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The Somerton Man Case. The body of a man found on an Australian beach close to a major Atomic Testing ground, he was probably poisoned, a copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and an unbroken Code page found and associated to him. Set against a Cold War background in 1948, was this man a spy? We think so and this blog focuses on the evidence that was left behind and in some cases missed, the Code page, Dry Cleaning numbers, A Poem and a small, torn piece of paper bearing the words TAMAM SHUD.

Monday, 28 August 2017


In the last post there were a number of images of items amongst which I stated that one or more contained micro writing.

Let's go through the list:

1. This image is of the dash in Verse 70 which we know to have been written by Jestyn. If you look carefully, you should see the presence of the letter X to the left near the start of the dash followed by a string of numbers
2. This is most interesting, this image has been constructed using clips from the 'Pigeon Code' that was found by David Martin some 4 years ago. The top image is a cross bar from the letter T whilst the lower one is from an upright of a letter M both of which came from the Pigeon Code. For the record, I spoke with David on a few occasions back then and he kindly sent me a high-resolution image of the code. Does it contain micro letters/numbers?
3.  I have always found it interesting that people, myself included, will view an object such as the code page, and we almost always assume that it should be read from left to right and from top to bottom of the document. In this case, what we have is a section of the so called 'flourish' at the base of the code page, but instead of it being viewed as one would normally from the base of the page, this image was taken from the top of the page.  You should be able to see the various numbers and letters and read them across from left to right, super small but there nonetheless.

Whilst this is interesting as it stands, there are two other aspects that raise questions and the answer to each question supports the presence of micro code on the page. As everyone knows the story goes that the Police or whoever, overwrote the indentations that they found on the code page to reveal the nature of the larger letters. 1. Why would they do that if they had been written in Pencil and should have been visible in any case? 2. Given that the idea was to show the shapes of letters, why did they then go on and overwrite the flourishes? 

4. This image below is from the SOE files, it shows micro writing taken from a report written by an SOE operative. it is in fact reversed. Why would I do that? To illustrate a point and that point being that this form of communication was designed to pass on what in most cases was highly secret information and all efforts were made to conceal or disguise such messages, hence the name 'clandestine communications' is applied to micro writing.

So we have 3 out of 4 definites and one, the pigeon code example, that could well be another example of hidden codes.

On to the final part of that last blog post, the image of the Victoria Hotel in Strathalbyn. The same place that Paul Lawson and his good lady used to visit and one occasion whilst there, he had suggested to his wife that they should take a detour on the way home and visit Jestyn. Request denied we understand.

The image does contain a 'hidden message' though not strictly speaking hidden in plain sight. The method I used was a more modern concealment technique. I hid the message within the code structure of the image.

You can use this simple online tool to both hide and then reveal a secret message, so if you would like to know what the message is, you should first right click and download the image of the hotel then go to this link:

Next, you simply select 'Host image' and then upload the image of the hotel and then tick the box, 'decode this image instead' and hit the blue button, 'steganogra-fy!'. You can then read the hidden message.

Messages of many types have long been concealed, sometimes in plain sight and sometimes, as in the code page not quite in plain sight. From well before the days of The Queen of Spies, back to ancient Mesopotamia, tiny hieroglyphics were used and finely scratched into clay tablets. Both Hebrew and Muslim religions created wonderful artworks using micro writing, the majority of carrier pigeon messages were written at sub 1 mm in height. On this blog, we have not only shown images and provided documented proof of its use as a clandestine communication method and in the appropriate time frame, we demonstrated exactly how it was done. There is no doubt about its existence and in the documents that have been named. In the previous post we issued the challenge, if you say you know what Micro writing isn't, then by default you should be able to recognise it when you see it. Another fail on behalf of the grand-standers :)

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