*NOW – and beyond 2012: The Next Level

The Next Level

(Lelabear’s Channel – You Tube)

The world has not ended! Our planet and it’s creator sun has been in existence for roughly four and a half billion years – and according to scientific consensus we have about five and a half billion years left (Sun Medicine). Enough time to do something good.

There are many great commentators (Michael Tsarion; David Wilcock;  David Icke  ) who have investigated our far distant past history to bring to light where we started and what seems to have gone wrong, but with all the talk about 2012 and speculations of doom and gloom, maybe we should be concentrating on our future with a little more optimism.

Undoubtedly, we have used our inventive minds to gain knowledge and develop new concepts and technologies, expanded our skills and evolved physically – and wrought much destruction in the process – but it would be a pity to throw the baby out with the bath-water by negating all we have now. Surely there is good in what we have, too.

Is 2012 – the cusp of a new era (Pisces to Aquarius) as we pass over the Galactic equator – heralding the impending disaster some predict, or a wonderful opportunity to re-invent ourselves? A wild guess of general consensus would be a future without war, without hunger, disease and poverty, greed and inequality, in favour of a future with more harmony between the patriarchal and matriarchal approaches towards societal living and a loving respect for the beautiful Nature of this planet, and ourselves.

In the video below, we see an eclectic view on how we may achieve this:

It starts with a quick look (with some cute animations) at the problems – climate change, species depletion, unsustainable life-styles, resource and fuel depletion, war, poverty, crime, conspiracies, and then goes on to look at the process in action:

Time, machine, matrix; tribal cultures – myth or history; statistics and the acceleration off the graph; psychic evolution and synchronicity; new consciousness; revealing ‘apocalypse’ (that which is covered); self-realisation; attitudes – passive, panic, prophecy, projection or positive; and creative vision.

The body of the video is listening to some great minds and scholars who offer their hope and vision:

Economy – profit or share; political eco-revolution; innovation and regeneration; social change; spiritual advancement and enjoying the Path; how to handle chaos and seeing a new ‘birth’; eco-technologies and making plans; knowledge shared instead of withheld; random thoughts; rapidly increasing changes; remote viewing, psychic projection and collective vision; spirit and science coming together; the miracle of forgiveness; the Tree-of-Life; parallel (not distant) universes and dimensions.

“God is not a ‘Being’ – God is BEING” – a useful thought! God is being exposed  – from the ‘invisible, grumpy old man, who is ready to smite aweful judgments on the unwary‘,  image  – to a new embodiment of divine creative perfection in each and every one of us.

The GOOD news is, that we have a lot in our favour – conspiracies and artificial, authorative control systems ARE being exposed and dismantled. HUGE numbers of people from all walks of life across the globe have ALREADY opened their hearts and minds to a new conscious way of living. The female principle IS returning to re-balance the living energy, or life-force, and the GRANDMOTHERS are voicing their wisdom. The ELDERS are speaking out about our lost knowledge. The CHILDREN are doing things differently. ECOLOGY and ENVIRONMENT movements are gaining momentum. REVOLUTIONS against the old regimes are already succeeding. ACTIVISTS are gathering in every field of life. And people are quietly – and noisily – changing their minds. EMPATHY and KINDNESS are growing in strength.

Beyond 2012 – Evolving Perspectives on the Next Age

(Full length feature, 1hr:o6m)


*Terence McKenna’s vision of 2012

It seems that once a new idea hits the mental fan of humanity, the thought-waves produced emit an energy-wave that has to go somewhere – as all energy is in motion.

In Terence McKenna’s video, here, he poses his extraordinary theory of how the I-Ching is a mirror-image of the peaks and troughs of a time-line of our known history over the last 4000 years.

Terence, who died in 2000, had an extra-visionary perception of how the mind and the cosmic universe work in tandem. His radical suggestions of how the unprecedented leap in human consciousness and knowledge may be attributed to the introduction of psychotropic plants in Man’s diet, tens of thousands of years ago. Rather than the effect of this being a psychadelic skew on reality, his personal experiences seem to prove that these plants allowed an expansion of the human perception. Terence’s own mind was far from being ‘askew’. He was, in my opinion, one of the genii of our time.

With this in mind, one wonders what both the modern diet of energy-dead food and chemical drugs will do to our mental capacities. How do we keep an open mind, ever expanding with new wisdom and understanding of the world we live in, while dealing with mal-nutrition and pollution?

One answer may be that now that the human mind has already opened into consciousness, and brought imagination and inquisitiveness through the dark ages, we can proceed with an intention and will to reach further horizons of knowledge. This ability to think beyond mundane thought, without fear, is commonly called the greater consciousness. Space travel, Time-travel and Cosmic communications may not be done with nuts and bolts technology after all – it may be an inner, personal – and very real – experience.

Robert Monroe experienced just this.

*Mayan Elder Speaks

Mayan Elder Carlos Barrios

Carlos Barrios, Mayan elder and Ajq’ij (is a ceremonial priest and spiritual guide) of the Eagle Clan. Carlos initiated an investigation into the different Mayan calendars circulating. Carlos along with his brother Gerardo studied with many teachers and interviewed nearly 600 traditional Mayan elders to widen their scope of knowledge.

Carlos found out quickly there were several conflicting interpretations of Mayan hieroglyphs, petroglyphs, Sacred Books of ‘Chilam Balam’ and various ancient text. Carlos found some strong words for those who may have contributed to the confusion:

Carlos Barrios: “Anthropologists visit the temple sites and read the inscriptions and make up stories about the Maya, but they do not read the signs correctly. It’s just their imagination. Other people write about prophecy in the name of the Maya. They say that the world will end in December 2012. The Mayan elders are angry with this. The world will not end. It will be transformed.”

“We are no longer in the World of the Fourth Sun, but we are not yet in the World of the Fifth Sun. This is the time in-between, the time of transition. As we pass through transition there is a colossal, global convergence of environmental destruction, social chaos, war, and ongoing Earth Changes.”
He continues: “Humanity will continue, but in a different way. Material structures will change. From this we will have the opportunity to be more human. We are living in the most important era of the Mayan calendars and prophecies. All the prophecies of the world, all the traditions are converging now. There is no time for games. The spiritual ideal of this era is action.”
Carlos tells us: “The indigenous have the calendars and know how to accurately interpret it — not others. The Mayan Calendars comprehension of time, seasons, and cycles has proven itself to be vast and sophisticated. The Maya understand 17 different calendars such as the Tzolk’in or Cholq’ij, some of them charting time accurately over a span of more than ten million years.
“All was predicted by the mathematical cycles of the Mayan calendars. — It will change –everything will change. Mayan Day-keepers view the Dec. 21, 2012 date as a rebirth, the start of the World of the Fifth Sun. It will be the start of a new era resulting from and signified by the solar meridian crossing the galactic equator and the Earth aligning itself with the center of the galaxy.”
At sunrise on December 21, 2012 for the first time in 26,000 years the Sun rises to conjunct the intersection of the Milky Way and the plane of the ecliptic. This cosmic cross is considered to be an embodiment of the Sacred Tree, The Tree of Life, a tree remembered in all the world’s spiritual traditions.
Some observers say this alignment with the heart of the galaxy in 2012 will open a channel for cosmic energy to flow through the Earth, cleansing it and all that dwells upon it, raising all to a higher level of vibration. Carlos reminds us: “This process has already begun. Change is accelerating now and it will continue to accelerate.
If the people of the Earth can get to this 2012 date in good shape without having destroyed too much of the Earth, we will rise to a new, higher level. But to get there we must transform enormously powerful forces that seek to block the way.”
The date specified in the calendar Winter Solstice in the year 2012 does not mark the end of the world. Many outside people writing about the Mayan calendar sensationalize this date, but they do not know. The ones who know are the indigenous elders who are entrusted with keeping the tradition.
Carlos tells us: “The economy now is a fiction. The first five-year stretch of transition from August 1987 to August 1992 was the beginning of the destruction of the material world. We have progressed ten years deeper into the transition phase by now, and many of the so-called sources of financial stability are in fact hollow. The banks are weak. This is a delicate moment for them. They could crash globally, if we don’t pay attention. Now, people are paying attention.”
The North and South Poles are both breaking up. The level of the water in the oceans is going to rise. But at the same time land in the ocean, especially near Cuba, is also going to rise. Carlos tells a story about the most recent Mayan New Year ceremonies in Guatemala. He said that one respected Mam elder, who lives all year in a solitary mountain cave, journeyed to Chichicastenango to speak with the people at the ceremony. The elder delivered a simple, direct message. He called for human beings to come together in support of life and light.
“Right now each person and group is going his or her own way. The elder of the mountains said there is hope if the people of the light can come together and unite in some way. We live in a world of polarity — day and night, man and woman, positive and negative. Light and darkness need each other. They are a balance.”
“Just now the dark side is very strong, and very clear about what they want. They have their vision and their priorities clearly held, and also their hierarchy. They are working in many ways so that we will be unable to connect with the spiral Fifth World in 2012.”
“On the light side everyone thinks they are the most important, that their own understandings, or their group’s understandings, are the key. There’s a diversity of cultures and opinions, so there is competition, diffusion, and no single focus.”
Carlos believes the dark side works to block unity through denial and materialism. It also works to destroy those who are working with the light to get the Earth to a higher level. They like the energy of the old, declining Fourth World, the materialism. They do not want it to change. They do not want unity. They want to stay at this level, and are afraid of the next level.
The dark power of the declining Fourth World cannot be destroyed or overpowered. It’s too strong and clear for that, and that is the wrong strategy. The dark can only be transformed when confronted with simplicity and open-heartedness. This is what leads to unity, a key concept for the World of the Fifth Sun.
Carlos said the emerging era of the Fifth Sun will call attention to a much-overlooked element. Whereas the four traditional elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water have dominated various epochs in the past, there will be a fifth element to reckon with in the time of the Fifth Sun — that element is ‘ETHER’.
The dictionary defines Ether as a “hypothetical substance supposed to occupy all space, postulated to account for the propagation of electromagnetic radiation through space.” Perhaps it could be defined as the “space between space”. I would suggest it could be manifest as the alignment of charged particles from our solar system (Sun), and our galaxy (Milky Way) surge. The Ether element represents spiritual energy.
“The element of the Fifth Sun is celestial. Within the context of Ether there can be a joining of the polarities. No more darkness or light in the people, but an uplifted unity. But right now the realm of darkness is not interested in this. They are organized to block it. They seek to unbalance the Earth and its environment so we will be unready for the alignment in 2012.”
“We need to work together for peace, and balance with the other side. We need to take care of the Earth that feeds and shelters us. We need to put our entire mind and heart into pursuing unity and unity now, to confront the other side and preserve life.”
“We are disturbed — we can’t play anymore. Our planet can be renewed or ravaged. Now is the time to awaken and take action. Everyone is needed. You are not here for no reason. Everyone who is here now has an important purpose. This is a hard but a special time. We have the opportunity for growth, but we must be ready for this moment in history.”
Carlos says: “The prophesied changes are going to happen, but our attitude and actions determine how harsh or mild they are. We need to act, to make changes, and to elect people to represent us who understand and who will take political action to respect the Earth.”
“Meditation and spiritual practice are good, but also action. It’s very important to be clear about who you are, and also about your relation to the Earth. Develop yourself according to your own tradition and the call of your heart. But remember to respect differences, and strive for unity. Eat wisely — a lot of food is corrupt in either subtle or gross ways. Pay attention to what you are taking into your body. Learn to preserve food, and to conserve energy. Learn some good breathing techniques, so you have mastery of your breath. Be clear. Follow a tradition with great roots. It is not important what tradition, your heart will tell you, but it must have great roots.”
“We live in a world of energy. An important task at this time is to learn to sense or see the energy of everyone and everything — people, plants, animals. This becomes increasingly important as we draw close to the World of the Fifth Sun, for it is associated with the element ‘ether’ — the realm where energy lives and weaves. Go to the sacred places of the Earth to pray for peace, and have respect for the Earth which gives us our food, clothing, and shelter. We need to reactivate the energy of these sacred places. That is our work.”
“One simple but effective prayer technique is to light white or baby-blue colored candles. Think of a moment in peace. Speak your intention to the flame and send the light of it on to the leaders who have the power to make war or peace.”
Carlos reminds us this is a crucially important moment for humanity and for Earth. Each person is important.
He said the elders have opened the doors so that other races can come to the Mayan world to receive the tradition. “The Maya have long appreciated and respected that there are other colors, other races, and other spiritual systems. They know that the destiny of the Mayan world is related to the destiny of the whole world.”
“The greatest wisdom is in simplicity. Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness. It’s not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free. It’s encoded in your DNA. All you need is within you. Great teachers have said that from the beginning. Find your heart, and you will find your way.”

*Cherry Tree




In winter, you may look at Cherry Tree

And think perhaps it’s dead,

On freezing morning, there’s no sign,

No leaf, no life therein.

Imagine the surprise to find,

When frosty fog has gone,

That winter sun gives light anew,

To melting drops of dew.

Those shafts of light, for all the world,

Make diamonds of the view.

It isn’t only when it snows,

That Cherry Tree and I,

Play snowball fights and snowmen make.

No, snow arrives again in Spring,

When sunlight’s warmth explodes the buds,

And Cherry Tree becomes a sight-

A pom-pom tree of pink delight,

In which the bees drink up the wine

And hum in unison as they dine.

Then when the blossoms give their last,

The western wind provides the force

That blows each petal from its flower,

But in a pink snow shower.

Summer long, the flowers now gone,

Usurped by leaves of green,

My Cherry Tree becomes the host

Of every bird of song.

Out sings the tree as though it were

The voice of such a throng!

Until their cover turns from green

To every golden colour.

November’s gales wrought havoc strong,

Yet Cherry Tree hangs on;

It’s trunk and branches mighty made,

Withstand that force, until it’s gone.

To stand once more in winter’s shade.

Gold leafy coins, of fortunes told,

Lie round about its roots instead,

But Cherry Tree, though once you thought,

Is very far from dead.


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*The Story of the World’s Biggest Garbage Dump and the Albatross

These are beautiful images of an amazing bird.

And this is the story behind its greatest enemy – plastic waste, floating dangerously in our oceans. How will we ever clean it up?

In 2008 I had the good fortune to visit Hawaii, and coincidentally came across the story of an English film-maker who had gone to Hawaii and found the albatross chicks dying of mal-nutrition because their stomachs were filled with plastic debris, accidentally fed to them by their parents who had scooped up the plastic with the fish they were catching.

This photographer, Rebecca Hosking, came back to England and persuaded her home village to ban plastic carrier bags – something that was quickly adopted by other towns. Now, supermarkets across Britain are actively discouraging the use of plastic bags in favour of the ‘bag-for-life’ made from hessian. Rebecca’s fim ‘Message in the Waves’  was shown on BBC Natural History Channel.

The RSPB asks for used stamps to raise money for equipment for the long-line fishing vessels, which scares the albatross away so that they will not dive for the fish being hauled into the boat, thereby escaping death themselves.

It is interesting to me that Coleridge’s poem ‘The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner’ which tells of the sailor who carried an albatross around his neck as a punishment for killing the albatross, is so poignantly relevant today. We carry the dreadful burden of responsibility for destroying these magnificent birds, and all the other marine life, by allowing our oceans to become a death trap from our plastic and toxic waste.

Maybe plastic waste needs to be reduced at source – by the reduction of manufactured products like plastic bags – but until this can be achieved, retailers can change to paper or biodegradable bags and consumers can just stop using plastic wherever possible.  Our grandparents didn’t have plastic bags – they had hand-made shopping bags which were attractive, practical and durable, and brown paper bags; and they would take re-fillable containers for milk or cider, oil or vinegar, or paraffin.

Latest discovery:

Bug munches plastic trash, possibly cleaning oceans

Published: 29 March, 2011, 13:31 RT news on –  https://rt.com/news/sci-tech/bug-plastic-cleaning-oceans/

Image from state-of-affairs.org

Image from state-of-affairs.org

Nature may have found a way to dispose of the huge amounts of plastic garbage, which has been increasingly accumulating in the oceans. A small bacteria feeding on it has been discovered. This may be a boon or a bane for the aquatic environment.

The bacteria was discovered through electron microscopy on plastic items sampled at the Sargasso Sea, an area in the North Atlantic, where debris tends to stack up due to local currents.

The primitive organisms live in pits in the plastic and appear to feed on it as well, says marine microbiologist Tracy Mincer of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.

“They look like you took a hot barbecue briquette and threw it into snow,” Nature News cites Mincer as saying. “You see this melting bit all around the outside of the cells, and they’re just burrowing into the plastic.”

The specialized bug is not encountered in other environment, like surrounding seawater or seaweed.

Scientists are not yet sure whether these organisms will eventually do more good than harm in dealing with pollution. If their digestion products are environmentally-friendly, then it would mean that nature has found a new way to limit the damage humanity does.

But plastic contains numerous toxins, and the bacteria may be introducing those into the food chain by feeding on it and then becoming food for larger organism.



I hope you find something here to interest you.

The posts on this blog are random, diverse subjects

and mostly my own original writing.

Please feel free to leave a comment or contact me*.

I am open to suggestions for further subject matter.

Respectfully Yours,

Wendy Salter

AVIA is ‘Grandmother‘ in Latin  and my Medicine Name is ‘Grandmother-Green-Grass’.

I am a Pilgrim of the Unseen Path in a Quest to find my Starting Place.

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place (and our self) for the first time.”

T. S. Elliot

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*Where did it all go wrong? – a letter from ‘God’ by Paul Harvey 1918-2009

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* Star Gates

Star Gate Atlantis


Atlantis city

The House of Windsor

An energy alignment through Windsor Castle running E-W

S. England

Plan of Windsor Castle – note ancient circular earth mound around the Round Tower (The Keep)

Windsor Castle towers

Pewsey White Horse Crop Circle - Star Gate?

Mandala 'Elders'

Stonehenge Star-Gate?

Stonehenge overview

Giza Plateau

Giza overview

Mandala 'flower'

Abu Ghurab Egypt

Cruciform N. A. bead mandala

Na Pali Kaua'i Hawaii

Pentagon overview

Pentagon design football

Inner Star Gate

Earth Grid overview

carbon molecule

Angkor Wat

Caeleon (S. Wales) Roman amphitheatre - ?

‘Vile’? A little ‘left-brain’ projection here?


Heart Mandala

Sacred Geometry – Star Alignment

Chartres Cathedral

The Vatican

Pope John Paul's Memorial


St Peter's Vatican



Persian Carpet (mandala); W or M on coffin?


St Peter's with black monoliths from '2001 A Space Odyssey'


Machu Piccu

Gobekli Tepe Turkey


And Below

'Beam me up, Scottie!'

*Apocalypse or New Sun?

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*Dalai Lama Chant for you all

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*The Bookwright


Tom Evans

Tom Evans

If you are a budding author and could do with some help, Tom’s your man!

This is a questionnaire that easily describes Tom from my point of view. To visit his website click here

The BookWright Questionnaire

Name : Wendy Salter

Company Name (if applicable) : http://www.wendysalter.com

Profession : Writer

What stage were you at with your writing before working with Tom?

I knew I wanted to write a book, but I hadn’t started it. I had been writing for years in essays, short stories and journals.

What is the purpose of writing a book for you?

I hoped to turn my experience and knowledge into an enjoyable read for those who could benefit from its message.

What was it that inspired you to work with Tom?

Tom is inspirational because of his enthusiastic personality, a love of his craft, knowledge of the technology of making a book and his friendly encouragement during the process of turning my writing into an actual book.

What Specific problems were you having that made you seek Tom’s expertise?

My greatest problem was a lack of self-confidence and technology required to turn what I wrote into an actual book.

How did you work with Tom?

Tom became my mentor and I attended his workshop.

What specifically did you achieve from working with Tom?

Firstly, Tom encouraged me to start a blog where I could air some ideas and the first installments of my book. This helped me overcome my fear of criticism and rejection by the general public reader as I received much encouragement from a surprising number of visitors to the blog-site, which has grown constantly. Secondly he helped me to self-publish my book. I was too nervous and impatient to seek out numerous rejections from publishers. Once I had a book in my hands, it has been a steady progress to success. Tom’s positivity has never wavered.

Where would you be now with your book if you hadn’t met Tom?

I can categorically say that my writing would still be hidden in a file on my lap-top if I had not met Tom.

If recommending Tom to others, what would you say makes him stand out from other Book Mentors?

In all honesty I have never needed another book mentor. What stands out though is that Tom provides everything a budding author could need. His love of his craft, technological know-how and dedication to each writer, as though they are the most important writer in the world, is a special combination that is hard to surpass.

An thing else you would like to add?

As with any service, the specific requirements of the client are paramount, for that service to be relevant and effective. Tom treats us all with a great respect, for the strange and unique beings that writers are, being of the creative and artistic group of human. Others may fail when they start presuming that we, the writers, can all be bunched together and treated the same. An artisan is hardly ever a good business person, and so the technical and marketing side needs tremendous support. Tom provides not only this support but his understanding of the psychology of the creative mind is probably his trump card.

I have sold over 50 copies of my first book, solely from home. I am now just completing my second book. Readers of the first book are now asking me to write more and on other subjects.

I wish Tom a lasting success for all that he has given me.

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*Painted Lady


I was in Jersey last week (end of May, 2009) staying with my friends Carrie and Ian. We were graced by the sudden arrival of thousands of ‘Painted Lady’ butterflies, along with the first really warm weather this year. They swooped and flitted around us in a cloud of colour, so noticable in their profusion, particularly around a mass of thistles just coming out into flower. Painted Lady Butterfly

The Painted Lady butterfly is a long-distance migrant, which causes the most spectacular butterfly migrations observed in Britain and Ireland.

Each year, it spreads northwards from the desert fringes of North Africa, the Middle East, and central Asia, recolonizing mainland Europe and reaching Britain and Ireland. In some years it is an abundant butterfly, (this year) frequenting gardens and other flowery places in late summer.

This year they have arrived earlier than usual and maybe, like all natural phenomena, herald a certain weather condition, hopefully, a good summer!

Ian Currie’s weather predictions for the rest of 2009 – (www.netweather.tv)

“May looks set to be on the warm side. It will turn warmer as the wind turns to the South. In the second half of the month, especially, it will be quite wet with some heavy thundery rain. June will be near average for rainfall and temperature but with a few days exceeding 28 c (82 f). Sunshine may be below average. July will not be anything special. Rainfall will be normal and although the sun may not come out as much as we’d like, some days should see temperatures climb to 28 or higher. August will start with similar conditions to July but the second half of the month will turn warmer and may reach 30 c during the last week which will precede a warm autumn. September will provide an “Indian Summer” at times with a number of days exceeding 21 c. October looks like being a particularly dry month and at times quite warm, with a continuation of the Indian Summer conditions. November too looks like being drier than average but the temperature will be back down to average with frost and fog prevailing during the second half. December will be fairly unsettled. It will be quite mild at first but will turn quite cold in the second half with a distinct possibility of a white Christmas……….”

The Gulf Stream – (www.guardian.co.uk)

The powerful ocean current that bathes Britain and northern Europe in warm waters from the tropics has weakened dramatically in recent years, a consequence of global warming that could trigger more severe winters and cooler summers across the region, scientists warn today. Researchers on a scientific expedition in the Atlantic Ocean measured the strength of the current between Africa and the east coast of America and found that the circulation has slowed by 30% since a previous expedition 12 years ago.

‘The Painted Lady’ was Marie Therese Walter, discovered by Pablo Picasso when she was 17, who then became his model, muse, mistress and mother of their daughter, ‘Maya’.


Painted Lady

Maya – As someone who observes synchronicity for a hobby, I was suitably impressed by this fact – the ‘Painted Lady’ was the Mother of Maya, and the Mayan prophecies are foremost in our minds at the moment as they seem to be fore-telling the coming ‘events’ of 2012. Maybe the sudden arrival of these beautiful ‘Painted Lady’ butterflies is just one of those ‘signs’! In the Spirit Animal teachings, the butterfly signifies ‘transformation’.

*Put People First


‘Put People First’ march, London 28/03/09

“It’s March 28th, 2009, 7:00hrs and a bright, crisp morning. I join two others where the coach is to stop and we introduce ourselves with warm friendliness but cold hands. I am a first-timer but these two are veterans. Viv, an ex-precision engineer and now a free-lance gardener, first demo’ed when he was 27, in ’81, on a march for jobs. Viv can talk knowledgeably about the history and ups and downs of politics and says “It’s better to die on your feet than live on your knees.” His philosophy of ‘Have Less, Be More’ strikes a positive chord in me. Gloria, in her mid-seventies now, started standing up for what she stands for at school, when she refused to bow down to the monarchy. “We should be a republic, you know, for the people”, she says. Tim , our young organiser, adds that the party system needs abolishing, but Viv warns that the vote was fought for, long and hard.

I wonder if all the presidents in the world add up to a convincing argument for laying off our monarchy, but that is not the point here. We are going to London to walk under the banner of Put People First’.

The coach stops en-route and gradually fills up with more demo’ers, who chat quietly until we arrive in the City. At Victoria Embankment we blend into the gathering crowd, which is here to represent over 150 global organisations under this flag. (see http://www.putpeoplefirst.org.uk/ for the list).

The mood is cheerful, mixed with an air of anticipation, and the police are passive and quiet. Boris Johnson’s “crusties and ear-rings” – in fact, ordinary, sensibly-dressed people of all ages – start walking down the cleared route of 4.3miles towards Hyde Park. There is no aggro, just a cheerful, orderly swathe of people enjoying the occasion, but taking this opportunity to represent how the People feel about our current ‘crisis’ very seriously indeed. Many have prepared banners, leaflets, colour co-ordinated clothes and eye-catching costumes. The most eye-catching are banana suits.

That’s the reason for being here – to catch the eye of those responsible for having let the ‘crisis’ happen, for letting us down and, ultimately, for getting us out of it – the G20, the world’s top 20 leaders, including our own Prime Minister, Gordon Brown… particulary our own Gordon Brown. As Mr Daniel Hannan so eloquently said in his European Parliament speech last week – Britain is worse off than any other European country and he knows, and we know, and he knows that we know! (see http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1184614595?bctid=17690501001 for the video)

There are as many onlookers of tourists, shoppers, police persons, film crews and photographers as there are walkers – the passive and the active sides of this demonstration of the public voice.

Viv and I enter Hyde Park before the head of the human serpent and Gloria goes off to find a pitch to sell her paper, the ‘Morning Star’. A modest stage, large screen and speakers have been set ready at ‘Speakers’ Corner’. The crowd approaches, banners high. After a while the timely team of speakers are introduced by Tony Robinson, each presenting a passionate soliliquy on social emergencies. Then the warm sun is eclipsed by a sleety shower.

Yet no ‘incident’ eclipses the gentle, friendly solidarity of the ordinary British folk who have come to vote with their feet against the injustices and imbalances in social politics in 2009. Whether any of the G20, let alone Mr Brown, will have noticed this demonstration, or not, it is a fact that radical change is brought about by a change in collective consciousness and there is plenty of evidence that a change is happening right now. “

Wendy Salter 28/03/09

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