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News for Speakers’ Corner, Sunday 29th January.

In News for Speakers' Corner on January 30, 2017 at 8:47 am

Keith Miller’s dad once said to him: ‘‘Son, life will afford you many opportunities to say nothing. My advice is to take all of them.”

1. If only the grasshoppers at Speakers’ Corner had taken the advice of the quotation above! Poor Mr B. He was again besieged by chatters and interrupters of all persuasions.

Though . . . perhaps it’s time he realised the truth: that he isn’t a speaker; he’s just the moderator of a group discussion, and he should just focus on making sure his grasshoppers discuss matters in an orderly fashion.

Indeed, without his constant interruptions, the audience would be able to get on with the job of informing themselves.

2. Last week, Mr B suggested that he might not turn up this week. But he turned up today, as usual. This scribe thinks he shouldn’t be allowed to get our hopes up.

3. We here at Speakers’ Corner are truly blessed with the weather we receive. On hot days we sit in the shade of the giant fig trees, and in winter we sit in the sun. That way, nearly every Sunday turns out to be beautiful.
We are grateful to the 19th century politicians who had the foresight to create The Domain and plant fig trees for people in the future to enjoy.

“Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”
Greek proverb.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
Chinese Proverb

Our trees aren’t as big as this one, thankfully.

big-baobab

4. If you had a tumour that grew in your brain that compelled you to kill people, and you were then cured, should you go to jail for your misdeeds?

Answers to that question came easily enough. Then the question was asked, If someone is born with a defect in the brain,  and that defect doesn’t allow the brain’s owner to feel empathy or sympathy, and compels them to kill, then should they be left in jail to rot? The answers given were not so straightforward.

Should we at least treat such people humanely, and with compassion, instead of treating them with contempt?

How many people like that are in jails now, suffering because they happened to be born with a defective brain that doesn’t allow them to moderate their behaviour? Should anyone care about them?

Should we admonish sufferers of Tourette’s Syndrome each time they swear?

5. Steve Maxwell had this to say: “In the present economic climate, where greed is touted as good, and politicians are shy in publicly coming forward with their salaries and allowances, who judges their true worth?

Recently, the NSW Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, resigned from the government taking all her entitlements and allowances due her position. According to website, “Salaries and Government allowance for government and parliament,”  the NSW Minister received $287,515 last financial year. That is a weekly wage of $5,529.20. On leaving parliament, the Minister can take a life pension of $150,00,00 per annum., which is $2,884 per week. And remember, many (but not all ) officials and  politicians claim the allowances and entitlements.

The premier of NSW gets $377,780 while within the government, the average wage of a team leader is $162,976. A school principal’s wage is $132,000 per annum, and student nurses get $17.50 ph. The most someone on unemployment benefits gets is $450 p.w. for 26 weeks (that doesn’t include allowances).”

Thank you, Steve!

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6. Today John Donne’s poemFor Whom the Bell Tolls‘* was discussed briefly.

* (Spoiler alert: you’re the reason it tolls, apparently.)

This coming Sunday’s poem will be Robert Frost’s famous, ‘The Road Not Taken‘.

The Road Not Taken.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

7. One of the poems recited today was Bob Dylan’s ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall‘ and thank goodness we had Uncle Pete to recite it and not Mr Nasal himself. The poem was a perfect example of how a poem can create a mood and present a strong message without having every line make sense with the lines above it and below it.

Other poems recited were two love poems by Eric Fried: ‘It is what it is’ and ‘Better Not‘; and Peter the Younger read two humorous poems written by John Clarke. ‘Liquidity‘ was one.

Next week more poems will be recited. How about bringing one along?

illusion

8. Nearly everyone had a turn trying to speak for thirty seconds without umming or saying ‘You know‘. It was good to see so many people brave enough to step up onto ‘The Ladder of Knowledge‘ and give it a go.

This coming Sunday we may attempt one or two impromptu theatre-games.

9. This week’s assertiveness tip
was a beauty and even the grasshoppers managed to understand it.

Sort of.

A little bit, anyway.

Well, they tried to understand it.

Sort of.

Well, one tried.

I think.

Today’s tip was, ‘Show the person you understand their point of view‘. Click here to see if the full explanation makes sense to you.

10. Reincarnation was discussed, and pleasingly, no one believed in it.

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11. Other matters discussed:
– How big would an orange be if nothing else existed but an infinity of space?

– Mr B tried to talk about apathy but kept being interrupted with versions of the hilarious joke, ‘Let’s not bother talking about apathy’. Such hilarity was too much for Mr B and he moved on smartly to the next topic.

– The efficacy of homeopathy.  (Mr Bashful was strangely quiet on that topic. Why?)

– Mr B’s brief holiday at the “hippie” Sydney Confest.

– Helmut tried to finish the day on The Ladder of Knowledge, but couldn’t, because Tony the Garrulous was in fine fettle and wouldn’t let him speak. So Tony replaced him, demanding that Australia arm itself with nuclear weapons.

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12. Our Facebook page is just short of having 2,000,045 subscribers, and our archives site is just as popular.

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News for Speakers’ Corner, Sunday 22nd January, 2017

In News for Speakers' Corner on January 23, 2017 at 11:00 am

Watch your thoughts;
they become your words.

Your words become your actions.
Your actions become your habits.
Your habits become your character.

Your character becomes your destiny.
Bishop Beckwaith

NOTE: MR B will be there this Sunday. And far more importantly, the chairs will be there on Sunday.

1. Speakers’ Corner legend Steve Maxwell was vigorous today and at one point he answered the question: ‘Why are the American Republicans so strongly opposed to Obamacare?’ In the midst of his discussion he pointed out that its real name is ‘Affordable Care’. When people were polled, 80% said the government should get rid of ObamaCare, but when asked about Affordable Care, 80% said keep it! Yet, it’s the same thing! That indicates how much confusion there is, Steve explained.

For your interest, Affordable Care is a 2.9% levy on income + an extra .9% on any investment income above $250,000 per year. (Imagine how big your capital would have to be to earn in interest $250,000 per year!)

2. A few facts about this blog:
– In its four years it has had over 14,000 visitors and over 34,000 views.
– Aust: 26,000 views, UK 2,101, U.S. 1,294, Brazil 668, Germany 636, France  504, Canada 376, Italy 233, Netherlands 222. 133 countries have visited, including Reunion, St Vincents + The Grenadines, and Guadeloupe. (We’re still waiting for a visit from North Korea.)
– It’s growing in popularity each year.
– It now averages 12 visitors a day and 25 views per day. (Admittedly, that’s not many when you compare it with Donald Trump’s site.)
– Its most popular page, by far, is Steve Maxwell’s History of Speakers’ Corner.
– Of the 14,000 visitors, six have left comments, including one troll (who inadvertently unmasked himself at Speakers’ Corner!).
– No one has bought from the gift shop.

3. There is a 62.4% chance that Mr B will be at Speakers’ Corner this coming Sunday, a 34.5% chance he won’t be, and a 3.1% chance he might be.

4. We read poems today. Mr B read, ‘For As Long as Your Eyes are Blue‘ and ‘The Man in the Glass‘. Helmut read a witty one from a science book, based loosely on The Lord’s Prayer; and Uncle Pete read a harrowing poem from war poet Wilfred Owen, who died just one week before WWI ended. Here is the first stanza of Wilfred’s poem, ‘Dulce et decorum est’:

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, 
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, 
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots 
Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.

The segment seemed popular and Mr B will host it again this coming Sunday if he is present. Already, two people have volunteered to bring a poem. How about you bringing one, too? If you’re not game to read it, someone can read it on your behalf.

5. Today we examined the poem,Spring and Fall‘, and next week’s  poem seems straightforward:
‘No Man is an Island’ by John Donne
No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manor of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

We might spend more time discussing whether or not the sentiments expressed are valid.

6. Mr B was heard giving Assertiveness Tip Number Two, and at the conclusion of the lecture only one solitary grasshopper was able to say what it was. That reminds this scribe of a book titled: “I taught them, but they didn’t learn.”

The tip is as follows: ‘When complaining to someone about their behaviour, don’t focus on what they have done; instead, state how you feel about their behaviour, and state what needs to happen from now on.

Let’s hope the chapter in his online book explains it better, so that every grasshopper can understand. Click here to be taken there.

7. Two regulars (Howard and Mark) have been “inducted” into this blog’s “Hall of Fame”. (See left).

8. With humility and honesty, Helmut spoke about the day he beat Arnold Schwarzenegger in a body-building contest. His memory of those times was extraordinary.

The Hansard is the report of the proceedings of the Australian parliament and its committees. Helmut explained that The Hansard reveals the names of a number of Australian sport identities caught using performance enhancing drugs, although those names were not revealed by the media. This scribe isn’t game to give those names here, but he will say that the names Helmut provided were interesting, to say the least!

9. We talked about friendship, and someone suggested that we be careful about the friends we choose.

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10. Someone asked if young people are narcissistic, because they’re always taking selfies. It was pointed out that young people in the past would have taken selfies too if the technology had been available, and just as instantaneous and cheap. Artists have been giving themselves selfies (self-portraits) for centuries.

Unfortunately, Mirko interrupted to give us a long lecture about Adolf Hitler and his antics. It took us a while to realise he was confusing narcissism with nazism.

selfie-5

11. Other matters discussed:
– the merits of photographing a dog’s bum. The less said about that, the better.

– Mr B explained how the Australian government could close down the detention centres on Christmas Island, Nauru, and Manus Island, without encouraging the so-called people “smugglers” in Indonesia to recommence transporting refugees to Australia.

– Do we mellow as we grow older? Here’s that graph again:

age-2

12. It was such a beautiful and enjoyable day we all finished at 6pm, not 5pm, with Helmut again booming across the park.

13. This scribe remembers when there used to be 43 beans in every cup of Nescafe coffee. Now that very same number applies to the number of Facebook subscribers we have. That’s too spooky to be a coincidence.

Our Archives site is tired of being ignored so I’m giving it a plug.

News for Speakers’ Corner, Sunday 15th January

In News for Speakers' Corner on January 16, 2017 at 11:43 am

“I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.”
Robert Frost

“When I write, oddly I don’t think, I just feel.”
Denise O’Hagan

1. Mr B opened his meeting by explaining how he lost his virginity (years ago, not last week) and gained a dose of the clap in the process. Just what the crowd wanted to hear. (Though I suppose it did settle one perennial question: had he actually lost it?)

2. Mr B then thrust a pamphlet at the audience: ‘Islam on Poverty – A brief introduction to the Islamic viewpoint on poverty’.  He explained how he could understand why disaffected youths, after reading such a pamphlet, might start to think that organisations (like ISIS) had good intentions, and be inspired to look deeper into it.

It was evident Mr B could only give a cursory and stumbling view of the subject, but a knowledgeable grasshopper accepted an invitation to get up onto The Ladder of Knowledge and speak. He did a  good job. In a mild-mannered way he answered questions about Islam, and deftly parried questions unrelated to the subject. (Speakers’ Corner is thick with those.)

His website weneedtotalkaboutislam.com suggests he is not too keen on Islam.

3. Ray, our Christian speaker, enthralled the weary tourists trying to enjoy a cold drink at the kiosk. He presumably talked about the benefits of giving one’s heart to Jesus. That’s fairly self-explanatory in a religious context. In organ-donor context is makes less sense.

This scribe has no idea what Steve Maxwell talked about because he didn’t get to listen to Steve talking, and Steve never bothers to let this scribe know what he talks about. The cad.

This weekly newsletter might sometimes appear to be a touch Mr Bashful-centric. The reasons for this are unclear, although it might have something to do with this scribe being unable to listen to all three speakers at the same time.

4. Mr B informs us that 
by popular demand (???) a new segment begins. Each week, Mr B will examine one of his fifteen assertiveness tips from his online book, ‘The Umpteen Ways to Satisfy Our Deep Need to Belong.

This week he began with an introductory explanation of what assertiveness is, and its benefits.

The introduction was like a taste of honey to the hungry and adoring crowd. With their excitement at fever-pitch they could not contain themselves, and with sky-high expectations interrupted his explanation crying, “Give us the tip! Give us the tip!”

It was heartening to see Mr B’s grasshoppers so fired up, so keen. He tantalised them by giving a gentle recap of the tip he explained last week, ‘You are not obliged to give a reason‘.  That worked the crowd into an even deeper frenzy, and he was barely half-way through when their excitement got the better of them. “Give us the tip!” they implored again. “Give us the tip!”

With their interest so high, so strong, they looked almost threatening.

It was a prime example of superb oratory. It reminded this scribe of how Hitler and Mussolini, and the Beatles, drove their crowds wild with excitement.

However, when a few started foaming at the mouth he wisely chose to cut the segment short, managing to placate the crowd by promising to give the tip next week instead. That placated them pretty quickly, in fact.

The frenzy had been too much for one grasshopper. It had fried his brain. After Mr B had taken great pains to recap last week’s tip, at great length and with much repetition, he was asked by the grasshopper, ‘So, what’s the tip?’

Sigh.

5. Denise O’Hagan’s poem, ‘And the Nuns Wore Lipstick’ was discussed for nearly an hour by the thoughtful grasshoppers, and a few different interpretations were put forth.

Next week’s poem is by the English poet, Gerald Manly Hopkins, who wrote it in 1880.

Spring and Fall

(to a young child)

Margaret, are you gríeving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leaves like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Ah! As the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you will weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sorrow’s springs are the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It is the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.

6. Next week we will also have a special poetry reading – by everyone! Bring along your favourite poem (or two) and step up onto The Ladder of Sensitivity to present it. You won’t need to discuss your poem like Mr B discusses poems, so relax. (Though if you want to discuss a poem in the same manner, have a word with him and it can be arranged.)

Practise reading your poem(s) at home, taking care to read it like it’s meant to be said. Practise reading it in an ‘over-the-top’ way. You’ll be surprised how much better that can be. It won’t sound ‘over-the-top’ at all.

What type of poem? Any, provided you think we’ll understand it. Make us laugh, make us cry.

Here is one to whet your appetite:

The Cow on the Hill  (Author unknown)
On a hill there was a cow.
It walked away, it’s not there now.

There! Can you do better than that?

7. A false belief rectified: 
Q. How many mathematicians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A.  0.9999999999999999 (recurring).

That’s because  0.99999999999999 (recurring) actually equals 1.

The idea that 0.9999999999 (recurring) only approaches 1, but never quite gets there, is a fallacy. It is actually 1.

The proof?
x = 0.999 . . .
10x  = 9.999 . . .
10x  = 9 + 0.999 . . .
10x  = 9 + x
9x  = 9
x  = 1

Thank you, Uncle Pete!

8. Why would someone waste their time recording an almost dead language?
That was the question Mr B asked of his grasshoppers, claiming that a language is not like a plant or creature or artefact which the public, and researchers, can appreciate with little fuss. However, only a linguist can appreciate a dead language, and they would have to spend years of painstaking study to do so. Even then, the appreciation gained could not be passed onto the general public or even to close associates. It  perhaps could be passed onto another linguist boffin to appreciate, but that’s just another dead end.

In short, let’s not fund anyone hoping to record a dying language. Instead, let’s give them a clip in the ear and tell them to wake up to themselves.

9. The number 42 is mistakenly believed by some people to be the meaning of life. Had they read Douglas Adams’ book properly they would know that it’s merely the answer to the Ultimate Question. But no one knows what the Ultimate Question is.

Until now. It has been discovered. It is as follows:

‘How many subscribers does the Speakers’ Corner Facebook page have?’

Coincidentally, how many posts does the Archives site have? Yes, the same number: 42! And more, even!

Speakers’ Corner News for Sunday, 8th January 2017

In News for Speakers' Corner on January 9, 2017 at 12:02 pm

“Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.”
Marsha Norman

1. Another blast from the past! 

Yes, okay, that might be a cliché but it’s better than ‘An eyesore from before!’  or ‘The devious from previous!’

Jim Creek, a past speaker from the 1980s, turned up. He used to speak about Jesus and God (in a favourable way) and today he stepped up onto The Ladder of Knowledge and spoke about them again. He spoke well and determinedly. With Peter the Heckler’s help he drew the biggest crowd of the day. Congratulations to him!

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2. If Mirko’s New Year resolution was to talk intelligibly in 2017, he broke it today.

If Peter the Heckler’s New Year resolution was to cease searching for pedantic loopholes in a speaker’s claim, he broke it today.

If Mr B’s New Year resolution was to avoid being fazed by Mirko’s unintelligible interruptions, and by Peter’s incessant pedantry, he broke it today.

3. Mr B claimed that for the last fifteen years, the Australian Cricket Board has pressured the captain to not enforce the follow-on. That way, the game lasts longer, resulting in more advertising revenue for the television broadcaster and the ACB.

Mr B thinks this is akin to match fixing, and demands an enquiry.

Mr B has a point. Consider even just the last test played: even though rain was threatening to wash out the game, and even though Pakistan had hit a whopping 450 runs in its last innings of the first test, and even though Pakistan was a mammoth 223 runs behind after its first innings, Australia chose to bat again. Extraordinary.

This scribe believes that Mr B doesn’t go far enough. We need more than an enquiry, we need a Royal Commission.

Peter the Heckler suggested that the captain’s decision to bat again was made to give his batsmen a confidence booster. Peter the Heckler should also front up at the Royal Commission.

4. ‘I am better than no one, and no one is better than me.’

The quote divided the group. Some thought the statement was obviously correct, while others thought it was obviously incorrect. It was interesting to see opinion so clearly divided. The twain didn’t even get close to meeting.

What do you think? Is a kind person who lives a good life, and whose work is valued, a better person than a child-molesting serial killer who robs people and farts in lifts?

The answer will probably be obvious to you, but bear in mind that the person next to you might also think the answer is obvious – and think differently.

5. The poem discussed was ‘Child on top of a Greenhouse’, by Theodore Roethke. The grasshoppers’ observations were insightful, although The Grinner disgraced himself by making a joke and getting the biggest laugh of the day.

The poetry discussion seems to be one of the more popular segments in Mr B’s armoury, in the same way that a cucumber sandwich is more popular than a lettuce sandwich.

6. How about reading next week’s poem now and coming up with a few ideas in preparation?

And The Nuns Wore Lipstick
Periodically
We used to holiday
In the small towns of northern Italy
or drive further north
across the border to Switzerland, which
to my childish eyes
glistened, gleamed, and ran like clockwork.

All was new and neat and tidy
Even the leaves seemed to fall tidily
Beneath boxes of optimistic flowers
Arranged equidistantly at window sills.
Such persistent cheerfulness
Left me nervous
I must admit.

Everything was accounted for,
no loose ends, no unclaimed parts,
Cuckoo clocks and countless watches ran to time.
So, we strolled through mountain villages,
Sipped hot chocolate in pretty cafes,
Climbed into chair-lifts,
(my mother’s desultory step
not quite in keeping
with those of eager tourists).

Once, we passed a group of nuns
and my father shook his head.
‘Did you see that?’ he murmured. ‘They’re wearing lipstick!’
The disbelief, the quiet horror in his voice
stayed with me long after
the images from the rest of the holiday
receded like slides, and took up their ordered places
as mementos of a distant holiday.

Denise O’Hagan, 2014

7. “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” A grasshopper said this old chestnut was helpful when you had to deal with verbal bullying. He noted that nowadays, people are more easily hurt by insulting comments. They lack resilience.

It is an interesting point. Many of the bullying examples put forth by victims of trolls do seem remarkably benign to this scribe, prompting him to wonder how anyone can be hurt by them.

Troll: “%$#**&%$$%!!!”
Anyone familiar with the ‘Sticks and stones’ saying: Yawn.

8. We discussed the state of being functionally insane. To be functionally insane is to have lost your marbles without losing your ability to function in day-to-day life. You can still cook, shop, drive and so on. The only giveaway is when you talk: you might appear a little eccentric or scatterbrained. If you talk about a complex issue of which you have a deep understanding, you might be all over the place but you will probably get away with it. You might even convince people you’re a genius.

Surprisingly, no one at Speakers’ Corner was used as an example, but a retired university professor was.

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9. There will be no video
highlights this year. Early in 2016 our videographer gave up filming the speakers for reasons unclear and unwanted.
The exception was Mr Bashful. He was filmed. There was plenty of video of him, but no highlights.

10. “What do you think of means-tested pensions?” asked one grasshopper. A civil discussion followed.

Other questions were asked:
“Where should the cut-off point be?”  And,
“Should the family home be included?” And,
“Is the aged pension an entitlement for taxpayers once they reach a certain age? Or should it be seen as welfare for those who failed to save properly?”, as Senator David Leyonhjelm suggested recently.

11. It was an afternoon of props.
Mr B used a balloon and an imaginary raison loaf to explain the Big Bang and the expansion of the universe. He said that the universe is expanding at the rate of 73 kilometres per second every parsec (3.3 light years), which means the universe could be far, far bigger than the piddling 90 billion light year (in diameter) sphere we know it to be today. Our observations are limited by the lethargic speed of light, which can’t keep up with the combined expansion of space when stars are a long way away from us. If light travelled at double its current speed, and that was reflected in its red shift, how much more of the universe would we see?

12. More props.
Adam: “God, am I black, or am I white?”
God: “You is what you is.”
With that joke, Mr B began to explain the EPR paradox. He used a yellow sheet, a disposable glove, and asked his grasshoppers to imagine Colonel Klink and Sergeant Schultz riding a motorcycle. He also included another joke to help flesh out his explanation of the Heisenberg Uncertainty:
A proton driving a motorcycle is pulled up by a policeman.
Policeman: “Sir, do you realise you were doing 120 kms per hour?”
Proton: “Oh. I must be lost.”

Throughout all this, Helmut showed remarkable restraint by refraining to contradict Mr B. Then, at Mr B’s invitation, Helmut took the ladder to set everyone straight.

The day ended on a good note, with Helmut booming across the park.

13. If you haven’t read any of this article then you might as well read it, but make sure you read it on our Facebook page.
If you haven’t read any of our past posts, and don’t want to, don’t go to our Archives site.

News for Speakers’ Corner, Sunday 1st January.

In News for Speakers' Corner on January 2, 2017 at 11:51 am

‘Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. Those who think themselves the masters of others are indeed greater slaves than they.’

Jean Jacques Rousseau, in his book, ‘The Social Contract’.

1. Today twenty four million people (the entire population of Australia) crammed into the Domain for Field Day. Field Day is a concert featuring dozens of bands, none of which this scribe has heard of. That either means the bands are obscure, or it means this scribe . . . .    That’s all it could mean. The bands are obscure.

The place was as crowded as this market in Thailand:

2. Mr Squib didn’t want to attempt to talk over the music and didn’t even turn up. (Unless, of course, he was a musician in one of those obscure bands.) But the gallant Steve Maxwell turned up and this scribe can report that he spent most of his time sketching in preparation for the more detailed paintings he intends to paint.

Those paintings are something to look forward to. The lad has talent.

3. Here is another brief video taken in a crowded market place.

4. Mr Squib intends to discuss a poem this coming Sunday, and this scribe thinks it’s only fair that you punters can read it first, in preparation. Here it is:

Child on Top of a Greenhouse.
The wind billowing out the seat of my britches,
My feet crackling splinters of glass and dried putty,
The half-grown chrysanthemums staring up like accusers,
Up through the streaked glass, flashing with sunlight,
A few white clouds all rushing eastward,
A line of elms plunging and tossing like horses,
And everyone, everyone pointing up and shouting!

Theodore Roethke

5. They say Death doesn’t take a holiday. Nor does Facebook. If you want to receive these posts on Facebook then you might as well subscribe to our Facebook page.

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