Living With The French ~ A Novelette ~ Chapter Seven

VII

You’re Nicked!

Saturday 10th April 1993

I wouldn’t say today was one of my better days. However, I did have a delicious breakfast of fried eggs, fried bacon and fried bread ~ a true fry-up. But I have to say, that was the only good thing about it.

Most of the family would be going on an outing today. Arnaud, myself, his younger of two brothers and both his parents.

We visited the centre of Bordeaux where for the most part we wandered the shopping centres and cafés. Pleasant as it may have seemed, but all was not good. Something about today was beginning to stir…

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Galearthéa ~ The Cosmic Trinity & The Eternity Of The Earth

GIOFESTThe Galearthéan Institute Of Flat Earth Science & Technology
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TCT Sun Moon & EarthSince ancient times civilisations from all over the world have harboured deeply philosophical beliefs about the origin and nature of our cosmos.

And even today, albeit amidst a dictatorship of the deprivation of natural consciousness, we still do.

The Cosmic Trinity is a supplementary teaching of Galearthéan cosmology, in that it is the most philoscientific of all astronomical curriculum and as such is to be regarded as an almost separate thesis.

This thesis adopts the theorem that Galearthéa, or our physical world, is both finite and contained, yet of a spiritual infinity.

When I say ‘finite’ and ‘contained’, I mean it has a size, shape and boundary beyond which we cannot physically pass.

Yet when I say of a ‘spiritual infinity’, I mean it has a being, nature and timelessness beyond which we can transcend God.

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Chessatya Solitaire

Chessatya Solitaire by Simon Jepps
Chessatya Solitaire by Simon Jepps
Aye, the game of Chessatya is not merely a pastime of spiritual recreation between friends, but is also a pastime of spiritual recreation with God.

Whilst the philosophical history behind Chessatya’s creation is one of peace, reconciliation and understanding, Chessatya Solitaire is in fact also a unique philosophical practise completely in and of itself.

As the name suggests, Chessatya Solitaire is indeed a game played solitary. Yet whence thine solitude is one spent meditating with God, thence Chessatya Solitaire is a game shared also with God.

Whilst it is not unusual for Western Chess players to partake in ‘solitaire’ games by themselves, these are in all rationality, only for Opening and positional studies.

For in Western Chess your only opponent is either a real living person or an artificial intelligence simulation.

Chessatya Solitaire is on the other hand a much more sentimentally intimate encapsulation of a “virtual” companion.

That is to say, Chessatya Solitaire embraces through the Dice, the abstract concept of a supernatural opponent. You could call this opponent ‘Karma’, ‘Chaos’ or even ‘God’. Yet for the passionate dedication and purpose for which this game was designed, we will call our companion ‘God’.

Thus the spiritual practise of Chessatya Solitaire is the assertion, proclamation and ascension unto complete honesty and adherence unto God.

This is a game then, of intellectual honesty and an exercise of solitary morale.

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Chessatya ~ Of Kings & Time

⊰ Introduction

Chessatya by Simon Jepps
Chessatya by Simon Jepps
Chessatya is a combination of the two words “chess” and the Hindi word “satya” meaning ‘truth’. Thus, “chess in truth”.

The game of Chessatya is a carefully crafted and passionately finetuned transposition of ancient Chaturanga unto modern Chess. It could be described, not as the next evolution of Chess, but as the next revolution of Chaturanga.

The philosophical story behind this game is that, in order for two Christian Kings to resolve their differences and determine who, if either is most righteous, they need to summon the power of time and space through the employment of a Hindu Vimāna.

Thus the message or ‘prophecy’ of Chessatya, is that one must surrender unto the greater enlightenment of all good faiths, in order to find true salvation.

Hindu Vimāna are mythological flying palaces or chariots described in Hindu texts and Sanskrit epics. The Pushpaka Vimāna of the king Ravana is the most quoted example of a Vimāna.

Vimāna are historically documented, sometimes in exquisite detail and are believed to be likened to spaceships, or eternal chariots of both space and time.

Chessatya passionately embraces the Vimāna as a foundational counterpart to the spiritual functionality of this game.

Yet before we open our Chessatya treasure trove and reveal all that this majestic game has to offer, it is important to share with you some of the philosophy that invoked its creation.

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Living With The French ~ A Novelette ~ Chapter Six

VI

Tears

Friday 9th April 1993

Today would be a sad day. It was my last day at a French school. All the friends I had made would become but a memory to me and unlikely to meet again.

I woke up at 7am this morning, but stayed in bed until 8am. Luckily school started later today. As I dozed I remembered all the good times I had had with my French school friends, like chatting in the school recreation grounds, the magnificent Handball match and oh, of course, those rare moments I got to be near Blondine and exchange smiles.

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Cfa ~ Jeppsian Tuned Chromatic Dulcimer

Cfa ~ Jeppsian Dulcimer
The Jeppsian Cfa
Pronounced “kuh-fah”
During my adventures over the past few decades, experimenting with various small acoustic instruments from around the world, I often investigated unusual stringed instruments.

That is to say, stringed instruments which differ somewhat from your regular Guitar or Violin. Of course there is nothing wrong with a good old Guitar, but apart from finding six strings a bit of a handful, I have always preferred the sounds of more exotic stringed instruments, like for example the Bouzouki or the Pipa.

Indeed, many stringed instruments passed my way over the years. The single stringed Dan Bau, the multi keyed Bulbul Tarang, the Baritone and even Bass Ukulele… and even the humble Tumbi.

Aye, in fact one experiment of mine revealed, that the somewhat bland Indian Tumbi can actually be played with a Violin Bow. Go ahead… give it a try!

Yet the one instrument that kept calling to my heart would only do so from a cage of incompatible design.

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