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    Default Re: Avalon visit to the Hypogeum and other ancient sites in Malta 2019

    Our visit to the small island of Gozo

    This was an unplanned, unexpected and very pleasant day out for us all instigated by Jean. Jean very kindly booked a mini bus taxi for the day to take us all to Gozo through Ryan the taxi driver whom I had met the previous year and had booked to pick up a few of our group from the airport to take them to their accommodation. Ryan recommended the delightful Joanne, one of his taxi drivers who is from originally Gozo to take us on this trip.

    Our plan was for Joanne to take us to a beach for a swim that actually had some sand. Most beaches in Malta are jaggy rocky beaches so a sandy beach is most welcome. Then go for some lunch to a restaurant recommended by Joanne, then we hoped to visit the Ggantija Temple (temple of the giants) before returning back to Malta.

    I had already booked a week on Gozo next to a beach for my last week of my trip, this has still to happen. Keyholder and his friend Martine had already moved to Gozo for a few days, they met up with us on Gozo to rejoin the group. Libico had already returned home by this time.

    Joanne picked all 6 of us up in the morning then we headed for the ferry which is around an hour and half drive. We arrived at the ferry terminal and Joanne was told by the ferry attendant that we could not get on the ferry that was about to leave and would have to wait for the next one.
    So she told us we had time for a coffee before the next ferry. We all exited the taxi apart from Jean. We ordered our coffee when Jean phoned to say. "Quick, come back straight away, we are going on the first ferry after all" We all ran back but we were to late. Jean and Joanne and taxi had already left so we had to wait for the next ferry which actually took another hour to leave

    Poor Joanne was upset and was thinking we would also be upset and give her a telling off when we saw her. Jean reassured her that our group would not be upset and everything would be fine which of course it was all fine. But we had lost some time.

    This is when the first of many coincidences began to happen. Keyholder was texting to find out which beach to meet us at. There are quite a few sandy beaches on Gozo. Joanne gave me the name of the beach. Turned out this was where Keyholder was staying and he was a 10 min walk from the beach.
    We met and had a lovely swim in the warm Mediterranean sea.

    The second coincidence followed quickly after. Joanne drove us to another small beach town for lunch in a restaurant she recommended. When we entered the town I recognized the name on the sign as the place where I had booked my last week. I had never been there before. Then we headed to the sea front and all sat down to order some food. I asked the waitress if she knew where my accommodation address was. She pointed just across from where we were sitting. Virtually a 10 second walk away. Now I knew where I was going and how to get there

    Lunch took some time, it was now 4.15 pm and the Ggantija Temple closed at 4 pm. So much to Joanne's delight, we asked her to take us to the Ta' Pinu shrine, where Mother Mary is said to have appeared in 1883.
    As some members already know, I have a personal affinity with Mother Mary and have had many wonderful experiences with Mary over the last 44 yrs. My first encounter was in Ephesus in Turkey in 1975, my second and most profound was in Bosnia in 1985, then again in India with my Naadi Shastra experience in 2005. I intended to visit the Ta' Pinu shrine on my weeks stay in Gozo. I was delighted that everyone agreed to visit this shrine on our group visit.
    Joanne herself shared an experience she personally had with Mary there with her boyfriend 20 something years ago. This boyfriend is now her husband and they have a family.

    When we arrived at the shrine, we were all struck by a sense of peace and wellbeing. We wondered around in silence taking in the serenity and peaceful energy of this place. Inside the church there was a museum which was full of past testimonials from individuals and families who had experienced some healing miracles which are documented on the walls of the little museum. Crutches and other aids left by the disabled hung on the walls also.
    A place I shall visit again when I return to Gozo over a week from now.

    For some reason we did not take many photos on trip to Gozo or at this shrine.

    The church and the painting of Mother Mary that people say has miraculous power.

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    Another painting of Mother Mary and a statue of the local woman who heard the voice of Mary in 1883.

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    Some of the testimonials on the wall of the museum.
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    As Angelfire and Tintin have already expressed, this was an unexpected and wonderful part of our trip. Thank you so much Jean, I shall return.
    Last edited by Billy; 10th October 2019 at 22:01.
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    Default Re: Avalon visit to the Hypogeum and other ancient sites in Malta 2019

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    So she told us we had time for a coffee before the next ferry. We all exited the taxi apart from Jean. We ordered our coffee when Jean phoned to say. "Quick, come back straight away, we are going on the first ferry after all" We all ran back but we were too late. Jean and Joanne and taxi had already left so we had to wait for the next ferry which actually took another hour to leave

    Poor Joanne was upset and was thinking we would also be upset and give her a telling off when we saw her. Jean reassured her that our group would not be upset and everything would be fine which of course it was all fine. But we had lost some time.
    Yes

    An amusing aside to this: Tintin (me) hadn't actually realised that they'd already been ushered onto the ferry, so, spotting what looked like the same mini-van immediately rushed off and tried to open the door of the wrong van

    Well, the look on the lady passenger's face was quite a picture I can tell you

    Joanne was a real heroine, sweetheart, on the day. I did remark, perhaps inappropriately, that had I a pocket large enough to carry her in, I'd liked to have brought her back to England with me.
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    Default Re: Avalon visit to the Hypogeum and other ancient sites in Malta 2019

    Hi everyone. I am still very much enjoying my time here in Malta.
    There has been some interesting developments here for me since everyone else returned home.

    Russel, one of the managers from Heritage Malta has been in contact with me, first he wanted to apologize profusely concerning being granted permission to take my instruments inside then for that permission to be reversed last minute.
    We have now met face to face on three occasions now, I say that he is a great man who is very open and aware, it has been a great honour to meet him.
    He invited me to his place of work to show me around and see what work they do. Heritage Malta offices and restoration workshops are situated inside the old Naval hospital in Kalkara, Bighi.

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    This is where all the restoration of metal (armour and artifacts) textiles, paintings and ancient books takes place. I was given a guided tour of all the workshops. Watching the dedication of the workers there restoring historical, priceless treasures was a privilege to witness.

    Book restoration in progress, on the right before restoration on the left after restoration.
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    Russel confirmed that new DNA testing is currently being carried out on the skulls found inside the Hypogeum. He said there are new advances in DNA testing. One of which is a fluid that is found in the eardrum crystallises after death and can survive for thousands of years.

    Russel's profession is diditisation. he is in the process of creating a 3D copy of the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. He is organising ground penetrating radar to carry out a survey of the Hypogeum also.

    He also confirmed that the new Hypogeum that was found will begin excavations soon.

    I suggested that research on the Cymatics of the Hypogeum would be an interesting project.
    Russel did not know so much about Cymatics but is very interested and has now given me contact details of a friend of his who is musical technician. I am going to follow this up.

    I have a feeling I have just met a kindred soul who I am going to be in close contact with for a long long time
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    Default Re: Avalon visit to the Hypogeum and other ancient sites in Malta 2019

    that's terrific Billy. Sounds as though you may get freer access next time

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    Default Re: Avalon visit to the Hypogeum and other ancient sites in Malta 2019

    I forgot to mention. @keyholder. I asked Russel about the stars that you saw on the ceiling the Hypogeum when you visited 14 yrs ago. He confirmed that they did exist but have now all faded away due to the humidity of the Hypogeum. He is going to look through the archives for old photos that may have captured the stars then send them to me.

    One interesting thing I discovered when researching the frequencies of the Hypogeum. Which according to the Archaeoacoustic analysis, the resonance of the Hypogeum is 114 Hertz and 70 Hertz.
    I could not find a sample of Cymatics at 114 Hertz but 72 Hertz creates a star shape. Which I found very interesting.

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    Last edited by Billy; 17th October 2019 at 08:47.
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    Glad to hear an update about your time in Malta! Assuming Russell was keen about looking into the acoustics study if you haven't already, would be very interesting to share what we all experienced in the hypogeum with the return of your echo... Maybe offer to try and repeat the experience and gain private access to the site before / after hours it is open to the public.

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    I'd just like to register my appreciation to Billy for the most wonderful way that he tells of his experiences.

    I honestly lose myself for 20 minutes reading of this latest exploit, it is a rare talent to be able to engage someone and for them to absorb fully the subject matter. I would've loved to be able to have taken part in this trip, however, time and circumstance would not allow, this time. It looks as if all there had an amazing time, in an amazing place......... And I'd be a liar if I said I wasn't slightly jealous......... only slightly


    Well done to all who made it.

    And a special thank you to Billy, he'll know why.


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    Default Re: Avalon visit to the Hypogeum and other ancient sites in Malta 2019

    @ The Moss Trooper, Thank you for your kind words.


    Quote Posted by Libico (here)
    Glad to hear an update about your time in Malta! Assuming Russell was keen about looking into the acoustics study if you haven't already, would be very interesting to share what we all experienced in the hypogeum with the return of your echo... Maybe offer to try and repeat the experience and gain private access to the site before / after hours it is open to the public.
    Hi Libico.
    Yes, Russel was very interested when I told him about the long echo delay in the Hypogeum. I offered to go to the Hypogeum with him, either before or after hours for half an hour to try and repeat the toning delay, he said he was sorry but the curator would not allow this.
    Sadly the curator is very strict and has the final say.

    A little update.
    I am still here in Gozo having extended my stay twice now
    I managed to book a flight home in a few days time.

    Before I left Malta to come to Gozo I met Russel one of the managers of Heritage Malta a few times. He personally took me to an underground chamber in Fort Saint Angelo which is not accessible to tourists. Access is through a trapdoor and a ladder had to be brought to climb down. This was used as a prison chamber in the times of the Nights of Malta. Russel thought the chamber may have had acoustic qualities but turned out to be dead space, The graffiti in the chamber was quite something. And some tales of the skeleton remains found in there were quite disturbing.

    The trap door and some of the graffiti carved into the walls.

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    The road leading to Fort Saint Angelo in Senglea.

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    Much more to share with some very interesting developments.
    When you express from a fearful heart in the now moment, You create a fearful future.
    When you express from a loving heart in the now moment, You create a loving future.

    Have no fear, Be aware and live your lives journey from a compassionate caring nurturing heart to manifest a compassionate caring nurturing future. Billyji


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