Daily Archives: January 7, 2008

Still surrounded by mess

But I have filled one and a half wheelie bins with dead paper! Of course opening everything up is leading to a total reorganisation, and that may be why I have put it off for so long.

There I was covered in filth when the door buzzer went.

The Rabbit!

We had dinner together at The Shakespeare. He’s looking well.

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The Chatterley Affair

I enjoyed this thoroughly on ABC last night. The idea that two of the jurors in the trial of Lady Chatterley’s Lover spent their “off duty” hours re-enacting all that passed between Mellors and Lady C was rather cute, I felt. So was Rafe Spall, of whom we saw quite a lot. I didn’t mind at all. 🙂 That’s him on the right in another role.

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Posted by on January 7, 2008 in Australia, memory, nostalgia, reading, TV



I am doing a long overdue clean-up at the moment. I have accumulated so much paper of one kind and another over the past few years that I am sorting and dumping out of sheer necessity, though I am sure it is good for the soul.

One thing I did turn up, and very glad I did as I had “filed” it in the wrong place it seems, was another of my mother’s manuscripts. Some of you will know that I have already published a couple of her writings: here and here. The new one is part of the same set she wrote in the 1960s, I think in 1967*. It deals in more detail with the life of a country schoolteacher in the 1920s and 1930s. I propose to add it to the set over at Old Floating Life very soon.

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Posted by on January 7, 2008 in Australia, education, memory, personal


I found this inspiring

If, as I did this morning, you happen to be in Oz and wake at 5am, turn on Radio National and catch Bioneers, but only until the end of January. This morning’s program featured US writer and broadcaster Thom Hartmann. Hartmann has that American gift of the gab in spades, but (rather like Jim Wallis of Sojourners) he made a great deal of sense to me. A version of what he said is here.

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Posted by on January 7, 2008 in current affairs, environment, humanity, media watch, politics, radio, USA