Thursday, April 19, 2012

the sweetest girl the time there was this question about whether you liked very commercial music or not. There was also this whole ideology going on within local culture, as it were, of independence versus mainstream, of commercial versus non-commercial and I just thought this was shadow-boxing; I didn't see it as making much difference in the balance of power between rich and poor what kind of records you made. I just couldn't see the connection.

Robert Wyatt on pop music in the 1980s


Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Ethical i-phone protests hit apple stores 
Protesters Deliver Petition for Ethical iPhone to NYC Apple Store

does anyone else wonder if such an action begs the question of why these people don't just buy a second-hand 'phone and reduce the demand that creates the awful working conditions that they are protesting against?


Saturday, February 11, 2012

fucking boomers

why is it that our contemporary version of aetheism is so mean, so parsimonious, so righteous?

I remember, in Chile, talking to a man about what it was like to grow up in a country so dominated by religion. He said that being agnostic was considered a more radical position, because the negation of aetheism merely affirms organised religion through its binary sum. The agnostic admits to not-knowing or not-caring -- and, I would hope, allows other ways of being the world to flourish.

I should listen to this guy again ...
Terry Eagleton 'The God Debate' (you tube)
Download audio here (ABC Radio)

Sunday, February 05, 2012

are there ordinary moments

I have been troubled by this graffiti for some weeks. It irritates and saddens me in turn. Not only because the observation is somehow superfluous, and not only because there is a self satisfied quality to it. Perhaps because there is something deadeningly predictable in exactly this type of naive and idealistic comment being freshly sprayed on the walls of urban buildings each summertime. Do we need reminding that there are no ordinary moments? What have we done to deserve such ugly yellow lettering? If no moment is ordinary, and they are all extraordinary, where does that leave us? ... back in the repetitive, relentless parade of one moment after another, undifferentiated apart from the annoyingly bright observation that it is up to us to make them somehow 'special'.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

this new yet unapproachable ...

... America is understood as the place in which freedom is construed as a matter centrally, perhaps exclusively, of individual liberty (as opposed to the achievement of the power to do or be something in particular - for example, to be more fully human or more properly faithful). Most Americans exercise their liberty by pursuing happiness and satisfaction in the private spheres of family life, consumption, and enjoyment. Larger workplace and public identities are taken to be instrumental to satisfactions in these more private spheres, unless, of course, some people just happen to enjoy political work or quasi-familial workplace friendships or workplace activities. The business of politics in America is the fair reconciliation of competitive individual and factional interests. There are not enough goods to go around to enable everyone to satisfy every preference. Government hence properly sets up rules of fair competition, including centrally the laws of property and person and the laws of contract, fair trade, workplace safety, and nonexploitativeness.

Richard Eldridge
Cavell on American Philosophy and the Idea of America
in "Stanley Cavell" Cambridge University Press, 2003

O joy

I hate to admit it, but sometimes this is the kind of affirmation that makes it all worthwhile. From The Age 4th Feb. 2012 Dan Rule is the reviewer.

Pics at

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Bitter orange

Our local grocer sometimes stocks fruit from their friends' or neighbors' trees. These looked like a cross between an orange and a lemon, the boys behind the counter said they were awful, I thought they might be Seville oranges.

I have only seen Seville oranges a few times in organic stores, and the fruit has been more regular in shape, the skin has seemed smoother, the colour deeper. I asked Janet, who always knows the back-story behind what's in stock, and she said that some middle eastern people make jam with them but her family use them for salad dressings - they call them 'naranje' [guessing at the spelling here].  They were selling them for a song, so a bought two kilos.   I did some research and it turns out they are what I would call a Seville or bitter or marmalade orange, the flowers are used for making blossom water and the fruit for preserves.

I used the ever trustworthy St Benoît Three Day Marmalade recipe from Jane Grigson's Fruit Book, but with a little less sugar and some orange blossom water — & I now have some beautiful marmalade. The consistency is not jelly-like, it's looser and more voluptuous than other marmalade. Have been distributing it with some glee to friends. I owe Janet a jar.

One fruit is set aside for the seeds, I'll see whether I can grow a new tree.

Friday, August 20, 2010

a cold spring morning
porridge made with last night's brown rice
in the back yard, cats are stalking mynah birds

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?