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LEST WE FORGET

The 4 horses


…as I watched, there was a white horse. Its rider was holding a bow. He was given a crown, and he went off winning victories, and to win more of them.


It began in 1914 after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. His murder catapulted into a war across Europe that lasted until 1918. In those days most countries were ruled by royalty, in-fact many were related and the offspring of Queen Victoria.

The kingdoms were expecting a quick war, the soldiers went off cheerfully, hoping to be home by harvest, none could have imagined the blood-bath that awaited them. The world had never experienced this type of warfare, where few would barely survive. The royal armies would include the bow of the middle east.WW1 sets of the events that would carry through into WW2.


...And another horse went out, fiery red

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The Red Baron, Germany removes Russia out of the WW1 to prepare for an American retaliation. They put Lenin on a train and sent him to Russia to cause a civil war; de-throne the royals and introduce communism. Essentially by keeping the Russians busy killing each other, the Germans could concentrate on other fronts.

Communism took root in Russia and flew a red flag with a sickle. The red horse removed Peace.

Christian loyalty between nations was dissolved under the weight of communism.Russia would make a tragic alliance with Germany, a false treaty that would create major losses in WW2, before it sided with the opposition.

This was a ruthless and unholy war; soldiers envied the dead because ‘it was all over for them’. Vulnerable persons and Jews were round up, like sheep to the slaughter and there was no mercy.



Then came, the Black Horse; the banks and the oil of the Middle East.

Iraq was formed and the men never returned to their harvest. In WW1 & WW2 poverty abound, the oil was required to keep the war going and alcohol was sent to the troops to calm them.

The Earth was charcoaled black.


As I looked, there was a pale horse, and its rider’s name was Death. Hades followed along behind him. They were given authority over a quarter of the earth, to kill with the sword, and with famine, and with death, and by means of earth’s wild animals.


In WW1;10 million military died, 7 million civilian deaths, 21 million wounded, and 7.7 million missing or imprisoned. The Ottoman Empire (Turkey) carried out genocide of 1 million Christian Armenians. In WW2 85 million died. Beyond the official numbers more died of the the diseases and povety that the war created.

Gangrene set in,and bodies were rotting and destroyed, people were homeless and the water was polluted with sunken ships as chemical warfare choked the air.

Death was everywhere and the corpses, attracted rats. One pair of rats could produce 880 offspring in a year, so the trenches were swarming with them.

In WW2 the German Nazis systematically murdered six million Jews, around two-thirds of Europe’s Jewish population

The 6th Seal is opened and a great earthquake slices the Earth.

During the wars, trenches lined the nation’s borders, the enemy would burrow under them and blow them up causing massive craters along the borders.


The sun became as black as sackcloth

The smoke plumed as bombs released toxic chemical contents and flying shrapnel, that flew like swarms and darkened the sky.

The stars fell like figs shaken by a mighty wind

Rockets flew from one trench to the other.

People hid in caves

Most populations, rich or poor slept in underground railways.


144000 tribes of Israel are sealed

Despite the genocide, some Hebrews would survive the Holocaust.
The Ottman Empire was taken by the British led ANZACs and Russians in WW1; and in WW2, those that escaped the death camps would settle in Israel.

4 Trumpets sound

Fresh Air

They took all the trees
Put 'em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see 'em
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Surrealism was born during the lunch break between the wars, a century ago. What had become of the precious Earth, of life. Nothing made sense anymore. The bombing catastrophes of crushed homes and disfigured people. Normal life was a nightmare and people couldn’t talk openly anymore, so surrealism became a language also; a visual code.

In 2009 the NGV hosted the Dali exhibition ‘Liquid Desire’ and the most haunting and disturbing painting was Mountain Lake (1938). The painting captured the helplessness of what was coming.

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The backstory was that the communications between Neville Chamberlain, the British prime minister; and Adolf Hitler were cut, leading into the horrific 2nd War. Dali’s works are full of crutches, just as Melbourne artist John Brack’s shop windows, are of artificial limbs, for the war veterans that came home.

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The war broke out in 1914, but before the turn of the Century the Pre-Rapaelites were encouraging people to return to nature.Pre-Raphaelite-Waterhouse

What will the artists say now. Apartments have become prison cells. The health concerns are genuine, but we need to think in our isolation, where Australia will be in the future. Not just for us, but for all of us. We are not media fodder, we are an educated and intelligent community.

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Armies have fought for our freedom.

The world has not been that kind to its creative minds. They are different, and when they warn, nobody listens. Our country was de-regulated when our Government was looking into its pocket, instead of the future. Property was once just a home, not a card deck for speculators; but without industry what else can we offer. We have crushed the hope of young families having a home. What is the option?

The Agenda 21 folk have an idea, I don’t think its a very good one. De-populate and put people in high rise ‘Commission’ type of flats. I personally like fresh air and a step to sit on, in a yard, with a nice tree.

Local street artist Peter Drew is looking forward to a hug.

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Yellow Taxi lyrics Joni Mitchell

 

 

He wasn’t dead, just asleep.

If a man wakes up after a public and violent death and then walks within the community and meets with friends, then death has no power over him. He must be the Messiah, the son of God. What does such a person say when he meets with others.

Yeshua said to them,”Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them , “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven, if you withhold forgiveness from anyone, it is withheld.”

About a week later his friends were fishing from a boat and Yeshua was on the shore, he called out to them;

“Children do you have any fish” No they answered.”Cast the net on the right side of the boat and you will find some”

When they landed the boat, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid on it and bread. Yeshua said “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught”..”Come and have some breakfast”

When he was on the Earth, he healed the sick, raised the dead, fed thousands, restored sight, stopped storms, walked on water, cast out demons and asked for nothing in return. He lived a modest life and rewarded kindness, yet he spoke with authority.

Through Yeshua we find a person who cares about the daily woes of his friends, and seeks to help them, when they are in need: despite being King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Greater love has no one than this, that one should lay down his life for his friends.

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Road trip

With International travel becoming compromised by health and safety travesties, it’s time for a road trip. The last days of Summer, Adelaide Fringe, is an ideal destination. If you have time, take the scenic ocean route, otherwise head inland via the flat farmlands, it may be a rather dull journey but there are a couple of gems on the way, including the regional Art Galleries, a pink lake and a puppet shop. 

Ballarat

Ballarat’s Art  Gallery hosts 11,000 works exploring themes such as Country, Place, Home & Disruption.

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Top: ‘A Love Story’ by Emanuel Phillips Fox 1903 & ‘A Football Game’ Russell Drysdale 1945

Bendigo

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Established Australian Artist, a Gunditjmara /Yorta man, Josh Muir explores the inner navigation of being an original people within a post Colonial culture. He is an insider and a spectator from both perspectives that would create a quandary, unique to the artists role. It also allows him to quantify insightful concepts.

Salt Lake

The naturally pink lake is a stella stop on the way and a great place for a walk and picnic. The calm rose lake and it’s white shores create a  surreal environment and a nice place to unwind and contemplate.

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Puppet shop

Expect the unexpected. After a series of townships that offer the traveller mere basics; bad coffee, fried food and petrol we stumble across the Kaniva Puppet shop! Creative entrepreneurs, find niches and see beyond limitations. The shop and its mini theatre has enhanced the local schools creative agenda.

Fringe Festival

Arriving at ‘The Garden of Unearthly Delights’, in Adelaide for the final week of Fringe Festival.

Comedy in the gardens

The village of semi permanent structures creates a small comic world where audience and actor share the space. Reminiscent of pre-industrial fairs with contemporary flair the buildings are as fascinating as the shows. Cafe/Bars populate under the trees as we sit with a glass of wine and enjoy the last days of summer.

COVID-19’s sinister destruction awaits, like a show in the wings; ending such festivals for a time and half a time.

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