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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, 15 April 2019


Not talking about this T, but suggesting that just maybe we should take a look at some other Ts. The Ts that are contained in Verse 70. Have you ever noticed them? Do they strike you as being a little unusual perhaps?

Here are a few notes made recently and I thought I would share them with you:


Line 1 has two T's, RepenTence and ofT, the T in repentence is not crossed but it is in ofT

Line 2 has one T in buT, not crossed

Line 3. has two Ts, Then and Then, the first T is crossed and the second one is a 'floating' cross well away from the T.

Line 4. has 3 Ts, Thread 'floating' cross, Penitence, not crossed, Tore, a 'floating' and extended cross.

Signature, one T in JesTyn, 'floating' shortened cross.

The inconsistency in the way the T has been written is unusual I think. We have 3 Ts not crossed, we have 2 that are crossed and we have 3 floating crossed Ts , 4 if you count Jestyn

Looking a little further and differently at the Ts:

Repentence oft, but, then (and) then, thread penitence tore.

First letter sequence:ROBTTTPTJ including JESTYN

Last letter sequence: ETTNNDEEN if you count JESTYN

Following words: Oft before, was, and came, bare a tore

Clive had a great thought that maybe the T was used as a message prompt as in the book being exchanged with no crossed Ts and then crossed to be returned and as a way of acknowledging the receipt of the book, perhaps indicating that a message was on its way?

Whilst it's fair to say that people sometimes write and form their words inconsistently, it's a matter of degree. Is it common or less common to show such variations within a relatively short paragraph?

There's something not sitting right here, can't quite put my finger on it but please feel free to share your thoughts...


  1. Hi Gordon, Apart from the letter 'T's, the other 'strange' letter is the way the 'S' is written. Usually, when someone writes a letter etc the individual letters are always written in the same way. Perhaps both the T & S are trying to tell us something? Clive

  2. T & S=Taman Shud? Clive