Friday, 29 September 2017

The first flag- Knights Templar.

In the City we sometimes hear of the 'six flags theory'. This has become a product to be sold by City fold to extremely rich people on the promise that by adopting it they may avoid tax and become immune to most national obligations. By 'living' in a number of jurisdictions at the same time it is possible to avoid becoming the property of one.

This is usually done at great expense by gaining second passports an a number of real life states and hopping between them to avoid tax. I propose a simpler and cheaper approach that will provide 90% of the benefit for the average Joe.

My first flag is the Knights Templar. Who are the Knights Templar? You may be told (depending on who you ask) that the Knights Templar are the product of overheated imagination, a group of right wing nut jobs, a bunch of old men who enjoy dressing up in medieval garb or dissident academics who preserve ancient knowledge.

All of these are true.

I decided to investigate this by turning up at as many Knights Templar sites as I could find and observe whatever I could find.

There is a great profusion of churches within the City and many (according to some rumors all) of them have secret chambers beneath them.

The actual, historical Knights Templar were a group of religious warriors who were appointed and built up by the Pope for the purpose of spearheading the crusades. Later, once they had become rich and no longer useful they were accused of witchcraft and executed. The supposed secrets of the Templar knights were never discovered and neither was the expected mountain of gold- probably because neither existed.
The two most significant Templar buildings in London are pictured here. At the top of the page we see the Templar church in an area now known as the Temple. This once served as a recruiting office for knights with a sense of adventure. It has now become a focus of establishment networking and unofficial power networks as well as a Church of England church.

Below it we see All Hallows by the Tower which is where the Templar Knights were tried for their supposed crimes. My guess is that they were held in the underground crypt pictured above.

There is nothing that excites the imagination more than a secret society in league with dark forces and so the Knights Templar continued to grow in cultural significance long after its abolition. As a result there are approximately twenty 'Knights Templar' organizations that openly operate in the UK and a similar number that operate in secret. I have made a study of this and find that modern Knights Templar orders are involved in the following areas. They are incompatible with one another but this is because there is little overlap between orders.

1. Pseudo diplomacy through the United Nations.

2. Pseudo archaeology. The search for Templar related artifacts such as the Spear of Destiny and the Holy Grail- Indiana Jones style.

3. Charitable activities and voluntary work.

4. Drug smuggling.

5. Magical practices.

6. The production of symbolic art designed to awaken a new European identity.

7. The promotion of a conservative agenda within the Catholic church.

8. Nationalist politics.

9. Dressing up in medieval costume and awarding one another titles and honors.

What is the financial benefit to joining a Knights Templar order? It is rather similar to joining the Freemasons. One gets to meet people engaged on the same path in life whether this be good works or cocaine smuggling. Choose carefully!

Membership of a Knights Templar order may also confuse officials who wish to control us. Am I really 'Sir' Richard Ford? Am I part of the establishment or not? Petty officials should be kept in a constant state of confusion and alarm.

If you wish to join an order then you should start with some Internet research- then meet them socially. Many separate orders meet at the Knights Templar pub in the City (possibly unknown to one another) which is a stones throw from the Templar church.

In short membership of a Templar order offers the following advantages.

1. A network of business contacts.

2. An identity that may be used or denied according to need. Many people are 'Templar phobic' and this can be used to our advantage.

3. A Knights Templar order may help us to do a great deal of good in the world.

4. London can be a lonely city. A Templar order provides a network of friends.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Starbucks is the work of the Devil.

We may have coffee or we may have Starbucks. We cannot have both. Starbucks is a coffee shop for people who do not like coffee.

Starbucks is never the destination. It is too bland for that. It is a way to kill time while waiting for a train. The aim of Starbucks is not to thrill or educate the palate- it is deliberately bland. Deliberately unobjectionable. If political correctness had a flavour it would be Starbucks.

Starbucks is a marketing lead company that only produces coffiee as a kind of accident. The chief product of the Starbucks coffiee is the Starbucks brand which it promotes via product placement in hollywood movies (the worse the movie the morelikely we will see a Starbucks in it. The aim seems to be to make Starbucks the glkamourious alternative and Starbucks promises Hollywood glamour (Starbucks spends a lot on product placement in movies) but anyone comming to the big city and believing this to be so identifyies themselves instantly as an innocent ready to be eaten up. Starbucks promises community, a sort of home from home but it is a souless corporate monster.

Starbucks, with its wobbly tables and identikit corporate identity is the least glamorous place I can think of. Why not fix the tables? Do they think we will buy a second cup of coffee if we spill the first one?

Starbucks promotes the worst kinds of cost free save-the-world do virtue signalling in the corporate universe. They promote fair-trade but treat their staff as serfs. They are prone to fatuous anti racism that reminds us of our prejudices without resolving them.

Starbucks use technology such as apps for their benefit and not the benefit of the customer. We are expected to wave our phones about in front of the till as if we were swatting flies. This is advertised as a time saving measure- and so it is for Starbucks. For the customer it is merely another thing to worry about and a constant stream of Starbucks propaganda.

Starbucks take interest free deposits in the form of prepaid cards. Benefit to the customer- zero. Benefit to Starbucks- a captive customer. Ker-ching!

Starbucks also engage in elaborate tax avoidance measures- importing their coffee from that well known tropical nation of Switzerland. The entire corporation in the UK paid less tax last year than I did!

Starbucks sell a variety of creamy, sweet and foamy cups of nothingness that pack more calories than actual food.

Starbucks has an astonishingly mean and yet complex loyalty scheme. It takes fifteen cups of froth to get one free. Compare this to McDonald's where it takes only five.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

A strange byproduct.

One unexpected result of the Internet economy is the revival of medieval patterns of trade. This happens because the old ways are more human and more Instagram friendly than the new. Whoever heard of someone taking an Instagram selfie while shopping on Amazon? I like to support this revival when I can. It makes the world more interesting.
Medieval street plans (this one in the St Paul's area) naturally calm traffic and absorb sound better than glass and steel. They make shopping for a sandwich and a cup of coffee into a fascinating exploration of side streets and lanes.

Medieval architecture is also fantastically compact and multi purposed. A single building such as this church in the City may provide a place of worship, beauty, charitable service, community meeting place and a clock tower at a single location.
The medieval world was also more colourful than generally imagined. This Oxford example is a recreation but authentically gaudy. Notice how the public are drawn in off the street to gawp and wonder at it all. Who does this in a modern town hall?

When is it worth paying more?

When we buy cheap sausages we find that they shrink in the cooking and we are left with a salty, chemical laden granular and nutrition free insult. The 'meat' of the sausage turns out to be fat that escapes as a foul smelling effluent and ground skin and bone which is all that remains.

Quality sausages are delicious and actually cost less when we consider that meat does not shrink in the same way. Furthermore our bodies will thank us for it later.

Table sauce is much the same. The entire point is the flavour and the potential of cheap sauce to ruin already bad food is huge. Spend a little more.
Very cheap socks have a sort of ridge along the bottom that mean they are never quite comfortable. The difference between these and similar socks without the ridge amounts to only a few pennies a pair.