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

- Jake Kotze

March 23, 2017


Australian share market 'due for correction' in response to US political uncertainty, analysts warn
"Several key measurements show the Australian share market is "due for a correction" following political uncertainty in the US, financial analysts warn.
Market sentiment turned overnight in response to fears President Donald Trump may not have support, even from within his own party, to pass a key healthcare reform bill.
Sellers turned to the Australian market this morning, wiping out much of this year's gain in the first few hours of trade.
CMC Markets stockbroking analyst Michael McCarthy said the uncertainty could have implications for Australia.
"It was an ugly day at the office today, in fact the biggest fall of 2017 so far for Australian shares," Mr McCarthy said.
"[There's] real pressure on banks due to concerns about rising costs, and real pressure on mining and energy shares after falls in commodity prices overnight meant that the Australian market was hit hard.

Cuddles arrived in Australia in 1977 with two other female African elephants.
"The death of an African elephant at Dubbo's Taronga Western Plains Zoo has marked the end of an era for the species in Australia.
Cuddles was the zoo's oldest inhabitant and, according to the zoo, the last African elephant in captivity in Australia.
She arrived in 1977 from the United Kingdom with two other females and was estimated to be 46 years old.
Zoo staff had been monitoring Cuddles closely over the past week as her health had slowly declined due to digestive issues.
The Dubbo facility's director Matt Fuller said the elephant was very special to many people, including staff and visitors.
"She was a much loved member of the zoo community," Mr Fuller said.
"She's got a lot of history, not only with the zoo and the people who work within the zoo and the people who provide the care for her, but also the people who have grown up knowing that she is here each and every time they visit the zoo since those days when the gates opened
40 years ago."
And if that story isn't bizarre enough for you, check out Chris Knowles' latest post at 'The Secret Sun' blog and bear in mind that "Cuddles" arrived in Oz 40 years ago in 1977.
And that the elephant is the symbol of the Republican party that Trump ran his election to the White House under. 
The Present Can Only Be Viewed from the Past

March 22, 2017

Martina Started A Joke :-)

Just Outside the Box Cartoon
An Aussie Christmas Tree? Boomerangs?-)
In my world this would be termed "synchronicity".
But I can't help thinking "Just Outside the Box". ;-) 
The drummer in that above 'Bee Gees' clip gets it...or he should, because when he was small he was known as "Smiley" :-)
"The film is based on the popular 1945 novel Smiley by Moore Raymond, who was born in Queensland but worked as a journalist in Britain.
The book was hailed as an Australian Huckleberry Finn and film rights were bought immediately by Sir Alexander Korda.
Korda sent Raymond to Australia in 1946 to find a possible child actors and locations over three months.
However Korda said he could not find an appropriate director and shelved the project.
Korda eventually assigned the project to Anthony Kimmins, who had served in Australia in World War II. 
Kimmins arrived in Australia in March 1950 to begin preproduction and announced he would make the film near Augathella for £100,000.
However, after actually inspecting the site he doubted it would be useful and he was unable to find a lead actor he was happy with.
Plans to make the movie were delayed again.
Kimmins returned to Australia September 1955 to begin preproduction.
After interviewing over 2,000 boys, he cast Colin Peterson as Smiley and Bruce Archer as Joey. Part of the budget was provided by
20th Century Fox, who had money frozen in Australia due to currency restrictions. 
Apart from Ralph Richardson, the entire cast was Australian"
A photo that you will find if you walk down the 'Bee Gees Way' :-)
Oddly enough, my younger brother shares the same birth-date as Colin Peterson (March 24th) and I just bought my brother his present today and I had no idea until now that Colin and my brother shared the same birth-date.
My mother recently told me that her father (my grandfather) only ever went to the cinema once and that was to see the movie 'Smiley'.
In fact, even though I grew up in the same "hometown" as the
'Bee Gees' (Brisbane/Redcliffe) and grew up watching 'Smiley' movies on free to air TV, I had no idea Colin was the drummer for the 'Bee Gees'.
I thought that the 'Bee Gees' were all brothers.
Then again, I am young...I was only born in 1964:-) 
I guess the joke is on me in a way, too.
Life seems to be one big joke at the moment...which is sad in a way.
The Lore of Synchronicity?

How Many Birds?

The nemesis of  statues the world over...pigeons, natures art critics inspecting the Bee Gees 
One thing I loved about my visits to Redcliffe the past few trips to walk the Bee Gees Way was the bird life I encountered on the Redcliffe Peninsula.
I love sitting down by the sea listening to the waves curling into the beach as seagulls screech to one another and fly about like some weird reenactment of 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull'.  
I even ran into one of my favourite birds (crow) when I was looking for an elusive pelican near the information centre after picking up a brochure on the Australian pelican.
Crows and seagulls, but no pelican :-( 
Percy the pelican, or any pelican for that matter was nowhere to be seen on my visit.
A pelican feather?
But I did find the feather pictured above, which might be a pelican feather.
It certainly wasn't off a crow, or seagull.
The Woody Point Jetty...and seagulls
But there were plenty of other birds to spot along some really good walking paths.
I even spotted a couple of owls on a shop roof at the end of the
Bee Gees Way, but I knew it was too good to be true...they were fake owls, probably there to scare the pigeons away to the Bee Gees' statues instead of having pigeon poop to clean off their windows and roof.
Walk to the end of Bee Gees Way, turn left and  look across the road, the owls aren't what they seem
The owls aren't what they seem near those trees at the end, you have been warned
The entrance to the Redcliffe Jetty...time flys too, down here
You don't have to be a bird lover like me to enjoy your time at Redcliffe, you can sit at a cafe across from the Redcliffe Jetty and watch the hands of the clock fly past;-) 
My last trip to Redcliffe started with seeing a dead bird, which I couldn't identify from my seat in the library, when I was attending a talk by the author of the Bee Gees book, 'Tragedy', which I wrote about here -
The Lore of Synchronicity?
The dead bird on the library roof outside the window
It was this drive to Redcliffe last Saturday where I discovered the portal at the end of the Bee Gees Way, which stands at the opposite end of the Way to where the owls are -
The Redcliffe "Portal" and the Bee Gees Way
I was hoping to see a Mothman, or some strange flying creature fly out of the portal...even a pelican, but no such luck on that day.
I headed up to Scarborough and sat on a bench by the sea and watched a lone seagull perform its aerial acrobatics while I stared out towards the Glass House Mountains across the water.
The Glass House Mountains as seen from the north end of Scarborough
Who needs to meditate if you can sit by the sea and take this in?
And check out this little holiday house if you head down Scarborough way, it almost rivals this one pictured below at Margate beach.
Probably just ordinary people living ordinary lives, right?-)
I finished off Saturday night in Redcliffe taking in the light-show and bird life, but was happy to be flying solo like the seagull I watched fly at Scarborough that afternoon.
Relationships are for the birds I reckon, and not for me anymore;-)