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Empty shops and offices of Alice Springs

Bob GosfordDec 27, 2017

Empty stores and offices are sad places, full of shadows, flaked paint, dust motes and the stale smell of money no longer there. 

Queensland Police State, by Earthworks Poster Collective, 1978

Queensland Police State, by Earthworks Poster Collective, 1978

Bob GosfordDec 27, 2017

Streetscapes, Alice Springs, December 2017

Streetscapes, Alice Springs, December 2017

Bob GosfordDec 27, 2017 1

I took a stroll around Alice Springs the other day ... well, really I took a drive, it was 40C or so outside of the air-conditioned Troopie ... here are some things I saw.

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Requiem for a Monster, by John Birmingham

Requiem for a Monster, by John Birmingham

Bob GosfordDec 25, 2017 6

All those ratfucks understood was strength and fear and the simple joy of driving their enemies before them. There was no schadenfreude in seeing Bjelke-Petersen humiliated before the Fitzgerald Inquiry when he was unable to explain what was meant by the doctrine of the separation of powers, because all it did was hammer home the truth that we'd been comprehensively arse-raped by a man with the ethics of a starving sewer rat, and the political instincts of a sabre-toothed baboon with a really scorching methamphetamine addiction.

The Poinciana Woman of Darwin’s East Point. By Roland Dyrting

Bob GosfordDec 22, 2017

There was once a beautiful brown-skinned Asian woman who long ago was raped by a group of Japanese fishermen out on East Point. She became deranged after this event and when she discovered that she was pregnant she hanged herself from a branch of a Poinciana tree near where she’d been assaulted. She has since become a wraith who stalks and kills men at night. She entices them by initially appearing as a beautiful, white-robed, long-haired young woman but then transforms into a hideous wild-haired eagle-clawed hag just before she eviscerates her victims and feeds on their still-steaming guts.

“Intentional Fire-Spreading by “Firehawk” Raptors in Northern Australia,” Bonta et al. Journal of Ethnobiology, 37(4) (abstract)

Bob GosfordDec 20, 2017

In a broader sense, better understanding of avian fire-spreading, both in Australia and, potentially, elsewhere, can contribute to theories about the evolution of tropical savannas and the origins of human fire use.

Graverobbers for God - AIATSIS, the Vatican and anthropologists on the Tiwi islands

Graverobbers for God – AIATSIS, the Vatican and anthropologists on the Tiwi islands

Bob GosfordDec 20, 2017

Now after the Catholic church has spent over a century stripping us of everything they could get their thieving hands on including our culture and our children, they have managed to find themselves another role to play. To add insult to injury they now present themselves to the world as the preservers and keepers of Tiwi culture.

Ben the Dingo's excellent Christmas Holiday adventures

Ben the Dingo’s excellent Christmas Holiday adventures

Bob GosfordDec 18, 2017

Ben the Dingo has a combination of freedom, security, love and wildness that suits him perfectly. He is an entity to himself and well loved in the community and beyond. He has been given a chance in life and has thrived.

Who's next? Judicial stress, secondary trauma and the practice of law

Who’s next? Judicial stress, secondary trauma and the practice of law

Bob GosfordDec 17, 2017

In my earliest days of legal practice, as a young articled clerk, I saw angry judges. I saw bullies. Nasty performers ... Amongst the terrifying judges, whom I prayed to avoid, were Justice Edward (“Dumbo”) Dunphy of the Commonwealth Industrial Court, Justice Freddie (“Funnelweb”) Myers of the Supreme Court of NSW, and Justice J J (“Black Jack”) McKeon of the Industrial Commission NSW: Michael Kirby, Judicial Stress and Judicial Bullying, 2014.

NT judge engages in

NT judge engages in “inappropriate judicial conduct,” brings “judiciary into disrepute” – keeps job

Bob GosfordDec 11, 2017 3

CAALAS stated that "This series of complaints has shone a light on the stresses under which judges, lawyers and court staff work and much needs to be done to rectify this situation generally."