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Oh what a joy to hear Stephen Fry narrating a program on Dolphins and Whales last night called DEEP THINKERS. I adore dolphins but didn’t know their brains are larger than humans, only topped by Whales, and that they share Spindle Cells, which may be the key to developing a higher aspect of consciousness – self awareness – and so adaptive cognitive thought. Perhaps shared primarily by humans, Cetaceans, primates and elephants, although I believe the weave of Super Nature to be far more mysterious, in the emergence of consciousness itself. But first to the joy and play of those delightful creatures, so magical and mysterious because they seem, unlike man, so at one with the element they inhabit. Perhaps in life we should all just be studying a capacity for freedom and deep play, as happened when the scientists placed a bubble ring machine at the sea bottom and then watched the dolphins first investigate then begin to sport with it, diving gloriously through the expanding rings, or trying to eat them. The idea seemed so cleverly in tune too with the next sequences of what Humpback Whales do so naturally themselves, apart from all that echo locating (um, do whales echo locate too?) or underwater song – bubble netting vast catches of herring, as they breach like hungry Titans. There are very few who are not somehow spiritually moved or even repositioned by encountering those creatures in the wild, hence the animal’s celebrated healing powers, just as so many have said that looking into a whale’s eye brings a connection. Then to the placing of a mirror in an aquarium and seeing dolphin fascination as they came to explore, try to look behind the thing and realizes that they were seeing themselves. For more than a moment you could be forgiven for thinking a dolphin had just smiled and winked at you.

It brought back so many memories of wildlife travel writing for UK National newspapers, years ago, and getting to do some really astonishing trips too. Like searching for Bottlenose dolphins in the Cotto Golphito in Costa Rica, when I was stupid enough to take off my shirt on the little dingy hugging a slimy sea and got secondary burns, within a couple of hours. Or touching the primeval thrill of spotting a hammerhead shark, half way up a mast on a beautiful Ketch sailing in the Azores, or feeling my heart cope with the sudden fear and desire to hyper ventilate, as I came up just ten feet above to six foot reef sharks navigating a gully diving in Lombok. Breathe, and be at one! Weirdest was a nigh time drift dive in the red sea, when a US marine very literally had to take me in hand, I got so spaced out by how the night shift came online on the reef: Crustacea with burning eyes, waving fluorescent anemone, ghoulish faces poking from the living coral and prawns that seemed to be wearing cloths ‘like the falring skirts of Spanish dancers’. Such wonders, that so make me so want to support the likes of Kelly, a young ecologist who has written here so well on her work with Coyotes in California. That trip to the Azores though, where once the seas had turned blood red with the spear whaling of remarkably brave if misguided whalers, before those mighty bodies were melted down in giant vats, was a kind of spiritual Cetacean fest. Like seeing pilot whales, with their shiny black alien heads nosing up to us out of the wild spume, or something like sixty Sperm whales breach, thundering into the skies and turning the sea into a riot of sunlit splashback. The best moment though was in a dingy at the side of that ketch when a mother Sperm whale, guarding her calf, suddenly dived and only half a boat away the fluke of her gigantic black tail rose before me, a kind of sub-equatic miracle, like a living tree dripping with new rain, before she slipped back into the deep.

The film though was such a glorious antidote to the awful and damaging documentaries that are often pumped out there, especially in the US, I’m afraid, exploiting the melodramatic or sensationalist, like the ‘killer this or that‘, essentially to encourage that most tragic human capacity, irrational fear, for all the awareness we do need in and of the wild. It is one of the things we have always done best, thanks to the likes of Sir David Attenborough. With Sol’s bird photos though being so wonderfully posted on the Facebook page “Stories in The Post – the Dragon tries again”, or Socrates, Kelly’s chum, the marvelous dogs, cats and horses (and of course Kate’s mice, to cheer on a musical CHEESE!) that I’ve seen among the Kickstarter street team and now Charlie posting about the attack on Romanian forests, such a preserve of bears and wolves in Europe, perhaps we can all connect our Spindle Cells, to affect each other and the world in some small way! Please do come and join the Facebook party too then and help breath life into a more mythical creature too, a little Fire cutting Dragon called…!


Dragon in The Post is now being blogged in part on Wattpad, at David Clement-Davies’s page there and on Facebook. It is in preparation for another Kickstarter campaign and attempt to create a crowd funded publishing model. The photo is a public domain Wikepedia image of a pod of Dolphins in the Red sea.

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The Channel 4 programme tonight, courtesy of that supreme hypnotist Derren Brown, in his new series ‘The Experiments’, was both extraordinary and terrifying. He hypnotised an ‘ordinary’ member of the public, which clearly means one most susceptible, to assassinate Stephen Fry on stage. Of course the bullets were fake, but the controlled ‘assassin’ believed everything was real, and was also immediately programmed to completely forget. He went into Marksman Mode, on hidden camera, which had also remarkably increased his capacity on a firing range, and then into Amnesia Mode, and went through with it right to the end, with Stephen Fry’s public collapse, complete with fake blood capsules.

But the point of the show, beyond the raw entertainment, was Robert Kennedy’s assassination in the Kitchens of the Ambassador Hotel on June 5th 1968. The assassin Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian immigrant, claimed, a claim still maintained in prison, that he did not and does not remember a thing, and for weeks before too, except the famous woman in the Polka dot dress. Polka dots where also used as a trigger by Derren Brown to bring on his subject’s hypnotic trance. So pointing to mind control programmes, to train and operate assassins, including those like MK Ultra, which were operated by the CIA.

Derren Brown’s mastery is to open up the whole truth to the public, probably as extraordinary about the human mind as any illusionism, but this programme must surely lead to a reinvestigation of the Sirhan Sirhan case. There was the theatrical element in Brown’s experiment, one of familiarity too, namely that it was still done in a theatre, where Stephen Fry was talking, and that the subject also believed he was participating in one of Derren’s TV shows, in a different capacity. But it was hugely convincing and very chilling indeed. Can Brown re-hypnotise such a person as Sirhan Sirhan – refused parole repeatedly, partly on the grounds of not showing enough remorse, let alone recall – to remember more of those tragic events, if that is what happened? Though if it was mind control, as now has been proved is entirely possible, the sinister truth has probably been long hidden in the files of secret controllers, who ever they might have been.

Phoenix Ark Press has published an article on Allen Dulles, WWII hero in Switzerland, much loved internally and lionized CIA Director, lawyer at Cromwell and Sullivan, and someone who during the Cold War became involved in assassination programmes. The CIA developed out of the OSS and Roosevelt’s proscription they should use any means, including Black Ops, to fight the Nazis and a World War, at every level. Dulles became supremely adept at it in Switzerland, the model for the character in the film The Good Shepherd, but it was of course Bobby’s brother, JFK, who famously said of the CIA that he wanted to ‘scatter the organisation to the four winds’. Dulles was also involved in programmes like Operation Mockingbird, to influence the American Media against his and the West’s post war obsession, Communists.


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