Monthly Archives: January 2015

waltzing matilda

Tomorrow is Australia day. Our national anthem used to be Waltzing Matilda. Wiki has a number of theories as to how the lyrics were shaped. What strikes me is how many German references are involved. Firstly “waltz”, then “matilda”. “Waltzing … Continue reading

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people on the move

Is that a David Bowie phrase, I ask??? I was taught that a lot of railway lines were built across Europe in the early 1900’s. With that, like a tidal wave, people up & decided to travel, to go, to … Continue reading

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seeing the future

I had to go to Burwood yesterday, for a ridiculous bureaucratic meeting. It was a public office, understaffed because of budget cuts by successive governments, Labor as well as the current Lib/Nat admin. Its attitude is characterised by my verbal … Continue reading

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Tearing the fabric of existence

Having only recently said that he understood the violence that insults provoke, although he would not condone violence, in the Philippines recently, Pope Francis declared that same sex unions threatened the structure of human life, or the fabric of the … Continue reading

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nothing new under the sun

I believe it was Aristotle who said, “there is nothing new under the sun”. The medieval “semioticians” codified his ideas as a series of rhetoric, one for every occasion; the artists who put those ideas into practice created art works … Continue reading

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The best parents say: “I still love you”.

Ethan Morrden New York based gay writer once concluded in a narrative of gay Manhattan that the best parents, when they discover that their child is gay, say: “I still love you”. GLBTIQ community folk will tell you that our … Continue reading

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biggest thugs on the world stage

I have just watched an interview with the solicitor acting on behalf of two drug mules awaiting execution in an Indonesian jail. I simply could not believe the insidious utterances of this unctuous spokesperson; he urged aussies to make representations … Continue reading

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