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(Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night – Tom Waits

(Looking for) the Heart of Saturday Night comes from Tom’s second studio album called The Heart of Saturday Night.  It was released 10 months after I was born in October 1974 which makes Tom pretty frickin’ old. Not really, he’s

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Posted in Music

Glad Wrap and other ‘Broken Shoelace’ events

So here I am unwrapping the dreaded ‘glad-wrap’ plastic to seal over a plate of food that I will perhaps reheat the next day….and I’m in kind of a hurry. When you are cooking for just one, you’re always in

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Posted in Reflections

The Telegram

A school-friend kindly sent me a telegram after I won at the Australian Schools Athletic championships, admitting I was good enough despite wearing cheap sneakers called ‘Trax‘. I still have the results of the event which show my Australian record just below Cathy Freeman who also

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Posted in Reflections, Sport and Adventure

Charles Bukowski – The Genius of the Crowd

there is enough treachery, hatred violence absurdity in the average human being to supply any given army on any given day and the best at murder are those who preach against it and the best at hate are those who

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Charles Bukowski’s gravestone epitaph ‘Don’t Try’

Many people have wondered what the gravestone epitaph of the great American counter-culture poet and novelist Charles Bukowski means – ‘Don’t Try.’  I was baffled by this too until I came across this illuminating quote from Bukowski which should substantiate

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Posted in Reading

Ham on Rye – Charles Bukowski

I had been wanting to read a Charles Bukowski novel after seeing the illuminating documentary, Born into this. As Goodreads describes Ham on Rye, ‘Charles Bukowski details the long, lonely years of his own hardscrabble youth in the raw voice

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Comedy and the Ages. Lenny Bruce, Charles Bukowski and Hunter S Thompson

George Carlin himself once put it: “Lenny Bruce opened the doors for all the guys like me.” Last night I watched the sobering documentary on the infamous American comedian Lenny Bruce called, Swear to tell the truth. It was disturbing

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Posted in Movies and TV, Reading

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