agricultural and animal products to live on. Once again, Enki and Enlil went to work. Although the Deluge had receded, the planet was still water-logged by and large and so there was need for large-scale land reclamation and drainage activity.

 

Since the Anunnaki were so few and far between, most of whom having returned to Nibiru pre-Deluge, it’s small wonder Enlil bid surviving mankind to be “fruitful and multiply”: he wanted them to reproduce rapidly and expeditiously and slavishly serve the needs of the Anunnaki, not to have dominion over Earth, has Enki had purposed when he fashioned Adam and Eve.  To Enlil, humans were no more than a slave race: period.


Meanwhile, Enki and Enlil assigned specific tasks to various parties. Ninurta was pointed to the Cedar Mountains, where he was to embark on damming and drainage work to facilitate the cultivation of cereals, notably wheat and barley, on the mountain slopes. In the terracing work, he was to be assisted by Japheth, one of Noah’s three sons. Ishkur-Adad was to raise an orchard in the areas where the waters had sufficiently abated. He was to be assisted by Noah’s son Shem.

 

Dumuzi, Enki’s youngest son, was assigned shepherding activities. He was to be assisted by Noah’s son Ham.  An ecstatic Dumuzi, who had always been the Anunnaki’s leading pastoral farmer after undergoing specialised animal husbandry training on Nibiru for a full shar, exclaimed: “Sheep for wool and meat will multiply, cattle for milk and hides will all have. Then with other living creatures the Earth we shall replenish!”


The raw materials for all agricultural products, in the form of reproductive cells, seeds, and DNA were provided by Enki’s son Ninagal, who had preserved them on Noah’s ark whilst the Deluge raged. Noah himself, who was still amongst his people pending his relocation to a soon-to-be-established new “Paradise” in the Sinai Peninsula, was tasked to plant a vineyard. He cultivated the very first food item after the Deluge – grapes. Grape wine also served as a gastro-intestinal medicine. So when the Bible says Noah got drunk after consuming too much wine, it may not necessarily have been intentional: he could simply have overdosed on his medicine!
      
JERUSALEM IS NEW HUB OF EARTH

Before the Deluge, the Anunnaki had three principal precincts.  The first two were right in the Edin, Eden in the Bible, in modern-day Iraq.  These were Nippur (or Nibruki) and Sippar. Nippur was the Mission Control Centre and as such was so crucial that Enlil, Earth’s Chief Executive, was based there.  Next in strategic importance was Sippar, the spaceport, which was governed by Utu-Shamash, Enlil’s grandson. Finally, there was Baalbek at the summit of the Cedar Mountains.

 

This was the Landing Place, the major airport. Although it was not based in the Edin, Baalbek was overseen by Utu-Shamash, who was the Anunnaki’s maestro pilot and cosmonaut. After the Deluge, Nippur and Sippar both lay in ruins: only Baalbek survived. A new spaceport and Mission Control Centre had to be built from scratch. 

 

The new spaceport, also known as the Place of the Chariots (Rockets), was set up in the Sinai Peninsula, with the instrument-equipped Mount Mashu as the key landmark for descending spaceships. The new Mission Control Centre, the so-called Bond-Heaven-Earth (that is, the electronic communications link between Earth and planet Nibiru) was to be Mount Moriah at Jerusalem, which Enlil named “Mount of Way Showing”. 

 

Jerusalem had thus become the new “Navel of the Earth”, the new Nippur.  It was the place Enlil, known as Yahweh/Jehovah in the Bible, was to be based. It explains why Jerusalem is such a moot point between the children of Abraham – the Jews and the Arabs. It still retains enormous symbolic value as the “City of God” and is also eschatologically significant as the one place on Earth that will serve as the HQ for Yahweh’s “New Earth” when he returns. Baalbek was to retain its erstwhile role as the Landing Place.


Meanwhile, the twin peaks of Mount Ararat were to serve as the northern aviational landmark, the same role they had played before the Deluge. But Enlil wanted another set of twin landmarks in the south to constitute part and parcel of the Landing Grid. To that end, he chose a site where “mountains there were none: only a flatland above the water-clogged valley from the ground protruded”.

 

This was in the Sahara Desert in today’s Egypt (at the time, the Sahara was not the barren wasteland it is today: it pulsated with lush vegetation). The proposition was clearly a no-brainer but Enlil insisted that it was the only ideal place in Egypt along the 30th Parallel for a landmark to be established. For reasons best known to the Anunnaki, the 30th Parallel (Latitude 30 degrees north) seems to have a certain mysterious significance as the so-called sacred cities from Egypt to Tibet have all been located on it.

ZIDDA HONOUR CAUSES A FRACAS

It was Ningishzidda, Enki’s genius son, who stepped forward and argued that Enlil’s idea was not absurd at all. Twin artificial peaks, he pointed out, could be raised from the Sahara plain. Within days, he had already come up with a scale model. The Giza pyramids (named after Ningishzidda himself, also known as Gizzidda or simply Zidda in short), comprising of one large one and two smaller ones, were in the making, but the focus was on the large one, the Giza Pyramid proper, which was the first to arise. It was to serve as a beacon to arriving spacecraft, just like the Ararat mountain peaks in central Asia.


When the Giza Pyramid was complete, Enlil commissioned it and called it the Ekur, meaning “House which is like a Mountain”. Its capstone, which was designed by Enki’s other son Gibil, was made of electrum. Enlil said besides its aviational purpose, the Giza Pyramid was a proclamation to posterity that the Anunnaki valiantly survived the Deluge.


In a poem recited and sang by Ninmah on the occasion of its commissioning, the Giza Pyramid was in part described in the following words:  “For Heaven-Earth it is equipped, the handiwork of the Anunnaki it is. House bright and dark, house of Heaven and Earth. For the celestial boats it was put together, by the Anunnaki built. House whose interior with a reddish light of heaven glows, a pulsating beam that far and high reaches it emits … Beyond the understanding of Earthlings it is. House of equipment, lofty house of eternity … House that for the rocketships is a landmark, with unfathomable insides.”


From the above statement, it is clear that besides being an aviational landmark, the Giza Pyramid served several other purposes withheld from Earthlings, which we shall dwell upon at a later stage. Enki also came up with the proposal that another structure be built alongside the Giza Pyramid as a monument to mark the dawn of the astrological Age of Leo. Once again, Ningishzidda was assigned to erect it.

 

The monument is today known as the Great Sphinx of Giza, which has the body of a lion and the face of a man. To honour the person who fashioned it (out of an already existing rock), the Sphinx was to bear the face of Ningishzidda, a tribute that did not sit well with Marduk.


Marduk was irate. He confronted his father, Enki, and complained that he was being eclipsed in eminence by his younger brother. “To dominate the whole Earth to me did you promise,” he thundered. “Now command and glory to others are granted, without task or dominion I am left. In my erstwhile domain are the artificed mounts situated, on the lion the image mine must be!”


But it was all in vain: Marduk didn’t get his face to be etched into the Sphinx as the matter was not only up to Enki but the whole pantheon. Be that as it may, Marduk’s bone of contention set up a racket. Everybody now – Enlil and Enki’s sons – began to jockey for own personal honours. In particular, they wanted to be allocated new domains where they would reign supreme. The brouhaha was such that Ninmah was called upon to appeal for calm though to no avail. How were Enlil and Enki going to pacify their brood?

NEXT WEEK: THE SCRAMBLE FOR TERRITORY 

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A Begrudged Child

21st June 2022

Princess Diana was at once a child of destiny and a victim of fate

It is no secret, General Atiku, that the British monarch constitutes one of the most moneyed families on this scandalously uneven planet of the perennial haves on the one hand and the goddamn havenots (such as you and me General) on the other hand.

In terms of residences alone, the House of Windsor lays claim to some 19 homes, some official, such as Buckingham Place and Windsor Castle, for instance, and the greater majority privately owned.
Arguably the most eminent of its private residences is Sandringham House at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England.

It is at this sprawling, 8,100-hectare estate the Queen spends two months each winter, at once commemorates her father King George VI’s death and her own accession to the throne, and more often than not celebrates Christmas. King George VI and his father King George V both drew their last breath here.

A 19th century Prince of Wales, Albert Edward (who would later become King Edward VII), acquired Sandringham in 1862 and it has remained royal property ever since. On the death of King George VI in February 1952, the property passed to his successor Queen Elizabeth II, the incumbent monarch, who assigned her husband Prince Phillip its management and upkeep. The estate also houses a parish, St. Mary Magdalene Church, which the outwardly religious Queen attends every Sunday.

Albert, General, had several additional properties built on the estate the year after he acquired it, one of which was the ten-bedroomed Park House. The house was built to accommodate the overflow of guests at Sandringham House. In the 1930s, King George V leased Park House to Maurice Roche, an Irishman and a bosom friend to his second son, who at the time was Duke of York but would in future be King George VI.

Roche was the 4th Baron Fermoy, a title in the Peerage of Ireland created by Queen Victoria way back in 1856. He and his wife Ruth had three children born at Park House, the second-born of whom was Frances Ruth Roche (futuristically Frances Shand Kydd), born in January 1936.

In 1956, Frances married John Spencer, a fellow noble, and following an “uneasy spell” at Althorp, the Spencer family estate of 500 years, the couple took up residence at Park House, which would be their home for the next 19 years. On July 1, 1961, Frances, then aged 25, and John, then aged 37, welcomed into the world their thirdborn child and youngest daughter, Diana Frances Spencer.

She would, on a positive note, become Her Royal Highness Princess Diana of Wales and the most famous and popular member of the Royal family. On the flip side of the coin, she would, as you well know General, become the most tragic member of the Royal family.

GIRL CHILD WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN A BOY

If there was one thought that constantly nagged at Diana as a youngster, General, it was the “guilt” of having been born anyway. Her parents first had two daughters in succession, namely Elizabeth Sarah, born in 1955, and Cynthia Jane, born in 1957. Johnnie was displeasured, if not downright incensed, that his wife seemed incapable of producing a male child – a heir – who he desperately needed as an aristocrat.

He even took the trouble of having his wife see a series of doctors in a bid to establish whatever deficiency she possessed in her genetic make-up and whether it was possible to correct it. At the time, General, it was not known that it is the man who determines a child’s sex and not the woman.

John’s prayers, if we can call them that General, were as much answered as they were unanswered. The longed-for male heir was born on January 12, 1960. Named John after his father, he was, as per the official version of things, practically stillborn, being so piteously deformed and gravely ill that he was dead in a matter of only ten hours, a development of which Earl Spencer would in future remark thus, albeit with tongue-in-cheek: “It was a dreadful time for my parents and probably the root of their divorce because I don’t think they ever got over it.”

Again as per the official version, General, John was gutted and hurriedly got into stride, this time around utterly positive that having had two daughters in succession, it would be two sons in succession. But nature, General, is seldom that predictable or orderly.

The next child was in fact a daughter, the now iconic Diana, for the third time around. Although John is recorded as having marvelled at what a “perfect physical specimen” her newly-born daughter was, he was forlorn beneath the façade, as a result of which Diana, who as a child did sense a lingering frustration on the part of her father on her account, would openly intuit that she was an unwelcome child, a “nuisance to have around”, thanks to her “failure” to be born a boy. From a very age thus, General, Diana had concluded that she was not well-fated and presciently so!

Although the heir, Charles Spencer (the future Earl Spencer) finally arrived on May 20, 1964, Diana perceived very little if any change in the way she was contemplated by her parents. In fact, both she and Charles could not desist from wondering whether had John lived, they would have been born at all. Seemingly, they came to be simply because their father was desperate for a heir and not necessarily that he wanted two more children.  With the birth of Charles, General, John called it a day as far as the process of procreation was concerned.

GODDESS OF THE HUNT

Why was Diana so named, General? Throughout her life, it was taken as an article of faith that her name derived from Lady Diana Spencer, a member of the Spencer clan who lived between 1710 and 1735, dying at a pitifully tender age of only 25. Certainly, the two namesakes turned out to have precious much in common as we shall unpack at a later stage, as if the latter-day Diana’s life was deliberately manoeuvred to more or less sync with the ancestral Diana.

It emerged, however, General, that the connection to an ancestor was actually secondary, or maybe incidental. The primary inspiration of the name was at long last disclosed by Earl Spencer on September 7, 1997, the day of Princess Diana’s burial. Delivering the elegantly crafted eulogy, Earl Spencer had this to say in relation to her naming: “It is a point to remember that of all the ironies about Diana, perhaps the greatest was this – a girl given the name of the ancient goddess of hunting was, in the end, the most hunted person of the modern age.”

It is significant, if not curious, General, that of John’s three daughters, only Diana was given the name of a goddess. Clearly, there must have been a special reason for this as aristocrats do not confer names casually: every name carries a metaphorical, symbolic, or intentional message. Typically, it honours an iconic personage or spirit or somebody lesser but who evokes memories anyway.

Elizabeth Sarah, for instance, was in all probability named after the Queen’s mother, whose decades-long inner circle included Diana’s paternal and maternal grandmothers, and an ancestor going by the name Sarah Jennings (1760-1744). Charles Spencer was named after the family’s greatest forbearer, King Charles 1 of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 1625-1649. The ill-fated John was of course named after his father, who in turn was likely named after the 5th Earl Spencer, John Poyntz Spencer (1835-1910).

On occasion in occultic families, as the Spencer family latterly have been, a name, General, connotes a bad futuristic omen associated with its bearer and that was precisely the case with Diana.

THE FIRST DIANA

In its ancient rendering, the name Diana meant “The Heavenly One”, or goddess being a feminine style. The first Diana, General, was Inanna, an Anunnaki goddess whose Akkadian name was Ishtar – Esther in English. As you well know General, the Anunnaki are the Old Testament gods, Aliens from the planet Nibiru, the Solar System’s little-known planet which is seen only once in 3600 years, and who came to Earth 432,000 years ago as we comprehensively set down in the Earth Chronicles series.

The name Inanna is Sumerian, the Sumerians being the best-known civilisation of old who thrived around modern-day Iraq (called Sumer in ancient times) about 6000 years ago and who were indirectly governed by the Anunnaki. It was abbreviated from Nin-An-Ak, meaning “Lady of Heaven and Earth” or “Lady of the God of Heaven and Earth”.

She was so-called, General, not because she had particularly special godly qualities but owing to the fact that she was the earthly mistress of Anu, “Our Father Who Art In Heaven”, the King of the planet Nibiru, which humans of the day perceived as Heaven.

Anu was the father of Enlil, the principal Jehovah of the Bible. Enlil in turn had a second-born son called Nannar-Sin, the first Anunnaki to be born on Earth and who eventually became the Allah of Islam. It was Sin who fathered Inanna. Thus Inanna was Anu’s great-granddaughter but every time he visited Earth, Anu was sexually entertained by the stunningly beautiful Inanna, an act which in Anunnaki culture was not frowned upon.

Inanna was amongst other appellations known as the Goddess of Hunting (because of her penchant for, and skill in, waging war) and the Goddess of Love (in the sense of licentious love-making and not conventional moral love). Her other names in different parts of the world and across the ages were Irnin; Anunitu (Beloved of Anu); Aphrodite; Ashtoreth; Astarte; and Artemis, to mention only a few.

Although her celestial counterpart was the planet Venus, she was also loosely associated with the constellation Virgo as well as the moon. Once upon a time, when she was a virgin, Virgo was dedicated to her by her grandfather Jehovah-Enlil, who was Earth’s Chief Executive until circa 2024 BC. With regard to the moon, it primarily had to do with her twin brother Utu-Shamash, whose celestial counterpart was the sun: as such, Inanna’s inevitably had to be the moon. That, however, was only in a putative sense in that the operative moon god of the day was her father Sin.

Since moonlight effectively turns darkness into relative daylight, Inanna has in legends been referred to as Diana Lucifera, the latter term meaning “light-bringer”. Inanna’s association with the moon, General, partly explains why she was called the “Heavenly One” since the moon is a heavenly body, that is, a firmament-based body. It also explains why she was also known as Luna, which is Latin for moon.

A STEERED LIFE FOR GOOD OR ILL

Now, children of royals, aristocrats and other such members of high society, General, are invariably named before they are born. True, when a Prince William or Prince George comes along, the word that is put out into the public domain is that several names have been bandied about and the preferred one will “soon be announced”. That, General, is utter hogwash.

No prince, princess, or any other member of the nobility for that matter, is named at or sometime after their birth. Two names, a feminine and a masculine one, are already finalised whilst the child is in the womb, so that the name the child eventually goes by will depend on no other factor beside its gender.

Princess Diana, General, was named a full week after her birth, as if consultations of some sort with certain overarching figures had to be concluded first and foremost. Apparently, the broader outlines of her future first had to be secretly mapped out and charted in the manner of a child of destiny, though in her case she was as much a child of destiny as she was a doomed child. In her childhood reminiscences, Diana does hint at having been tipped to the effect that she was a special child and therefore had to scrupulously preserve herself.

“I always felt very different from somebody else, very detached,” she told her biographer Andrew Morton as per his 1992 book Diana Her True Story – In Her Own Words. “I knew I was going somewhere different but had no idea where. I said to my father when I was 13, ‘I know I am going to marry someone in the public eye’.” That, General, speaks volumes on the deliberately designed grooming she was subjected to in the formative years of her pilgrimage in life.

Since it was repeatedly drummed in her highly impressionable mind that there was something big in store for her along the way, Diana, General, remained chaste throughout her upbringing, if not an outright virgin to in all probability conform to the profile of the goddess Diana/Inanna before she exploded into a lecherous, loose-mannered nymphomaniac in her adult life as we underscored in the Earth Chronicles series. “By the time I got to the top of the school,” Diana said to Morton, “all my friends had boyfriends but not me because I knew somehow that I had to keep myself very tidy for whatever was coming my way.”

A DISPARAGED BIRTH?

Unusual for an aristocrat, General, Diana was born not in the rather apt precincts of a high-end hospital but within the banality of Park House itself. Whether hired midwives were on hand to help usher her into the world or it was only her dad, mum and closer womenfolk relations who did we can only speculate.

If for one reason or the other her parents were desirous that she be delivered at home, what secret rites did they perform as her mother’s waters broke, General? What incantations, if at all, did John utter over her? Was her birth an occultic one with all the attendant paraphernalia as opposed to a conventional one?

That Diana’s arrival was not a particularly cherished event, General, is evidenced by the fact that she was christened within the Sandringham Estate, at St. Mary Magdalene Church, with only well-to-do commoners in attendance, whereas the more prized child, her younger brother Charles, was christened at Westminster Abbey, in the presence of the Queen, who was designated as his principal godmother.

Anyhow, it was just as well, General, that it was in the hallowed environs of St. Mary Magdalene Church that Diana was committed to the “The Lord” as she was in a manner of speaking the Mary Magdalene of our day.

NEXT WEEK: A FAMILY THAT DABBLED IN WITCHCRAFT

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Challenges in our lives

21st June 2022

Allah Almighty reminds us: ‘On no soul does Allah place a burden greater than it can bear’ (Qur’an 2:286). Also: “Be patient. Surely, Allah is with those who are the patient.” [Qur’an 8: 46].

Without fail, whether we like it or not there are times in our lives when many things seem to go wrong and as mere humans we go into a panic syndrome and are left wondering; why me? Why now? What have I done to deserve this? We are all tested with adversity, hard times and pain, but these tribulations are the Almighty’s way of transforming us and help us develop spiritually.

As mere humans we all have different reactions when something good or bad happens to us, and usually our reactions depend on the strength of our religious belief and of our righteous deeds and actions.

One person may receive blessings and goodness with gratitude and accepts the bad challenges and patches in his life with perseverance and endurance. This positive attitude brings him peace of mind and happiness, causing his grief, anxiety and misery to ease. Thus, this positivity brings a balance and contentment in his life.

On the other hand another person receives blessings and goodness with arrogance and transgression; his manners degenerate and become evil; he receives this goodness and utilizes it in an unthinking and uncaring manner; it does not give him any peace of mind as his mind is always distressed, nervous and restless.

Thus when faced with loss and difficulty, due to his arrogant nature, he begins to ask why me? What have I done to deserve this and he may even damn and curse others and thinks that they are plotting his downfall.

But every now and then we should stop to ponder over the blessings both apparent and hidden from The Almighty upon us, it is only then that we will realise that our Lord has granted us abundant blessings and protected us from a number of evils; this will certainly ease our grief and anxiety and bring about a measure of happiness and contentment.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Look to those who are lower than you (those who possess less than you) and do not look to those higher than you; this will make you appreciate the bounties of Allah upon you.”

Whether we are believers or disbelievers, virtuous or sinful, most of us are to a certain degree able to adapt and condition ourselves to face adversity and remain calm during these moments of challenge, uncertainty and upheaval.

When people receive affliction with fear, discontent, sorrow and despair; their life becomes miserable, they panic and become short tempered. Such people are unable to exercise patience remain restless, stressed and cannot find contentment that could make life easier for them.

On the other hand, due to a believer’s strong faith and reliance on Allah, it makes him persevere and he emerges stronger than others in difficult situations as this reduces his fear and anxiety and that ultimately makes matters easier for him. If he is afflicted with sickness, poverty or any other affliction, he is tranquil and content and has no desire for anything which has not been decreed for him.

‘If Allah touches you with affliction, none can remove it but He; if He touches you with happiness, He has power over all things’ (Qur’an 6: 17).Therefore the believer prays to his Lord: ‘Our Lord, condemn us not if we forget or fall into error…lay not on us a burden greater than which we have the strength to bear’ (Qur’an 2:286)

However, the one who is weak in faith will be just the opposite; he becomes anxious, nervous, confused and full of fear. The anxiety and paranoia will team up against him because this person does not have the faith that could enable him to persevere during tough times, he is less likely to handle the pressures and will be left in a somewhat troubled and depressed state of mind.

It is natural that as humans we are always fearful of losing the things that we have acquired; we desire and cherish them and we are anxious to acquire more, because many of us will never reach a point where we are satisfied with the material things in life.

When certain frightening, disturbing or unsettling events occur, like emergencies or accidents we find that a person with sound faith is calm, steadfast, and able to cope with the situation and handle the hardship he is going through; such a person has conditioned himself to face afflictions and this makes his heart stronger and more steadfast, which gives him a level of tranquillity.

This shows the difference between a person who has strong belief and acts accordingly, and another who is not at this level of faith. Due to the strong belief of the true believer he is content with whatever Allah Almighty has decreed,

This life is full of ups and downs and uncertainties, but the only certain thing is that from the moment we are born we will be tested with life’s challenges throughout our entire lives, up to and to the final certainty, death. ‘Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives, or the fruits of your toil, but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere’ (Qur’an2:155).

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “How wonderful is the matter of the believer! All of his matters are good and this is the case for nobody except a believer. If he is blessed with prosperity he thanks (Allah Almighty) and that is good for him; and if he is afflicted with adversity he is patient and perseveres and that is also good for him.”

During those challenging times you have three choices: either you can let them define you, let them destroy you; or you can let them strengthen you.

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Train Spotting

21st June 2022

Here in Botswana we are in the throes of winter chills, currently experiencing the tail-end of a deep freeze in South Africa which has brought snow to parts of the Karoo. Conversely, over in the United Kingdom, they are moving into summer and there is a mini heatwave happening, with temperatures in the thirties.

Both countries have one thing in common – they are heavily reliant on tourism revenues and both have accordingly suffered due to Covid which severely curtailed all movement and travel, most of all for leisure and pleasure. However, earlier this year the UK cast off the last of its Covid restrictions and travel requirements and basically declared the pandemic to be over. Britain was back in business!

So the very hard-hit hospitality sectors finally had some good news. The crowds would be returning, needing hotel and bed & breakfast accommodation, snacks and sit-down meals, pub lunches and all manner of ancillary services. Other related sectors also put out the metaphorical flags – theatres, cinemas, theme parks, camping & caravan sites, all of which had suffered hugely during the pandemic and all could now re-open their doors to paying punters.

If you’ve ever visited the UK you will know of its many attractions. London is not only a vibrant, multi-cultural city, it is also very historic, with centuries-old palaces and cathedrals and world-class galleries and museums. Outside the capital, there is glorious scenery, from rolling pastures in the south to the breath-taking Lake District and the Highlands and lovely lochs to the far north in Scotland plus all manner of coastal delights and cultural experiences.

For everyone even remotely involved in leisure, hospitality and entertainment, it was cash registers and swipe machines at the ready!

But then green for go suddenly and without warning changed to red for stop. It began with misery for air passengers. Only last week the UK Guardian reported ‘It has been another ” week of chaos at UK airports, with hundreds of flights cancelled and holidaymakers facing long queues, with reports of waits of up to eight hours. Pent-up demand for travel and staff shortages have combined to put pressure on airports and airlines.’

The Prospect union, which represents thousands of aviation staff, ” warned on Tuesday that “things could get worse this summer before they get better”, quoting staff shortages across the industry, with a huge reliance on overtime to get by day to day. The problem stemmed from the massive, industry-wide lay-offs over Covid and a sector seemingly taken by surprise by the lifting of travel restrictions. Airlines are now scrambling to replace staff made redundant, many of whom were forced to find employment in other sectors.

In addition some specialised staff such are aircrew had no option but to let their licences lapse and now find themselves technically not fit for flying duties. Ironically, one of the country’s largest and longest-established airline – British Airways – appears to be the one most severely affected with many of their former cabin crew members reporting that they had been laid off during the downturn with the promise of potential re-employment later but who are now being told their services are not required.

One BA pilot has warned of potential staff exodus and further delays that could last through to winter. When talking about ongoing staff shortages in the industry he predicted: “We might be correctly crewed by winter time. There is no chance this will be sorted this summer.

The last month (August) might be okay.” UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps put the blame squarely on the industry for the widespread chaos, saying some airlines had cut too many staff during the pandemic. “The decisions as to whether or not to lay off in the end were airlines’ decisions. They clearly in the end, looking back, cut too far on that,” he told the BBC.

Lufthansa is also joining the party in announcing cancellations. The airline will be scrapping 900 flights from its schedule, from next month. Affected flights will predominantly be on Fridays and weekends to a number of European destinations, from Frankfurt and Munich.

The airline stated: “After …two years of the pandemic, Lufthansa group airlines report high demand for air travel this summer……At present, however, the infrastructure has not yet been fully restored. The entire aviation industry, especially in Europe, is currently suffering from bottlenecks and staff shortages. This affects airports, ground handling services, air traffic control, and also airlines.”

Of course some flights are taking place and some tourists are managing to make it into the UK on a much-needed holiday but for many of them sadly, the airport might be as far as they get because to add to the flight misery, members of two large transport union, the RMT and Unite, will bring the London Underground to a grinding halt next week with planned strike action.

Simultaneously, but in a separate dispute, other RMT members will also be staging a series of strikes on Network Rail and other mainline UK train operators. So should those tourists wish to proceed to some of the country’s top holiday destinations, they’d be well advised to seek an alternative means of transport.

Economists are already predicting this wave of strikes to cost the UK economy at least £91million, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research, proving devastating for the night-time and hospitality industries in particular. Hospitality chiefs estimated the national rail strike alone will cost the sector £540million over the week amid a 20 per cent drop in sales, the combination of which will hit ‘fragile consumer confidence’ and could ‘deliver a fatal financial blow’ to some firms.

In response, Transport for London (TFL), presumably in all seriousness, said its teams from Santander Cycles will be ensuring hire bicycles are ‘distributed at key locations according to demand’ and told commuters that ‘walking or cycling may be quicker for some journeys’ during the strike action.

Sounds to me like the message is ‘On yer bike’!

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