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MARCH 2017 NEWSLETTER

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PISCES 2017

UTOPIA

"Blue Moon" - Martyn Thompson

"Blue Moon" - Martyn Thompson

I have few memories of being very young... I was nearly eight years old when we arrived in Australia and remember seemingly little before that… a hazy impressionistic image of the last street we lived on in England… of a front garden that was made of hard paving with stones in it and beds of roses and small pansies and of falling off my first bicycle in this garden… of catching a butterfly in a jar and plunging a fork into my thumb whilst trying to punch

air-holes for it to breathe… and my best friend, the girl who lived in the house on the corner of our street and how to get there — you had to walk past a house where a dog barked furiously at you, which used to terrify me.

Still from Nicholas Roeg's “Walkabout” - Australia, 1971.

Still from Nicholas Roeg's “Walkabout” - Australia, 1971.

I wonder how conscious I was of being a foreigner when we first arrived in Sydney? I can't recall… I guess my voice would have stood out.

Unlike all the other kids in the street I couldn't swim and had to learn very fast. We lived on the cliff of Fairy Bower right near the ocean in a place called Manly — a word set to haunt my youth for quite a variety of reasons. The motto of my high school was the latin ”Virilie Agitur”, which translated as “the manly thing is done” — a phrase that generally had us in fits of giggles…

"Speed of life" - NYC early 2000's. Martyn Thompson.

"Speed of life" - NYC early 2000's. Martyn Thompson.

I often hesitate when I’m asked, “Where are you from?”. In Australia we boomeranged from Sydney to Perth and back. At 27 I moved to Paris, then London and later New York… “What's next”, I ask myself? Aged 13, I’d been to a lot of different schools and was quite accustomed to the discomfort of being the new kid. In France I didn't speak french and in London some folk referred to me as “from the colonies" (not a compliment btw)…

So I’m familiar with being “different” or feeling “out of place”. It’s a feeling, bizarrely, that sits most comfortably with my Aquarian DNA.

"Falling in Love" series, at Prince Street - Martyn Thompson

"Falling in Love" series, at Prince Street - Martyn Thompson

The nationalistic fervor that's sweeping the Western World is anathema to me. I can’t define myself in terms of an actual place. I’ve an optimistic belief in individualism and my sense of belonging comes from friends and family. Feeling “at home” is important — but it’s more a feeling than a specific place — achievable anywhere. Staying at a hotel, for instance, I put everything away in the cupboards and drawers and strip down the bed arranging it just how I like… most definitely not a “living out of a suitcase on the floor” guy.

When I go camping I take hangers for my clothes — my inbuilt home maker is always at work.

"Andrew Egan" - Martyn Thompson.

"Andrew Egan" - Martyn Thompson.

Driven by intuition and emotion more than heady logic, the Piscean is said to be idealistic and mysterious at the same time — a delightful combination. In touch with their spiritual side more than most, they often feel keenly a connection to the universe around them. They are very kind. Words like “escapist” and ”dreamer” are often tossed in the Piscean direction and the more upbeat side of this coin — “visionary”. Deeply empathetic they have a way of bringing out the best in others. I was reminded of this dining with my great friend Andrew this week — he’s forever helping other people and has been undyingly supportive for the past 26 years!!! I am blessed.

"Blue Moon" - Martyn Thompson

"Blue Moon" - Martyn Thompson

In the blue half-light of the moon last week, the garden in Woodstock was all shadow and silhouette, spooky and otherworldly, almost like a memory. Through the window I spied a fox crossing the snowy flower beds — body crouched low to the ground. It sped and pounced on a leafless bush from which a rabbit fled. The reality of survival framed in this dreamlike vision.

The fox continued on… and for the time being at least, the rabbit is safe.

Happy March. 

xm.

*Opening image: "Still Life". Flowers: Livia Cetti, styling: Ayesha Patel.

FEBRUARY 2017 NEWSLETTER

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AQUARIUS

FEBRUARY 2017

"IN TRUTH"

Baby Martyn

Baby Martyn

A few weeks a ago… on my birthday actually — I woke up reallyearly and started to write this…

I’ve woken up — it’s 4.01 AM and i want to go back to sleep again… Often I can lie very still with the pillow over my face all the way down to the bottom of my nose and this lulls me back into a slumber… but today it seems not. This mornings persistent mental activity insists my body wake up too.

"The Right Path, Currarong NSW" - Martyn Thompson

"The Right Path, Currarong NSW" - Martyn Thompson

My brain has been waking up earlier than usual for the last little while… overthinking… like it is now. It’s Sunday and I as born on a Sunday… in Kingston hospital in south west London….. SUNDAY 29 JANUARY… AT 4 AM … not just a coincidence? but a great omen??? though I'm not in London now — I’m with all my family in Currarong NSW.

My Dad's Birthday, 1981

My Dad's Birthday, 1981

My sister has been doing our “family tree”… most of my life I’ve believed that my Dad’s family heralded from Malta and Sicily... but this now appears to be untrue — it seems I am English thru and thru… yes — my grandad was born in Malta — but of English parents from Hull… one of whomseems to have disappeared entirely in America in the 1920’s… so much information… it forms and shapes us.

But often we’ve no idea of what is “true” — believing what we are told…or want to believe.

My sisters Philippa and Rachel, with my niece Eliza: Currarong NSW - Martyn Thompson

My sisters Philippa and Rachel, with my niece Eliza: Currarong NSW - Martyn Thompson

Since I was roughly 8 years old I've been familiar with ‘The Age of Aquarius”…  this song was much played growing up in my house and being an Aquarian i felt sort of lucky.

The cover art for “Hair” is permanently embedded in my memory. There is a lot of debate as to whether we are in the this “age” or not… at times in my life I've felt sure we are in this magical moment…in my late teens and twenties and again more recently…now abruptly interrupted.

Aquarius - Sidney Hall

Aquarius - Sidney Hall

So I'vejust looked it up on the internet and came across these very encouraging words at

http://www.2012-spiritual-growth-prophecies.com/age-of-aquarius.html

and I quote…

It will be up to us...all humanity...to decide which direction we take in the coming new age, the Age of Aquarius. It's in fact a choice...a personal one, as well as a collective one. Change always starts with the individual.

God after all in his infinite wisdom gave us Free Will. So, will we allow ourselves as a whole to be swallowed up in hate, greed, and prejudice? Or, are we tired of this yet? The other choice is to reach for the light and go in the new direction …of "love, brotherhood, unity and integrity……… All it takes is for you and I and the next guy to change our thinking and values to align with the coming new Age of Aquarius. Once the synergistic ball starts to roll, it will be unstoppable.

 

This very much cheered me up. 

Lets do it!!!!

Happy February World…..

xm

Avalon, Australia 2017 - Martyn Thompson

Avalon, Australia 2017 - Martyn Thompson