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What is a person?

What is a person?

W H Chong April 13, 2016

In memory of Diana Gribble, on her birthday.

Talking About Bowie

Talking About Bowie

W H Chong January 15, 2016

Encountering Bowie for the first time as children.

Driving to the Walls of China

Driving to the Walls of China

W H Chong September 26, 2012

Lake Mungo and the Walls of China. An exotic, ineffable landscape of prehistory: here was Mungo Man, here was Mungo Lady. The endless plains of Mallee scrub. The glistening banks of the Darling. It called; we drove.

One Sick Puppy

One Sick Puppy

W H Chong August 24, 2012

Diagnosis: Infected right eye (Vet: “Puppies can pick up anything.”) FILE UNDER: picture album / new dog / oddities Toy poodle, black 14 weeks old 2.4 kg Name: Mighty Baxter (aka Houdini, aka Antoine Batiste, terms of endearment: Poveretto, Piccirillo) Traits: Cheerful, playful, willful, needy, grubby, but not greedy Loves: Chewing/nibbling/tearing — paper, cardboard, cloth; […]

Tree Change paradise

Tree Change paradise

W H Chong May 14, 2012

Constant Gardener wasn’t feeling so wonderful from the previous night out — an old-fashioned bring a plate dinner — but was very keen to see the last opening of the season for Open Gardens. (The next one in this fantastic local treasure hunt is in August at Cruden Farm, ie Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s hangout. She’s […]

What’s the right number?

W H Chong April 2, 2012

The writer Robert Dessaix (on whom I’ll post tomorrow) says that mindfulness is a kind of attentive tranquillity. Like a dog [has]. (But not a cat.) In that spirit these tiny scraps of driftwood on the shore of dailyness. The phone rings. Hello. Do you sell the calendula? (It’s an old woman. How can I […]

Noel Pearson coughs blood?

Noel Pearson coughs blood?

W H Chong February 21, 2012

  I’ve been seeing this go past for ages and finally the subliminal penny drops. What do the Quitline folk have against Noel Pearson?

Paris: blanc

Paris: blanc

W H Chong February 6, 2012

Paris, 5 February 2012, -6C, en blanc.

Paris Hyperku: L’homme’s best friend

Paris Hyperku: L’homme’s best friend

W H Chong February 2, 2012

Observations and not very high ku from the streets of Paris 2. Waiting for Dogot 2.1) All over Paris, signs of dog lovers getting away with merde.  2.2) Scene 1: Stylish young woman, her black jacket projecting a half-metre prow: a baby, rugged and tucked. Scene 2: Stylish young man, stubble, swoosh of big hair, hipster […]

Summer: beach, bbq, shaggy dog

Summer: beach, bbq, shaggy dog

W H Chong January 23, 2012 1 Comment

Early one morning, a neighbour who has been summering down the coast was telling Constant Gardener — the dog leash community — the news about her labrador. She’d been walking on the beach and pooch had gone exploring. She found it further on, chewing on something near what had been obviously been a bbq site […]