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April 25th, 2015

100 years of the ANZACS

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[This was something that I wrote and posted on Facebook on ANZAC Day in 2013. I’ve updated it to bring it in line with this year’s ANZAC Day, which is exactly 100 years since those sad events occurred. In instances where I’ve alluded to more current events in 2013 I’ve found it unnecessarry for anything to be updated, despite the fact that the events alluded to have changed. That in itself has provoked feelings both ironic and tragic.]

After running in the light of a full moon recently, I was reminded that the Earth was hit by a large planetesimal  approximately four and a half billion years ago. The debris thrown off from this impact formed the large, lifeless satellite that has orbited the Earth ever since, and controls against what would be the Sun’s catastrophic tidal affect on Earth’s oceans. The planetesimal also provided additional iron to the Earth’s core, resulting in  a magnetic field that moderates Earth’s surface temperatures.

It also has allowed the Earth’s axis to remain steady enough to have allowed organic material, most of it deposits from the Kuiper Belt’s asteroids, to have the right sort of conditions to produce a multitude of life upon the Earth. The fragility of this complex setup is demonstrated by the fact that, so far, a similar incubation system within the Solar System, let alone this galaxy or the rest of the universe, has not been found. It would appear to be a rare (and a perhaps unique) anomaly.

Just over one hundred years ago, one biped form- a result of the evolution of life over the last 3.6 billion years-  decided to shoot two of its kind, eventually resulting in the death of millions in the four years that followed. Today’s date marks one of the greatest, and most tragic, strategic blunders during those four years, where bipeds went about destroying their own kind. The way those four years concluded resulted in a backlash that started more biped forms killing each other some twenty one years later, although this was preceeded by events at least eight years before that. The ambiguity at the end of that conflict has resulted in more conflicts, and has had ramifications that have been experienced even within the last month, seventy years later. All this has occurred within 100 years.
100 years- compared to the 4.8 billion years that this tiny blue dot has been around, which in itself is a fraction of the existence of the universe itself. It takes profound irony to point out how insignificant these conflicts are to the rest of the universe, or how the rest of the universe knows nothing of them. Their lack of knowledge only adds to our isolation- our loneliness- from the rest of the universe, even though we are a part of it.
Despite this, the futile loss of billions of these bipeds, mosty innocent pawns who have died due to the lust for power by an insane few, is profoundly sad. The moon, sailing across all of these events, knows nothing of them (nor has knowledge or care of the conflicts to come). The moon helped to provide an unique set of conditions that allowed life, including the ‘higher intellect’ bipeds, to evolve. It would be poetic to say that the moon watches on helplessly as these bipeds take life away from themselves, but the simple fact is that we are alone. If the bipeds succeed in destroying themselves, the moon will still orbit the Earth- at least until the Sun explodes in about 5 billion years. After that no record of what has happened will exist. All record of humankind will not exist, and if perchance the anomaly that permitted life to exist on the Earth turns out not to be unique, then future intelligence will never know of this previous anomaly. 

And yet, there is not enough space in the universe to express the sadness and horror experienced by those who have been destroyed by the events of the last 100 years- by those who subsequently mourn them, and by those who will continue to mourn them in the many years to come. The human condition can bring so much anguish when it inflicts pain and suffering upon itself, yet when thought through it is capable of bringing joy, love, understanding, and hope. It may be harder and longer to achieve the last, but it allows so many more to live, and to exist in happiness.


Lest we forget, and lest we forget to learn from those before us.
(For Cyril- who arrived at his final resting place during his last voyage on the Thursobank in 1942, and which we only discovered some three years ago. I am so sorry.)

May 1st, 2014

The lovely fool

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For months I toil in the name of music.

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December 31st, 2013

Time for a yearly post

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Normally I do a six monthly wrap up of things, but this year has been hectic, and the chance to write something mid-year didn’t avail itself. So this is a one yearly wrap up, rather than the normal six monthly post. More

August 4th, 2013

Ady has a new home

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As the Ady Ensemble starts to establish itself, it seemed like a good time for us to give it a proper home online. I’ll still be jotting away here (especially now that the renovations are finally almost complete), but if you’d like to keep an eye on what Ady (i.e. the ensemble) is up to, then to www.ady.net.au, where you’ll find the latest news, and details on events.

See you there!

December 20th, 2012

Time for a six-monthly reflective message…

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With the end of the year looming, not to mention Christmas, it’s time for one of my six-monthly reflective messages. Usually I do these in the form of a status message on FB, or leave these for one of my private journals. But this one is going to be a little bit longer than is suitable for a mere status message, and which I feel is worthy of sharing with those of you who care for both Paula and myself, and not just for my own private, reflective, gestation, at a time far in the distant future.

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August 23rd, 2010

On my way home…

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I was on the late train home last night after a rehearsal. I’d started to settle down in my seat to do some journal writing, which I was required to stop due to what was going on around me. More

December 8th, 2006

8th of December

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It’s been just over a year since I started the blog, and it is showing no signs of finishing off in the near future. We’ve had some sad news- Panda’s father just passed away a couple of days ago. I won’t talk about this too much just now, suffice to say that he had been a stroke sufferer for some time. I’ve just discovered in the last hour or so that one of my oldest friends is back in town after a a six year absence. I’ve only seen him a handful of times over the last fourteen years, and it’s amazing that we’ve stayed in touch over this time.

Stay tuned later in the month as I will probably do some sort of retrospective on what have certainly been a year of events- mostly good ones.

 

 

October 15th, 2006

15th of October- Scary quote

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“Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to greater danger. It works the same in any country.”

-Hermann Goering (1893-1946)

Second in command of the Third Reich, Nazi Germany

July 5th, 2006

Depression

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Depression is something that is, apparently, becoming almost an epidemic in our society. But yet it is still treated by many as a taboo thing. Something to put up with. Something not to be spoken about because it’s embarrassing. The impression that this is a condition that must be endured- alone.

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April 1st, 2006

1st of April part 2- the return of the fool!

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Well, we’ve had some news this week that a member of my family has been suffering from depression for quite some time.

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