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Old 02-10-2007, 11:13 AM   #1
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http://africa.reuters.com/odd/news/usnL02188796.html

Stone head mystery puzzles northern England
Tue 2 Oct 2007, 8:57 GMT

[-] Text [+] By Luke Baker

LONDON (Reuters) - They've been left on unsuspecting doorsteps and outside post offices in the dead of night, but no one knows what to make of the mystery of the stone heads.

As many as 20 artfully carved faces, miniature versions of the Easter Island sculptures, have been deposited in sleepy villages across northern England in recent weeks, leaving the recipients intrigued and confused in equal measure.

Each of the stone heads, some up to 18 inches high, is slightly different, but all of them have the same riddle attached, written on a thin blue card.

"Twinkle twinkle like a star, does love blaze less from afar?" it reads, with the word "paradox" written around the points of a star.

While a publicity stunt of some sort is suspected, not unlike the crop circle mysteries that obsessed the country a decade ago, there are no clues as to who may be leaving the heads around. Police, residents and recipients are all nonplussed.

"It appeared last Monday in the early hours of the morning," said Fiona Gould, the owner of the Forresters Arms Hotel in the village of Kilburn, North Yorkshire.

"I love it. We've nicknamed it Forest Lump. We've put him on the end of the bar and he gets a pat on the head before everyone goes to the races."

Valerie Hoyes, who runs the post office in the village of Braithwell, about 40 miles south of Kilburn, discovered hers back in August, but thought nothing of it. She didn't tell anyone until others came forward.

After the discovery, her husband reviewed CCTV footage and caught a glimpse of a man getting out of a car, but his face was indistinguishable and the mystery remained.

"This chappie just drove up at 4.15 in the morning, parked his car and dropped off these three stone heads on the doorstep," Valerie Hoyes told Reuters.

"They're a bit like gargoyles. They're very bizarre.

"We've been living in Braithwell for 26 years and we've never known anything like this at all. Never. People wonder if it's part of the occult."

Stonemasons say the sculpting is good, and the stone used of high quality. It would have taken hours of careful work to carve the images, they believe.

At one point several heads went missing, only to reappear in the garden of a house in Goathland, north of Kilburn.

Since her discovery, Gould has received emails from all over with suggestions of who might be responsible. One pointed to a local sculptor called Billy Johnson, but he's not been found.

Either way, she's not worried. "Forest Lump" has brought her luck, she says.

"It put the wind up everyone for the first week or so, but now I like it. Friends who I haven't heard from or seen in years are getting in touch, so I'm very happy."

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Stone head mystery puzzles northern England
and no its not an article about aurons smoking habits
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Stone head mystery puzzles northern England
and no its not an article about aurons smoking habits
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Funny story though if it doesnt turn out to be some advertising stunt!

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Old 02-10-2007, 03:11 PM   #4
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Thats a fantastic story.
(see the way they tried to diss crop circles at the same time)
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Old 02-10-2007, 07:24 PM   #5
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Valerie Hoyes says "Friends who I haven't heard from or seen in years are getting in touch, so I'm very happy."

Which reminds me of the message "Twinkle twinkle like a star, does love blaze less from afar?"


According to this site http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7022091.stm

Mr and Mrs Hoyes found three heads outside their business on the morning of 23 August.

George Griffiths, an artist from Arthington, near Leeds, also received one of the heads on 23 August.

A telegraph article here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.../nheads102.xml, has some slight differences including,


Fiona Gould said "Some people think it's a curse - but we have no idea who we might have offended. One woman claims there's a link to werewolves."

Each of the foot-high stones had the hand-written rhyme Twinkle, twinkle, like a star. Does love flourish from afar? taped to it.

Blaze or flourish which one is it.

The Telegraph article also says,

"There was also a symbol on the reverse similar to the religious "chi-rho" sign with letters added which also could spell the word "paradox".

According to Wiki Chi Ro is the first two letters in the Greek spelling of the word Christ.

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Old 03-10-2007, 04:05 PM   #6
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According to the Daily Mail, they've solved the mystery! The mystery artist has come forward. Billy Johnstone claims to have made them all and left them all over the place as gifts.

If the Doug and Dave scam still works why not use it again. Let's see if the stoine heads keep appearing after Johnstone has stopped doing them... but they're not reported in the mainstream media.
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Old 03-10-2007, 06:09 PM   #7
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I found this http://www.onetooneproductions.com/u...%20Release.pdf

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The heads are inspired through the dream-like concept of hypnagogia, a state half-way between consciousness and sleep, where it has been known that anonymous faces can randomly flash through a person’s mind.
One to One Productions was established in 1988 and is based in Hemsworth, West Yorkshire. We aim to open up new possibilities and innovation in producing creative media with organisations, groups and individuals. We work locally, nationally and internationally producing films, facilitating digital art projects, developing websites and creating multimedia work.

One to One have been working in collaboration for over three years with Billy Johnson photographing his work, developing him a website and creating experimental digital media projects around the same theme of hypnagogia and dreams. The projects can be seen at One to One Productions’ multimedia showcase site Dreaming Methods

"We have been interested in tracking the journeys of the individual carvings dropped throughout the North of England and Scotland. Our original intention was to use the feedback and stories generated by this ‘experiment’ to develop into a digital media project – we (Andy Campbell and Judi Alston) are working with Billy to explore ways of integrating mythology, modern folklore and traditional craft skills such as stone carving with new media and web-based technology to produce innovative creative work that can be freely accessed."

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Judi Alston, Director, One to One Productions

Billy Johnson is the great great nephew of the famous mouse man Robert Thompson of Kilburn who for many years carved wooden mice in the skirting boards of houses and furniture. This is the reason that some of the stone heads were placed in Kilburn.
"Like his relative, Billy is totally self-taught in carving, his work is very ‘low-tech’ with most of the carvings produced using the head of a four inch screw."
- Andy Campbell, Director, One to One Productions
"I have been staggered at the amount of press interest in this project, I hope that people can see beyond the label of it being a called a ‘publicity stunt’. This is a first stage of what we hope will be a longer and more complicated piece of work. I have no desire to talk to the press about it but I am enjoying hearing how the news has spread – particularly some of the more ‘underground’ theories on ‘how and why’ on the Internet that I have heard about from Judi."
- Billy Johnson, Stone Carver

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Old 03-10-2007, 09:09 PM   #8
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They look like the face of Horus to me!!
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