With Halloween arriving, it’s that spooky time of year. So, why not speak about a bit of spookery in relation to COVID? There’s plenty of spookdom to go around when it comes to the pandemic tale, but I will focus on just one aspect — having to do with the village of Haslemere in the Surrey region of the United Kingdom.
In this March 2020 article, “Bizarre coincidence between Haslemere coronavirus cases and BBC programme that started fake ‘pandemic’ in town,” the author, Alex Boyd, repeatedly noted some spooky coincidences. As the title implies, there was a simulated virus contagion experiment in 2018 that took place in the town of Haslemere, followed by the “real” reporting in February 2020 that the first case of coronavirus transmission within the UK occurred in Haslemere — resulting in the temporary closing of the Haslemere Health Centre for a “deep clean.”
Boyd disclosed,“The outbreak in the Surrey town has drawn spooky comparisons to the programme ‘Contagion: The BBC Four Pandemic’, which aired in March 2018 . . . Designed as a digital experiment to ‘help plan for when the next deadly virus comes to the UK’, Dr Hannah Fry was ‘patient zero’ and used Haslemere as the place to launch the outbreak . . . It set out to answer questions on how quickly it would spread, how many it could kill and what could be done about it, using a smartphone app to monitor the simulated virus after starting it in Haslemere.” Boyd continued in this vein when quoting a tweet from Twitter, “Spookily, that’s precisely where the first person was diagnosed to have caught #coronavirus in the UK (my emphasis).”
As noted in the quote above, the virtual pandemic was depicted by mathematician Dr. Hannah Fry in the 2018 documentary, “Contagion! The BBC Four Pandemic,” which can be viewed in its entirety here (1 hour, 14 minutes).
Essentially, the experiment was focused on building an interactive platform to monitor the “spread” of the “virus” throughout the village of Haslemere. This digital spatial dataset and data extraction came to be known as the “Haslemere social network,” that has subsequently been re-purposed as an interactive mathematical model pertaining to “SARS-CoV-2.”
What I find most striking about this COVID chicanery is what was revealed in this March 2020 article : “Haslemere is at the centre of the latest coronavirus outbreak in Britain – but some have teased that the affluent town should be ‘twinned with Wuhan’ (my emphasis).” POM readers may be familiar with my writing on digital twins, as well as the Sentient World Simulation (SWS). I remind readers that this Haslemere “coincidence” phenomenon was based on the narrative of a “digital experiment” that was conducted in Haslemere. Please tell me you are grasping the relevance of the context of digital twins and computer simulations when it comes to Haslemere (and its unveiled “twin,” Wuhan).
Again, I ask, is this a spooky occurrence, or, rather, spooky scripting and event planning?
In one more twist of uncanny providence, some of you may be familiar with the region of Surrey (more specifically, Runnymede), as it is remembered as the birthplace of modern democracy. On June 15th in 1215, it is where King John sealed the Magna Carta (ostensibly serving as the model for the U.S. Constitution). Let’s read briefly here (keeping in mind, the loss of liberties we have experienced since this COVID project, amidst a rapidly expanding digital panopticon): “Magna Carta is the cornerstone of our liberties, a source of inspiration for people all over the world seeking liberty, and a reminder of the importance of the rule of law in shaping human society. Runnymede, where the terms of the Charter were agreed, is for many a hallowed site (my emphasis).”
From the hallowed green meadows of Runnymede, to the footpaths of Haslemere, to the riverfront (and bats, said jokingly) of Wuhan . . . and to the shores of North America — my super sniffer smells seeds of witchery wafting their way across time and space, culminating in this world-wide beguilement.
Do you have any stories of spookery related to COVID, or perhaps a spooky happening in the town where you live, or nearby? Feel free to share in the comments.