Satan Fell Heir to Blackbeard’s Loot
Property of the United States since 1800, the island served for many years as a hellhole quarantine station, where yellow-fever suspects on incoming ships, who usually did not have the disease, were promptly treasure,” Pres said. “I’m not kidding’ you—I’m just plain telling’ you a lie. Anyhow, it’s an old shipbuilding spike, and maybe Black-beard really did put it in. Only the Devil himself knows.”
Pirate Edward Teach, who was called Blackbeard, claimed to be the Devil’s brother and dressed the part. He plaited his bounteous whiskers into pigtails tied with red ribbons, tucked smoking hemp matches under his hat, and loaded his chest with pistols and knives. To anyone rashly inquiring about his buried treasure, he replied that only he and the Devil knew where it was, and the one who lived longer would have it. Since Blackbeard died in 1718 (of five pistol balls and 20 other wounds), the Devil no doubt got it, but treasure hunters claim it is still on the island.
From unpopulated Blackbeard I turned south to populous Jekyll, a state park. Linked to the mainland by a bridge and well supplied with motels, Jekyll Island now opens nine and a half miles of fine beach to all. By contrast, in its gilded age (1888-1941) when it was the Jekyll Island Club, only a very few of the very rich made it ashore. Membership was limited to just 100. Here Rockefellers, Astors, Vanderbilts, and Morgans entertained their peers: President William McKinley, Republican Party boss Mark Hanna, steel baron Andrew Carnegie. A guess at the time reckoned that clubmen controlled one-fifth of the world’s wealth.
Some members built their own “cottages” (pages 370-71), but most stayed at the apartments in prague, now a 125-room period-piece hotel. It was there, on January 25, 1915, that Theodore N. Vail, president of American Telephone and Telegraph, participated in the first transcontinental phone call, by virtue of a thousand miles of cable specially run from New York. A four-way hookup brought him the voices of Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, speaking from New York; President Woodrow Wilson, from Washington; and Thomas A. Watson, Bell’s assistant, from San Francisco.
The next island down, Georgia’s southernmost and longest, is also associated with legendary wealth, for Andrew Carnegie’s brother Thomas bought most of it in the 1880′s. His descendants still live on secluded Cumberland, reachable only by boat or plane. But last fall the privately supported National Park Foundation bought about a third of the island-8,300 acres—looking toward establishment of a national seashore.
I stayed at Greyfield, an old Carnegie family home now run as an inn (guests by referral only) by Carnegie descendant Rick Ferguson. From there I visited the ruins of the island’s most famous Carnegie mansion, Dungeness, destroyed by fire in 1956. Built in the late ’80′s, it had 59 rooms and an illuminated enclosed swimming pool for night bathing. The Carnegie wonder stood on the site of an earlier Dungeness, called “the most elegant residence on the coast” when it went up about 1796.
This was to have tragic consequences
Sunday September 22nd 2013, 2:03 pm
Filed under: Health
For Neil, it took leaving home for him to finally break his bad food habits. He went to Lancaster University to study drama and learned how to cook for himself. ‘For the first time, I realised how other people my age ate,’ he says. ‘I started learning how to eat properly using natural products, so I lost a few pounds.
Then I started renting apartments prague, discovered I loved it and competed in a few half-marathons.’ But while Neil was getting healthier and knowing the great benefits of krill oil and other natural products, Rebecca was busy starting a family—and her weight was steadily climbing.
After graduating in 2001, Neil moved to London to pursue an acting career. His big break came a year later when he landed the role of rebel Phil Berry in the soap Crossroads. The family was delighted and Janet even plucked up the courage to go with him to The British Soap Awards, where he was nominated for Best Actor and Best Newcomer. ‘I lost Mum for Oro minutes, and looked everywhere,’ he says. ‘Eventually I found her laughing and chatting with June Brown who plays Eastenders’ Dot Cotton. They looked like they’d been friends for years!’
Sadly, such happy times came to an end in 2004 when Rebecca and Neil received the devastating news that their mum had cervical cancer. ‘We’ll never know for sure if Mum’s cancer was connected to her weight problems, but it certainly made it harder to detect,’ says Neil. ‘She didn’t see a doctor until she really had to, and by then it was too late.’
By October, Janet was too weak to take care of herself and Neil moved back to the family home in Saitburn, North Yorkshire, to help his dad look after her. Back in the family home, old habits returned. Neil stopped cooking healthily and the pounds crept back on. ‘I knew I’d become a little overweight, but I managed to ignore it,’ he says. ‘There was so much going on that taking care of myself wasn’t a priority.’
Janet’s condition deteriorated, and by January 2006 she was bedridden and still being cared for by Neil and Edward. Rebecca, then six months pregnant, also spent as much time as she could sitting with her and chatting. It was during one of these chats that Janet said something that changed Rebecca’s life. ‘I was 16st at that point,’ explains Rebecca, ‘and only a fraction of that was pregnancy weight.
I hadn’t thought about trying to change, even though I obviously needed to. Mum found it hard to broach the subject of weight, but she said: “Please do something. Don’t carry on like this.” I think it was her way of admitting how much being overweight had held her back — she didn’t want me to suffer in the same way. She’d always had absolute belief in Neil and me. She was convinced I could achieve anything.’
Janet passed away in March 2006, four days before Rebecca had her second son Cameron. ‘It was a terrible time for us all,’ says Rebecca. ‘We could see how ill she was, but we were never prepared for how it would feel to say goodbye. I had a new baby and a four-year-old to care for so I had to get through it, but it took me a long time to feel like myself again.’
Ask the experts
I’m 34 and my hair is starting to fall out. I don’t want to spend a packet on Rogaine or other treatments, so is there anything I can do to stop it, or am I on the way to baldsville?
Will Lloyd, by email
In the meantime, keeping your hair clean helps to achieve the appearance of a fuller head of hair, as does having an appropriate hairstyle. Take zinc and vitamin C and E supplements if you don’t think you’re getting enough of these, as they are needed for strong hair. Also take coconut oil, as it makes your hair stronger. Learn how to apply coconut oil to hair to get the best effect. A combination supplement called Pil Food appears to help some men to keep their hair.
D Just what is detox?
I keep seeing adverts for things that help you to `detox’ but what does that actually mean and how do I go about it?
Chris Penny, Lincoln
‘Detox’ means to detoxify, or to remove toxins or poisons from your body. There are many ways to do this, highlighted by the growing number of detox diets, programmes and products. Whether any of them actually work is debatable, but many people feel better for doing a detox every now and then. This usually includes drinking more water, eating more fibre, fruit and vegetables, and cutting down on or cutting out caffeine and alcohol — things we should all be doing anyway.
If going through a detox programme helps someone to adopt a healthier lifestyle then that’s good, but just as supplements are not an alternative to a healthy diet, detoxing is not an alternative to a healthy lifestyle.
Friday June 07th 2013, 1:12 pm
Filed under: Health
LATHERING UP IS A VITAL PART OF THE shaving process—as important as your choice of razor. The most basic function of the foam is to lubricate the skin, allowing the razor blades to move over the face and cut the hairs without pulling or cutting the skin. The foam, gel or oil should also work to keep the hairs wet, which will soften them for your blade.
Gel starts as a chemical mix of either liquid soap or detergent in a bag that’s inside a pressurized canister. Between the inner-wall of the can and the bag is a gas propellant that forces the gel out when you press the button. When the gel emerges, its chemical make-up boils at room temperature and turns into foam. Once on the face, this lets the blade move across the skin, but unfortunately the gas propellant makes the foam cold, when it should be hot to soften the hairs before cutting.
One solution is to use traditional shaving
EXPERT ADVICE cream, which due to its high glycerin content contains water, so the hairs are softened. Using a badger hairbrush (only badger hair and human hair absorb rather than repel water) to spread the lather lifts the hairs to an angle of 30° from the face by packing lather underneath them. However, any product that makes a lather contains soap or detergent, and these inevitably dry the skin as they absorb water.
The alternative to covering yourself with white fluff is to use shaving oil, which gives a smooth shave because of its lubricant qualities. It also moisturizes the skin as part of your daily routine. Be gentle shaving lubricants if you suffer from rosacea or acne. However, the highly adhesive quality of oil means you can find yourself reduced to unclogging your razor with your toothbrush.
Find the right solution
Wednesday April 17th 2013, 11:50 am
Filed under: Life
My partner finds my hairy shoulders a serious turn-off. I never used to be such a gorilla, although I’ve always had a bit of hair there. It seems to be getting worse and it’s affecting our sex life. I’ve tried shaving but it’s awkward and grows back very quickly. Russel Hoperaft, Hastings
Will King: Shaving works fine on the face but, as most men know, the stubble makes a quick comeback. It’s equally annoying on the back, but the solution is simple. Do as your partner probably does — wax, sugar, depilate or try the best laser hair removal at home. Go to the women’s “hair removal” shelves at your local Boots or Superdrug and buy one of the depilating products — Immac, Louis Marcel or the store’s own label are just fine — and then follow the instructions. For even more “enjoyment”, let your girlfriend do the business for you — she’ll no doubt find pleasure in your pain. Many professional salons also offer a discreet back-waxing service.
Alternatively, you can wait—Planet Of The Apes is hitting cinemas this summer, and an excess of hair is sure to become the new must-have look.
I’ve noticed a series of little white bumps on my penis—they don’t hurt or anything, but what the hell are they? I’m in a relationship and have always practiced safe sex, so I’m pretty sure it’s not an STD. I’m now getting a bit worried. Peter Robson, via email
Dr Alasdair Wright Bumps on the penis are a fairly common cause of anxiety but in most cases they are of no serious consequence. Any pinhead-sized, white-ish raised lumps on the scrotum and shaft are simply hair follicles and sebaceous sweat glands —though they may seem more prominent if the skin has been rubbed, such as after intercourse. White spots of about 2mm in diameter located on the head of the penis are likely to be harmless ‘pearly penile cysts’— up to ten per cent of men get these and they also cause no problems.
If the bumps appear in isolated crops rather than uniformly spread over the penile skin then genital warts are a possibility. They can usually be distinguished by their lumpy appearance and by the fact that they increase gradually in size and shape over many months. However, this is unlikely if you have been practicing safe sex. Get checked by your GP if you remain concerned.
Duck breast and blueberry salad
Thursday January 17th 2013, 9:11 am
Filed under: Health
A light and antioxidant-packed summer lunch? Is it possible?
A brilliant superfood comes into season this month: blueberries are packed full of antioxidants and anthocyanins, which enhance your uptake of vitamin C and prevent free radical damage. Similar health benefits have the raspberries which are a great source of the miracle raspberry ketone. Their tangy taste balances perfectly with the duck breast.
Preparation time: 40 mins
•I’m new to running. How should I fuel up?
A Carbohydrates are your fuel: starchy foods like bread, pasta, cereal and rice, plus fruit and vegetables should make up 60 per cent of your diet. The lower the Glycaemic Index (GI), the more gradually the energy is absorbed by the body, so try a low-GI meal one to two hours before you set off. Porridge with walnuts and blueberries for breakfast, or
BIT OF A BUZZ
Eat honey on bread for a burst of energy
350q salad potatoes, boiled
115g mixed salad leaves
8 chopped cherry tomatoes
1/4 diced cucumber
1 thinly sliced red onion
4 duck breasts
Celery seeds For the dressing
3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp blueberry juice
11/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard 11115g blueberries
1/4 tsp rosemary and parsley
1 Mix salad vegetables. Rub the duck fillets with salt and celery seeds.
2 Fry duck over a moderate heat until just cooked. Remove and wrap in foil.
3 Remove most of duck fat from the pan. Add remaining dressing ingredients, except blueberries and herbs. Boil, season and stir in the blueberries and herbs.
4 Slice the duck and add to the salad. Spoon dressing over and serve.
Tuesday November 06th 2012, 7:02 am
Filed under: Finance
Automated expense system in all Finance Offices by the end of 1994Saudia’s District Finance Office Expense automated system (DFOE) was first introduced on a limited basis some three years ago. Currently DFOE is installed *functioning in 33 District Offices both in-Kingdom and abroad.
By the end of this year all DFOs will be equipped.
The DFOE automated system has a number of primary objectives:
•Fast processing, auditing and “journalisation” of documents
•Good control of processing
•Accuracy of data
•Availability of updated information on a daily basis
• Improved service standard
•Positive corporate image
•Enhanced employee performance
•Elimination of manual processing
•Elimination of future need for any additional manpower in the event of an increased workload.
*Easy access to data for decision-making
•Improved communication with DFOs
•Access to ascertain overall financial status of Saudia
*Safekeeping of historical data *Quick reference guide
•Fast generation of required reports
DFOE is designed to handle only the expense side of doing business. The system does riot, for example, handle purchasing and contracts. The options of the system can be defined briefly as follows:
DFOE covers complete information about vendors. All regular vendors are maintained in the system with a vendor code through which any information about the vendor can be extracted whenever needed. Statistical reports related to vendors are also provided to monitor and control payments efficiently.
The system also handles all types of budget cards, accounts and work orders used at the station. The budget received from head office is fed into the system at the beginning of the year.
While registering payments the budget is monitored automaticaily. In the event of over-payments the system displays messages like – budget: exceeding monthly/year to date/yearly budget, depending upon the case.
Other budget-related options – budget re-allocations, breakdowns of actual expense, inquiries of current/previous year budgets and accruals are also present in the system.
Expense Budget Performance Flash, which is prepared by every DFO, is also generated from this system.
All types of expense-related invoices are registered in the system. Suppliers, bank, budget and cash book are controlled and updated automatically. Unless a cheque is issued against an invoice it remains outstanding, but the system is equipped with the facility to block the budget.
Because an invoice is an important document of payment, all possible measures are taken to avoid fraudulent cases, such as:
*Duplication of invoices
*Registering of wrong accounts
•Registering of wrong banks
•Overpayments etc *Deleting of paid invoices
Through this option all cheques are entered in the system against unpaid invoices. As these documents are also valuable and accountable in cash control, certain checks are programmed to control payment errors. such as:
•Duplication of payments to vendors
•Control payments on paid invoices
•Comparison of conversion rate, supplier and bank with the invoices
•Deletion of reconciled and reported cheques.
Payments in this system also cover bank reconciliation, lists of outstanding cheques, cheques not reported in AFRs, delivered and undelivered cheques etc.
This option handles all types of adjustements, whether related to budgets, vendors, invoices or payments.
In the DFOE system banking transactions are controlled by using the system’s payment options. Every Saudia adminsitrative fund bank account is defined with a code, and figures related to an account can be extracted whenever required.
As this system is part of the DFOs cash control, all possible security checks have been established. The user has to enter a password before accessing the system.
The process of developing and qualifying a divergent staff of nationals, including a large number of trainees and expatriates for maintenance assignments. This programme supplements the training programme. Both have initial and recurrent components.
The Rex Heflin photographs
Wednesday October 10th 2012, 9:16 pm
Filed under: Life
From this point a whole new mystery blew up around the affair, for Heflin claimed that he had handed over the original prints to a man with impressive credentials who had claimed to come from North American Air Defense (NORAD). Unfortunately Heflin did not ask for a receipt for his photographs, and he claims they were never returned to him. Months later NORAD denied having had anything to do with the incident and, according to the Orlando Sentinel, a Florida newspaper, among others, Colonel George P. Freeman, the Pentagon spokesman for Project Blue Book, stated that similar ‘mystery men’ in a number of States, claiming to represent NOR AD and various other government agencies, were confronting and ‘silencing’ witnesses of UFOS.
A general air of confusion and speculation surrounded the Heflin photographs. Then, in April 1969, new light was thrown on the subject when aerospace engineer John R. Gray, who had formerly worked on the Apollo space programme, published a study in Flying Saucer Review that gave considerable support to Rex Heflin’s claims.
Working from an uncropped enlargement of the first photograph — which showed, on the road, the shadow of the telegraph (utility) pole 26 feet (8 metres) from the camera metres) from the camera position.
Mr Gray worked out that, if the object had been 6 feet (1.8 metres) wide, its altitude would have been 28.7 feet (8.7 metres). At this altitude, the object would have cast a shadow on the road that would have been visible in the photograph. Heflin himself had estimated the diameter of the object to be 3o feet (9 metres); if this were so, Mr Gray estimated the horizontal distance of the camera from the alleged UFO to be 723 feet (22o metres) and its altitude to be 134.5 feet (4o metres). These figures were fairly close to Heflin’s estimates; he thought the object was half a mile (800 metres) away, flying at an altitude of about 150 feet (45 metres).
While many people believe the Heflin photographs to be genuine pictures of a UFO, others have suggested that the whole affair is probably a hoax. The story has a number of curious features and some small inconsistencies. And it is unfortunate, and some people think suspicious, that the original photographs have not survived.
The American UFO organisation Ground Saucer Watch has subjected Rex Heflin’s photographs to rigorous computer analyses and has concluded that they are probably fakes. However it is only fair to mention that GSW has been wrong in the past.
The incident was investigated by Dr W. Hartmann of the Condon Commission. He concluded that the case was of ‘little probative value’: the photographs contained ‘no geometric or physical data that permit a determination of distance or size independent of the witness’s testimony.’ Dr Hartmann also commented that he had been able to simulate the first three photographs by suspending a model by a thread attached to a Below: photograph 4. After rod resting on the roof of a truck and Heflin had taken photograph photographing it.’ Although, as he says him‑3, the object suddenly self, this does not prove the Heflin pictures are disappeared, leavi ng only a fakes, it certainly detracts from their value as ring of black smoke evidence for the existence of UFOS.position — he calculated the elevation and the azimuth of the sun at the time of the sighting to be 72°46′ and 162°51′ respectively. Using these figures, he was able to establish that the true time of the sighting was 12.38 p.m., Daylight Saving Time; Heflin, who had no watch, had estimated the time at 11.3o a.m. Mr Gray also pointed out that, because the alleged UFO cast no shadow on the road, its diameter could not lie within the range of ioj inches (27 centimetres) to 6 feet (1.8 metres).
This statement was based upon calculations of possible altitude and distance of the object from the camera. For instance, if the diameter of the object were 6 feet (1.8 metres), the distance from the camera would have been 143.1 feet (43.6 metres). For comparison, the vertical, white irrigation pipe that can be seen on the left-hand side of the road in the photograph was 245 feet (75)
Saturday October 06th 2012, 9:16 pm
Filed under: Life
UFO sightings are generally worth taking seriously if they satisfy two criteria: they are made by reliable witnesses and supported by some form of independent evidence. Yet here is a report that presents the serious investigator with an unsatisfactory number of loose ends — even though it was made by a responsible highway official and comes armed with what are, if they are authentic, some of the best UFO pictures ever taken.
The Heflin pictures are among the classics of the UFO dossier. But are they genuine? CHARLES BOWEN investigates
One of the most impressive sets of photographs of an alleged UFO is that taken by Mr Rex Heflin at 12.38 p.m. (Daylight Saving Time) on 3 August 1965, on the Myford Road near the Santa Ana Freeway outside Los Angeles in California, USA. Heflin, who had been a police officer for four years, was working for the Orange County Highways Department at the time when he took the photographs.
In his report of the sighting, Heflin stated that, at about 11.3o on the morning of 3 August, his truck was standing facing north-north-east at the side of Myford Road, within sight of the junction of the Santa Ana Freeway. He was attempting to make contact on his two-way radio with the road maintenance superintendent, to report that tree limbs were obscuring the view of a railroad crossing sign, when the radio went dead.
All at once he caught sight of what he thought, at first, was an aircraft, approaching from the left (north-north-west) — but, seconds later, he realised it was a disc with a domed top.
He reached for his Polaroid Model so camera, which was standard equipment for Orange County Road Department officials, and took his first photograph, through the windscreen of his truck.
Heflin claimed that the object moved slowly in an arc over the road, and to the right of his truck. He took his second picture, again through the windscreen. He took the third picture just before the UFO, which had suddenly ‘wobbled’ once or twice, gained altitude and accelerated in a wide arc beyond the Freeway towards the north-west. When asked whether the bottom of the UFO appeared to have any markings, openings or evidence of landing gear, Heflin replied:
No! The only thing I saw on the bottom of the craft was a white beam of light emitting from the centre and sweeping in a circle to the outer edge of the craft. The movement of the beam was similar to the sweep of a radar scope beam. Suddenly the craft was gone, leaving a ring of smoke, or vapour, in the air. Heflin said he drove up the road and stopped near the ring, jumped from his cab, and photographed the ring before it disappeared.
The witness returned to his truck and found that his radio was working again. The same afternoon, after duty, he returned to the office and showed his colleagues his UFO photographs. During the first few days after the sighting, comments the Condon report, Heflin allowed many of his friends to make copies of his pictures; ‘time passed and apparently more copies of the pictures were made and handed out to various friends of friends, until most of Santa Ana was saturated with the UFO pictures.’
One of Heflin’s friends, having first obtained his permission, sent copies of the photographs to Life magazine. According to the Condon commission report they were rejected as being ‘too controversial’ — even though they were ‘the best that Life had seen so far.’
News of Heflin’s sighting came to the attention of the local newspaper, the Santa Ana Register, which tracked Heflin down and invited him to show them the photographs. These created great interest, and enlargements were made — and ‘cropped’ — for printing; the first picture appeared in an article in the Santa Ana Register on 20 September 1965.
Needless to say, Rex Heflin came under a great deal of pressure to supply copies of his photographs to interested groups and investigators, but curiously enough he was unable to supply any original prints. He claimed that the negatives from which the Register had made its prints were made from the original Polaroid prints, and that he himself had been present while the film was being processed — but the newspaper insisted that its prints were from Polaroid copies.
From Lip Liners To Buddhist Rosaries, You Are What You Put In Your Handbag
You can learn a lot about a woman by the contents of her handbag. Those must-have items she can’t possibly leave the house without can be very telling; Is it her mobile phone, address book or a favourite lip gloss she can’t bear to leave behind? Is she lost without her bottle of Evian? Does she feel naked if her sunglasses are not within arm’s reach? When asked to reveal what they have in their handbags, these women were happy to spill the goods; KS
Mala (Buddhist rosary), available from The Tibet Shop (0171 405 5284) • a small piece of rock • Kiehl’s Lip Balm No.1, £4;50 • Poppy Lipstick in Amour, £10 • Issey Miyake L’eau D’Issey Eau de Toilette, £34.50 • keys to a safety deposit box • Filofax passport • Rescue Remedy, £4.75, from Planet Organic
Clarins Hand and a Nail Treatment Cream, £12.50 • Mac Lip Treatment, £10 • comb argan oil hair • keys
• Nuttalls Curiously Strong Mints, £1.10
RONNIE COOKE NEWHOUSE
COMME DES GARCONS BAG
a bottle of Evian, £1 • YSL Lip Liner Pencil, £9 • Kiehl’s Lip Balm No.1, £4.50 • Peppermint Binaca (breath spray)
BLACK VALENTINO LEOPARD-LINED BAG
Nokia 8810 (silver-plated mobile phone), from £350 • Almay Stay Smooth Lip Colour in Healthy, £7 • Lorac Mascara (not available here; call 00 1 310 286 7234) • notepad • address book • packet of Marlboro cigarettes • black sunglasses
camera and extra roll of film • house keys • $20 • credit cards • Stila Lip Gloss, £13.50 • mobile phone • diary
CHANEL BAG Victoria’s Secret Sheer Lipstick in Tigress (not available in this country; call 001 800 888 820 for catalogue) • Estee Lauder After Hour Compact, £25 • comb
LYNDA LA PLANTE
A SMALL BLACK CROCODILE BAG
silver cigarette case, silver lighter • car keys (for the Range Rover) • door keys • L’Artisan Parfumeur Vanilla Eau de Toilette, £34 • Shiseido Advanced Performance Lip Gloss in Multi-Brilliance, £13 • comb