Sustainable Development #16 Personal Survival in The Culture War

Cultural Warrior Philipp Zey travelled around the world on a bicycle with a trombone, a golf club and a German pasta shaper.

He shared music, his golf swing and pasta meals using locally available ingredients with hosts and new friends in the cause of peace, understanding and freedom across and up and down Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and Africa.

It is unlikely that anyone in the world has ever played didgeridoo on a trombone down a drain in Australia better than Philipp Zey did for my camera just because I asked him to.

Aboriginal elder the late Aunty Dot Peeters said his playing was “excellent”.

Geoff Fox, February 1 , 2021, Terra Nullius

The Fundamentals #9 Managing Our Times

Amanda Woods of San Diego is young and smart.

I am older. But I learn from and with her.

Martin Luther King Jr, born on this date in 1929 taught that “…… the wealth of cultural and technological progress in America is a result of the commonwealth of inpouring contributions.”

This human commonwealth exists across races, times and places.

When it is shared in freedom and justice, it can grow.

When it become tyrannous, it dies.

Geoff Fox, 16th January, 2021, Terra Nullius

The Fundamentals #2 Penjajahan

The profound historical insights embedded in the wonderful art of Melburnian John Lawry has lead me to the following thoughts.

The heavy weight of Penjajahan or Colonialism destroys the so called powers.

The post colonial world has not recovered yet from all of the evils which were done in the name of imperial power both to those colonised and to the colonising nations themselves.

Freedom works for people.

Tyranny works for tyrants.

Geoff Fox, 17th August, 2020, Terra Nullius

Sustainable Development #9 Waltzing Matilda in Indonesian

This version of Waltzing Matilda is sung as best I can in Indonesian language. I hope a better singer will take it up. Click here for an instrumental version.

We must understand the problem of suicide to solve it and stop losing those lives. The Australian nation embraces this song about suicide in poverty. Why?

GLOSSARY

BILLABONG a small pond which used to be part of a river

BILLY a tin can for boiling water

COOLIBAH a type of outback tree

JUMBUCK a sheep

MATILDA the swag (see swagman below)

SQUATTER someone who gained possession of land by occupying it; they were rich men by the late 1800;s when the song was written.

SWAGMAN hobo, itinerant worker who carried all he owned rolled up in a swag on his back.

TUCKER food

WALTZING to travel on foot

Geoff Fox 22nd March, 2020, Terra Nullius.