We need to be where we are loved.
For me, that’s Indonesia.
Most of the lights of my life are there.
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?
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.
WALTZING to travel on foot
Geoff Fox 22nd March, 2020, Terra Nullius.
Buddhist Abbott Venerable Phuoc Tan, a refugee from communism who has survived and flourished in The West, outlines the fundamentals of a good life.
The family is the foundation of social life.
Few thinkers and activists in world history have achieved more than Raden Adjeng Kartini of Central Java achieved through the support of her family.
Praise the Lord.
Geoff Fox, 2nd March, 2020
This little film shows my response to the faith of my friend, Venerable Phuoc Tan of Bravbrook.
Geoff Fox, Melbourne, 25th February, 2020
People cannot live without forests.
Geoff Fox, 23rd February, 2020, Terra Nullius
The faith of the people is at the heart of a nation’s health.
If we trust our free imaginations, we can grow.
In my mind, as awesome as an iceberg, Eddy Burger’s greatness flows round slow.
Make of that whatever you will: I can’t spell – Geoff Fox
Rupert Brooke was born on August 3rd in 1887. On August 3rd in 2014, World War 1 began in Northern Europe when Germany invaded Belgium and declared war on France. The English line of this prayer is from Rupert Brooke’s poem “Peace” published in the month of his death in 2015.
Geoff Fox, Malang, Indonesia, 2019