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by Justin Obodie on June 1, 2012 - 10:38pm

Richard, wonderful to hear your war is travelling deliciously - I'm sure victory will be at hand, foot, eye, or any part of your anatomy that survives the conflict. And I would be wary of them government issued serviettes.

And my war? Not much to tell really, I slept in and missed the fucker, even forgot to place a bet, as such, totally lost interest. Oh well, maybe next year.

By that time I'll think of some really sexy way to murder stuff - just wait.

In the mean time I've decided to make one of my ultra super light sponge cakes  - something I do when I miss wars.

Of course, when one wins a war then it's an apple crumble.

Best find me armour, er apron.

Bon apititty

by Harry Heidelberg on June 1, 2012 - 8:25pm
The first time I  have agreed with you in years. You are correct re Gillard. Wrong re those Back Tee Arie kids you sucked on to like a leach for years
by Michael Talbot-... on June 1, 2012 - 5:48pm

Good.  Someone needs to kick the Adelaide Rehearsalists' Society Encorporated.


by Paul Walter on June 1, 2012 - 1:15am

 Yep, there it is. A former Ad Uni academic who's field of study was education itself.

In fact, by the time you've finished the starter, you realise that's actually emerged is a de or anti education system aimed at dumbing down the system, producing technicians with little or no idea of what they are doing or why.

I think I saw Trevor Maddock on a Moratorium demo about forty years ago and running into him again recently, remembered also that his group looked vaguely familiar and as it turned out, he indeed knew close mutual friends from that era,  drawn from many parts, as we grew up in that strange, much maligned and ultimately trashed town, Elizabeth.. 

Talking about Dr  Maddock amongst friends the other night, It ocurred to me about the famous historian Eric Hobsbawm and what he called death of cultural memory; the breakdown of culturalknowledge between the generations. The severest example of this, in a real sense, is the decimated Aboriginal culture of of our own country.

The point is the magnitude of the loss. This intelligent person not only lived, observed, studied and provided a living link for context for younger people, including as a sort of talking book, he was in a unique positon to interpret and comunicate on some real world, important situations and pass on the sort of authoritative explanations and warnings on a subject that those responsible for the up keep of education, say, would prefer to be not aired, also others not noted for their honesty in their dealing as to other Public Affairs issues.

It seems a shame that people go through life, find out all of this stuff and if they have the brains, make a little sense of the inscrutable, yet die just when theyve reached their most fruitful.

However, because a few can also "see", in the Platonic sense, they of necessity become leaders.

I think Trevor's hope at death would have been society to come to its senses, value the considered Good Life, including that valuable but obnoxious phenomena, the truth and remove the squander of civilisation's resources on wasteful, idiot and often cruel ways like over tall chimps, seeing that life can easily be available for all and that the key to the future lies not in obscene defence expenditure and imbecile consumerism, but an adjustment to history that would have us recall the things we forgot that make life pleasant without ruining it for the world or others.

Like teaching people how to think clearly so certain more complex aspects of educational structure in our time to those who will be passed to those who will ultimately eventually responsible for the educational system. Or, in Trevor Maddock's case, easing back with musical collaborators like our own Mr.Richard Tonkin and playing his antique Gibson guitar in concert with other kindred, constructive, souls in a splendid informal cajun music band that plays from time to time both for themselves and for those intrigued enough to stop back, listen for a little and hear people getting it right...

 Vale Trevor, wish I had gotten to know you more closely... I could have learned more from you.


by Richard Tonkin on May 30, 2012 - 9:41pm

Mine's coming along quite nicely.. tomorrow night I'll be dining at the main sponsor's table at this year's SA Defence Industry Awards, quietly observing some of the folk I've been writing about.  Hopefully I'll have a few things to say later.

I too, would enjoy seeing a bit more life around this old joint! 

Michael..  I used to ask my daughter if she saw the pig, and nick her chips while she was looking the other way.  I have a slight suspicion that similar techniques are applied by governments to their citizens on a fairly regular basis ;)

by Richard Tonkin on May 30, 2012 - 9:22pm

The Adelailde Ukulele Appreciation Society put on a little concert for itself at The Gov last night.  Apart from the 50-odd players, another hundred turned up to watch.

At anyrate, if everyone had a uke in their hand instead of a gun, it would be quite a different world! 

PS to JO: The reason that I got the invite to the Defence Awards nightt O was talking of on the other thread.  is because I've been teaching a couple of those folk how to play the uke! 

by Justin Obodie on May 28, 2012 - 11:43pm

Damn! sucked in again - thought is was gunna be a flock of flying fat pigs, but we end up with chess.

Never won a game of chess in my life - not even when I play with meself.

It's about time Richard, we got a bit of life back in this blog

We need another thread on Zionism - that should do it.

I missing Geoffff, at least we appreciated the finer artse of communication, lively discusssiion, and personal abuse par excellence.

I'm going to bed.

nighty night.

and nighty nighty to you Geoffff...

...and tomorrow I'll start a war.

by Michael Talbot-... on May 28, 2012 - 8:31pm

Thought I covered that, Richard.  Step one, grab the portion of inimical Pakistan that lies between friendly (though very independent) India and Afghanistan.  Problem solved.

But yeah, you got me.  American imperialism in the region, American interest in Afghanistan, is all about the things you mention.

The other bit I don't get.  The sea is boiling hot, is it not?  So, ...?  Pigs?  You've gone beyond my comprehension.

by Richard Tonkin on May 28, 2012 - 1:16pm

I'm not as together in this field as I'd like to be, Michael, but if the US takes the Kashmir territory away, won't Pakistan tell the US to get stuffed with regards to compliance in matters regarding Afganistan?  

The US still needs to be in range of the Caspian oil and Kazakstani uranium, commodieties much more important to US interests than a bit of land in Kashmir.  Denied interaction with the Pakistani Government I'm guessing things would be come much more difficult to America in that region.

It's an "interesting" chess board. 

by Richard Tonkin on May 23, 2012 - 11:14pm

A mate thunk the words, I did the layout, and it seems to be going more than sligthly viral on Bookface:


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