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Showing posts from September 30, 2012

You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.

Ezra leads us a merry dance...

I came to see the damage that was done

Donger #1. Howrah Beach, Howrah. September 2012. How many cliffs is too many cliffs? For Ezra and Henry, you can never have too many cliffs. Diving into the Wreck , Adrienne Rich First having read the book of myths, and loaded the camera, and checked the edge of the knife-blade, I put on the body-armor of black rubber the absurd flippers the grave and awkward mask. I am having to do this not like Cousteau with his assiduous team aboard the sun-flooded schooner but here alone. There is a ladder. The ladder is always there hanging innocently close to the side of the schooner. We know what it is for, we who have used it. Otherwise it is a piece of maritime floss some sundry equipment. I go down. Rung after rung and still the oxygen immerses me the blue light the clear atoms of our human air. I go down. My flippers cripple me, I crawl like an insect down the ladder and there is no one to tell me when the ocean will begin. First the air is blue an

Reality is the leading cause of stress among those in touch with it.

Sometimes life is just too hard .

Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.

Boys can be stupid. Sandy Bay Rowing Club, Sandy Bay. August 2012. Higher Ground by Caryl Phillips. A sadly familiar tale repeated three times. The pain of a subjugated identity and the damage it does resonates. Bleak stuff. B+ . Memoirs of a Porcupine by Papa Kibandi. No full stops, no colons, semicolons. No punctuation but commas. Also, the narrator is a porcupine. Not for everyone. A mashup of African folk tale and general craziness. C .

Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.

Ezra, don't shove your bother's head down the drain...

Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you.

Sydney, as seen from the Manly Ferry. September 2012. Theme Thursday again and the day is nearly over. I didn't have a strong FOUNDATION to start with, and I will be frank and confess that the sheer number of panties, knickers and assorted ladies undergarments that I was confronted with today really did undermine any potential ideas that I was planning this Theme Thursday. It was a warm start this morning. 23°C when I stepped off the bus in town (7:40 am) which meant that every second lady in Hobart seemed to have opted for a skirt or dress. However, the 140 km/h renders the combination every pervert's dream . What's the emoticon for blush again?

In three words, I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.

Can you find Henry?

Be sure your wisest words are those you do not say.

A spot of weather coming off the mountain. Lindisfarne Bay. September 2012. Wordless Wednesday.

How glorious it is - and also how painful - to be an exception.

Does it say something about me that I read the dedication on that stone there in a haughty and dismissive tone [i.e. "Hmmph! Yeah, thanks a lot , guy!]?

Half our mistakes in life arise from feeling where we ought to think, and thinking where we ought to feel.

Sunshine came softly though my window today... Magnet Court, as seen from Mayfair Plaza car park. September 2012. Sunday Stealing is closing down, it seems, which means that I'll need to find a new source for these questions! Until then, here is The End is Near Meme, Part 1 1. Ever been given or received an engagement ring? Despite the fact that I am married, I have not experienced either honour. 2. Longest relationship? It’s going strong at eleven ( 11! ) years now. 3. Last gift you received? I got a comfortable jacket for Father’s Day. As well as an Essendon FC bookmark. 4. Ever dropped a mobile phone? LOADS of times. 5. When's the last time you worked out? I’ve cut back on my non-habitual exercise of late. I walk everywhere, we do a bit of swimming and a lot of my ‘relaxation’ involves trekking somewhere or other and often involves carrying a reasonable heavy child, so the excess workouts aren’t really necessary. 6. Thing(s) you spend a lot of money on?

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.

Doesn't look at all nervous, does he?

I never learned from a man who agreed with me.

I know boats. Errol Flynn Park, Sandy Bay. September 2012. As you know, the Internet is a wonderful place filled with the rich and varied treasures of the world holds (and RSS feeds.) 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... Are Neanderthals Human? Some great photos of life in North Korea. Has the UK seen the end of the stiff upper lip? Yet more REALLY great photos in the National Geographic Photo Contest 2012 . Some interesting thoughts in this BBC piece on child obesity: Why do parents let their kids get fat?

To make a bad day worse, spend it wishing for the impossible.

You handsome devil!

A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.

Sometimes I feel/ like my only friend. Tasman Bridge, looking south. September 2012. Here are the Top Five Reasons This Sunday That This Sunday Top Five Is Essentially A List Of Why This Sunday Top Five Is Why I Have Not Done A Sunday Top Five! An artistic expression of the principle of least action . Or at least a Sunday Top Five-related variation on the theme The Anna Karenina principle . Or at least a Sunday Top Five-related variation on the theme. The Euthyphro dilemma . Or at least a Sunday Top Five-related variation on the theme. Issues related to the identity of indiscernibles . Or at least a Sunday Top Five-related variation on the theme. An intense fear of conforming to the mediocrity principle . [Ahem.] Or at least a Sunday Top Five-related variation on the theme. Thank you. You can move along now.