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World War Remembrance Day – 11th November (Gaian Times #6 feature)

April Jonquil – daughter of an Arm Gal – wrote an article in GaianTimes Magazine#6 (November 2012) ..as a featured piece to mark the Remembrance Day (11th November). In the article, April made many observations with regard to how her late mother had worked in the Land Army (UK) and then subsequently  held  that with a personal honor and regard.

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<Mum was in the RAF and ‘our Vera,’ as mum would say, was the lady who sang of romance and hope that helped keep up the morel of the soldiers. She would visit our soldiers abroad and sing songs of love and peace to bring our boys home.  ‘And the Nightingales sang in Barkley Square…’ -Mum would often step into a moment of nostalgia and break into song.

Then l spotted an old tambourine that reminded me of The Salvation Army who would march down our street and wake us up on a Sunday morning, They were always led by a lady playing a tambourine, followed by the trumpet players and the drummers, all out of sync. By the time the elders had taken a deep enough breath to blow their trumpet they had gone out of tune. It was a right old racket but we loved them all the same. Well, a least mum did! And she so loved military brass bands and she had this thing of wanting to suck a lemon in front of one. They can’t get you for thinking,’ she would say. l guess it was the rebel in her.  Or maybe she just wanted them to sound home from home.

As I passed by my local supermarket on the way home l saw The British Legion out in force! Their poppies at the ready, made by volunteers who believe in the cause they stand for. The colour red spreading out across the nation, reminding us of what our battles and personal battles are all for. Our coins and hopefully notes are slipping inside those containers. The coins give off their own sound, while notes stay silent. We wait and watch to make sure the volunteers see it go in the box as we want nothing in return but that extra special smile! The smile that say thank you it is all worth standing, freezing my butt off hour after hour.

 Children are encouraged to take money into school to buy a poppy, as the word ‘donate’ seems to be fading. I remember one of the children l used to work with coming home from school with a flower she had bought from a charitable organisation. She couldn’t remember the charity for which it was for as that wasn’t important, just the fact that she had a flower the same as everyone else in the school. Her brother complained as to why she hadn’t bought him one too. ‘But l only had a pound,’ she said…>

 

We open up the GT archives, so you can re-read the FULL FEATURE.

Here is the Link http://www.gaiantimes.co.uk/html/poppy_thoughts.html   (this will expire in 1 month)

-Mani Navasothy

Chief Editor: Gaian Times Magazine

GaianTimes Magazine #6 Winter2012 (3 special covers)

 

 

 

Gaian Times eco-spiritual Magazine #6 came out back in November 2012, and had 3 special `covers’ (well, being an e-magzine, we can have as many covers as possible).  Each cover gave attention to a special feature or a cause.

The Formal Cover had Rose Dixon in her `Urban London Witchy’ look, holding the Earth in her hand. The original photo was taken by the banks of river Thames in London, after a `Thames: River of Souls’ Samhain (Halloween) ritual, where about 30+ interested pagans attended.

Gaian Times #6   Formal cover featuring Rose Dixon (Photo (c)ManiNavasothy
Gaian Times #6 cover-1 featuring Rose Dixon (Photo (c)ManiNavasothy

 

Pamela Harvey, Rose Dixon, Vathani Navasothy, April Jonquil, Beth Murray, Debbie Galllagher, and Mani Navasothy (Editor/ Director) contributed features to Issue#6 of Gaian Times.

The Magazine featured the following special articles:

  • Witches in London
  • Disappointing Death at 16 (personal account)
  • Stag Watch: A bit of a Crush
  • Atheism
  • Love the Badger Dance
  • GBH: Goddess Bodily Harm  (discussing eating habbits of Pagans)
  • Books and failed Ideas (on creative writing)
  • Poppy Thoughts of an Army Gal’s daughter
  • NEWS on Australia creating largest Marine reserve
  • Poem: Island Earth
  • Soorna Por: Demon War (Hindu festival)
  • Gaian Times Social Initiative: Esoteric Enterprises
  • African Elephant Massacre
  • Magic & Meditation to protect the Taiji Dolphins from annual massacre
  • Major Pagan Festivals in 2013
Cover 2 of GT#6

 

Cover 2 highlights the `Remembrance Day’ article  (Remembrance Day in Uk takes place on the 11th day of 11th month every year!)

April Jonquil wrote a special feature article for this  titled `Poppy Thoughts from an Army Gal’s daughter’,  reminiscing about her late mother Jean who had been in UK’s Land Army during the war.

Cover 3 of GT#6

 

Cover 3  featured the `Badger Dance’   – a protest event that took place right outside the Houses of Parliament in London, where Eco-activists held a good-natured `Badger Dance’ to protest against the Government move to cull mass amounts of Badgers in UK country side because of TB disease  found in some Badger population.   Rose Dixon wrote a special feature article  on Badger Dance.

 

Issue#6 (above) will be taken off-line in a few weeks, so if you are interested in any of the articles mentioned above, visit Gaian Times NOW to read them. 

 

By the way Rose Dixon (one of the Key contributors to GT) has a magical / eco blog at  http://RoseDixon.net

The next issue of GT is due to be published in March 2013, (subsequent issues will be in June, September & December (tbc).   But before march’13, Gaian Times Special Volume#1 will be coming out later in Feb’13 (in a few weeks).

-Mani Navasothy