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Hope, the best comfort of our imperfect condition.

Like a trooper (trouper?), Henry continues to work on his Mick Jagger impression. We've booked him in for collagen injections in the lips next week, that should strengthen it. [Note the subtle Charlie Watts lurking in the background on the left there...]

Day begins with other people's needs first

Southern Cross SPENCER STREET railway station, Melbourne. April 2010. They can try all they like, it will always be Spencer Street to me... Morning , Deborah Ager You know how it is waking from a dream certain you can fly and that someone, long gone, returned and you are filled with longing, for a brief moment, to drive off the road and feel nothing or to see the loved one and feel everything. Perhaps one morning, taking brush to hair you'll wonder how much of your life you've spent at this task or signing your name or rising in fog in near darkness to ready for work. Day begins with other people's needs first and your thoughts disperse like breath. In the in-between hour, the solitary hour, before day begins all the world gradually reappears car by car.

It is always good men who do the most harm in the world.

No, he isn't drunk.

[T]he owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk

Waiting for the second bus of the day. Elizabeth Street looking north, Hobart, August 2010. This is the spot in town where I wait for the bus to head up to New Town and work. You’ll note the spire of what I think is the “ First Church of Christ Scientist Hobart‎ ” (and I thought that he was a carpenter). This melds nicely with the fact that when taking this photograph, I’m standing outside of what I presume is the “ First Church of Keno and Poker Machines Hobart ”, which is located right by the “ First Church of Getting on the Piss and Falling Over Hobart ”. It’s a good thing that I share a building with Alcohol and other Drug Services Hobart Tasmania.

No blame should attach to telling the truth. But it does, it does.

Here are a couple of hunks (prior to their previous haircuts) laying back and relaxing in bed. I do believe that this is where the term “bedroom eyes” applies.

Media is just a word that has come to mean bad journalism.

Mid-morning in Winter and the sky already looks like this. New Town. August 2010. Crikey Moses, it is Theme Thursday yet again, and – all things being EQUAL – it was forty years ago today that Betty Friedan lead a US-wide Women's Strike for Equality. This strike was held to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment, which effectively gave women the right to vote in the United States. This timing inevitably causes raised eyebrows to those of us down here at the arse-end of the world .. Unrestricted women's suffrage in terms of voting rights was granted in New Zealand in the 1893! The [then] self-governing colony of South Australia granted both universal suffrage and allowed women to stand for the colonial parliament in 1895 . Upon Federation, the Commonwealth of Australia provided this for women in Federal elections from 1902 (except, of course, Aboriginal women). So that puts us Antipodeans a good twenty years ahead! Spare a thought

Our chief defect is that we are more given to talking about things than to doing them.

After you’ve had a chance to see his etchings , Ezra will show you where he keeps his sand .

Just to stir things up seemed a great reward in itself.

Late afternoon looking over Geilston Bay to New Town. July 2010. Last one! 91. DO YOU LIKE SUSHI? Very much. With extra wasabi and pickled ginger. 92. LAST THING YOU WATCHED? Ezra laughing. 93. FAVOURITE DAY OF THE YEAR? Tomorrow. 94. ARE YOU TOO SHY TO ASK SOMEONE OUT? Too scared. Jen would not approve. 95. SUMMER OR WINTER? It is currently winter. In winter, I miss summer. In summer, I miss winter. I’m complex. 96. KISSES OR HUGS? Kisses AND hugs. I’m greedy like that. 97. RELATIONSHIPS OR ONE-NIGHT STANDS? Marriages. 98. WHO IS THE MOST LIKELY TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS? Those short of blogging ideas. 99. WHO IS THE LEAST LIKELY TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS? Automatons. 100. CREATE YOUR OWN QUESTION! What next?

If you never change your mind, why have one?

There is more than a touch of mop top about cranky Hanky here. I think that this photograph recalls a colourised version of A Hard Day’s Night – minus the collarless suit, of course. The question is, however, which of the loveable Liverpudlians is Henry?

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I am always on the lookout for a doctor whose patients include many from the better class . No, I don’t what any pair of hands – however learned – that routinely run over filthy proletarian bodies . Yes, doctors who only treat the wealthy are infinitely better and more qualified than those that do not. That’s why this fellow’s advice is particularly pertinent. I mean, if even rich people get bad breath, what hope for plebs like you and I?

A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him.

The walk home from the bus stop can sometimes be difficult. East Derwent Highway, the Lindisfarne/Geilston Bay border. August 2010. Another day, another instalment, another experiment. 81. FAVOURITE THOUGHT PROVOKING SONG: A Change is Gonna Come , Sam Cooke. 82. FAVOURITE THING TO HATE: I am not sure that I’d classify anything that I’d hate as a ‘favourite’. That said, I do hate. 83. FAVOURITE DRINK: I like orange juice. I like cola. I like proper lemonade. 84. FAVOURITE ZODIAC SIGN Huh? The virgin is good. Way better than buckets of water or tampons. 85. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SPORT? Tickling. 86. WHAT IS YOUR HAIR COLOUR? Seal brown . The Hex triplet is #321414. 87. EYE COLOUR? Taupe . That Hex triplet is #483C32 88. DO YOU WEAR GLASSES? Yes I do. If I had the money through, I’d have the laser. 89. SIBLINGS? One brother. He’s older. 90. FAVOURITE MONTH(s) This one is hard. Maybe November.

It may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.

Long strolls on the beach, the dulcet tones of Marvin Gaye, the unabridged works of Camus. These are the things that he loves. Ezra is a relaxed and handsome Cancer who has a stunning collection of etchings just itching for your gaze to be thrust upon them… Just phone 555-555-LOVE .

There's naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion.

Waiting at the bus stop for the final bus journey home. Campbell Street, Hobart. August 2010. Now for part three thousand and seven in our special feature... 71. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ICE CREAM FLAVOUR? Choc mint. I like a nice banana made with real bananas too. 72. ARE YOU LAZY? Sometimes I think that I am, and then I see other people… 73. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE COLOURS? Blue, cobalt and navy. 74. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BAND? I can’t pick just one. One of The Byrds, Grant Lee Buffalo, The Rolling Stones, Belle & Sebastian, The Smiths, Wilco, Marah, Pavement, Led Zeppelin, or maybe Pulp. Or someone else. 75. HOW MANY WISDOM TEETH DO YOU HAVE? I have two left, the top two. 76. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS? Not if they don’t want to. 77. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Tell ‘em Steve Dave. 78. LAST THING YOU ATE? Kim-chi Bo-kum-bop. 79. LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? I believe that it was the Clinical Director of the Tasmanian Alcohol and

Every man is his own chief enemy.

"Henry... what are you rebelling against?" "...What have you got?"

There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.

Shark bait on Bellerive Beach looking west over Sandy Bay. Bellerive, August 2010. What a miserable day today. The best Sunday Top Five I can come up is My Top Five Things That I Can Say About It : "Sucked in Australia." "Told you so." "Enjoy it." "Dear oh dear." "..."