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Suicidal Terrorists

In Texas this weekend, yet another mad shooter killed a number of people by rifle fire. I say “mad”, because, while the individual was not assessed as to his mental stability, his act beggars belief. Equally astounding is the frequent … Continue reading

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Seeking the Divine

In spite of the textile title, this is my site for general introspection. I am listening to Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Itzhak Perlman. My mind wandered to my mid adolescence when I had been sent to an excellent boarding school … Continue reading

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Circus Parade

I was at Macquarie Uni, West Ryde, when Dennis Altman participated in a debate titled Gay is Good. His opening comment was about the number of people who recognized each other as gay, where previously they had clearly been ambivalent. … Continue reading

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Following the Herd

The Brit pop group Blur wrote an ironic song called Boys and Girls about the androgynous herding instincts of Brits on holiday. Given the myths in circulation about aussie hipsters today I’m sure the same happens with our lot in … Continue reading

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Anniversary of Jane Austen’s death

Today is the anniversary of Jane Austen’s death; after Shakespeare she would have to be the quintessential English writer, at least for, as it is called, “chick lit”. Her novels are filled with nuances of behaviour and manners, with perfumed … Continue reading

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Spirit

“Heaven in a wildflower”. William Blake, one of the English Romantic poets, was most political in the topics of his verses . In last night’s ABC TV show The Drum, one of the panelists was adamant that the artist was … Continue reading

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Modern Art

Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’Herbe is considered the departure point for modern art; it was rejected for inclusion in the 1863 Salon and treated with laughter and derision. It however strongly referenced various moments of European art, including Titian’s Concert Champetre … Continue reading

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