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Monday, 14 November 2011

Songs Of The Holy Grail And The End Of The World


My Fortean Opus - Songs Of The Holy Grail And The End Of The World - has been entered into the grammys for this year under Best Alternative Album...which is way cool...

I had fun recording this album at home, especially as it's a triple album featuring 30 songs on everything from Alchemy (Paracelsus) and the Rennes Les Chateau mystery to UFOs and end of the world prophecies. It's random and lo-fi, as all pocket gods releases are, and probably doesn't stand too much of a chance against our competition for the grammy - Radiohead, Elbow, PJ Harvey and Iron And Winde...but then again did any of them write a song about the knights templar hanging out at my local?

Should you wish you can buy the album from all major digital download stores - here is a link to the album in I tunes;
songs of the holy grail and the end of the world by the pocket gods

There is also a song on there called thetombman which is about Ben Hammott - who was featured in the ace film - Bloodline - by Bruce Burgess. Ben allegedly found a knights templar tomb near Rennes Les Chateau which may even be the tomb of Mary Magdalene.

Here is a link to the leaked grammy entry list for best alternative album which has the pocket gods at no. 75.
I also contacted Paddy Power bookmakers to see what our odds were of winning the grammy. They went away and did some calculations and got back to me with a price of 50 to 1! Which is not bad and they are the same odds for either Arsenal or Spurs to win this seasons Premier League title.

grammy entry list.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Magic Money!

More money has appeared in our house this afternoon. It appears all over the house and has even appeared in front of my wife as she lay in bed. Lately it has started to appear on a photo of my wife's Gran who recently passed away. Charles Fort called such items that randomly appear "apports" and may be evidence of parallel universes crossing over or some form of paranormal ghostly activity. Occams Razor which states that when all things being equal the most obvious explanation tends to be the right one. In this case this would probably mean that either my wife or I were hoaxing this but as we have both experienced them randomly appearing in front of us this can not be the case. I studied a science degree at university and used to be even more of a skeptic than King Dick of the Land Of Skeptics otherwise known as Dr Richard Wiseman ,who coincidentally lectures at the same University that I studied at, but since moving into this house in Sandridge my rational belief system has been turned upside down.
It also turns out that we are not one evening we broached the subject with the landlord of The Green Man after telling him where the money had come from that we had just spent on his lovely ales and that we hoped it just didn't disappear back off into the ether! He said that another of the locals had had the same thing happening in his house just around the corner from us.
I have a theory that this kind of paranormal activity may be linked in some way to ley lines or earth energies. As I mentioned in a previous blog there is a ley line running through Sandridge and there is also quite a bit of "Hertfordshire Puddingstone" which is a type of local stone which has said to possess special energies.

Apparently, dowsing rods go a little bit mental when placed over these stones. Maybe a combination of ley lines and this Hertfordshire Puddingstone create some special energies which allow access from other worlds/dimensions. Who knows? All I know is the money is still coming, not enough to make us rich but enough for the odd pub lunch!

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

more st albanian weirdness

St Albans is a wonderful place to live....if you're rich. It's full of bankers and footballers. However, its saving grace is its wonderful culture - from Roman ruins to the fab music scene it has something for everyone even footballers and bankers.
Yes there's more to Snorbens than the train line to london run by First C*nts Connect - incidentally FCC's first move once taking over ownership of the Station from Thameslink was to install charging cash machines...says it all really and sums up the current vibe in our once wonderful city.
Still they can't take away our history and well yes they can - remember the Mile House being demolished to make yet more poncy flats for poncy gets. Anyway, I digress as usual I wanted to share with you some secret arcane knowledge hidden away at the bottom of our park.

There is a church at the bottom of Verulamium park called St Michaels which gave it's name to the St Michaels part of St Albans. I noticed this odd symbol of the St David's cross in one of the church windows. As you may be aware the St David's cross is a sign of the Jewish faith and seems a little out of place in a Christian church. Except, this is no ordinary church it once was part of the Gorhambury Estate and home to lots of Baron dudes including the one and only Sir Francis Bacon who was a famous late 16th Century early 17th Century statesman, philosopher, scientist and general all round show off chap who died whilst inventing frozen chicken (look it up it's true). Inside the church there is a monument to him but it is the weird window that grabs the attention of my Fortean mind. Bacon was also Lord Chancellor of the country for a while and served under fellow smart alec King James 1st of England.

However, not many people know of his secret dark side where he was alleged to be a member of the uber secret society of the times - The Rosicrucians. Indeed one of their symbols that they used was the star of David which they used to imply their secret knowledge handed down by Kabbalists in the Jewish Mystery schools. It is still going today and has quite a following in the United States - see link below;

Some authors including the mad but bad author of The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown - see the Rosicrucians as an important link from The Knights Templars to modern day Freemasonry. Francis Bacon also wrote a philosophical treatise called New Atlantis in which a utopian society was ruled guessed it the Rosicrucians. In some ways Bacon was way ahead of his time. In New Atlantis he advocated greater rights for women and the abolition of slavery. However, some researchers have found a more seedy side to him which suggested he was a "pederast" in the fact that he preferred the company of young boys. This side of him is also kept quite hidden and I find it a bit scary and weird that there is a school named after him in St Albans.

Some writers have also linked Bacon to the mystery of Oak Island where the so called "Money Pit" is said to contain magical treasure such as the Ark Of The Covenant or The Holy Grail. Many 100's of people - treasure hunters, explorers and celebrities including Clark Gable have tried in vain to find this treasure. Some have put forward the theory that Bacon buried evidence in the Money Pit which proved to the world that he was the writer of the plays attributed to the great William Shakespeare. The trouble is the Money Pit has been highly booby trapped with an elaborate flooding system which has meant that it has been impossible to find the "treasure" at the bottom.

So there you go another little example of the weird and wonderful which can be found amongst the blocks of toytown yuppie flats and overpriced restaurants.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

I wrote a song about my local pub - The Green Man - in Sandridge, Hertfordshire. It's frequented by high ranking members of The Knights Templar. It's a bit like a rubbishy Dan Brown novel but with real ale, a dart board and a good selection of snacks. I live in Sandridge an olde worlde village on the out skirts of the commutervilledom that is St Albans. The village also apparently lies on an ancient ley line which is connected to St Albans Abbey. Someone told me once, maybe when I was high on Absinthe, that ley lines are an inter galactic grid upon which spaceships and ufos recharge their extraterrestrial batteries. That sounds like fun and I also saw one of those UFO Hunter dudes off the History channel say the same thing, except in an American accent. Strangely enough some sports reporter from the BBC reported a UFO flying over Hertfordshire recently so maybe there's something to this? Or maybe I should stop reading the Fortean Times and start subscribing to Richard Dawkins monthly?
Anyhoo, this song is taken off the album - Songs Of The Holy Grail And The End Of The World - by the pocket gods. It's a triple album  which does what it says on the packet and even has a song about The Tombman who was featured in the film Bloodline.
I do also write songs about ordinary stuff like sex, snacks and masturbation and I was also the co-inventor of the game flipper slipper.
This video was created for an ace zine that I write for in New York called Dig This Real check their page out @

"weird shit and ancient aliens"

I have been immersing myself in hours and hours of ancient aliens dvds. I'm not sure if any of it is true but they are lots of fun to watch.  However, all sense of credibility was lost when some guy with mad hair started going on about Merlin and his magic wand creating Stonehenge. It was something to do with sound waves but I missed the science bit as I was munching a packet of cheese and onion French Fries. It's all good research for my next but one album "The Land Of The Giants". Meanwhile I have just put together a nice little compilation album of the first 13 years of the pocket gods - entitled "Weird Shit, The Life And Times Of A Pocket God".
You can hear it for free on soundlcoud "weird shit"

It's a jolly little album full of pgs faves including lots of alien and fortean inspired tracks. It's also the soundtrack to my debut book of the same name which is being published later this year.
Right I'm off to listen to some football guff and much some more snacks.