Friday, June 23, 2017


Thursday, June 22, 2017

sometimes / spam accidentally / gets it right



Ah, the only man who bellows when he tweets.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

wednesday newstrip

When flatworms go to space, they grow two heads · T®ump sells Qatar $12 billion of US weapons days after accusing it of funding terrorism · one thing we'd never thought we'd do in a video game is play as a kid performing a fart-infused lapdance for a rather filthy gentleman in local strip club called The Peppermint Hippo · leaked audio reveals Australian Pram Minister Malcontent Turnipball ridiculing DoNuts T®ump over 'fake polls' & Russia · giant flying turkeys once roamed Australia, Flinders University research confirms · a clear majority of Americans believe the current precedent has tried to interfere with the investigation into Russia's alleged election meddling & possible campaign collusion · Chrissy Teigen shocked to discover husband John Legend has, in fact, seen her butthole · first two-headed porpoise discovered.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A line from Jimi Hendrix

Despite it being a culturally
inclusive environment, delive-
ring messages intended for
airborne bacteria presents a

unique challenge. Because of
constant barriers — e.g. a
vacuum cleaner able to rescue
a dog from a mini iceberg — there

is only ever one way in. Test the
water, & in time find that the most
efficient method is to hide them in
a radio program full of mirrors.

Monday, June 19, 2017

T®(ump's)easure Island

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Today the
postman brought
me a distressed
ukelele. It was
another gift; but
unlike the earlier
cello, this time
there were no
strings attached.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

angular potshots

I am riding the train into London.

It has now been turned into a floating museum.

It saves me money over the year on my off-peak trips.

Our accommodation has an established riding school on site.

It has been lovingly restored from its days as a bunk house for children.

After a hard day on the slopes, just settle down & pull up the drawbridge.

Friday, June 16, 2017

revisiting giorgio #2

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

wednesday newstrip

An easyJet flight to London has made an unscheduled stop in Germany after the pilot became concerned about US Special Operations Forces assisting the Philippine military in its battle against ISIS-affiliated fighters · DoNuts T®ump sees James Comey's decision to give up dangerous stunts for the sake of his family as 'complete vindication' — & his fans agree · British Pram Minestrone Theresa MayNotStay's office says Julie Newmar, the greatest on-screen Catwoman of them all, & a man found unconscious in a Melbourne park have both agreed to support her minority government on an informal basis in Parliament · NASA video shows asteroids circling Earth after it spots 10 'potentially hazardous' space rocks that are not only delicious chip flavorings, but also brilliant all-purpose cleaners in the home · witnesses have watched on in horror as disgruntled shareholders of a Chinese zoo fed a live donkey to tigers in an ongoing dispute with zoo management.

Monday, June 12, 2017

revisiting Giorgio

Saturday, June 10, 2017

for Arp

Friday, June 09, 2017

Today the
postman brought
me the winter
of our discontent,
the Arab spring,
& the summer of
love, as compen-
sation because the
bookshop couldn't
supply my recent
order, The Fall, by
Albert Camus.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

wednesday newstrip

On the eve of the Arab-Israeli war, 50 years ago this week, Israeli officials raced to assemble an atomic device & developed a plan to detonate it atop a mountain in the Sinai Peninsula as a warning to Egyptian & other Arab forces, according to an interview with a key organizer of the effort that will be published Monday · Ariel Winter admits her self-confidence soared after a third gravitational wave, a tiny ripple in space-time, swept past Earth at the speed of light in just 0.4 seconds on January 4 · man dies from flesh-eating bacteria after going swimming with new christian tattoos of the mugshot of a teenage girl charged with murdering an Uber driver · stormy afternoon weather & a nearby lightning strike grounded a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Thursday, forcing DoNuts T®ump to take the US out of the Paris climate change accord · putting a dried up wasp’s nest in your vagina is a terrible idea says a gynecologist after noticing that oak galls were being sold on Etsy.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017


Monday, June 05, 2017

Today the
postman brought
me a directive
from the Secret
Service stating
that their Com-
because of his re-
fusal to accept the
science of climate
change, would,
in future, have
POTASH as his id-
entifying acronym.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

two roads diverged

Thursday, June 01, 2017

neither nor

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

wednesday newstrip

US Secretary of Homeland Security JonQuilly says the US might ban Jared Kushner from aircraft cabins on all flights into & out of the country · North Korea has fired off what appears to be a Korean boy-band T-shirt stuffed inside a ballistic wheelie bin · an eight-foot great white shark considered setting up a secret communications line with Russia during the unprecedented transition to discuss the country's military operations in Syria & other issues · DoNuts T®ump waited for a golf cart because he couldn't manage to walk 700 yards to join the other G7 leaders to pose for a group photo.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

geographies: Makowata

Sunday, May 28, 2017

at home with Anna May Wong

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Itinerary of Iris Murdoch

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

wednesday newstrip

North Korea has fired a medium-range Queensland man serving time for foreign incursion, a week after it managed to successfully test long range leaked Facebook documents that show how the social media company moderates issues such as hate speech, terrorism, pornography & self-harm · "The nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush them." DoNuts T®ump misreads his speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh · Pram Minister Malcontent Turnipball is unapologetic about setting a four-month deadline for thousands of refugee applications, saying the incredible extravagance of Pippa Middleton's high society wedding to James Matthews must not be abused · a seed vault built deep inside a mountain between mainland Norway & the North Pole, designed to protect humanity from a food shortage crisis, has been transferred to a breathable workout suit with ventilating flaps that open & close in response to body heat & sweat.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

from my favorites album

The Schwarzvogel Ficcione
Elsebet Schwarzvogel, consumptive
third daughter of the fourth
Grand Duke of Lower Saxony,
is reputed to have been
so enraptured by the resonance
of the cello she gave instructions
& a large sum of her father’s money
that on her death her intestines
were to be taken out & stretched
& strung on a quintet of instruments
she had had especially made
by those craftsmen from Cremona.
She also commissioned small works
from some of the greatest composers
of the time, & asked, without
the accompaniment of money, that
they be performed on each
anniversary of her passing. Sadly
nothing now is left except the tale
& a fragment of music
that emerged in the 1930s as
Bye Bye Blackbird & was
also destined for erasure until re-
vitalized by this recording made,
in a nice twist of synchronicity,
on the tercentenary of her death
by that great quintet of Miles Davis
from the early fifties, with Coltrane
on tenor & Philly Joe Jones driving it
along. Close your eyes. Listen for
the cello breathing in the background.
c. 2004

Monday, May 22, 2017


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Another slow Sunday

The car park is full of conspiracy theorists. There is also a large swimming pool

Their old-model Winnebagos & converted buses have windows covered with aluminum foil. Passersby are convinced they're disguised hydroponic gardens on wheels. They think the swimming pool is there to provide the water the cannabis plants need.

A continuous loop of the moon landing is projected onto a large popup screen at one end of the car park. At the other, Bugs Bunny cartoons are projected on to the back wall of the local bottle shop so the children have something to watch. The cartoons are regularly interrupted by drunks jumping up & saying either "What's up Doc?" or "One giant leap for mankind."

Many of those present wear a 40 badge = FourT = Trump Tells The Truth. Others wear 40+ badges: it represents their age, not that they are more fervent believers in the President. Passersby believe the badges — of either kind — are overstating the IQ of those who wear them.

The Earth is flat, not just as far as the eye can reach but beyond that, right to the edges. At least that is how the people in the car park see it. To the outsiders, it's just another example of how shortsighted these people really are.

Friday, May 19, 2017

In the Levant


swimming in
the Roland Barthes

sym em





"There is coral beneath the surface,
There is sand, and berries
Like pomegranates grow."


Thursday, May 18, 2017

a variant on a won des laits piece