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)
What Tristram Hunt's 'nun' bomb tells us about British politics
POLITICS&PUBLIC SPEAKING as of February 2015
Winston Churchill was an orator.He wrote his own speeches.
His fireside chats on the BBC inspired Britons to fight during the Blitz.
Rhetoric and oratory were valued crafts and skills then-
honed in School Debates and Moot Courts-to bright concision.
Now we have speechwriters,policy advisers,staff paid to tailor speeches
to the specific demographics of each audience.Truth and meaning suffer for this.
Adroitness and clever phrasing may hook a convinced audience-
yet pratfalls and pitfalls await those whose turn of phrase offends anyone listening..
Religious and politically PC groups pounce upon any errors -
even irony,sarcasm inferred from facial twitches or body language.
Assume the microphone is always ON"We begin bombing Russia in 20 minutes"
Bill Cosby on NBC.Gaffes,flubs,fails,errors and mistakes abound.
This is an Age of Total Surveillance-of Facebook postings and Instagrams
There is no Margin for Mistakes.There is no room for Human Error.