For the first time in my life I have been to the Melbourne Show. My father would never take me because he always said when he was a boy show bags were free and it was outrageous that now you had to pay for them. Continue reading Sunday Serial – The Unexamined Life (4)
In Tales from The Owl on April 4th we posted a poem that was considered offensive by many cats we know. They have demanded a right of reply, and here it is, just as delivered by our next-door tabby Dante, their spokescat. Continue reading The cats’ reply
I’ve always tried out my material on my dogs first.
John Steinbeck, quoted in George Plimpton The Writers’ Chapbook (Viking, 1989) p 98.
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What a fierce winter. Bid and I agree it is the coldest winter for years. We are now guarding the Adelphi Theatre, of a different period from Scarborough House, but glorious in its Moorish decor of star lined roofs and twisted barley sugar pillars. Continue reading Sunday Serial – The Unexamined Life (3)
I’m at my wits’ end I’m a bundle of nerves shot to pieces I’m beside myself don’t know if I’m coming or going miserable as a bandicoot death warmed up oh Christ I look like something the cat dragged in I look like a dog’s breakfast he won’t be back Continue reading One in a million *
Imagination: a warehouse of facts, with poet and liar in joint ownership
The Devil’s Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)
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What do House & Garden, P.G. Wodehouse, Boethius, Mario Praz, the Titanic, Ground Zero, the Addams Family,
Continue reading Terry Castle – The Professor and other writings*
Expectation-reality mismatch: error, cock-up, botch, triumph of hope over reason; delusion; con-job, scam or triumph of hype over reason
*Watson’s Dictionary of Weasel Words ( Random House 2004)
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That Sophie. Now it’s colder she has taken to wearing a tattered mohair cardigan down to her knees over her tight black skirt. Continue reading Sunday Serial – The Unexamined Life (2)