A View to a Shrill

Nothing is permanent except change, but don’t quote me on it!

In the 2010’s, I lived in central Jerusalem and from my balcony I observed various things.

Once there was a group of Ethiopian girls chatting. Another time on the same stairs I saw a guy roughing up his girlfriend while kissing her. He did the same thing to another girl the following day. It wasn’t  something I liked focusing in on.

One night I was fast asleep and woke to loud voices and strange sounds. Barely awake, I went to the balcony and saw down below a mob and they weren’t about to sing Kumbaya!

The group had come from a nearby Ethiopian bar. Further reinforcements were rolling in – and not of the police kind. It was about 3am and the streets were otherwise dead. It looked like there was going to be some type of brawl. It was hard to tell what was happening (or going to happen.)

I didn’t like it. I felt I had to cause a distraction – fast. Yelling would be ridiculous so I went inside and found my cowbell!

Years earlier I stopped a bag-snatching mid-way through the attack in a similar situation.

I started playing really loudly and being concrete everywhere, the cowbell’s shrill bounced around the whole courtyard. I was lying down because I didn’t want anyone to see me. However, the ground was cold and blocking my ears was difficult.

I peered over the ledge. There seemed to be a verbal fight concentrated under the arches.

Latin clave rhythms for the win!

People started losing focus and looking around for a drummer. Soon enough the mob dissipated and I could go back to sleep.

Other nicer things to happen on my balcony were sprouts, compost, snow and starting the search for Ormus.

I also made Orgonite from crystals purchased on Ebay.

C’est la vie!

Fast and loose race at a slow and steady pace!

The story of Bopgig is a long one –  and not without hiccups. 

2001: Final-year undergrad student enters MBA competition.

2003: Multiple PHP apps cobbled together. Later GrooveGuide is added – a free street-press magazine. Problem: lack of app integration and hence automated signups.

2009: Rethinking the business model and user experience. BopGig or GigPop?

2010: A working prototype launches. A Y-Combinator application occurs.

2011: Development moves from USA to Israel.

2012: Public launch and then a pivot into indefinite hibernation!

2020: Hibernation continues!


Pyramid Power

I came up with Ormus King 7 (then 6) while camping at the Goldsborough Valley campground in September 2019. I never planned on it happening.

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This area was (and still is) an ancient aboriginal tribal meeting point. I’m not surprised.

I would wake up with very powerful visions for the story when the night before I had no idea what to imagine or write — too much information to process.

I doubt I could have come up with this story – which sees the rebuilding of the Third Temple in Jerusalem anywhere else – even in Jerusalem itself. I lived in Jerusalem from 2010 – 2018 and came up with Ormus King 1 + 2 in 2017.

The power and significance of this place owes to its closeness to Walsh’s Pyramid, the world’s highest natural freestanding pyramid and also Bellenden Ker and Bartle Frere – Queensland’s highest mountains. It also sits next to the Mulgrave River. But who knows, maybe those things came after its significance was determined somehow.

Another way to look at the area is as a natural anti-depressant.

The area is not remote however. In Far North Queensland, mountains and national parks are intertwined into the city areas.

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As I headed into October, the March flies arrived and were simply unbearable – much worse than mosquitoes because of their painful bite and they attack a moving target.

The devil lurks

During the writing of this story, I encountered (and reported) a shoplifter at Jay Car in Cairns, a 45 min drive away – and that made me think – perhaps my story was (and still is) being used (ie stolen) somehow? Time will tell.

Led Zeppelin and my friend the devil… almost!


1994: First gig, Polyglot Theatre, South Yarra.

2002: She came home with me from Revolver and was a “Plantarian” (follower of Robert Plant!)

2009: The vision and spirit of Bopgig.

2015: First photo published from Jerusalem apartment.

2017: Jerusalem, shooting for Ormus King 2.

2017: Tel Aviv beach. Another “Plantarian??”

2010 – The fight for peace

Adrian Wajsbrem: “Everyone, Jewish people around the world, and even non-Jews, who like the idea of Israel, and a Jewish Israel, and a Jewish Israel shared with other cultures and religions, should come here in peace, and not try and claim it, claim the land from the Jews.” (January, 2010)

October 2008:

“Jerusalem, the town of whoever’s here, it’s your town, ideally people that want peace – ‘piss’ – well you’ve gotta fight for peace, which means there’s always a war for peace.” (October, 2008)

2018 – The Gianni Versace signature motif is born

The newest addition to the House’s codes – Gianni Versace’s handwriting is placed on an assortment of clothing and accessories. Add a signature touch to your look with the newest logo accent. ~ Versace.com May ’20