A Christmas Song

It’s Santa’n’Summer time so I’m outa here for a few weeks. I’ll catch up with you all in the new year. Here’s a swan-song:

Chestnuts explode in the microwave
Jack Frost dripping down your nose
Yuletide carols being murdered by choirs
And lolcats dressed as Eskimos
Everybody knows
That holly-pricks cause blood to flow
(so do gropes at mistletoe)
From Christmas in Oz as we bask on the beach
Seasons goodwill to you.

With apologies to Mel Torme

In my favorite guise at Kindergarten this week lapping up the love :D

In my favorite guise at Kindergarten this week lapping up the love 😀


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Australians all let us find voice
For we are being deceived
Our country’s politicians foist
Their scorn on refugees
Send Tamils to Sri Lankan camps
Like Jews of history
On UN stage, the world will rage
But blame not Aussies please
Our politicians act for selves
Ignoring of our pleas
I need the watching world to know

The Syrian Rap

Hysteria in Syria
they’ve lost their equilibria
it’s causing wide dysphoria
no food and getting wearier
no water aid criteria
some praying to their god Allah
and others to the Curia
depends on their insignia
But everyone is angrier
Assad has monomania
he’s fixed on his dystopia
while all around is bloodier
His wife is getting bitchier
her greedy hands are itchier
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Boris Johnson opens Melbourne Writers Festival


I went along to see London Mayor Boris Johnson open the 2013 Melbourne Writers Festival last night. The man declared himself impressed with the venue, our city’s quaint mid-nineteenth century neoclassical Town Hall, deeming it more appropriate than his own sterile and modern energy-saver abutting the old Pool of London.

In case any of you are wondering why a politician travelled 16891 kilometers to open such an event, Boris Johnson is a writer with a dozen or so successful books under his belt. He came up through the newspaper ranks Continue reading

Yahoo Inc. going backwards

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has today reversed existing company policy regarding employees working from home. From June all employees will have to show up at the office in a decision that goes contrary to current thinking on this type of working arrangement.

A wealth of reputable research indicates that working from home increases productivity and this is backed by the experiences of major international entities that encourage the practice. The system saves employer costs such as office space, energy etc. and saves the employee commuting time and expense, and in some cases childcare costs and allows greater personal flexibility. Continue reading

A personal plunge.

Apple_iPad_iBooks_1645855cThe current Australian national reading initiative seems little different to the many similar promotions that have preceded it. What sets it apart for me is its synchroneity with the announcement that Encyclopaedia Britannica will no longer produce their illustrious and time-honoured 32-volume publication. This concurrence prompts me to finally relax my Canutian resistance to the sea of eBooks. This inevitable and tremulous personal milestone will mark my participation in the National Year of Reading 2012.

Before I take the plunge however, Continue reading

A sensory monologue

I am sitting at a promenade table beside the river at Southbank, scribbling with a pencil into a little notebook. The atmosphere is cosmopolitan, the mood stimulating, the people animated, the venue, trés-chic. I write, enduring the minor discomfort of the restaurant chair, which is of course designed to maximise customer turnover. Only in Paris can you own a restaurant chair all day for the price of a cup of espresso. I can feel the organic texture of the lead pencil traversing the fibrous paper, sending a tiny reverberation through my fingers. Continue reading

WikiLeaks – Politicians unplugged.

The lead in this morning’s Melbourne Age read: “Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd is an abrasive, impulsive ‘control freak” who presided over a series of foreign policy blunders during his time as prime minister.” This is attributed to US diplomatic cables between Canberra and Washington filtered from the virtual tonnage of such cables released through WikiLeaks.

How strange it was of the Fairfax press to lend such prominence to a revelation that Australians were already aware of. If Assange has dumped a mountain of drivel on a world already suffering from information overload, I would have hoped that a responsible press could be trusted to comb through the dross and print items of public interest, omitting the trivial (and perhaps items genuinely threatening world peace.)

This consummate piece of intelligence sums up the value of WikiLeaks latest mass production. The diplomatic cables contain gossip, innuendo and opinion. The bureaucratic writers are salaried to provide such trite minutiae to the next level in their political hierarchies.

But the biggest international threat they contain is mere embarrassment. Little compares to the reaction of an embarrassed American public servant but they get over it – look at the Bay of Pigs misadventure; J. Edgar Hoover’s cross-dressing; Presidential semen on an intern’s dress; the 2000 election; Dubya vomiting his sushi at a dinner in Tokyo and all that before I even get to Dan Quale! Continue reading