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.
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.
Along with air and water, food is essential to human survival. Like air and water there is a direct correlation with the quality of the food that you consume and your health and wellness. A diet high in raw fruit, vegetables and nuts has so many more benefits that the “Standard American/Australian Diet” (SAD) which has resulted in high rates of obesity and lifestyle diseases such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, tooth and bone decay and cancer.
One of the secrets to a lifestyle of health and sustainability is replacing processed and cooked food with natural foods that are raw. Choose produce direct from an organic farmer of even better homegrown using permaculture. Then you can walk outside and pick your broccoli leaves for your daily green juice make fresh salads with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and shallots.
I hear some of you saying,”I don’t like vegetables and eating salad every day would be boring.” It doesn’t have to be this way and my friend Gail has a great selection of raw cakes and desserts on her blog Gail’s raw temptations .
There are many benefits to increasing the proportion of your meals which raw. Ideally you should start by setting a goal of 50% raw foods, however the benefits of a raw diet really kick in when you reach 70% percent raw food.
Improved health. Increasing the amount of raw food in your diet
The nutrients are readily available. Nutrients in raw food are readily available for use in the body.
The nutrients aren’t destroyed by cooking. Phytonutrients in plants are destroyed by cooking the food above 130 degree
Consume a wider range of nutrients. People who choose to eat raw food consume a wider range of nutrients than people in a diet high in processed food.
Less immune response. Eating cooked and processed food causes an immune response in the body. So by increasing the amount of raw food in your diet you can have less of an immune response.
Weight loss. Moving away from a diet high in processed carbohydrates and low in nutrients towards a diet high in complex carbohydrates and fibre
Cheaper: A raw food diet is cheaper because there are less add on costs such as manufacturing and less packaging. There is also less environmental cost in the production of edible foods.
Bonus Benefit: You can grow raw food at home in your own garden.
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.
They biodegrade not photodegrade
Less plastic bags are used
Supports local enterprises
For the BONUS BENEFIT watch my video or read to the end of this article.
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.
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.
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. 
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 . 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.
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.
Regular practice of Quantum Pause Breathing aids recovery from cigarette smoking and other respiratory illnesses.
I’m a teacher and so are my parents. Both my sisters are teachers too. We are however all different in our approach.
For me, I tend to view everyone I meet in every situation as a learning experience. My mother, an early child hood teacher, begain my education before I started school. Reading story books, she developed in me a love of reading from a young age. I spent years in the school system, university and vocational education, All the time working hard in casual jobs to finanace my study and my family’s security. My older sister is teaching al of her children through unschooling/homeschooling. My younger sister teaches dance. I know many other teachers and the one thing we all have in common is a benevolent outlook on life where we want to help peopkle achieve their best life through self mastery.
I rejected teaching at first, choosing to study environmental science but at 33 I responded to an ad in a newspaper and took my family to China to teach English as a Foereign Language. Teaching English gave me an insight into other people. Suddenly I found myself in a place where I could be exposed to all different kinds of people. The internet had come along and book based learning was replaced, “level up,” by surfing the sea of information. It was like all the answers are suddenly available.
However, it was the people aspect of teaching that I enjoyed the most. Words on a page portray an idea but when interacting with a real live human there is so much more that can be understood which is communicated through body language, vocal stress and intonation. There is a fluid flow of information that happens when two, or more people sit patiently ask questions and discuss issues important to them.
Once upon a time you went to school to learn reading, writing and arithmatic. These days 5 year olds are searching videos on dinosaurs and physics, teaching themselves to dance, skateboard and enjoy life.
Why? Beacause the education system is failing them and they have found a better way. It isn’t creative enough and it isn’t changing fast enough for them. In Australia our young are subjected to stress inducing NAPLAN tests of language, literacy and numeracy.These tests detract from teaching time and also burdens teachers in administration so they don’t have time to create an ideal learning space. The system of certificates, degrees and registration along with the cost of these things is becoming out of the reach of the people. This is another reason why more and more people are getting their knowledge from the internet. The people want knowledge,
There are teachers on the internet, in videos, podcasts and who write content. However there are always times when the student needs a guide, a teacher, someone who can listen to the questions of the student and assist the student to find answers to the questions. The final result sholud be that the student leaves the teacher with a new way of questioning the existing world and a propoensity for creating what does not yet exist.
After all the prime goal of each student is “self mastery”. Teachers are important because they facilitate learning and education but it is the education itself they empowers people to take control of their lives and create the life they desire.
I have been busy in my preparations for the Free Blue Walk from Brisbane to Adelaide to raise support and awareness of Free Education in the form of James’ Blue House Free Schools, mobile schools teaching lifestyles of health and sustainability, and preserving Indigenous culture through mobile digital literacy.
This is going to be one big walkabout so I will be Vlogging, Blogging, Tweeting, Instagramming and Facebooking so here are a few teasers to get you excited.
This first video takes you through the Botanical Gardens in Brisbane and ends with a look at the darker side of Brisbane.
This video is one of my extended Vlogs as I walk about a part of Kurilpa, now known as the corporate entity “South Bank” in the 4101.
I got up around 5:30 and had a glass of lemon water to alkalise followed but my daily 5 Tibetan Rite of Rejuvenation exercises. A quick Vlog and then I finished off the exercises.
Next I was up at the Boggo Road farmer’s market getting my organic fruit and veggies when I decided to go back and give away all of my excess books.I had a successful day making over $140 in donations from giving away free books.
Then I was over at my favourite deadly (that means awesome) neighbour, Marietta’s digging up the garden so she could plant her winter vegetable crop. Marietta in return gave me some of her famously delicious dolmades.
I popped in to my old place with the roof blown off and had a long and interesting discussion with the squatter, John Doe (not his real name). He’s a really interesting fella and told me about the European history, world history and the legitimacy of the parliament of Australia or not. We spoke about direct democracy which exists in Switzerland as opposed to our indirect representative democracy in Australia which has obviously been corrupted.
But most importantly we spoke about the need for independence from Britain, national sovereignty it is called, and the absolute need for a new independent constitution for Australia.
Last of all I want to put out a call for people who would like to and are able to support me on my Free Blue Walk for free education. I need at least two support crew members. One person to drive and set up tents camping and bedding for each night. The other person I am looking for will be responsible for my nutrition and daily health needs.
If you’re interested in either of these voluntary positions, link to me via facebook or email email@example.com
I saw this guy selling something on a Youtube ad and he was doing selfie videos. He had a Ferrari or something like that and was asking people for money.
I don’t have a Ferrari but I do have an education. I am an Environmental Scientist and Teacher and I have a dream to build traveling free schools that teach lifestyles of health and sustainability. My first project is getting an old 1972 Double Decker Bus and making it into a traveling free school.
However it doesn’t stop there. Eventually I want 30 traveling schools and also community collective colleges known as Blue House Free Schools where members of the community share their wisdom and knowledge with other members of the community in the spirit of “Each one can teach one”.
Why am I telling you this?
If a guy with a Ferrari can ask for money in a YouTube selfie video, so can a penniless teacher. Please take the time to watch this video, share it, like it, subscribe for more updates.
I am a philanthropic teacherpreneur and son of teachers. For that last 10 years, I have been teaching English as a Second Language to migrants, humanitarian entrants, refugees and asylum seekers. I have taught over 100 different nationalities plus many more ethnic groups, language groups and people from many spiritual traditions.
My passion is promoting lifestyles of health and sustainability through collectivism. Not only physical health, but mental health, emotional health, spiritual health, community health and environmental health.
In 1988, I began to study a Bachelor of Science in Australian Environmental studies with majors in Environmental Policy and Economics, and Environmental Pollution and Health. My first year of university was government funded but in 1989, HECS was introduced and I graduated from uni with a debt which took many years to repay when I finally earned enough to be able to repay it. During my study I had an epiphany that a major paradigm shift in society could be facilitated by individual free will to change when people had free access to knowledge.
I have had over 50 different jobs in my life, starting at the age of 15 during high school washing dishes. I have held many service positions as diverse as, toilet cleaner, bar attendant, service station attendant, chauffeur, warehousing (one time union rep), martial arts and swimming coach, community activist for Greenpeace Australia, koala for the Wilderness Society and waste water treatment.
I also participated in a family business growing forestry seedlings and doing forestry establishment where we produced approximately 1 million trees in 4 years.
In 2003, I took my family to China and taught there for 6 months. When I returned to Australia, I returned to study and completed a Graduate Certificate of Teaching Second Languages and Master of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and once again was burdened with a government HECS debt. This debt is now settled but as a single parent the repayment of this debt made life difficult for my family.
So once again back in debt for an education, I started wondering why some countries offered universal free education and why some didn’t? I saw that making education difficult to attend and costly deters many people from university and from taking charge of their destiny. I believed that in 20 years Australia might be seen as the ignorant, servile country that had no compassion for their themselves, fellow human beings, the planet and the ancestors.
On the surface it seems that this has become true. There are record rates of obesity and degenerative disease caused from addiction to chemical laden manufactured food and drinks, the attitude of the government to those seeking refuge is abhorent, destruction of the environment through excess consumption, pollution and resource extraction and our indigenous population has one of the lowest standards of living in the world and an incarceration rate in some places 6 times greater than apartheid, South Africa.
However these problems can be and have been addressed where people are literate and have access to online social networks that share uplifting information. There are wonderful initiatives that are happening in some places around the world because information flows more freely, such as microfinancing, microsolar, the Thrive movement for free energy and recognition of indigenous law in some communities.
Social media is the evidence that sharing of information and making information more accessible fosters positive social change and development.
I believe that free education empowers people to take control of and design their lives through self mastery.
For this reason, I have started James’ Blue House Free Schools Charitable Foundation.
James’ Blue House Free Schools Charitable Foundation,” facilitates community free education between people who have something to teach and people who want to learn.
“James’ Blue House Free School Charitable Foundation” is a non-profit foundation dedicated the free sharing of knowledge so each one can facilitate their own self-mastery and each person can discover their inner genius.
“James’ Blue House Free Schools Charitable Foundation” values the knowledge of all beings regardless of age, gender or economic status.
The philosophy of “James’ Blue House Free Schools Charitable Foundation.” is that anyone can teach; each one can teach one and each one must teach one. We are all students at the same time as being teachers.
James’ Blue House Free School, honours models of collective community education of all indigenous ancestors by empowering communities to establish and maintain ongoing collective and collaborative learning education models through face to face and online social learning networks.
James Blue House Free Schools educational programs aims to provide technological literacy tools to educationally disadvantaged and remote communities to assist them to achieve collective education in the tradition of the indigenous ancestors in a modern connected world.
“James’ Blue House Free School Charitable Foundation.” provides self-empowering programs focused around lifestyles of health and sustainability through, language and communication arts, music, environmental sustainability and organic permaculture health models.
“James’ Blue House Free School Charitable Foundation. aims for communities to foster sharing and the free flow of knowledge to raise the consciousness of the human beings.
James’ Blue House Free Schools Charitable Foundation is a benevolent institution working for the collective good.
I’m asking you to donate money to help me buy a double decker school bus, fit it out as a school and fund this project so that I can travel through Australia offering free education and empowering communities to adopt a collaborative and collective model of education where the knowledge of all is valued and shared.
There are pockets of people all around Australia that suffer due to the lack of access to knowledge either because of their low literacy and numeracy or because they live in remote areas with little access to the information via technology, the internet and social media. When people have access to tools of self mastery they are empowered to make choices that improve their lives.
Topics will include art, music, language arts , literacy and numeracy, preventative biodynamic health and exercise, environmental pollution and health, organic living and creative co-evolution. The eventual goal is to empower communities to take responsibility for their own education and set up their own Blue House Free School Collectives where the collective knowledge of society is shared and everyone is respected as having knowledge to share.
I have put a $2000 down payment on a double decker bus which is currently in Adelaide and I require $16,000 to bring it back to Brisbane. Plus approximately $29,000 to equip with mobile IT learning technology and for annual operating costs.
The bus needs to be equipped with a classroom downstairs which will also have mobile e-learning technology to allow access to the World Wide Web of Information using mobile devices operating in an open source software environment.
What else for the future?
As well as James Blue House Free School Bus.
My plan for the first year with the bus is to take free environmental health and wellness classes around Australia. During this time I intend to raise the profile of James Blue House Free Schools through multimedia online while raising funds for the ongoing operative costs of James’ Blue House Free Schools. I also intend to support communities in setting up their own free learning circles. In two years I hope to see collective community Blue House Free Schools operating in hundreds of Australian suburbs and towns
The five year plan would see a fleet of buses working with sponsorship in not just Australia but on other countries too. These buses would continue to spread the latest life changing information.
The future is unlimited and in 2022 I have plans for large multi-dwelling collective learning communities with lifestyles of health and sustainability.
This is a collective and I would love your input and assistance.
How can you help?
Help me get the word out on social media by liking, sharing, commenting, following.
There are as many different ways to get an education as there are ways to get to and from school.
Learning from your family: Back in the 1980’s my father was a teacher at my Maroochydore State High School where I was a student. So the safe way to get my education was seated next to my father in his car. It was easy, comfortable, safe and got me to school on time, and dry when it was raining. It cost me nothing. It was free but it was my dad’s way.
Learning from your school: There was also a double decker bus. It was blue and it stopped opposite my home and picked up the neighbours and my two sisters. Sometimes I would take the double decker bus to school. It was easy, organised and safe if you weren’t being bullied. The blue double decker school bus got me to school on time (it took 20 minutes) and it cost us nothing because we lived just far enough from the school to get our transport paid for by the government. It was free but it was the government’s standard way.
Teaching yourself: Being the eldest child and wanting my freedom I instead chose to ride my bicycle to school. I didn’t want to sit on a boring bus wasting my time when I could be free to go as fast or slow as I wanted, I could weave, jump and stop to smoke a sneaky ciggie on the way. It was only 3km to school, I got there on time. There was a bicycle path which made it relatively safe. One day I had to jump my bike over a red bellied black snake on the path but that was the most dangerous thing that ever happened. Riding my bike cost nothing, I made a few mistakes on the way, like stopping for those ciggies but I learned from them. It was free and it was my standard way.
Exploring new possibilities: One time I discovered a new way. What I did was dangerous and I don’t condone it. I came out of school with my bicycle one afternoon just as the blue double decker school buses were leaving. The road from school had a good downhill slope and the big old double decker school buses took a while to gain speed. As I mounted my bike, a bus pulled along side me. I pedaled fast to keep up with the bus, students inside were yelling at me with excitement to go faster. I pedaled hard and then saw I could grab hold of a grate on the side. I reached out and held the bus with one hand and started to be towed by the bus. We reached about 55km/h, stopped for the traffic lights and then continued. All the while I was being cheered on by student’s inside. I got halfway home before letting go and using my own power. That day I got home very quickly, safely too. My parents got a call from the school because the bus driver had reported me and I got in trouble. It was free but by using the best of the old standard ways I created a new way.
Catching the double decker bus with my bicycle was my new way. It shows there are many ways to learn and they don’t have to be the standard way of the crowd. Sometimes you have to take a risk, combine the best of your knowledge to achieve a better outcome. The result will be a better way.
James’ Blue House Free School is exploring a new way
On 27 of November 2014 a supercell storm blew the roof off my home of 8 years and left myself and 3 sons displaced. I am an Environmental Scientist and English as a Second Language teacher. I have taught thousands of refugees and migrant to read and write English and settle in Australia. I understand the importance of reading and writing to having access to information so that you can improve your life and the lives of those around you.
So I am selling everything I don’t need to fund James’ Blue House Free School Bus so that I can take a travelling school into areas where access to education is limited. All the money raised will go to purchasing a 1972 Leyland Atlantean double decker bus and equipping it with computers and solar energy generation.