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You could liken them to explorers: men not unlike Percy Fawcett, who wandered the rivers and jungled wilds of South America,  searching for El Dorado, or Peter Matthiessen, who found the fabled white leopard in the Himalayas .

Three explorers, latter day, in search of Somerton Treasure.

The man known as Q.

The man known as Beadle.

The man known as Self.

In 2016, these three expeditionaries wander the desolate and windy reaches of the Glenelg Coast, searching for treasure lost over sixty years ago, nearer to seventy. But they are at odds.

Of them all, only Beadle has yet to unearth any treasure.

Q has found his Namesake.

Self has found his Crystal Dish.

The Beadle runs hither and thither into the bracken and jungle, listening to the haunting melodies of the forest people, the songful, wrongful  pygmies who see no light.

They beckon him.

He goes.

The Beadle listens to their songs that promise Somerton Treasure, again and again. He shares their fire and when he comes back to the place where Q and Self are encamped he is sooty faced, and his appetites are much diminished.


header pic is Fawcett

pic 2 is Matthiessen




6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Good to see Col. Fawcett getting a run, Pete.! Hope all is well.

    June 8, 2016
  2. All is extremely well, Rob, having quite the time here.

    June 8, 2016
  3. Clive #

    Wonder if Percy ever did find the legendary city of gold, brave or foolhardy? I’d like to think Percy was a bit of both. A legend of his time.

    June 8, 2016
  4. Percy Fawcett also worked for British Intelligence in North Africa, and there was Peter Fleming, Ian’s brother, another agent in place.
    Gerry Feltus is right. ‘There were spies everywhere!’

    June 8, 2016
  5. Dave #

    I have just followed through from Gordons Cramers blog. Does anyonw know anything about Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyams. Attached is pictures of my book. Same font as book belonging to Somerton Man. Thoughts please. Cheers

    June 8, 2016
  6. Hi Dave and all, the ROK from the Somerton Man case was a soft copy, not hardback. If you can, will you put the info page of the book online? It should show the publisher and date. Could you also show some more pages? There is a very similar soft copy that has been found and it was from the ‘courage and friendship’ series; it’s known as the JW version after the man that found it.. Notably, it was referred to as a pocket edition.

    One of the things you can do to verify the size of the actual book is to print out the code page which could be the actual size of the book. It will also tell you the orientation of the book when the ‘code’ was written, not from top to bottom of the page but rotated through 90 degrees so it was transverse. That in turn, gives a clue as to how the code may have been put together over a number of sessions whilst still keeping a reasonable format. Having said that, there are a couple of instances where the individual letters overlap within the marked area of the letter if that makes sense. So, I think that some time was taken to write the ‘code’ page and possibly over a number of days.

    June 9, 2016

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