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Waiting for the Bus Again: Commute 4


A bus ride and stroll from a North Vancouver bus stop in front of a pet shop to downtown Vancouver’s rather seedy Main and Hastings and then into tourist-laden Gastown to 1 Alexander with comments on urban transition and the Nokia N95 phone.

(Meta)Physical Conditions of the Environment – Postcard #46

Taking a Remembrance Day respite to enjoy a conscious discussion with ‘Trigger’ at Vancouver’s New Amsterdam Cafe, Dave O listens to the consequences and conditions of space, in tangible and gestalt senses, and reviews the paradigm shifts of Vancouver’s downtown Eastside ‘four corners’ – once one of the grandest intersections in the British Empire.

Later, he wanders and reads Walt Whitman [When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d] and Gord Downie [from Coke Machine Glow] to bring it ’round home for this part #7 of the White Poppies for Remembrance series.

Cross the street for (Meta)Physical Conditions of the Environment – Postcard #46 (18:47, 26MB, .mp3)

Postcards from Gravelly Beach White Poppies for Remembrance #7

Music by:

Drive-by Truckers “World of Hurt” via KEXP

Beethoven Sonata #14

Unnamed spacey something by Merlin (and/or Jahwah) via HempenRoad soundtrack

realism in the downtown eastside (by trigger)
Sketching the Chaos of the Downtown Eastside (trigger)

discussing the conditions
discussing the conditions (trigger)

downtown eastside discourse with trigger
downtown eastside discourse with trigger

dominion building from bus stop
Dominion Building behind Victory Park and Cenotaph, New Amsterdam to left

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Awakening to the Dawn of Potential – Postcard #45

Awakening to the Dawn of Potential - Postcards #45

Part 6 of the “White Poppies for Remembrance” series considers the opportunity cost of the lost human potential while at the Victory cenotaph in downtown Vancouver – along the way, troubadours sing about Providence, Joyful(ness) along with spontaneous percussion-scapes and city bus brakes.

DaveO examines the value of life with Gord Downie‘s swift deconstructions of existence from Coke Machine Glow, Henry David Thoreau‘s visionary stories of perseverance and the value of the mindfulness from Walden and a personal declaration of sovereignty and dignity from original Letters from Russia read in hospital to ole gramps.

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Righteous Declarations for Humans – Postcard #44

Part 5 of the White Poppies for Remembrance series continues with Dave at Victory Park, this time reading the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (adopted by General Assembly Dec. 10th 1948) with riffs on tolerance, human relations, common understanding and mutual respect, including a healthy sampling of articles on brotherhood, privacy, special treatment for mothers plus a commentary about refugee status and the illegal nature of torture and humiliating treatment.

Then brings it ’round home with a snippet from H.D. Thoreau’s Walden about sovereign man being the origin of the political state while accompanied by lively jazz (via bootleg cassette) featuring Joe Williamson and cohorts in Banff from way back playing about Peace to the Children of our Universe and Common Market offering up replinishing Refresh (ment) live on KEXP.

Listen to Righteous Declarations for Humans (.mp3, 13:24, 15MB)


Postcards from Gravelly Beach poetry podcast #44

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Bonus: Snapshots of Joe Williamson

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Pondering Flanders at the Cenotaph – Postcard#43

Finding Victory Park cenotaph in post-ceremony calm, Dave settles onto a bench for lost sailors with some bagpipers to chat about John Macrae’s “Flander’s Field” poem and mull the tension between remembering noble effort and embracing jingoistic behaviour. This conundrum is evident in snippets of an essay by Stephen Osborne – The Poem and the Poppy – which relates the amazing grace of drinking gin with Gramps who was there – ‘in the void.’

Download Pondering Flanders at the Cenotaph – Postcard#43 (.mp3, 16:14, 19MB)

Pondering Flanders at the Cenotaph - Postcard #43

Props to these peeps:

John McCrae surgeon/poet “In Flander’s Field
Bonus: Flanders Field (Belgium) museumAudio book from LibrivoxMcCrae works at Project Gutenburg

Stephen OsborneThe Poem and the Poppy” in The Tyee.ca
Stephen is also editor-in-chief of Geist magazine


Flanders Fields, First World War (tyee)

Ani DiFrancoAmazing Grace” (trad.) – from Dilante on Righteous Babe Records

Bagpipes and drummers recorded by Dave O in Vancouver, BC 2007 at Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

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Buddhas in the Trenches – Postcard #42

Part Three of the White Poppies for Remembrance series (recorded Nov. 2006) features reading from the Dhammapada by Siddhartha Gautama while waiting for the Seabus heading towards Victory Park. Along the way, Dave talks about conscientious objection and military service evaders in Canada, mercy and the state of the downtown eastside.

Wander along for Buddhas in the Trenches – Postcard #42 (.mp3, 23MB, 20:21)

Buddhas in the Trenches - Postcards from Gravelly Beach

Page France sings Chariot, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club sings about Mercy, (both found on KEXP S.o.t.D. podcast) and Bill Janovitz from Here Comes a Regular score lays down some background groove – plus some Andean flute, soulful saxriffs and American Pie wisdom from Clayton the seabus busker along the way.

Dedicated to Lt. Talbot Mercer Papineau

Talbot Mercer Papineau – Wikipedia

Talbot Mercer Papineau, MC (25 March 188330 October 1917) was a lawyer and soldier from Quebec, Canada. …

He was notable for his letters from the front. He was hit by a shell during the Battle of Passchendale in Ypres on October 30, 1917.

Open Letter from Talbot M. Papineau to Henri Bourassa

White Poppies on a Rainyday Coat – Postcard #41

Part Two of the White Poppies for Remembrance series finds Dave O eating oatmeal in North Van before heading downtown Vancouver to check in on Remembrance Day remembering activities. While having a bite to eat, he explains the mission of the White Poppies for Peace (a Peace Pledge Union project) folks based in the UK – to abolish war and violence of all kinds and spread peaceful vibes while Rocky Votolato “White Daisy Passing” and Black Tories provide tunes.

Come along for White Poppies on a Rainyday Coat – Postcard #41 (9:29, 9MB, .mp3)

White Poppies on a Rainy Day Coat - Postcards from Gravelly Beach #41

‘War is a crime against humanity. I renounce war, and am therefore determined not to support any kind of war. I am also determined to work for the removal of all causes of war.’ PPU pledge
White Poppies for Peace

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