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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.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Somerton Man: Verse 70 part 2.

Verse 70 Part 2.

Super Enlargements.

These are visible with the naked eye and without any digital enhancement apart from properly enlarging the image.

The Dash. Here you can make out the string of numbers beginning with the letter X on the far left, the cut off between the lighter and darker areas of the dash is quite pronounced. The dash shown here appears between the words 'swore - but'. The tail end of the letter 'b' shows microcode as does the upstroke proper.

All is learning. or so an ancient Chinse proverb tells us. I certainly agree with that statement and would add that lifelong learning keeps the mind sharp. Michel Angelo when in his 80s said the famous word, 'Ancora Imparo', I am still learning, and thus it is that this blog keeps adding and building on previous work as I continue to learn.

My most recent lesson this week is the discovery of an amazing software tool called Ben Vista Photo Zoom 6. You can, and, hopefully, will download a trial copy here.

With this tool, you can successfully enlarge a copy of Verse 70 to a point at which you can make out microcode in the letters of the wording. In other words, no processing needed apart from using the tool to enlarge the subject. The next stage is to use the bleaching process which will isolate the microcode details even further.

Here are some more examples:

The words above are from the last line in Verse 70, 'My threadbare...' The highlighted areas show strings of numbers with some letters

From line 1, 'Repentence...' The highlighted areas again show microcode and in some cases the letters/numbers extend out and over the line of the larger letters. You may also see what could be extended pencil strokes.

Finally, from the last two lines the letter 's' from spring and the 'P' from Penitence, microcode showing in both within the highlighted areas.


  1. Hi Gordon, After the 'X' on the lighter area, looks like figures are '352 or '152'? Clive

  2. Gordon, how could you tell Verse 70 was written by a woman?
    And do we accept the Francis code was written by a man?