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Most of this blog is related in some way to the music, books and films produced by Gonzo Multimedia, but the editor has a grasshopper mind and so also writes about all sorts of cultural issues which interest him, and which he hopes will interest you as well.

Monday, 17 June 2013


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 appearances 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)


Fire consumes us-viruses,bacteria,plagues,bandages,pasts
Bones to ashes in a  jar,dispensed in earth,dispersed in rivers and lakes
Reduction of organic to a changed state-as we have changed/as our process of transformation also
Eternal Reefs started placing ashes in oceans in 1998.By 2017,1 in 2 Americans will choose cremation
Cremains can be exploded in fireworks,used as paint in artwork,in jewelry
unloaded from shotgun shells,pressed into vinyl records-adapted to sports ,with endless options
Permanence has left the building.Smaller spaces to fill-for memories or memorials
Greeks did it,Romans and Native Americans.By Ganges,cremations daily.
Cremation Nation features columbaria(vaults designed for urns holding permanent ashes)
and "personalization walls"for specialty urns and themed merchandise .
Alkaline hydrolysis a la Bradshaw Services in Stillwater,Minnesota
uses a Resomator(stainless steel chamber using water,potassium hydroxide and heat to break down bodies
into peptides,soaps,salts and sugars).You become white fragments to be pulverized 
to then enter your waste water-treatment system.Oregon now cremates 70% of its citizens.
Cremation remains an expanding business option.You choose-water-based -or Vulcan?
Happy Endings!

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