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“I have to be seen to be believed.” – QE II

“I have to be seen to be believed.” – QE II

I beg Ma’am’s pardon, quite forgot you were turning eighty-four yesterday. Hope the party was good. Regrets apologies sorry. Your obedient servant and loyal subject, etc. She has said: “I have to be seen to be believed.” I myself: “I myself prefer my New Zealand eggs for breakfast.” “It’s all to do with the training: […]

Gum leaves sickling… (a list for John)

Gum leaves sickling… (a list for John)

A list for John Gum leaves sickling to the ground, dry as piles of paper. The clock at Greenwich strikes. The mobile phone is chirruping. A picture file is opening. Silver aircraft – the stillness inside a journey. Between the covers, black swans on the wing. A long Guinness. Whites on the green. Numbers glowing, […]

Endless flow of predictable bollocks on stilts (Brown, Cameron and Clegg)

Endless flow of predictable bollocks on stilts (Brown, Cameron and Clegg)

. Maybe it’s schadenfreude but it’s better fun following other Angophone elections. One is spared a more personal embarrassment and dismay. The British campaign is a blast – of the 646 seats an extraordinary 144 MPs are retiring, rendered untouchable by the MPs’ expenses pandemic. Make way, make way! Pestilence and disease! The government is […]

To draw is to look (kookaburras and cockatoos)

To draw is to look (kookaburras and cockatoos)

We were down the coast – and the backyard of our friends’ house was hosting a weekend party of birds: comic cockatoos with sulphur crests, a pair of stern kookaburras and a pair of red parrots, curious at the fuss. It’s a challenge to sketch such fugitive subjects but the point is to observe – […]

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Lying awake at 3 am with Peter Singer and Tim Flannery

Lying awake at 3 am with Peter Singer and Tim Flannery

This post was going to be titled “The Hatefulness of Politicians (and the struggle against daily doom)” but that sounds all wrong, doesn’t it? Plus, it includes that P word. I wanted to talk about lying awake at 3 am, the optimism of Tim Flannery and Peter Singer and the saving grace of dogs. There […]

Wynne Prize winners 2011, 2012 and news update

Wynne Prize winners 2011, 2012 and news update

. For yesterday’s Wynne prize discussion including the topics: The sound of embarrassment and protesting too much So next year it will be fine to enter these paintings. Go for it folks: My tuppence Please go here. +++ And in today’s news: Overnight: Art collectors around the world have been in near hysterics as Sothebys […]

A Wynne-lose for Sam Leach and his judges

A Wynne-lose for Sam Leach and his judges

Pick this year’s model and the Adam Pynacker 1660 version. One is an officially sanctioned Australian landscape. . The sound of embarrassment and protesting too much Do you know the sound of embarrassment? It’s the soundtrack to this year’s art controversy. It accompanies the current comedy of the Wynne prize, which is awarded annually for […]

What Men Want

What Men Want

Wynne prize controvery – You may be looking for this post: A Wynne-lose for Sam Leach and his judges +++ Back to yesterday’s post: Last week, I posted this graphic below, which I thought was wonderful. Inevitably someone pointed out that you have to have loved before you’ve lost – so the Lost circle cannot […]

How we work – if we’re artists, writers, Fred Astaire or Ricky Gervais

How we work – if we’re artists, writers, Fred Astaire or Ricky Gervais

Back in February the Guardian ran an unexprectedly super list of Ten Rules for Writing Fiction. Unexpectedly good because the writers – well-known and highly regarded – seemed to take it more or less seriously; and delightfully – and not surprisingly – each writer’s advice was perfectly representative of her own style and personality. So […]

Les Murray’s tongue

Les Murray’s tongue

. Apparently someone said Isn’t he right wing? when Les Murray’s name was mentioned. Oforgoodnesssakes! His politics are that of a Country Party (defunct) small c conservative mystic. Les Murray is a great poet. His poetry transcends all the rah rah boo hah of partisan reading. Last night Murray read some poems from his new […]