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December 1, 2018 - Young Insight

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This is Impossible – So Let’s Get Started.

Below is an excerpt from a student’s exploration of the book, ‘Clunk & Jam’,  for an English assignment.  Thank you RB for choosing Clunk & Jam to review and the personal insights you’ve written about and kindly (bravely) shared …

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January 30, 2015 - Free Yourself

Just out, the movie Birdman is well worth a watch – or two.  It’s different, but it’s a great observation of a culture obsessed with super stardom, celebrity and fame, and how high personal ideals and sense of self importance can drive us to the edge.

Makes you wonder…. What if someone tapped you on the shoulder and said; “YOU’VE MADE IT.”  You no longer had to strive and agonise your way to being something MORE.  Being good enough.  Successful enough.  And what if you didn’t wait for someone else to tap you on the shoulder.  What if you started, now, today, tapping yourself on the shoulder every day and saying….

‘You’ve Made It.’ . . .  ‘I’VE  MADE IT!’

But I don’t believe there is some point in our life that we reach, where everything comes together – we arrive at our destination. Seems a bit limiting.  I think we have to keep reaching and moving beyond where we are, not in a driven kind of Birdman way, just to keep wondering about the great beyond?  Keep pushing elephants up the stairs – keep flowers in full bloom.  (From a great REM song).   Keep ‘making it’ through every day…

August 1, 2014 - Impossible Things

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Ever wished you were a Super Hero and you could save the world, but you can’t, so you’ve all but given up on yourself.  Then someone tells you a story about a French tightrope walker who strings a wire between the Twin Tower buildings in New York.  As her prepares to step onto the wire, he turns to his loyal companion and says;

“This is impossible – so let’s get started.”

An you string that wire across the gap between your dream and reality – and it forever holds you in your dreaming.


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Then you watch a Batman movie, ‘The Dark Knight’, and the Super Hero himself succumbs to the darkness.  But it is the wise words of the loyal Butler that serve to resurrect the Bat;

“Master Wayne – we must endure.”

And you slip them into your back pocket.


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Poem in building ?

It is the Joker who hides behind powder and paint.   Wearing boots too big to move too far and an endless grin that sucks you in.   It is the night so black that brings the bat to beat some sense into a head so full it takes on the form of another.

Find in ‘Clunk & Jam’ book.  See true story about tight rope walker here.   (Below).

August 1, 2014 - Toothache and a dream

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The Artist Crime of The Century .

Imagine … sitting in the waiting room of a dentist surgery, flipping through a newspaper.  You spot a sketch of the proposed Twin Tower buildings in New York.  In that moment you decide, upon completion of the buildings, you will (illegally) string a tightrope wire between the towers (450 metres high) and attempt the impossible.  And you do it.  Not once, but you dance (and kneel and lay) along the wire, crossing back and forth 8 times.   Phillepe Petite devoted years to making his dream a reality -along with loyal supporters.   A friend told me this story and recommended the movie ‘Man on Wire’.  I return to it time and time again for inspiration and strength – and the message that we must prepare our steps well but also be prepared to step back from the wire when those steps don’t feel right to take.

Find in Clunk & Jam book.

August 1, 2014 - Gone To The Dark

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Up Above The World So High .

On the night you’ve gone to the dark, / look to the black tinsel sky and see how small you really are.  Let it shrink, for a moment, the swell of emotion that engulfs you, anchoring you in your small and fleeting space, so you can feel the splinter of time that holds you here until the next.

(From book, ‘Clunk & Jam‘).

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