Daily Archives: December 11, 2007

Christmas poem #1 — Louis Macneice, "Snow"


The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window was
Spawning snow and pink roses against it
Soundlessly collateral and incompatible:
World is suddener than we fancy it.

World is crazier and more of it than we think,
Incorrigibly plural. I peel and portion
A tangerine and spit the pips and feel
The drunkenness of things being various.

And the fire flames with a bubbling sound for world
Is more spiteful and gay than one supposes–
On the tongue on the eyes on the ears in the palms of your hands–
There is more than glass between the snow and the huge roses.

Louis Macneice

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How Uncle Gnome saved us $$$$$ — A Christmas Carol revisited


Remember Oz election: Uncle Gnome and his fistful of dollars…? A recent series of stories has brought to light what we have already known anecdotally or directly: that meanspiritedness was at the heart of so much the Howard government did in our name. Incidentally we also can discern some of the mechanisms by which “fiscal responsibility” had the side effect of driving people away from Centrelink so that they no longer were counted in the ranks of the unemployed, hence boosting the somewhat Potemkin Village look of our unemployment figures in recent years.

A classic example is in this story: Pursuit of poor under review.

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Posted by on December 11, 2007 in Australia and Australian, current affairs, generational change, John Howard, Political, right wing politics


December/January South Sydney Herald now out

Visit the site. Find out what’s happening in Redfern, Waterloo, Darlington, Surry Hills and Kings Cross. Great for locals, expats, or curious readers anywhere. 🙂 Nothing by me in this one.

South Sydney Herald December/January 2007 PDF (4 mb)
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Posted by on December 11, 2007 in Australia, South Sydney Uniting Church, Surry Hills


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From our Patagonian correspondent

From M.

am going 2 4 days ferry 2 puerto natales from puerto montt tomorrow… trekking in torres del paine national park 4 one week…

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Posted by on December 11, 2007 in M, M's trip, travel