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 and 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)
"LET YOUR FREAQK FLAG FLY!"
My artist friend Grant McCracken
has proposed a new Australian flag.
Largely a modern updating of the Eureka flag
which flew @that short-lived Stockade
He revived that necessary idea of Australian Independence
We have many flags-sports flags,school flags,Company Flags,State flags
(a beautiful)Aboriginal Flag,Earth Flags,Eureka
and that Union Jack/Southern Cross one you confuse with New Zealand
Resolution of this proliferation of banners,standards ,icons and flags is important
as it denotes who actually lives here now on the oldest continent.
Flag-waving is associated with patriotism-strident,patriachal,sports-obsessed and racist.
History follows us like a stalker-reminds us of Colonialism,Massacres,White Australia policies
and our contemporary contempt for refugees.All these issues are unresolved
An island continent still not Independent in its icons,culture,economics
is not an evolved culture.Flag is just the tip of unresolved issues.
Dig deeper for more bodies...