For some stinking renderings see: http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2015/02/eleanor-catton-carries-leftist-tirades/

SHADY ECONOMISTS IN THE MISTS

Last year I ran a couple of articles about the bizarre, maladroit if highly ‘original’ things that the New Zealand Institute for Economic Research [NZIER] was saying about the Reserve Bank’s management of the official cash rate [OCR] and its implications for inflation and the value of the Kiwi $.

TALL POPPY SEES RED

I absolutely adore Ellie Catton – in this respect please set aside my scurrilous parody of The Luminaries [under the heading ‘Horoscopes 2015 – West Coast Story: Part One ‘A Riddle within the Cosmic Tides and Dark Matters in Mattresses’, 23 January 2015]. It would be marvelous to be able to tell her how much I admire her in person one day – but as a largely stay-at-home mum, that is a dream that is unlikely to ever be fulfilled.

The Longer You Live the Force becomes the Farce

How do you translate black laughter?

Medical professionals in Australia

Have devised a 29-point predictor

Of death within the short term -

Thirty days, thirty pieces of silver,

And the medium term of 12 weeks -

Eighty-four days, Three Moons.

In the hope that treatments are not wasted

And honest discussions can be engaged

With Older People who are frail and sick.

Roses and Wine in the Golden Weather

The brown cut grass on the estate lies rough

Beneath the bent and dusty olive trees

And welcome swallows lee-ho, pitch and luff

The fading light to hunt the sun-crushed leas.

2015 FINALISTS

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

Video links available at:http://simaawards.org/

Borders

Director: Jacqueline van Vugt

2013 | Netherlands

87 min

Border by border, the film follows the route from Nigeria to The Netherlands, a route taken by many immigrants. The subsequent Borders are the protagonists; Nigeria-Niger-Burkina Faso-Mali-Senegal-Mauretania-Morocco-Spain-France-Belgium-The Netherlands.

ESCHATON IN PLUVIUM

In which dear reader, your kind attention and attendance is requested in the unfolding of the intersection of historical polarities and adventurous charades involving vast cosmic forces encompassing missing dark planets at the very edge of the solar system, new and unforeseen revelations about the nature of dark matter, the formation of a massive binary eclipsing star in the Constellation of the Giraffe, and the onset of Cabin Fever among luckless castaways in a water-logged

RIVERTON DAWN

I had been reading about Nietzsche

In ‘The Consolations of Philosophy’

And woke early pondering

His strange walrus moustache,

Clumsy way with women, and the causes of his early death.

AMAZING FOOTAGE OF THE TODD RIVER FLOODING IN ‘THE ALICE’

I spent a very happy couple of weeks boarding in the house of a couple of lovely and in-love-with-each-other true blue Aussie women near the ‘river’ in 1968, while I coded truck waybill statistics for my PhD Thesis. My hosts were very funny and tolerant and Alice Springs at that time was an absolute delight, with a population of less than 4,000 people.
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