Love in Nimbin

Nimbin, Bundjalung Country May 2018. The 45th Anniversary celebrations of the Aquarius Festival are currently happening in Nimbin and it has been one year since I arrived.

What has happened and what next? Over the past year I have written and published three books. The flea and the dinosaur is a children’s book that I wrote and illustrated with an engaging anti-bullying message. Then there is my new release two book poetry anthology from 2017 Love and Lust in Nimbin which started as one book and ended up as two books. “Love in Nimbin” and “Lust in Nimbin” These books are currently only available by direct mail of from fantAsian eatery Nimbin. However I am currently working on EPUB ebook copies and a large hardback format version of “The flea and the dinosaur.”

There is also a sticker and t-shirt range I am working on, a portraits of Nimbin art show that I am working toward later in the year, my 2018 poetry anthology “Peace and Protest in Nimbin” and my second children’s book called ” The Yowie who went to Booberowie” which is about a Yowie who takes all the good Aquarian ideals about Nimbin and takes them to a sad half dead town. (Sorry Booberowie, but you really need a makeover)

Art, writing, drawing and so much to do in Nimbin to keep ones mind occupied and great people too. That is why myself and some other people are looking to create an open hub of wellness and learning.

Twenty years ago I had dreams to build a collective learning centre for sustainability, land repair, and personal wellness. Nimbin has one of the highest proportion of tertiary educated people in Australia as well as being close to Brisbane, Gold Coast and Byron. That is why I believe Nimbin area would be appropriate for a Zeitgeist/Venus Project style learning hub.

Next step. Look for land and creative funding as well as benefactors.

Contact me via Email to buy a copy of mypoetry books. They are $20 each.

As for “The flea and the Dinosaur, you can buy a copy by clicking the link

1english1@gmail.com

More to come…….

 

Flea and the Dinosaur, Love and Lust in Nimbin

Bit tyrannasaurMay 2018 Nimbin, Bundjalung Country

It has been one year since Atlantis stopped after 2017 Nimbin Mardi Grass. I was feeling a little frustrated that not much had been happening and little progress made, however………..

After one year in Nimbin I have written and illustrated a children’s book, “The Flea and the Dinosaur” and written two poetry books. The poetry books are part of a two book series called “Love and Lust in Nimbin” Part 1 “Love in Nimbin” is about good things and part 2 “Lust in Nimbin” is a political book  about good things too.

The good thing is I am making progress while staying in the same place. I now have products which I can sell to fund “Blue House Free School” and the running of Atlantis……

Here is a little sample ……….Love and Lust in Nimbin

It could have been apples and appease

Or sleeping on a doorstep

or smelling of blue cheese

Love and lust in Nimbin.

It could be “living in a human zoo”

Or Angry Fascist Bully Boys

Or Rainbow Hippie Spew

Love and Lust in Nimbin

It could have been Aquarius and Peace

Or OD on a Saturday morning

Communes, Cannabis and Trees

Love and Lust in Nimbin

Our eternal dreamtime too

And songs for our corroborees

For our Widjabal ancestors too

Love and Lust in Nimbin

It’s what came to my mind

I’m living in the country

I’m eating peaches all the time

Love and Lust in Nimbin

Take a peek inside

You’ll love this little book

You’ll buy it, you’ll decide

You can get a copy of any of these books by contacting me directly via email 1english1@gmail.com  They are all $20 each

Moving but still with the times

There is a saying that goes “just because your father and grandfather were milkmen, doesnt mean we still need milkmen.”

The same applies to our financial and economic system which is broken due to separation of borders, different pay scales and fiat currencies based on nothing, not even gold.

For this reason Blue House Free Schools has moved with the times and has begun accepting cryptocurrencies for payment and for supporters to make contributions so that Blue House Free Schools can keep operating in the Private Realm travelling about and gifting free knowledge on wellness and lifestyles of self sufficency.

Gift Potcoins here

Of course if you still prefer to use old fashioned money, you can gift and contribute here on gofundme.

As for the Blue House Free School Bus and the Free Blue Library moving. Nimbin is like a big magnet. I tried to leave 4 weeks ago but the water pump in Atlantis has siezed up. Atlantis is in need of repairs so we cant go anywhere until she is fixed. The water pump has siezed up ($200), she needs 4 new tyres ($1220), a couple of uni-joints on a drive shaft ($400), electrical work, ($350).
If you can help out with a few dollars it would be appreciated so that I can get her back on the road and many more people, including you, can enjoy the dream and can visit to discover my secrets to wellness and happiness.

 

Raining but dry in Nimbin

Cecil Street Nimbin outside of Djanbung gardens. 

I arrived in Nimbin for the Mardi Grass with $2.70 after Atlantis had a blow out on the way here. Mardi Grass celebrated its 25th anniversary and after the party was over I decided to stay for the permaculture open day at Djanbung gardens. Then on Sunday night when I went to leave and started Atlantis there was a nasty sound. Alas! The water pump needs fixing. So here I am. 

I’ve been making the most if the opportunity to study natural complementary medicine, botanical healing and many more things that are available from the wealth of knowledge of the people of Nimbin. I’ve had amazing conversations with murderers, witches, healers, victims of state violence like junkie ex-undercover cops and people force medicated with children abducted by the state. 

Today it was the Blue Knob Fibre Festival where I saw some amazing basket weaving work and listened to artisans speak on their different textile crafts.  and tomorrow its the Repair cafe day and a bicycle maintenance workshop at Djanbung gardens.

The weekend evenings here in Nimbin always have something to do and Friday night hosts the drumming circle and dancing in the street. Plus during winter there is a fire in the park and people sitting about having a yarn. 

While it’s raining knowledge and experience it’s very dry here with regards to making any progress to get out of Nimbin. 

I’d love to be on my way to a new destination but I haven’t enough money to repair Atlantis . So here I am. 

Can you contribute some money so that I can fix Atlantis and get in my way? 

contribute to Blue House Free Schools here. 

After school is the clean up

The Quantum Release festival is over where we held space and inspired many. I would call our mission successful. However returning to Bundjalung, Atlantis has broken down again this time with a flat tire, and a leaking water pump as well as a fractured tensioner. I don’t have a problem with this because I feel that everywhere I go I am in the right place that I’m supposed to be so here I am in Indy Court Nerang.

I was returning from the quantum release festival where I’ve been holding workshops on Wellness and sustainability when Atlantis started to vibrate so I stopped to check the tires but it appeared as if nothing was wrong. Within a minute of continuing the tire blew out however luckily I was only 400 metres from a service station so we had a nice place to stop and change Atlantis is tire under lights. 

The Blue House free school held many successful workshops including Quantum Pause meditation,Tibetan yoga, natural hygiene, waste minimisation, amongst many others during the festival. 

The next step is to get all of these things fixed on Atlantis so that we can go on our journey to our next magical place of learning and sharing our knowledge of healing and wellness. 

I hope you can help out with a contribution at www.gofundme.com/j6hahs Contribute here 

Maiden Voyage of Atlantis

“Atlanitis” is the most beautiful double decker bus I have ever seen. She is my prototype moblie school of health, sustainability and digital literacy. I plan to create many mobile free schools and one day a “communiversity.”

Back to Atlantis, I picked her up on the 30th of January 2016 and then spent eight weeks with a group of artists decorating her in Rundle Street Kent Town.

A BIG THANKS to Jack Franceschini, Elizabeth Close, Tayla Carlaw, Mat Dopheide, #10TKL and Seb Humphreys. All these artists are available for commision works, murals and shows. You can find them on Facebook or Instagram. Also a massive thank you to Claire Margaret Graham who organised all the artist as part of the #littlerundlestreeartproject in Kent Town Adelaide. Claire is available to organise your art project with the #littleartproject

I also had a go at painting the outside of Atlantis but I have spent most of my time working on the inside. Inside Atlantis is the “Free Blue Library” and “James’ Blue House Free School”. The majority of the fit out used post consumer items that were excess to their original owners needs. We live in such a wasteful society that promotes consumption that it is relatively simple to find “stuff” that people no longer have any use for.

This consumer society also seems to produce its fair share of hoarders suffering obsesive compulsive disorder (ODC). Having been close to a number of people with OCD it is rewarding that I can help them dispose of their accumulated stuff and they can know that their contribution is going to a good cause. I think people in particular hoard/collect books because of the emotional content that many books contain. My job is to collect these unused books sitting in boxes in the garage and to be the conduit to get them back into circulation and use. Over the past 8 weeks I had collected 31 milk crates of books and in only one day at the Blenheim Music and Camping Festival, I managed to dispose of 6 crates of books by giving them away. I also ask people for contributions of more books and gold coins so that I can continue travelling, teaching and giving out free books.

My maiden voyage was from Kent Town to the Blenheim Festival in the Clare Valley. I left Kent Town about 4pm for the 122km drive. There was a long line of traffic behind me as I left Adelaide and I sure got some interesting looks. First stop was the service station to put air in the tyres. I had pumped up the tyres a lot before I left but the first little “heavy duty” compressor that I got from repco melted, gave up and died in the process so I had to get a bit of help from a bigger compressor.

The stop at the servo took a while. The tyres of Atlantis have to be at 100psi and most cars are only 32psi. Fourty Five minutes later the tyres were inflated and we were on the road again. As I got on the country roads I had to be hyper aware of the height of Atlantis, 4.2m, and the low overhanging branches. Sometimes I need to cross a little onto the opposite side of the road to avoid low hanging branches. This is one restriction and I envisage that the future mobile schools will be in normal buses or big 4WD trucks.

As the sun set I found a stop in a road gravel dump by the side of the road in Tarlee, only about 30km short of my destination. I slept well in the country, the first time for a long while. When I awoke there were birds singing so I had a quick tea and some fruit for breakfast then got on the road but not before a school bus stopped by to take photos

I arrived about 9:30 at the site of the Blenheim Festival and set about helping set up the festival and then the next morning I put all the books outside in preparation for the festival. Over the day I held a number of workshops on Quantum Pause Breathing Meditation, an introduction to the 5 Tibetan Rites of rejuventaion, sustainability, local and community exchange systems and also “Bed Time Story Telling” for the grown ups that wanted to chill before heading back to their tents to sleep off their cocktail of intoxicants.

It makes me happy to see the looks of wonderment and awe by all who visit and know that I have insprired them somehow. I look at Atlantis myself and am filled with gratitude for what we have collectively co-created. Someone who visited said you must be proud of your achievement but to have pride wouuld leave me open to scorn. This is a collective effort of many people who have sacrificed much time and effort. My parents and my children who haven’t seen me for nearly 4 months, the artist, the monetary contributors,  and all who share my journey on social media. If there is anything that I feel, it is great humility for the honour of being an inspiration to so many people.

The next stage of my journey is the trip back to see my family in Brisbane. I am looking for travelling companions/guest interns/facilitators to join us on the road. There is an application process and all. Here is the link to the Gumtree Ad. 

Now, I am waiting on oil and oil and air filters so that “Atlantis” is fit for the journey. In the meantime I am contacting local councils so that I can use their parks to offer my free services: The Free Blue Library, and James’ Blue House Free Schools classes of health, sustainability and digital literacy.

I have achieved many of my goals so far but there is still a long way to go. Next I want to put a solar energy system on Atlantis and increase my IT capacity and digital learning tools so that I can offer top quality classes of digital literacy.

You can help too by contributing to my Gofundme campaign here.

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Next Stop??????????

Stop? Really?

The last thirteen days have been full on. I took delivery of the Atlantean on the 30th of January and drove her all the way from Lonsdale to Little Rundle Street in Kent Town where I set to work cleaning and taking stock of the enormous task ahead.

One thing I have learnt over the last year is that there is no end date with a project like this. I inevitably get asked. “So (pause….) when are you going?” I figure the pause is for the sudden realisation by the questioner that they are asking, “how long is a piece of string?”

My answer is the same, “when it’s ready”

The past thirteen days have been amazing. I was contacted on facebook by Claire of the Tin Cat Cafe after posting on the Adelaide Street Artists group looking for people to paint the bus. Claire is coordinating the Little Rundle Street Art Project where a group of over 100 artists have transformed a grey industrial laneway into a place of beauty.

First I was introduced to the incredible Jack Franceschini of “Jack Fran Art” who began painting her straight away while I set to work cleaning her.

She? She has a name.The centrepiece of Jack’s work is a woman in thought. As Jack and I stood back admiring the beginings of the woman taking place I asked, “what is she thinking about?” My answer, “what is my name?”

Suddenly…………..(Eureka moment)

“Atlantis” the 1971 Leyland Atlantean double decker bus.

Since that moment, Atlantis aand I have met many neighbours, business people, local workers and of course artists. The painting of Atlantis has so far been done by Tayla Carlaw, (curator) Jack Franceschini, Elizabeth Close, Seb Humphries and Piano.

What else has been happening?

Upstairs inside: I pulled out the divinding wall, moved out a giant recliner down a small spiral staircase, carpeted, painted some chalkboards, painted the end walls and ducting put in some seating and now I have the beginnings of a mobile classrom.

Downstairs inside: Clean, clean, clean, painted up the front, cleaned and loosened windows, put on the windscreen wipers, made a mobile library and shelving in the back, cleaned and oiled the wooden table, cleaned the bathroom, painted some chalk boards, carpeted the back, decorated shelving.

I still need some tools because I would like to replace the fan belts. There would be nothing worse than cooking the motor. That said, I have filled the radiator, checked the oil and started Atlantis up this morning. She starts easily and runs well which is good since I am not a mechaninc. However there are a few lights that arent working, belts that need replacing and windscreen wiper rubbers that also need replacing.

Tomorrow is the opening night of the Adelaide Fringe Festival and the opening of the Little Rundle Street Art Project #littlerundlestreetartproject with a street party. Atlantis is going to shine. However, this is not the end of the story. There is a long way to go and a lot of work to do.

This all takes time and money. Time I have an abundance of, money is a different matter. While I am productivly building a mobile free school, working hard and intend to be productive teaching in a mobile free school, I am not productive in raising the funds needed to get this bus on the road. Nearly all of the things I have recieved and put into the project thus far have been donated by people with an excess of things. However this isn’t paying the bills because there are certain things that you need money for, registration, insurance, digital technology and of course fuel and oil.

I am at 40% of my target for crowdfunding on GoFundMe and would appreciate it if you could help out. There is an exclusive once off rewards program happening now for the first ten people that donate $350 get to come and stay on Atlantis for a week and participate as a nomad facilitator in residence once she is on the road.

You can contribute at the gofundme link below. Donate to James’ Blue House Free Schools

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