POST 26 – 29-12-2014

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Gilos Xmas 2014

Gilchrists Xmas 2014



My Mum’s favourite saying was:

 “Life is mostly froth and bubble, Two things stand like stone. Kindness in another’s trouble, Courage in your own.” Adam Lindsay Gordon

I recently heard on television this quote from Churchill.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.


I have my own poem to distil this advice.


FACE THE MUSIC – Paul Gilchrist – 27-12-2014


With eighty-five coming on,

I want to leave a message.

To my family, I say –

Face the music


If old mistakes bog you down

Seeing no joy ahead

In the daily grind of living

Gone stale or sour


It can be hard to see where the causes lie?

Is it easier to see what others do wrong?

Do choices seem limited?

Do alternatives seem scarce?


Actions, and inactions, have consequences

Courage speaks up, and listens

Be game to see all the options

Face the music




POST 25 – 29-12-2014

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Your blogger in 1951.


  1. DIET


  1. DIET

We must eat to live and the whole issue of the sociology of food is fascinating. If we could distribute the food produced in advanced countries throughout the globe we would solve a few human developmental problems. In our first world there is a surplus and our society has failed to adjust to the surplus. The pornography of food on TV foodie programs is a horror. Our lives are portrayed as being built around taste sensations while we are hunting for a “diet” that will keep the fat off our frames.

A recent article looks at the low fat diet trend and has some fundamental statements about the “diet” situation, including:

The low-fat diet in the study was not that low in fat, and the low-carb group ate significantly fewer caloriesIf anything, the study only confirms that fewer calories result in more weight loss”. (My emphasis)

There is no way your body can manufacture stored body fat unless you put surplus energy (calories) in your mouth.

  • Any carbohydrate surplus to your energy needs will convert to stored fat.
  • Any fat surplus to your energy needs will convert to stored fat.
  • Any protein surplus to your maintenance needs will convert to energy and to stored fat.

So, for a normal healthy person to cut down on stored fat you must cut down on the total energy (calories) without starving yourself of protein.

Maybe there are two problems with excess eating.

  • We do not know what food is a source of energy (calories).
  • We have bad eating habits and find change daunting so rationalise the whole problem.

You must educate yourself about food-energy sources rather than following diet fads. Diet fads are misleading and expensive.

Any way you find that lowers your energy intake is to be encouraged, but for a diet that actually works try the following and stick to it. BREAD, POTATOES, RICE, BANANAS, PASTA and ALCOHOL are the main sources of energy in Western diets, so cut them out. Also biscuits, cakes, sweets, chocolate, cereals and bought drinks are high energy so cut them out.

Here is my diet recommendation:

My diet for weight loss. Set a target weight and when reached change back to a less stringent diet.



BREAD POTATOES RICE                                                                                             BANANAS PASTA ALCOHOL










Paul Gilchrist 29-12-2014


Patience is not only waiting

Hovering is not dithering

Preparing is positive

Wait for things to happen


Opportunity is to be grasped

Perhaps quickly,

As it flies by

Or lose it.


Hasten not the maturing process

No matter how prolonged it may be

Readiness is essential

Unreadiness injures


Tend and grow a tree

Tend and grow an animal

To learn the necessity of process

So tending and growing a child is no surprise


Love is caring for

Waiting for the other

The joining

The arrival is the reward



POST 24 – 8-12-2014


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Contents –

  4. JUST SO



Paul Gilchrist 6-12-2014

Excited by an account

of explorers going where

no foot had tread before

to discover the surprise of the new.


I recall the postholes

dug on our farm

to carry the wires to keep

stock in and out.


My crowbar and spade

exposed soil and clay

unopened since  the young earth

not seen by human eyes


The earth  was dug

and piled aside

to wait for a post

stood in its place.


Back-filled earth

firmly tamped down

wires threaded

tightened and tied.


Our paddock served

to separate stock

enclose our territory and

mark our stewardship.




Paul Gilchrist

Whether as ripples in a pond, or

red colour in a scene of grey, it

breaks into my mind, in a

sudden moment, of

unexpected joy,



Whether making an entrance, or

casting a stone into the pool, the

suddenness is its start and the

ripples give it status, that

assumes the mantle, and

keeps it there.


Every splash has a start, an

effect, and a

fading to oblivion, from whence

it came, awaiting a

new impetus, to further change the

substrate, for another brief fling.


So make a splash.

Watch what happens.

It is one way to learn.

Watching and copying.

Wondering and dreaming.

Fantasy and invention.


Make a splash.

Show you are here

You exist.

Have an effect.

However tiny.

You know it.



Paul Gilchrist


Grey dawn light shows

A distant hill

In fierce abrupt outlines

Mist drape dropping


Kangaroo patriarch

For the moment busy feeding

While the kids play fighting nearby

Briefly the flash of a fox


Dimmed to grey

In the still poor light

Across the rounded thigh of

The next hill and away


Did the ‘roo see it?

Gone – on with his life

So not gone

Just away



  1. JUST SO

Paul Gilchrist 21-10-2012



Don’t know how

Don’t know why

Clear as that

Just do



Just happens too

Feeds stuff in

Means something

Just does


A picture

Settles in

Memory holds it all

Comes back when I call

Just neat


Other thoughts join in

There is a message there

Has a meaning

With other thoughts

Just fits


The meaning

Helps explain

What I need




Paul Gilchrist


One morning (Lewis Carrol might be offended)


‘Twas misty, not brillig

There were no slithy toves, just cormorants No wabe in which to gyre and gimble

Just the wake of the 6.40 AM ferry

To break upon the shore


The Godwits strutting and fretting

Their couple of hours upon the mud flat

To get a feed by drilling their stretch beaks

Into every tiny wormhole – in hope

Before the tide swells back


Across the water beyond the boats at moorings

Lies the bay of detention of the Political Prisoners

Britain saw fit to collect from Quebec and cast off here

French Canadians gave the place its name

Now just the Municipality of Canada Bay


Where no absolute waterfront impinges on public shore

Along the bayside track walkers greet the dawn

And some greet one another peremptorily

Others avert eyes or hide behind sunnies

To keep apart and do their exercises alone


Some smile and greet in Italian accents

Others just smile and pass on with breakfast ahead

Couples in silence, pairs chatting, singles maybe sadly

Blonde with centre part and a sunny smile

Cheery chap with beanie cap calls the weather


Heron presents its whiteface to the fishlings it seeks

Raven patrols the shoreline for any opportunity

Ibis parachute in to check the provisions

One family of sparrows hang in a bush above a mini-cliff

Occasionally, silvereyes and bulbul join them


Stop to see the stately pelican swoop into the bay

Searches for something delectable along the shore

Before landing with outstretched feet on water top

To patrol the shallows and grab slow fish

Then take off for some other spot who knows where



POST 23 – 3-12-2014


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In philosophy, systems theory, science, and art, emergence is conceived as a process whereby larger entities, patterns, and regularities arise through interactions among smaller or simpler entities that themselves do not exhibit such properties. In philosophy, almost all accounts of emergence include a form of irreducibility (either epistemic or ontological) to the lower levels.[1] Also, emergence is central in theories of integrative levels and of complex systems. For instance, the phenomenon life as studied in biology is commonly perceived as an emergent property of interacting molecules as studied in chemistry, whose phenomena reflect interactions among elementary particles, modeled in particle physics, that at such higher mass—via substantial conglomeration—exhibit motion as modeled in gravitational physics. Neurobiological phenomena are often presumed to suffice as the underlying basis of psychological phenomena, whereby economic phenomena are in turn presumed to principally emerge.

Emergence seems a rather passive concept, suggesting that things emerge only when a special set of conditions arises by some sort of natural process. This may be true of natural occurrences but once humans get involved, there may be intentional human intervention that can provide a more active process – perhaps “breakthrough”. – or is there some better word?

The definition I have quoted above suggests that the emergent entity or phenomenon will be more complex than the predecessor. This may not always be the case, for example the biological evolutionary process may lead to specialisation with a simpler outcome such as in the case of parasites organisms including viruses appear to have evolved from more complex beings.


As I awoke from a recent afternoon nap I was ruminating about my last blog post about CREATIVITY, and began to consider whether I could ask Helen Kennedy, an artist I know, to take some of the ideas from that and paint something from its immateriality.

Helen had an exhibition of some of her work in 2012. The media release associated with the show said:

The prints and paintings of Helen Kennedy enquire into the relationships between colour and the phenomenon of light. Kennedy’s work investigates the many contradictions and dualities of light, both its immateriality and its ability to create three dimensional spaces. Her work explores the empty space between areas of structure or matter, and light between the visible and invisible worlds.

I was attracted to her ability to give a reality to her concepts of light and colour. If she could do that I guessed she might attempt to do so for the phenomenon of emergence.

I wondered, idly, whether I could have a go at it myself, as the ideas are mine, not anyone else’s. My lack of skills in that medium discouraged me.

Then the variant thought came to me. It should have been quite obvious but it was not.

My medium is words, especially on occasions of deep emotion, poetry.

I got up and went to the computer and produced this:


The new thing, the variant, springs into the mind as a surprise in there, and it will blend with the old. It will merge to give me something new that emerges for me to understand, to explain, to depict, to share. It calls upon my skill to convey its meaning so others will share the new idea. This brainchild from my own journey, my experience. My gift to you and to others. How do I depict emergence?


My mind is full

Of all those things

Accumulated over the years

From instinct, emotion, experience

From experiment, from learning

Held together by memory

Fitting together in a fugitive story

Recalled in a mix of the real and the imagined

Held in the prepared soil of the mind’s effort to see reality

And then a surprise, the unexpected, is there

A variant, an error, a mutant

Blend it, merge it, test it

Grasp it, hold it, never let it go

It may be precious.

Something new may have emerged

Mould and manipulate it

To show its message, its meaning

So as to be real to me

So I can make something that will be real to you


Paul Gilchrist