Referring to my posts Going back to our Roots and Making an Arsenal out us, ceremoniously ,when I highlighted the occult significance of the number 3 and it's cubic form of 27 in relation to the birth of the "new" European world superpower and its potentially "freemasonic" inspiration, then, applying the same principals, it is logical that the 16th of April would be a significant date, given that 16 is four squared. Logical, if only because you need squares to build cubes.
Certainly to Roman Catholics it would be important, given that their "spiritual leader", Pope Benedict the Sixteenth, celebrates his 81st birthday; a day which saw him in the company of George W Bush. As we read from the BBC report:
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Mr Bush quoted St Augustine in greeting the Pope with the words "peace be with you".
Mr Bush said: "In a world where some no longer believe that we can distinguish between simple right and wrong, we need your message to reject this dictatorship of relativism."
He added: "In a world where some evoke the name of God to justify acts of terror and murder and hate, we need your message that God is love."
and the Pope, on his 3x3x3x3'd birthday:He concluded: "God bless America".
Gordon Brown, British? Prime Minister, is today too in America, his visit apparently eclipsed by the aforementioned Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church. Yet, from BBC political editor Nick Robinson's blog we can perhaps again see the way that "our" world is headed:
However, they insist, headlines are far from the only test of this trip. What matters is this message which Gordon Brown has brought with him telling CBS that "European nations want a better relationship with America and I feel I can bring Europe and America closer together for the future. And that's going to be to the advantage of all of us."
Here in the UK, we heard how the Bank of England plans to rescue the rapidly stagnating housing market by means of a bond issue, similar to the strategy currently being employed in the States. Again, full BBC report is here:
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The Bank of England is poised to launch a new lending programme for UK banks in an effort to break the logjam in the credit market, the BBC has learned.
But it will be similar to moves in the US, will be backed by the Treasury and could be launched as soon as next week.
The scheme would temporarily allow banks to swap their mortgage-based assets for government bonds.
One safeguard will come from exchanging the mortgage-backed assets at less than their market value.
Thus making the State the supreme mortgage lender in the UK .
Of course there was another launch yesterday, that of the new P&O cruise ship Ventura by Oscar winning Queen impersonator, Dame Helen Mirren, at Southampton. From the BBC again:
"The Oscar-winning actress declared: "I wish the ship luck and love and calm seas on her voyages," to mark Ventura's official entry into service."
Coincidentally, on checking previous 16/4's we find :
1746 - The Battle of Culloden takes place.
1953 - Queen Elizabeth II launches the Royal Yacht Britannia.
1972 - Apollo program: The launch of Apollo 16 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
2004 - The super liner Queen Mary 2 embarks on her first Trans-Atlantic crossing, linking the golden age of ocean travel to the modern age of ocean travel.
16th April - smashingly auspicious ?