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Sei isole in un mare di morti. (Six islands in a sea of death)

Chips Mackinolty writes from Palermo on the Sei isole in un mare di morti. The six islands in a sea of death refer to Sicily and Lampedusa, but as well to Christmas Island, Nauru, Manaus and Australia itself.

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A fat Aussie on a bogan bizarro bash in Cuiba. Glen Dooley reports from the World Cup.

My arse is in a particularly unglamorous state due to my clothing debacle. My baggage was lost enroute so I’m buying tees and shorts from incredulous Brasilian shops who simply do not have the stock to cater for the fat Aussie on tour.

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Textor and Anderson – on poverty tourism, dysfunction and the lucky country

Men, women and children in communities are proud of themselves and happy in their world. They do not wake up in the morning and think to themselves, ‘How dysfunctional I am, how bad is life?’ They wake up and think, ‘How lucky we are to be living on our country and be in full possession of our language and culture and to be a little removed from the madness, pace and poisons of the mainstream world’.

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Alla Dignita Del Lavoro – day one in Palermo

It came to seem as if the mafia’s very purpose was to batter the organised working class in the countryside into submission.

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Abbott’s Indigenous Advisory Council. Much ado about not much …

Like most of you I’m off with a drink and a laugh with people I care about. That is all.

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Brian Manning 1932 – 2013. Mumkurla-nginyi-ma parrngalinyparla

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Vale Brian Manning – The Communist Party, Bedford 29-776 and “fucking hairy blowouts”

Aww, fucking blowouts. Blowouts are fucking hairy, getting pushed off the road almost into a bloody table drain by a bloody road-train. They were some hairy experiences you know. Fortunately I had a good bull-bar and good brakes and wasn’t travelling all that fast and those really, really terrible diversions whilst they were building the new road [the Buntine Highway.]

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On the road with white supremacist David Duke.com in the NT

Johnny Lee Clary on the KKK: “Wherever there are white people, they go and recruit,” he said. “They go to areas wherever there are any types of racial problems, for instance, where there have been problems between Aborigines and white people.”

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Chips Mackinolty: A letter from Palermo

“Il mare è un un cimitero. L’isola è un cimitero. L’Italia sta diventando un cimitero.” The sea is a graveyard. The island is a graveyard. Italy has become a graveyard.

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Winning a battle but losing the war. The AFL and the Windy Hill Four

On the Windy Hill Four. Has the AFL won a battle but lost the war?

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