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Monkeys are superior to men in this: when a monkey looks into a mirror, he sees a monkey.

Even though it sometimes feels like it is still about, we're not missing Winter.

A word after a word / after a word is power.

Grass lights. St David's Park, Hobart. June 2012. No matter how many times I try, and despite the fact that I am aware of the challenge of it, I always manage to spell the word 'buerocracy' 'beauruocracy' 'beareuocracy' 'bureaucracy' incorrectly. Spelling , Margaret Atwood My daughter plays on the floor with plastic letters, red, blue & hard yellow, learning how to spell, spelling, how to make spells. * I wonder how many women denied themselves daughters, closed themselves in rooms, drew the curtains so they could mainline words. * A child is not a poem, a poem is not a child. There is no either / or. However. * I return to the story of the woman caught in the war & in labour, her thighs tied together by the enemy so she could not give birth. Ancestress: the burning witch, her mouth covered by leather to strangle words. A word after a word after a word is power. * At the point where language fa

Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.

Hank keeps an eye out from mermaids...

The writer of originality, unless dead, is always shocking, scandalous; novelty disturbs and repels.

I walk the line. Howrah Bike Path, Howrah. August 2012. Toby's Room by Pat Barker. Revisits the characters of Life Class , the big reveal happens within the first ten pages, and everything else falls out from that. The story happens to also track the emergence of facial re-constructive surgery during World War One, and the role of artists in the process. More interesting that it might sound... B . The Pigeon by Patrick Süskind is an odd little number. Essentially the tale of an existential crisis triggered by the unexpected appearence of a pigeon in a hallway. Very French, despite the fact that it was written by a German. Surprisingly effective. B+ .

I like maxims that don't encourage behaviour modification.

Ezra relaxes in our homemade bomb shelter. You never know when the Soviets might attack!

If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us.

Self portrait. Mayfair Plaza Car Park, Sandy Bay. September 2012. Theme Thursday ? TEMPTATION? Don't TEMPT me!

Better remain silent, better not even think, if you are not prepared to act.

Oh Henry, what big EYES you have!

The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.

Rosellas. Brighton. June 2012. Wordless Wednesday.

Most of us become parents long before we have stopped being children.

Ezra does his best Norman Bates impression...

Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit.

I see the light! Davey Street, Hobart. August 2012. Sunday Stealing: The 88 Meme 1. What type questions do you hate on a meme? Anything that involves ‘celebrities’ or ‘dating’ or ‘dating celebrities’. 2. If you married the last person you texted, what would your last name be? What a profoundly stupid question. 3. Were you happy when you woke up today? No. I still felt sick. 4. When were you on the phone last? And with who? I rang Henry’s school to let them know that, like me and work, he was too sick to go in. 5. Who are you excited for? I am excited for Henry, who hopefully will receive some recognition for reading the most books of any Lindisfarne North Primary School student during the Premier’s Reading Challenge. 7. Honestly, who was the last person to tell you they love you? Ezra. He had just been told off, mind you. 8. What's the last thing you put in your mouth? A toothbrush. 9. Have a best friend? I married her. 10. Were you ever or are

One must choose in life between boredom and suffering.

Nestled in a cavity halfway up a cliff with a blustery southerly roaring off Antarctica at your back sure is a fine place to be.

Learning is its own exceeding great reward.

UTas. Sandy Bay. August 2012. As you know, the Internet is a wonderful place filled with the rich and varied treasures of the world holds (and stuff.) The following are some things that I've had a look at in the last week. I call this: a Compendium of Click-throughs for Monday Morning... Unfortunately, this morning the Internet appears to be broken...

A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace.

Run Ezra - run Ezra - Run! Run! Run! Run Ezra - run Ezra - Run! Run! Run! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Goes the farmer's gun. Run, Ezra, run, Ezra, run. Run Ezra - run Ezra - Run! Run! Run! Don't give the farmer his fun! Fun! Fun! He'll get by without his Ezra pie So run Ezra - run Ezra - Run! Run! Run!

The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.

Boats on the Derwent. Just off Tranmere, as seen from Sandy Bay. August 2012. Father's Day? Sunday Top Five? I have an idea! My Top Five Interesting Dads In The Animal Kingdom ! Lions . Greedy and lazy buggers, lion fathers. They occupy most of their time lying about in the shade, waiting for one of their wives to bring home dinner. Female lions do pretty much all of the hunting and almost all of the parenting. Of course, this bugger likes to eat first, and is happy enough in lean seasons to let everyone else starve to death rather than go without a feed... Emperor Penguins . You probably already know this, but this dedicated dad holds his missus's eggs on the top of his feet, covering them with his belly for two months in the frigid Antarctic... without eating! Where is is partner? That's rights, she's off shagging and eating! Grizzly Bears. These bears like their own space, they really do. They also like to eat. A lot. Which means that if mamma bear doe