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Shooting the Moon.

William Booth said, “There are men so incorrigibly lazy that no inducement that you can offer will tempt them to work; so eaten up by vice that virtue is abhorrent to them, and so inveterately dishonest that theft is to them a master passion. When a human being has reached that stage, there is only one course that can be rationally pursued. Sorrowfully, but remorselessly, it must be recognized that he has become lunatic, morally demented, incapable of self-government, and that upon him, therefore, must be passed the sentence of permanent seclusion from a world in which he is not fit to be at large.”

How could this happen ? What vile media could create such a being ? What films did they see to become so twisted ?  So Moonstruck that their features no longer seem human ?

It’s not “Slumdog Millionaire” or anything to do with Will Smith. It’s not the latest release from Holly or Bolly wood. It’s been around from time immemorial, and for the last few nights it’s been the most watched late night show around the world.

I am referring to the Moon. Yep, good old Luna. She’s been at the brightest and fullest that you’re likely to see this year, over the last couple nights.

Amazed by the brilliance, I tried to capture it on my camera and realized sadly that there are times when Creativity and Desire are not enough. There are times when you really do need bigger and better equipment.

I use a little no-name point- and-shoot type digital camera and I’m totally happy with the results that come, my way, most of the time. If I can’t take a perfect photo quickly then I can usually fix it up using Photoshop and get adequate results. When it comes to shooting the moon however I am left feeling like a Midget in a Porn movie, a Eunuch in a harem, A Square Peg trying to fit in a Round hole, totally inadequate and unable to capture all that beauty.

You see ” Shooting the Moon”, even in a game of “Hearts”, is a difficult task, it’s really not for amateurs. Photographically speaking, for best results it requires a zoom lens of at least 300mm and a tripod.

Here’s a site which explains how you can go about it.


Judging from this Amazing photo he knows what he’s talking about.

Shooting the Moon.

Shooting the Moon.

The Beauty and Power of the Moon is undeniable, it controls the tides of the ocean and more mundane things too. For instance I’ve found that I tend to get migraine headaches around the time of a full moon. Some  Astrologers say it controls the human emotions and others argue that murder rates rise and fall according to the Waning and Waxing of the Moon. “There is a tide in the affairs of Men”.

Such beliefs and observations make it easier to understand stories in various cultures of Werewolves.  The Werewolf is a vicious killer but only during the time of the full moon, when he acts like a Lunatic. Luna-tic. Follower of the Moon. Drunk on Moonshine. Seems we’ve come full circle, that’s what Moons are all about. Full Circle.

Ezra Pound once said “I guess the definition of a lunatic is a man surrounded by them”. That’s the real problem, we’re all affected by the Moon but only very few are aware of it. The Moon itself is warping our perceptions of it’s effects. We end up surrounded by Lunatics not realizing it’s what makes us tick too.Luna-tic. It’s all about the Moon. That pretty lady shining bright , Luna. The White Lady.The Drug. Cocaine Ball in the Skies.

Maybe I’m just here talking Jabberwocky again but maybe,just maybe, if you got more aware of your Bio-Rhythms and the Energies Above you’d find yourself becoming Popular like a “Teen Wolf”.

Teen Wolf

Teen Wolf


January 14, 2009 Posted by | Lateral Thinking, Moon, Photography, Psychology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

How to become Rahtid Rich !

My Billy Scorpio post reminded me of another encounter with mastery, which I wrote about on the 16th of November, 2000. The story  was published before, in an online newsletter for Jamaican Diapora, and also, in an Ardenne Alumni newsletter :

How to become Rahtid Rich !

A world famous author told me recently that every great story begins with a complicating situation, a problem, some conflict that needs to be resolved .

In my case the conflict was internal. I was no longer happy with my situation. I wanted more than life was giving me. I wanted to be happy, to have money in my pocket and a smart, gorgeous woman on my arm. Unfortunately here I was at twenty-nine under employed, broke and single.

I glanced at my bookshelf, crammed with dozens of titles, but one seemed to jump out at me ” Think and Grow Rich ” the title said. I smiled, wishing it were really that simple. I am a good chessplayer, surely if thinking was the key to riches I’d be playing golf with Bill Gates by now. Nonetheless, I began to think and even dream as I turned on my radio.

” How could I make loads of money doing something I really enjoyed ? ” I asked myself.

” Write a Rahtid book ! ” the voice of Cliff Hughes on the radio answered my question.

I was a bit startled to get a reply and quickly turned up the volume.

” Author, Colin Channer will be giving a lecture at the University entitled “How to write a Rahtid Book ! ” the public is invited and admission is free. “, Cliff Hughes continued speaking on the radio. I felt like he was answering my question and the word “free” had proved it.

So there I was at the Neville Hall lecture theatre a few days later, waiting (but not in vain) for what would be a life-changing experience.

As I waited, I scanned the crowd slowly filling the room. The word “free” always ensures a diverse and interesting mixture of people. Tonight was no different.

There was the white man with dreadlocks, assorted students, several other dreads, many bald heads. Weaves and an artificial blond in the front row also a real blond with tattoos. Pseudo-intellectuals and even intellectuals were in the crowd.

Some people held copies of Mr. Channer’s bestseller, ” Waiting in Vain “, others clutched notebooks. Some people looked as serious as judges while others were literally laughing-out loud. I wondered if I was in the right place.

That’s when she came in. A vision of loveliness. A lady. A gorgeous lady and she sat just two rows in front of me. Now I knew I was in the right place. She looked familiar somehow and I tried to remember her name and where I’d seen her before.

Karlene, I think that’s her name. I couldn’t help thinking that she’d look fantastic on my arm.

That’s when Colin Channer walked in. He could easily have passed for a student himself, with his casual outfit and hair skillfully done by the “Mi-jus-wake” salon. He flashed a brilliant smile as he was introduced, waited for the applause to die down and then began telling us how to write a rahtid book.

Colin Channer

Colin Channer

In a dazzling display of the style which had made his first novel a runaway success, he was entertaining and informative, as he covered all aspects of writing. From dealing with agents and writing book proposals, to actual plotting and even character development.

Speaking with the ease of a true master he peppered his delivery with humour and “jamaicanisms” in a way that was truly “boombastical”.

It is said that from learning to master one thing we could master one thousand things. Colin Channer seems to agree as he showed that even his very life could be plotted out like a novel. He illustrated how to create a gripping plot by using many events in his own life. Thus the keen listeners ( and those who read between the lines ) were being taught not just how to write but also how to live.

As a former student of Ardenne High, I knew that Colin Channer had also been exposed to Ms. Robinson’s excellent English classes but it takes many strands to weave the web of success. I knew there was more to his story.

Some of these secret strands were revealed when Colin Channer emphasized his “typical Jamaican mother” and the conversation with God that changed his life.

When I realized that the woman I had been admiring in the audience was actually Colin Channer’s date for the evening, I knew I had to become a rahtid writer too !

The story has just begun.

January 14, 2009 Posted by | Beautiful Women, think and grow rich, writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments