Because our destiny is across the other side. Together we'll rise with the currents. Growing up and taking pride. Take a chance with the river. Because our destiny is across the other side. The water's rising and we're going in. It's time to either sink or swim.
Vale Frances Grove
Parliamentary memories of young Sarah-Jane and her dad Russell - Six thousand bills, but just one quiet Russell
I thought of my cousin Andrej and his favourite quote from the Bible, the New Testament that he shared also with non believer Vaclav Havel on several occasions. This is a letter from Saint Paul to Timothy. I think it sums up not just Andrej’s feelings but everybody else who is a recycled teenager:
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award me on that day—and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearing
Les is on a left and his international connections on the right. Les was envied by many as he was selected as the clerk to the Select Committee on Prostitution and he travelled with Pat Rogan, the chair, and few other lucky MPs to Amsterdam… to study the adult industry like no other committee on earth
Les's length of service on the staff of the Assembly is unparalleled. When he started here in 1978, the Hon. Neville Wran was Premier, the Hon. Lawrence Kelly was Speaker, the Hon. Frank Walker was Leader of the House and Ron Ward was the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly. Les has served under 11 Premiers, 15 Leaders of the Opposition, seven Speakers, 13 Leaders of the House and six Clerks of the Legislative Assembly.
My vintage Hungarian Antipodean Les Gonye has retired this week from NSW Parliament so Judith will be able to spent more time with Les who recovered well from his heart operation
Pennies In Bags of Water Make Flies Flee Tennessee Farm Bureau
All I can do is be me, whoever that is.
— Bob Dylan, born on this month in 1941
There is much to love in the book, from Hampton’s tour de force reading of and its poetics of evasion—which manages, among other things, to combine Kerouac and Petrarch—to his bravura readings of “Jokerman” and “Every Grain of Sand.” Rich and indispensable endnotes tease out a fascinating array of implications from even the minutest observation.