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Showing posts from November 24, 2019

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

Ezra snaps Lake Esperance. Hartz Mountains National Park, Tasmania. August 2019. Wordless Wednesday.

Next to ingratitude the most painful thing to bear is gratitude.

Reflections, Tokyo Imperial Palace, Chiyoda, Tokyo, April 2016 Tuesday Q and A! When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards and just do what you know is right? You should always do what is right, but only a fool chooses to go about that task without some calculation of risk, reward and potential repercussions. Are you holding onto something that you need to let go of? What do you reckon? Of course I am! I’m only human after all. What does your joy look like today? My joy looks a lot like ease, competence and confidence. It’s got a good bronze tinge on the skin, powerful legs and a cuts a mean jib. Is it possible to lie without saying a word? People do it every single day. Examples? “Has anyone got any comments or questions?” You can breathe underwater or be able to fly. Which one would you choose and why? Good question. I’m confident that flying would be very hard work, especially at 195 centimetres and 84 kilograms. I shall breath

Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.

The ballot for the next family holiday. November 2019. As a young lad – in the years before smart phones, the Internet and more than two television channels – I would spend hours pawing over atlases, encyclopaedias and novels from all over the globe. Sure, I might have been stuck in a dying, deindustrialising town (downgraded from a city, such was our fortune) on the north west of an island that served as the butt all the jokes of the rest of the state (which itself served as the punchline of the jokes of the rest of the country), at the arse end of the World; but that very same World was at my fingertips, with a little bit of help from a library card. While I may have lamented never getting the chance of crossing those seas and seeing much of that World myself, I tried to keep my mind and imagination open. Therefore, now we are of means, and my kids are old enough to survive a bit of discomfort, I am keen to help them see as much of the planet while I have some kind of infl