Still Life With Books


Russian Summer

Summer begins on 1 December here in the southern hemisphere. When the weather warms up I start thinking about cooler climates, although considering my recent chilblain problem, I don’t think I’m suited to anything below 20C. How I managed to get chilblains on every single finger this past winter, and to keep them for four…

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White Ribbon Day

Today is White Ribbon Day, again. Not much has changed since last year, except the current government leadership seems to be a bit more interested in the issues inherent in the scourge of violence against women. Members of this leadership team seem to ‘get it’ and seem to want to do something about it. Although,…

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Our Thoughts Make the World

The anti-Islam protesters are out and about again today, and there is mayhem as the two sides of this latest culture war face off. I don’t even know what to say about the wilful ignorance inherent in racism. I do know that it’s far too late to advocate ‘banning’ multiculturalism in Australia, considering that we…

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Vale Red Cadeaux

Red Cadeaux was an English horse who broke his leg racing in the Melbourne Cup this year. He was ten years old, which is ancient in race horse terms, and this was his fourth start in the race: he placed second in three previous starts. Clearly, at his age, he should have been retired long…

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What I’ve Been Watching

I just finished watching the first series of Penny Dreadful and found it rather stupid and disappointing. I wonder how many litres of fake blood they used? I became very tired of Vanessa having so many funny turns, and I couldn’t understand Billie Piper’s Belfast accent a lot of the time. I liked that so…

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Vale Jonah Lomu

Jonah Lomu, (1975-2015). I’m sad to hear that Jonah Lomu has died, aged only 40. He was one of the greatest All Blacks, and legend to New Zealanders everywhere. May he be at peace. P.S. Kidney disease is a total bitch.


Weird Start to the Day

I let Molly out this morning and noticed that she was VERY interested in something behind one of the rocks in the garden. I went to have a look and there it was: a dead baby rabbit. Yup. I stood there for a while wondering how on earth it ended up behind the rock and…

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Dear William, the ancient moggie who has done his best to terrorise us and destroy the furniture for YEARS, had to be carted off to the vet yesterday. Never fear, he returned today, albeit with a shaved rear end and a fractious scowl. I was brushing him yesterday and I smelled a more horrible stench…

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The Swan

Did you too see it, drifting, all night, on the black river? Did you see it in the morning, rising into the silvery air – An armful of white blossoms, A perfect commotion of silk and linen as it leaned into the bondage of its wings; a snowbank, a bank of lilies, Biting the air…

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