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Old 26-08-2010, 12:02 AM   #55
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Originally Posted by decim View Post
Ali Bongo

Born William Oliver Wallace
8 December 1929(1929-12-08) Bangalore, India
Died 8 March 2009 (aged 79) London, England, UK
Occupation Magician

Ali Bongo (8 December 1929 – 8 March 2009) was a British comedy magician, and president of The Magic Circle who performed an act in which he was known as the "Shriek of Araby".

Born as William Oliver Wallace in Bangalore, India, where his father (also called William) was serving as a Sergeant Major with the 1st Battalion of the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, he spent his early years on a British station in Trimulgherry, Secunderabad, going to Britain with his mother Lillian at the age of seven.

Francis Dashwood dressed in his "Ottoman" dining club garb. - Hell fire Club, he also founded the Divan club

dressed in his "Ottoman" dining club garb

The Divan Club was a short-lived in 18th century , with membership open to gentlemen who had visited the . The club took its name from the "".
The club was founded in 1744 by John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich and , who was also a leading member of the . Members met to dine and relate experiences in the east. Its members included distinguished travellers, who made important contributions to travel writing and knowledge of culture and art in the region controlled by the Ottoman Empire. "The Harem" as a regular club . The club lasted for only two years, ending in 1746, when Dashwood founded the .
Article on Divan Club by Dr. Rachel Finnegan: The Divan Club, 1744-46 Published in: Electronic Journal of Oriental Studies 2006

Across the styx was the inner temple, the end of the tunnels a dome shaped room with a high ceiling, very atmospheric, and believed to be reserved for the elite of the hell fire club, they relocated to West Wycombe caves for secrecy, the first hell fire club was in London, then Medmenham abbey, which Dashwood had rebuilt.

They originally dressed as Franciscan monks and where known as the Monks of Medenanham but would later don various costumes like the picture above.

The hell fire rituals some where a mockery of Christian rituals, they had a Baboon dressed as a priest (a sort of mascot)
who was present at rituals.

Some say there was an ancient Pagan temple down there originally (but it has never been located/proven) Although the caves where natural formations, until Sir Francis Dashwood employed local farm labourers (who'd had a bad harvest) to dig deeper and make a maze like of tunnels.
The chalk dug from the tunnels was used to build a road, which was a much needed improvement which aided easier travel.

There's also the Mausoleum and Church at the top of the hill 300 ft above the caves and Dashwood's Estate and Mansion a few miles away, worth a look, and Medenham Manor and Church.
Originally Posted by eternal_spirit View Post
During his years as ruler, Robert the Bruce did not forget the time he supported Edward I at the battle of Falkirk. At the end of his life, while he was dying of leprosy, he ordered that his heart be cut out and taken on a Crusade. He wanted to atone for his past mistakes. He still thought he needed forgiveness from God and from his country. His heart was, in fact, cut out and taken on a Crusade. It was ultimately returned to Scotland where it was buried at Melrose Abbey. Recently, archaeological excavations at the Abbey found a lead container with an engraved plaque inscribed with these words:
The enclosed leaden casket containing a heart was found beneath Chapter House floor, March 1921, by His Majesty's Office of Works.
Click here for a drawing of the leaden casket which was buried again at Melrose Abbey on June 22, 1998.
Edward II died as dishonorably as he lived. Spending more time with his lovers (he called his wife, Isabella, the "she-wolf of France") than he did attending to affairs of state, he was murdered while in captivity. He is buried in Gloucester.
But William Wallace is still honored as the greatest of all Scottish patriots. His commitment to his country never wavered. In 1869, Scotland honored him with a monument in Stirling, near the site of his great victory. It stands as a reminder that one man's motto can be more than mere words. One man's courage can change the course of legal history. As Robert Burns said, centuries after William's brutal death,
"The story of Wallace poured a Scottish prejudice into my veins which will boil along till the floodgates of time shut in eternal rest."
Edward thought he had judicially eliminated his nemesis. England thought the outlaw was gone forever. But Edward created a martyr, and the spirit of the martyr created a nation whose thirst for independence remains strong to this day.

High above the entrance to the Hellfire Caves and at the summit of West Wycombe Hill you will find the Church of St. Lawrence and the Gothic Dashwood Mausoleum. Both of these buildings are as mysterious as the caves in the ground beneath them. The Mausoleum is open to the sky, honours others than Sir Francis Dashwood’s family and was once the resting place of the heart of Paul Whitehead before it was stolen. The Church is built at a place most inconvenient for those that would worship in it, on the site of an ancient hill fort and designed inside as an Egyptian temple.
The Dashwood Mausoleum next to the Church of St. Lawrence - West Wycombe Hill
The Church of St. Lawrence built on the site of an ancient fort. West Wycombe Hill
It is clear that the Club practiced sexual activity, but perhaps there was also a magical dimension to it. This may have been why the caves were later believed to be “evil”. The caves are unlikely to ever reveal their final secret, if only because the club went apparently to great lengths to make sure no-one would ever know. Gerald Suster writes: “It is said that the steward, Paul Whitehead, spent the three days before his death painstakingly burning all papers. If he did, one wonders why. If he didn’t, one wonders why it was said.”
Whitehead died in 1774 – the year when the final meeting of the club is believed to have taken place – and left his heart to Sir Francis, together with 50 pounds for a marble urn. On August 16, 1775 a procession occurred on Wycombe Hill, in which the heart of Paul Whitehead, placed in an urn with a marble medallion representing Asclepius, was carried to the newly constructed mausoleum. A band of 31 musicians with a military escort carried the urn to the graveyard

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