Welcome to 2012 and welcome to the first of ‘Baggie’s Projects’.

Many years ago I was given a copy of Old Moore’s almanack and it intrigued me.  For those of you that do not know of Old Moore’s almanack it is an astrological almanac that was first published in 1697 by Francis Moore astrologer in the court of King Charles II.  It contains astrological predictions of world events and of various sporting events and well as conventional data such as lighting up times.

Occasionally you will hear that major events were predicted by Old Moore’s almanack or Nostradamus or Old Mother Shipton or whoever but some of these interpretations either need to be taken with a large pinch of sodium chloride or have been significantly edited after the event to fit the facts.

Part of me would love to think that the future can be predicted (the cupidinous side of me) although it does grate with the notion that we have free will.  Even Yoda would have an issue that events can be foreseen and I have real difficulty in believing anything to do with the pseudo-science that is modern astrology.  It was therefore with this in mind that I parted with my £2.50 and decided to run an experiment.

This year’s Old Moore’s Almanack boasts of previous successes: it claims to have predicted the 1991 Robert Maxwell fraud, the 1938 Munich Crisis, the bomb in the Tower of London 1974, the death of John Smith (the then Labour Leader) in 1994.  Apparently it also predicted the 2008 property crash (I also predicted that one), the Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, the floods in India (2009) and the Iranian embassy siege of 1980.  It predicted the historically lower interest rates in 2009 and the resignation of Tony Blair in 2005.  You could say that is a pretty impressive success rate.

Indeed, according the official website,  “…In 2012, Old Moore’s Almanack will be 316 years old and deserves its world record-beating inclusion in the Guinness Book of Records. With accurate predictions, including the 2001 terrorist attacks, everyone agrees that Old Moore is the No. 1 seer, with the best prediction record…

Old Moore’s Almanack is divided into a number of sections but I am only going to concentrate on the major world event section (pages 37-48) and the horse racing (also pages 37-48) and football pools sections (page 72).  For your information the other sections include monthly horoscope predictions for each star sign (need I explain why I am not entertaining that section) and horoscope predictions of various public figures (this year’s are: Alan Sugar, Nick Clegg, Catherine Zeta Jones, Sebastian Coe, Kelly Holmes and Theresa May) which again could be open to interpretation.

The copy of Old Moore’s Almanack that I have was published in June 2011 and my copy arrived via the postman via a well known on line retailer at the end of October.  So what ever you think about the publication at least it hasn’t been retro-edited to fit the facts and therefore lives and dies (this year’s version anyway) by the predictions that have been printed at least a couple of months before the turn of the year.

I will therefore make extensive contemporary searches for each of the predictions that are made in the 2012 edition and report back via the medium that is this website and we will see whether the £2.50 was worth the investment.

The truth is out there

Baggie

‘Always in motion is the future’ – Yoda

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