Archive for March, 2014

“…I cannot think of one act or one piece of proposed legislation that has been in the best interest of the people of Australia.”

It’s so laughable I just want to cry!

7. Singles – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

And then came grunge! On the strength of the album Ten I got a copy of the soundtrack to the film Singles (I hadn’t seen the film yet, but I was already a big Pearl Jam fan). Singles helped to open my eyes and ears to other bands and music and stuff I could scarcely have dreamt of.
From that opening bass-line in Alice In Chains’ Would? to the last fading scream of hallucinogenic feedback in The Smashing Pumpkins’ Drown, the music on that album was captivating, has always been.


Songs that saved my life (Pt 1).

I’m going to do this too! Stay tuned…

*Thanks to raishimi33 for providing the inspiration to write this post.

The following is a brief history of the music that moved and affected me during the early part of my life – from my earliest memories up until my “musical awakening”, as it were, at about the age of 15 or 16. All of this music has been hugely influential and helped shape the path I’ve taken in life. It influenced me in a number of decisions I made during my adolescent years (not all of them good) and, of course, it has granted me the privilege of an endless source of stimulus, entertainment, and inspiration.
Each of these songs is synonymous with or evokes vivid memories of particular periods or events in my life.


“A spokesperson for bigots’ rights group GET OUT! said it was a relief to finally have the go-ahead to be a prick.”

Full story here:

Lereng Merapi

Posted: March 23, 2014 in Photographs
Image: Shane Bolitho 2014

Image: Shane Bolitho 2014

Jatilan di Desa Sumber

Posted: March 22, 2014 in Photographs


Image: Shane Bolitho 2014

Little Neet ran splashing through the mud and puddles back towards the unfussy, orderly clapboard houses, her little coat flaring out at her sides as she went. I could hear faint music from somewhere, but couldn’t quite make out the song. Was it Eddy Duchin? Could I hear a voice singing? Or was it Benny Goodman? Something lazy, whatever it was. Romantic, piano and horns. But what? I couldn’t pick it. The sky didn’t have any ideas, so I looked around the yard instead.

No soybeans for Mr. Johansson THIS year!

zombie fights shark


Selections from my forthcoming terrible cookbook 

Pumpkin Surprise

7 handfuls of Cool Ranch Doritos

Roughly a gallon of caramel sauce

1 can of pumpkin puree

1 smoked turkey leg from the Fair

Combine the Doritos and the caramel inside a freshly carved Jack-o-Lantern. Watch as it oozes out the eyeholes. Pretty neat, huh? Next, drizzle on the pumpkin puree. Maybe see what that feels like rubbed on your face. Gross? You bet. Put the whole mess in the front seat of your car and just drive, man, just drive. When you reach the border of the closest state, eat that turkey leg. You’ve earned it, buddy.

Farmer’s Stew

1 goat

7 gallons melted fish

Most vegetables

No salt

An unacceptable amount of paprika

Mix the goat and the melted fish in a cauldron over a roaring fire. Make witchy faces and noises. Curse your neighbor’s crops. IMPORTANT: Make sure you…

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Stroppy Editor

(With apologies to Dr Seuss)

Every Who down in Who-ville liked English a lot
But the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!
Whenever he thought of the language, he’d languish
In horrified anger and furious anguish!
But the funny thing was that beneath all this hate
He somehow believed, well, that English was great.
But it wasn’t the English the Whos wrote and spoke –
No! THAT made him scowl! Made him fume! Made him choke!
Made him choke!
Made him choke!

So what on earth was it the innocent Whos
Were doing so wrong with the language they’d use?
If you were to walk into Who-ville one day
You’d see lots of people with fine things to say.
They’d joke and exclaim and they’d promise and sing,
They’d chat and debate – yes, they’d do anything
That this wonderfully versatile…

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