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The man who would have us looking at something that isn’t there.

An enquiry by someone new with an interest in the Rubaiyat code might begin with Google.

And whether they query Tamam Shud Code, or Somerton Man Code or Rubaiyat Code, they will assuredly be drawn in to examine some of the dozens of Gordon Cramer’s micro-writing images that inhabit these pages. There are hundreds of them waiting there, if not thousands. The beginner doesn’t have a chance.

Cramer’s work with the letter Q (pic) was exemplary and had me utterly convinced. I felt I was his chief supporter, bumping along his work with praise, copying his images, quoting him. This was fine with Gordon Cramer, he understands a blogger’s need for promotion.

Where some have the skill to remove a complete layer of real substance from a real object – like ink from a photograph – Cramer has the expertise to remove digital ink from a digital object. With two objectives always in mind.

To find something that isn’t there. Then convince you it is.

You have to admit the concept has artistic merit.

But when a man is presented with a digital image of a photograph of an ink-enhanced photograph of pencil marks almost too faint to be seen with the naked eye – and demonstrates how he can lift all the digital layers away, as Cramer claims to have done in the letter Q, then why aren’t we looking at pencil marks almost too faint to be seen by the naked eye?


The SA Police subjected a photo they had taken of the code to a marking up exercise in ink, then they photographed the product and released it to the Press. The only science involved in the episode was getting it into the papers quick smart. These were senior detectives, this was a development.

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  1. dude47 #

    Gordon is a grumpy old man with too much time on his hands. But I send him my best

    I was taking a ride past West Terrace cemetery this very morning Pete and I couldn’t help but slow down close to keane’s grave site which is just a few steps off west terrace itself.

    I paused and looked across the road to the Elephant castle hotel. It was here of coarse that there bookmakers decided to put the hat around for Keane’s funeral.

    I hadn’t contemplated up until then just how short a distance the pub is from the grave.

    If I remember correctly Keane’s body laid on ice in the building next door to the pub for so long he had even required a nickname which has slipped my memory at present.

    The grave is no more than 200 meters from the Elephant castle hotel. Basically you cross West terrace jump the fence walk dead ahead 20 paces and your at Keane’s modest head stone.

    I thought about the bookies sat in that pub , a bunch of knockabout punters deciding to stump up a considerable sum to bury a stranger directly across the street.

    Was he a stranger? was this just a kind gesture out of the blue?

    It got me thinking about Keane’s possible links to gambling (remembering the nitkeeper lead)

    Was this a kind gesture or could there have been more to it.

    April 19, 2020

    Bob Whitington (police roundsman for the Advertiser), Claude Trevelion (funeral assistant), police sergeant Scan Sutherland, Jack Elliot (brother and partner of Laurie Elliot), Leo Kenny (publican, Elephant & Castle, opposite the cemetery), Laurie Elliot (funeral director and embalmer of the Somerton man), and Salvation Army Captain E. Webb (leading the funeral prayers).

    April 19, 2020
  3. Whitington might have stumped up a few quid for the headlines he got out of it.

    April 19, 2020
  4. dude47 #

    We know Keane changed his plans (Henley Beach ticket) then chose the the bus to Glenelg over the more convenient tram. The bus Keane caught went past the Elephant & Castle stoped virtually at the front door. Keane spent most of the day indoors (spit polished shoes) Thomson did business in pubs. Bookies hung out at the Elephant & Castle head they meetings there. Keane MAY have been associated with gambling. Keane is buried no more than a decent drop punt from the Elephant & castle (the west terrace cemetery is the size of 2 suburbs so this is a coincidence). . The lads at the Castle paid for his funeral Leo the publican even attended .

    April 20, 2020

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