Pauline Morrissette's UK LETS Mission #2 Report
April 3,1997 Pauline, Sabine and the Queen Yes or No to National LETS? Wirral South By-election A Wirral Wind of a trip.
Once again, thanks to Ottawa's First Nations Travel-Consultant David Bonk, at 222 Rideau Street, for my travel arrangements to leave on February 18th, 1997.
My strategy upon arriving in London was to first find out when and where the all-candidates' meetings would be hosted. I was given the name of Jo Pemberton in Wirral South who was working the campaign office for Flo Clucas, candidate for the Liberal Democrat Party. On calling Jo, I was alerted to the fact that there would be no all- candidates' meetings, the policy being that if one of the main three parties pulled out of attending a meeting, then the meeting is cancelled.
This caused a dilemma, I felt I must get down into Wirral South to approach the candidates on a one-to-one level. Only having the minimum financing, I felt if I could get hold of a true LETSer and plead my case, perhaps my accommodations could be handled that way.
I contacted Liz Sheppard of LetsLink U.K. to plead my case, I needed contact numbers of the closest LETsystem to Wirral South, unfortunately this turned out to be a dead end as well. I should have gone with my initial thoughts about going directly to Wirral South but those plans had been scuttled by forces not within my control.
I then contacted the Electoral Office to get Fax numbers for each of the candidates, again to no avail. Eventually what I did get was phone numbers and mailing addresses of the homes and campaign offices for each. This was my start at least.
Sabine and I prepared and planned our information package to these 12 candidates. To assure that we had an attractive package which looked professional, we needed to reproduce the computer diskette with the LETS logo. Sabine was unable to do this on her computer so at 11 P.M. we drove over to Kay and Jeff Hyman's home who graciously welcomed us in and were more than happy to assist in the cause. We now had everything we needed including the article from the Guardian by Sarah Ryle, published in our last UK report. The mail system in Britain is very good and it only took one day turn-around to get those packages into the homes and offices of the candidates.
I then proceeded with follow-up phone calls. Some of the candidates had as many as five calls from me, each time leaving a message to contact me, each time only to be told that they were busy on the campaign trail, going door to door, as no meetings were scheduled or even allowed at this point. I was feeling a little sick.
Finally, calls were being returned. Yet, I could tell these people were exhausted and their minds were not open to any new ideas, especially from a Canuck who has just jumped in on the scene. I confidently explained the reasons for my mission. First, I needed to know if they had heard of LETS prior to receiving my information package. If their constituents wanted them to quickly set up a LETSystem, would they? Would they support a National LETS? Would they work towards legislation to secure DSS benefits for LETS members such as the Maggie Deahm Amendment to the Social Security Act passed in the Australian Parliament in 1995? Ms. Deahm pointed out that LETS benefits the unemployed and the underemployed by keeping their skills upgraded while they wait for jobs.
I do believe the chronicles Sabine and I were posting to econ-lets so the folks at home could see how things were progressing started a flurry of discussion, especially on DSS benefits. Helen Barnes and Andy Ryrie have started brain-storming on this issue and as I perused their discussions. I can only say: "keep up the good work."
I was very pleased when Geoffrey Mead, the Natural Law Party candidate called me. I explained that I had run against Neil Patterson, the Leader of the Natural Law Party in Canada, and had a good rapport with him. I very much like the Natural Law attitudes towards health, relaxation, meditation, etc. but I also told Geoffrey Mead what I had said to Neil Patterson during that election, that it is very difficult to empty your mind enough to float when you have this bear trap around your ankle, i.e. the money problem. He was aware of LETS and had attended meetings to do with LETS and would definitely encourage it.
Tony Samuelson, an Independent candidate, replied that he would encourage anything that would give dignity and employment to people.
Colin Palmer, 21st Century Independent Foresters, was very enthused since he himself had already made headlines with a large cardboard penny as a symbol for another currency. Colin faxed over news articles to attest to this. We spoke after I received his material and he said that the issue now on the political agenda in Wirral South is the lack of media coverage for the minor candidates. We spoke about how John fought for right of political candidates to speak in Canada and Colin seemed to be delighted that he was on track with this problem. Colin was going to try and meet up with me in Crewe at the conference but, unfortunately, that conference began the day after the by- election and I have no doubt Colin was exhausted. During our conversations, Colin mentioned Maundy money. On the Thursday before Easter, known as Maundy Thursday, the Queen gives out "Maundy money" to the poor. This 600-year-old custom is a gesture of humility, recalling Jesus' washing the apostles' feet. Information of this old tradition excited me. I needed to know exactly when this would happen this year. A fast call to Buckingham Palace, Christopher Williams in the Palace, informed us that "Maundy Money" was on the Calendar to be handed out on March 27th, 11 a.m. at Bradford Cathedral. I wasn't sure yet what to do with this information but I knew it would be useful knowledge at some point.
Interspersed with LETS and political activities was LETS and social activities. The morning I arrived in London, Sabine had our day planned out. It was directly off to The London Arts Conference, a half day forum for practitioners who work with young people in the Arts/Media Training sectors. This was held in Haverstock Hill, London at the Hampstead Town Hall which is now being used by Youth Clubs, Art and Media schools and the Community.
Key Speakers: Virginia Bottomley MP, Secretary of State for National Heritage, Sir David Puttnam CBE, Film-maker and commentator on the importance of arts and media training and the place of the cultural industries in the Capital city.
This once undoubtedly-beautiful Town Hall was in a shambles. Paint peeling, in bad need of refurbishing, it is one thing to turn over a building for a great cause but unless work is done soon, everything will have been in vain. Enter stage right: Sabine; enter stage left: Pauline; to work our magic around the place putting the New Word Order in everyone's ear: LETS and how to use it. We witnessed young people playing their instruments, dance troupes doing the latest in street-dancing and a soloist, one young girl in particular that I recall saying to myself: Watch out Whitney Houston, this young lady will no doubt reach the top if she continues on this route."
I had spoken to David Pidcock, Leader of the Islamic Party of Great Britain, to let him know I was back and why. David was busy getting ready for his trip to Malaysia and yet amongst all his activities, he was willing to meet with Sabine and I to discuss what role the Islamic Party could play in all this. He graciously sat with us and agreed that the Islamic Party would say yes to a National LETS. He told us that he informed Sahib Bleher, the secretary, to aid us in any news releases etc. You may quote: "The Islamic Party of Britain, not having a candidate standing in the Wirral by-election, encourages all its supporters and all Muslims in the constituency to vote for the candidate advocating the introduction of a LETS scheme, as this is a policy directed against the evils of an interest-based economy, and therefore, an issue that has our full- hearted support. We will also make it a criteria of our support in the forth-coming general election whether a candidate's policies promise to do something about the greatest injustice of our times, the exploitation of our people by a fraudulent interest-based meysystem." I thank you David for taking time out from your busy schedule. It was a learning experience and I hope your Malaysian mission is successful. I would like to hear about it some time.
Back at the Sabine's flat, we received a faxed invitation to an Agepower Celebration and Cerebration, a cocktail reception from 5:30 on (The Jailhouse Rock Party) at 12 Grosvenor Place, London, SW1X 7HH. Bernice Weston founder of Weight Watchers was now to embark on her new project Agepower and this was somewhat of a launch for it. It had attractive 20ft. ceilings, balconied and charmingly decorated offices that afforded an excellent view of the gardens of Buckingham Palace and the Queen's private tennis court.
Bernice had just recently been wrongfully arrested and spent the night in jail. Now she plans to sue the police. Yet, with all this, it was a wonderful party and Bernice was a most charming Hostess. I got to mingle and talk with some very delightful characters. The elegant Alesia, daughter of Bernice, was one. John Casson - 87 years young was another. This dynamic gentleman told me about his part in the war, first 20 years in the navy, then a pilot captured by the Germans and a prisoner of war in Germany for 5 years. His mother was a famous actress Cybil Ike Thorne, buried in Westminster Abbey. He later started training business men how to act. I found this all very interesting. Christopher Day, Director of Adams and Associates was just as funny and colorful as his Mickey Mouse tie. I could go on.
February 21 - I had the real pleasure of meeting Princess Helene Moutafian from Russia. We drove her over to the Pure Balance Mind and Body Centre where we waited for her while she had her treatment. During our wait, Lynn Georgiou, the receptionist, who has studied spiritual healing etc. was most curious to see and feel the 12,000 Greendollars in notes I was to deliver to the Queen. She followed along as we explained the LETS and how it could be applied even to the Pure Balance Centre. When she eventually held the 12,000 LETS dollars in her hands, she couldn't say anything, only "it's hot energy." Princess Helene then insisted on taking Sabine and I to Louis', a very quaint tea room with magnificent pastries baked on the premises by, yes, Louis himself. He came out from his work to say hello to the Princess and she reminded him that she had been patronizing his establishment for over 30 some years. Not only did we have a delightful lunch, but Helene insisted on buying us yet another beautiful cheese cake to take home. We left Helene with the promise to join her for tea on Sunday at her home.
February 22 = We took the cheese cake with us the next day to the Global Cafe for the demonstration of LOIS (LETS Office Integration System) presented by Jerry Vahrman of Bristol and assisted by David Edmond who is always busying himself around the cafe. David Payne and Christopher Sagajllo, two of the attendees, were finally convinced to take the risk and attend the Buckingham Palace outing with me.
I needed three people to pull off the picture-taking of the Abolitionist Party of Canada banner. You are not allowed to do this sort of thing without permission from the Lord Chamberlain but time certainly did not allow for such action so we would take the gamble and timing was to be crucial if we did not want to get arrested. We practiced our motions at the cafe on how we would pull this off. Adrenalin was rushing as we entered the grounds of Buckingham Palace.
Robin Johannsen, the student doing a documentary on LETS who kept company with John and I on our last mission to Britain, was also along for the ride. On arrival, I tried to get the envelope with the G$12,000 Greendollar notes into the Palace via the Police at the receiving desk but they would have no part of it and suggested I put it in the Post. Which is what I did later on in the day at Trafalgar Square's main Post Office in London. I was told she would receive it in two days. Not bad. The photo opp at the Palace turned out well and it must have amused many tourists to see this banner go up and down to the rhythm of the Bobbies heads turning away from watching us. I thank David, Christopher and Robin for taking that chance to help me with my Birthday present to John.
Back at the global cafe we indulged in the cheese cake and tea and talked in general about the LOIS software. This is his ad:
@12PTC = (LETS Office Integration System)
LOIS is a powerful new Windows-based PC software package which has been designed for quick and easy LETS scheme administration. Further development of the system will take place taking particular account of the feedback received from users of the software. LOIS is available to help with all your LETS scheme administration functions including: - Members - Services - Member Services - Transactions - Accounts - Reports Look and Feel: LOIS is an intuitive menu-driven application. From the main menu, you can easily access all functions. Even first time computer users will find LOIS extremely easy to use and it comes complete with on- line help facilities. Members: Information can be stored on all the members on the scheme including name, address, phone numbers, current balance, joining and renewal details, etc.
Services: The Services section contains information about all the services that are offered or wanted by members of the scheme. A hierarchical system has been implemented whereby all offers and wants are divided into groups, categories and services to allow easy entry and analysis of information. The system has been designed to accommodate over 700 services. Member Services: The member services section provides an easy point of entry to edit the wants and offers of each member. Search facilities are provided to find the most appropriate group, category and service for each offer. Transactions: All transactions that are carried out by the members can be entered and stored within the system. The transactions screen has been designed to make it as easy as possible to look up information about members and services. Accounts: It is possible to view the trading details for each member of the scheme. This screen has been based on the bank statement format that most people will be familiar with. Reports: A range of reports has been included to allow information stored within the system to be output to the screen, a printer of exported to a file. This includes the production of a directory containing all the services offered by each member. Training and Consultancy In addition to supplying the software, training and consultancy can be provided at a reasonable cost to assist in all aspects of LETS software and computer systems. @12PTC = ***** Special Offer ***** The cost of the software will be #125 but until the end of March, 1997, it is available at the special introductory price of #100. For more information, contact: @10PTB = Jerry Vahrman, LOIS Software @10PTB = 10 Filton Ave., Horfield, Bristol, BS7 0AG, @10PTB = Tel: (0117) 951-3971, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerry has already sold 6 LOIS software packages, one to David Williams, the councillor mentioned in our last report who set up the Hounslow LETS. David will use the new LOIS software to set up LIFT which is for the business sector. Good luck David and we wish you success in the upcoming election when you run for Labour in the Uxbridge constituency. Jerry also has sold LOIS to a LETS in Australia.
One young man who I had left out of my last report, a Global Cafe employee Joel Hammond, on this trip I learned that he was indeed an artist and I would go so far to state, a great one. As I roamed the cafe, I saw his works upstairs and downstairs, very modern, but the detail was awesome. Some of his pieces were very large and I spoke to him about how long it would take to create some of these pieces. This young man works to paint, this is his life. Now if only he could be discovered and his works displayed properly.
Sabine has also set up the first Web Conference on LETS at the Global Cafe. David Edmond along with Sabine are having to learn more about the management of that conference to link LETS with Agenda 21 (the document signed by all governments in Rio in 1992) as paragraph 33 asks for INNOVATIVE FINANCIAL MECHANISMS. LETS is clearly the best banking mechanism invented as it is interest-free.
Sunday with Princess Helene, a delightful 3-hour get together and lunch. Helene had us explain what LETS could do for her and her beautiful home. At a fast glance of the room that around us, I said that she could possibly list this room as a meeting place for people willing to trade for LETS to entertain clients and she could be the Hostess of such meetings, something she really enjoys and does so very well. In exchange she could receive gardening, painting, repairs all of which were going on at the time of this meeting. I also, must mention at this time that Helene also is a wonderful artist. In her sitting room, her many paintings captured my heart. I sat and focused on them and they moved me. This extraordinary lady charmed me and as I listened to the good work she is involved in, I urge her to continue and send my blessings.
The following day we met with Diana Schumacher, extremely well-known as an avid networker in the environmental movement, who has developed the concept of Local Trading Bonds to regenerate the business community. In her capacity as an international public lecturer, she uses every opportunity to promote LETS as the way for local communities to organize themselves. The name of Diana's firm is Work Structuring Limited - Leaders in Organizational Transformation. Work Structuring operates in the area of business and institutional re- organization and development. It seeks to help clients improve their organization at the "total systems" as well as at the "component" level.
Starting with a set of sound organizational and people-centered principles, WSL uses a powerful methodology that can turn your strategic vision into an operational reality.
WSL shows how to align all the elements of an organization around its essential purpose thereby creating a more streamlined business process as well as greater job satisfaction and commitment from all. WSL is the only systems-level approach that combines a thorough analysis of business processes and structures with clear insights into motivation and people development.
Diana is very dedicated to her work and was en route to another assignment when she took time out of her busy schedule to meet with us. Thank you Diana it was an enlightening and pleasurable meeting. Diana was the one who pointed out that PASSING THE TORCH, will be a major event organized by the Fabian Society and The Guardian Newspaper for the 'Centre-Left' this Saturday. The decision was made at this point that it would be beneficial for Sabine to join their sessions on 'strengthening communities' and 'creating unities of interest between the poor and the rest' after the plenary with Tony Blair, John Gray and Lord Jenkins. We split forces at this point and I traveled down to the conference in Crewe.
The Christian Council on Monetary Justice was hosting a conference within the Crewe Conference titled "Struggle & Survival in the World of Mammon, a conference organized by Shrewsbury Justice and Peace Commission with the support of CAFOD, Christian Aid, Chester Diocese Justice and Development Education Committee and the Justice and Peace Commission of Liverpool Archdiocese and the Faith and Justice Commission of Lancaster Diocese.
This conference was held at St. Thomas More High School, Danebank Avenue, Crewe, a short walk from the Wistasten Hall Monastery where CCMJ attendees would stay for the next 3 days. Father Murphy and Father Matts saw to our every need, meals, rooms, chapel-spiritual needs, meeting rooms, everything that we could possibly need was pointed out to us on our arrival, including house rules.
This was a wonderful retreat where one could meditate and that is exactly what we were there for, a think tank, a meeting of like minds and how to press forth to educate and bring this awareness to others. It was a wonderful blend of characters: Val Curtis, Tony Mason, Frank McManus, Mike Coldham, Patricia Knox, Sister Dorothy Peart, Sister Magdalen Fogarty, Deidre Manifold, Kenneth Allchin, Kevin Donnelly, Richard Kay and myself. All had brought props, booklets, leaflets, literature or important information that many had themselves published.
Sister Dorothy, in her wisdom, has chosen to educate via visual demonstrations that she has applied in book form titled: "Lets Understand our Money" story which mentions: What money is, how it started and Let's start again. Gold Tokens, Snags & Benefits. Usury to Blame. Who should create the money supply? Dorothy also had the Money story done out on long paper banners that were laid out on the floor. Talk about rolling out the red carpet. We had Sister Dorothy's cartoons rolled out for us. This lady is really on track and I warmed to her tender voice as she would assist in chapel leaving me feeling calm and confident to go on, in this usury fight. Sister Dorothy noted: "John Turmel may be God's Engineer???)
Deidre Manifold joined us from Ireland. This petite, fired-up lady gifted me with books - "Fatima & The Great Conspiracy" which mentions an extraordinary story of how the international conspiracy to achieve a materialist world dictatorship is being pursued. The facade of ideologies and parliamentary politics is unerringly penetrated, to reveal the hidden mechanisms of world power politics, in all their Machiavellian subtlety.
Deirdre, a Galway housewife, made it her study over a lifetime to unravel the peculiar and unique connections of this conspiracy, its roots in the sixteenth century, its present-day extent, with tentacles both in the Kremlin and in Wall Street. Deirdre added a lot of pointers, but one in particular hit my eye: Joseph Kennedy asked his son John:"Do you realize what you are doing? This year they can make you President, next year they would kill you if you dared stand in their way."
Concluding my allotted time as a Guest Speaker, I read these words of encouragement given to me during our New Zealand Mission by Allan Efford who also works selflessly to promote the good word. Since all were also impressed, as promised, I include these great words for you to ponder and pass along to those who waver and feel despair at times in this ongoing battle.
"Let no one be discouraged by the belief that there is nothing that one man, or one woman, can do against the enormous array of the world's ills; against the misery and ignorance, injustice and violence. Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of the events and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of their generation. It is from numberless, diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and bearing, those ripples build a current which can SWEEP DOWN the MIGHTIEST WALLS of OPPRESSION and RESISTANCE." Robert F. Kennedy
Richard Kay contributed a pamphlet titled"What is the Parable of the Talents Really About? Sub Headings: Jubilee principles, The parable of the talents examined, Mammon's system exposed and his fate made clear, Nehemiah's definition of usury and the subversion of common law, Mammon's money worshipping economic theory, God's abundant provision and buying without money. Richard also elaborated on LETS registries for those who weren't up to speed on that issue.
Back to the Struggle and Survival Conference. There were 15 different work-shops to choose from. I had already been registered to attend "LETS - The End of Mammon's Money Monopoly?" presented by Angus Soutar. As the money system of the Middle Ages struggles to support us in the new Age of Information, there are several new initiatives which could reduce our need for conventional money. One of the most practical of these is LETS, which supports trade and exchange within a community while reducing the need for cash. This is a reflective, yet light- hearted, workshop led by Angus Soutar who has six years of experience in developing LETS and using them to trade. Angus is a member of a world-wide network developing LETSystems. This was a well attended workshop and Angus was gracious enough to allow me time to speak with the participants on how LETS should be put on the Political Agenda. Thank-you Angus and the Mrs.. Keep up your good work.
This conference was packed out, standing room only, I was told 300-400 annually attended, but I would guesstimate that it was well over that number. So many great topics were being covered , one could only wish that more time could have been allotted.
Ken Palmerton and John Thomas arrived in the afternoon and then returned to join us at the Monastery. Arrangements were immediately made to accommodate them for tea. More sessions and movies by Kevin Donnelly were presented, a break allowed me to firm up some plans with John Thomas who resides in Halifax, Yorkshire. Sabine McNeill arrived from London, disappointed with the results of the Fabian Society function. But she was able to unwind now and meet the delightful group of people I had been spending time with. I feel my greatest contribution to the Crewe conference was making the connection of Sabine to the CCMJ group, I am sure she will be more than instrumental in aiding them in more ways than one. But, remember folks, Sabine also has a large task of her own to ignite, that being the LETS Coalition. If you can aid her in anyway, this would be great that the two groups work together.
When Patricia Knox outlined what direction she will now take to educate and place pressure and mentioned it was because of me that she can now do this, I felt great pride and I am only grateful that I was able to bring some clarity to some issues. Patricia has a farm and is presently feeding 50 families with produce that she grows and is hoping to provide even more families this year.
Kevin Donnelly provided a wonderful backdrop for the meeting room by taking my Buckingham Palace shot of John with his Abolish Interest Rates sign and blowing it up, adding a large Bradbury Bill and other pieces of interest, was not well during the conference. I have just learned that Kevin will have to spend a fortnight in hospital. Kevin my prayers go out to you for a speedy recovery, God Bless. After the Crewe conference it was up to Hebden Bridge to stay with Ken Palmerton and his wife Kathleen. Ken picked me up at the bus depot and at the home, his daughter Flora and two children were just ready to depart from their visit. We exchanged hellos and good-byes. Kathleen ushered me into the kitchen to have a cup of tea until Ken got back from driving Flora and the children home. In the kitchen the table was like a banquet for a Queen. I said she shouldn't have gone to all that bother. Kathleen said it was their 34th Wedding Anniversary and that she always did something special so I got to also benefit from the occasion.
It was like being home. Kathleen and Ken, gracious Host and Hostess that they are, saw me to my room in the great Library and I had a most delightful night's sleep. The following day Ken took me around to see some of the Calderdale LETS folk. We stopped at the home of Jonathan and Angie Simms, administration officers for the Calderdale LETS system. Jonathan had been following Sabine and I on econ-lets and seemed honestly pleased to meet me in person. We shared views and progress reports.
The following day, Ken drove me to Halifax to rendezvous with John Thomas. John is keen to put together a rock opera using money as the theme and more to use John Turmel's life, fighting the system as his story line. John Thomas lives over the top of a NAT/WEST bank and as we spoke of his experience with the banking system which prompted him to go to Columbia in search of Emeralds, hence his book "Emerald Mountain", telling how this all came about. He is passionate in his fight to educate as well and what better way via a rock opera. He has great musical talent and many great ideas. Now all we need is to hook him up with people in the industry and make this a reality.
After hours of listening to his music and story telling, his lady friend Kath Briggs, who has 4 delightful children, joined us. John, a true vegetarian, made a wonderful meal of pasta, vegetables and soya balls marinated and deep fried, blended together which was delectable. The following day, when John returned I had read a good portion of his book and could understand the driving force behind this man.
Kath, John and I then took a drive up to see Wilfrid Price, 86 years young, who John had the privilege of meeting on our last trip. Wilfrid told me the Duke of Bedford gave him a book on Social Credit at the age of 20 and that launched him on the road to Monetary Reform. Wilfrid is the author of "Big Banks Create Money Out of Nothing- Then they lend it to us at interest - An Unpayable & Fraudulent Debt." This is just one of the many wonderful articles that Wilfrid has written. Wilfrid lives in the charming Hard Castle Crags, Kath, John and I took some time to roam the country side, taking in the magnificent beauty of streams and wooded areas.
When we returned to Halifax, I went with Kath to pick up sons Jonathan and Michael from her parents home. On entering, there was her dad playing music on the piano to the children who were quietly sitting on the floor playing. Andrew, the youngest, was very content in this atmosphere and this 2 year old made it known to us that he wanted to stay. Back at Kath's house, while Kath and John put together a meal, I was entertained by Jonathan and Michael, identical twins, one left handed and one right handed. These two work their magic on canvass, most projects done together and for 11 year-olds, I was amazed at the caliber of art they would produce.
We had a wonderful evening with only David, Kath's 7 year-old, who is very musically inclined and is learning from John Thomas how to play the keyboard was off at a party.
During the night Vivienne Smith, candidate for the Green Party in the upcoming election came over to get John to typeset some literature pamphlets for her campaign. I left John with an article I found on Ithaca done in the British papers and explained how this should be handed out at all-candidates meetings. Vivienne had the concerns and the answers and this would be her great sample of how things could get done.
Kath and John offered to get me up to Burnley, Lancashire, so it was a fast drive over to Ken and Kathleen, where we had tea, then off to Burnley. I did not want everyone disappointed if for some reason I couldn't make it, so I decided the surprise tactic was the best.
Allan and Christine, sons Scott and Steven, again made me feel more than welcome. Allan had to go out but Christine and Steven and I spent a great evening chatting and laughing.
The following night it was off to the Miners Club where I met up with Uncle Vincent and Aunt Irene again, I just love the atmosphere of the Club, the entertainment is of high caliber and it is wonderful to see everyone participating in a sing song. You can feel the positive energy level. One of the highlights of the night was when Uncle Vincent gave me his tickets to watch for the draw. Well, the first number drawn was mine. I had to go to the front and put my hand in a bag that contained many keys, I was so excited I wasn't sure what I was doing, but I was told to pull a key out and try and open the box in front of me. Well, I opened the box but it was empty, I had a sinking feeling until I was told that I had won. I said won what the box is empty. They said they would bring the money to me, that it was too much to do in the public forum. When they finally counted it out I had 271 pounds. Since it was Uncle Vincent's ticket I immediately handed over the loot to them. What a wonderful hello, goodbye gift. It was just as fast as that because the next day I was expected back in London for an important interview with Sarah Ryle of the Guardian Newspaper. Again Thanks to all the Andertons for a pleasurable reunion.
Ken Palmerton again to the rescue. He picked me up in Burnley and was prepared to drive me to Crewe since I had purchased a return ticket to London from Crewe. I felt bad about taking Ken away but he assured me that it was all right. We had a delightful day weather wise and the country side was something to behold. It was truly spring, crocuses, daffodils, blossoming shrubs everywhere.
The meeting in London, Global Cafe with Sarah Ryle went very well and I believe this young lady will be influential in her writings to come. We seemed to pique a lot of interest from her. Thank you Sarah for picking up the tab for lunch.
I would like to send special salutations to Jane Vukovich for a brief meeting. Jane was heading to Nova Scotia Canada to lecture on reflexology. Jane stopped by to bring me a delightful book to read on the British way of life. It was lovely Jane.
Mr. Edward (Teddy) Goldsmith, on my Birthday, treated Sabine and I to a wonderful meal including Champagne at the Richmond Harvest Vegetarian Restaurant. What delightful company and what a treat.
Michelle Goldberg-Taoist Secrets of Health and Longevity, Super Foods of the 21st Century Foods that nourish the 'whole' body and each systems and functions of the body according to the Chinese system of FIVE ELEMENT NUTRITION. Michelle put on a super demonstration with great props and samples at the Mandeer Restaurant. This very pleasant young lady kept me intrigued with her every word. The information given to us was new, enlightening and well backed-up with facts. When time allows I will certainly be following up on the Canadian Contact that Michelle gave me in Alberta (Andrea Langer) 403-242-5543. Well done Michelle a wonderful demonstration.
We met Jean Whitehead from the Co-operative Party, New Economic Foundation-building a just and sustainable economy. Jean, Sabine and I all brainstorming at the innovative Global Cafe was an afternoon well spent. The final outcome of that meeting: Sabine will organize an introduction of LETS at the end of May for Economic Democracy to Members of Parliament and possibly a few celebrities to take place at the innovative Global Cafe, at 15 Golden Square, just off Piccadilly Circus. She will also work towards a LETS Coalition of which the seeds have already been scattered. Just before leaving, a letter arrived from Hampshire County Council, Members Room, The Castle Winchester- Mr. Mike Roberts -"As an organizer for the developing Rushmoor Lets, can you send me details of the Coalition?" dated March 2, 1997. A seed has sprouted? Jean thank you so much for taking time out from your busy schedule.
Denis Edmondson-Denis brought me literature on Fluoridation. He continues his ongoing fight to stop fluoride from entering the British water system. One article was a Press Release by John Yiamouyiannis, an internationally recognized expert on the Biological effects of Fluoride on the aging process. He offered a $100,000 reward to end fluoride controversy. If interested in this topic, you can write to "The Safe Water Foundation,(A subsidiary of Health Action), 6439 Taggart Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015 U.S.A.
I visited Michael Booking, Sabine's friend and associate, in his home and his business "Pure Balance Mind & Body Centre".
Andie Ryrie- again thank you. The side trip to deliver the books was very much appreciated.
On my return to Canada, the Queen had already answered. She sent back John's $12,000 in Greendollar notes saying she doesn't accept unsolicited gifts. I don't think they realize it was not a gift. It was a loan. And John's package to Prince Charles was also returned. It seems His Royal Highness does not accept mail.
We are in a Cultural Shift going from individual to collective, from spectator to activist, from personal to holistic and from God the Father to God the Spirit. We are ONE WORLD-ONE FAMILY. So LETS get with the program, stand up for your rights and rights of the children to follow, do it now, or the children will have no future. WE, meaning everyone mentioned in this news letter are part of a LIFE SYSTEM of the Earth, we must work together to save it. Again, thank you all for making my mission possible and for your contributions.
What I could do for the May Election:
With knowledge of all the LETS groups around Britain, I would pull the names of all the Administration Officers and:
1) Either contact them by phone or letter to ask if they would support National LETS/An Interest Free Banking System?
2) Would they contact their local MP to ask that question?
3) Would they call an urgent meeting of all LETSERs to impress upon them the URGENCY of applying pressure to MPs via a letter writing campaign, where it would only take each LETS member a piece of paper an envelope and a stamp to get the message to their MP, that they want a National LETS. FLOOD Mail. Make it a good old fashion campaign rally working together, have a Pot Luck, call out all members, spend an evening discussing strategy as a group, a picket perhaps around your town hall, just a suggestion we do it. 4) I would urge all LETSers to attend all-candidates meetings and apply pressure from the floor and ask the question: Yes or No to National LETS?
It is time this versatile group of individuals make themselves heard. Yes, we have our safety boat, our individual LETS group, but it is now time for us, as educators, to get out and educate others who haven't been enlightened to LETS. The politicians are just some to mention but via the politicians and the election, consider this "YOUR" soap box, that you can stand on and bellow out to all to hear: "LETS can be your life boat too." And as beautifully said in an Australian news report: "If the economy is the Titanic, LETS is one of the life- boats." And these life-boats plans came out of Canada. Yes, as Michael Linton, John Turmel and the many other Canadians who have worked for so long and so hard towards a Global LETS, I am proud to say I am Canadian. But, I was British born and I feel that gives me the right to step into British Territory to pose The Question. Besides HRH is also my Queen. I have the right to converse with her. As do all her Loyal Subjects.
If John Turmel "The Banking Systems Engineer" can pose the question to the Queen, then we, her loyal subjects, also have that right to pose the question to the politicians. Do not forget who puts them in their job. You the voter. So tell them what you want from them, what you insist they do to get your vote. Stop being led to the slaughter. You are PEOPLE not SHEEPLE.
I know many have been knocked so far down that it is almost an effort to even get out of bed in the morning because you're facing the same old thing. But now is the time to let your imaginations soar like the eagles. What better place you could be living in if everyone were working and socializing, loving and caring, for their neighbour. Yes, it is now in the palm of your hand, you can choose to throw it in the air or let it drop to the ground.
We are being guided from above. Recently John purchased a newspaper, one which we seldom buy, yet in this particular newspaper was a complete list of all the British Political Parties and their E-mail addresses. With this new information we were able to apply pressure from this side of the world, still the same questions. I am pleased to say that already we have one reply from the GREEN PARTY office, short but sweet, simply, "A BIG YES" to National LETS. I will be certain to keep you all up to date as the replies come in, especially Sabine, as it will be up to her then to follow through with contacts and invite key people from these political parties to the Global Cafe to educate them.
So, I say to you LETSERs: Get out of bed, take a good shot of Vitamin C, get the glad rags on and get out there and be heard. We can all proudly say we are all engineering this project. You will also be proud one day when you can say to your kin: "I was part of that LETS war that went on for so many years which eventually brought the establishment back to reality." You are doing it now. You belong to LETS. Proudly hold up your head and go into battle for your kin, your loved ones.
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