"All sorts of entertaining" - Elizabeth Seckman

"Michael and his pals make me wish I lived in Adelaide" - Cherdo

"If I had a daughter, I'd send her to Australia to meet him (and marry him)" - Robyn Alana Engel

"An Australian version of me. Only younger. And Talented. And better looking. Okay, nothing like me." - Al Penwasser

"Whom must I fuck or pay to get a quotation at the top of your blog post?" - Janie Junebug

Friday, 30 September 2016


Originally published on April 20th 2016

Part Q of the April A-Z Blogging Challenge, where every day this month except Sundays, I'll be talking about things I love - one thing for each letter of the alphabet.

I'm big on quotes. There are a ton of very intelligent, articulate people who can bring truths to light in a way I can't. I did once write a post which outlined all of my absolute favourites. It was part of a bloghop and since I'm a purist, I'll repost it here untouched from its original state - even though there are a couple of new quotes that would likely take a spot on the list today. Only the publish date has been changed (28/01/15).

My new friend Jamie Ayres has thrown down a challenge - write about a thought that has defined your life. She's doing this to celebrate the release of 18 Thoughts, the latest in her series of My So-Called Afterlife books. Since the book's called 18 Thoughts, she invited anyone who's adventurous enough to write out 18 of their own thoughts. That's great, because it would be way too hard for me to pick just one. Here are 18 thoughts that have helped shaped the person I am today. They're in a vague order of importance, with the less important ones coming first and by far the most important two coming last.

  1. Two men looked out from prison bars. One saw the mud, one saw the stars.
  2. You can't stay mad at someone who makes you laugh.
    -Jay Leno
  3. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space.
    -Stephen Hunt
  4. It's not our differences that divide us - It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences.
    -Audre Lorde
  5. A day without laughter is a day wasted.
    -Charlie Chaplin
  6. Things have a better chance of working if you try them.
    -That's one of mine
  7. Like a mountain, a good man can be seen from afar.
  8. Character is higher than intellect.
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  9. Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
    -John Lennon
  10. I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
    -Michael Jordan
  11. When men are not regretting that life is so short, they are doing something to kill time.
    -Edgar Watson Howe
  12. Every man I meet is my superior in some way. In that, I learn of him.
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  13. Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming - "WOW - What a Ride!"
    -Bill McKenna
  14. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
    -Neale Donald Walsch
  15. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  16. Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.
    -Indian proverb
  17. The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him, he’s always doing both.
    -James A Michener
  18. Do you know who Marcel Proust is? French writer. Total loser. Never had a real job. Unrequited love affairs. Gay. Spent 20 years writing a book almost no one reads. But he's also probably the greatest writer since Shakespeare. Anyway, he uh... he gets down to the end of his life, and he looks back and decides that all those years he suffered, Those were the best years of his life, 'cause they made him who he was. All those years he was happy? You know, total waste. Didn't learn a thing. So, if you sleep until you're 18... Ah, think of the suffering you're gonna miss. I mean high school? High school-those are your prime suffering years. You don't get better suffering than that.
    -Frank from Little Miss Sunshine

This post was a part of Flashback Friday, where we did up an old post that we feel needs to once again see the light. If you'd like to join the bloghop, join the list of blogs below. It happens on the last Friday of each month.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Question of the Month: Your Music

The question was put to us a month ago - Which kind of music best speaks to you?

For me, that's an easy question to answer. I love the pop/punk merge that happened in the 90s. Elements of the rebellious non-conformity that drove the original punk movement in the 70s, but with the much more polished, palatable sound of mainstream pop. I didn't realise until I considered this question that I can relate to that quite closely. For years, my unacknowledged desire has been to fit in, but on my own terms. To be loved, but as a shining minority, not a dull vanilla conformer. The overarching attitude of bands such as Green Day, Blink 182, The Offspring and NOFX was essentially a big "fuck you" to anyone who tried to disagree with what they stood for. In particular I can name examples from Green Day, who are my favourite of the lot. When they released their first couple of albums, they were underground hits, released on no-name labels, that had a niche following among the kids of that scene. In '94, they were approached by a major label who wanted to take them mainstream, to which they said "Yeah alright." Their original fans felt betrayed at the treacherous idea that they would want to fit in with the mainstream, but like I said, the general attitude with thes bands is "If you don't like it, fuck off." The album they released that year was listed at #194 on Rolling Stone's list of the greatest albums of all time.

It happened again late in the 90s when they released what I once read described as "...possibly the most punk thing of all - a an emotional slow ballad." Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) was another insult to the expectations of the masses with its surprisingly heartfelt emotion. And then it happened again in 2004, when the majority of youth were starting to turn to RnB, pop and EDM. They came out with the politically-charged smash American Idiot, causing Rolling Stone to claim they had "saved rock." That turned out to only be temporary, but the point is that at all times, they did what they wanted. What they felt was right. And they did it in a way that convinced the rest of the world to go along with it.

I'm in love with songs like Prisoner of Society by The Living End, which is full of rage at the generation before them. Killing In the Name by Rage Against the Machine, with its venomous riffs and lyrics. The first two bars of Blink 182's All the Small Things alone hold so much power. It's easily the type of music that speaks to me the most.

This song sums it up pretty well.

This was part of a bloghop called Question of the Month, where we answer a question meant to provoke thought and explore who you are. If you'd like to join us, but your name on the list below and I'll email you when it's time to answer the next one.

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