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The strong do what they have to do and the weak accept what they have to accept.

Scooting past abandoned gun emplacements... Will the events of the past fortnight in London, coupled together with global fiscal instability, compel us [i.e. Ezra and I] to purchase a couple of Krupp 11 inch coastal artillery guns and set about readying ourselves for action?

As if the imagination / Could produce nothing more / Than the same landscape

Wheelie bin lids in a row. Queen Street, Sandy Bay. August 2011. Oh rubbish bin. Oh trash can. Oh wheelie bin, recycle bin, waste disposal container and common skip! How we love thee! Why They Turned Back/Why They Went On , Constance Urdang Because a black bird flew across the road; Because the attendant at the pump turned surly; Because the uncertain weather Made Mother nervous, And, back home, the telephone kept ringing In an empty house; Because a white bird flew across the road. How far had they come? How far did they go? Seeing, along river after river, Between shores of brush and willow, Only the bend ahead and the bend behind Under a sky featureless and hard As a shallow bowl; through tautologies Of a landscape unendingly repeated Mile after mile; down Main Street After Main Street, replications Of the same petty civic scenery; Hearing the ghosts of trains Crossing between cornfields, Clattering over the points, moaning Above creosote and ci

The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.

Two went in... ...and two came out. This time.

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.

Poetry? Nanny Goats Lane, Battery Point. August, 2011. Some quickies today! #1 Generals Die in Bed by Charles Yale Harrison Decent little WWI period piece that caused quite a stir on release in 1930. The frankness of a soldier's lot in (and out of) the trenches might seem familiar now, but no wonder it turned heads barely a decade after war's end. Recommended. #2 The Meeting at Telgte by Günter Grass Concept: the premier German-language poets decide to meet during the negotiations at the end of the Thirty Years War. At this meeting, the poets take turns reading their work for comment, the point being a desire not only for the end of military conflict, but a peace of language - that is, a standardising of their regional tongues. Verdict: Probably for linguists and poets only. #3 Room at the Top by John Braine One of the original Angry Young Men , Braine's debut is a fantastic portrait of a time, of a class-system, of gender politics, of personal c

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

Time for a 45-second poem! Ezra on the floor n> don't fret pet, at least not yet it might never happen. unless [of course] it already had then and only then can you fret

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Jen and Hen fossicking for fossils. Clifton Beach. June 2011. Cripes, time flies when you're juggling phones and appointment books. More rain in Hobart. As ever. No fossils, but plenty of shells! Clifton Beach. June 2011.

People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand my complaint about them not understanding me.

The key to this game is balance . Balance , poise and an absolute truckload of money ...

Wealth is well known to be a great comforter.

A view of Sandy Bay from Battery Point. De Witt Street, Battery Point. July 2011. PART I What is it that you want ? When exactly is it that you want it? What is the likelihood of you ever getting it? What is it that you need ? Why do you need it? Do your wants match your needs ? Standing in the same spot, but looking north-west towards Mount Wellington. De Witt Street, Battery Point. July 2011. PART II What is it that you want ? What is the likelihood of you ever getting it? What is it that you need ?

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.

Hmmllhhggghhhhhh gllllggghhhhhh dssshhhhhh kkkkkkkkkkkggggggghhhhhhhhhhh! [[[ Google Translate ]]] My lord this chocolate cake is lovely!

To know oneself, one should assert oneself.

The usual suspects. Errol Flynn Park, Sandy Bay. August 2011. [..From left to right...] Uno. Dos. Tres. Cuatro. Cinco. A view of the Estuary. Errol Flynn Park, Sandy Bay. August 2011.

Of what use is a philosopher who doesn't hurt anybody's feelings?

Which one is the more likely David Hasselhoff?

There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.

It's a crab! Little Howrah Beach, July 2011. Today I am stealing the Q & A from The Manchester Guardian ! When were you happiest? Probably when I was young enough to know otherwise. What is your greatest fear? To be unnecessary. What is your earliest memory? Kevin Bartlett's goals in the 1980 Grand Final is the earliest I can put a date on. Which living person do you most admire, and why? ' Most ' is a very big call, but I've always admired how Václav Havel goes about his business. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Perfection discipline. What is the trait you most deplore in others? Indiscipline. Property aside, what's the most expensive thing you've bought? Ummmm. Maybe a computer. What is your most treasured possession? I'm not sure that I have one. Possessions are a little bit overrated. What would your super power be? Being able to poo money would be good. What makes you

No crime is so great as daring to excel.

Scenes from a birthday morning...

The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom.

Ever wondered how crop circles come about...? Geilston Bay High sports grounds, Geilston Bay. July 2011. Top Five Things That Struck Me About Children Living In Socio-economically Disadvantaged Areas (As Drawn From The Headline Indicators For Children's Health, Development And Wellbeing, 2011 ) ! Did you know that children living in the lowest socioeconomic status areas, compared to those in the highest socioeconomic status areas, are... ...almost twice as likely to die as infants and nearly 3 times as likely to die due to injury ...30% more likely to be born with low birthweight ...60% more likely to have dental decay ...70% more likely to be overweight or obese ...more likely to be developmentally vulnerable at school entry. Is that an alien footprint? Geilston Bay High sports grounds, Geilston Bay. July 2011. We're primed and ready for riots... Oh no! Much too mundane, it's naughty teens! Geilston Bay High sports grounds, Geil