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Mark Brook is an English writer raised in Malaysia and Kenya before his education in Liverpool. He has mined gold in S. Africa, served a commission in the R.A.F., when he married and raised a family. R.A.F. service and the marriage ended, so he explored Europe and Asia. Later, in Spain, he met his second wife. They were off London to raise another family. After the second divorce, he wandered to Algarve, Portugal where he now lives and writes. Mark is keen on photography and playing the blues,

Welcome to the Age of Aquarius…

2015-08-06 17.01.33…an age of Love, Grace, Beauty and Understanding. Did you know that the West has been at war with the countries of the Middle-East for over twenty years? TWENTY FUCKING YEARS!! FUCK ME!! It took only six or seven to defeat the military might of the Nazi-War-Machine!! and the Fascism powering it…and I’m not talking some airy-fairy nonsense, I’m talking; kick-in your door in the middle of the night and take EVERYONE away for torture and murder-that type of Fascism…

So anyway, here we are, year twenty-plus, using OUR military might to bomb the shit out of a scrawny goat-herd and his scrawny wife and scrawny kids, living in a hut made of the finest papyrus and camel shit and we use F-16’s and Missiles and technology that has probes around the outer planets and Mr. Goat has a sling with a pebble…had to pause there…and in this time the Governments of the two major players went, Republican/Labour, R/L, Democrat/L, D/Conservative, R/C… or something like that, which indicates an inability to halt the war….hmmmm…(class-traitors, or someone else calling the shots??)…And what was the reason?.. Weapons of mass destruction coming in 5 minutes(Labour), ‘Look out! Duck!! Here comes another Scud Missile!’, or was it regime change…(even Star Trek had the first directive of non-intervention) let alone,.. Sovereign Right, Democratic Rule, The United Nations…or was it OIL?…the love that dare not speak it’s name…I haven’t noticed us bombing anybody that hasn’t sat on OIL, or anybody that sell us OIL, or swap it for F-16’s etc, etc…

So, what have we got out of this? Well, an uninterrupted flow of OIL, a shit-load of broken, revenge-laden people, a web of cover-ups, and of course…control of the people using good ‘ol Politics of Fear…well…

You have to conclude that if we couldn’t put the lid on Pandora’s Box in twenty-odd years then we probably won’t ever get it on…war without end…

So welcome to the Age of Aquarius, a Free-Age of Love, Grace, Beauty and Understanding…or actually…is it not the Controlled-Age of Fear, Hate, Murder and Distortion??

What a shame, what a shame for all of us lovely earthlings….just wanting to live and love in our earthling-paradise…

 

Memory Lane, London Tw13.

sweet memories, or is it a curse?

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003  I went for a trip down Memory Lane the other day…specifically, to a park I used to go to with my little girl. Incredibly, the park is still there and so is the tree we used to play under-We called it the round and round tree,..because we went round and round and round, endlessly…regardless of the weather and you know kids, they don’t want to go in, even on a bitter, Winters’ day when her fingers were frozen like little chipolatas…2016-02-23 15.16.42  Anyway, I saw the tree was still there and walked towards it…and then I stopped,..must have been insight,..and I thought,..no need to go to the tree-I have all the memories inside me, so I turned around and walked away…and the moral of the story?..keep on moving forward-the past is always with us-inside of us…

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The Mathematics of Life, and Death.

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I am English. I was doing some maths homework last night regarding the last twenty years of British Government intervention-and it goes like this-I have calculated that every year, for the last twenty years, each household in Britain has paid, 2017 pounds and 38 pence to kill one innocent person per year, enough for a good annual, family holiday whilst we have paid zero pounds and no pence to save none…that’s interesting eh??..expressed like that, eh??? Eh????

This is not America…

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Once upon a time there were writers who wrote great cowboy stories, J.T.Edson, Louis L’Amour and many others and the theme was commonly this: Powerful landowner fences off the water from the townsfolk so they could water the herd. To help, they enlist the corrupt sheriff and his bad deputies and hire a gunman to shoot down all the homesteaders who then enlist their own gun-slinger, Shane was one, who fight back until the federal marshall arrives and saves the day and drives-off the bad guys and the good guys win and Shane gets the girl-this has changed. Now the sheriff guns down all the homesteaders, the federal marshall arrives and guns down the rest, the bad guys win and the girl is gunned down as well…….same in foreign policy, there was a time when the world called for help against the bad guys and the U.S. cavalry arrived with their smiles and good power and charm and hershey’s and save the day and we loved them-this has also changed, now the people of the world cringe in terror as the U.S. arrives uninvited and kills everyone and plunders everything, then move on…I wonder about all those U.S. volunteers who gave their lives so we can be here, now, in this state we’re in…and the founding father’s, turning in their graves and scratching their ghostly heads thinking-“did we lay the foundations for this??…is this the nation that we envisaged??” I don’t know, but as a writer I can tell you there is no story now-no heroics, courage, love, sacrifice….just hatred and dead bodies…..I prefer Shane to Shame…………………