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tom-tom cruise
Why such strong reactions to this week's cruise ship melodrama? Could be because as spoilt Western people with our five-planet lifestyle we resent other spoilt Western people exposing the scam? I am tasting an element ...read more
the man with bare fingers
The man with bare fingers playing guitar at the riverside markets, in the snow. He is playing a languid, spooling version of "I've Done All the Dumb Things" by Paul Kelly. In his hands it ...read more
flimsy
River is freezing over and the swans and ducks have a narrow, darker path that they can swim through. Feathered ice-breakers. The ice is flimsy and resembles the scuzzy glass of an uncleaned shower cabinet ...read more
shop of owls
Went into my favourite bookshop today, which has owls carved of different woods stashed in all its corners. For the first time I noticed the sign on the back of the door: Antiquarian shops are ...read more
“high, wild, savage and frightening”
What is that book you're always carrying? my friend wanted to know. So I opened it and read to him: "But the first of the thunder and lightning was always high, wild, savage and frightening. ...read more
the c-u- in court
Drowsy today & introspective and I had to sort of tip myself out of the house like the last olive clinging in the jar. The market stallholders seemed to me noisy and boisterous, cheerful in ...read more
I’m not sure you’re taking this entirely seriously
Went to the outdoor store to try on their $1000 goose-down & coyote fur jackets. "Made in Canada," the sales guy explained as I was falling about laughing at the price: "Canadian wages." "Ah," I ...read more
tall & straight-sided
Tonight I saved somebody's life. I cycled past a table on the mall where Scientologists were practising Scientology, just right out in the open as though it were nothing, were not based on shame & ...read more
Felix Nussbaum
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Today I saw the paintings of Felix Nussbaum who because he was born Jewish was murdered at Auschwitz in 1944. My friend described how 'we Germans' had done 'the worst thing' by industrializing mass murder. ...read more