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Prof.Stephen Hawking’s words in Paralympic 2012 opening ceremony

Screen shot of Prof.Stephen Hawking at London Paralympics 2012
(29Aug2012)

I have always been an admirer of Professor Stephen Hawking! Why wouldn’t I be, for (a) I am a fellow Physicist and have that in common with him, and (b) I once met him in the streets of Cambridge, during my University days on a trip over there.

I missed the first 20 minutes of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games  earlier today. But the bits I saw were brilliant, emotive and inspiring. ..And here are the closing words by Stephen Hawking, who speaks about our differences, what’s important, and aspirations.

“The Paralympic Game is also about transforming the perceptions of the World. We are all different. There is no such thing as a standard or run of the mill human being – but we share the same spirit. What is important is that we have the ability to create. This creativity can take many form – from physical achievements to theoretical physics. However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at.  The game provides an opportunity for athletes to excel, to stretch themselves and become outstanding in their fields. So let us begin to celebrate excellence, friendship and respect. Good luck to you all.”

-Proff.Stephen Hawking  (29Aug2012, London).

Interesting how he plays with words like `physical’ and `physics’.  Scientists strive to find `standard models’ or theories, to explain many things, and here is a Scientist who says that there are no such things as a `standard human’.  Being a disabled person (who was originally given 2 years to live but has lived many times that limit so far), Professor Hawking personally knows what it is to physically struggle, when he talks about opportunity to stretch and excel.

-Mani

Olympian Gods in Big Brother House- GT prediction comes true!

Gaian Times magazine #5 (Olympic special) – features article `Deity Dozen’ by Rose Dixon

What can I say, but very well done to our resident psychic Rose Dixon who has been contributing regularly to Gaian Times eco-magazine.

In the latest issue (#5, released 4th August’12) the Olympic Special,  Rose wrote a feature piece called `The Deity Dozen: An Audience with Big Brother 2012′.

Rose Dixon  begins by saying, 

“This is an imaginary scenario of what a programme could be like if the Olympian Family accepted the offer of going into The Big Brother House for 12 weeks to raise their profile in the 21st century”

It is imagined that they would do so because they want to prove that they are not old has-beens and that they have a part to play in modern society. Their peacock, owl and dove feathers have been ruffled a bit by the rising popularity of Vampires, Werewolves and Men in Black.

Big Brother thinks, in its infinite wisdom, that Gods and Goddesses should be able to stay in the house and work out their differences as they are made of sterner stuff than us mere humans. It would be interesting as they all bring their special qualities to the house..”

 

“Deity Dozen are in the House!” – graphic for the feature piece in GT#5

Rose then goes on to begin..

“The first housemate to enter is Zeus who is introduced as the Alpha Male, the big boss. His luxury item is a thunderbolt which he says he has a tendency to zap people with if they annoy him, which apparently is not very difficult. He punishes those who break oaths. He is married to Hera but is famous for his affairs which should be interesting in the house because there are cameras everywhere.

The presenter says that he would give a bit of background as they did not make an audition video.”

 

Well, today I was watching the Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 5 (around 9pm BST) and guess what?  There were Gods & Goddesses in Big Brother House!  It started with Zeus & Aphrodite, and as they tested the mortals, they began to choose one from each trials, to join them in Mount Olympus (another room with cctv to spy on mortals) as one of the Gods..

So far they had a `trial by elements’ (fire, water, earth & air) and the winner was made Aries god of war..and following another trial of mortals making sacrifices (of their luxury items, their vanity, their privacy, their food etc), another (who poured a bucket of fish slime over himself) was chosen as Poseidon God of the Seas.

Al I can say is, the prediction by Rose Dixon has come true. And Rose starts her own blog today…What a day to start!  She must be psychic…Oh yes,I forget…she is..:-)

Follow her blog at RoseDixon.net

-Mani

`Trial by Elements’ – ‘ in Big Brother House (Celeb Big Bro) 2012
Screen capture of Chan5 TV (28aug’12)

 

`Mount Olympus’ in Big Brother House (Celeb Big Bro) 2012
Screen capture of Chan5 TV (28aug’12)

A dedication to Neil Alden Armstrong – first man on the Moon

Official portrait of Neil Alden Armstrong – first man on the Moon (photo-NASA)

Neil Alden Armstrong, first man to step on the Moon, has died on saturday 25th August 2012, aged 82.  Born on 5th august’30…(A Leo!), he made the historic remarks, “That’s One small step for Man, a Giant Leap for mankind” – as he stepped on the moon, on 20th July 1969.

I have always been proud that I was born in the same year (1969) when  Man had landed on the Moon.. (I was a 4 month old fetus in my mother’s womb at the time of the lunar landing!)   Way back in Sri Lanka, in my boy-hood years, I used to have a reprint of a photograph..  not sure how I came by it..  probably got it from my father or an uncle .. It was the one of the 3 astronauts who had been to the moon!  It was one of those small possessions I had treasured.  (And here it is, that same photo.. below – thanks to NASA).

It’s not a deeply painful sadness, but sadness nevertheless – that I feel  that this man has dies yesterday. Many will know from reports, that Neil Armstrong shunned any sort of publicity for many decades, and only recently came out to do some speeches. Everyone has asked him what it’s like to have had that experience, and he’s given his answer so many hundred times..  but the real feelings he would have experienced – could have been expressed. I mean, how does one express the enormity of that…  the first human to step foot on another planet (!) other than Earth??!!

The Apollo 11 lunar landing mission crew, pictured from left to right, Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot.   photo> NASA

And what is lost today is that most precious and unique `experience’ which none of us will ever have.. until another human sets foot on the next world…most likely Mars!!

I hope I live to see that day..

Meanwhile, I have collected together some statements about Neil Armstrong…by Buzz Aldrin (2nd man to walk on the moon!) and USA President Obama – first black american to become President of USA!

-Mani Navasothy

Statement from Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 lunar module pilot:

“I am very saddened to learn of the passing of Neil Armstrong today. Neil and I trained together as technical partners but were also good friends who will always be connected through our participation in the Apollo 11 mission. Whenever I look at the moon it reminds me of the moment over four decades ago when I realized that even though we were farther away from earth than two humans had ever been, we were not alone. Virtually the entire world took that memorable journey with us. I know I am joined by millions of others in mourning the passing of a true American hero and the best pilot I ever knew. My friend Neil took the small step but giant leap that changed the world and will forever be remembered as a landmark moment in human history. I had truly hoped that in 2019, we would be standing together along with our colleague Mike Collins to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of our moon landing. Regrettably, this is not to be. Neil will most certainly be there with us in spirit.

“On behalf of the Aldrin family, we extend our deepest condolences to Carol and the entire Armstrong family. I will miss my friend Neil as I know our fellow citizens and people around world will miss this foremost aviation and space pioneer.”

-Taken from NASA site > http://www.nasa.gov/topics/people/features/armstrong_statements.html

 

Statement by the President on the Passing of Neil Armstrong

“Michelle and I were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Neil Armstrong. Neil was among the greatest of American heroes – not just of his time, but of all time. When he and his fellow crew members lifted off aboard Apollo 11 in 1969, they carried with them the aspirations of an entire nation. They set out to show the world that the American spirit can see beyond what seems unimaginable – that with enough drive and ingenuity, anything is possible. And when Neil stepped foot on the surface of the moon for the first time, he delivered a moment of human achievement that will never be forgotten. Today, Neil’s spirit of discovery lives on in all the men and women who have devoted their lives to exploring the unknown – including those who are ensuring that we reach higher and go further in space. That legacy will endure – sparked by a man who taught us the enormous power of one small step.” –

Taken from the official website of the Whitehouse> http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/08/25/statement-president-passing-neil-armstrong 

Despair of a dedicated Counsellor in ToryLand

I saw this in the status update of a close friend in a social network site. She is a qualified Counsellor, a pagan, Trained Priestess of Avalon (in Glastonbury).. and has this to say about her volunteer work, the system and the State of things under our current Tory government.

-Mani

 

 

“Today, I have been pondering my own attitude to work and having a ‘job’. I am working as a counsellor with the bereaved, the dying and gypsy travellers, dancing in the edge places where not everyone would want to go, climbing into Cerridwen’s Cauldron and sitting with the pain. I love my work, I work hard, and I have trained hard to feel that I can do it well and yet all my work is unpaid (apart from a very few private clients) and I live on very little in order to continue the work that I love and which is so important in a disconnected world. At the same time, three of the six full time paid counsellors in my workplace have been made redundant. This is David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ writ large; where vital work is done by volunteers who then can’t afford to live, are forced to claim benefits or live on the edge of poverty, and are made to feel ‘less’ because of that. The alternative is for only the well off to provide these services and there would be such a loss of beautiful diversity and connection between people if that happened.

The Tories may think that this is a good ‘trick’, getting lots of us to do ‘free’ work, feel awful about ourselves at the same time, and have no energy or will to question what’s going on. But I think that this will backfire because people are beginning to question what work and community and money/abundance actually means. The very thing that is meant to crush us may be what helps us free ourselves from this spell of capitalism and disconnection. 

In the meantime, I work as a counsellor and I am proud of it”   – JWS

(reproduced with my friend JWS)

The O2 customer service debacle

Here is a transcript of the `live chat’ between a friend of mine and O2 phone (customer service), regarding the PAC number. It’s a case of O2 giving the run-around..?!  This live-chat seems to have taken almost 2 hours (say my friend HJW, who is not at all a happy customer!)

-Mani

 

 

“Welcome to O2. Someone will be with you soon.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
You’re through to O2 : Sumy.
O2 : Sumy: Hi I’m O2 : Sumy. How can I help?
HJW: Hi, I want a Port Authorisation Code please (PAC). Thanks
O2 : Sumy: Sure, I’ll validate your account and assist you.
O2 : Sumy: Is 0778xxxxxxx the number you need help with?
HJW: Yes
O2 : Sumy: Can you tell me your full name as it is on your account?
HJW: HJW
O2 : Sumy: Please can you tell me the 3rd and 4th character of the answer to your security question?
HJW: a and d if I remember correctly…
O2 : Sumy: Your security answer starts with “U”.
HJW: OK, then it might be i and c
O2 : Sumy: Perfect.
O2 : Sumy: In your security details the answer is there but no security question. Would you like me to update it for you?
HJWd: No, don’t worry!
O2 : Sumy: Okay.
O2 : Sumy: Please wait while I transfer the chat to our support team. They’ll assist you further.
I’m just going to transfer you to O2 Shop.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
You are now chatting with Rick at O2 Shop.
HJW: Hi, I urgently need a Port Authorisation Code please (PAC). Thanks.
Rick: Hi I’m Rick. How can I help?
HJW: Hi, I urgently need a Port Authorisation Code please (PAC). Thanks.
I’m just going to transfer you to O2 Service.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
You are now chatting with O2 : Dan at O2 Service.
O2 : Dan: Hi I’m O2 : Dan. How can I help?
O2 : Dan: Are you still there? What can I do for you?
HJW: Hi, I urgently need a Port Authorisation Code please (PAC). Thanks.
O2 : Dan: Sure.
O2 : Dan: I’ll be happy to help you.
O2 : Dan: Please help me with your number.
HJW: 0778xxxxxxx
O2 : Dan: Thanks.
O2 : Dan: Please can you tell me the 3rd and 4th character of the answer to your security question?
HJW: i and c
O2 : Dan: Thanks.
O2 : Dan: Can you tell me your full name as it is on your account?
HJW: HJW
O2 : Dan: Thanks.
O2 : Dan: Let me transfer this chat to the concerned team
I’m just going to transfer you to O2 Shop.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
You are now chatting with Hannah at O2 Shop.
Hannah: Hi I’m Hannah. How can I help?
HJW: Hi, I urgently need a Port Authorisation Code please (PAC). Thanks. I keep being transferred from service to shop and back again….not happy. number 0778xxxxxxx  name HJW, and yes again i and c third and fourth letters of answer to security question…just trying to save time. PLEEEEASE don’t transfer me again!
Hannah: I’ll help you with it.
Hannah: Please allow me to check your account.
I’m just going to transfer you to O2 Service.
You are now chatting with O2 : Farhan at O2 Service.
O2 : Farhan: Please can you tell me the 3rd and 4th character of the answer to your security question?
O2 : Farhan: I’ll be happy to help you.
O2 : Farhan: Hi I’m O2 : Farhan. How can I help?
HJW: Hi, I urgently need a Port Authorisation Code please (PAC). Thanks. I keep being transferred from service to shop and back again….not happy. number 0778xxxxxxx name HJW, and yes again i and c third and fourth letters of answer to security question…just trying to save time. PLEEEEASE don’t transfer me again!I’ve now spoken to Sumy, Rick, Dan and now Hannah…
O2 : Farhan: Please online while I transfer you to our retention team as they’ll help you with the PAC code.
I’m just going to transfer you to O2 Shop.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
You are now chatting with Di at O2 Shop.
Di: Hi I’m Di. How can I help?
HJW: Hi, I urgently need a Port Authorisation Code please (PAC). Thanks. I keep being transferred from service to shop and back again….not happy. number 0778xxxxxxx name HJW, and yes again i and c third and fourth letters of answer to security question…just trying to save time. PLEEEEASE don’t transfer me again!I’ve spoken to: Sumy, Rick, Dan, Hannah and now Farhan!!!
I’m just going to transfer you to O2 Service.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
You are now chatting with Nigel at O2 Service.
We’re putting you through to the right person, won’t be long.
You’re through to O2 : Finley.
We’re putting you through to the right person, won’t be long.
You’re through to O2 : Ryan.
O2 : Ryan: Are you still there? What can I do for you?
HJW: Hi, I urgently need a Port Authorisation Code please (PAC). Thanks. I keep being transferred from service to shop and back again….not happy. number 0778xxxxxxx name HJW, and yes again i and c third and fourth letters of answer to security question…just trying to save time. PLEEEEASE don’t transfer me again!I’ve spoken to: Sumy, Rick, Dan, Hannah and now Farhan!!! And lastly Diane, I now want to speak to a manager, someone in charge who can sort this crazy nightmare. Been on for at least an hour and I AM NOT GIVING UP TILL I GET MY PAC NUMBER.
HJW: are you still there?
O2 : Ryan is having technical problems and can’t chat. Hold on while we put you through to someone else.
You’re through to O2 : Arlen.
O2 : Arlen: I’ll just connect you to the support team and they will help you with this.
HJW: I’ve been here before….
I’m just going to transfer you to O2 Shop.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
You are now chatting with Rick at O2 Shop.
I’m just going to transfer you to O2 Service.
You are now chatting with O2 – Amily at O2 Service.
O2 – Amily: Hi I’m O2 – Amily. How can I help?
HJW: Hi, I urgently need a Port Authorisation Code please (PAC). Thanks. I keep being transferred from service to shop and back again….not happy. number 0778xxxxxxx name HJW, and yes again i and c third and fourth letters of answer to security question…just trying to save time. PLEEEEASE don’t transfer me again!I’ve spoken to: Sumy, Rick, Dan, Hannah and now Farhan!!! And lastly Diane, I now want to speak to a manager, someone in charge who can sort this crazy nightmare. Been on for at least an hour and I AM NOT GIVING UP TILL I GET MY PAC NUMBER.
O2 – Amily: I’m extremely sorry for the trouble you had to face.
O2 – Amily: Let me check your account and help you with this.
HJW: Please can I have a PAC number?
O2 – Amily: Please allow me a minute, while I transfer your chat to my retention team, they’ll help you with the PAC code.
I’m just going to transfer you to O2 Shop.
We’re really busy right now. Thanks for waiting.
You are now chatting with Merwyn at O2 Shop.
Merwyn: Hi I’m Merwyn. How can I help?

HJW: Hi, I urgently need a Port Authorisation Code please (PAC). Thanks. I keep being transferred from service to shop and back again….not happy. number 0778xxxxxxx name HJW, and yes again i and c third and fourth letters of answer to security question…just trying to save time. PLEEEEASE don’t transfer me again!I’ve spoken to: Sumy, Rick, Dan, Hannah and now Farhan!!! And lastly Diane, I now want to speak to a manager, someone in charge who can sort this crazy nightmare. Been on for at least an hour and I AM NOT GIVING UP TILL I GET MY PAC NUMBER. V fed up now, I shall cancel my contract asap in person and publicise the appalling experience I have had wherever possible…

Transferred to 02 service yet again – 2 hours of fun!!!”

(reproduced with my friend HJW’s permission)

Security powerless against Drug-users & drunkards outside Sutton Job Centre

Security powerless against Drug-users & drunkards outside Sutton Job Centre 

I am unemployed – that’s not a secret!  My last employment was running a 3 year Charity project `Employment Training for Tamils’  – for South London Tamil Welfare Group ( Charity based in Merton Borough and going on for 25 yrs). My project had funding from LDA: London Development Agency, worth about quarter of a Million Pounds!  I was Project Coordinator, and managed the 3-year project – which had it’s own office/ training centre in Mitcham. That’s the background.

So earlier today, I went to hand my fortnightly Job search, and to `sign-on’.

And as I entered the Job centre building (Sutton, Surrey), I saw 3-4 people just outside it, with beer cans in their hands and something else.

As I entered I could smell `weed’ in the air. It’s blooming hard to miss – even for an asthmatic like me who suffers from hayfever and often has a blocked nose.

After handing my job-search document, I approached the Security Guards – and asked them politely if they could do something about the people smoking dope outside and drinking. I asked them how can we – the rest of us get on and build a good future, with this sort of things going on!

The Guards (whom I happen to suddenly notice were wearing the now infamous brand that supplies Security for the London Olympics!!) told me they can’t do anything, as it’s outside.  They told me perhaps I should pop into the Local MP’s office nearby and lodge the matter.

It is quite appalling – and terribly pathetic and a sorry state of affair- that literally a foot outside a government Office such as Job Centre, local people can stand and drink beer and smoke drugs!  They are laughing in the face of the law and the government and the system.

There is a punch-line to this account.

Few hours later, I got a call from one of the ladies from the Job centre – asking me questions on my Job search. I answered all her questions, explaining how I keep record of my searches, and even the self-employment efforts I am making. She wasn’t bothered about those matters. I said I can stop recording those aspects – which after all is something I am doing under the support of the government’s `Work Programme’.  I referred to her as `you have sent me to it, so am reporting’.   And she said it’s not her but the government that sends me to that.

REALLY? Come on. I have worked in the Home Office (Immigration) for a whole 6-7 years fielding inquiries from the public – inland and foreign and while we Civil Servants are on duty – we ARE the face of the government. Nothing personal.  We represent it.

I know that the Job Centre staff represent the government. Do they know it?

What a bloody system… It excretes on the people who strive to do the `right thing’ and yet turns a blind eye to those who buck , mock and f**k the system.  Yeah, am angry. I phoned the Job centre and complained about the Officer who not only was patronizing, but actually hung up the call on me.  I had to, because, otherwise, it will be her word against mine, and I’ll be the one getting vilified for some make-shift behavioral problems.

-Mani

Feet off our train-seats!

I was on the 8:05pm train from London Victoria,heading to Horsham!

Initially I was quite busy, texting to a few friends on matters of the feature articles for the upcoming Olympic special edition of Gaian Times e-magazine.

Then I suddenly became aware of 3 people sitting in the group seat adjacent to me – a man and a woman on one side and another man opposite them. The man (one of the couple) had both his feet on the seat opposite him, albeit on a small plastic bag. This effectively hemmed in the other man.  And the other man took out his wallet-like object and showed them, and said, `Can you please take your feet off the seats?’

The coupe were obviously not English (I could not see their faces). So some polite explanation took place.  The other man turned out to be a Police officer. I have no idea if he was one of London’s Met Officers, or one outside London…but he obviously was out of uniform – maybe going to or from work, or juts on his day off, or perhaps, on plain-cloth duty. But he said he is a Police (as the other one didn’t  fully comprehend the badge! In the ensuing polite (and hardly audible) chat between the three of them, I could only hear what the police-man was saying.

He made it very clear to the other visitors, that in this country we don’t put feet on seats in trains. The others tried to explain something about their country, where no one does, so the police-man asked, why they would not put feet in their country, but thought it was okay here (in UK). I think they answered something to the effect that they had seen so many youths put their feet on train-seats here!   The police-man talked about showing respect.

The foreign couple got off when their stop came. And after that, I turned to the Police-man and actually thanked him for doing what he did. I briefly said I’d tried doing that in trains (asking people to take their feet off seats) and I’ve often encountered aggression and have even had to move train carriages! I mused about how dirty seats ruin people’s suits!

When my stop came, I got up, and nodded a `Take care’ to the (police) man, and he returned a smile and a bye.

For a brief while, I felt justice had been done…right in front of my eyes, on a crime that has been going on for so long – one that irritates me whenever I see it.. people putting feet on train seats- despite signs saying `do not put feet on seats’.

What’s worse is that I see people in suits packed to the hilt in carriages in the morning en route to work..but in the evening, those very same (some) seem to think it’s okay to put their feet on seats – whilst still wearing their suits and boots, but now en route to their homes or some socials.

I’ve even cleverly taken photos of a few of those people.. and video clips..  I switch on my camera on video mode, pretend to rummage through my bags while leaving camera on the side.. which continues to shoot their misadventure!

It’s not the only anti-social behavior  have seen in society!  Antisocial behaviors are committed not only by thugs, delinquents and hooligans in late night travels, but by otherwise ordinary people – who think that a few drinks,or just the fact that they are going on a party night gives them some social authority to misbehave!

Gone are the days I have put up with it. Misbehaving people – watch out, Beadle’s not about – but I am- with my secret filming tactics!!

-Mani

Royal barge Gloriana carrying Olympic flame in river Thames 27July2012

Here’s one of the many photos & videos I took yesterday by the river Thames, of the barge Gloriana with the Olympics 2012 flame!

More videos and pictures in the forthcoming olympic issue of Gaian Times e-magazine..on 4th August’12.

-Mani

 

 

 

Olympic 2012 Bashing: Negative magic by Hypocrites!

No sooner had the London Olympics 2012 opening ceremony at Stratford (East London) finished – or even long before it even finished – social network sites were filling up with posts from amazed admirers, and- I am extremely disappointed to say- negative, whining, hypocritical pictures and posts by some others!

Everyone  is entitled to their views and opinions. So yes, I do understand that some people will vent their negative views. But those of you who do so- can you at least wait till the Opening Ceremony has concluded, before putting out your views??!

I have seen in Social networks sits like facebook, people posting sarcastic, negative and critical posts. I have seen how people seem to have take screen-shots of the ceremony ..and added various negative comments, their own ill-devised campaigns and started circulating those. And I have seen how others take it on and share it.

It’s obvious that the people who would have paid their ticket to get to the Opening Ceremony will in no way have taken photos and edited it all on their tech-phones and blasted them out into the internet. I imagine most people who went there would have been supporters. So the ones who have been putting those graphics out must be those who caught it on TV coverage… And if so, here’s a message to those: You are breaching copyright and brand rules – Be Warned!  Create your own graphics, or use photos you have created – for these negative Olympic Bashing campaigns – or just don’t!!

Personally, I was not all that bothered some months ago – and I have heard all the debates and arguments – about how much it’s costing us tax payers, how it’s only serving the elite and the rich, how it’s commercial, how it’s not really for the people, how it’s throwing chaos and inconveniences at the people who live in London.. etc etc.

Yes, I know it’s cost 27million pounds for the ceremonies etc. Is that such a big deal for an International event that’s bringing together over 200 countries in a friendly competition?  More Millions have been spent on far less important football matches – some of which have served none but companies that own them! More millions have been spent on making films – which have been nothing but 90 minutes of entertainment and don;t serve the world in such ways that the Olympic does. So if you are going to compare and criticise, do it in context, and do it fairly!!

Talking of entertainment – yes I watched the 90 minutes of the Opening performance show last night live on Tv, and was thoroughly entertained by it. I marveled at the theatrics, constructions, the incredible dance choreography involving thousands, the stage management that must have gone into it, the technical coordination and skills involved and so on. It may be costing 27million pounds and ran for 90 minutes – but I put it to you again.. there have been films made that have been that long which have cost 5 times as much, and have had not even a fifth of the significance or relevance on a world arena!

And those who criticize the skills and talents: here’s a question I ask-  Have you ever made a 2 minute movie using your digital camera, tried editing that with a few special effects and shared that on social networks? Have you ever organised a small party for 200 people? Have you tried doing an art work that is the size of a wall perhaps? Have you tried composing music?   Have you tried creating something with real hard work and passion..and then put it out to the world, and await the possibility of being accepted  by the friends or harshly rejected?  If you have not – then you will have no idea what it takes to create anything of the size and scale of such a thing as the  Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics 2012. And that being the case, you are just being an armchair critique. Which in my book is utterly self indulgent, childish and rather pathetic of you!

Context and perspective, please!

Assuming that all those cons and arguments hold water- what can we do?  The Olympics 2012 are here, in our doorstep.  The Olympics stated off decades ago with high ideals in mind – as a uniting force and to celebrate the skills of the human ability and it’s potential for physical excellence. Even if some of you think modern Olympics are not doing that – and only a day has gone by so you can;t judge it as such- why put negativity into the Global human Collective?

Each one of us has the power to add something positive – here and now – every post we do on the internet that gets seen by a hundred of others is a flame that we each hold..   So rather than pass on a black flame of shadows and strife, why not say something good, and pass that on?  Worse, why take images of something that can be used positively and tarnish it’s energy by using it negatively?     Whatever is happening in those stadiums may be beyond our individual influence at this stage- but what we each put out into the internet IS within or power..and we can use that power for good..

The Olympics is like a Child – it’s born now. Rather than look at what’s wrong, what disabilities it may have, I say- nurture it, and support it in some way energetically and it may well grow up to be a good human being – symbolically speaking!

If you are a practicing magician or a pagan or a spiritual being- hold a flame of hope in your hearts now, and that may actually do good (if you believe that you have power and that you can change the world – that is).

-Mani Navasothy

Related links:  Gaian Times e-magazine – exploring the science, magic and psychology of our Earth

Torn Canvas: Pieces of my life

Having started to talk about the Art works,  I’d like to share some of my personal history- key events that shaped the way my life has evolved.  I’ve used some of the art work to illustrate the mood.

Racial Violence in Sri Lanka (my Country of origin)

This has played a major role in shaping not just mine, but several hundred thousand Tamil people!  It’s an age old issue of seeking more independence hat stems from 1979 to modern day, where Tamil people have been so persecuted by Sinhalese people and the government army, that Tamils have had to take up arms and fight a guerilla war! (You may have heard of the `Tamil Tigers’ ).  Our family was one that got caught up in all that, and we eventually came to the Uk in fear of our lives.  We were the lucky ones, for many thousand Tamils have been killed since 1985.

Racial Violence in Sri Lanka – Tamil being beaten up by Army!  (c) Mani Navasothy

A personal attack on me -(the personal disability begins).

A day light mugging after school, at the age of 17yrs colored the way I began to see the world around me in London- something I had thought was going to be better than Sri Lanka. The attack on me broke my right shoulder, and though it healed, it has become a recurring physical problem (not to mention getting mugged again few years ago in a bus and getting my right shoulder dislocated for the 4th time!). It prevents me from doing contact sports, but has squeezed me into other paths- such as aerobics, fitness, walking, exploring the country, mind-powers (when the body fails) and so on.

Wingless Flyers (c) Mani Navasothy.

Death of my father ( Scars that go deep..)

Few days after the new year of 1990 also changed my life in a big way. It is in one sense equivalent to a naive crown prince being thrust onto the throne and expected to rule the kingdom (family & cultural responsibilities of asian male!) But on the other hand, it was also very much a door of darkness opening beneath my feet and falling into a chasm of delayed psychological trauma! I believe it took a few years before the full force of his sudden death hit me- which spun me into an exploration of death, brain, mind, and transformation. It saw me become faith-less, and rise again with pagan spirituality empowering me and enlightening me with some mysteries.

Earth Healers (c) Mani Navasothy


Paganism & Ritual Magic
(From darkness into Light, and from weakness to power)

This is a spiritual path of empowerment that includes nature worship. No middleman is needed between me and the god  or goddess! This spirituality is nothing new to me- as it has highly similar facets to Hinduism that I was brought up with (which after all is an eastern form of paganism). However there are differences- the lack of physically built temples, the strong emphasis on lunar & solar cycles, the exploration of natural land and features all around us as a place of divine- all help very much to empower me! Not just that, even the Stars out there, and galaxies, and exploding Supernovae and black holes.. are all of the mysteries.. that I am fascinated by as a Scientist, admire as an artist, and worship and honor as a Pagan!

-Mani

Artist-Writer-Magician-Scientist