Building walls is so last century ☹
I hate to be a pushy penguin, but you have to listen to this video 😉
‘In 1972 I was in the south of France. I had eaten some bad fish and was in consequence rather ill. As I lay in bed I had a strange recurring vision, there, before me, was a concrete building like a hotel or council block. I could see into the rooms, each of which was continually scanned by an electronic eye. In the rooms were people, everyone of them preoccupied. In one room a person was looking into a mirror and in another a couple were making love but lovelessly, in a third a composer was listening to music through earphones. Around him there were banks of electronic equipment. But all was silence. Like everyone in his place he had been neutralized, made grey and anonymous. The scene was for me one of ordered desolation. It was as if I were looking into a place which had no heart. Next day when I felt better, I was on the beach sunbathing and suddenly a poem popped into my head. It started out ‘I am the proprietor of the Penguin Cafe, I will tell you things at random’ and it went on about how the quality of randomness, spontaneity, surprise, unexpectedness and irrationality in our lives is a very precious thing. And if you suppress that to have a nice orderly life, you kill off what’s most important. Whereas in the Penguin Cafe your unconscious can just be. It’s acceptable there, and that’s how everybody is. There is an acceptance there that has to do with living the present with no fear in ourselves.’
Quoted from composer and brainchild of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra Simon Jeffes.
You can find out more about the orchestra from the Penguin Cafe Orchestra website here.
I love the backstory to the making of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra -an inspiring way to create 🙂
Today is election day throughout the land of Australia.
Molly is sniffing out the many cow paddies over yonder – and there are many 😉
We have the misnamed Health Australia Party (the anti-vaccination, anti-fluoride, and chem-trail conspiracy belief tin-foil hat brigade) – have won the first column on the NSW senate ballot paper. This means a previously obscure group now have some hope of attracting votes – this might happen simply because of the order effect, also known as the sloth approach to voting. You can read what a real doctor says about them in the MJAInsight here.
Not a cow paddie
If you value the arts than have a looksee at the wonderful Brian Brown telling us why the Arts Party deserve to be considered for the Senate.
Happy voting 😀
A message from BeyondBlue
‘This ANZAC Day we’d like to remind all Australians to not only reflect on the sacrifices made, but offer support to all past and present defence personnel who may be traumatised by the psychological effects of war. Don’t suffer in silence – the bravest thing you can do is to seek support – post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is treatable and you can recover: bb.org.au/1OMYGa8
The Australian Defence Force has launched a new App, ‘High Res’, for serving and ex-serving ADF personnel to help manage PTSD and over time build resilience. You can download High Res for free from the App Store here: bb.org.au/1GdAlWC and Google Play here:’ bb.org.au/1Jj66Up
Today is World Poetry Day 😀
What better way to celebrate than to listen to the mellifluous tones of Andy Garcia reciting Pablo Neruda’s wonderful love poem ‘Tonight I can write the saddest lines’.
RIP Gough Whitlam