Monday, 19 November 2012


Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet, is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearences with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)

(though forms may change!)

You who were brought up on Twinkies, Ho Hos and Wonder Bread
must now adapt to the organic truth! Soon there may be no Hostess, Drakes, Dolly Madison.
No Nature's Pride, no Merita. No Home Pride, Butternut nor Beefsteak. Icons die (sometimes they mutate!)
Standard Oil became Amoco, merged with BP, who rebranded them in BP's image. Now all you see is BP
Kenner Products (maker of the Bubble-Matic Gun and Easy Bake Oven) was bought by General Mills,
who sold millions of STAR WARS toys, but was bought out in 1987 by TONKA CORP,
then HASBRO in 1991.No more Kenner!
Remember Palm Pilots?
Palm Computing was purchased in 1997 by 3Com, then HP in 2010. All you see is HP!
Success is not the core issue - times change, and companies must adapt, merge, or go bankrupt
TWA  merged Western Air and Transcontinental Air Transport in 1930. 
In 1980,Carl Icahn took over, then AA. Only AA remains.
Pan Am began in 1927, expanded to 6 million passengers in the 70s - but by the 80s profits fell. 
Since 1991, no Pan Am!
Oldsmobile (a brand of General Motors) produced 35 million cars - until shut down in 2004
Woolworth (Founded 1879) was the world's largest department store chain in 1979
- until 1997. No more Woolworth!
Tower Records in the 90s had 200 stores generating 1 billion dollars yearly. 
Downloadable music  meant Tower fell by the wayside.
Borders Bookstores had 650 stores until downloadable books brought bankruptcy and liquidation.
SOLD! to Barnes & Noble
Markets change. Few companies change fast enough.
Some are found out for fraud, and are broken up .
E F Hutton was one of the most prominent financial firms in the US - 
until in the 80s it was found out for mail and wire fraud.
Acquired by Shearson Lehman Brothers in 1988 - and we all know what happened with THAT bailout!
Good news is - TWINKIES live forever - their shelf life is indefinite.
Samples will be found when the world ends -
surviving like cockroaches, rats and corporate banks - 
HOSTESS Cupcakes and Twinkies sparkling on looted survivalist shelves!

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