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Something odd about this story : Concorde captain who flew the Queen and Princess Diana is found dead with dementia-suffering wife in 'murder-suicide' at their £800,000 farmhouse in Kate Middleton's home village

The Queen's former pilot and the first captain to fly Concorde from London to New York has been found dead alongside his wife in a suspected murder-suicide. Tony Meadows, 84, and his wife Paula, 83, were found dead at their £800,000 home in leafy Bucklebury, Berkshire - less than three miles from the £5m home of the Duchess of Cambridge's parents.

.. Mr Meadows was part of the flight crew on the first London to New York Concorde flight for British Airways in December 1977 and was then at the controls of the inaugural Concorde flight to Singapore, two weeks later. He also also a pilot for Princess Diana, and flew the Queen on Concorde in 1979.

..The Duchess of Cambridge's parents live less than three miles away in Bucklebury Manor, a £5million Grade II-listed pile with vast grounds. Mr Meadows started as a mathematician, before signing up for National Service in the Royal Air Force and going on to work as a Concorde Pilot.

The British flight crew for the inaugural Concorde service pose with the statue of aviators John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown, who made the very first Atlantic crossing by aeroplane in 1919. From left to right: Captain Tony Meadows; Captain Brian Walpole; Captain Leo Budd; Senior Engineering Officer George Floyd...

Captain Meadows is pictured here in May 1988 with Norman Parkinson with the 'first sausages served on Concorde'..

In December 2017, Mr Meadows recalled the thrill at being part of the flight crew on the first scheduled LHR-JFK Concorde service for British Airways. Writing in Mach2Magazine, he revealed all about the 'spectacular' flight, adding: 'The 22nd of November 1977 was to be an exciting day – we were at last going to fly passengers to New York.' Mr Meadows was then invited to 'fire the 'Eastern Bullet' to Singapore.

Speaking in 2017, he said: 'Life for me was very exciting in 1977. David Leney flew myself and my crew to Bahrain on the 7th of December – two weeks after I had flown the New York inaugural – to be ready to operate the inaugural flight to Singapore on the 9th in GBOAD.'

He was part of the Nucleus Group of pilots and flight engineers who were trained by BAC at Filton and by the Concorde test pilots. He then took part in the Endurance Flying program to the Far East and Australia. Prior to Concorde's entry into service, Mr Meadows' responsibility was to develop subsonic noise abatement techniques for the take off and climb phases; and a training program for the crews to implement them.

https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1979/1979%20-%202345.PDF

http://mach-2-magazine.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Mach-2-magazine-Dec-2017.pdf

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More about the Chicken House: https://www.chickenhousebooks.com/meet-the-team/

https://www.chickenhousebooks.com/meet-the-team/

Barry Cunningham OBE has had an impressive career in publishing. After an English degree at Cambridge, he joined Penguin Books in 1977. As Children’s Marketing Director for Puffin, he worked with all the great names in children’s books including Roald Dahl and Spike Milligan, and was responsible for the re-launch of Beatrix Potter. In 1984 he was promoted to the Penguin Board and became responsible for the marketing of all Penguin Books, a position he held until 1988, when he was headhunted by Random House.

In 1994 he was approached by Bloomsbury to set up their first children’s book list. Not only was the new list a success, but Barry soon became one of the best known names in publishing after he signed up J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

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Another affiliated company https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scholastic_Corporation

Scholastic Corporation is an American multinational publishing, education and media company known for publishing, selling, and distributing books and educational materials for schools, teachers, parents, and children. Products are distributed to schools and districts, to consumers through the schools via reading clubs and fairs, and through retail stores and online sales. The business has three segments: Children Book Publishing & Distribution (Trade, Book Clubs and Book Fairs), Education, and International. Scholastic holds the perpetual US publishing rights to the Harry Potter and Hunger Games book series.[3][4] Scholastic is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and print and digital educational materials for pre-K to grade 12.

In addition to Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, the company is known for its school book clubs and book fairs, classroom magazines such as Scholastic News, and popular book series: Clifford the Big Red Dog, Goosebumps, The Magic School Bus, Captain Underpants, Animorphs, and I Spy. Scholastic also publishes instructional reading and writing programs, and offers professional learning and consultancy services for school improvement. Clifford the Big Red Dog serves as the mascot for Scholastic.

Scholastic has been criticized for inappropriately marketing to children. Also, Scholastic now requires parents to submit children's names with birth dates to place online orders, creating controversy. A significant number of titles carried have strong media tie-ins and are considered relatively short in literary and artistic merit by some critics.[19] Consumer groups have also attacked Scholastic for selling too many toys and video games to children, rather than focusing on just books

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[–] letsdothis3 [S] ago 

Kate Middleton's uncle is Gary Goldsmith https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1202189/Kate-Middletons-mother-warns-family-heads-storm-drug-taking-uncle.html

Prince William and Kate, his girlfriend of eight years, visited her uncle three years ago, even though the Middletons suspected he was living a dubious life in Spain.

Last weekend, it was revealed that Mr Goldsmith had invited undercover reporters into his £5million villa in Ibiza, where he chopped up lines of cocaine and boasted about his associations with the Royal Family.

It also became clear that Mr Goldsmith, who was at the villa – called La Maison de Bang Bang – when Prince William and Kate stayed there in 2006, had been warned about his behaviour by security services a year ago.

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The Monster in the Rainbow: Keats and the Science of Life - https://www.jstor.org/stable/823143?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

Topics: Electricity, Blood, Vitalism, Aesthetics, Rainbows, Nymphs, Romantic poetry, Animals

At Benjamin Haydn's "immortal dinner" party of 28th December 1917, Keats agreed with Charles Lamb that "Newton had destroyed all the poetry of the rainbow, by reducing it to the prismatic colours."... The focal point for the dispute between Abernethy and Lawrence over this possibility over a supervenient vital priciple was the work of British physiologist John Hunter..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hunter_(surgeon)

John Hunter FRS (13 February 1728 – 16 October 1793) was a Scottish surgeon, one of the most distinguished scientists and surgeons of his day. He was an early advocate of careful observation and scientific method in medicine. He was a teacher of, and collaborator with, Edward Jenner, pioneer of the smallpox vaccine. He is alleged to have paid for the stolen body of Charles Byrne, and proceeded to study and exhibit it against the deceased's explicit wishes. His wife, Anne Hunter (née Home), was a poet, some of whose poems were set to music by Joseph Haydn.

He learned anatomy by assisting his elder brother William with dissections in William's anatomy school in Central London, starting in 1748, and quickly became an expert in anatomy. He spent some years as an Army surgeon, worked with the dentist James Spence conducting tooth transplants, and in 1764 set up his own anatomy school in London. He built up a collection of living animals whose skeletons and other organs he prepared as anatomical specimens, eventually amassing nearly 14,000 preparations demonstrating the anatomy of humans and other vertebrates, included 3,000+ animals.

When nearly 21 he visited William in London, where his brother had become an admired teacher of anatomy. John started as his assistant in dissections (1748), and was soon running the practical classes on his own.[2] It has recently been alleged that Hunter's brother William, and his brother's former tutor William Smellie, were responsible for the deaths of many women whose corpses were used for their studies on pregnancy.[3][4] John is alleged to have been connected to these deaths, since at the time he was acting as William's assistant.[5] However, persons who have studied life in Georgian London agree that the number of gravid women who died in London during the years of Hunter's and Smellie's work was not particularly high for that locality and time; the prevalence of pre-eclampsia — a common condition affecting 10% of all pregnancies, and one which is easily treated today, but for which no treatment was known in Hunter's time — would more than suffice to explain a mortality rate that seems suspiciously high to 21st-century readers.[6][7] In The Anatomy of the Gravid Uterus Exhibited in Figures, published in 1774, Hunter provides case histories for at least four of the subjects illustrated.

Hunter heavily researched blood while bloodletting patients with various diseases. This helped him develop his theory that inflammation was a bodily response to disease, and was not itself pathological.

Hunter's death in 1793 was due to a heart attack brought on by an argument at St George's Hospital concerning the admission of students. He was originally buried at St Martin-in-the-Fields, but in 1859 was reburied in the north aisle of the nave in Westminster Abbey, reflecting his importance to the country

Related : The Rainbow flag, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) and the Occult

At the time Ransom's Fugitive circle was formed, the main Fabian Society publication was a journal called The New Age, which was financed by the Fabian playwright, and promoter of Friedrich Nietzsche, George Bernard Shaw and published by a Theosophist, Alfred Richard Orage, who later became a disciple of the Russian mystic, Georg Gurdjieff. In The New Age, the works of Fabians Shaw, H.G. Wells, G.K. Chesterton, and Hilaire Belloc, appeared alongside those of the leading Satanist of the 20th Century, the self-proclaimed "Great Beast", Aleister Crowley, and assorted other pornographers and mystics like William Butler Yeats, future Fascist spy Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, and D.H. Lawrence.

At Oxford, Elliott had consorted with the occultist literary figures of The New Age. He was part of a late-night drinking circle including Aleister Crowley's one-time lodge brother, the Nobel Prize-winning poet William Butler Yeats, and long-time Fugitive intimate Robert Graves. Future CCF operative Graves is known today for his adoring history of the Roman Empire, I Claudius and his promotion of the cult of the White Goddess.

Yeats and the Theosophists and Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn https://theosophy.wiki/en/William_Butler_Yeats

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was a poet and leader of the Irish Literary Revival. He was heavily involved in the Dublin Theosophical Lodge, and was also interested in hermeticism, spiritualism, and Rosicrucianism.

[He had an] inclination towards magical experimentation and the verification of natural phenomenon. For this reason, he strongly backed the formation of the Esoteric Section of the Theosophical Society, devoted to such rituals; he joined it in December 1888, and renewed his pledges on 20 December 1889, along with the celebrated Annie Besant among others. [Severance]

In his autobiography, Yeats says that he was initiated into "The Hermetic Students" (an organization that had "a different name among its members") in "May or June 1887" in a "Charlotte Street Studio" (Autobiography, 124)...Yeats liked the approach of the Golden Dawn better than that of the more passive Theosophical Society: "After I had been moved by ritual, I formed plans for deeds of all kinds. .. Yeats was a full-fledged, initiated member of the Order of the Golden Dawn by March, 1890. He chose the Latin motto, Demon est Deus Inversus.... Despite his curiosity about diabolism, Yeats's...motto did not have much to do with it, although scholars claim a connection.... The Latin word for devil...is diabolus, not demon.... This mistranslation has caused a misunderstanding about what Yeats really meant.... The word "demon" has been demonized. In it's original Latin form, daemon meant a spirit - a genie or genius - who gave intuition, insight, and inspiration.... Demon est Deus Inversus labeled Yeats as one who recognized that a genius descends to its chosen human and invests him with power.

but I digress..