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Vogel Street Party MMXVI

This years Vogel Street Party MMXVI has been another stunning event. Many thanks to the hard working crew who organised and ran the event and to the sponsors.

As usual most of the images are in my preferred black and white style although some are colour.

Here are a few images from the day, if you would like to see more please visit my Flickr account.

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Waiting

Waiting

Waiting.
A poem and picture
Paul S Allen

The time to change is now!

I am deeply saddened by the news that 49 people in Orlando Florida in the USA, have been murdered in cold blood and that 53 others have been wounded in this latest horrific incident.

These murderous attacks are happening across the planet killing many, many people. More often than not, the targets are innocent people going about normal everyday activities.

The hate and the killing must stop!

No one should die because they have different belief structures, or are different in any way from another person.

Forget…

Let us forget forever the name of the Orlando murderer, banish it to the loneliest unmarked grave, without honour or epitaph. Do not show his picture and do not give coverage to his extreme and twisted personal misinterprtations of a particular religion.

Remember…

Let people remember the people who died, remember their faces, their plans, their hopes and dreams. Support their families and communities…

But more than that…

Let us all learn to truly accept people and respect them as they are regardless of their faith or non-faith, gender association, sexual orientation, skin colour, ethnic origin etc.

Although not an excuse, our problem is that we can only see through the eyes we have, and they are biased, due to our personal experiences and what we have been taught or modelled. However change is possible for all of us, but only if we are willing to start.

We must always search for better ways, always question entrenched ideologies, always ask for help if you need it, and offer it where you are able.

  • We need to start to see the person, the humanity, within each individual and respect them as they are;
  • We need to stop labelling and putting people in boxes that make it easier for us to dismiss others as different or inferior;
  • We need to remember that the blood in all our veins runs red, that we breathe the same air, and that this tiny little rock floating in space that we share is our only home.

It is a bold, courageous and glorious goal to love everybody and it is not easy, but even a small step in the direction of love is a good start. The trick is, when you start the journey, keep moving.

We must remember that this is a journey and

  • We are all at varying stages along the way,
  • We are not perfect,
  • We are broken,
  • We can’t do it alone,
  • We need help,
  • We need patience with others on the journey.

May be, just may be, if we all take a small step towards love and peace the world will be a better place.

Paul S Allen

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The Commute – a poem

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The Commute – a poem
Words and image ©Paul S Allen  June 2016

Nook and Cranny Music Festival 2016

A festival of Dunedin musicians, singer-songwriters, bands and solo acts for the launch of NZ Music Month 2016
Held 1 May 2016 at the Dunedin Public Library
Dunedin, New Zealand

Here is a sample of images from the day there are more on my Flickr account

The Mentalist Collective
Nook & Cranny Music Festival 2016PSA54

Valley Bluegrass
Nook & Cranny Music Festival 2016PSA25

Henry Phillip Wilson
Nook & Cranny Music Festival 2016PSA38

Molly Devine
Nook & Cranny Music Festival 2016PSA18

Tiny Pieces of Eight
Nook & Cranny Music Festival 2016PSA16

Graeme Downes
Nook & Cranny Music Festival 2016PSA34
Photos ©Paul S Allen 2016
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If you are the artist represented in the image please contact me if you would like the full size image also other images available.

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