The pedagogue is cut down in the scourge of paralysing attacks hitting the contemporary world.
He is fortunate to be accepted into a medically screened and fully supervised program at Balmain Hospital.It’s Strong Centre helps him keep his mind and body together.
While it’s staff doctors patients, he doctors their details.
Born at a very young age, yours truly grows up in a N.S.W. country town.
The fresh faced plainsman makes it up the mountain range, coming of age in the cathedral city,He sets the scene of the collegiate campus .He is exposed to different ideas,perspectives and experiences.
He learns about the power and influence of socially shared events How each cohort develops a unique set of beliefs and attitudes which guides it’s members’ behaviour .He looks at the cultural works of the battered generation surviving the First World War and of the ‘angry young men’ following the next one.He learns about the officials selected to control their influence amongst the youth.
He takes on the persona of Chu-I, Mr.Red Coat,the protector of students.
He assists those who present themselves at examinations with a light equipment of English knowledge.
Encountering China through the writings of Sai Zhenzhu, he learns about many customs and practices that have now vanished.
Louis Leakey invites him to increase education and public understanding of human origins, evolution, behavior, and survival.
He considers the Multimates carrying out field research of primates in their natural habitats,
He decides on studying chimpanzees in their captive habitat.
He learns how the past of Aboriginal Australia is unearthed.
While reading conventional economics he becomes an advocate of alternative economic strategies.
Those which prioritise social justice, economic sustainability and the pursuit of a fairer society.
He investigates the nature, causes, and consequences of economic inequality, a defining issue of our age.
He concludes that, although governments are often committed to ‘growth at all costs’ and‘trickle down’ economics, there are alternative public policies that could be used to narrow the gap between rich and poor.
In studying international relations he reflects on the nature of appeasement, the Cold War, and decolonisation.
Having grown up during the dawn of the space age he keeps vigil during the orbital flights.
He witnesses humanity leaving its ancestral home and stepping on the surface of another celestial body
For his support a pair of the crew involved thanks him .
Undergoing basic military training,he learns how the values inculcated diverge from those of the larger society.He works together with other recruits to overcome a series of arduous and complex tasks and obstacles.
Driven by manly patriotic urgings, our weekend warrior buys into the grand project.Forward Defence and the casus belli.
Looking under the hood of the massive military machine,he studies the how and where it drives things along.
With everything falling into place, he runs headfirst into the moral complexities of the real world. Coming face to face with the vagaries, hypocrisies and amoralities of contemporary politics,he discovers the grand imperial imposture. The disconnect between the policies promulgated by the Empire and the reality on the ground. It’s division of modern society between those who conform and the dystopian world of those who do not. Increasingly disaffected with it’s system of control, the sap rising, he goes from renouncing to denouncing .Reversing course, finding a code he can live by,he travels to the beat of a different drum.
Reflecting on the role of theatre,film,and music, he directs his thoughts to some outstanding writers and composers, to those acting out and interpreting their works.He looks to these creative talents from ‘Hamlet’ to Global Village who tell and perform stories for us,transmitting words and sounds to celebrate, challenge and provoke.
Driven by two impulses – to get away from home and to pursue different landscapes, people, and exotic places,he discovers something very sustaining in travel. Setting off from his hometown,knapsack on his back,,he embarks on an epic road trip overland through the scorching Outback, up through the Malay Peninsula and to an Indochina on the brink of catastrophe.
He meets up with ‘Bookshop Bob’ to stock up with reading on the war. Bob fills him in about the welcoming party for the Vietnamese strongman.
Back in Armidale he discusses the reception with his friend from Saigon.
The Cambodian head of state thanks him for his expression of friendship with his country.
Fresh out of graduation,. he appears before the legal eminence.
He consults him about the upcoming Teach-in about the war and the demonstration against it.
He is drawn into discussion with him over the nature of the Australian character.
He is greeted by one of the main players in the Arab world.With collegiate fellows he discusses the ruler,his family and the stature of his country .
Built on its prestige as the custodian of the birthplace of Islam, it’s status is based on it being one of the world’s largest oil producers.
Newly minted, the Bachelor is appointed to teach in a quiet country town. Armed only with a smile, a piece of chalk, a suit, the ambition to succeed and that most precious possession:tomorrow,he teaches young people navigating the turbulent years of adolescence.
This was 1968,a very turbulent year in all kinds of ways. Determined resistance to the war, large scale opposition and a spirit of rebellion swept through countries all over the world. The historic events played out on our TV screens , bringing them home in a way that had never been possible before.
The presidential challenger to involvement in the much-hated war thanks him for his support.
At home with the proles.He drops in on the Thompsons, a rustic,colloquial family.
Footloose and fiancee free,our everyman steps out gamely into the larger world.In this modern Pilgrim’s Progress, in search of fame,fortune and the better things of life,he sets out across the Eurasian landmass through a world largely forgotten.Driven by burning visions of a liberal city, in pursuit of hormonal and cultural urges, he aims to shake off prudes and prejudice.
After being wedged into packed train cars,he journeys along the Hippy Trail coming across an Afghan scholar in the land of pomegranates and war. and American military trainers in Iran.
In 1971 I took a break from London to live in the divided city. Only this time ,unlike Belfast,the division was official. This was the sundered, storied city of Berlin. Because of the historical images I had of this strategic centre- goose-stepping legions parading down Unter den Linden, daring B-1 7 raids giving them a…
While West Berlin was for most the main attraction, I was more interested in what was going on in the East because there, looking to steal away their forbidden fruit, I was more a rare commodity, as rare as a choice sweet banana. Official coldness still being off-putting to many visitors, I found it easy…
Blanketing the field, he gets his hopes up in the public school system.
All sharp and shiny,in his proper sphere,He gets back in the swim of things. Gangway!
He creates a unique and innovative teaching tool.It enables everybody to become fully immersed in knowledge of New South Wales and beyond .It enables them to read and write about it at their own pace.
‘A new world will be won not by those who stand at a distance with their arms folded, but by those who are in the arena.’ Nelson Mandela. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” ~ Nelson Mandela In the lead-up to the 2000 Sydney…
Oye como va? Hey, how’s it going? Have you been longing for the ‘smile’ that you haven’t had for quite a while? If you have, then follow me and Nat Cole and we’ll show the way. Put on your sombrero and your poncho. We’re on our way to Cuba. Via Australia.Our social life and culture…
“May they not forget to keep pure the great heritage that puts them ahead of the West: the artistic configuration of life, the simplicity and modesty of personal needs, and the purity and serenity of the Japanese soul.” Albert Einstein,1921. I met up again with Tom Uren, Gough Whitlam’s Minister for Housing, in Balmain Hospital…
He volunteers his services to help refugees with their language skills and knowledge of their new country.He aims to help break down social barriers. for them to feel more connected and to engage with Australian culture, customs and traditions.
He provides the resettlement sector with his unique,hard won inventory of educational resources,
I attended a discussion day in Bankstown held jointly with the Bankstown Multicultural Youth Service.This was held one fine,sunny day at the not for profit Peppertree Café, a project of the Service.I was met by Nick,my handler from Metro Assist who escorted me inside. The Café, at Bankstown,is designed to help disadvantaged young people get…
Bringing It All Home. In just one deadly sortie Royal Australian Air Force aircraft killed scores of Syrians. These were government troops. Our military allies are unable to agree on a common enemy to target . The question raised in all the confusion is ‘Which ‘Terrorists’ are to be ‘taken out’? The Syrian government is on…
In early June, 2014, I sat in on a stimulating studio discussion featuring Jane Goodall, and actor and First Nation activist Rosalie Kunoth-MonksI write about the memorable experience of seeing the groundbreaking film Jedda in which Rosalie starred. I was taken to it by my nanny from the Kamilorai Tribe.I write about my visit to…