Here you’ll find my ramblings and writings on a variety of topics including orphans in Africa, bus drivers in Australia, some Japanese Haiku poetry and an occasional series on the “Memoirs Of An Aging Hippie”.
I was a part of the Hippie generation in the 1960’s & 70’s. The contraceptive pill had just become available and it was before the advent of AIDS. It was a generation of post war babies, who reacted to post second world war austerity by becoming loud and colourful, adopting the ideology of ‘make love not war’ and ‘sex, drugs and rock and roll’. Just think, if our politicians would make love and not war, the world would be a better place. However, I think most of the drugs turned out to be a disaster, even Timothy Leary eventually admitted that maybe it wasn’t such a good idea.
It was one of the most creative eras for music. You can still hear it in riffs, styles and chord structures in pop music today. From rock to hip hop, Beatles melodies and Led Zeppelin bleed through. Of course most of the kids producing contemporary music these days weren’t even born when the musical revolution of the sixties took place. In fact, some of their parents hadn’t even met!! I suppose they have childhood memories of being subjected to their parent’s vinyls.
I often wonder what nursing homes will be like when us aging hippies get there. Hopefully they will become communes with festival after festival, everyone will be in touch with their ‘inner Bonobo’ and we’ll all wear sarongs and live in teepees. I’m looking forward to it!
Now, an aging hippie I might be, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t embraced new technologies, (appropriate technology that is, see my articles on Luddites), not at all. I’m a renaissance man. I’ve taught myself how to build websites like this one using WordPress. As a result I am now quite proficient at HTML, CSS and even PHP.
Browse away. I hope to keep adding articles and poems to this site when the inspiration hits me, so come back and have a look every now and again to see where my ramblings go next.
You’ll find some examples of websites I have built HERE.