Mini Mag 101

Posted by Anthony North on March 25, 2012

Polly Ticks says … So, the UK govt wants to sell off our roads and motorways for private running. Alongside the Bill to Privatise the Health Service by the Back Door, I’m wondering when the govt itself will be privatised. Oh – damn! – it’s already run by Big Biz.
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Guru Tony says … This year’s Brit Budget was unashamedly business friendly, with low paid workers given extra spending power with a rise in tax allowance. But how to pay for it? Easy. Freeze the allowance of 5 million pensioners. What do they spend anyway? It leaves a bad taste in the throat.
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GREEN SCENE

The one is as the whole, nature knew.
Man did not. So as man anthropomorphised
nature, nature aped tempestuous man –
’til he was no more.
***
In wealth we were green
In downturn, selfishness rules
Transition of fools

ESSAY: KINETIC NATURE – Could the planet have a self defence mechanism? Warming causes a more violent climate. This involves changes in electromagnetism. It is known that electromagnetic bombardment of the brain can cause hallucinations and mystical experiences. Spirituality seems to be on the increase, with accompanying eco-awareness. So is the planet fighting back by affecting our minds? Slow Rapture.
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Blogger Bard says:
Everyone is green
Nature thrives – safe for all time
I do like fiction
***
TRANSITION: The Alchemist searched long
for perfection and immortality. He knew
the means of his success could be found
everywhere, but where? Why couldn’t he
see? He sat and meditated by a tree for
so long he died of old age. The ground
took him; the roots consumed. He lives
now with the eternal sages; in the
wisdom of the great oaks.
***
So eager to buy
Yet … eager to save planet
But … eager to buy

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69 Comments

  1. totomai said on March 25, 2012

    ha! that transition ku have me spitting my coffee. i heard some sarcastic tone to it which i enjoy.

    green scene is also very true.

  2. Anthony North said on March 25, 2012

    Hi Totomai, thanks for that. Sorry about the coffee 😉

  3. Geraldine said on March 25, 2012

    You nailed it Tony! Loved your interpretation of the transition prompt. Haste makes waste but the opposite extreme ain’t so hot either. ;<)

    Happy Week friend, G

  4. Anthony North said on March 25, 2012

    Hi Geraldine, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  5. Jim said on March 25, 2012

    I like your word play, Anthony. 🙂
    So when man anthropomorphised nature I am thinking it was the ape who became human like.
    (My clue was when nature aped tempestuous man.)
    ..

  6. Anthony North said on March 25, 2012

    Hi Jim, thanks for that. I do like doing word play 😉

  7. Grandma's Goulash said on March 26, 2012

    Green Scene was nicely worded and so true. Great one.

  8. Anthony North said on March 26, 2012

    Hi Grandma, many thanks for the kind words.

  9. Lisa Ricard Claro said on March 26, 2012

    Well done, all.

  10. Anthony North said on March 26, 2012

    Hi Lisa, many thanks. Much appreciated.

  11. Pat said on March 26, 2012

    Clever word play in your SY microfiction, Anthony.

  12. Anthony North said on March 26, 2012

    Hi Pat, thanks for that. Glad you liked it.

  13. Mariya Koleva said on March 26, 2012

    Very sharp! and very true… But sharp! 🙂 Very nicely written – all elements fitting together. I am alway amused to read the complete post with all the aspects you consider.
    Best, M.

  14. Akelamalu said on March 27, 2012

    The assault on pensioners has left a bitter taste in my mouth too Anthony!

    Great used of the word of the week for SY!

  15. Anthony North said on March 27, 2012

    Hi Akelamalu, thanks for that. Yes, it’s quite disgusting what they’re doing.

  16. Reader Wil said on March 27, 2012

    “Freeze the allowance of 5 million pensioners. What do they spend anyway? It leaves a bad taste in the throat.”

    On the contrary:
    Pensioners need more money than when they were healthy and younger. Public transport is more difficult for them. Standing in a queue, waiting in the wind and rain.. Shopping is getting hard. Working in the garden and in the house becomes too much. So they need help, which costs a lot.
    Our governments are the same!

  17. Anthony North said on March 27, 2012

    Hi Reader Wil, you have a point. But I’ve noticed business is very much for the younger consumer nowadays. They’re thinking they can capture them for 50 or 60 years and more, whereas the elderly – well, not long left. A terrible attitude.

  18. Anthony North said on March 27, 2012

    Hi Mariya, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  19. Roger Green said on March 27, 2012

    4 US states have global denier education in their curricula. we are doomed.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  20. Sandy Carlson (USA) said on March 27, 2012

    Your green scene is awesome. Thanks for your intelligence and wit.

  21. Rajesh said on March 27, 2012

    When everything else is privatized, why not the Govt, itself?

  22. Anthony North said on March 27, 2012

    Hi Roger, doomed, indeed.

    Hi Sandy, many thanks for those kind words.

    Hi Rajesh, it’s certainly coming.

  23. carol said on March 28, 2012

    Blogger bard haiku is great ~ love the Earth’s defense ~ quite possible would think ~ always a great read ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^

  24. Hazel said on March 28, 2012

    I do love it that nature thrives even though in fiction.

  25. Bruce, Haiku Water said on March 28, 2012

    Aye, but there’s nowt so green as a 100% ten mile wide asteroid heading our way… 🙂

  26. Anthony North said on March 28, 2012

    Hi Carol, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Hazel, yes, it’s good.

    Hi Bruce, let’s hope it bounces 😉

  27. Jenn @ You know...that Blog? said on March 28, 2012

    Ah, I do wish your natural haiku was not fiction… well said.

  28. Anthony North said on March 28, 2012

    Hi Jenn, thanks for that. So do I.

  29. EG Wow, Canada said on March 28, 2012

    Yep, most governments are run by Big Biz nowadays. Sad, very sad!

    I do love the idea that nature may be fighting back, playing with our minds. 🙂

  30. G-Man said on March 28, 2012

    Tony…
    I’ve always been fascinated with Alchemy
    Loved your Haiku
    See You Friday

  31. Anthony North said on March 28, 2012

    Hi EG Wow, thanks for that. Yes, it would be good if true.

    Hi G-Man, many thanks. Much appreciated.

  32. Helen said on March 28, 2012

    Your last haiku describes our dilemma perfectly – great writing Mr. North.

  33. tara tyler said on March 28, 2012

    i love that last haiku! wish we didnt need to buy so much to keep economy going! green needs to be more profitable!

  34. Harshad said on March 28, 2012

    @ Guru Tony – Indian budget was worse. Big deficit – likely to increase when year gets over.
    Govt. don’t bother about who will pay for populist measures. They care for their popularity.

  35. Harshad said on March 28, 2012

    Green Scene is matter of fact. So well put here.

  36. Anthony North said on March 28, 2012

    Hi Helen, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Tara, yes, this is the real dilemma.

    Hi Harshad, many thanks. Yes, and such populism is also one of the environmental problems, too.

  37. carol said on March 30, 2012

    ‘transition of fools’ ~ great! ~ we are all ‘fools’ and then there are the ‘wise fools’ ~thanks, namaste, ~ Happy Weekend ^_^

  38. Chevrefeuille said on March 30, 2012

    It’s always a pleasure to read your minimag. Loved the haiku you have written in this episode of your minimag.

    Namaste

  39. Yvonne Osborne said on March 30, 2012

    If you want higher costs, escalating drug prices, drug advertising everywhere, drug pushers in your doctor’s waiting rooms, health insurance premiums higher than your car payment, co-pays higher than your grocery bill, a yawning divide between the haves and the have-nots, then privitize.

  40. G-Man said on March 30, 2012

    Tony….?
    You may be right, I HAVE been seeing things these days.
    We can blame global warming for that as well eh?
    Excellent 55 and et al.
    Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

  41. Anthony North said on March 30, 2012

    Hi Carol, yes, we are often our own worse enemy.

    Hi Chevrefeuille, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Yvonne, at present in the UK all medical matters are free at the point of use. This must not change.

    Hi G-Man, you never know 😉

  42. Akelamalu said on March 30, 2012

    You’re right we all go back to the earth eventually. Great 55!

  43. Libby said on March 30, 2012

    Very different – but GREAT – haiku! LOL! 🙂

  44. Karen said on March 30, 2012

    Enjoyed your Green Scene theme this week Anthony. Excellent haiku – the struggle to be green seems to be overshadowed by greed doesn’t it!

  45. Anthony North said on March 30, 2012

    Hi Akelamalu, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Libby, many thanks for the kind words.

    Hi Karen, thank you. Yes, what we want and what we should do often conflict.

  46. Alice Audrey said on March 30, 2012

    So in a way, the sage found immortality of a sort in an accidental way.

  47. Anthony North said on March 30, 2012

    Hi Alice, yes, he did indeed.

  48. Ramesh Sood said on March 30, 2012

    Green is beautiful..don’t know why it is termed as colour of envy..

  49. Daydreamertoo said on March 30, 2012

    I am so in agreement with you on the ‘green’ earth and our demise. We are racing towards it now with all speed ahead and sod the consequences. And, you’re right again, this planet will probably survive, we as a species probably won’t, and it will be all our own doing.
    Great points in all of this once again.

  50. Anthony North said on March 30, 2012

    Hi Ramesh, I guess we must be jealous of its tranquillity.

    Hi Daydreamertoo, thanks for that. Yes, it isn’t really about saving the planet. It’s about saving ourselves.

  51. Fran aka Redondowriter said on March 30, 2012

    Ah, a lot of irony in Blogger Bard’s haiku today. Way to go, Anthony.

  52. pritilisa said on March 30, 2012

    Transition of fools…is there no hope?
    I find the animals remarkable at their ability to to wean the weak from life…seems heartless of us humans not to follow suit.
    🙂

  53. Lea said on March 30, 2012

    Hello Anthony, Planes, trains, now automobiles… I have a friend who says, “we are all bozos riding the same bus” but will we have a road to travel on I wonder? Maybe we could have security screenings at each crossroad/roundabout? Me, I’d rather sit beneath an oak…

  54. Anthony North said on March 30, 2012

    Hi Fran, thanks for that. I like irony.

    Hi Pritilisa, we’ll get it one day … I hope.

    Hi Lea, sometimes sitting under an oak seems the best alternative.

  55. Marit said on March 31, 2012

    I like fiction. I like to walk. I bike… your post made me feel a little more ‘green’ then I actually am *teehee* Enjoy the weekend Anthony!

  56. Anthony North said on March 31, 2012

    Hi Marit, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  57. Rallentanda said on April 1, 2012

    You and I know that humans are going o continue to screw the planet becuase of indiscrimnate consumerism. That is why I should be put in charge of everything and I might allow you to contribute a few ideas:)

  58. Anthony North said on April 1, 2012

    Hi Rallentanda, ah, those people in charge 😉

  59. carol said on April 1, 2012

    ah, yes, consume, consume, consume ~ well written ~ your blog raises consciousness ~ enjoy the weekend ~ ^_^

  60. Amity said on April 1, 2012

    Your eager take is something worth thinking about…:)

    We don’t buy, we save planet earth…we save planet earth, but do we survive without buying?

    Cool take!

  61. Grace said on April 1, 2012

    I like the green scene…the transition and the satire of your eager…I think that sometimes we are creatures and victims of our own greed and materialism. There is a wealth of thought in the transition…so zen like ~

  62. Magical Mystical Teacher said on April 1, 2012

    The two “eagernesses” seem to be mutually exclusive, don’t they?

    Eager Wildflower

  63. Anthony North said on April 1, 2012

    Hi Carol, thanks for that. Yes, consuming too much is the problem.

    Hi Amity, a problem, indeed.

    Hi Grace, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Magical Mystical Teacher, they do indeed. Unfortunately.

  64. zongrik said on April 1, 2012

    too many selfish people, the planet is lost

     four eager senryu

  65. Anthony North said on April 1, 2012

    Hi Zongrik, there certainly are.

  66. viv blake said on April 1, 2012

    Strong stuff. BTW we have great roads here in France, and motorways are privately financed, funded by tolls, and it works really well. I think you have over-simplified the “privatisation” proposition.A privatised NHS is a non-starter – they’ll never get it through.

    I like your green haiku.

  67. Anthony North said on April 1, 2012

    Hi Viv, thanks for that. Sadly, Brit politicians are very subtle. They have no intention of actually privatising the NHS. What they plan is to give power to local surgeries, who can choose between private or NHS facilities. The outcome will be private will massively reduce price to cherry pick, leaving the NHS facilities in a weaker position. Within a few decades, how much will be private and public owned, I wonder?

  68. Leo said on April 2, 2012

    Recyclable bags to buy maybe, Anthony sir? 😉 🙂

  69. Anthony North said on April 2, 2012

    Hi Leo, it’s certainly a start.

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