Sunday, 24 June 2012

Well, 50% Success, At Least…

A student who died after eating poisonous yew tree seeds may have been trying to carry out a mystical ritual to “experience the afterlife” , his mother told an inquest.
Hmmm, really?
Antoni Kyriacou, 24, was found dead by his mother Tracey McGowan at his home in Covent Garden with a cup of seeds and other “partially crushed herbal material” from a yew tree by his side.
Ms McGowan told an inquest that his friends revealed he had previously expressed an interest in an ancient mystical practice, where yew seeds were consumed when two planets were aligned.
She said: “They said he was aware of cosmology and that a tribe of people going back hundreds of years, when Venus and Jupiter come into alignment, did take these seeds to experience the afterlife and then come back again.
Ten out of ten for the experience of the afterlife, but a total FAIL! on the ‘coming back’ part…
Westminster coroner’s court heard Mr Kyriacou was discovered lying fully clothed and wearing headphones through which music was still playing.
Awful of me, I know, but anyone else wondering just what music was playing..?

19 comments:

Barman said...

Tears for Fears - Sowing the seeds of love...

Anonymous said...

Going up in a puff of smoke - the Angelic Upstarts?

Or

Suicide - The Damned

Anonymous said...

And I love yew so.

Where did yew sleep last night?

drsolly said...

There seems to be a fairly widespread belief that if something is "natural" or "herbal", then it can't be bad for you.

Bucko said...

Maybe he likes it there and decided to stay a while. He could still come back yet

blueknight said...

#I walk, I walk alone
Into the promised land
There's a better place for me
But it's far, far away
Everlasting life for me
In a perfect world
But I gotta die first
Please God send me on my way..#

In my darkest hour - Megadeth.

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Furor Teutonicus said...

XX Awful of me, I know, but anyone else wondering just what music was playing..? XX

Probably something downloaded from Yew tube.

Rightwinggit said...

Big Yellow Taxine?

Furor Teutonicus said...

That Taxus the imagination.

Furor Teutonicus said...

Eibe Leaf in miracles?

(Eibe being German for Yew.)

Robert the Biker said...

"Don't fear the Reaper", Blue Oyster Cult

NickM said...

Let's be fair here...

If there is an afterlife he is more likely to have solid empirical evidence than any of us. I mean popping your clogs is a sure fire way to find out. Alas it seems highly unlikely the chap is in any position to enlighten us all as to this vexed question which has taxed the mind of men and women of genius since cave-person Ugg started banging rocks together. Alas also lunatics, charlatans and David Icke.

JuliaM said...

I knew you wouldn't let me down... ;)

Anonymous said...

THOSE WHO DARE APPEAR OTHERWISE AS SEEN... I KNOW YOU & YOU KNOW ME, OR LIKE TO THINK SO! AS I INVOLVE THE MET'S SF! IF ANY FURTHER COMMENTS' PLACED... THEY SHALL BE DEALT WITH ACCORDINGLY!!! AND YOU KNOW WHO 'YOU' ARE'! JUST WATCH YOUR BACK & ----! JUSTICE SHALL PREVAIL!!! ''EYE FOR AN EYE IS A BRILLIANT EXPRESSION'! DO YOU NOT THINK SO?!

Anonymous said...

THOSE WHO DARE APPEAR OTHERWISE AS SEEN... I KNOW YOU & YOU KNOW ME, OR LIKE TO THINK SO! AS I INVOLVE THE MET'S SF! IF ANY FURTHER COMMENTS' PLACED... THEY SHALL BE DEALT WITH ACCORDINGLY!!! AND YOU KNOW WHO 'YOU' ARE'! JUST WATCH YOUR BACK & ----! JUSTICE SHALL PREVAIL!!! ''EYE FOR AN EYE IS A BRILLIANT EXPRESSION'! DO YOU NOT THINK SO?!

Anonymous said...

Oh yes touche! It just roles of one's tongue! And it's great how you ensure you have everyone's DNA after the ------ ---- --! Stay safe & justice shall prevail!!!!

JuliaM said...

You 'involve the Met's SF', anon? I didn't know cops were into science fiction.

I'd have thought crime fiction would have been more their cup of tea. Still, busman's holiday and all that.

Unless you meant the New York Mets?

But feel free to leave more rambling, incoherent, all-caps comments, eh? Just don't get so excited you hit 'publish' twice next time....

Furor Teutonicus said...

Noticed that at 05.00, or there abouts. I LOVE an intelligent conversation before coffee. :-)