It started innocently.  Paint a pedestrian crossing in rainbow colours for the Emerald City’s annual street parade.  The condition: Be gone by morning.

 Hangovers last longer.  It wasn’t removed. Not right away.  People taking photographs halt traffic and steal the politicians’ evening news coverage.  The Wizard of Oz decreed it be removed.  Now!

There is a long way between black and white.  Especially in this rainbow nation.

The ‘coloured spectrum coalition’ might run in the next election.  Gay marriages and the ability to chalk places any colour we want.

We’re not In Sydney, Toto.  DIY Rainbows are being chalked everywhere.

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Update 16-July-2013:  Wikipaedia now has a DIY Rainbow Crossing entry explaining in more detail what prompted the whole social protest movement and the central role of social media [Link to Wikipaedia entry for DIY Rainbow Crossing.]




  1. love it Alex! good stuff, get into that poem we discussed and we can share it in our newsletter- you can be a published poet!!




    • Thanks for stopping by Kim.
      I actually became a published poet many years ago. Then there was a bit of a drought while I got into a career, raised children and worked full-time. After making a resolution (of a belated New Year’s kind) to get out of my comfort zone and put my work out there for others to chew over, I now have a couple of projects brewing with a goal of e-publishing and putting together a hardcopy poetry chapbook, as well as an anthology of ‘drabbles’. What is even better is finding some fellow writers to sample my literary offerings and having the confidence to tweak the ‘recipes’ in response.
      I am more than happy to give other carers of ASD kids a creative view on the challenges and rewards, and for Northcott to reprint a future poem (it is still in a conceptual form) in your newsletter. Thank you for the opportunity to attend Tony Attwood’s seminar last month. It was so inspiring to see metaphorical light bulbs going on all over the place as people clicked with what he had to say. What a fantastically positive person, made all the more so because he shared the journey of his daughter’s teacher specialisation in this area and the struggle with his son’s drug addiction.
      The enduring legacy of May Gibbs’ creativity has meant so much for so many through Northcott. The more the isolation is broken down and communities of carers come together to support each other and educate the teachers in the school system where bullying has become an epidemic, the better placed this world will be for appreciating the unique gifts of the genius’ in our midst – for all our benefit.
      Have a great day!
      – Alexandra

      (ASD = Ausism Spectrum Disorder – something I believe we are ALL on to a greater or lesser degree!)


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