Friday, 30 December 2011

TIC TAC TOE... what do you think?


Time to write a poem I thought and last night the words ‘Tic Tac Toe’ jumped into my mind followed immediately by an image of an organ grinder with his monkey. So I got up this morning and let the poem write itself! I never know where my writing is going to lead so it’s an adventure into the subconscious everytime. This poem fascinated me, especially when it was clear that in order to end this piece it was necessary to return to the beginning. When I re-visited the organ grinder and was thinking about the way life works, suddenly I understood the true significance of the monkey. It is probable that the monkey will mean different things to different people so I wonder what you will make of it!
Interestingly there is a little saying, ‘Speak to the organ grinder, not the monkey.’ Meaning speak to the boss!





TIC TAC TOE


Tic Tac Toe, Tell me
Who really earned the dough?
Was it the monkey or the Organ grinder?
You can’t answer that... Hell NO!
Could be the organ grinder
Churning out sweet music all the while
Or could it be the cutie monkey’s cheeky little smile?
You see boss, probability versus possibility
Leaves us at a loss! odds on or odds off?
You understand? Even with every last detail planned
What could possibly go wrong?
This is life and so it can, the odds are on!
What happened to the wedding singer
Who was singing the special song?
She suffered a sore throat and sang
Like a 91 year old nanny goat!
It wasn’t in the plan... but then
A wedding’s not a wedding without a hiccup
So the newly weds were in luck
Had a story to tell... sigh... just as well!
Going retro for a sec
Can we? Heck!
The guest who swore she’d reach the church on time
Was late... trust British rail... leaves on the line!
Knew the probability, shouda took a taxi!
Then all wouda been fine, no fussing, no crying,

Stress don’t like to rest, the perfect pest!


So, to fail to prepare is preparing to fail... hmmm
Not necessarily... sometimes we’re just good to go
For God blesses the meek and the weak
The very essence of power can lie within defeat!
When you think about it that’s kinda neat.
It’s not an excuse, but when life’s noose
Feels tight around your neck
You can just let go, allowing thoughts to flow
And a solution will formulate
In the cavity of undefined gravity
Once your mind is weightless and free
Prayer, meditation, relaxation; the ancient key
Allowing your inner self to be itself,
Do you see? All of our foregone conclusions
Might prove not to be so
And around we go, the circle of life
In time with the organ grinder
Turning the handle, a little fast
Maybe a little slow... and the monkey?
Is for you to guess and me to know!

Jaz McKenzie 2011 ©

Thursday, 29 December 2011

LIVE LIFE~LOVE LIFE in 2012!>> Be Braap!


Our new 52 week Blog-A-Thon! ‘LIVE LIFE~LOVE LIFE’ is coming soon!

2012 is an exciting time as it is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius and here at Its Braap we decided to take on the challenge of preparing for the new era; so if you are with us be ready for change! Here is a beautiful quotation that summarizes the very essence of what we are trying to achieve:

‘All of us need a vision for our lives, and even as we work to achieve that vision, we must surrender to the power that is greater than we know. It’s one of the defining principles of my life that I love to share: God can dream a bigger dream for you than you could ever dream for yourself.' Triston of Galuchie Knits

‘Its Braap~ Its Life’ will be celebrating this exciting new era and here is our first initiative. Week commencing Sunday 1st January we will begin posting our new weekly blog, ‘Live Life~Love Life’ which is a series of articles designed to inspire and help cultivate a positive outlook on life. Our objective is to encourage you to make the most of yourself and to help you cope with everything life throws your way. The key is the realisation that you are in control and like any good workman you need to understand the job (situation) and know which tools to use to get the best result.

To some people this will be a new dimension whereas others of you will have avidly read many motivational books and already be inspired to live life to the full. Either way, we would appreciate your comments as we can always learn something new from one another.
We are pleased to welcome two new writers to the blog, Jessica Lea & Gemma Posie, who have agreed to ‘give it a go!’ Neither of them have done anything like this before however they are both extremely positive people who like a challenge and have a desire to encourage others.

Maybe you have a subject you would like included in this series, or have written an article you feel would benefit others, if so contact us at itsbraap@live.co.uk
Its Braap is about sharing so YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A BRILLIANT WRITER (we can always edit)! It is your thoughts, ideas & experiences that count and are of interest to our ‘Braappers,’
Life is a journey & we would love you to hope onboard the Braap express & ride this one with us!

Jaz McKenzie ~QJ~

NB; ‘Braapper’ is the term developed by members of our Facebook group & refers to everyone who is involved in anyway within any area of ‘Its Braap.’

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Rebecca Ferguson - Nothing's Real But Love



I am thrilled to have been given this 5 star acclaimed album 'Heaven' for Christmas. It is Rebecca Ferguson's debut album and the track you are listening to is her debut single.

The first time I ever heard Rebecca, which was her audition on the X-Factor last year, she became my instant top ever contender; now matched by the young American rapper 'Astro.' To me Rebecca is simply outstanding. Apparently, the songs for this album had already been written for Rebecca however she could not get into their groove and ended up co-writing them. Working with material and giving it your own twist is the mark of a good singer in my opinion. Rebecca is extremely talented across the board singing traditional blues, modern R&B and I imagine her versatility stretches to jazz and other genres. There is a calm to her voice that captivates the listener and her subject matter is ever current.

It's high time we had a truly classy singer in this country and Rebecca fits the bill. I look forward to following her career which should be positively dynamic!

Jaz McKenzie

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Right Direction - Marcia J Ball




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Right Direction - Marcia J Ball


The last few days have been very busy for those of us who celebrate Christmas, especially if dealing with highly excited young children... personally I am experiencing a little hiatus here having a house filled with 'Young People!' Either way it is a good time of year to take a breather, exhale and relax. To help us do this I thought we would have a little treat in the lull between Christmas & the New Year. What better than this great tune from Marcia J Ball?

I only discovered Marcia recently & she definitely provides music for the ears & the soul! A little of Marcia goes a long way in these testing times and at this point in life Marcia is set on sharing her talents quite literally through increased live appearances. If you would like to see Marcia 'live' let us know!

Marcia is being promoted in the UK by Selector C who has this to say about his artist:

'Marcia is a girl for all seasons & excels with every song she sings. She is enjoys singing reggae & R&B delighting audiences in Atlanta & Georgia. Next year she is planning to extend to Europe. Please contact me on selectorc@gmail.com to book a show or call +44 or(0)7050029715'

Selector C

IF YOU would like your music considered for this blog please contact us at itsbraap@live.co.uk

Monday, 26 December 2011

Eat Up!!


Just sitting here feeling somewhat stuffed & thinking about the need to cut back in the new year & lose those inches!! Nope, larger clothes are not an option LOL.. so here's a little poem to go with the feelings.





Eat Up!

Time travels
As the waistline expands
Seasons greetings
While the mind plans
To abuse our physical being
Season of greed
We do not need to over extend
But stuff our faces we must
Christmas dinner, cake and puddings
Mouth watering
A tantalising lust
Into the mouth & on to the waist
Don’t stop to think
Just eat in haste
For the New Year will soon be here
A time of resolution, not good cheer!
So just live in the moment while its here.
Cheers!

Jaz McKenzie

Thursday, 22 December 2011

KEHV-Prince Of Reggae Soul Love Will Find a Way




‘Its Braap’ featured video, ‘Love Will Find A Way’ is beautifully produced and lyrically we are treated to Kehv’s positive, encouraging words that always give food for thought. Many of us will associate with the theme of tested love, having to make decisions about a relationship & especially deciding whether what we have is worth fighting for. Sometimes relationships are so strained it looks impossible to mend them however as Kehv states, ‘We can achieve, nothing is impossible to achieve.’

The filming tells the story and is shot in synchronization with the lyrics. For me the bonus is the imagery of the sea which backs up the vision of life ebbing & flowing eternally!

Here is Kehv’s take on ‘Love Will Find A Way’>

'While making Love Will Find a Way it was apparent that these words sung to melody compiled a magical potion. The high level of energy that took over the atmosphere was a gift from the Most High, that created a synergy that even now continues to grow outside of the set.
Giving Thanks!' Kenv ‘Prince of Reggae Soul’

Jaz McKenzie

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Christmas Quotes TO GO!!!


Just for a change I thought we could have a little excursion into other peoples thinking & enjoy a few Christmas quotes.

The first comment is highly significant & insightful given that Bing Cosby sang possibly the most famous Christmas song of all, 'I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas.'

'Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'.
Bing Crosby

Switching to some humour;

'I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included.' Bernard Manning

'The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.' George Carlin


'The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn't for any religious reasons. They couldn't find three wise men and a virgin.' Jay Leno

Moving on to a comments that require a little serious consideration;

'Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.' Calvin Coolidge

'Actually, my mother and Alfie came for three weeks' Christmas vacation and stayed for 21 years. I guess my mother never went back because she was lonely.' Frank McCourt

'A good conscience is a continual Christmas.' Benjamin Franklin


Read more: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/christmas.html#ixzz1hCaPFu14

Feel free to add your favourite sayings!

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

The Goose is Getting Fat??


Christmas is Coming!

...And the goose is getting fat. Sadly this is a lean year so in some ways that goose is the lucky one, never going short before that fatal day!

QUESTION; Do you have a penny to put in the old man’s hat?!?!

You know, it’s so easy to try and provide the same this year as every year and many people over stretch themselves to the point of no return; so sad as this highlights the false values of our society. Children these days do not concern themselves on the whole with their parents’ predicaments, they simply want what they want and throw ridiculous accusations at others when they cannot have it. After all, their friends always have one!

So how did we ever become so materialistic?

In a nutshell, I always look towards the progression in society which incorporates the gradual decline of the extended family. Generation to generation, the passing of knowledge, was actually the backbone of society teaching us morals and values, in addition to practical aspects of child rearing. I will direct you specifically to an area of major concern, the respect of others and in particular our elders. Today’s youth are frequently scathing regarding the knowledge of their elders and may be inclined to ridicule them which is a sad reflection of their inability to be open to ideas and suggestions. Yes children have more knowledge in some areas, especially technology and that alone can give them the ‘upper hand.’ I used to laugh when my teenage son told his Gran that she didn’t know how to cook certain dishes... he still has a limited culinary repertoire! Communication is lacking... severely... and children tend to communicate via technology. At least the Wii takes the fam-ine out of family and encourages family interaction even if everyone is gathered around the TV! This ability to laugh together is an improvement on the more limited PC & Play station games of the not so recent past. The physical exercise these games incorporate is definitely a bonus.

The ray of hope I see now compared to the last 10+ years is that we are encouraged to teach children not just their rights but also their responsibilities. It has been a long time coming but will hopefully lead to a more responsible generation. The likes of Nanny Jo Frost are encouraging parents to return to good old- fashioned, ‘kind but firm’ discipline implementing strict yet realistic measures. This is good for working parents in particular as they often have the guilt complex... I remember that so well!


Christmas is coming that’s for sure and despite hardship is often a focus for fun and enjoyment in a bleak year, so go ahead and make the most of it... but don’t be pushed beyond your limits and live to regret it! Merry Christmas... have a Braap one!

Jaz McKenzie

If you have any tips on positive child rearing please share with us on Itsbraap@live.co.uk

Monday, 19 December 2011

Wild Ride!



Wild Ride

Bopping along on the river of life
Hands clinging tightly to the sides of our raft
Whilst we’re tossed and thrown by the strength of the rapids
In Full Force!
Oh for a moment of calm
Still water lapping quietly around the edges of our craft
Time to catch breath
Be warned it’s not for long
Before you exhale rapidly
As the force of the wild is unleashed once again
And the struggle begins
Heart beating, adrenaline coursing through veins
Taught with the effort to avoid capsize
Consternation and fear give way to concentration
Enabling us to steer
Our crazy course until finally
We find a safe spot to moor
And drop anchor in the safety of the bay!

Jaz McKenzie 2011 ©

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Anthony Cruz - Never you forget the father



This is a great song with a very happy vibe & re-assuring lyrics. Sometimes it is easy to let God take a back seat in our lives, usually when things are going quite well! I always like to know a little more about the tunes I post here so I asked Anthony what inspired him to write this song so will leave you with his words;

'well because he has lifted me , given me inspire me to do this wonderful music reggae , so just a reminder to the fans to never forget him .bless'

Saturday, 17 December 2011

UP WITH THE LOVERS!



Welcome to Christmas Tide, the season of goodwill. So why I wonder do I still keep seeing references to so called, ‘haters’ all over the place? What is it about these ‘haters’ that inspires people to do better? Why should we strive even harder just because somebody has decided that they have a problem with us?

I think it is better to seek inspiration from those who love us, encourage us and give their advice freely so we have a real chance of doing well in our endeavours.

Every time we put up a status referring to our personal haters, speak continually about them to our friends or put a song out in public to ‘get our own back’ we play into their hands by keeping both their actions and influence over us alive; how satisfying this must be for them!! If you are really angry then yes you need to deal with it however, before you explode publicly take a few minutes to consider how such a response is going to reflect on you. I find it best to deal with it privately and move on.

At the moment I am actually very thankful for the incidents I have experienced because they have left me free to develop ‘ Its Braap’ with total focus and I am very happy that this gives me the opportunity not only to speak with positive & creative people but to be able to bring their stories to you.

We need inspiration in this life and the best source of inspiration is always a positive, confident, motivated person who shares their knowledge & experience generously. This type of person is never concerned with their haters because they know that negativity in any form will bring them down.

The one piece of advice I give is to always look towards the light, it will show you the way... as for the darkness; this is for those who wish to waste their time stumbling around and whining about the unfairness of life. For my own calm state of mind I prefer to leave my enemies in the shadows and surround myself with positive people. A thought; have you noticed how these people who turn against us invariably accuse others of taking from them in some way, shape or form when the truth is usually quite the reverse!

2012 is the year when I will make an effort to avoid paying any attention to ‘haters,’ as far as I am concerned life is all about the lovers... so Tina Turner... What’s love got to do with it? Absolutely everything!

Jaz McKenzie

Friday, 16 December 2011

POP TO ART!! Interview with a difference ~ Presenting Anna Jacobs




The story of Anna Jacobs is quite remarkable. Anna is one of the most inspiring and determined people I have ever met. She has hit the heights and taken the decision to give up everything in order to be true to herself. In the past Anna was involved in music, even working with Robson & Jerome, however has recently returned to her passion for painting. Anna had her first paid job at 10 years old illustrating an advert for a children’s clothing label. Since then she has done a million things and is now back in the artistic loop exhibiting her paintings in the Jane Newberry Gallery, Dulwich until 21st Jan 2012. ‘Flying’ is a collection of paintings depicting birds in flight. The paintings are beautiful yet should be regarded as mentally stimulating for those who thrive to understand the challenges of life!

How did you first discover that you were good at art?


I had an amazing art teacher called Barrington Barber at my first school & he’s actually a prolific author who has written about drawing techniques & published many books. Barrington was a practising artist & a graphic artist. He appreciated my art and encouraged me from quite a young age to pursue a career in art & I managed to achieve a grade ‘A’ for my ‘O’ level. Barrington thought I might be able to make a living through art. Even before that my handwriting at school was very good & slightly hilariously, when I was 9 years old I was asked to teach my class good handwriting!

Did you go to Art College?

No, I went to another school & did ‘A’ levels in art and although I enjoyed the creativity and lesson structures, the fact of taking exams put me off. I actually wanted to be an actress but I was also academic & went to Bristol University instead.

What did you study?

I did a classical studies degree covering Greek and Roman literature and history as well as the Ancient Greek language, then I did a masters degree in gender & social policy.

What did you plan on doing with it when you left university?

Well , I set up a business in a partnership, an all girl acapella band called ‘The Shrinking Violet Partnership. ’ We were a band but we were also teaching gender awareness in schools. A ridiculous thing to do at that age of 21, teaching 15 year old boys; it was a disaster!

The ‘Shrinking Violets ‘ were successful in some ways because we were quite successful in Bristol which is where we were based & we have a dubious claim to fame. We auditioned for Simon Cowell in the foyer of the Stock & Aitken recording studios and Simon immediately told us to go in and record with Stock & Aitken. We recorded the backing vocals for a Robson & Jerome song. They were the people who catapulted Simon to major success & we supported them on their live gigs. Robson & Jerome covered one of our songs ‘Love You Forever,’ (originally written by Paul Berrington) on their #1 self titled album & we did a live gig with them in Newcastle and were on their video which was brilliant fun! Then, as the Shrinking Violets we were interviewed on Radio for Woman’s Hour by Jenny Murray & sang live on the programme. We did HTV & were in a TV Robson & Jerome vehicle ‘Ain’t Misbehaving’ on ITV. We did a few more things like that then we split up.

Which direction did you take next?

I pursued a Theatre Career which is probably closest to my degree! I was then the administrator/production/producer/marketing person for a company called, ‘Clean Break Theatre Company’ which is a company for women ex-offenders and ex-prisoners.

Is the company still running?

Yes it is. I managed to get the first co-production for the company with the ‘Royal Court Theatre Upstairs’ & we did a production by Winsome Pinnock called ‘Mules,’ which was fantastic.

Actually before that I worked for a company called ‘Molecule Theatre Company’ which presented science for children & was an amazing company. Very sadly it went bust after 27 years while I was there due to difficulties with the main funders.

Soon afterwards I developed an interest in the Eastern style religious teachings of an American Spiritual leader. I was intensely involved, a committed student for 6 years. During that time I was mainly doing that and went between the states and the UK. I did a bit of music production with an American Music Label called ‘Metro Music’ and I coordinated the London Recording sessions & auditioned & hired the singers; amazing young opera singers and we made an album called ‘The Classical Child at the Opera’ which got brilliant reviews by Billboard magazine in America. In 2000 it was awarded the American Library Association’s distinction ‘Notable Recording For Children,‘ which was great.

What was your next move following the Award?

Actually in 2000 I started my life again from scratch at the age of 30. I left the spiritual community because I became disillusioned and returned to the UK with nothing but my independence!


I had been in America for a year and returned to London having no idea what to do with my life. I volunteered for a charity called, ‘The Cancer Resource Centre’ and helped them organise a celebrity fundraising event in memory of an amazing author Stuart Browne. A team member asked me to organize a party for her husband who had just been made a senior partner at his prestigious city law firm. This resulted in me being offered a full time position to set up and head up their Marketing Department. I intended staying a year but remained for 8 years. The corporate life was not my natural environment so I made it as creative as possible. I was head of style & brand guardian for the firm and managed to include some portrait photography for them.
By this point I was craving creativity so I started painting again & did a short course at Camberwell. I set myself a goal and invited friends and family around to see my paintings. That sparked the whole thing. I had a little garden in my house at Camberwell and was awestruck by the beauty of plants and flowers, so all my paintings were of them! I was fascinated by the ageing process of plants and flowers, how they change through the seasons and what part ageing & imperfection plays in beauty; especially as they were beautiful at every single point.

Have you ever taken anything from your observations of the plants and applied it to yourself as you have grown older?

Yes in some ways and that is partly why I am fascinated by it. I am more conscious now at 42 of ageing. I have got away with it pretty much up until now (laugh) but I have very little time left before my face really starts sagging & the wrinkles will form! I am having to really face it and it is an interesting time. I am really trying to address it and am thinking of doing a project photographing wrinkles & lines on women’s faces close up and making absolutely beautiful photo’s juxtaposing them with stories of the women’s lives. I don’t want to have surgery or get obsessed with it but I fear it I have to say. I want to face it and embrace it at the same time, just be who I am which is an ongoing process and I’m sure it’s the same for all women.

What else have you enjoyed within art?

I have also worked with plaster & acrylic as I was interested in the etching process; scraping into the plaster & painting underneath.

After 8 years with the law firm your creativity clearly took over so what was your next move?

By this time I had 2 children and wanted to focus on my creativity, namely pursuing my paintings and to become an interior designer. So I went to ‘Chelsea College of Art & Design’ and ‘Central St Martins’ & I did interior decoration & interior design courses at both, with the addition of textile design at St. Martins. My ‘Flying Show’ came about when I moved to Dulwich & there’s a wonderful shop that has a gallery. I was talking to the owner and she looked at my website there & then and offered to put on an exhibition of my art. The subject matter for ‘Flying’ is taken from my struggles within the previous intensity of my life and my fight for emotional /creative freedom namely the ability to be myself. I have often been advised to earn my living creatively and pursue my art and finally feel that I am doing that. I am confidently finally ‘Flying Free’ with inner peace & stillness and that’s what the show is about: Being representative of that moment when you fall into the pocket of who you really are. The birds also represent natural joy combined with the exhilaration of movement.

How many pictures are in the collection & how long did it take to paint?

I am showing a combination of 26 works, framed paintings and prints. There are another 6-8 different images I am showing as unframed prints. I actually ended up having to paint the whole show in 3 weeks! I thought I would have a few months but in the end it wasn’t to be. I was suddenly offered a job at Chelsea Art School teaching a short evening course about colour theory and also my son Zach was starting school and had a long introduction, oh my God, 35 minutes for his first day and it went right to the end of September! I was about to start painting when I was suddenly offered a really fantastic interior design job that I couldn’t refuse. I took the interior job to the limit when I told my client I would get him into the apartment. I had to completely re-do the 3 bedroom apartment in 3 weeks and I had to re-floor it, re-decorate it, put in new lighting and complete every furnishing detail to cutlery & tea towels. I managed to get him into his flat by 19th October & I started painting on the 21st October, only to realise that it was the beginning of a 10 day half term break. Even this was interrupted when the kids were sick & I still had to keep on top of the interior design project! In the end it was literally 3 weeks of painting.

Anna, that’s unbelievable! You come under the heading Phenomenal Woman, you’re definitely on my list of Braap People.

No Jaz, (laugh) it’s just a needs must I think!

Anna’s work may be viewed and purchased via her website: http://annajacobsart.com/

Don't forget to check our album which also contains Anna's work & other aspects of Its Braap. http://s1106.photobucket.com/albums/h380/ITSBRAAP/

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Jaz McKenzie

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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

JUICE MAYN!


Today I’m heading up a complete change of style. Instead of the serious poem’s we’re going a bit 'street' in-line with the nature of social networking site ‘TAGGED.’ A guy called ‘The Jucyiest’ asked to be my friend and although I didn’t add him it caught my imagination & I decided to play around with the term. This is a poem I read at my one & only public poetry reading the ‘You’re A Star’ that Davinia Goodwin organizes. At least my knees aren’t knocking now!! As I don't have a pic of 'The Jucyiest' I will post my ultimate guy!!! Ah Lenny!

JUICE MAN

beta watch out gels coz u know juice is on the loose
and u don't wanna get caught like a horse on the hoof
coz this man is fit as fiddle.. and how u gonna fiddle ur way outta his grasp
but then again ur more likely 2 throw urself in his path
and claim ya tripped over on ya shoe.. wot u wudnt do that??
Hell gel wotz wrong with you??
Coz the man is as kool as a glacier sliding down the mountain
cumin right atcha so smooth
and u know u gots 2 be ready wen he's gonna make his move
Least I'd be ready coz u no wot I’m gonna say
Queen Jazmataz won't think twice bout whiskin the juice man away!!
Jaz McKenzie ©

Saturday, 10 December 2011

MOTHER EARTH.. She Turns!!



MOTHER EARTH... SHE TURNS!!

It would be very interesting to know what Mother Earth would have to say about the state of the world if she had a voice... and what sort of voice would that be I wonder? Rich & resonant I imagine, but then again the world is a very varied and inconsistent kind of place; so maybe Mother Earth would have a voice for every occasion. In some ways she is quite vocal. Listen to the sound of waves crashing on the shore or the summer breeze gently rustling the leaves ... most powerful of all the heavy thunderous clashes in the sky & the terrifying sounds of natural disaster arising from earthquakes & twisters.


In many ways nature has a right to be angry. Look how our lifestyle has changed over past decades in tune with all our man-made inventions. We have managed to make life easier for ourselves on a practical level with all the modern gadgets & machinery, yet as a people we expect so much more from ourselves as individuals with our pressurised work ethics & busy lifestyles.

We live in a pre-packaged society and in the current climate where disposable income is limited we happily maintain our recently claimed disposable lifestyle. Poor Mother Earth is probably groaning in pain under the ‘land filled’ masses of rotting material heavily compounded with elements such as ‘disposable nappies’ that take many years to break down. All those gases being created beneath the crust of pur planet are seeking an easy route to escape... greenhouse effect they say, destruction of the ozone that was discovered in 1913 by a couple of French Physicists, Charles Fabry & Henri Buisson. The scientific explanations as to what the Ozone layer actually is, how it works & how we are destroying it would take a while to absorb but all poor Mother Earth knows about it is that she is slowly burning up & no suntan lotion in the world is going to make any difference to her.. . in fact, those empty bottles of ours are just more logs on the fire!



Suntan lotion of course is a product forever twinned with the joys of life & the good times; the prosperity of Western society. This then takes us to our brethren in poverty stricken lands. We see them crawling towards the water sources weak with hunger & thirst, disease ridden & too sick to care about their appearance... hold on while I flick the TV over because these images are so disturbing & I’m off out tonight & need to get back into a good party mood... by the way has anyone seen my new mascara? Oh yes & tomorrow I really must just pop some money into the bank for the latest appeal so that I have done my part.

What we need to realise is that the care of this world is down to us. We need to be consistent, to form new & improved habits that stay with us. Try to repair rather than throw away ‘broken’ items. Don’t overload your plate & throw away food you couldn’t possibly manage, just cook less in the first place! Think how you use energy; give away used clothes to charity where possible & yes donate to appeals but check them out first if you can so that your money is used wisely. REMEMBER> Individually we are a drop in the ocean. Together we become that ocean. We have reached a point in time when Mother Earth clearly needs a hand and maybe we really are headed for destruction. Hands Up all who are willing to do their part!

Jaz McKenzie.

If you know of any tried & tested charities that spend the majority of their income on the cause, please contact us on itsbraap@live.co.uk Thank you.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Crazy Ass Government! Don't you Agree?


This poem is the result of rage! I signed up for a management course only to discover that I am expected to take un-necessary exams which I simply don’t have the time for. Of course people don’t bother to explain all this to you because they want the free government money, however if I don’t do the course I have to repay the full whack. Obviously I will check the paper work but the interesting thing is that it’s taking a few days to even discover which examination board the maths & English are with... this is what happens when you ask questions slightly outside the box. I shall go away & study my paperwork to see where the small print is squashed pertaining to this ‘clause.’

Ultimately however, you can take a horse to water but you can’t make it drink... if you follow my thinking! 4 hours a week home study I was told, so 4 hours a week max it is. As for everything else, BUSINESS AS NORMAL!


CRAZY ASS GOVERNMENT

Sign up, sign up, sign up, SIGN UP NOW!!!
Government’s going Crazeeeeee
3 thousand pounds for Freeeeeee
training; Why not spend it on Me?
After all,
I pay my taxes & it’s a little
w-i-n-d-f-a-l-l
kindly bequeathed to meeeeeee
in a manner of speaking.
So I got sort of Freakin
e-x-c-i-t-e-d
at the very idea.
Only now I fear
that this was a poorly calculated & possibly foolish move,
for there were 3 factors that were not properly understood
at the time
I signed up;
Daaam, a stitch in time saves 9!
Outta luck
b-e-c-a-u-s-e
too much work,
+ English,
+ Maths
& I’m seriously concerned I’m gonna crash!
• Stress attack
• Time won’t wind back
• No room to slack
All those years spent writing reports & calculating fees.
But because this country has a terminal disease
called a severe lack of education amongst the masses;
government dickheads, who sit around on their asses,
with all the infinite wisdom that their restricted minds possess
dictate: mature students such as myself need to take, not tests
BUT EXAMS!
SOOOOOO,
GOTTA CRAM
every imaginable aspect of English & Math* into my working day:
Punctuation, fractions, verbs & percentages.
I SAY
The only fraction I need anyway is,
‘If I have 2KG of rice, what % must I use to feed 40 kids?’
Now that’s the real deal, agreed, when looking at a real biz?
Hey wadda dey tek dis ting for?
Dem nah no you caan tek a hoss to water & mek he drink?
Di govment men shuda no di score
Before dem throw it inna tank, DEY NAH CAN TINK!
You see, you can’t make sense out of no(N)sense.
So I resign to the idiotic educational vision
Of taking unnecessary exams, although it’s criminal.
Well, there’s not much more to be said
£3000 to repay for opting out
OR
Stress ‘till you drop down dead!

Jaz McKenzie 2011 ©
*whatever happened to ‘maths?’ anyway?

Monday, 5 December 2011

Getting Fit Naturally in Jamaica!!... ~ Try It ~


TRAINFIT CLUB Jamaica
(Contact us at itsbraap@live.co.uk if you have a great venture!)

Don’t you think that it is fantastic to come across people who have a real vision as to how to use their talents to enhance the lives of others? Stokely Rose is such a person who clearly has the ‘Braap’ Factor & his initiatives are creating wonderful opportunities for Jamaicans to come together and combine health orientated activities within an exciting programme aimed at socializing people and sharing experiences. I would love to jump on a plane & join the ‘Fitmas Hike’ this festive season... sadly finances won’t permit! Full details included below. Stokely is extremely professional in his approach & sent a document outlining the necessity to be aware of your health prior to making the commitment to join in. Here is Stokely’s personal summary of the opportunities his ‘Train Fit Club’ offers:

(Team TrainFit)

My name is Stokely Rose(ISSA Certified) and I am the owner and operator of TrainFit Club. TrainFit Club is a freelance organization that brings people together in various locations in the name of health, entertainment, Education and fitness. We have transformed lives and brought fitness and health awareness to many individuals and institutions. Our activities include: partnering with Health Clubs to put on Fitness Hikes, Moonlight Excursion, Beach Fun Day, Scenic Tours and other outdoor activities, and conducting health talks and fitness classes in Churches. Our aim is to bring fitness and health awareness to people wherever they are comfortable. In other words, we want to impact communities with this new approach: “Health, Education, Entertainment and Fitness is anywhere you want it to be.”

We also encourage Jamaicans in the Diaspora and visitors to come see a different side of our Island, not just the beach, parties and city life but our historic sites, beautiful hills, mountains and indigenous places. For more info see the number and links below:

Stokely Rose: ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
Freelance Trainer & Owner Of "TrainFit Club"(Hiking,Scenic Tours,Group Nutrition/Workout Plans & Outdoor Activities)
Contact: cece75@live.com or 1-876-366-0435.
Join my "TrainFit Club" http://trainfitclub.com/ or Group on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=112067448815752&ref=ts


DETAILS OF FITMAS EVENT>
TRAINFIT CLUB & RIPT GYM presents:
FITMAS HIKE 2011

Date: DEC 11, 2011
Location: RAF-JAM Cafe Irish Town.
Trail: Red Light/ Greenwich

Time: 3hrs(Rest stop @ New Castle)

Cost: JM$3000.00/ US$40.00 per person (includes: food & drink, use of trail, Trail guides, parking/security)
Food choices: Baked Chicken, Veggie Stew (choose one)




Instructions:
1.We will meet @ Ript Gym between 6:00am to 6:45am
2.Convoy up to RedLight, Irish Town by 8am(for those without vehicles, limited carpooling available)
3.Commence hike and daily activities by 8:15am
4.Lunch, fun and games between 11am and 2pm.
5.Head back to Kingston about 3pm or when you are ready.


Arranging Lunch.. Stokely to the right of the pic!


Sign-up @ Ript Gym, shop #7, 29 East Kings House Rd, Barbican Centre or call 631-2466, 631-2566.

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP & PAY(cash/card) IS DEC 9, 2011. All sign-up and payments are non refundable.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Astro - The X Factor U.S. - Audition 1



Teen Astro the Great!

The American X-Factor has been blazing for several weeks now and sadly it’s brightest flame the now 15 year old Brian Bradley, AKA ‘Astro,’ was shot down tonight (on UK TV) when he received the lowest vote. Astro swept the whole of the USA away & beyond during his first appearance where he directly challenged Simon Cowell in a manner to which Simon was clearly unaccustomed... Simon’s face a picture to behold! After directing the sound man Astro burst into a rendition of his own song, ‘Stop Looking at My MOM.’ By the end of the track the entire audience had got the flow & was joining in making viewers feel as if they were watching a live gig.

Yes, Astro arrived with attitude and clearly the right attitude to be able to cut a career in this business. It was obvious that as a Rapper he had little chance to win; sadly he was not blessed with good singing voice which is a ‘must’ due to the way the competition is structured. L.A. Reid made Astro work harder than any other contestant requiring him to write new lyrics every week & rightly so as his version of Eminem’s song ‘8 Mile’ during the show’s ‘film week’ was outstanding.

A couple of weeks ago Astro was voted as one of the bottom 2 acts and was expected to sing for survival. Astro was not expecting this and could not cope, wanting to pull out instantly from the competition. However, he was persuaded otherwise & to give credit where it’s due came back in force with a renewed positive attitude, promising his fans that he would never behave in that way again: a promise that Astro lived up to tonight when he gracefully accepted that he was voted off and his time in the competition had come to an end. Astro re-assured his fans, branded ‘astronauts’ that Team Astro is here to stay. Such terminology highlights the business acumen of this young rapper whose branding is another reason why he will be a huge star. Astro is clearly on the road to success and such a positive example/role model for today’s youth.

FINALLY!! It’s official >> Teen Rapper Brian Bradley, AKA Astro IS BRAAP! << He is also>> PC ~Positive & Creative~ << NOW, How about you?!?!?!

Jaz McKenzie