John Newell - Biography
From childhood, my passions continue to be the environment and art expanded to include muscle cars in the sixties because the emerging lifestyle, excitement and the sheer artistry embodied in the muscle car era, reinforced by the music and hope for better things to come. Ever since, these disparate interests have been an internal source of conflict.
By sheer luck and accident I made design the bulk of my career. It allowed me to travel nationally on a regular basis. That gave me an unusual view of the direction industry, the environment and demographic trends far sooner than the average person. As well, my interest in health restoration grew to include medical research and writing.
Upon retiring from design, my life evolved into environmental and medical research, activism and politics. I ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of Pickering in 2006 with the greenest platform in Canadian history. I didn't win, but made a creditable showing on a micro budget.
My automotive background, thirty years of medical research and a thorough knowledge of the environment has given me a unique perspective that allows me to see the big picture: relationships between industry, industrial emissions, urban, natural environmental factors and their individual and collective impacts on living tissue in humans and in the "lower" orders. My expanded interests led to writing/publishing opportunities and I've since had automotive articles published around the world as well as design articles published in trade magazines such as the Franchise sector and published my first book - "THE REBEL MACHINE INDENTITY - evolution of a car nut" June, 2008. This book is a creative non-fiction that traces a marketing idea from inception to its footprints through four decades of my life.
My skills evolved into a detailed study of the Criminal Code of Canada after my environmental research and activism revealed that Canada has no environmental legislation that amounts to more than a cost of doing business. Armed with that knowledge and my writing skills, I write illuminating articles about the environment, health and crime that are sent to and read by every elected member of federal, territorial and provincial parliament in Canada as well as most municipal councilors from Kingston to London Ontario.
As a result I have requested a
- criminal investigation of the Ontario Government by the RCMP into a 20 billion dollar land fraud - ultimately the RCMP faked their investigation and further corruption followed - a book is in progress on this historic event.
- stopped the murder of a Minden Hills woman who was nearly killed by her neighbours using burn barrel emissions
- had laws changed in Ontario to regulate emissions from burn barrels as a result of the above
- have succeed in forcing the Toronto Police Service to launch what will likely become one of the highest profile forensic investigations in Canadian history that should encompass all levels of health in Ontario.
- wrote 'Abuse of Power' a book that forced the Ontario government to fast track the cell phone law.
My writing has been influenced by many of the authors of books I've read. First and foremost was J.R.R. Tolkien who showed that the reason to write even elaborate fiction can have a purpose beyond the telling and the reading of the story that validates it for the author.
Stephen R. Donaldson's character prepared me for how brutal being true to yourself can be. His vision of the land and its history turned out to be a very accurate analogy of the forces of progress, development and criminal behavior that are such a part of our culture. He also inadvertently showed how irritating and distracting the repetitious use of certain words can be and how the use of repetitious phrase structure can put dents in great works.
Stephen King's ability to weave the mundane into his stories is always a clinic that shows how to enable the reader to suspend disbelief to make the impossible seem possible or even inevitable. In another case of inadertency, he also can be a case study of what can go wrong with a story when you attempt to write about things without sufficient background knowledge. He blows it every time he writes about cars. But most of his readership knows even less than he does, so it's a demonstration of what can be gotten away with as well.
When Sue Townsend published the Adrian Mole Diaries, she brought a new dimension to the inane with a style of off-hand humour that was a delight to read. Complete idiocy can sell if handled properly.
The Beatles were a force that I didn't recognise until I'd developed sufficiently as a painter. When looking for powerful themes, Beatles lyrics can be impossible to overlook. Their power to focus on the ordinary was different from King's, who uses the ordinary to slide you into a different, bizzare reality. The Beatles used the details of the ordinary to make the ordinary memorable - a much tougher task in my estimation. Since I incorporate my art into my writing, this aspect of literary finesse has a way of seeping into the emotion that drives my work.
By far the biggest influence and motivator in my life has been my car - a 1970 Rebel Machine. How I acquired it was fate at its finest. How it has persisted in my life since my last day of school in June of that year has been fate working overtime as so many unrelated events and people became entwined in the story. Stephen King has said that all of his books are actually aspects of the same story about the Gunslinger. His books are all fiction. My first book is the first in a series like that but the difference is my story is real. Therefore the ending is less predictable because it hasn't happened yet.
The next book is titled 'SHIT FOR LIFE - how to beat chronic constipation and save your life'
This book is the result of my thirty years of health restoration research. It is a distillation of information from a number of different sources and from my having put many people back on the road to good health. This book is written in a very irreverent style and I make no secret of my disgust with the medical profession for not telling their patients the truth about constipation, the real number one killer. We start by learning that even the dictionary definition of constipation is wrong and why, then jump right in learning about the mechanics of restoring and maintaining optimum health free of drugs in commonsense everyday language that can be somewhat off-colour at times. Especially since there are plenty of jokes peppered through the book to keep the subject matter as light as possible. That's a necesary thing since people who are most at risk tend to be terrified of facing the truth in case it turns out they have the big C - Cancer. Since nearly everyone in North America and Europe eats too much processed food that means that nearly everyone is constipated in ways they've never dreamt of. SHIT FOR LIFE will be a much needed wake up call - if it isn't the medical delivery systems in every Western country are going to go into financial cardiac arrest.
The next book is OLD FARTS, OLD CARS AND BIG MONEY. It's a return from the sidestep SHIT FOR LIFE and goes back into the evolving history of my Rebel Machine. But by now, I've become involved in many other things from general automotive restoration, interior design and politics. They all relate to the environment at some level and the pace becomes intense as I begin to discover that government crimes are beginning to impact my life. How do you fight something like that?
The book after that will expand on the themes developed in OLD FARTS and get deeper into government and medical crime. While the events described occur in Canada, the legislative structure and the motives behind legislative and medical delivery are the same in most Western countries. My story may form a platform for others to follow my lead in other countries.
All of my work is self illustrated with paintings, drawings and photographs.
Writing, painting, drawing, photography, tropical fish (apistogramma sp.) muscle cars, health research and restoration, criminal investigation, environmental research
GREENPEACE, SEA SHEPPARD, PETA, WORLD WILD LIFE FUND
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