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Elderly as Commodity on Nov 2 2018

by Editor | ˜

[Letter to the editor, Griffith Review 6 September 2007 - responding to Edition 13 ~ Author unknown] The Next Big Thing inspired me to write concerning another demographic whose “political, social and creative agendas have been eroded by commercial imperatives, and turned into a commodity.” I ...

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On Swatting Magpies on Sep 26 2018

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

During the past half century Australians have absorbed their legendry with the quaint fervour of tribal sports fans. A key pillar of this self-adoration is the mighty assertion that our animals are the planet’s most dangerous. Of course they are, but it’s a polite and ...

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The Haircut That Ate Kew Trinity Grammar on Mar 26 2018

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Oh, down at the catching pen an old shearer stands, Grasping his shears in his long bony hands Click goes his shears; click, click, click. ...

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Fake the 1969 Moon Landing? on Mar 21 2018

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

An old friend reflected on his experience during the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. He was employed by Australia’s Postmaster-General’s department (PMG)  – you know it today as the privatised gouging entity, Telstra. In those days the PMG was run by engineers whose core mission, after ...

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Haircutgate ~ A Grammarian Comedy on Mar 19 2018

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

As The Cigar waded through the stream of anguish, the unfolding tragedy at Kew TGS - Trinity Grammar School’s “Haircutgate” - the hilarity of it all grew unendurable. In this leafy walled garden of Melburnian affluence, a trite school drama delivered real passion, hurt, and anger upon ...

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Bondi Snobs Hobble Pavilion’s Millions on Mar 12 2018

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Never get between an Australian Liberal (conservative) and a piece of public property. Behind every Liberal-run government lurk deep pockets and acquisitive eyes with a ready case to make this or that infrastructure “profitable” and for public monies to to grease the way. When Waverley Council ...

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A National Living Treasure on Feb 22 2018

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Artists, cartoonists in particular, are frequently criticised, or their work simply disliked, for an apparent childlike drawing style. Like many, Michael Leunig’s style resembles the rambling intricate but superficially childish “doodlings” of the verteran Bruce Petty. But as crude or simplistic as Leunig’s work ...

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Pavilion Makeover Done Over on Feb 21 2018

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

A battle about renovating Bondi Beach’s pavilion, one of Australia’s most evocative buildings, has ended. It took citizen action, union work bans, and a line-up of well-known Australians to win. Along the way, Waverley’s mayor - who campaigned for a $38 million “renovation” and privatisation of the ...

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Cacophony on the Pacific Rim on Nov 4 2013

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Before the laying of a great telephone cable Australians developed a truly odd argot. Long isolation had deprived them of verbal reassurances from the Fatherland. From this uncertainly came a canting cadence that is not only impossible to understand even by English-speaking visitors to this fair ...

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Asides to the Weary Visitor on Oct 23 2012

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Ancient insistence greets weary travelers with food, conversation and warm company. Like-minded, Australia (‘Straya) generously extends camaraderie to strangers peering curiously this way... perhaps puzzling at our enigmatic blend of lofty alacrity sans moral means.  Our mission? To greet the foreigner with warm welcoming words, mischievous ...

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Down Under


Ink Irresistable

Not the NYT Montaigne's what would I know? Huxley's almost anything about almost everything. Or Bierce and nothing matters. Codifying life's inimitable impromptu inclines irrestistably to essay.

Civilization ..

   defiles itself

Times past when warlords, priests and royalty hoarded luxury, life was a short grim struggle. Today most want for little yet still deny dignified survival to working poor, and ravage entire countries as collateral to our laissez faire fiesta.
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A Century of Imperialism

     ..hasn't dulled the urge

American foreign policy never a pretty sight, finesse of the mobile crane chase from Terminator 3. Export democracy? Cure worse than disease. double arrow Read more ..


~ its own reward

And what's going on in Land of the Free, Home of the Brave? As 40% of kids fail graduation the Iraqistan wars suck $2.4 trillion [CBO 2017 est]. Imagine this staggering sum applied to rebuilding The Great Society. Think of others.
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This lazy unemployed

..crack-smoking welfare queen ran up U$15 trillion debt

lazy homeless scum
Odd how the ultra-wealthy gull even working poor to blame unemployed, disabled, weak, and vulnerable while but for the grace of God go all.

If he's a welfare leech then your soul is with the sociopaths and predators who own Warshington and its minions, the Repugnicans and Dumfocrats, gutting a once noble nation that aspired to equality.

This elite will survive the US economic train wreck, land softly on 300 million plundered taxpayers, then from fortresses of luxury and privilege prey elsewhere for spoils.

The dawn of civilization was greatly exaggerated.

Munch Montage

Painters, such a sad old bunch
None it seems more so than Munch
Upon that bridge with skies afire
A meme took flight to never tire.
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Quote Me

"I am an obsessive rewriter, doing one draft and then another and another. In a way I have nothing to say but a great deal to add
~ Gore Vidal

"Rulers of state are the only ones who should have the privilege of lying" (Well, that explains the last 2500 years)
~ Plato

"By 'known unknowns' I was referring to the universe's dark matter.."
~ Donald Rumsfeld

"I have neither time nor inclination to communicate the fullness of my heart in speech, I am resolved to do it in writing, and to print myself out.."
~ Joseph Addison