This morning I had one of the worst headaches I can remember having. I lay in the dark with a pillow on my head and the cat in my armpit. Later, I slept on my son’s bed, desperate to get away from the noises at the other end of the house. My friend said perhaps … Continue reading Don’t blame it on the Migraine / Don’t blame it on the Lockdown / Don’t blame it on the abseil/ Blame it on the Boogie.
In the long-shadowed light of late afternoon, a magpie (so cleanly black and white) is highlighted in the plane tree. Autumn is easing down on us. The nights are colder and today, when we went bike-riding, I wore a jumper both up hills and down. The Easter long weekend is over. What did you … Continue reading #Isolationresolutions
I Love Mianbao the Way a Mouse Loves Rice…
In recent months, I have avoided using "Google" as my search engine because I don't like how it tracks me and targets me with advertisements and splashes my phone's newsfeed with vaguely related topics. So I have been using Duck Duck Go. It's good but has its limitations. For example, I can't find the website … Continue reading I Love Mianbao the Way a Mouse Loves Rice…
The days are like a concertina - stretching and collapsing in unpredictable time warps. Sometimes I feel myself in the crush of it - the rush of home schooling and meal preparation and a house that is never clean. And other times I look behind me and can't tell if we had that meal yesterday … Continue reading Yeaster Bunnies
ScoMo the Super Confuser
Two days ago I was reasonably comfortable that the Australian Government was trying pretty hard to do the right thing. Now I just don't know anymore. So many mixed messages and a PM who has almost no patience to answer questions. You can see it in his face. He's irritated almost at the thought of … Continue reading ScoMo the Super Confuser
My one hundredth post slipped by unmarked in the rush of new circumstances surrounding me. This is one hundred and two. Yay, me! Tonight, I received Issue #89 of The Red Hand Files from Nick Cave. The question he answered was "What do we do now?" from a gentleman in London. His answer was long … Continue reading Chasing Rainbows?
Trying to be fair
I am the first to admit that I am biased in my views. I am definitely well left of centre, politically. And my obsession with Climate Change means that the current Australian Government has pained me significantly almost daily since the last election. A sense of hopelessness poisoned my summer as I watched all my … Continue reading Trying to be fair
I have been in bed for a good forty minutes with my eyes shut but never even close to sleep. Today we withdrew our kids from school. We are going into lock-down. I spent the evening preparing worksheets for the kids to do tomorrow. Cycling around in my head are the following: The maths questions … Continue reading Feeling Small
“It is potential that could be the case, but that may be focal”
On the ABC I read today that when Dr Brendan Murphy was asked if Australia was likely to employ lockdown measures such as those being used in Europe, his response was: "It is potential that could be the case, but that may be focal." Poor Dr Murphy! To say a sentence like that and then … Continue reading “It is potential that could be the case, but that may be focal”
The COVID Curtain
It feels a little like journalists have so much to say that they don't have time to edit anything. At this time, when everybody is hungry for updates on WTF is going on, the newsfeed pours out into the intertubes like so much sewerage down a sewer pipe. Some sentences don't even make sense. I … Continue reading The COVID Curtain
It’s a “we” world after-all!.
A man who wrote a book called The Song of Trees talked on Conversations about how, biologically speaking, there is no such thing as an individual. I loved this idea. I feel like it relates to my ideas about Climate Change, Gaia and needing to save everybody on the planet for the humans to survive. … Continue reading It’s a “we” world after-all!.
What colour is this virus, anyway?
This week the Australian Government announced that they were imposing travel bans from Iran and South Korea. Italy, on the other hand, was only having “enhanced screening” inflicted. Even at that time, Italy’s cases exceeded Iran’s and their death rate exceeded South Korea’s. In the late ‘70s, my family up and moved to Indonesia. Friends … Continue reading What colour is this virus, anyway?
Imminent A vs Imminent B
So this blog is mostly about Climate Change. But now there's COVID19. I think it's an interesting subplot for this blog. There are a lot of parallels. COVID19 and Climate Change are both existential threats. But COVID19 is more like an enemy in a battle ground. People die of visible symptoms. Individuals can be tested. … Continue reading Imminent A vs Imminent B
Thank you, China
I think, up until now, I haven't even mentioned the CoronaVirus in this blog. That is a somewhat impressive feat... or perhaps an awful neglect, considering the amount of articles I read about it almost every day. When I lived in China, I was just 60 kms from Wuhan. I still have friends in that … Continue reading Thank you, China
Tomorrow is the last day of January. What a hell of a January it has been. And I mean hell as in hellish. There have been a few redeeming moments but in general I would rate it as one of the worst months of my life. A few people have said to me (making contact … Continue reading January