And the Band Played Waltzing Mathilda

25th April is Anzac Day in Australia. It commemorates the  26,111 Australian casualties, including 8,141 deaths, when young men were sent to their deaths in the Gallipoli campaign of World War 1, along with forces from New Zealand, the start of the Anzac tradition. This figure doesn’t include those who lost their lives from other countries involved in the campaign

Supposedly Australia came of age of a nation on the date of the landings at although I have never quite understood why the slaughter and crippling injuries of a nation’s youth in a senseless battle can be seen as any cause for celebration. Nevertheless, we remember and respect those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, but we do not worship a war fought for the redivision of territory among the Great Powers of the time.

There is magic riding the Divine Unseen in this wild, swirling world of ours.

But also blowing on the winds and eddies

the grief, pain, suffering and whispers

of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice of lives lost

in pain, fear and terror on the battlefields of the past

and whose spirits now ride the wild galactic winds among the stars.

These voices do not die – they blow in the fierce winds,

weave into the breezes

and whisper their losses and reasons for losses

Into the hearts and souls of those who can hear the

nuances of magic

to inspire those whose soul music

is love, kindness and a commitment to a world with no more wars.

 

 

World Flag

World Flag

Here’s my take on a world flag for unity of the world’s people around peace, tolerance, compassion, unity and love: the water and reeds behind the tree represent emotional openness; the wires you can see behind the reeds are the differences between countries being relegated to the past and insignificance;t he tree represents the World Tree of Love, while the doves top and bottom represent love, kindness and co-operation between nations.

I prefer this to the flags of individual countries which – heresy, I know – are simply pieces of cloth with different patterns. They are used to justify false patriotism, division between nations, images of superiority and justification for wars.

Bah, humbug – I want a world flag to represent the beautiful world on which we live. For aeons we had no idea of what the world looked like as a whole and now we do – a superbly beautiful entity which deserves our awe at its magnificence and our determination to live on our feet as worthy of this wonderful planet and not on our knees bowing and scraping before outdated, individual flags.

Just look at the images below and perhaps aspire to the greatness of seeing each and every one of us here on Earth as a wonderful, worldwide web of global families.

Earth from Space Earth from Space 1  Earth2Earth

World Flag Poster

Changes!

Changes

(This piece of digital art was originally created in acrylics to reflect the entry of Uranus into Aries in 2002 – change, upheaval, new ideas, passion – which I have revisited to reflect the rise of passion for  honest politics with the bubbles on the left the hopes of people for social justice and peace)

It has come to my attention that changes are afoot in the political world in the UK and US (with some odd bits thrown in by Podema in Spain and Syriza in Greece) which are raising questions about the political status quo. I therefore feel it’s my solemn duty to warn those reading my post of the following:

Jeremy Corbyn in the UK and Bernie Sanders in the US are what is known as – shock, horror – LEFT-WINGERS and SOCIAL DEMOCRATS.  I hope you are all aware that when these two dangerous characters get out of bed each day, they wind in their horns, tuck in their tails and stop breathing out fire and brimstone so the look like human beings instead of the Devil Incarnate as they head out to talk of quite terrible things which should make our hair stand on end.

They both appear to be honest fellows but they will insist on talking about a commitment to equality, peace and justice which is a bit weird to say the least. They also talk about reining in the banking and bombing establishments, supporting living wages for the working poor, ensuring the billionaire class pays its way and – imagine – not bombing people with oil into oblivion! Just imagine spouting drivel like stopping tax evasion by multinationals and billionaires – Corbyn and Sanders should wash their mouths out!

Now I know this is completely heretical and I’m sorry to spoil your breakfast with words like “social justice”, “poor people”, “nationalisation of the railways” (UK – imagine lower fares, decent network and trains on time, what a concept!), free education to ensure open entrance to tertiary education for all levels of society, but there’s something else I have to inform you about. Neither of these gentlemen gets togged up in flash clothing, they often eschew ties (okay, I know you gotta sit down for that one), their hair is often dishevelled and not slicked back, and Corbyn (and this is really dreadful – brace yourselves!) has been seen in socks and sandals.  Can you imagine this sartorial sin on full display and no apology! Plus Corbyn committed the ultimate sin of standing by his convictions as a Republican and not singing that dreadful dirge known as the British anthem. What a monster!

I guess it’s also my mission to say that these two – Corbyn and Sanders – have stuffed up the horse-trading between the major political parties, which make a big show of being different but boil down to the same: conservative and conservative lite, both administering a cosy little relationship between the political systems, the Establishment and the mainstream media.

Corbyn and Sanders have tossed a bomb in the status quo – a bomb of peace not war, justice not injustice, care for the disadvantaged, equal opportunity. My god, bombers for truth and wisdom!  What a concept, what courage, what hope!

No More Veterans

Dulce et Decorum Est

This image was created from a photograph taken by Ann of The Republic of Ann blog (http://therepublicofann.wordpress.com). The photo reminded me of a peaceful pathway towards the Rainbow Bridge for all those who’ve lost to their lives in wars wherever they have taken place.

So this digital art is dedicated to those who have lost their lives in wars through the ages and in all countries which have suffered the tragedy of conflict.

I thought the best comment I’ve read over the past few weeks of remembrance of wars and lives lost was this:

“The best way to honour veterans, is to not create any more veterans.”

Near Franklin, NC
Original Photo from The Republic of Ann http://therepublicofann.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

Communicate!

Communicate

COMMUNICATE!

Communicate!

Talk!

Stop the hairy-chested, fist-waving

war-drum-beating

lunacy!

Sit down, talk out problems and

forget the cold war warrior

establishment kow-towing

brainwashed aggro.

You – Putin, McCain, Hillary Clinton, Obama, Poreshenko, Assad, al-Sisi, Netanyahu —

I could sit you at a table with your skin removed and

you would have no idea

who was whom, equal, emperors with no clothes,

brought to stand in front of those you send to war,

those you bomb,

those whose lives you like to play with and tear apart and

end prematurely:

babies, children, girls, teenagers, women, young men, men – human beings

who count, who are NOT cannon fodder.

Because you are too gutless and cowardly to communicate.

So much easier to kill, to turn to war than to the dove of

peace.

But we, the people, know and remember and bear witness

to the refusal of the war-mongers to

Communicate!

No fear, though.

We stand, we refuse to kneel.

We now have our communications – we have

our networks, our media, our social contacts

And we the people will – eventually – build a mighty communication network

to seek people’s justice

And turn weapons into plowshares.

We – the communicators of peace – are the future.

The war-mongers are the past.

Tearing Down the Walls: The Path of the Heart – Art Every Day Month November 28

It’s amazing the highways and by-ways you end up exploring with digital art.  I started off with one image that I’d worked on a while back and left for a while, decided it definitely wasn’t quite what I liked, then started working to add layers and more layers.  I finally ended up by adding an overlay of a photo of the Apothecary’s Rose in our garden – a rose which is ancient and historic to the Turkish region, along with butterflies for transformation.  For the first time I added in a layer of wall and when I’d finished – and I know I’m finished when I get an “aha!” moment – I felt that this was about tearing down the walls we put up between ourselves, between nations, between religions, between young and old people, between people of different colours, and so on.  Underneath we are all the same and the urgent work is to open our hearts and tear down the barriers between us all.

Tearing Down Walls...The Way of the Heart
Tearing Down the Wales – the Way of the Heart