A CHANGE IS AS GOOD AS A REST?
If a change is as good as a rest then I’ve had a rest, but my jet lagged self is left to wonder….I have recently returned from a sufficiently exciting, eventful vacation in Tahiti and while I was away a friend uploaded a video to You Tube, my first, on the Bethlehem Star about which presently.
My feeling about Tahiti is that in line with the hype and the history it is rightly called the most beautiful part of the Pacific, its pearl, and if many films have been made there it’s because there’s something of the film set about the supremely photogenic Moorea and Bora Bora. But as regards vacations it’s also one of the more difficult zones not just to reach but to manage.
Tahiti today depends upon mainly tourism but it is not as well adjusted to tourism and tourists as it might be. Hawaii, or, if you want French atmosphere Nouvelle Caledonie, are closer to modern comfort and amenities…..unless you really are going to lodge in the highest echelons of hotel comfort and expense Tahitian style at such as the St Regis resort on Bora Bora which attracts film stars and celebrities. English has only been taught in Tahiti in recent years. Basically most inhabitants aren’t at home in the language. This didn’t worry me personally having lived in France but if you don’t speak French it could trouble you and you had better have everything pre-arranged and go to the “good” hotels where someone can address you in English.
BANKS AND CONNECTIONS
My advice to tourists: Check everything, ask around and be ready to doubt the guidebooks. One of them published as recently as Oct 1st will inform you that you can use your bank cards at ATMs at least of Bank Sacredo if they have Maestro or Cirrus on them. This is completely untrue as I certified in the main banks of Papeete where the most I could do was queue to obtain some additional money off my credit card which I was reluctant to do as I had left it in a state more for automatic bill collecting back home. If I hadn’t largely pre-paid for tours and not brought out adequate cash changed in the central Brisbane bank I would have been in real trouble. The restriction on spending left one feeling edgy because Tahiti is outrageously expensive at the level of everything from taxis to supermarket goods so that if one were to get into trouble, above all lose some money or goods, what would one do? It doesn’t make one’s stay too relaxing and in my case it made for more eating at roulottes in the evening than restaurants to be sure to keep on the right side of things. Fortunately the roulottes, dining vans, don’t serve bad food and eating out under the warm night is not unpleasant.
Tahiti’s connections for internet are by and large not good, they are slow and weak so I bought an international telephone card for some essential messages and contacts. These are not fully reliable. I had to go through the process 4 times on more than one occasion to make the card work. It even started by telling me I was out of credit for calls on a card I hadn’t used!
CHECK YOUR TAHITI TOURS
Sometimes the system seems plain perverse and I don’t refer as I could to silly irritations like being told by the Hilton restaurant waiter while sitting beside a lagoon that the hotel had no fish that day. Nor even to the way that even if you secure yourself the necessary left hand side plane seat for flight to Bora Bora to insure you can film your approach to the dream island, Air Tahiti doesn’t keep the windows particularly clean…..No, I refer for example to the fact that no tour of Moorea seems willing or able to collect you at the catamaran wharf – you need to secure one of the few and expensive taxis to some hotel half way round the island to be picked up by anyone. I was forced to obtain a tour which would pick you up instead on Tahiti island to take you across the water from there. This cost four times the normal island tour rate and then this had to be cancelled and swapped for another because no one but myself wanted to take the other tour on the relevant day. So I missed seeing certain historic sites in favour of a mainly mountain safari that cost a further $40 US more.
This Safari (which included the Hilton visit and no fish lunch – but not the boissons of pineapple juice and expresso coffee at this hotel voted the most romantic in the world) was magnificent but hair raising. The previous day the same tour had come to a halt when someone started suffering panic fits about the dangerous tracks and turnings this trip involves especially to gain the remote and totally magnificent Magic Mountain and its truly spectacular views. Please check your health and nerves are OK for safaris on Moorea and Bora Bora (or even Tahiti main island whose interior can boast wonderful mountains where the painter Gauguin falsely claimed to have gone to be initiated), because they’re rewarding for the enterprising. They seem however only a few degrees safer than the notorious Bolivian death road! I suppose one could call it a form of initiation of sorts.
I feel rather sorry for Tahiti because one can’t be confident what the future holds for its friendly, welcoming people. If formerly France exploited the region it is now virtually subsidizing it big time and under Hollande the French government wishes to do so to a lesser degree. Ever since the ‘08 recession tourism has been in decline. The Sofitel hotel on Tahiti has just closed. Four hotels on Bora Bora have closed, admittedly in one case not for economic reasons but because of being built where flooding from the pass into the lagoon was damaging it. Increasingly French tourists aren’t venturing beyond the Caribbean; the main tourists are Americans and Japanese and honeymooners from anywhere who want to make marriage special on the famous dream island of Bora Bora. Today one needs like myself rather special reasons (my own were cultural and linked to writing) to go the great distance to Tahiti and things need to be made easier if the halcyon days of glamour tourism to French Polynesia are to return.
THE BETHLEHEM STAR – A YOU TUBE TALK
There was nothing particularly glamorous about the birth of Christ in a stable but the event was surrounded by drama and the Bethlehem Star is part of that drama… if we could understand it. Every year towards Christmas people ask questions, observatories offer speculative shows and media sometimes offer programmes.
My YouTube offering on the subject ambitiously declares there is no longer any mystery explains why and how and the entire matter is extremely provable especially assisted by name, place and concept asteroids anyone could understand, and that Jesus’ birth data work for Jesus issues and events to this day.
I hope people can be open to what I have to say – it’s an important revelation all said and done. Years ago one astrologer raised a Catholic told me they couldn’t deal with this data because it seemed too intimate to someone accustomed to see and treat Jesus like an icon. The whole project of seeking Jesus’ birth data seemed to them a rather Protestant undertaking. (Actually my findings are a radical development of researches of the Australian and Catholic astronomer Ferrari D’Occhieppo).
I think however it will be possible for some people who deep down don’t want to know the facts, to hide behind excuses like astrology is too vague or complex or pagan or that all your video offers is a talk. Hardly was the YouTube up than I was a bit exasperated to hear that a friend of a friend had complained there were no charts and diagrams. If anyone wants these they are there in my book Testament of the Magi (available Amazon). Normally however people complain that diagrams are too difficult unless you’re an astrologer so this talk uses none whatever, says just things about the names of Jesus’ ancestors in the heaven of asteroids and everything that any non astrologer can understand because there’s nothing technical for them to absorb. Now someone, in perhaps foretaste of things to come, complains this simplicity is not the real thing, doesn’t keep to “the basic facts” whatever those are supposed to be.
I am left wanting to suggest that if someone claims what I claim, then it’s necessarily so momentous and so vital if you consider things of Christ important at all, that if you find (as I don‘t think you should) the material a bit unfamiliar or complex you should just press on and make the effort to understand. Knowledge like beauty sometimes comes at the price of pain! However, as said, I don’t feel you should find the subject that difficult and hopefully you can sufficiently ignore my beginner’s video for the information conveyed.
THE ASTROLOGY OF BELIEFS
Before Christmas I hope to have made astrology a bit more accessible, explicable and credible not least for religious persons disposed to doubt and reject the subject. I shall be doing this through a new book The Astrology of Beliefs which I am presenting correcting in proof. This book which retains some humour amid serious themes will demonstrate that patterns of philosophical and religious beliefs do in fact follow the zodiacal signs rather clearly, in fact more clearly than is sometimes felt to be the case as regards character.
AND NEXT A VIDEO ON MANY THINGS GAY
I would be doing the editing for The Astrology of Beliefs right now if I weren’t instead preparing a potentially explosive video covering many aspects of especially gay issues in the light of ongoing gay marriage controversies in America and everywhere.
[As of 17.11/12 this is now on the Net and can be viewed at
The renewed debate has opened upon some remarkable statements.
So I will be covering:
- · My experiences of disinformation and censorship with media and publishing and even some gays in this area.
- · What Jesus taught about homosexuality – most people gay and straight believe he said nothing at all and/or wouldn’t even deign to mention it, but he did.
- · The shocking misunderstanding of the churches in approach to the whole gay issue as exemplified by responses to the gay marriage issue.
- · A solution to the problem theologians either can’t solve or just prefer to ignore of why Paul’s conversion narrative has something of a set scene from Euripides’ Bacchae about it.
- · Considers the claims the gay movement is a sign of the end times or part of the movement of history or whatever.
Whether I am heard or not it will be a relief to have it all out and on record. It’s necessary at this time too as I have something unique to say about Uganda which is now on the edge of establishing the most draconian anti gay laws in the world cheered on by various churches. Also I see that hardly had my Bethlehem Star video been uploaded than close to my place on the lists odd persons or groups ignorant of what I am about seemed interested and determined, troll-like, to pursue me with the nonsense and disinformation of a decade ago. I feel I have put up with a lot, too much too long, and the unvarnished truth should finally be out there. And even if all this is difficult, the trip to Tahiti has left me a bit more relaxed for dealing with it.