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John Edmond Newsletter
September 2018 Encore ...
Dear Friends, Rhodies and Countrymen,
“That is one good thing about this world ... There are always sure to be more springs. ” L.M. Montgomery.
So let’s celebrate ‘cause spring has sprung in the Southern hemisphere!
Here’s another quote:
“The reason precious gems are precious is because there are few of them and they are scattered far and wide……..” John Edmond referring to our” Rhodies Everywhere” song
In this new day and age a new word appeared: “diaspora”. The dictionary explains it as follows:- A diaspora is a large group of people with a similar heritage or homeland who have since moved out to places all over the world.
The term diaspora comes from an ancient Greek word meaning "to scatter about." And that's exactly what the people of a diaspora do — they scatter from their homeland to places across the globe, spreading their culture as they go. The Bible refers to the Diaspora of Jews exiled from Israel by the Babylonians. But the word is now also used more generally to describe any large migration of refugees, language, or culture; the dispersion or spreading of something that was originally localized (as a people or language or culture). In John Edmond’s song about Rhodesians “The Great White Tribe”, he quotes in one of the lines “only scattered never lost in the winds of change”
But as always...
We receive endless emails from young folk all over the world wanting to know more about this country Rhodesia that does not exist or not to be found on world maps. The question always is: “What was life like in Rhodesia?” It’s hard for them to understand the bond that Rhodesians have with each other and the spirit and friendliness, open door policy and always ready to get the job done, yet they can party with their chibullies in hand and vellies on their feet like no other nation in the world.
If we look back in time and history we come across quotes like “You have inherited a jewel in Africa, don’t tarnish it.” Tanzania President Nyerere said to new Zimbabwe President Mugabe in 1980. So what then happened to Zimbabwe, once Known as The Jewel of Africa? …………The leaders and politicians failed the people. Their real obsession was not only with personal wealth but with power.” Rhodesians have placed politics behind them and all made and carved a new life somewhere in the world. They are a Nation that as John always says are actually a family.
John wrote this song after hearing a speech by Ian Smith. He had just returned from a trip to Australia to visit and encourage Rhodesians that had emigrated there. He had stopped at an hotel in a remote Australian town and found that the chef had been a former cook in the RLI. He remarked “They’re everywhere” and so the song……They’re everywhere, they’re everywhere. You can even dial a Rhodie if you dare! They’re a happy little nation, despite their situation, if you need them, they’ll be there ‘cause there’s Rhodies everywhere!
They’re in the outback of Australia, They’re in the African Karoo, they’re in the Tundra of Alaska and there’s one in Timbuktu. They’re in Papua New Guinea, Singapore and in Rangoon; Neil Armstrong even said he saw one on the moon.
They’re in the whole of Europe, from Finland down to Spain, in the good old Middle East, From Israel to Bahrain and I’ve heard from sources in the F.B.I and K.G.B, security in the Kremlin’s run by a guy from the B.S.A.P.
This September marks the 128th anniversary of the raising of the flag at Fort Salisbury by Rhodes’s Pioneer Column so raise your chibullies when you hear the song. Incidentally we did a survey with all the USA young folk that have hooked on to Rhodie music and can you believe it, one of their favourite songs among others, was “SALISBURY TOWN”.
HAPPENINGS:- Rhodies we are inviting you to our get-togethers so be there and come celebrate brothers and sisters. Marloth Park September and UDI – NOVEMBER in POLOKWANE see the web site for detailed info and bookings.……..
The Roan Antelope TEAM