More letters in the mail, ~12/10/02. I had a heads up, as usual. This was sent to my work address via courier.

Since these are the first handwritten pages I've ever been sent, and the photos are very detailed, so I have scanned everything in at a stupidly high resolution for those of you that want to take a closer look.

The 'large' versions average about 1 meg each, so be forewarned.

Summary of contents: A two page letter in red, followed by a handwritten copy of that letter in green - with an attached 1/10th krugerand, followed by 3 color copies of unknown origin.

Letter #1 -

  • Handwritttern letter page 1 : small - large

  • Handwritttern letter page 2 : small - large

  • Handwritttern letter page 3 (copy of 1) : small - large

  • Handwritttern letter page 4, extra text (copy of 2) : small - large

  • Coin that was attached to 2nd copy of letter front : back

  • Photo 1 small : large

  • Photo 2 small : large

  • Photo 3 small : large
    Juls - 04.15.2003

    Wasn't sure where to put this, it concerns the delivery dated 10th December 02, specifically, the second photograph at

    A particulary important feature in this picture would appear to be the coat of arms in the centre of the fireplace and the heraldic devices. Notice that the shield is quartered, this links up to the quartering of the announcements perhaps. A coat of arms is a visual device that has encoded within it a variety of information and the positioning and type of devices which can be used are governed by rules and entitlements. Their use is controlled, and historically, they were related to the right to bear arms. The topic is way to big to go into here, suffice it to say that I think there is a message being related through this about the analysis of the mayday announcements. As far as those in the photograph are concerned, it may be possible to identify the location by identifying the coat of arms. So far as I can see, the 1st and 4th quarters carry a sable (black) fleur de lis or cross (difficult to tell which) on an or (gold) background, the 2nd and 3rd quarters carry what looks like an argent (silver but actually white) saltire on a gules (red) background. A coronet sits atop the shield (possibly that of an earl - difficult to make out) with a helm above it. The supporters (the figures on either side) look like either gold coloured unicorns or horses (again, it's difficult to be sure). I don't know whose it is, it's possible that the line is extinct and that it is no longer in use. The most I can say is that it doesn't look like any of the Scottish ones and that the sable fleur de lis on a gold background is used by the Portman family in the UK, though it could have come from elsewhere in Europe of course. There are a few more depictions of the shield around the fireplace, in the stained glass of the windows and painted onto the big woodem beam in the ceiling. The text on the wooden beam, I would guess is the motto, which should also appear below the shield but can't really be seen properly there, I can't read it very well but it begins 'pius in/ia..' The model ship sitting on the cabinet suggests that their may be a naval connection. The glass cases below the windows suggest that this is somewhere that may be open to the public as a tourist attraction/ museum. There's probably more info that can be gleaned from this picture but that'll do for now.

    Waes Hal!

    Beacon: 04.30.2003
    RE the delivery photos of the Church/fireplace/organ
    The Organ seems to have has "made in Bruge in the year ... " embossed on it. it is possible that the chapel is a
    Gothic style South African Church. It would be out of order for the Puritanical Lutherans or similar Protestants to
    have  such an ornate pulpit so I suspect it is Anglican or Roman. The large cylinder suggests an automatic organ or
    clock chimes of music box type design. the second photograph seems to confirm this. It seems to be from the "back
    side" of the "organ". The two windmill like x shaped devices appear like governers which stop the mechanism
    unwinding too quickly by air resistance but I am not an organ or clock expert so I might be wrong. Maybe the
    "ropes" above the "organ player" run down below or up above into the main workings as the organist needs space
    behind him to view the altar during services. Judging by the internal supporting pillars and the nuts on them it
    appears to be the same machine.
    It is possible that the framed pictures hanging on walls are the same picture which gives a clue to orientation of
    the two different photos but I think they are not. 
    Speculate on the following. One might check for an archicetectural standard e.g.  If church apse and naves have the
    front doors face the rising sun or a compass direction then judging by the shadows it is near midday (assuming the
    sun is at his back and not at an angle). The shadows  in the other photos may be from artificial light but you can
    see the sun through the window. What I am suggesting is one might determins if it is northern or southern
    hemisphere church if theres is a convention for aspect of facings in construction and if organists always back onto
    the alter. This suggests a sun high from behind the altar and one could speculate on the basis that in the Northern
    Hemisphere Sun is never in the North when it is that high.
    The red and green Coloured of letters are not exactly the same. Some lines overrun. I have not checked the spelling
    and do not have it on front of me but there may be some different words. Look for inconsistancies is what is
    suggested. The colours if I remember are two of the ones used to wrap the banner message.

    Beacon: 05.04.2003
    I note he writes "v" and "u" as the same letter ( a bit Latin alphabet eh? ) An Amenuensis could be regarded as a "hireling". Jonah 1:13. Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them. The meaning of "desideratum" is more to do with something desired or needed. It is used also in a religious sence. The "desiderata" being a famous prayer. Beacon
    The Church of Our Lady Bruges.
    Take a look at the mechanism of the carilon also in Bruges:
    "Plus est en Vous" could be in the writing on the rafter overhead. That is the motto of the Gruutheuse Dukes of Brugges The House of GRUUTHUSE situated behind Our Lady's Church which has the pulpit featured in the other photo.
    The thing with the ropes is I believe the Belfry of Brugges
    Of Dutch and Flemish founders the firms of van den Gheyn (1550), Hemony (1650), Aerschodt & Wagheven at Louvain and others have a grea~t reputation in the Low Countries, especially for carillons," such as those at Antwerp or Bruges, a form of bell-music which has not taken much root in England, despite the advocacy of the Rev. H. R. Haweis, who proclaimed its superiority to English' change-ringing. ...
    Mechanical ringing is effected by a system of wires connected with small hammers striking the bells, usually on their outside, and worked either by connexion with the machinery of a clock, so as to play tunes or artificially arranged chimes at definite intervals; or with a key-board resembling that of an organ. The first of these methods is familiar in the chimes (Cambridge, Westminster, &c.) heard from many towers at the striking of the hours and quarters; or in hymn tunes played at intervals (e.g. of three hours) upon the church bells. The second method is peculiar to the " carillon " (q.v.), as found everywhere in Belgium, where with a set of from 20 or 30 to 60 or 70 bells a much wider scope f-or tunes and harmonies is provided than in English belfries, few of which have more than one octave of bells in one key only and none more than. 12 bells. The carillons at Louvain and Bruges contain 40 bells, and that of Mechlin 44, while in the tower of Antwerp cathedral there are upwards of 90 bells, for the largest of which, cast in 1507, Charles V. stood sponsor at its consecration. ----
    By the way: Longfellow wrote a poem The Belfry of Bruges in the nineteenth century.

    Juls: 09.08.2003
    Beacon is correct, the second photograph is of the Gruuthusemuseum.  A search didn't produce an pics of the interior but I
    did manage to discover that the Gruuthuse shield, that we see decorating the room, is used on the labels of bottles of 'Gruuthuse
    bier' :-D

    Juls 03.25.2005
    The almost-same message in both red and green - red & green being opposite colours - seems to suggest a strategy of
    proffering the almost-same message from two (to outward appearances) opposing sides.  Sounds a bit like politics usually is these
    days here in England LOL - folk think they're being given a choice when they don't really have a choice to vote for atall, just
    different faces.
    For what it's worth - Bruges was the 'European Capital of Culture' in 2002.
    in the C15th, during the time when the earlier part of the Gruuthuse was built, Bruges was the centre for the Diamond industry
    though it was relocated to Antwerp in the C16th Diamonds would provide a link to SA - the Krugerrand - Diamond mining there brings
    us up to more modern times - end of the C19th on.  After Antwerp, the centre of the Diamond trade moved to Amsterdam, but then back
    to Belgium at the beginning of the C20th.  There is a museum devoted to the diamond industry in Bruges:
    "Bruges is the city where the art of diamond polishing was invented in the 15th century by local goldsmith Lodewijk van Berquem."
    "A walk through the museum is, consequently, a voyage in place and time: Bruges in the 15th century, the relocation of the diamond
    industry from Bruges to Antwerp in the 16th century, and on to Amsterdam in the 17th and 18th centuries; then, diamond mining in
    South Africa at the end of the 19th of the 20th century and back to today's diamond activity in Belgium, plus all the
    geographically diverse diamond activities of modern times."
    Re. the belfry - the building is C13th & C15th.  The belfry tower has 366 steps to the top and houses the carillon, the
    medieval treasury is on the second floor.  Lots of pics and a bit more history here:
    Apparently the Church of Our Lady is connected to the Gruuthuuse by a corridor.

    sjwk 11.25.2005
    I think I'd managed to miss this page before and amazed noone else has pointed it out, but photo 1 has a motif above the
    pulpit that looks suspiciously illuminati in appearance...  No all-seeing-eye, but 'Veritas'.  Can't find any reference online as
    to how it came to be in that particular church.  Anyone?

    Click here to submit a clue for this page.

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