elephant castle

First Edit.

Perronet House. Elephant and Castle. n 1969 Sir Roger Walters was commissioned by the Greater London Council to design a high density block of social housing to complement the already completed high rise buildings of commercial, educational and governmental establishments. It won a commendation in the 1971 Good Design In Housing awards.

thelostspecial - numbers

We all saw this in the page code. But what is MMTE? I tried some numbers.
6683 (on the phone)
1313205 (english alphabet)

I’ve googled some streets and that’s what I’ve got:
- 6683 Marylebon Road

- 13205 Baker Street

But that’s just the BEGINNING. I’ve continued with Bible (that may mean nothing, but I tried all possible variants I could think of). We have John 6:6-8, John 13:13-20 and John 13:5. 

Those are pretty meaningfull if you think about them, linking thm with Sherlock. Let’s don’t forget that it’s JOHN.
After Bible I turned to rationalism and started to look for numbers. That’s what I figured out:
1313205/ 1+3+1+3+2+0+5=15; 13+20+5=38
13.9.16/ 13+9+16=38
6683/ 6+6+8+3=23
There’s also a date 1904 and 1881. 

What a funny coincidence with numbers.
However, that’s not the end of my searches. I looked through The Valley of Fear and som of the chapters: Sherlock Holmes Discourses (2), A Dawning Light (6) and Danger (13), and I tried to search for some words, which are equal to numbers. Some of them I’ve got according to my own numbers.
Chapter 2
those  friend  be  overstatement  shocked  his
5          11      15      17                  23       38

Chapter 6
many   to  returned  to   village   which
5         11      15      17     23       38

Chapter 13
of   who   appointed   Deacon  day   that
5     11       15               17       23    38

AND we still got ‘terror’ - the ninth word.

I continued searching and now I have 38 Deacon Way, which is near the ELEPHANT & CASTLE STATION

And Elephant & Castle has postcode districts which are similar with the numbers I got earlier.

And now I’m reading about the Great London Fire (honestly I don’t remember how I even ended up there, BUT) the fire lasted for 4 days from 2nd September, Sunday till 5th September, Wednesday in 1666 (count: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday). There are 4 days and 1+6+6+6=19+4 days=23.

There are TOO MANY coincidences that make me nervous. TOO MANY NUMBERS that can’t be ignored, can’t be put off. 
I always got 38 or 23. They must mean something. They aren’t just numbers. If you go on and Google streets, you’ll find 23 Baker St, 3866 Baker Street and yes, let’s not forget about 23 NORBURY COURT ROAD AND LONDON ROAD, which cross, so do Marylebon Road and Baker Street.
BTW, 221b Baker Street - 22+1=23. There has never been 221b Baker Street. London only has 22 postcode areas. 23rd is the lost one? Also, there was a fire in London in 1632.

THERE ARE TWO NUMBERS 38 AND 23. Look for them. They are everywhere. They are connected.

The Lost Special IS REAL.

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch 

My Rating: 3.8

Goodreads Rating: 3.92

Pages: 390

Published:  2011 by Gollanz

Goodreads Summary: 

Meet DC Peter Grant. He will show you his city. But it’s not the capital that you see as you make your way from tube to bus, from Elephant to Castle. It’s a city that under its dark surface is packed full of crime. And of magic. A city that you never suspected…

Gran’t story starts when he tries to take a witness statement from a man who was already dead. And take him down a twisting, turning centuries’ old mystery that reckons to set London on fire…

My Review: 

Constable Peter Grant is still on probation and about to be assigned a post where his days will be filled with paper. It is only by happenstance, that he stumbles on a murder scene and an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. This unusual situation brings results in his being assigned to assist Det. CI Thomas Nightingale, head of—in fact, the only member of—a unit which investigates the unusual.

I have never read anything else like this. I am actually a bit shocked about how unique it is :D With having said that, I probably won’t read the other books in the series, I can’t see myself reading more cases by them because I have the feeling I might get bored. This does in no way mean that I didn’t enjoy this book, on the contrary. The world-building is just amazing and I liked how I got introduced to it by someone who’s also new to this (it’s told in the first person by Peter Grant). Also, if you love action, there’s plenty of it. However, the plot sometimes slowed down a bit, which is one of the reasons why I don’t want to read the other books. The other reason is that I just don’t really want to know more about this world.

I could identify with the main character Peter a lot though. He kinda stumbles through life and doesn’t take himself very seriously, which I loved. I also loved the writing in this. The narrative voice of Peter Grant, the young London police constable, is wonderful - rich, realistic, funny, with some slang thrown into it. The story is very modern with an old touch to it and while it seems chaotically at first, it all comes together nicely at the end. Additionally, this is one of those fantasy books that feels very realistic, which is a nice fresh change to what fantasy books I normally tend to read. Overall, the book is very fun, amusing,  and full of adventure. If you like realistic fantasy, British cops, magic and a huge mystery, then Rivers of London is a “must read” for you.

My list of musicians that I think are great:
  • Alt-J
  • Arcade Fire
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Black Lips
  • Bloc Party
  • Cage The Elephant
  • Cat Power
  • Crystal Castles
  • David Bowie
  • Deftones
  • Desert Sessions
  • Far
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Gang of Four
  • Incubus
  • Joy Division
  • Kaki King
  • Kansas
  • King Crimson
  • King Krule
  • Kings of Leon
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Modest Mouse
  • My Bloody Valentine
  • Neutral Milk Hotel
  • Nick Drake
  • Nico
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Nirvana
  • Pinback
  • Pixies
  • PJ Harvey
  • Placebo
  • Porcupine Tree
  • Puscifer
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Radiohead
  • Siouxsie and the Banshees
  • Sonic Youth
  • Tame Impala
  • The Cure
  • The Mars Volta
  • The Smashing Pumpkins
  • The Smiths
  • The Stooges
  • The Strokes 
  • The Velvet Underground
  • Tool
  • Tupac
  • Tyler, the Creator
  • Villagers
  • Warpaint
  • Wilco
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Things John Finnemore Has Ruined* Forever

the ending of Casablanca


hiring a man and van 




bears (all varieties)


the number 19

pineapple juice

Peach Schnapps

going through the airport metal detector

The Archers

takeaway pizza

getting some keys made

the Olympics








the World Cup (“The World what?” “The World Cup.” “The what Cup?”)

the Grand National





sea lions


hotel towels

Top Gun


ice cream vans 

ice cream chimes

train announcements


Leon Trotsky

Thomas The Tank Engine

Doctor Who


Winston Churchill’s most famous speech

ordering coffee in coffee shops


The Famous Five books

the area of South London known as Elephant & Castle

the songs “Greensleeves”, “Deck The Halls”, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, “Fly Me To The Moon”, and “Come Fly With Me” (and many more)

aviator sunglasses


dragon fwoo





King Arthur

the words awesome and awful

Timbuktu (Timbuktu)

Jelly Babies

Russselll Crooooowe

Any words beginning with Q

putting on a seatbelt

dressing gowns

Duxford Air Museum

the phrase not a happy bunny

any dish containing rice as the main ingredient

fire extinguishers



anything with tentacles




Christmas stockings

the NATO Phonetic Alphabet (“Mick! Mi! Muh!”)

using a stepladder (“or, as we call it, the Widow Maker”)

Pony Club girls

getting out of sync



French accents

Australian accents

Irish accents


the word bravery

Jekyll & Hyde

baked potatoes


Christmas gift supplements

choosing a restaurant




putting on a seatbelt

wiiiiinnnndddddd-drrrrriiiiieeeeeedddd ssssaaaauuuuussssaaaggeeeee

booking a holiday

the Grand Canal in Venice





the word basking

buying a watch

yellow cars


the Seven Deadly Sins

the Seven Dwarves

the Six Nations



reading the Sunday papers





the word brilliant


… and…

snow leopards

Winnie the Pooh


jacket pockets

* changed, and infinitely improved