My perpetual multi-farious-tasking keeps me from blogging. I've been enjoying many unspoken, unwritten, one-sided (yes...imaginary) conversations with Helen and Aileen about their recent posts. When I say recent, I include this post by Aileen, a robust and inspiring statement in support of and by the Freie Szene in Linz dating from early April. Early April! That's another aeon in Internet time.
i'm watching my first/second second life sunset, on the beach at adam ramona's garden, with his installation reverberating gently behind me & the sound of the waves softly breaking on the beach in front; the birds continue despite the increasing darkness. oddly, i can't sit down on the sand.
at first we thought it was large rats, but happily it turns out to be small possums - a young mum and her baby have taken up residence on top of the laundry cupboard, which backs onto a window into my kitchen. Last night they were frolicking playfully, when i left this morning they were curled up and sleeping peacefully. i just hope the snake doesn't return ...
One of the beneficial side effects of a birthday party are the traces that remain in the form of gifts that mirror relationships and mutual perception. The gifts that were given to me in March were most creatively and carefully wrapped, so that I was deeply touched by the thoughtfulness of the many wonderful people that I am privileged to regard as part of my life. Now, over a month later, I find myself left, in particular, with substantial quantities of red wine and books, books, books, books – reassured by this acceptance and affirmation of what has been the greatest passion of my life for almost as long as I can remember: the written word.
i've just received my second tresspass order. i wish i could say it was for my daring political activism (i did trespass on the waihopai spy base back in the late 80s but i got away with that, & i'm sure i've crossed the line many other times) but sadly, these trespass orders are being served on me by the owner of the house next door to mine in wellington.
So... yesterday I went to Brighton for a simple little visit. Had a lovely time visiting with old friends. I had said all day long that I wanted to go back to London no later than 7pm as I had work to do and an event to prepare for. Well, soon it was 9 and I can't remember how many glasses of wine later it was... finally got in a taxi to catch the train back to London. By 10:30 I finally ended up home back at Furtherfield. As I walk up to my door I notice that the curtain in my bedroom was knocked down. Strange I thought.
i am not sure what to do with all the photos from tibet that i am receiving. tanks and soldiers on the streets, dead bodies, monks protesting. one that appears to be chinese soldiers preparing to dress as monks: their heads are shaven and they are carrying orange and maroon robes folded neatly in their arms. what is that about? what might they do disguised as monks? in another, a white woman holds a sign that reads "China, would you shoot me too? The world is watching."
generally, i'm a fan of public transport. i've had mostly good experiences on public transport from buenos aires to barcelona to belgrade. i've zipped across london on tubes & buses, people-watched on the new york subway, commuted effortlessly by train between glasgow and edinburgh, ridden trams in melbourne, trolley-buses in wellington and subway trains on rubber tyres in montreal, and travelled by horse-bus in cuba. i've covered most of india by public bus and train. and i have come to the conclusion that brisbane has the worst public transport system in the world.
As the city of Linz prepares for the European Capital of Culture year Linz09, controversy and dissatisfaction have been increasingly spreading. The following is a statement from the Freie Szene, the independent art scene of Linz, on the current situation.
Maschine brennt / Up in Smoke
Statement on the current culture-political situation in Linz from the Freie Szene, the independent art scene of Linz
What does culture need?
One of my favorite columnists, Annalee Newitz, recently wrote about how the English language is changing through the influence of international communication: "The Queen's English is Dead". As often as I have experienced monolingual English speakers happily, but erroneously thinking that everyone speaks "their" language without realizing how much other people may be struggling to understand them, I appreciate an article like this very much. However, it is only one of many, many sides to a much more complex story.
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