Friday, February 10, 2017

Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.

Christmas Eve bushwalk #3, Cathedral Rock, Mount Wellington

Ezra finds a tree. Walk to Cathedral Rock, Mount Wellington. 

01 What is the worst nickname that anyone has ever called you?
I never liked “Finger” (McCRACKen). It generally led people in an impure direction.

02 Have you got a favourite flower?
I like pansies. And proteas.

03 Do you add a sauce, ketchup or other artificial flavourings to your food?
I’m not sure what is meant by “artificial”? If you mean “condiments”, I occasionally use them. Mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire Sauce, soy sauce. That kind of thing.

04 Describe yourself using only words that begin with the letter 'T'.
Tenacious. Thinking. Tumultuous.

05 What is your lover's pet name for you?
 You’d have to ask her. I’m not sure that she says it out loud.

06 What is your least favourite colour?
Teal. Or cyan. Or maybe puce.

07 Who did you vote for in the last election, and did they win?
I honestly can’t remember. It was a minor party and essentially a protest vote. No they didn’t win and no I didn’t win.

08 What’s your favourite part of your daily routine?
BEDTIME! Or maybe the warm-down walk after a run.

09 What is the best present you ever received?
This Surface Pro 4 is pretty good.

10 Best food comes from which country?
India. With apologies to Mexico. And Greece. And Thailand.

11 What would be the best possible way you could die?
Quickly and without any warning whatsoever.

12 Given the choice of absolutely anything, what would be your dream job?
Being paid lots of money to read books and visit interesting places.

13 What position do you sleep in at night?
On my right side.

14 What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?
I can’t remember. I try to erase such things from my mind.

15 Who is your favourite fictional character?
I’d struggle to pick just one. Erast Fandorin is pretty cool.

16 What food do you hate most in the world?
Peanuts. They want to kill me.

17 When was the last time you were ill?
I felt pretty rotten for a few days in Kyoto and Tokyo last year.

18 If you were transformed into a wild creature, what would it be?
A Great White Shark.

19 What was your favourite toy as a child, and whatever happened to it?
I liked Legos. I imagine that they’re still hanging around somewhere…

20 What's the most amazing thing you've ever seen?
Notre Dame Cathedral is awfully cool.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.

Condemned egg, Geilston Bay

Lunch. Geilston Bay. September 2016.

So, as part of the 2016 Goodreads Challenge, it turns out that I read a total of 128 books

In the interest of sharing good novels, here are the best books that I read in 2016!

Absent without Leave, Heinrich Böll

All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy

Coraline, Neil Gaiman

Days Without End, Sebastian Barry

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, Max Porter

How I Escaped My Certain Fate, Stewart Lee

Mothering Sunday, Graham Swift

Pop. 1280, Jim Thompson

Roseanna, Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

The Dig, Cynan Jones

The Iron Man, Ted Hughes

The Man Who Went Up in Smoke, Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

The North Water, Ian McGuire

The Search Warrant, Patrick Modiano

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Not bad meaning bad but bad meaning good.

Goldfish #1, Geilston Bay

Fish from Venice. Geilston Bay, September 2016.

No, you can't do that.

You can't do that with that shirt on.

Not with those shoes you can't.

Not with that look on your face.

Not with that attitude.

Not with your frame of reference.

Not from you.

Not by the likes of you.

No, you can't do that.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Only the madman is absolutely sure.

Condemned egg, Geilston Bay

The egg has been given the chop. Geilston Bay, September 2016.

The egg done wrong. The egg caught red handed.


Monday, July 11, 2016

Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand.

Experiments in light #1, Dark Mofo, Hobart

Experiments in light #1, Dark Mofo, Hobart

Experiments in light #5, Dark Mofo, Hobart

Experiments in light #2, Dark Mofo, Hobart

Experiments in light #6, Dark Mofo, Hobart

Experiments in light #3, Dark Mofo, Hobart

Experiments in light #8, Dark Mofo, Hobart

Experiments in light #4, Dark Mofo, Hobart

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Most people live in a myth and grow violently angry if anyone dares to tell them the truth about themselves.

Rockpooling #3, Southwest National Park
Above us, the waves. Fishers Point, Southwest National Park, Tasmania

Stealing again from Sunday Stealing. Currently, I am...

Reading... Pat Barker’s latest book, Noonday.

Writing... a blog post!

Playing... Minecraft, on survival mode on the Playstation 4.

Watching... Limmy’s Show.

Trying... to figure out what to do next.

Cooking... lots of curries.

Drinking... plenty of water.

Calling... all the shots.

Pinning... the blame on someone else.

Tweeting... the time and distance that I’ve run.

Crafting... lots of pick-axes!

Doing... whatever it takes.

Going... hard at the ball.

Loving... a bit of peace of quiet when I can get it.

Hating... the increasing pace of time passing.

Re-Discovering... the joys of shepherd’s pie.

Enjoying... myself immensely.

Thinking... far too much for my own wellbeing.

Feeling... like another swig of water.

Missing... out on foot rubs.

Hoping... that the creepers don’t ruin my beautifully maintained pumpkin patch.

Listening... to the whispers in the wind.

Celebrating... every day as if it’s the last.

Smelling... like patchouli.

Thanking... my lucky stars.

Considering... all the options.

Starting... to nod off.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

'Tis not every question that deserves an answer.

Underwater selfie #1, Douglas-Apsley waterhole, Douglas-Apsley National Park
Underwater hello. Douglas-Apsley Waterhole, Douglas-Apsley National Park. February 2016.

Stealing a Q and A again, this time the Garage Sale Meme.

Is your phone right next to you, or at least close by?
It’s switched off and in a drawer.

What windows or tabs are open on your computer right now?
Only Opera browser. Three tabs.

Is your phone a touch screen?
Yes, a Nokia Lumia.

Who is the last person to call you?
My wife.

What was the last movie you watched?
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. With the kids.

What are you doing tomorrow?
I’m thinking of climbing a mountain.

Are you in a good mood?
Pretty much. It’s early, though.

Do you think exes can remain friends?
It’s highly unlikely.

Are you starting to realize anything?
That things matter less than you usually think.

Do you follow rules or break them?
Follow. I am prepared to push against them if there’s an ethical blur.

Are you currently looking forward to anything?
Japan! We’re headed there in less than a month.

Could you go a day without eating?
Of course.

How many bracelets do you have on your wrists right now?

Do you scream stuff out the car window?

Do you have reason to smile right now?
If I stop and remind myself.

What do you do when you need to relax?
Breathe, and run.

What are you listening to right now?
An interview with someone about Polish Holocaust survivors.

What’s your greatest fear?
Being forgotten. Or being remembered.

Do you have a best friend?
The missus!

Are you afraid of death?
Not afraid, but I can’t say I’m looking forward to it.

Do you open up to people easily?
When I decide that I want to. I do a good line in shutting down too.

Has anyone upset you in the last week?
Not particularly.

What’s your favourite drink?

What are you craving?

How did you sleep last night?
Well enough.

Would you ever consider turning your house into a B&B?

What was the first thing you ate today?
I haven’t eaten yet.

Do you have anything more important you should be doing right now?
It’s still dark! Give me some time…

Have you ever eaten tofu, and if so, did you enjoy it?
I made tofu for dinner two nights ago. I like tofu.

What was the last type of meat you ate?
Pork sausages.

What colour is your toothpaste?

Have you taken any medication today?

Have you ever inhaled helium?
Years and years ago.

Have you set an alarm today?

Do you keep up-to-date with current news and events?
As much as I try not to, I do.

Have you asked someone for advice today?
They’re all asleep!

What colour is your shampoo?
A golden brown. I rarely shampoo though.

Have you watched more than an hour of TV today?
I wouldn’t have watched an hour of TV in the past six months!

Ever wake up early on Saturdays to go Garage Sale shopping?
No, it is not my scene.