The highly popular case of Creighton v Vyse resumed today with the Professor and Gilligan attempting to discredit the entire body of knowledge concerning Egyptian hieroglyphics.
Gilligan, after a rushed trip back to the "Minnow" to retrieve his much loved book, "Sailors' Slurs : A Nautical Guide to Genteel Gutter Language", was hot to trot in assisting the hapless Professor onto higher levels of proof of the non existence of the much maligned Khufu.
Still not realising that it is totally irrelevant whether, or not, the cartouche in Campbell's Chamber is a fake, and having their scientific basis of negation blown out of the water by the correlation of the results of Radio Carbon Dating with the OK time line, the pair changed tack and decided that if it could be shown that hieroglyphics were invalid then they might have some chance of salvaging Creighton's reputation, and their own.
Unfortunately, neither the Professor, nor Gilligan, have the faintest clue about the deciphering of hieroglyphics and totally embarrassed themselves with their ignorance of the basics of this discipline. Geezer, who is the self professed only person on the planet to correctly decipher the Pyramid Texts was not in attendance, leaving the hapless duo to flounder hopelessly, much to the amusement of the gallery.
The constant barking of the dog made it difficult to hear all of the Professor's inane questions regarding the spelling of the word Khufu, but the outcome was predictable.
What this bumbling lot fail to understand is that, by calling into question the accumulated knowledge of the decipherment of hieroglyphics, they are undermining Creighton's case. Creighton is relying on the exact deciphering of the Khufu cartouche in Campbell's Chamber. It is the basis of his latest book - the lynchpin of proving a conspiracy and revealing the "true history of Ancient Egypt."
The whole cartouche controversy comes down to a few small paint marks which Creighton claims prove that the cartouche is another pharaoh from an earlier era (even though the cartouche was not used in an earlier era). Creighton is relying on the exactness of hieroglyphic decipherment to prove this point. But his legal team are doing their best to negate his basic tenet by discrediting all interpretations of hieroglyphics.
No wonder the members of the jury shake their heads and wonder why Creighton employed such a bunch of ninnies.
Court is adjourned until tomorrow.