Yes, life is short, but you don’t have to rush it.
Volunteer fruit pickers on a kibbutz, Israel 1974, time of crisis, battle still raging on Golan Heights and regular skirmishes in the Sinai. What is it about a crisis that people do not seem to understand? (I apologise in advance if, in any way, this rant offends you.) And when I write people, I am … Continue reading The fruit if you labour
Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz on satire in a time of Donald Trump. As I watched the US presidential election unfold, as though he was my president, I asked myself why? Why not the same attention paid to the Chinese, Russian, Indian, Turkish, German, French leadership elections. Well, some of them are fake processes. As one Egyptian … Continue reading The Great Rigger
Been a strange few months, in many ways good and bad.If, like us, you have friends all over the planet, then you know horror stories.But now, it's come to this, and part of me is not yet ready because it still seems a bit selfish to celebrate something you have done while friends and cousins … Continue reading Finally, a kind of book launch thing
Just finished. I went through every emotion. Anger, Acceptance, Sadness, Envy, Understanding, Pride at knowing Jack the man. The list goes on and then I cried when I finished the book. I so wanted to have you sitting next to me as I read the book. Thank you, Jon, for opening my eyes. Such a journey: individual … Continue reading Reviews – small and casual
Here's a piece I wrote some time ago, but thought I'd revisit it after meeting a chap who loves to iron. And do housework. What a man! I’m not alone. There are other men like me. Men who love ironing. We meet, surreptitiously, suspiciously and sometimes out in the open. We talk in quiet, subdued … Continue reading Men of the Iron
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The bad news is relentless. Let me briefly refer to two widely reported items and then offer some assistance to those of us who have to face deniers and resisters. Given I grew up in a fire prone area, first up is Greg Mullins, a former head of Fire and Rescue NSW and a self-proclaimed … Continue reading Slogans, dogma and labels from the paths of resistance