I want to tell you a true story that I made up a long time ago when I knew the difference between right and wrong. It’s a very short story but to drag it out as long as I can I’m going to show you some pictures as we go. This is a picture of Lake Burrumbeet which is very close to where I used … Continue reading He nilly got took.
A lass from the council rang today, “I’m your ‘My-Aged-Care’ adviser. We’re here to help anyway we can, I note you’re an early riser. We don’t like to ring too early, Some old folk rise quite late. But a note on your file here, tells me To ring just after eight.” I may have mentioned to someone – My doctor I think I told – … Continue reading Home Help!
Artimis Dolofonos lived most of his life in a one bedroom flat above Eleni’s Fruit and Vegetable shop in Nicholson Street Fitzroy. For many years Artimis had made a reasonable living taking out the garbage for various of the not quite legal organisations that controlled the local black economy. However the sad gentrification of the area meant that young upwardly mobile families were buying up … Continue reading The decline and eventual fall of Artimis Dolofonos.
Just four days before I embark on my Ethiopian/English travels I saw the following and I am sure you will understand the shiver that ran up my spine. A high school teacher was arrested today at Sydney’s Kingsford-Smith International airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a compass, a slide-rule and a calculator At the … Continue reading Pre-travel Jitters.
There are some words that are no longer used in polite society. And the responses to this post may very well divide you as the biblical sheep from the goats. But some words are used by Australians in a way unimagined by the likes of Webster or Collins. Let me illustrate. Imagine you had just finished a delightful glass of sparkling wine. The glass is … Continue reading Expletive deleted
You missed it. But put it in your diary for two years time and give yourself a bit of time to look. The Ballarat International Foto Biennale went from 24 August to 20 October. There were photos all over Ballarat. Some were outdoor at twelve different venues. Some were in cafes, coffee lounges, hotels and businesses. Most were free. Some small out of the way … Continue reading Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Take a look at this photo and then decide which of the following synonyms are pertinent. sarcasm, cynicism, mockery, satire, ridicule, derision, scorn, sneering. I suppose the question would differ as the person entering through the doors differed; felon, parent, wife/husband, partner, policeman, lawyer, parent, priest, social worker. Anyway it caught me a quick slap on my funny bone when I saw it today. Continue reading A question of Irony
On the coast of western Victoria where I live is a small community called Wye River. There are lots of places all over the world where the great English and Welsh diaspora spread and they took their names with them. Of course the Welsh would have taken the name from the river that forms a portion of the border between England and Wales and, across … Continue reading Wye? Because.
Had a bit of a dust up with a bloke the other day. He was on about ‘altruism’ being an impossible concept because people who do good things for other people get an intense feeling of self satisfaction and therefore it isn’t altruistic. I told him to rack off. He asked me why I wrote my blog and I told him it was because I … Continue reading Who for – the blog?
Dear friend and other people. The queue is long and crowded. “Don’t post so often!” he said. “I haven’t caught up on the last two weeks, yet!” he said. “Just a photo to keep us in touch,” he said, “because I don’t have to read photographs,” he said. “Well!” I said. “I need to finish the Gnome story for Ida May. I’m sure you understand. … Continue reading General apologia