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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.

Friday, 14 August 2015

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem


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)


READING ON THE FRONT LINE
MODERN MODES OF LITERACY MEAN
Twitter codes from vending machines
in airport lounges@selective airports
for children only(even when parents need it)
JFK might approve what is done in his name
Children's literacy is the game
as we fly into a post-literate society
We need to adapt to new technology
Text and Tweet via Twitter know
You have to read the small print
to enjoy the rest of the show!

There's a Vending Machine Doling Out Free Children's Books at JFK Airport

By Erika Owen



JetBlue is surprising tiny travelers making their way through New York's JFK Airport with free books. The airline has installed a vending machine stocked with reads from the Magic Treehouse series that's only activated through Twitter. To get a book, readers must tweet a special code given to them by the machine. The attractions are part of a campaign called Soar With Reading—a national literacy program looking to make books more available to people around the country.
New York isn't the first city to house the vending machines in one of their travel hubs.  Earlier this year, JetBlue introduced three of them in Washington D.C. Aside from the airport reads, JetBlue is also donating 100,000 to one lucky city this year—voting is currently open between Fort Lauderdale, New York Ciy, Detroit, Houston, and Los Angeles on the Soar With Reading website.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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