Stay

Stay – Written and arranged by Paul S Allen ( aka Paulusthebrit)
Words and music © Paul S Allen 2014 (All rights reserved)
Video © Paul S Allen 2014 (All rights reserved)

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Miscarriage – Time to say goodbye

28 May 2006 – This is a day that changed us forever.

I wrote the song “Time to say goodbye” four years after my wife miscarried as a way of expressing my deep sadness and a letting go of the hopes and dreams we had of having children. It was to acknowledge the child that we will never hold in our arms, but who will also never know the troubles of this world.

It has taken me eight years to write this blog.

This is the first time I have shared this publicly.

Paul S Allen

Time to say goodbye – Written and arranged by Paul S Allen (aka Paulusthebrit)
Words and music © Paul S Allen 2010 (All rights reserved)
Video and image © Paul S Allen 2014 (All rights reserved)
http://www.thewaterside.co.nz

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If you need help, get it now, don’t wait!

Please check out the following supports sites.

The Miscarriage Support website has a lot of very useful and practical information for women and men. It also has contacts for support networks across the country.

If you are needing immediate medical assistance or you have concern for the physical or mental health of yourself, your partner or someone close by, get help straight away.

  • Emergency Services call 111 (in New Zealand)

Other support services

  • Lifeline – 0800 543 354 or (09) 5222 999 within Auckland
  • Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757
  • Suicide Crisis Helpline (aimed at those in distress, or those who are concerned about the wellbeing of someone else) – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
  • Healthline – 0800 611 116
  • Samaritans – 0800 726 666 (for callers from the Lower North Island, Christchurch and West Coast) or  (04) 473 9739 (for callers from all other regions)
  • Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz

 

Beginning – All things have a start.

Tagging: Good or Bad?

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Tagging (and street art), you see it everywhere, even online with social media #hashtags.

Some of it is very clever, some is just vandalism. I enjoy great street art, especially in the small out-of-the-way places or the subversive.

But what makes it good or bad?The Hashtag

  • Placement?
  • Permission?
  • Artistic Merit?
  • Does it enhance or add value?
  • Does it destroy?
  • Does it claim ownership unjustly?
  • Some may be just annoying.

What are your thoughts?

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A creative call to action

Stand up, fight back

This is a call for all of us creative types to use our talents for social good.

We now more than ever need to use our art and talents to highlight the real New Zealand, so that people will see it is not the 100% pure image seen in the glossy marketing.

We need people to see the eroded sovereign rights, the increasing poverty, the widening inequality, the unemployed, the polluted waterways and growing environmental issues. the downtrodden, sick and forgotten and the many, many other issues being experienced in our country today.

It is now time…

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“A bed for the night” Homeless in Dunedin

      • For photographers to use images to unsettle and enlighten.
      • For singer-songwriters to sing the songs that challenge the status quo.
      • For thinkers and poets to question authority.
      • For the media to be independent and investigative not swayed by biased political or commercial agenda.
      • For people to stand up for all those who need a voice to be heard.
      • For all of us to tell the world that everything is NOT ok in this country.

We can, we should and we will do something about it.

Paul S Allen

PS: if you know of an event that highlights the need for social change or for justice or other protest in Dunedin NZ please contact me. As a photographer I am happy to use my skills for a good cause.

Paul

Change is Inevitable

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