October 2022 Editorial


The Legend of Monarchy

The Queen is dead. Long live the King, we say, and the legend of monarchy unfolds before a watching world.

Rich in history and symbolism, it is about many things but mostly about unity and continuity. That amazing funeral, silent, slow, choreographed to ultimate precision, carried us deep into legends of western culture: Shakespeare’s plays, Wagner’s Ring cycle, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Of course we are used to long form fictional legend streaming live. An AFL final also partakes of legend though it goes for speed, the roar of the crowd, the excitement of the contest.

All the legends show us a bigger picture, take us out of ourselves, tell us what can be achieved. The poet Les Murray said, ‘Religion is a long slow poem’. The same is true of secular rituals. The funeral of Queen Elizabeth embraced both and will live long in our memories.

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The technologies of spreading news, like so much else, is in constant change. Like many other volunteer groups, FTG News is using the loosening of Covid restrictions to rethink and revitalise. Thanks to support from the FTG Community bank, our auspicing body Mountain District Learning Centre has re-equipped the newspaper office in the Cottage at 8 The Avenue, FTG. This gives us space for new volunteers to take part in the admin and production of the paper.

We are grateful also to FTG Library for display space in the library during the month of October. Call in there if you want extra copies or to learn more about Gully News. For more information email gullynews@gmail.com

Thank you to all who have contributed to this hope-filled issue of the news at our place.

Anne Boyd

Editor Anne Boyd. Photo: Julian Meehan, Voices Over 55 exhibition 2019.