Sunday, June 29, 2008


wipe away your tears
we all fall like autumn leaves
she whispered to me

The only hitches...

Another Glastonbury comes and goes, and Amy Winehouse makes a special appearance:

"The only hitches were when her trademark beehive got stuck in her guitar strap and had to be freed by a roadie, and when she appeared to swing a punch at a fan."

I guess being a smacked up invalid whose husband is locked up really puts lifes tribulations into perspective.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

surrender monkeys on bikes

pictures of paris under nazi occupation

but don't let the apparent serenity deceive you:

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Heart Warming Economic Story of the Day

Treasury Secretary Ken Henry is "taking five weeks' leave to work with endangered wombats, it was reported on Friday."


and predictably, the Daily Terror goes nuts.




and the puns just keep coming and coming:

"Instead of working on a first draft of the Government's "root and branch" tax review, Dr Henry will be observing wombats eating roots and branches" decry the editors.

and then poor old Malcolm "moneybags" Turnbull:

"Who will be looking after the muddle-headed Treasurer in Dr Henry's absence?"

Slow news day anyone?


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

rantwatch #1

Peter Bradshaw from the Guardian critiques Angelina Jolie's latest, Wanted

You could gargle bitumen and bin-juice for half an hour, and it couldn't leave a nastier taste in your mouth than this macho action thriller about a secret fraternity of assassins.....

It looks as if it has been written by a committee of 13-year-old boys for whom penetrative sex is still only a rumour, and the resulting movie plays like a party political broadcast on behalf of the misogynist party.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Aussie Shangri-La

"Australians are fatter, drunker and have more sexually transmitted diseases than ever before...

The good news from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) biennial national snapshot is we live longer than any other nation except for Japan."

Fatter, drunker, rootier and living longer.

Sounds rather Utopian to me.

Monday, June 23, 2008

weekend highlights

it's too far until next weekend, so lets dwell upon last weekend's efforts.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Business Ethics 101

Cuddle up to the powerful, cast aside the afflicted and powerless.

Tim Lane tells it like it is.

I think the treatment of Ben Cousins is an ongoing disgrace.

Rather than face up to Cousin's problems, the AFL and West Coast have just put him in the too hard basket, and told him to go away.

The responsible thing to do would be to allow him to keep playing football. If there is one thing that kept his life on track it was playing football.

But the powers that be in their infinite wisdom would prefer to throw a talented footballer on the scrapheap, rather than face up to what is a community wide problem.

The sad thing is that uncritically embracing the wealthy is seen as smart business in sport as in life.

I think collectively we have forgotten what sport is all about. Team play, all for one and one for all. If the West Coast football team was a team in the traditional, suburban sense, they would have done more for Cousins.

We need to end sport being treated as a business and political football by pointy headed lawyers, and get back to what sport is all about- a community organisation where people gather together for fun, entertainment and a sense of joint struggle.

In such a context, the events re Pratt and Cousins would be unthinkable.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Overheard in Canberra

Maltese Diplomat: Whatcha' looking at, Romanian Diplomat?
Romanian Diplomat: Are they Syria?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Do yourself a favour

I remember Molly Meldrum plugging this film clip on Hey Hey It's Saturday in the nineties sometime.

sweet clip

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

It’s my interview, so we’ve got to stay with me.

An interview in the NYT with Gore Vidal.

At the age of 82, you will be publishing your new collection of essays this week, which seems likely to confirm your reputation as one of America’s last public intellectuals. Why do you think that critics have traditionally praised your essays more than your fiction, which includes “Burr,” “Myra Breckinridge” and 20 other novels?

That’s because they don’t know how to read. I can’t name three first-rate literary critics in the United States . I’m told there are a few hidden away at universities, but they don’t print them in The New York Times .

The joys of not caring, since the 1990s it's a lesson we too soon forget. Thanks GV.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Chardonnay Socialists?

This may be your perfect tipple

Rebellion Ballarat Goldfields Chardonnay 2005
"A very complex wine; fully ripened melon, stone fruit and fig fruit; good oak handling, and a long finish. Screwcap 13.5° alc. RATING 94 DRINK 2018"

And at $14.90 from Dan Murphy's, that's a steal.

I bumped into a bottle of the 2004 on the weekend, and it was lovely.

The bottle even features a Eureka Flag motif.


When do you leave work?

a) When the age online has posted its last update;

b) When there's no one in the office left to drink with;

c) When your boss pisses off to HIS "family"; or

d) When you have actually finished all your work.

queens birthday weekend, 2008. canberra

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

There are some bad people on the right

Monday, June 09, 2008

and when i get that feeling,

Sunday, June 08, 2008

radiohead - nude. remix.


Saturday, June 07, 2008

Bike Race

I'm helping run a little bike race.


please come, it's fun


I cannot say
I have not seen a single image
all I hear is
the usual
people telling me what I SHOULD THINK.
but i have not seen anything
how do I know
all i know is that I am not allowed to make up my own mind
I must be told
and humbly
But heaven forbid
I should be able to think
pour another drink
I go online
I get

gavin henson
charlotte church
kermit the frog
it's so hard to think these days
but I feel very safe
and protected
from myself

Friday, June 06, 2008

Wrong Treats

dylan lewis
jane gazzo
wrong treats
oh to be 14 again

Milf Wine?

Sutton Vineyard Chardonnay 2004
An extra degree of concentration to the nectarine, peach and melon fruit; evident but restrained use of French oak and lees contact, though no mlf. One wonders whether the price is simply inspired by the old adage 'if you don't ask, you don't get'. Screwcap 13.2° alc. RATING 94 DRINK 2015

No milf?

Wonder what Halliday is getting at there?

Thursday, June 05, 2008

if i'm ever in nyc, i owe this foxy lady a beer for that.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

400 posts

400 hundred posts
have gone by
and I have decided to
make my first resolution...

be more NOW.

shorter, faster, meaninglesser

but more present

more prescient

more ethereal.

time to go to bed.