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Adversity is the first path to truth.

How many stamps do you reckon that it will it take to get him to Delhi?

I confess, my friend, I am puzzled.

Goanna [Karenina]. ZooDoo, Richmond. April, 2010. Ezra Pound may well have been a miserable old bastard of dubious politics and mad as a hatter towards the end; but he could manage to string a sentence together very nicely... Meditatio by Ezra Pound When I carefully consider the curious habits of dogs I am compelled to conclude That man is the superior animal. When I consider the curious habits of man I confess, my friend, I am puzzled.

Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.

I am thinking of entering Ezra in the 100-metre smile at the upcoming Commonwealth Games. Do you think that he has a chance?

When one burns one's bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.

Waiting for the bus in Campbell Street on a Friday afternoon. Hobart. July 2010. Part Three of my "too busy and thus tired this week to think up posts" meme answers! 31. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO TELL SOMEONE HOW MUCH THEY MEAN TO YOU? Revolutionary concept that it is, how about “telling them”? 32. SAY A NUMBER FROM ONE TO A HUNDRED: Seventy. 33. BLONDES OR BRUNETTES? Curvy brunettes named ‘Jennifer’. 34. WHAT IS THE ONE NUMBER YOU CALL OFTEN? I never really ‘call’ numbers. I text Jen’s mobile a lot though. 35. WHAT ANNOYS YOU MOST? How long have we got? A lot of things annoy me. People not thinking things through or reflecting on something before shooting their mouth off really annoys me. 35. HAVE YOU BEEN OUT OF THE U.S.? I’ve never been IN the US! 36. YOUR WEAKNESSES? I could be a mite more sympathetic. I have high standards, and lack patience with those that don’t, sometimes unfairly. 37. TATER TOTS OR FRIES? Chips. 38. FIRST JOB? Delivering newspapers. 39. EVE

Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.

A photograph this evening is not one of my own, although it was taken on my camera. The true artist here is Henry’s little mate Phoebe, and features Hank himself, behind him is erstwhile blogger and commentator Blackie , and lurking out to the side, my dearest 10 Murray Jennifer.

A man's dying is more his survivor's affair than his own.

Matthew Forster knew where the bodies were buried. St Johns Park, New Town. July 2010. Theme Thursday , and I am dwelling on death and memory. Matthew Forster got this obelisk for his hard work, I'd rather a nice ARECACEAE...

I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.

Ezra does his best Esther Williams, while Henry lurks in the background like the Jaws in Jaws IV. Thankfully, he didn’t explode for an unknown (and unknowable) reason at all at the conclusion of the ablution – coincidently the first single of my next album – like the shark did in that quite memorable movie…

Sentences are not as such either true or false.

DIRIGIBLE ALERT! At home in Geilston Bay. July 2010. Part three of the 100 Question Meme ! 21. WHO IS THE LAST PERSON YOU MADE MAD? Henry, but it wasn’t too major. 22. DO YOU SPEAK ANOTHER LANGUAGE? Not if you expect anybody else to understand me. 23. WHAT WAS THE FIRST GIFT SOMEONE EVER GAVE YOU? I don’t know. 24. DO YOU LIKE SOMEONE? Sure, I like a few different people. 25. ARE YOU DOUBLE JOINTED? Technically, there is no such thing as “double jointed”. If by “double jointed” you mean “Do you have hypermobility in the joints in you hand?” Then yes, I am double jointed hypermobile in my hands. 26. FAVOURITE CLOTHING BRAND? I am not sure that I have a favourite. I buy a lot from Cotton On for Henry and Ezra. 27. WHAT’S YOUR DREAM CAR? You would have to ask Jennifer, she’s the pilot. 28. WHAT COLOUR IS IT? What colour is what? The car? Anything but yellow… 29. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE KIND OF EXERCISE? Making love. 30. WOULD YOU FALL IN LOVE KNOWING THAT THE PERSON IS LEAVIN

Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.

Let me assure you that this jumper looks far better when Henry (or indeed Ezra) is not afflicted with a cold. Black is not a colour that renders the tell tale signs of a runny nose inconspicuous.

Ads that I like: # 110

We are all familiar with the de rigueur image of the bon vivant bourgeois doyen of dress tossing about bon mots with élan in a blasé way to every belle and brunette that draws the eye. Imagine the mise en scène : through the milieu you see a mélange of men in a mêlée . No, it’s not a ménage à trios , only one monsieur imagining presenting a montage of himself to some nouveau riche mademoiselles during Mardi gras . The Frogs trade in on this cachet of style, presenting themselves fashionable entrepreneurs , using it carte blanche as they recline on the chaise longue gobbling hors d'œuvres , when in fact they are nothing more than charlatans ! Oh, I know that it is not du jour to say it, but rest assured that today’s ad is but the first in a dossier of disaster. Whether a chauffeur or a clique of chefs en route tp a club, this cliché of chez chic is a shonk ! Consider this communiqué a future concordat a coup (of sorts). Consider this a coup de g

Nothing can come of nothing.

Looking north on New Town Road. New Town, July 2010. I can cope with a bit of darkness and gloom if what little sun there is by late-afternoon keeps delivering the copper-toned skies! 11. THE BEST TV SHOW EVER CREATED: Seinfeld has to be considered. A show about nothing? Absolutely! 12. THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO? Jennifer 13. DO YOU GET SCARED IN THE DARK? No, although stick me in an unsavoury situation, and I might well feel uncomfortable in the dark! 14. THE LAST PERSON TO MAKE YOU CRY? Frederic Manning. 15. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOGNE / PERFUME? Eau de Krispy. 16. WHAT KIND OF HAIR/EYE COLOR DO YOU LIKE ON THE OPPOSITE SEX? Brunettes with eyes. Nothing too pale. 17. WOULD YOU RATHER BE SMART OR FUNNY? I’d like to think that I have a reasonable grasp on both. I’m modest too… 18. COFFEE OR ENERGY DRINKS? Coffee. I have honestly never had an energy drink in my life. I don’t feel like I’m missing much. 19. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIZZA TOPPING? Cheese. Lots of cheese.

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

Over lunch, Ezra demonstrates to the group exactly how one goes about giving one of those James Brown-esque YELP s. Henry, as ever, is unimpressed.

Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind.

The Carruthers Building emerges from the mist of the walk to work. St Johns Park, Newtown. July 2010. Part One of the 100 Questions Meme! Just because: 1. ONE OF YOUR SCARS, HOW DID YOU GET IT? Left index finger, a nasty one right across the distal interphalangeal joint after a tragic accident involving an art room, a very sharp tile cutter, an attractive girl, a short skirt and inattention. 2. WHAT IS ON THE WALLS IN YOUR ROOM? There are a few artworks drawn by Henry: relics of when Ezra shifted out into his own room… 3. WHAT DOES YOUR CELL PHONE LOOK LIKE? A little robust Nokia. 4. WHAT MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO? All sorts. What a silly question. I have eclectic tastes. That said, I am not much of a jazz man. 5. DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME YOU WERE BORN? I believe that it was just prior to midnight, but to be honest, I can’t remember much about it. 6. WHAT DO YOU WANT MORE THAN ANYTHING RIGHT NOW? A bit of peace and quiet. And far less snot. 7. WHO DO YOU MISS? I miss Jen, H

Life has to be given a meaning because of the obvious fact that it has no meaning.

This week, we have mainly been building: Holding pens .

Sooner or later, one has to take sides. If one is to remain human.

Odd things painted on walls in New Town, #1. New Town Road. July 2010. Who said that holding hands is powerless Huh? I’m not sure that that is a sentence. Traditionally (and far too simplistically), a sentence is traditionally defined as a group of words that expresses a complete idea and that includes a subject and a verb . Convention also dictates that it ends with a full stop, question mark, or exclamation point. Who said that holding hands is powerless It looks like a question, but we don’t have a question mark. We have a subject, verb and even an adjective, but I am not convinced that we have a complete idea . Who said that holding hands is powerless I do wish that these hip young urban artists would try out their sloganeering prior to getting out into the streets to create their intertextual self-reflexive hyperstylistic post-structural syntaxtically illiterate counter-cultural mash-ups. I mean really . Every day I wait that that bus stop and every day I wonder w