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  1. Pada, They made up lies about me. I had to retain a lawyer. Like I said when I exposed them and the ruling went in my favour, the govt, changed judges and secretly placed one of their health lawyers who was corrupt and he was a nightmare and it was awful. He ruled in their favour and said awful things about the previous judge. The full bench also had people on it that had done deals too. I don't think they thought I would stand up to them, but I was in the right, and I really felt like I had no choice. Like I said, because they cheated they had a Lance Armstrong win. There is a full transcript of all that transpired. I don't have their wealth and power, but I have integrity and honesty and I can stand up to these corrupt people and look them in the eye. The health minister attends the largest Christian church in the State and when he came to power, suicide rates in the state spiked, it was a dark time. I contacted him as a Christian and told him the manager had sworn on the Bible and lied, and the first judge had found his evidence to be unreliable but he supported the man that did this. So there it is. I am fine now, because at the end of the day I did nothing wrong, I tried to advocate for the patients which is part of the code of conduct and ethics. These people don't care about those things. Just the money. I don't speak that language. I believe you can be successful in life, but not at the expense of peoples lives or causing harm.
  2. Thanks Doc! There are heaps of people who are working on the frontline. The people I am working with have really high standards, professional and ethical. The whole process has evolved into a slick well oiled machine. I suppose like a U2 show. The last job I worked at before I was caring for my mum was a really horrible place where the patients were receiving a poor standard of care, I flagged it, and they came after me. It's the first job ever in my life where it was like "DON'T GIVE UP YOUR NIGHT JOB". Meaning playing music, it's usually the other way around. Some of those people were promoted, even when they found human rights abuses and neglect.
  3. I work in a COVID clinic at the moment. It is a long busy day. It's hard work. I went out in the afternoon to grab a coffee, when I went outside, there was a lady walking past with the tiniest puppy on a lead. His name was Mitchell and he was the cutest most gorgeous puppy. I have some video of it, but when I tried to upload it, it said the file was too big, it's only 18 seconds but it still said the file was too big. I said to the lady with her puppy, your puppy is cuter than a baby. It was the highlight of my day.
  4. I am glad there was someone like George Michael, humble and kind and flawed.
  5. I have been out of action for sometime, taking a step back caring for my dying mother. So a little longer after the fact, I heard that George Michael was accused of being a "liar" and a "fake" because he covered up his sexuality in the 80s. It was clear that behind those comments that there was rampant bigotry and homophobia. Why was no one is calling this egomaniac on it? I remember the 80s when there was hysteria over the AIDS epidemic fuelled by fear of not understanding HIV. People were afraid to touch people who were diagnosed and there was a global backlash against the gay community calling it God's wrath and punishment coming upon the homosexual community. It was dubbed a "gay disease". It was a horrible time and many in the gay community concealed their true selves in order to survive. George Michael was one of those people. He came from a conservative Greek family and was tightly controlled in those days by his record company. He himself lost the love of his life to AIDS. So not coming out as a proud gay man does not make him a "fake" or a "liar", it makes him intelligent and a survivor. He needed to protect himself from the likes of many, but particularly aggressive conceited blokey racist males who think that they are superior to the rest of us mere mortals. One thing I know through the working class grapevine, George Michael was a kind and generous man. I don't think that a man that can't defend himself because he is dead should be attacked by someone who has clear deficits in the frontal lobe region of their brain. I don't care if you have a kazillion dollars in the bank, as you so loudly declare. If you are truly comfortable with your own sexuality why would you attack someone else who is choosing to keep their personal life private? Particularly in the area of their sex life. It's not your business, nor mine. I don't care what people do I care who they are. I don't have a kazillion dollars, but I haven't stepped on anyone, or slept with someone or used anyone during my journey with music. What that has left me with is an ability to not be intimidated by any narcissist who tries to pull rank on me. I look them straight in the eye and stare them down. You would be and should be humiliated in a debate with me. I have seen some of the casualties of your toxic violent abusive behaviour and lay the blame for their dysfunctional behaviour fair and square at your feet. Anyone growing up around you would not stand a chance with your domineering overbearing personality. God help them, they would be altered for life. Next time you want to run someone down like George Michael, who was a good man, with issues, like we all have. Firstly, make sure they are alive, and make sure you haven't been a guest in their house first. Even if you had to leave because you couldn't control your antisocial behaviour. If you want to big note yourself on someone else's stage, with their audience and band, knock yourself out. If you were a woman in music, your journey would be much different than it has been. Unless you sleep with someone, inject or stomp on others, you are going nowhere. What am I talking about....you've already done that even as a man. The carnage of those you have used and stood on to get ahead is well known. Having a kazillion dollars and boasting about it, doesn't make you successful. Having fame, which is stupid anyway, doesn't make you successful. Success is how kind you are to others and the impact you have on their lives. It's one thing to sell your soul, it's another to continue to trample on those that don't deserve it especially from someone with such a limited vocabulary. Take the "F's" out of the rants and it's slim pickins'. The truth is, you are the "fake" and a "liar" and a brown noser to boot. The term "woke" is a word that is being thrown around flat out in the UK. The pushback against this word is an attempt to excuse hatred. That's evil.
  6. I am still at University this semester and as a consequence a poor and pathetic in the process. As soon as I am cashed up I really want to see U2 in concert. I know it will be an amazing experience. I am happy for the fans that are going, I wish I was one of them. When the time is right and it meant to happen, I will be there, until then I am happy to hear about it in here and your experiences. I really hope the Lab Coat features in the concert. I know the guy that set the whole thing up, he is very humble and unassuming. this has been a huge undertaking for this and he would be speechless if he was called on stage, it would freak him out in a good way. It has not been an easy job for him to organise it every step of the way, but he has done this great task in order to demonstrate the great love he has for the band and he certainly would not expect it. He thinks U2 may not even know about it. It is refreshing to see people express their love for U2 in various creative ideas. What a guy. Cheers The Vacant Lot
  7. Hey U2, I have made quite a few genuine friends because of U2. You guys continue to impact and make the world a better place in ways that you don't even realise I think. Your fans are kindhearted and authenic and very loyal to you. They continue to be a blessing in my life. Maybe when you are finished with this music lark you could come and work for me? I don't mean to pull rank on you, but I have a huge following in Pakistan, absolutely massive! Calm down, calm down, just kidding. Look forward to meeting you one day. Cheers TheVacantLot
  8. Nah, it was cola. I am too old for any kind of beer these days. My days of falling down the stairs and getting kicked out of nightclubs are long gone, and thankfully before there was an internet! haha
  9. I gave a long response when I read the letter, but then it didn't post. I got busy and now am back to repost but hopefully less wordy. Those injuries are awful. No wonder you are on strong pain medication. I would say make sure that if you are feeling pain coming on, that you start to take some medication to control it, don't let the pain take over you, it is harder to get ontop of if you do. Be kind to yourself, go easy on yourself. Let others, your family take care of you and look out and look after you. Stop apologising for Songs of Innocence. It was brilliant and you guys are breaking new ground. Sometimes when we put ourselves out there and take risks we will inevitably get a backlash, whatever we are doing. It's hard sometimes to hear some of that negative stuff. I would say, process it, move on, you guys did the right thing. Have an awesome tour and an awesome 2015 (and DON'T overdo it, you are not as young as those Gloria/pontoon days LOL). Cheers TheVacantLot
  10. Here is the labcoat video link. Cheers TheVacantLot
  11. Well it is worth the wait, I have also done a little video. So I hope that is ok, and hope that you like it.
  12. Dear Zootopians, blessed am I, for I am with labcoat. I want to post some pictures taken today as well as some short footage. Hope you guys like it, its for your viewing pleasure. Please show me the link to post these adventures with this blessed relic, before it departs for another far away land. (OMG we had fun). Cheers
  13. Hi Everyone, I was looking for somewhere to post and thought this would be the one to say what I need to say. I wanted to say HELLO and I too haven't been in here for a while and certainly not as regularly as I have had a hectic demanding year. I have been working big time, and then some. I was so stressed, I didn't think I was going to do any well with what I was working on. I felt like the biggest loser in the world. I just didn't think I was going to make it. Anyway, I have submitted this work I have been working on, finally. I feel like a huge yoke\log has been lifted off my shoulders. I feel great. I was very sick too and run down, and all this hard work I have been doing I felt I was going to fail and not make it. I have made it now and only have one task to do to finish this job outright. The forum in here is something special, there are many different degrees of people who love the band. Many people here who are talented in their own right. It's fine to have a debate about something and go back and forth and those boundaries are tested here. I think it's great though to have a difference of opinion as long and you certainly are free to express yourself. It challenges your own way of thinking. I found the other members in here to be authentic and some people have a kind outlook and a dedication and loyalty to the band and the people themselves in the band. I think U2 are making the world a better place, and the fans in here are exceptional. I have learned more about U2 themselves and have grown fond of the people in here. I have had a very stressful busy exhausting year, but happy that it's over for this year. If anyone in here finds they need support or help, you are most welcome to reach out to me, and will help in anyway I can. Keeping in real Love and peace xx
  14. Hey, I just wanted to come in and say THANK YOU to the band for the new album and the gift to us, everyone and me. I have a close musician friend/neighbour that thought she was the only one that got it, she thought she was special and the chosen one, so we had a great laugh and said yes and pointed the fingers at ourselves 'it's all about me', I sound like a Nickelodean childstar (don't get me started). Anyway, I am not like Rolling Stone by any means, but I would like to listen and take in the album and give my feedback/impression/feelings and my mate would too. So I'm going to listen and hear whats happening. Sleep deprived here, heaps of work to do. Catch up Cheers and laughs always
  15. Again, re-reading these comments I think it's important that people DO care about the music and are interested in what is coming. I am not belittling that process. I also think that other work that is done aside from the music is important too. Most importantly the whole process should be fun and enjoyable.
  16. my comments are meant in a lighthearted way, in no way to offend anyone, I hope it's taken that way, which can sometimes be misconstrued online.
  17. Oh my God, reading this thread is like pressure pressure pressure. Here's the deal, all artists have self doubts, critics and people who undermine and don't believe what they are trying to do or produce, in any of the arts. I just recently saw a new documentary on John Lennon and he had not produced an album in 5 years because he was busy raising Sean. He saw that as more important, some would say it isn't, I agree with John Lennon it is more important. That is what that song 'Watching the Wheels' song was about. Those who thought he should have been 'in the scene man'. John Lennon kept the creation of the album 'Double Fantasy' top secret because he himself had self doubts and didn't know whether he still had it. He didn't want that negativity around him. I say, do what you want to do, say what you want to say and fuck what people think.
  18. What ever happened to Ramblin' Rose? LOL
  19. Here's how you start, you start by living it in your own life. Living a good life, being kind to others, when you see someone in need and you are in a position to help - don't ignore them, do something. Don't hurt others. If you do, apologise. Be humble. There is far too much hostility in the world now. Grabbing, and get out of my way, move it or lose it mentality. Change starts with you, it does not mean you are perfect, but you can try your best, that is all that is expected of us. If something is put on your heart, then do it, don't just sit down channel surfing, get on with what you are supposed to be doing. Don't get me wrong, catch me on a bad hair day and I can be exhausted and not wanting to engage with the world. But we all have a responsibility to do our bit. Hope that makes sense.
  20. Yes well, it's all fun and games until someone loses a planet, isn't it? It's tricky here in Australia as we have just taken a step backwards with the current wacky crew running the show down here. We have climate deniers and drastic cuts to help those in the third world needing aid and desperately relying on it for survival. Asylum seekers are treated like subhumans and denied refuge even if they are legitimate. There is a current culture of secrecy here, which makes these causes difficult to advocate for. It's quite evil. The only thing I can say from my point of view is that my input is very limited in what I can do. I am always here to help in whatever capacity is needed and in whatever I can offer. It is very frustrating when you see injustices and there is nothing you can do to help and at the same time there are others in positions of power who refuse to do anything. All they care about is themselves and their oversized egos. It's bizarre. I 100% support what you are doing, and if ever you are in need of someone with cheap one liners, give me a call. Cheers
  21. I read this report, as well as many others flying around at the moment. I haven't been in here for a while, have been busy with my own stuff. I do want to speak about this subject and the pressure that is on the band to produce a miracle of an album. You guys (U2) are just ordinary people who have had some extraordinary positive experiences that have happened to you. I am happy for you and for your success. You don't need to prove anything to anybody. Who cares what the critics or what anybody thinks? All that matters in this life is the people that you love and care for, anything else is just icing on the cake. Come on, true success is not measured by record sales or respect from music magazines. If you want to record and release an album, then do it. Do it, because you want to, if you are happy with it and there is harmony there with the band regarding the music you have created then go forward with it. If there isn't then, let it go. It's not worth all the stress. Sort out whether there is ego in there that may be clouding decisions so that you can move forward in the right direction with clarity. Who cares if you release a bunch of covers? I don't. As long as you are happy and having fun. John Lennon did it and nobody thought the worst of him. Anyway, next time you are in my neck of the woods I will shout you guys a meal at the Workers Club, but details closer to the time. Keep doing what you are doing, don't put yourself under stupid industry pressure. It is opposed to what you stand for. Anyway hope this helps. Cheers
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