Monday, 16 January 2017


Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, 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 Thom'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 within 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?"

AMAZING ACRO-CATS ARE COMING TO TOWN!(Paramount Theater Jan 19-23)
On a high wire!Playing instruments!
No one could believe this is possible!
For are not all cats by nature-wild?
These homeless cats have somehow been trained
via positive reinforcement-to play together
in a co-ordinated way.They tour America
in an Acro-Cat Bus!182 cats and kittens
have so far found homes through this troupe!
We are all walking a tight-rope in these strange days
Come out and watch how wild cats play!

Why I’m wearing a Pussy Hat to the Women’s March on Washington
If someone had told me, as a young woman, that at the age of sixty one, I would be frantically knitting a “pussy hat” to wear as a political protest, against the President of the United States, I would have been dumbfounded. For me, the word pussy was about one click below the C word in offensiveness. Except for whispered moments in the bedroom, it was always used in a derogatory manner. Certainly, one of the worst accusations you could make to a man was that he was a pussy. And when thrown at a woman, it was assaulting, dangerous, degrading and affronting. And usually disgusting.
But then, Donald Trump happened. And in spite of his comments and attitude towards women, including the now famous, “grab ‘em by the pussies” line, he was elected President of the United States. And now, this man, (whether he realizes it or not), represents all the citizens of this country, the majority of whom are women. (5.2 million more females than males in the US, as of 2010).
So, why a pussy hat? One of the most effective ways to disarm a word is to reclaim it. Eve Ensler did it brilliantly with The Vagina Monologues. One woman, wearing a pussy hat, is a curiosity. One hundred thousand women wearing pussy hats are a powerful statement, a movement. You have misjudged us, Mr. President. You have under estimated us, if you think that we will quietly stand by, nice little pussies, and let you roll back our hard fought victories. You are sorely mistaken if you think we will accept your 1960s, Playboy Magazine, attitudes towards women. We will make your life MISERABLE if you roll back our reproductive rights. We will be UNRELENTNG if you trash this planet that our children and grandchildren will inherit. We will rise up again and AGAIN if you try to dismantle the public school system in this country, roll back gay rights, health care, force a religious ideology upon us, disenfranchise our immigrants, take away our voting rights, destroy our national parks, disproportionally incarcerate our people of color, dismantle services for the poor. You care about money. We will boycott. You care about power. We are bigger than you, Mr. President. You care about ego. We will make sure the mirror you are looking at reflects the truth.
On Saturday, women and the men who support them will be marching. Not just in Washington but all over the world. And many of them will be wearing pink hats. A sea of pink pussy hats, proclaiming our strength, our value and our commitment. Never forget, a tiger is a pussy too. Try grabbing THAT, Mr. President!

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