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Adelaide, Arthur and the Atlantean

After one year of waiting, saving, paying, working and more waiting I finally made it to Adelaide and then Lonsdale where the 1971 Leyland Atlantean double decker was waiting for me.

I left Brisbane on the 21st of December 2015 with Winston, the American couch surfer I’d hosted and “Uncle” Eric Robert Craigie. I expected to be in Adelaide in 2 days and eventually arrived on the 2nd of January 2016…….12 days later. So many interesting and synchronistic events happened along the way that I could write half a dozen blog posts about it. (later)

Highlights of the trip include:

  • being homeless in Byron Bay
  • meeting Bundjalung man Lewis Walker and family in Nimbin
  • staying with Spook Eye in Lismore and having Christmas Lunch with the homeless
  • Moree, Moree, Moree and hospitable people of Moree
  • getting my new car battery stolen in Moree
  • Moree artesian spas
  • 3 days at the #PilligaPush camp with some amazing people culminating in a New Years Eve bush doof
  • a spontaneous video posted on Facebook that went viral. Watch it here.

A week later I eventually got to see The Atlantean. I was so happy that at last the work could begin in earnest.

I started to list all the things I needed for the bus, one of those being painting. I posted a call out on the Adelaide Street Artists Facebook page and next thing I get this message offering to paint the Atlantean in a live demonstration for the #littlerundlestreetartproject as part of the opening celebrations for the Adelaide fringe festival. This will happen on the 12th of February so now I am waiting get a permit to move it and finally have my first drive.

Since I arrived in Adelaide, I have met all kinds of interesting people including the guy responsible for the “Big Brother” RF chip in your visa card, writers, artists and teachers. I dropped in to SA Creative Writers Inc. looking to network and to find out about writing workshops to improve my writing and on the way out I was told about a woman doing something similar to me. So I got in contact with Fee Plumley of the Really Big Road Trip. We hit it off straight way on Facebook messenger, discovering our grandfathers shared the same name, “Arthur.” We had to meet.

I met Fee for a coffee and then we went for a free pizza which I had owing to me from the Bar that accidentally turned of the ATM as it was dispensing my money a day earlier. Fee and I have a lot more than our grandfathers’ names in common. Buses, passion for digital literacy, sovereignty, indigenous rights and activism. Fee invited me to a banner painting at her friends’ house where I was introduced to some of the Adelaide anarchist punk mob. Lo and behold they just happen to know activist mob from Brisbane.

What else?

  • I’m starting my first free Quantum Pause Breathing and Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation class today. 5:30pm by the Torrens. BYO Yoga mat.
  • I have started ollecting secondhand books for the Free Blue Library and also to gift away in return for support. Thanks to “Deb” for her generous donation.
  • I have sourced a spare wheel and tyre for the bus. I hope I never get a flat tyre by myself becauser it took a forklift to load it into place.
  • Also sourced two seconds solar panels with cosmetic damage at $50 each. (Thanks Fee and friend).

One last thing as part of my crowdfunding “Rewards Program” I want to offer the chance to come on the bus and participate in classes as both a guest teacher and student. My question to you, my readers is: How much would you be willing to pay per night, B and B, to stay in the bus, attend classes and also give a daily class on your speciality of interest in health, sustainability, or digital literacy? Please leave your comments below.

In the meantime if you can spare a few dollars to help me fund this school and it’s running costs. Here is the link.

Peace and Love until next time.

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7 benefits of growing a beard

7 benefits of growing a beard

by James Arthur Warren

1 Beards look masculine
It’s the beard that makes the man, not the man that makes the beard. Beards convey power, wisdom, courage, strength and self assuredness to name a few. Beards have a pre-eminent power that demands respect. A study by the University of New South Wales titled “the role of facial hair in women’s perceptions of men’s attractiveness, health, masculinity and parenting abilities” found “that beardedness affects judgments of male socio-sexual attributes and suggest that an intermediate level of beardedness is most attractive while full-bearded men may be perceived as better fathers who could protect and invest in offspring.” [1]
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2 Beards save time which is usually spent shaving
Shaving takes approximately 5 minutes per day. Assuming you shave your face 7 days per week, that adds up 35 minutes per week, 30 hours per year or 63 days of shaving if you shaved daily for 50 years.

3 Beards are sensual and soft
What more can I say. Everyone likes the feel of a beard, from you kids to the people you greet with a hug.

4 Beards save money by not shaving
Razors, electric shavers, electricity, shaving foam, shaving soap, hot water and time. All these costs can be avoided and reduced by growing your facial hair.

5 No razor is required
Razors cost money and use resources. Growing a beard reduces both the financial cost and resource costs associated with shaving. The environmental costs of razors include, energy costs, plastics, and metal production as well as the problem of disposing of razors in a safe sustainable manner such as recycling.

6 No shaving soap or foam is required
Like razors, shaving soap and foams have financial and environmental costs associated with their manufacture and use. These costs include, costs in manufacture such as energy and resources as well as pollution costs from the chemicals released into the waterways during their use.There are pollution costs associated with the packaging that soaps and foams come in as well as the chemicals released into waterways..

7 Beards protect your skin
Growing a beard protects the skin from damage by the sun or wind, Beards also offer protection from skin cancer on the face.

Bonus Benefit
The bonus benefits about growing a beard is that because it is natural, it is better for your health and the health of the environment. Beards require less resources, generate less environmental pollutants and have less environmental costs than shaving. One example is that thousands of hectares of rainforest and orangutan habitat has been destroyed for the production of palm oil which is used in the manufacture of shaving soaps and foams.

[1] http://www.ehbonline.org/article/S1090-5138(13)00022-6/fulltext

If you like this article and want to help me build mobile free schools teaching lifestyles of health and sustainability then you can support James’ Blue House Free Schools here

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7 Benefits of owning chickens or chooks.

7 Benefits of owning chickens or chooks.

by James Arthur Warren
Chickens or chooks as they are known in Australia are easy to keep and ensure a daily supply of fresh eggs.

Watch this video and read on to find out the 7 benefits and if you get to the end I will give you an extra bonus benefit of owning chooks.

Here are the 7 benefits of owning chooks.

1. Free Eggs and they are more nutritious
Eggs from free range chickens eat natural food like grass from the garden. You can also ensure that their food is organic. This means your eggs can be more healthy and nutritious.

2. Free range chooks are happier
Chooks locked in small cages have a short and unpleasant life. However, free range chickens live longer and healthier lives.

3. Get rid of food scraps
Keeping chooks is a great way to get rid of food scraps instead of putting your scraps into the garbage. Food scraps decompose and form methane, a greenhouse gas, in a landfill.

4. Manure for the garden
Chickens produce manure which is a good source of nutrients for plants in your garden.

5. Back yard exterminators, eating insects
Free range chooks wander around the garden eating pests that attack and eat your garden plants.

6. Improve the soil
Chickens improve the soil by scratching it up and aerating it. They also add nutrients to the soil in the way of manure which acts as fertiliser.

7. Happiness. release of oxytocin the love hormone
Loving and nurturing anyone or thing stimulates the love hormone oxytocin making you feel happier.

Bonus Benefit: You can eat them.

If you like this article and video and would like to see James’ Blue House Free Schools mobile schools teaching lifestyles of health and sustainability continue, you can contribte here.

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7 Benefits of reusable jute or hemp shopping bags

7 Benefits of reusable jute or hemp shopping bags

by James Arthur Warren

In the whole world over one trillion single use plastic bags are produced and used each year. Less than one percent are recycled and many end up as litter polluting our environment. The bags then wash into rivers and oceans being mistaken for food and killing animals. Plastic bags are photodegradable breaking up into finer and finer particles which are ingested by krill. The plastic polymers then bioaccumulate up the food chain.

In Australia there are 7 billion single use plastic bags used each day. Luckily some states around the world  like South Australia and France are legislating to reduce and eliminate the use of these environmentally harmful products. However if your government is not acting fast enough to reduce the number of plastic bags used it is your responsibility to do something about it.

What can you do?

You can get some reusable, sustainably produced just or hemp bags and say “No bag thanks! I’ve brought my own.”

There are a couple of videos at the end of this blog post that explain the problem of single use plastic bags and solutions.Check out PPB- Post Plastic Bag on facebook

Here are the 7 benefits of reusable jute or hemp shopping bags.

  1. Reuseable
  2. Stronger
  3. Less Litter
  4. They biodegrade not photodegrade
  5. Sustainably produced
  6. Less plastic bags are used
  7. Supports local enterprises

For the BONUS BENEFIT watch my video or read to the end of this article.

1 Reusable

The are reusable so you can use them over and over again. However most polythene bags are only used once and then discarded which encourages waste and overconsumption.

2 Stronger

Hemp and jute are stronger than plastic bags so they don’t break.

3 Less litter

People are unlikely to litter a reusable bag because it is reusable unlike single use plastic bags which are by definition designed to be discarded after on use. For this reason some people discard them as litter into the environment. In the environment they get eaten by turtles, fish and other animals which then die from starvation.

4 Biodegradable and not photodegradable.

Biodegradable bags break down in the environment into their organic components of carbon dioxide. Photodegradable plastic breaks up into finer and finer particles of the original product. This leaves a toxic leachate that then bioaccumulates up the food chain.

5 Produced from sustainable crops.

They can be made from sustainably produced crops like hemp instead of petrochemicals. Using hemp like products encourages the adoption of a sustainable cellulose industries. However plastic products are a by product of the oil industry which is a damaging industry.

6 Reduce the number of plastic bags used.

7 Reusable bags can be made locally

This gives people entrepreneurial opportunities as opposed to supporting globalised petrochemical corporations.

The BONUS BENEFIT Vegetables stored in plastic bags sweat, go soggy and rotten quickly but in hemp bags they don’t.

Here is a video that explains about ending our addiction to plastic bags.

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7 Benefits of Quantum Pause Breathing

Seven benefits of Quantum Pause Breathing (Box Breathing)

By James Arthur Warren

Think about this. It is possible that we breathe some of the atoms that Leonardo Da Vinci breathed every time we inhale. [1]

You all want more energy and efficiency from your everyday lives and Quantum Pause Breathing can help achieve this. Here I outline 7 benefits of Quantum Pause Breathing and if you read all the way to the end of the article there is a bonus benefit and a YouTube video you can watch to learn more.

Quantum Pause is a simple, four-stage process beginning with an in-breath of anywhere between three and six counts (depending on your lung capacity), posture, and degree of privacy. After you have gathered in your breath, breathing through your nose, you hold it (pause) for an equal count, and then exhale through your mouth, again, for the same count, and then hold (pause) for the same count. [2]

Quantum Pause breathing does not specify a length of time for each part of the breath but emphasis is put on uniformity of each stage. Box Breathing takes Quantum Pause Breathing to another level and specifies a full 100% inhale and exhale. This cycle is repeated three times in one minutes for up to 5 minutes or a total of 15 cycles.

Quantum pause breathing is a great technique to integrate the when, which, how practice and the six heart virtues [1]. It can be practised at any time in meditation, in your daily work practice and  even during your commute to work.

There are many benefits of breathing well including an awareness of the importance of breath in metabolism.

1 Increased lung capacity

The quantum pause breathing technique practiced daily, encourages a full 100% inhale and exhale which exercises the lungs and increases lung capacity. Most people in daily activitieslike  sitting at the desk use less than their full lung capacity. This means that their lungs are never fully expanded or contracted, missing out on vital oxygen. In the afternoon or evening this can equate to yawing which is an autonomic nervous response to a lack of oxygen.

2 Better oxygen transfer

Exercising the lungs increases the efficiency of respiration. Simply put, more oxygen comes into your body and more carbon dioxide leaves. The oxygen we breathe is used with water in the respiratory process for the metabolism of carbon based foods and the result is carbon dioxide that we breathe out.

3 Mental clarity and focus

Breathing well results in greater oxygenation of the brain resulting in greater mental clarity. This can also be applied before going into sport, study or work for more focus.

4 Heart-brain coherence

Your heart, like your brain, has millions of neurons and your lungs supply the oxygen for both to function well. The rhythmic nature of Quantum Pause Breathing helps to synchronize both the heart and the mind.

5 Alertness

Quantum Pause Breathing can be applied when sitting in a meeting, a class or just before reading  a book. The extra oxygen in the brain increases alertness and induces calmness.

6 Stimulate the lymphatic system and detoxify the body.

Deep breathing stimulates the lymphatic system which picks up toxins and helps to excrete them.

7 Makes you happier and reduces stress

Quantum Pause Breathing stimulates the feel good hormones, the pleasure inducing neurochemicals in the brain. It can be applied before or during a stressful situation to induce a feeling of calm.

Bonus Benefit.

Regular practice of Quantum Pause Breathing aids recovery from cigarette smoking and other respiratory illnesses.

Watch this video to learn more.

[1] http://superbeefy.com/how-is-it-possible-that-we-consume-some-of-the-atoms-breathed-by-leonardo-da-vinci-every-time-we-inhale/

[2] http://eventtemples.com/sessions/evt3/downloads/Spiritual%20Activism%20EVT3.pdf
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Free Blue Walk Paused

Five days ago I set out to walk from Brisbane to Adelaide approximately 2000km in 50 days. However after just two days I got a skin infection called celulitis and had to pause to recover.

I was lucky that my friend was a nurse and identified it before I continued or I could have gotten septicemia on the road and been out of action for much longer. I felt I was letting everyone down at first but now I am thankful for the time to recover before my first big challenge, the ascent from the Fassifern Valley up through Cunningham’s Gap onto the Darling Downs. This has also given my other leg time to totally recover from the torn calf muscle that I got 3 weeks earlier.

Day 1 and I left home at about 7:20 am. I was accompanied by my neighbour Campbell for a little way then headed off over Eleanor Schonel bridge into the University of Queensland. I’d chosen a lighter pack but soon realised the straps were going to dig into my shoulders so I called my son Clay and he met me at Indooropilly Station where I changed all my gear from one pack to the other and said good bye again. That was my first change of plans.

I met a nice young man, riding his bicycle to school who helped me put on my rain poncho and later contributed what he could to my cause. The trip out to the Moggil ferry was rainy and it didn’t stop until I got close to Ipswich.

At Bellbowrie Fruit Shop the owner donated my lunch, a pear, banana, mandarin, 2 avocados and a bag of mushrooms. Thank you. ( And if you live in Bellbowrie check it out because it’s hard competing against the big supermarkets)

The end of day 1 and I arrived in Ipswich, wet and tired with a little pain in my right leg but my left leg which I’d torn the calf muscle 2.5 weeks earlier was feeling fine. I stretched, rubbed and massaged but to no avail and my right leg still hurt in  the morning.

On day two I got my first taste of long straight roads  but my right leg only got sorer. I made it to Kalbar but my leg was very painful all night.  One of my hosts is a nurse and she took one look at my leg and suggested I had cellulitis and that I ought to see a doctor immediately. I went to a doctor and she gave me antibiotics. For this reason days three, four and five  have been  rest days and I am doing this to ensure that I can make it all the way from Brisbane to Adelaide.

I have been eating tubers of turmeric and bathing the leg  in Condy’s Crystals, potassium permanganate, to try everything I can because I am determined to complete this challenge. Why continue and not just give up? It’s just not me and I also believe I my dream of mobile free schools teaching lifestyles of health and sustainability as well as  universal free education so  passionately that I want to see it become a reality.

I also know that my compassionate action is inspiring people to get off their comfortable couches and follow their dreams too. People have told me so.

I am reminded of the story of Robert the Bruce and the spider and how through perseverance you can achieve your goals and dreams.

Now I am resting because I intend to get to Adelaide by foot, two feet that is, and I don’t with to be stopped due to poor health so I’ll recover and then continue. Hopefully tomorrow but everything happens for a reason.

If everyone in Australia contributed  1¢ per kilometer that I also from Brisbane to Adelaide, I wold be able to start 50 mobile free schools, a FREE University and take the idea out of Australia to the world.

Do you also share my dream for Free Education? You can contribute here to James’ Blue House Free Schools.

There’s nothin’ like Australia

There’s nothin’ like Australia.

This could be a post about nationalistic pride. It’s not. Pride leaves one open to scorn.

This is a post about the uniqueness of Australia and the good and fair people. This is a post about the great things that are often not shown or glossed over in the main stream media. This is a post about Australian ingenuity, persistence against hardship, mate-ship and triumph. This is a post about valour and determination to succeed against all odds.

Let’s start with the big stuff. The Big Banana at Coffs Harbour. Who would have ever believed that a giant fiber glass banana could do so much for Aussie tourism? Many people must have laughed when a local banana farmer decided to build the Big Banana but now it is an Aussie icon.

How about the natural beauty of this wide brown land Australia? Its not all brown but shades of ochre and amazing greens in the vast variety of vegetation types, coastal heath lands, rainforests, mallee, mulga, so many different kinds of “The Bush”. Let’s not forget Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef, the wet tropics and the desert in all its shapes and forms.

However it’s the people that make this place “deadly”. I admire the humble confidence and determination of the indigenous, first nation’s people and that they are still sovereign people, even after 227 years of colonization They still haven’t given up hope of freedom from the rule of Great Britain. Bogans? Love ’em! Down to earth, hard working, like to have a good time on the weekend and support the Australian ute industry. Yeah I admit that we all have the odd “dickhead” mate but the thing about Aussie people is that they forgive their mates and no-one is purposely always a “dickhead.” We’re a pretty laid back and friendly mob.

I could go on forever about the awesome people that I’ve met around the traps but I’ve got to get ready for the bloody long Free Blue Walk from Brisbane to Adelaide. I am raising funds for James’ Blue House Free Schools traveling free school in a double decker bus. I leave next Wednesday the 17th of June 2015 and it’s 40km for 50 days and 50 one hour classes at the end of each day on “Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability”

So click on the link below to donate to this campaign.

James’ Blue House Free Schools

PS Deadly is a colloquial Australian adjective used predominantly by the Indigenous Australians which has a meaning similar to “awesome”