Monday, September 23, 2019

Conversation with an old home-town friend

I suppose you’re with all the climate change delusionals?

Bob, can I ask you a question? You remember Googilup Brook?

Of course, ran right through town.

I know you lived on the Boyup Brook side, but when I walked home from school I had to cross it every day and you could put your hand in and pull out a pygmy perch, a minnow, or a gilgie. You seen it lately?

It’s a filthy ditch, full of rubbish.

Who did that?


Remember when the cockatoos flew overhead in their hundreds?

Yeah, would blacken the sky.

They're loosing habitat, right?

Yeah. All that clearing.

Who did that, Bob?


And you remember my grandfather, the bent over guy, the hunter, the bushman, one of three Wadjellas in town who spoke Noongar?

Yeah, who could forget him. A legend.

I sat out on the veranda with him one day in 1972, you know what he said to me? Jon, we have to stop cutting down the trees. Too many gone already. The animals and birds need the habitat.


So you will admit that in your little town region, you have seen the degradation caused by people? 


And you know about the continued clearing and the human lit bushfires all over the planet?

What's your point?

 All you have to do, Bob, is remind yourself that humans you know have had a massive impact on your immediate environment and climate. Then multiply it across the globe. Forget the confusing science, just use your common sense. You still got some haven’t you?

Yeah. Right. I see what you’ve done there.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

April 7, 2019, IRAN

A brief chat

While on a recent trip I spent some time with these two chaps and, at the end of it all, we had chat.
They are from YOMADIC

Friday, May 10, 2019

Message sent to Iran on a Stick

Iran is a land full of poetry, food, music and contradictions. On my first visit two years ago I was mesmerised by its art, history and people. Our tour guide that year regaled us with tales from the glorious days of Cyrus, Darius and Xerxes, the rulers of the first and the greatest Persian empire.

All except for the final paragraph.
Here it is.

Then I stood and told him how much we all admired his great poet, his great country and his great humour and that I had a gift for him from a great people of the great south land.
With Noongar message sticks firm and safe in the in the hands of three of Iran’s finest, there was only one thing left to do. Recite my favourite Hafez.

I Got Kin - Hafez

So that your own heart will grow.
So God will think,
“Ahhhhhh, I got kin in that body!
I should start inviting that soul over
for coffee and rolls.”
Because this is a food our starving world needs.
Because that is the purest sound.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Man at the End of it All

That's a book title.
It's the third in the trilogy I was always writing, the journey of young Jack Muir to manhood.

Book 1 - Boy on a Wire.

Book 2 - To the Highlands.

Book 3 - see above.

The contract is signed. I am now working on the editor's notes.

Arrival date - January 2020.

More to come.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

What is it with Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump?

I have a theory. But first, let’s recap.

Both achieved their high-profile positions, before gaining the ultimate prize in each of their countries, because of their fathers.

Kim’s daddy got the top job because his daddy gave it to him and so he gave it to Kim. Donald’s dad made sure he received a firm grounding in how to lie and cheat and grind to dust all opposition on his way to the top.

After many years observing Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump I have come to a number of conclusions.
1 – their narcissism is at brutal levels and there is much evidence to suggest both are psychopaths.
2 – they are incapable of self-reflection.
3 – they are incapable of forming ideas, concepts or coherent policies
4 – neither manifests what is generally referred to as intelligence or empathy.
5 – they have rat cunning

When you see them on tv or hear them on radio, it is as though you are listening to an empty vessel pour out nonsense that someone recently poured in and they must pour out or they will drown.
You know the sort, they have no words of their own and only ever utter words of others.

The boy Kim’s voice sounds like it runs through gravel before arriving outside his mouth. He only ever reads, quickly, without pause, or emphasis. And his reading is followed by applause you would expect to see only in a Leni Riefenstahl film. He is clearly stupid but can read.

As for Trump, listen close, when not reading, he has no control over his sentence structure and if it hadn’t been for his dad he would be working the front desk of a complaints department for the immigration department, a telecommunications company, or your health insurer, somewhere where confusing the customer is a vital skill.

The big question is – Who is writing their speeches, or pouring liquid nonsense into the vacuums?
Their speeches, obviously, will be written by speech writers, but where do the ideas come from? Who is getting inside their heads?
What else do they have in common?

Both have hair that does not stand or sit of its own volition. They do not wake up in the morning with the stuff ready set. Their hair requires work. They must sit for hours in a chair having the follicles arranged. It’s always in place. Never out.

Given neither of them read, they aren’t glued to a book while their heads are re-arranged.
Let’s guess – three hours each day?
Are you with me? You sussed the theory?

No one gets closer to another human being than hairdressers and dentists. No-one has more power over a sitting client.

Except proctologists, but we can exclude them because if either of the lads required proctological treatment, you can be sure it would be quick and the examiner thrown out with the glove and the bath water.

And it’s not dentists because Jong-un’s teeth are nothing much and Trump’s are what you would expect from an American reality tv star.

It has to be hairdressers.

In Korea and the US, there are two evil dressers handling the follicles.
Let’s remind ourselves and ask Wikipedia for a definition.  
Hair is a protein filament that grows from follicles found in the dermis, or skin. Hair is one of the defining characteristics of mammals. Attitudes towards different hair, such as hairstyles and hair removal, vary widely across different cultures and historical periods, but it is often used to indicate a person's personal beliefs or social position, such as their age, sex, or religion.
Let’s examine that last sentence with reference to our psychopaths.

Their extravagant hairdos suggest they are above and beyond the rest of us and were born to control everything and everybody.

The question of their social position is irrelevant because they are immortal and omnipresent.
They are both ageless, high performers, vigorous lovers and their sperm count would make Genghis Khan blush.

Of course, such suggestions are ridiculous and absurd. They are both idiots and there are two hairdressers, maybe working together, maybe part of a sinister ISIS plot to encourage hated regimes to exterminate each other, manipulating the brains of these two, imbecilic children.

Believe me, I know the type. I went to an English style boarding school in the early sixties and if it hadn’t been for the evil school barber, I wouldn’t have got into all that trouble.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Armenia Chapter II

I was looking forward to Armenia, expecting it to be dramatically different to Iran and it was.

Our bus climbed hills and mountains and eventually stopped so we could to admire the view towards snow-caps and lush green valleys. It was cold and those of us who had bought heavy woollen Azeri hats in the rock village of Kandovan, Iran, pulled them low over our heads and grinned at those wearing caps and thin beanies.

Soon enough we dropped down and wound around a village of houses, stopped in an alley, then walked to house on a rise. We were welcomed at the front gate by the woman of the house and ushered into her back garden.

The food arrived in the hands of the lady, her mother, cousins, an entire family. They were busy and there was no time for interaction, but before we left out came the grandchild who smiled and played us like a seasoned greater of strangers.

It was a fine welcome to Armenia.

Our first night we slept in Goris, in a boutique hotel built by a son of the town who had returned home wealthy and wanting to build someone of value for the region. He succeeded.

The town provided a startling contrast - down the street, across the road, everywhere I walked early the next morning, was miserable. I said good morning to everyone I passed. I waved at every car that moved. No one person responded.

On the streets were holes, scattered debris, even a dead dog. 

A surprise was in store, however, when one of the party told me of a bakery up the road. I walked into a hive of activity - six women hard at work preparing doe, rolling it flat, then slapping them on the sides of two pits rising above a roaring fire. They held all the joy and happiness of the entire town and threw it at everyone who entered. The bread was nice too.

Here's a piece I just read:

"The Muscovite admired the way the old woman flattened the dough in the air, not against a board but up in the air. She threw sheets of dough into the air and caught them in her outstretched hands, her fingers spread apart. The force of its own weight gradually made the dough thinner and thinner, turning it into a large fine sheet. The Muscovite admired the old woman’s flowing movements, which were both careful and confident; they seemed like a beautiful ancient dance. And the dance truly was very old, as old as the first baked lavash. And the shaggy seventy-year-old woman in her torn quilted jacket sensed the admiration of the grey-haired, bespectacled Muscovite. This pleased her, and it made her feel both merry and melancholy." 

from "An Armenian Sketchbook" by Vasily Grossman, Elizabeth Chandler, Robert Chandler translators.