Synchromysticism

" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

June 23, 2012

IRANISTAN? Strange Things Afoot At The Circle (U)K?

Iranistan was a Moorish Revival mansion in Bridgeport, Connecticut that was commissioned by P. T. Barnum in 1848

This post came about after I viewed the movie  
The Greatest Show on Earth, because it starred Emmett Kelly Jr.  
(his only major motion picture appearence that I know of) and my feeling that the Olympics are now "The Greatest Show on Earth".
Emmett Kelly Jr. has been a big synchronistic figure in my life at present, as you can see by reading some of my past posts on this blog involving him -
Green Volkswagen on the Synchronicity Roundabout 
and
 Synchronicity Happens: Part 1
This post is about the strange life of P. T. Barnum and his circus life and how the Olympics seems very much like a circus to me. 
 Iranistan
The architectural extravaganza on 17 acres (69,000 m2) of land was the first of four "famous" Bridgeport mansions built by P. T. Barnum.
The circus business was the source of much of his enduring fame. 
He established "P. T. Barnum's Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan & Hippodrome," a traveling circus, menagerie and museum of "freaks," which adopted many names over the years.
The grandiose structure survived only a decade before being destroyed by fire in 1857. 
It was one of five such fires in the showman's life that 
"burned to the ground all his accomplishments".
 "On July 6 in 1944, one of the worst fire catastrophes to be documented in the US occurred. Approximately 6,800 people were attending a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performance in Hartford, Connecticut when the southwest wall of the tent caught on fire. 
The source of the fire remains undetermined; some suspect a cigarette and others believe it to be arson.
The bandleader was allegedly the first one to spot the flames and he immediately instructed the band to play Stars and Stripes Forever, the covert distress signal for circus personnel. 
It is estimated that 168 people died and over 700 were injured. 
Following this disaster, the circus was banned from Hartford and other areas in Connecticut; many of these laws forbid the use of big tops. 
By the 1970s, however, tented circuses were falling out of favor and arenas were becoming the dominant venue. 
When circuses travel to Hartford today, 
they work out the XL Center."
London was selected as the host city for the 2012 games on 6 July 2005 during the 117th IOC Session in Singapore, defeating Moscow, New York, Madrid and Paris.
 Shard London Bridge (Big Top?)
Shard London Bridge or The Shard (formerly known as London Bridge Tower, or the Shard of Glass) is a skyscraper in Southwark, London. 
Standing almost 310 metres (1,020 ft) tall, it is the  
tallest building in the European Union.
It was designed with an irregular pyramidal shape from the base to the top, and is clad entirely in glass.
Shard London Bridge's structure was completed in April 2012, and it will open to the public on 5 July 2012.
The Shard
Iran also just happens to be an area where the developers have drawn up their own future plans.
Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) was an American showman, businessman, scam artist and entertainer, remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the circus that became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
 Barnum is widely, but erroneously, credited with coining the phrase 
 "Barnum’s most unique mansion" was designed by the New York architect Leopold Eidlitz.
 When Barnum experienced financial difficulties, he had Iranistan closed and it was unoccupied for more than two years. 
Carpenters and painters entered to do some work and had been ordered not to smoke in the building. 
They smoked after-dinner pipes there in the evening.
A pipe left to smolder may have ignited a blaze after the workmen were gone.
Barnum did not enter the circus business until he was 61 years old.
Despite more fires, train disasters, and other setbacks, Barnum plowed ahead, aided by circus professionals who ran the daily operations. 
He and Bailey split up again in 1885, but came back together in 1888 with the "Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show On Earth",  later 
"Barnum & Bailey Circus",  which toured the world. 
Barnum once wrote to Bailey, “I try to impress on the public that we are prepared to keep the show at the top of the heap for generations to come…” (Saxon 298)
And that he did; Barnum became even more of a household name than he already was. 
Not only was he a business giant and marketing expert, but he became his own character in the show. 
He would ride around the arena in a chariot, prior to each performance. 
Barnum became known as the Shakespeare of Advertising, due to his innovative and impressive ideas. 
He knew how to draw patrons in, by giving them a glimpse of something that had never been seen before.  
Without promotion something terrible happens... Nothing!” he once said. 
He was, at times, accused of being deceptive and promoting false advertising. 
He simply indulged in the truth and made it seem more appealing. 
He knew what America wanted and he delivered. 
"Nobody ever lost a dollar by underestimating the taste of the American public, " Barnum stated.
 Barnum was significantly involved in politics, focusing on race, slavery, and sectionalism in the period leading up to the 
American Civil War.
Barnum was a producer and promoter of  
blackface minstrelsy
Barnum's minstrel shows often used double-edged humor.
Promotion of minstrel shows led to his sponsorship in 1853
 of H.J. Conway's politically watered-down stage version of  
Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin; the play, at Barnum's American Museum, gave the story a happy ending, with Tom and other slaves freed.
The success led to a play based on Stowe's
 Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp.
While he claimed "politics were always distasteful to me," Barnum was elected to the Connecticut legislature in 1865 as Republican
 representative for Fairfield and served two terms.
 Barnum enjoyed what he publicly dubbed "profitable philanthropy." 
In Barnum's own words:
 "I have no desire to be considered much of a philanthropist...if by improving and beautifying our city Bridgeport, Connecticut, and adding to the pleasure and prosperity of my neighbors, I can do so at a profit, the incentive to 'good works' will be twice as strong as if it were otherwise."
The Barnum Museum: Architectural style Byzantine, Islamic, Gothic and Romanesque influences
The Barnum Museum is a museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA, with an extensive collection related to P. T. Barnum and the history of Bridgeport, Connecticut housed in an historic building on the National Register of Historic Places.
The building was originally contracted for construction by
 P. T. Barnum himself. 
The funds and land for the building and museum were provided by Barnum to house the work of the Bridgeport Scientific Society and the Fairfield County Historical Society. 
The structure was completed in 1893 and is home to The Barnum Museum today.
The oldest artifact in the museum is a 2500 year old Egyptian mummy verified as authentic by Quinnipiac University personnel.
The museum was seriously damaged by a tornado that struck Bridgeport on June 24, 2010. 
The museum is soliciting contributions to replace and repair the portions of the collection that were damaged by the storm.
Barnum Museum
Barnum was hailed as an icon of American spirit and ingenuity, and was perhaps the most famous American in the world. 
Just before his death, he gave permission to the Evening Sun to print his obituary, so that he might read it. 
On April 7 he asked about the box office receipts for the day; a few hours later, he was dead.
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad, are scheduled to take place in London from 27 July to 
 12 August 2012.
This will be the first time that the same essential logo is to be used for both the Olympic and Paralympic games.
The medal, designed by David Watkins, weighs 375–400g and is 7mm thick, with the sport and discipline engraved on the rim. 
Following recent tradition, the front of the medal features Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, stepping from Parthenon. 
The reverse side features has the Games logo, the River Thames, and a series of lines symbolizing the energy of the athletes(?).
(and maybe the squaring of the circle too, by the looks of it?-)
In February 2011, Iran complained that the logo appeared to spell out the word "Zion" and threatened to boycott the Olympics. 
Iran submitted its complaint to the  
International Olympic Committee, describing the logo as racist, asking that it be withdrawn and the designers be confronted. 
The IOC quietly rejected the demands, and Iran announced it would not boycott the Games.
A segment of animated footage released at the same time as the logo was reported to trigger seizures in a small number of people with photosensitive epilepsy
The charity Epilepsy Action received telephone calls from people who had had seizures after watching the sequence on TV. 
In response, a short segment was removed from the London 2012 website. 
Ken Livingstone, then London Mayor, said that the company who designed the film should not be paid for what he called a "catastrophic mistake".
The Opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics will be held on 27 July 2012 and be called "The Isles of Wonder"
Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle will be the artistic director for the opening ceremony.
Danny Boyle is the director of such films as Trainspotting,
Trainspotting? Scene from The Greatest Show On Earth.
Shallow Grave
Spiral Staircase?
 and 28 Days Later.
 Boyle is also reportedly involved in writing the next Hunger Games movie - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, as well.

The 27th of July is also an interesting date.
On this date in  1694 – A Royal Charter is granted to the  
Bank of England.
The Bank of England logo.
1789 – The first U.S. federal government agency, the  
Department of Foreign Affairs, is established
 (it will be later renamed Department of State).

1862 – Sailing from San Francisco to Panama City,
 the SS Golden Gate catches fire and sinks
 off Manzanillo, Mexico, killing 231.
 1890 – Vincent van Gogh shoots himself and dies two days later.
 1919 – The Chicago Race Riot erupts after a racial incident
 occurred on a South Side beach, leading to 38 fatalities 
and 537 injuries over a five-day period.
 (Barnum was a producer and promoter of  
blackface minstrelsy)
  1929 – The Geneva Convention of 1929, dealing with treatment of prisoners-of-war, is signed by 53 nations.

 1940 – The animated short A Wild Hare is released, introducing the character of Bugs Bunny.
Down the rabbit hole, anyone?
The first on-screen appearance of Bugs Bunny, from an unrestored version of the cartoon.
1974Watergate Scandal: the  
House of Representatives Judiciary Committee 
votes 27 to 11 to recommend the first article of impeachment 
 (for obstruction of justice) against President Richard Nixon.

 1987RMS Titanic, Inc. begins the first expedited salvage of wreckage of the RMS Titanic.

 1995 – The Korean War Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.

 1996Centennial Olympic Park bombing: in Atlanta, United States,
 a pipe bomb explodes at Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics
One woman (Alice Hawthorne) is killed, and a cameraman suffers a heart attack fleeing the scene. 
111 are injured.

 2002 Ukraine airshow disaster: a Sukhoi Su-27 fighter crashes during an air show at Lviv, Ukraine killing 85 and injuring more than 100 others, the largest air show disaster in history.
    
2007  - Phoenix News Helicopter Collision: news helicopters
 from Phoenix, Arizona television stations KNXV 
and KTVK collide over Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix while covering a police chase.
Bob Hope in a cameo from The Greatest Show On Earth.
 Also on this date in 2003 – Bob Hope, the English-born American entertainer (b. 1903) died.
The Greatest Show On Earth???
The games will be officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II 
 and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. 
A play starring Daniel Craig (oo7) and Hugh Jackman.
A short film starring Daniel Craig as secret agent James Bond will be screened during the television coverage of the ceremony. 
Hugh Jackman
"Reports say that Michael Gracey has signed a deal to helm  
The Greatest Showman on Earth, a biopic about P.T. Barnum, for 20th Century Fox. Set to star Hugh Jackman as the titular entertainer/scam artist, the film will be a musical and center on the man's relationship with Jenny Lind, a Swedish opera singer (though that role has yet to be cast), and the creation of his famous three-ring circus. 
While the project has been floating around since 2009 and this is a major move, don't expect to see this project go into production any time in the immediate future. 
While Gracey won't be starting work on The Order of the Seven until next year, Jackman is committed to making both The Wolverine, a sequel to 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine,
 and Tom Hooper's Les Miserables."
Paul is Dead?
 Sir Paul McCartney has announced he will perform at the close of the ceremony.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_is_dead

"A rumour that Paul McCartney had been killed in a car crash circulated in London after a January 1967 traffic accident involving his car. 
The rumour was acknowledged and rebutted in the February issue of The Beatles Book fanzine, but it is not known whether the rumour of 1969 is related to it. 
In the autumn of 1969, The Beatles, having just released their  
Abbey Road album, were in the process of disbanding; McCartney's public engagements were few and he was spending time at his Scottish retreat with his new wife  Linda in order to contemplate his forthcoming solo career"
The Countdown Clock, Trafalgar Square.
A countdown clock in Trafalgar Square was unveiled, 500 days before the games.
The clock broke down the following day. 
Final countdown to the start of this year's summer games in London has begun with the ceremony of lighting of Olympic flame in Ancient Olympia in Greece
 Andras Jones
Andras Jones (born August 12, 1968) is the star of several motion pictures, and I am not for one minute comparing him to P. T. Barnum.
But he is born on the 12th August, which is the day of the 2012 Olympic Games closing ceremony.
It is also the day Cecil B DeMille (August 12, 1881 – January 21, 1959) director/producer of such movies as  Cleopatra; (oddly enough, August 12th, 30 BC – Cleopatra VII Philopator, the last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, commits suicide, allegedly by means of an asp bite.)
Samson and Delilah;
  The Greatest Show on Earth was born.
His penchant for the spectacular was the 1952 production of  
The Greatest Show on Earth which gave DeMille an Oscar for best picture and a nomination for best director.
During on-location filming in Egypt of the Exodus sequence for 1956's The Ten Commandments, the then-75-year-old DeMille climbed a 107-foot ladder to the top of the massive Per Rameses set and suffered a near-fatal heart attack. 
Aided by his daughter Cecilia, but against his doctor's orders, he was back directing the film within a week.
Though DeMille completed the film, it proved to be his last, for he never fully recovered, and died on January 21, 1959 of heart failure.
At the time of his death, he was planning to direct a movie about space travel. 
He also wanted to do a film on the Biblical Book of Revelation.
Andras Jones (born August 12, 1968)
Andras is also a singer-songwriter, the host and creator of Radio8Ball,
with his book,
Accidental Initiations: In The Kabbalistic Tree of Olympia
 Andras adds author to his already impressive resume of achievements.
 As a writer Jones has contributed  a chapter to The SYNC Book. 
Jones makes his home in Olympia, Washington, where he continues to explore the sacred artifact at the center of his book.
Olympia, Washington
 The Olympic Mountains Washington
The Olympic Mountains is a mountain range on the
 Olympic Peninsula of western Washington in the United States. 
The mountains, part of the Pacific Coast Ranges, are not especially high - Mount Olympus is the highest at 7,962 ft (2,427 m).
The town settled on the name Olympia, at the suggestion of local resident Colonel Isaac N. Ebey, due to its view of the  
Olympic Mountains to the northwest.
Talking about August 12th and James Bond,it is interesting that  
Ian Lancaster Fleming (28 May 1908 – 12 August 1964) also died on that date - the date of the closing ceremony of this years Olympics.
Fleming is best known for creating the fictional spy James Bond and the series of twelve novels and nine short stories about the character. 
Fleming was from a wealthy family, connected to the merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co. and his father was MP for Henley from 1910 until his death on the Western Front in 1917.
Fleming was a heavy smoker and heavy drinker throughout his adult life and suffered from heart disease. 
In 1961 he suffered a heart attack; three years later, at the age of 56, Fleming was already an ill man, suffering from the disease. 
On 11 August 1964, whilst staying at a hotel in Canterbury, Fleming walked to the Royal St George's Golf Club for lunch and later dined at his hotel with friends. 
The day had been tiring for him and he collapsed with another heart attack shortly after the meal  and died in the early morning of  
12 August 1964—on his son Caspar's twelfth birthday.
 (In October 1975, Fleming's son, Caspar (1952–1975), committed suicide with a drug overdose).
The novels centred on the exploits of James Bond, an intelligence officer in the  
Secret Intelligence Service, commonly known as MI6. 
Bond was also known by his code number, 007, and was a  
Royal Naval Reserve commander
Fleming took the name for his character from that of the American 
ornithologist James Bond, a Caribbean bird expert and author of the definitive field guide Birds of the West Indies
Fleming, a keen birdwatcher himself, had a copy of Bond's guide and he later explained to the ornithologist’s wife that "It struck me that this brief, unromantic, Anglo-Saxon and yet very masculine name was just what I needed, and so a second James Bond was born"
Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car is a children's book written by Ian Fleming  for his son Caspar.
Fleming, better known as the creator of James Bond, took his inspiration for the subject from a series of aero-engined racing cars called Chitty Bang Bang, built by Count Louis Zborowski in the early 1920s at Higham Park. 
Fleming had known Higham Park as a guest of its later owner, Walter Wigham, chairman of Robert Fleming & Co.
Fahrenheit 451?
Chariots of Fire?
The 1981 Best Picture Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire, which depicts Britain's athletics successes in the 1924 Olympics, is also a recurring theme in promotions for the 2012 London Olympics. 
The film's theme tune was featured at the opening of the 2012 London New Year's fireworks celebrating the Olympics, and the film's iconic beach-running scene and theme tune are utilized in 
The Sun's "Let's Make It Great, Britain" Olympic ads. 
The five thousand runners who first tested the new Olympic Park were also spurred on by the Chariots of Fire theme tune.
As an official part of the London 2012 Festival celebrations, a new digitally re-mastered version of Chariots of Fire will screen in over 100 cinemas throughout the UK. 
The re-release will begin 13 July 2012, two weeks before the Olympic opening ceremony.

Ray Douglas Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012) was an American fantasy, science fiction, horror and 
mystery fiction writer. 
Best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and for the science fiction and horror stories gathered together as  
The Martian Chronicles (1950) and The Illustrated Man (1951), Bradbury was one of the most celebrated 20th-century American writers.
Perseid meteor shower
August 12th is the peak of the Perseid meteor shower
It is also known as the "Glorious Twelfth" in the UK, as it marks the traditional start of the grouse shooting season.
The first naval battle in history where cannons were used on ships.
Some other events which have occurred on August 12th throughout history are -
1480Battle of Otranto: Ottoman troops behead 800 Christians 
 for refusing to convert to Islam.
1499 – First engagement of the Battle of Zonchio 
between Venetian and Ottoman fleets.
 The naval Battle of Zonchio  
(also known as the Battle of Sapienza or the First Battle of Lepanto) 
 took place on four separate days: August 12, 20, 22 and 25, 1499. 
It was a part of the Ottoman–Venetian War of 1499–1503. 
It was the first naval battle in history where cannons were used on ships.
Deimos, a figure representing dread  discovered August 12th, 1877.
1877Asaph Hall discovers the Mars moon Deimos.
 Deimos is the smaller and outer of Mar's two moons 
(the other being Phobos)
It is named after Deimos, a figure representing dread 
in Greek Mythology. 
 Its systematic designation is Mars II
The name quagga  comes from a Khoikhoi word for zebra.
 1883 – The last quagga dies at the Artis Magistra zoo 
 in Amsterdam
The quagga is an extinct subspecies of the plains zebra,
which was once found in great numbers in the Highveld 
of the Cape Province and the southern part 
of the Orange Free State in South Africa.
The flag of Hawaiʻi flying in Haleakalā National Park
 1898 – The Hawaiian flag is lowered from Iolani Palace 
in an elaborate annexation ceremony and replaced with the  
flag of the United States to signify the transfer of sovereignty
 from the Republic of Hawai`i to the United States.
1914World War I: the United Kingdom declares war on Austria-Hungary
the countries of the British Empire follow suit.
 1952– The Night of the Murdered Poets
13 prominent Jewish intellectuals are murdered
 in Moscow.
 the Soviet atomic bomb project continues with the detonation of  
1960Echo 1A, NASA's first successful communications satellite, is launched.
Enterprise over New York.
1977 – The first free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise.
1981 – The IBM Personal Computer is released. (HAL ?)
1982Mexico announces it is unable to pay its enormous external debt, marking the beginning of a debt crisis that spreads to all of Latin America and the Third World.
Japan Airlines Flight 123
1985Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashes into Osutaka ridge in 
Gunma Prefecture, Japan,killing 520, to become the worst single-plane air disaster.
 Japan Airlines Flight 123 was a Japan Airlines domestic flight from  
On Monday, August 12, 1985, the Boeing 747-146SR that made this route, registered JA8119, suffered mechanical failures 12 minutes into the flight and 32 minutes later crashed into two ridges of  
Mount Takamagahara in Ueno, Gunma Prefecture, 100 kilometers (62 mi) from Tokyo. 
The crash site was on Osutaka Ridge, near Mount Osutaka
All 15 crew members and 505 out of 509 passengers died, resulting in a total of 520 deaths and four survivors.
Kyu Sakamoto
Among the dead was singer Kyu Sakamoto.
He was a Japanese singer and actor, best known outside of Japan for his international hit song Sukiyaki, which was sung in Japanese and sold over 13 million copies.

It reached number one in the United States Billboard Hot 100 
in June 1963.
1992 – Canada, Mexico and the United States announce completion
 of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
2000– The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the  Russian Navy 
 explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise.
August 12th...you probably got it right without a vowel?
Also Mervyn Edward "Merv" Griffin, Jr. (July 6, 1925 – August 12, 2007) was an American television host, musician, actor, and media mogul. 
He began his career as a radio and big band singer who went on to appear in movies and on Broadway. 
From 1965 to 1986 Griffin hosted his own talk show,
 The Merv Griffin Show on Group W (Westinghouse) Broadcasting. 
Griffin created the game shows Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Click, and Merv Griffin's Crosswords with his own "Merv Griffin Enterprises" television production company. 
During his life Griffin was considered an entertainment business magnate...a bit like P. T. Barnum you might say?
Maybe I've just been watching too many wheels spinning, and I really do hope that I come up bankrupt with this post, but I have a bad feeling that with all these "coincidences" occurring around these dates that...

6 comments:

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

A labyrinth. Please finish!! These dates are unsettling.

King Uke said...

I can't wait for the new James Bond film! Yes... I've put my clothes back on...

Mike Perry said...

My gosh, what a mammoth post. I think I'll be glad when the Olympics are in full flow and all, hopefully, is running smoothly.

King Uke said...

"Greatest Show on Earth"
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-VLQTba1j8po/UJ1TpXCtSTI/AAAAAAAAQbM/Ls9Z-sGfadA/s318/314248_301370203311757_1726557419_n%5B1%5D.jpg
"The Dolls were a close-knit family who always lived, ate, and worked together—with the exception of Daisy's brief marriage in 1942 to an average-sized man, Louis E. Runyan, which ended in divorce less than a year later. The family's opportunities as film actors had always been limited, and they stopped appearing in films, although Daisy later played a small part in The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)."

Brizdaz (Darren) said...

I love that picture KU.

King Uke said...

If you liked that then you might like this... http://theukuleleblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/turturro-turnover.html
You'll be proud of me... I've got my own little sync going on here!