Simply, Holly Flo Lightly !

Okay it’s ladies day on my webpage today …..

Especially when, the ladies put down their expression … LIKE THIS !

Well, I can’t resist & Definitely, like it !!!!!
Loving her style, and well, as for the tune !!!!

What a groove, wid’ some schweet’ modern liks’ …
As far as i’m concerned, this is … The SHIT … !!!!!

Ms Lightly, has definitely, got … Flo’ …

Heavy Track, and that’s a FACT !

Big Respect goes out to, Oliver Whitehouse, for the visuals, SektionRed …. and Termite, for the chunnnne’ … !!!!!

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Abused women everywhere : Take Note !

Now folks, I am a man who does not believe in ism’s of any kind, be it Racism, Feminism, Chauvinism, or any other ism’ …. that separates, divides, or abuses, another human beings, basic, civil rights !!!!!

However, there is maybe one ism ….

I get down with …

and it’s …. REALISM …. !!!!!

and … THIS ….
is … Pretty F’ing REAL ….. !!!!!!

Great concept & the video is one you NEED TO … PAY ATTENTION to ….. !!!

Just found out about this young artist, and her artistic collective ….

And … as she says ….

It’s not about them, or any artist, defining themselves by gender, it’s just about being …. An Artist ….

Ideally one, who uses artistry, to reflect the realities, good and bad, of how we, as humans, interact with each other …..

Again, the video is as important, in this case, as the lyrics and music !!!!!

So, take 5 minutes out of your day, to take in something, worth the watch ….

Shay D people.

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The V in NZ … written by Big Virge 15/01/2016

So, having travelled ….

A VERY LONG WAY … !!!!!!

My arrival in NZ, came, just about …….

…. without, a last minute mis-hap ….. !!!!!

Taking my time, having gone through the rather, rigorous security checks at Sydney International, I very nearly, missed my Qantas Airlines flight, into Queenstown.

I’m developing a bit of a habit of either, missing flights, or, ALMOST… missing them, so, upon finally hearing the last call for my name, I had no idea how far away the gate was for my flight !!!!!

So, I did as much of a Usain Bolt as I could, with my hand luggage, and luckily, got there in time for me to be transported, via my own bus, to the aircraft, and finally, was on my way to my final outbound destination !

I have to say, considering my distaste for Sydney, and the Australian vibes I had been encountering, since landing in Fiji. I was very impressed with Qantas, very nice seating, and entertainment, and pretty good food too !

Thus, a quick flight across the water to Queenstown, NZ, and wow, what a view as soon as you could see the landscape of the, South Island !!!

Having alighted from the aircraft, not only was I greeted by warm weather, but, as i’m sure it is, with most people arriving for the first time in this part of the world, my jaw dropped, when looking at the views that surrounded me, mountainous ranges, a plethora of different greens, from hillsides, to trees, to basically everything around us, even a couple of snow capped mountains, far in the distance !!!

Thus, my dream of seeing this country, with my own eyes had been fulfilled, so, through customs, and time to get to my hotel, and get to enjoying this experience !

It would seem that travellers’ cheques are now, somewhat outdated, as it took forever, to get some currency, but, the young ginger gentlemen, who worked at Travelex, after having to call a few heads, managed to get me some local NZ Dollars.

The airport in Queenstown is a well designed, very clean, and impressive building, every other vision, was an advert for some kind of outdoor activity, from assisted, Parachute Jumping, to Bungee Jumps, and the list went on and on ……

So, immediately upon leaving the airport, a cab pulls up, and, off we go, he explains the trip is basically 10 mins, and then, as I hear his accent, ask what his deal was, and, he was the first of numerous immigrants, I was to meet.

Just to give you an idea, I met immigrants from Germany, like the taxi driver, Holland, Scotland, England, America, Argentina, Czechoslovakia, Taiwan, China & India, within my two week stay …..

This must have been the first place i’ve EVER, been to, where I did not see or meet a black immigrant, anywhere, during my entire stay, crazy, but kinda nice to have the white boys, take care of my bags upon arrival, one of the few, White Kiwis I met in Queenstown !!!!!

It’s crazy, but yup, from a colonial perspective, NZ has an abundance of nationals, from other places, who have not only visited, but have then, through sponsorship programmes, found work, and made lives for themselves, in this beautiful part of the world, and when you witness the beauty of this country, in the summer, as I did, you can see why !!!!!

The 1st of December, being the official, beginning of summer, was when i’d arrived, in slightly overcast conditions, but, by the time i’d unpacked and indulged in the suite of a room that overlooked Lake Wakatipu’, it was a beautiful, sunny evening !!!!!

At first glance, the lake was an awesome vision, extraordinarily clear water, and ducks galore, at it’s banks, chilling near to a jetty where the local water taxis stop, and dock, before ferrying people back to Queenstown itself.

The Hilton complex is a very well designed, I guess, you could say, mini-town of it’s own, everything, from a spa, to pub grub, and a more, snooty vibe of a restaurant. A cafe, art gallery, swimming pool and jacuzzi, and plenty of conference space for the business traveller.

I was of course, as stated, a singular entity, in being the, one and only, black person in the hotel.

The workers, were either asian, or caucasian, a welcome change from what I usually see when I travel.

So, off I trotted for a walk, and from the first walk I took, which took me through a place called, ” Peace Park “, I knew i’d made a smart choice to come to NZ, while i’m young enough to enjoy it, even with my number of ailing body parts, as I age.

45 …. ain’t that old, granted …

…. but, it’s old enough to know that certain trips are not gonna be so easy, in future years, so, I quickly, took in the sights, a beautiful sunset, gulls lounging on one of the many jetties, on either side of this, Great Lake, and a very pleasant hour was spent acclimatising, and taking in the sights, that were literally a walk away from my hotel room, which overlooked the lake …..

Worth EVERY PENNY … !!!!!

Fireplace, Bathroom, with a PROPER Bath, shower, and seating area, with table and chairs outside

Pure NICENESS !!!!!

So, off for some food, hit the pub, which is not as it sounds folks, this wasn’t, some Albert Square, wannabe’, type pub !

I was greeted by a youngish’ looking, bearded Scot, Phil, who indulged in conversation, while he worked, and we struck up a chord, pretty much, straight away. A cool guy, who wasn’t seemingly, aware of where the Maoris, I was keen to meet would be … LOL … !!!!!

We did laugh when one of his colleagues was like, there is a Maori show at The Peak, a tourist attraction, 20 minutes away, in Queenstown !!!!!!

So, upon looking at the menu, there was a nice range of foods, lots of meat, and some gourmet-ish’, type additions, weekly barbecues, local wines, and a couple of local beers, which I tried, and found to be, well brewed, and i’d say, a 6.5/10, in terms of the beers i’ve tried over the years.

This was far from being, some, cheap and cheerful, ” Pub Grub “, type vibe ……

So, back to my room, to catch some Z’s, and to get ready to sample the world of the South Island of New Zealand …..

Experiences that I shall expand upon, in my next few blog posts …..

But Finally …..

The V was in New Zealand …… !!!!!

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Santana does … ” Don’t Blush Baby ” …

Couldn’t resist …..

Jokes galore up in dis’ one ….. b’cos the whole scenario was ….

ONE BIG ONE !

SMH / LOL ……

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The Pre-New Zealand Experience … Written by Big Virge 14/01/2016

Well, before I hit Sydney, where I got my first taste of Australian vibes … !!!

I have to say that I did meet a very cool couple in Fiji, who were white folks, born in Australia, however, they were not from Sydney, where I popped in and out of …… on my way to New Zealand, THANKFULLY … !!!!!

I have so many good things to say about New Zealand, however, before I get to the beautiful things ….

I had to stop in Australia, just to break up my flights, and bwooyyyyy ….

Do I wish I didn’t !!!!

Although, everything for a reason, and I sense that reason, which will please lots of White Aussies, who read this …. is that ….

I really, have NO BUSINESS, being there !!!

Now, it’s not fair to generalise, but, from the Aussies I met, or, didn’t ….. in NZ, who just stared at me ….

…. and NOT …. In a cool way …. !!!!

…. to the ones, who I was in the vicinity of …. in Fiji, and, in the airports in Nadi & Sydney, their vibe is really, in my opinion, and now, my experience …. NOT NICE !!!!!

Apart from being, in the majority of cases, rather unpleasant to look at, and to listen to …. THAT BLOODY ACCENT …. !!!!!

If these people are not racist, i’d suggest, in far too many cases, as a matter of course …. Then, Aborigines ain’t from there, and let’s just remind the dummies that, the world now knows that, THE ABORIGINES …. are the REAL Australians, and, the true, indigenous people of that land !!!!!

Now, let me say, i’ve played cricket against, and with, numerous, White Australians, over the years, and have … NEVER … Experienced racism ….

NEVER … !!!!

Well, not directly at least ……

However, I am a big guy, and have a … Bigger Character, when in my element, but, not for, ONE SECOND, do I think that, THE CRIMINALS, that the Brits sent away & DIDN’T WANT …. !!!

…. and, more importantly, their offspring ….. do not have the same traits as their, not so distant, cousins !!!!!

If they don’t …

Well then … I’m a freaking Australian !!!!!!

The drinking, and how the, ” Truth Juice “, opens up their ignorance, reveals much about their, hidden ideals, and beliefs …..

Fijians stared, but more in that ….

“Whoaaaa … Who is this dude ?”, kind of way ….

Aussies stared in that …..

“Errrr what’s that !!!!!….. kind of way

….. and in that,

“Who does he think he is and what’s he doing here ?”… kind of way … !!!!

Well, hear what motha’ fuckers …. !!!

I’m moving in that ….

” You’ve got nothing on me ” … type of vibe !!!!!

And oh …..

” You don’t get to have rights, or access to things that I don’t ” …

Kind of way …. OKAY !!!!!

Between, reaching Fiji, and hitting Sydney, Queenstown NZ & Fiji again, over the course of 3 weeks, I saw, basically, NO OTHER BLACK PEOPLE folks …. Maybe ONE, but I think that my eyes may have been playing tricks on me …

LOL … !!!!!

…. but, as I tell people …..

I don’t travel the world to meet people, I travel the world to see the beauty of this planet, that some entity created …. who had a vision, for all shades, creeds and colours, to live equally, appreciate, and maybe just maybe, to get along with each other, without prejudice, judgement or, ignorance !!!!!

Oh and YES, that’s right, I am judging … !!!!!

If Trump can do it, and …..

If the …. ” Pro White ” ….

Anti-immigrant protestors in Sydney, can do it, those who needed to be separated from immigrants, on the ten year anniversary of the Cronulla riots, then hey, I should be able to have a say, that doesn’t go down so well with them !!!!!

Having seen the vibes of that unpleasant scenario, on the TV in my hotel room in Sydney, during my overnight stay, it’s only right !!!!!

I originally wrote this, while in Nadi airport, but, due to other matters taking precedence, I am only managing to post this now, in 2016, having now of course, seen the McLaughlin/Chris Gayle – ” Blushgate ” … of last week

So, as an ex cricketer of a pretty good standard, let me just state that, like many others, but not quite for the same reasons, I was truly astonished at his complete and utter disregard for the fact that …

1 – He’s in Australia, on National Television
2 – He’s in Australia, on National Television, chirping up some WHITE bit of skirt
3 – He tried his luck, to get some white puss, whilst being interviewed about cricket

and finally, and most importantly ….

4 You’re a Very Big, Black Dude, making what could be termed as, creepy advances to a WHITE GIRL, on National TV in AUSTRALIA … !?!?!

I know you think that, because you’re getting paid, shitloads of money, to join the 20 Over SLUGFEST, that the Big Bash League is, that you’r some kind of special, privileged individual now, but, maybe you should get your head out of whoevers’ ass you can get, and recognise how such actions would be taken !!!!!

It’s clear that, even he can’t stop the tide of white girls wanting some Big Black Dawgy’ … LOL

…. but, in all seriousness, in a time where race relations, on the surface, seem okay, but are clearly, far from that, he’s gonna act like some kind of …

Black Dawg on Heat … and then try to pass it off, as a joke ?!?

Well, it is indeed, beyond laughable, and clearly, not so funny, to certain, male, White Australians, who have pretty much, en masse, jumped on the …

“How Dare He” … bandwagon, as if, white sportsmen have never tried it on with female reporters, who, let’s get this clear, are rarely, frumpy looking women ?!?

…. and, as one comment I read, pointed out, this, from guys who work for an organisation, that, has taken the highly, respectable, if a little, snooty, world of cricket, into a fanfare of musically driven, fast food, microwave cricket, for the, internet generation of short attention span, viewers, and, even faster girls, in short skirts, cavorting on stages, claiming to be, team cheerleaders, who do, everything but, ask the patrons for a dollar, to take off, the rest of the, little they have on …..

Double standards anyone ….. !!?!!

Chris…

OTHER …. black people, may have to travel through places like Australia man, nobody is saying you should’t be who you want to be, or try it on with the ladies, but a little finesse, and style, in how you work your charms, might not be a bad idea, before just doing .., WHAT YOU WANT, because there are repercussions, that may not just affect you man ….

Come On Man !!!!!

Anyway, Sydney has this vibe of …. Hustle & bustle & disrespect, which I got from some oriental cabbie, the moment I came out of the airport, after already having had my bag searched by some, Indian, wannabee Aussie, at customs.

Note : neither were white, but, in his case, had me up like some kind of …. Excuse my language …. CUNT !!!!!

The customs guy, upon hearing the route of my journey, was on some,

” Do you think it was wise to travel now ?!? “, type rhetoric, as if he and Trump, were the best of friends ?!?

Opened up my chit’, and as is their want, didn’t even attempt to put back the clothes he’d so willingly, thrown aside whilst looking for the bomb he’d imagined was in it !!!!!

Then, this lil’ …. Oriental ASS, was as rude a cab driver as I’ve ever had … !!!!!

Abrasive, to the point where the guy who arranged it, had to run some ….

” Can you just take the gentlemen !!! “, and basically …. Shut The Fuck Up, type talk !!!

I was too tired to get into it, but, was very close to just getting someone else !!!!!
Just incredible !!!!!

I actually was that tired, that, in the end, i’d even got my hotel confused !!!!!

So, the lil’ fucker got paid & I had to get another cab, but, in the end, not to surprisingly, it was my next driver, who was a Muslim, who affirmed much that I was feeling, and even related a story about a black businessman, who he’d once given a ride to, who explained that, due to the level of racism he’d experienced in Australia, he cried in the cab due to it, and vowed to NEVER return there, no matter the money !!!!!

No such reaction would I be giving !!!!!!

The hotels I stayed in, were, very average …. and the service was, Especially Poor, at the Mercure International, upon my return !!!!!

Basically, FORGET … staying at that place !!!!!

Once again …. The Mercure International, 5 mins from Sydney Airport, with no traffic that is !!!!

No internet access, and the excuses were that my room was in a poor reception area in the hotel, and then, that…. Oh a lot of people are online and as it’s free, people were probably downloading lots, so that’s why I couldn’t get further than seeing the hotel internet welcome page …..

Un F’ing Believable … !?!?!

As for Sydney airport, well, thankfully, my flight back was way before the mad rush that ensues, through that airport, that I had to go through when I was on my way to New Zealand, in the morning there !!!!!

INCREDIBLE queues, and a manic, security check area, as bad as anything i’ve experienced in America … !!!!!

However, it was something to behold, travelling through, both LA & Miami after the recent, Miami police shooting incident & San Bernardino, obviously, one that inspired more words from me !!!!!

It’s clear to me now, why so many Asian/Oriental Women, end up with white guys too now, apart from their being, rather petite, it’s because brothers ain’t hitting these regions, where oriental people seem to be, slowly but surely, invading, as in Australia & New Zealand, and, one of my cruises in New Zealand, exposed to me just how rude and ignorant some oriental people can be !!!!!

However, again, the oriental girls who were working in the tourism fields in New Zealand, were lovely, so, maybe it’s just those who travel and haven’t travelled much, outside of the orient !!!!

However, it’s no excuse, as some of the white folks who work on the tours, advised me in private conversation !

It was actually, one of the funnier moments, when a Chinese Guy, in my hotel in NZ, tried to use his phone, via translator, to order food from a Czech Waiter, whose English, wasn’t bad, but wasn’t fully up to scratch !!!!

Jokes galore at the bar … !!!!!

Until, another Chinese guest recognised the sitch’ and came and helped, as he spoke some English !!!!!

As positive a note as I can end this post on !!!!

However, what I will say is this …..

Australia is a big place and surely has cool people, like the couple I met in Fiji, but, for me, my Sydney experience, and the vibe of the immigrant Aussies I encountered, to varying degrees, on this trip, have set in stone, my wish to …. at all costs, avoid going back there …. !!!!!

However, better things & people …. filled my final destination, on my outbound travels, and shall fill my last post about my trip across timelines …… that took me to The Beautiful, South Island, of New Zealand ……..

More to come ……

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“Evolvers” … A Poem written & performed by Big Virge

Yes Yes People ….. !!!

Having had a very calm, and quiet festive, after my …

Adventurous December … !!! … to, Pacific Coastlines and Landscapes, my first poetic offering of the year, is hopefully as inspiring, as it is, thought provoking ….

But in a more, PROGRESSIVELY EVOLVED Manner, than much that has been happening over the last few weeks …. !!!

From Paris to Nigeria bombings, to, US Madness, of a judicial & violent nature, to the, let’s say, not so evolved rhetoric, coming from the likes of Donald Trump, and his competition for the Whitehouse seat !!!!!

Anyway, from top to bottom, this is now, one of my favourites, and covers much that has occurred, and seemingly continues to occur within the ecology of Human Development …..

Take time with this one folks … !!!!!

because ….

Even if the word, ” Evolvers “, doesn’t actually exist in the Oxford, Posh Dictionary, it’s now, one of MY OWN, and what it’s inspired, reflects on much that happens in this crazy world of ours ….

Everyday …..

BELIEVE IT … !!!!!

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