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If we had no faults of our own, we should not take so much pleasure in noticing those in others.

Male model material?

Yet here's a travelled man that knows / What he talks about

Walking into town. Montpellier Retreat, Battery Point. December 2012. Politics, eh? The distribution of scare resources? Picking sides? Artform? Science? Maybe poetry holds the answer. Politics , WB Yeats How can I, that girl standing there, My attention fix On Roman or on Russian Or on Spanish politics? Yet here's a travelled man that knows What he talks about, And there's a politician That has read and thought, And maybe what they say is true Of war and war's alarms, But O that I were young again And held her in my arms!

The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.

Ezra investigates some scat to determine the presence of a bunyip. Prognosis: negative!

A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.

Walking home from cricket training. Nelumi Road, Lindisfarne. December 2012. Red Harvest , Dashiell Hammett: as hard boiled as a diamond. As strong evocation of nastiness, cynicism, greed and the day to day horrors of human interactions as you'd like to see. All the more startling for being a great success in 1929. A . Breakfast at Tiffany's , Truman Capote: The famous film rather missed the point of this book, didn't it? I liked it a lot. A- . The Wonderbox: Curious histories of how to live , Roman Krznaric: An interesting mix of stories and ideas envisaged as ‘practical history’, that is, the art of gaining insights from our predecessors on how to live better lives today. A lot of this stuff I already do, but thought provoking nonetheless. B+ .

It is a very delicate job to forgive a man, without lowering him in his own estimation, and yours too.

Henry does his best impression of a wombat. On a beach.

I've got all the money I'll ever need, if I die by four o'clock.

Cherries. Sorell Fruit Farm. December 2012. Theme Thursday ? Already?!? So she said, "Have you got ANTS in your pants?" "No." "Spiders on your Ryders?" "Uh uh." "Snails up your veils?" "Nope." "Gnats in your spats?" "Nein." "Fleas on your keys?" "Negative." "Bugs under your jugs?" "..." "Roaches over your broaches?" "Not at all." "Nits in your knits?" "How dare you sir!" "Grasshoppers in your jodhpurs?" "Now you're just being silly." "Crabs infesting your prefabs?" "Absolutely not." "Crickets in your chicots?" "That's a stretch." "Slugs under your rugs?" "Better." "Praying mantis in your... in your..." "Keep trying." "Acanthodrilidae... Danaus plexippus... Ischn

Appearance rules the world.

Despite his tendencies to wild and passionate mood swings.

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.

Hobart #1. Seen from the summit of Mount Wellington. December 2012. Wordless Wednesday. Hobart #2. Seen from the summit of Mount Wellington. December 2012. Hobart #3. Seen from the summit of Mount Wellington. December 2012.

It is better to know nothing than to know what ain't so.

Henry's hands.

The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.

The gang's all here! Shag Bay, Geilston Bay. December 2012. Another Tuesday, another Q and A stolen from the resurrected Sunday Stealing! This week, the The Deleted Meme Who is your favourite artist (Any field)? That’s far too big a questions to do any justice to! No, I just can’t do it. Let me limit to painters, and the list includes Caillebotte, J.M.W. Turner, Korovin, Marc, Aivazovsky, Boudin, Monet, Rousseau, Klee, Pollock, Schwitters and Larionov. Off the top of my head. Describe yourself: A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. How do you feel today? Pretty good. Describe the area where you currently live. Smokey. Very very smokey.  If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Somewhere nice and quiet where everything wasn’t on fire. Your favourite form of transportation: I do like a nice boat ride. Or a train. Failing that, my feet serve me well! Your best friend is: Already married. You and your best friends are: I said, married! Wh

Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.

Christmas Day meant a new scooter for Ezra.

I have lived in this world just long enough to look carefully the second time into things that I am most certain of the first time.

Pyrocumulus rising above the south east. Taken at Lauderdale, January 2013. As you know, the Internet is a wonderful place filled with the rich and varied treasures of the world holds (and all the latest bushfire alerts.) 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... 2012 Celebrities and Science , the good and bad! Women in India's capital are routinely groped, harassed, leered at. The government is indifferent, uninterested. Victims are blamed. Anuradha Roy expands... Scientists pitch into age-old philosophical debate about language, meaning and thought : "Maybe we understand language by simulating in our minds what it would be like to experience the things that the language describes". The Forcett and Dunnally fires, as seen from Cambridge. January 2013. As a wildlife photographer, Art Wolfe of course takes pictures of animals. Can you find the hidden animals in

Without the aid of prejudice and custom, I should not be able to find my way across the room.

A prayer to the cricket gods...

A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles.

Looking west. Tasman Bridge, as viewed from Montague Bay Primary School. Christmas Day, December 2012. Sunday? Top Five? Sunday Top Five? Okay. Here's Top Five Things That Are Working For Me! Expect nothing. Be grateful for everything. Stop taking things personally. Rinse your bowl/ plate/ cup as soon as you've finished eating! Work out what is actually necessary; don't fuss too much about the rest. When in doubt, take a deep breath and smile. Henry and Ezra complete their crossing. Tasman Bridge exit onto Montague Bay. Christmas Day, December 2012.