Train Wreck

One afternoon, I found this monster moving across the decking of my verandah. It was about a metre long and very hairy so it was definitely no snake. On closer inspection, it turned out to be a line of interconnected caterpillars. Each individual caterpillar presented just like the many common and garden caterpillars I’d seen before. But I’d never before seen them in a procession like this.

Continue reading “Train Wreck”

The Scattering of Ashes

I doubt scattering of ashes is practiced much in Japan, which is where Janet died. It seems inconsistent with the Japanese funereal practice of Kotsuage, a practice which lends itself more towards the keeping of an urn in a dedicated family crypt. Having had the misfortune to experience Kotsuage first hand, I have portrayed it in one of my earlier blogs as a bizarre in-your-face ritual inimical to Western sensibilities.

Japan aside, the scattering of ashes is certainly widely practiced in Australia.

Continue reading “The Scattering of Ashes”

Art That Should Never Be Lost

It might be said that film was born late in the 19th century, especially courtesy of the illustrious Lumiere brothers. Since then, many fine examples of its application have emerged, to the extent that film at its best is often regarded these days as an art form. Who would argue this point, given such wonderful films as (to name a few) City Lights, Duck Soup, The Third Man, Rashomon, The Manchurian Candidate, — all the way through to masterpieces of our present times such as Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and Poor Things.

Continue reading “Art That Should Never Be Lost”