" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

February 18, 2019

Signs of the Times and Nostalgia?

I saw this newspaper article about the old Myer sign being placed on a new building that was built on the site where the old Myer department store used to be.
There is no Myer store there now though.
On the current site is a cinema complex, apartment buildings, an Aldi supermarket and a heap of restaurants.
I used to drive over from the Brisbane suburb I lived in when I was a teenager, park my car in the old Myer rooftop carpark (which was free in those days) and do clothes, book and music (cassette tapes/LPs/singles) shopping, as I had a Myer credit card (which had a criminal 30% interest rate).
I read this newspaper article days later and found out the sign was lit up on the Friday night of November 30th, 2018.
I was seeing the movie 'Bohemian Rhapsody' at the cinema there during the day of November 30th, 2018 oblivious to the fact it was the new building complex's one year anniversary that day and that there was going to be the lighting ceremony that night.
I was off to a book talk that I had a ticket to that night anyway, which was why I was taking in a movie that afternoon at
Coorparoo Square, so I wouldn't have to go through peak hour freeway traffic from Logan to West End that afternoon -
Ripples from the Wave?
I was never a 'Queen' fan and didn't have any of their music in my collection, but I couldn't stop radio stations running it through my ears while I was driving, so I grew up with it whether I liked it or not.
The cinema was almost full the day I went to see this movie and it was apparent that people in the audience were reliving their memories with some of them singing along to the songs as the movie played.
It's the middle of February and the movie is
still playing at the cinema I noticed.
Ah, the power of nostalgia.
"Nostalgia is a sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.
The word nostalgia is learned formation of a Greek compound, consisting of νόστος (nóstos), meaning "homecoming", a Homeric word, and ἄλγος (álgos), meaning "pain" or "ache", and was coined by a 17th-century medical student to describe the anxieties displayed by Swiss mercenaries fighting away from home.
Described as a medical condition—a form of melancholy—in the Early Modern period, it became an important trope in Romanticism."
After the movie I went outside to find an ATM and saw the local "Black Thunders" from the Brisbane B105 radio station parked outside.
This was probably the station responsible for popping 'Queen' songs into my ear-holes in my youth.
I hate the music B105 play these days and never listen to the station by choice anymore.
Some arsehole I used to work with at my last job would put the radio on this station even though the other co-workers hated working to the crap that passes as music on that station today and would plead with him to put it on to a station we could all agree on.
But no, he had to be a total dick just because he knew the rest of us hated working to that ear torturing noise.
I'm glad I don't work with that selfish AH any more ... and he acted like was a devout Christian reading his Bible in the lunchroom at breaks and bringing in his Watchtower magazines for us to read if we ever got that desperate.
I'd hate to see what that prick would have been like without his Christianity, as he was one of the most selfish jerks I ever worked with, and that is saying something.
Can you tell that I'm really looking forward to a reunion with him sometime in the future?-)
The B105 Black Thunders at Coorparoo November 30th, 2018
There were balloons all around the place and signs saying it was the complex's 1st birthday, but I didn't know it was actually that day.
I thought it was an all week celebration or something like a shopping centre would promote to get people in.
I also noticed that above the article about the Myer sign was a news story about the Metro Arts building, which I found a bit sad, as Metro Arts have to find a new home.
The last event I went to at the Metro Arts theatre was back in 2012 -
My Night In Motherland
And the first event I went to was a movie about Carl Jung, way back when my ex-wife was just my girlfriend and I remembered a then famous local Channel 7 news reader named Mike Higgins and his partner were sitting in the seats right in front of us.
I think that was when I got interested in Jung and his works.
I wondered what Mike was doing now and did a net search and found out that he has been through some battles since.
Ex newsreader Mike is now free of devastating diagnosis
I never heard about that battle of Mike's at the time of that news story.
I hope he is OK now.

I think it was movie I saw?

I guess the signs of nostalgia, melancholy and trauma are all around us.
For those who have eyes to see them that is:-)

February 17, 2019

One State's Rain Dragon is Another State's Pigsty?

Happy 'Year of the Pig' Queensland and Tasmania?
SaYING "Yes" or "No" to the Serpent/Slaying the Dragon?
Front page of the Queensland newspaper Chinese New Year's day
Queensland newspaper Chinese New Year's day
Wednesday February 6th, 2019 front page in Queensland
Happy 'Year of the Pig' Queensland?
Saturday, February 9th, 2019 newspaper
South East Queensland braces for wild weather with approach of Cyclone Oma
Exit the Rain Dragon?
Now we've got a cyclone heading for the bottom half of the state of Queensland where I happen to live, so stay tuned Gordon as I work some magic to divert this "rain dragon" to Tasmania, as well:-)

Eternity Will Have Just Begun?

42 thousand years?
I finished reading Tom Keneally's new book 'Two Old Men Dying' around Valentine's Day, which is also the anniversary of the death of the man credited with discovering Australia,
Captain James Cook.
I didn't plan on finishing the book on that day, it just happened synchronistically.
In fact I had forgotten about Cook dying on Valentine's Day until a few days after VD.
I only was reading Tom's book because I had read Stan Grant's book 'Talking to My Country' around Australia Day.
Although reading Stan's book around Australia Day was no accident.
Stan Grant and Thomas Keneally at the BWF in 2016
Australia Day is held on January 26th every year because that's the day Captain Cook discovered Australia.
And as much as I love Australia and love celebrating Australia Day, I agree that the date has to be changed, so all Aussies can celebrate the day.
I've had the flag on my arm for over 35 years
Six Degrees of Brendan Cowell and Thomas Keneally?
Tom Keneally in the latest 'Underline' magazine
Also in the latest 'Underline' magazine. Valentine's Day?
I watched the footy the day after Valentine's Day and was stunned that calls are being made now to change the national anthem by some indigenous players.
Indigenous All Stars captain Cody Walker and Mal Meninga call for national anthem to be changed
I don't know what you would replace it with, to be honest.
I think it's the line "for we are young and free" that is causing the stink, so why not just re-write that line to something all us Aussies can agree on ... something like -
Thomas Keneally on The Garret podcast
That podcast in the red link above is worth a listen if you are interested in hearing Tom's reason for writing what he has throughout his lifetime.
His latest book I found a bit of a slog, but it had some good ideas worth pondering in a zen sense.
Like pondering eternity.
My argument when it comes to the eternity in front of you is what about the eternity you just sprung from?
Doesn't eternity go both ways?
When did eternity start and when in eternity's timeline did you get to where you are now?
That echidna picture was out of the same newspaper edition I saw the Australia Day pictures up above in this post.
 The echidna picture was in here
So while I did find the book a bit of a slog and the overall story a bit dull, I thought the ideas in the book were good and would make for a good movie if it was majorly overhauled in a re-write for the screen.
Tom's story won't please every reader, as at times it gets a bit woo-woo in a shamanic way (which I like in a way) and probably would have been better keeping the shamanic stuff a bit more ambiguous for readers who don't like magical storytelling when it comes to real life themes.
If you listen to Tom in that interview at 'The Garret' podcast he tells about his Irish Catholic grandmother's animistic gifts, so I guess Tom is a believer in shamanic magic, too. 
And while it is never stated in the novel, I got the idea that the modern man was a reincarnation of the 42,000 year old Learned Man.
Well, that's the way I liked to imagine it anyway.
In the novel 'Two Old Men Dying' the modern Australian man is dying with cancer of the esophagus (Barrett's syndrome), which Tom refers to as "Jack the dancer".
I also saw the tragic death of a young TV chef  who succumbed to "Jack the dancer" in the same paper the echidna was in.
I found it also amusing that in the novel tribal elders dislocated Learned Man's little toe, as the only bone in my body that was broken was my right little toe when I was a kid playing in a game of soccer with a tennis ball and my toe came to a painful halt when it found the foot of another.
It was always curled until after that day when it grew straight from that day on.
So that was the end of my budding foot modeling career;-)
I couldn't help but think of the latest 'Rune Soup' podcast (above) when I saw another TV chef in that same January 27th newspaper right next to a story about the fires that were just starting and heading Gordon's way, as was Nigella Lawson.
SaYING "Yes" or "No" to the Serpent/Slaying the Dragon?
It is a small world, as Bruce Springsteen would tell you, as I stayed at the Wrest Point hotel when I spent four days in Hobart in 2016, but instead of fire I saw snow -
Room at the End of the World?
I started to get cold feet about being up this high for some reason :-)
Tasmanian Souvenirs and Touchstones