Peace is found when the farm’s only sound is steps on the ground

Between great trees with their dead and living leaves and their

Worms and birds and bees all about, and abound, and flirt and flit around


Peace is made when we trade knives for spades:

Butchers’ blades degrade and fade away in rusty shades.


Peace is the scene when farmers plant trees:

The only death is leaves that fall with the rains washing out to the seas

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Peace is stupid. It’s so absurdly vague. It’s an old wive’s illusion about some daft end-of-days.

And all of us here, in, around, and near Busan don’t need to know what someone else says about your fear of losing “peace,” or dreams of peaceful sleep, or the cat on the window sill licking clean its fleas. Poetry?! Please!

The nearest to uncomfortable we get these days is when the weather report says the tornado’s too close to our coast’s own haze. Just leave us alone from your death-drone-hum as you worry on the bone’s faux-dream home for which we now know that there’s nothing to be done.

And war is over there, down the dead-end road of Fear, or lost up that broken-sign street of Yesteryear. These days, you see, we like our violence clean, and safely savage-salvaged in some glossy shiny wrappers, provided, post and packaged by the Hollywood attackers for the corporate greed machine. Peace? Pfft. Dream!

- 16th Oct 2014

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Pieces of Peace

Syria’s exploding. Human rights eroding. Politics and loathing: just an old national sport.

Blue skies are terror, falling from wherever, explained by a face with the truth an afterthought.

Nobel Prizers strive to hide the lie it can’t be bought, and peace dies in flames after life too short.

- 16 Oct. 2014

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Congratulations, Gwangju News!

Congratulations, Gwangju News! 150 issues old this month!

You can also find the same articles but with active links, more and bigger pictures, and full versions of text stories, all also beautifully packaged here.


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Hit the Trail – 여행을 떠나요

I’m learning a new song. … Well actually, it’s a new song to me, but it’s pretty old… twenty nine years old. It kind of reminds me of Huey Lewis and the News in that it’s a pretty fun, simple, easy-to-sing-along-with blues rip-off number. And, it’s quite a lot of fun in a way that doesn’t take itself too seriously, which helps to deal with the fairly dated production sound on the original.

The other day I heard a newer version though, from a great rocking band from Busan. They were on a tour of the Korean countryside, and had stopped into the really great little village of Naseon Ri to play a once-only performance. You can tell these guys are talented: they’d only started learning to play the guitar the day before!!!

작사:하지영 작곡:조용필

푸른 언덕에 배낭을 메고
황금빛 태양 축제를 여는 광야를 향해서
계곡을 향해서
먼동이 트는 이른 아침에
도시의 소음 수많은 사람 빌딩 숲속을
메아리 소리가 들려오는 계곡속의 흐르는
물찾아 그곳으로 여행을 떠나요
메아리 소리가 들려오는 계곡속의 흐르는
물찾아 그곳으로 여행을 떠나요
굽이 또굽이 깊은 산중에
시원한 바람 나를 반기네 하늘을 보며
메아리 소리가 들려오는 계곡속의 흐르는 물찾아
그곳으로 여행을 떠나요

굽이 또굽이 깊은 산중에
시원한 바람 나를 반기네 하늘을 보며
메아리 소리가 들려오는 계곡속의 흐르는
물찾아 그곳으로 여행을 떠나요
여행을 떠나요 즐거운 마음으로 모두함께


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Hit the Trail 여행을 떠나요

작사:하지영 작곡:조용필

Verse 1

E        A E B7 E

푸른 언덕에 배낭을 메고 / 황금빛 태양 축제를 여는 광야를 향해서 계곡을 향해서


Verse 2

E   A E B7 E

먼동이 트는 이른 아침에 도시의 소음 수많은 사람 빌딩 숲속을 벗어나봐요



E   A E  B7 E

메아리 소리가 들려오는 계곡속의 흐르는 물찾아 그곳으로 여행을 떠나요 (x2)


Verse 3

E   A E B7 E

굽이 또굽이 깊은 산중에 시원한 바람 나를 반기네 하늘을 보며 노래부르세


Chorus - Verse 3 - Chorus


Coda (clapping) 여행을 떠나요 즐거운 마음으로 모두함께 떠나요


Hit the Trail 여행을 떠나요

Lyrics Music

작사:하지영 작곡:조용필


Verse 1

On the green hills / carrying a backpack / the yellow-golden sunlight festival is opening/ towards the wilderness, towards the valley

푸른 언덕에   / 배낭을 메고 황금빛 태양 축제를 여는 광야를 향해서        계곡을 향해서


Verse 2

At the break of dawn early in the morning noises of the city / so many people a forest of buildings: let’s get out.

먼동이 트는 이른 아침에 도시의 소음 / 수많은 사람 빌딩 숲속을. 벗어나봐요.



I can hear an echoing sound /  Let’s   travel there / through the valley / to find water flowing  ←-

메아리 소리가 들려오는 /      / 계곡속의 / 흐르는 물찾아 그곳으로  / 여행을 떠나요


Verse 3

Winding, winding on, deep within the mountains /  cool breezes greet me  /  Let’s sing a song looking up at the sky.

굽이 또굽이 깊은 산중에   / 시원한 바람 나를 반기네 / 하늘을 보며 노래부르세.


Chorus – Verse 3 – Chorus




여행을 떠나요 즐거운 마음으로 모두함께 떠나요






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Oh no, not Yahoo! too…

heat #AB21708 copy editors need to be fired, and replaced, immediately. Someone with extremely poor judgement last week saw published a completely ridiculous hack-job piece by cringeworthy member of New Zealand’s most poor unfortunate struggling writers. Granted, the guy has actually published, and has published quite a lot of books and articles I do acknowledge, but how many of them are worthy of the ink, paper, and time taken in bringing them into the light of day or neon is another matter altogether, and doubt is cast quite quickly by this filthy piece, a new low of internationally shameful proportions.

The only positive that can be offered is that the dangerously delusional dolt was courageous enough to offer his own name for the by line. His Wikipedia entry lists his previous occupations as, among other things, mathematician, and clown. While his misguided attempts at finding the positives in the world of hurt currently unleashing itself on the globe simply don’t add up, and while others have managed to find the funny side amid the chaos the western world’s elite are causing in delaying meaningful addressing of the challenge, Ken Ring here offers no useful insight, nor accuracy, nor even the most febrile attempts at humour. proof

Above and below: Meaningful and effective humour,
infinitely more worthy than Ken Ring’s pointless article
published by the increasingly side-lined Yahoo! NZ news.

arctic We can tell his statistics and informative tone are simply useless by his complete lack of reference to any authoritative, peer reviewed studies. Why not even one nod to anyone else’s good work, Ken Ring? We are left to believe it is simply because all ten of the brief paragraphs that should have been entitled: ”Ken Ring’s Ten Most Dishonest, Disingenuous, and Daft Reasons Why Global Catastrophe is a Good Thing” are simply pulled out of his black hole of a feeble imagination.

In a completely cold serving of seemingly ironic karmic revenge, the first of these also recently published ”7 Terrifying Consequences of Climate Change” actually begins with reference to a mathematical study to show the great degree of likelihood that killer heat waves are clearly due to human influence on the atmosphere. It is a great pity that Mr. Ring had had no time to research a little further along his apparently self-declared new area of expertise of the mathematics of climate change. Or should that just be ”expert-tease”?

It is inexcusable in this day and age, while people are still suffering in the Philippines and elsewhere around our global village as a result of catastrophic weather events clearly victims of the ”loaded dice”of global warming, that Yahoo! or any other media corporation should release such irresponsibly inaccurate drivel.  Both the author and the editor responsible need to be held to account and made to explain why they feel it appropriate to publish this erroneous nonsense in lieu of a verifiable news. The editor should also be sacked forthwith, and Ken Ring’s future writings viewed with ever greater servings of skepticism.   sea level rise154344723 copyThis is not to say that there are no good things to come out of global warming. Of course there will be benefits for some few, such as the real estate industry which will have to find and sell vast new tracts of land to resettle enormous percentages of population in very short spaces of time. For others, the pleasures are simpler and easier to appreciate: this 2011 video describes seeing snow in my home town as a ”once in a lifetime experience.” Actually, I remember quite clearly going to school through a thick blanket of snow when I was in primary school, back in the era of car-free days when gas-powered car drivers had to ration out petrol due, apparently, to the oil embargo imposed from the middle eastern nations.

Perhaps it should come as absolutely no surprise that this snowy sign from Mother Nature comes at a time when she is so blatantly being violated by the five ”Five Eyes” nations, who, rather than having achieved anything like their much vaunted and mythological energy independence, are actually desperately seeking to drill for any last residue of oil, fracking local neighbourhoods and their water tables beyond repair, and siphoning off final grease spots from the tar sands among the pristine boreal forests in the north of Turtle Island. Set against a backdrop of such disgusting destruction, Ken Ring’s little attempt at a rear-guard defence of the results of the imperialist English-speaking nations’ efforts may seem relatively inconsequential; however, it is exactly this sort of collusion between the media and the uber-wealthy 1% within our five cultural enclaves that has apparently allowed our governmental representatives to continue permitting and even subsidising the fossil fuel and livestock and dairy industries with any semblance of genuine authority.

The intellectual and moral doubt sewed by official and apparently unofficial PR reps makes it easier for us to ”want to believe” that it is acceptable for us to continue in life and ”business as usual.” Unfortunately, that time ended approximately forty years ago. Even a majority of the US population has finally got the memo that global warming is happening and it’s making a mess of the world we would love now, and would leave for our descendants. It’s about time the editors of Yahoo! start thinking about the world they want to bequeath, and it’s way beyond time Ken Ring went and dug out his face paint and red rubber nose again. That would be a much more honourable way to earn another day through his rapidly heating future.climate_bear

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BDC Works: Richard Bowman


Wow, i’m proud of all my cousins, and this here is an excellent interview and example of why.

Originally posted on Broadway Dance Center:


We recently sat down with BDC Ballet Faculty member Richard Bowman for a Q & A session, and here’s what he had to say.

What was your training like growing up?

I started dancing when I was six years old. My mother was a dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and my father was the company manager at that time. They settled in Auckland and my mother decided to put me into ballet class. When I was 14, I went to the Royal Academy of Dance’s International summer school in Wellington, New Zealand. They had teachers from the Royal Academy of Dance and The Royal Ballet. It was the first time I had been in a class with just boys, and being taught by a male teacher, as well.

At the end of the International Summer School one of the ballet masters was very interested in my potential.  I…

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