English Travelogue, Part 5

Thursday, May 28 – Today M. and I explored the wonders of the British Museum, encountering an Aztec turquoise mask made on top of a skull, the aforementioned Queen of the Night plaque, the fake-but-nonetheless-impressive Crystal Skull, crocodile and falcon mummies, ushabti statuettes, and heads of the infamous Pazuzu.  We then met up with Phil Legard and his friend Alan, and we discussed Hockley, Kenneth Grant, and the many oddities of Suffolk.  Phil mentioned that Dee’s scrying equipment had been in a hall I’d thought would be too dull to view, so we traipsed back inside to view it.  After a quick dinner, we then made it to Treadwell’s.  As it turned out, I was nervous under the scrutiny of London’s finest occultists, including Phil Hine, but they were most kind as I described the history of the infamous Necronomicon!  After spending some time afterward with the audience, M. and I returned home, tired but pleased.

Friday – We took the train to Cambridge, passing a group of Native American street performers (ironically) toward Trinity College, where I had a small piece of research to attend to .  M. and I realized that “on the Backs at some unspecified time” was not the best reunion plan, but we managed to find each other and explored both the Museum of Zoology – where I, to my disappointment, missed the dodo and the great auk, even though I scoured the place for them – and the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology.

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  1. Hehe, being a denizen of deepest Suffolk, I can indeed confirm that are many oddities in this part of the world, mind you some would say that’s actually just the locals…

  2. […] Boudet.  He presents a mid-sixteenth century manuscript at Trinity College, Cambridge (which I visited not so long ago) that parallels in some ways the Pseudomonarchia Daemonum of Weyer, though its list […]

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