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Library day

September 4, 2011

I’m writing an article. Prompted by gaps in knowledge that must be filled to write said article, I pootled into town today to the State Library with the Curmudgeon.

It might just be the City of Melbourne’s marketing campaigns, but any time I go to the SLV I fall in love with Melbourne a little harder. That building – that resource – is just extraordinary. And packed with people of a Sunday. I circled the floor looking for a seat – a security guard took pity on me and recommended the magazine room at the back – where I found one little armchair. Otherwise desks were occupied and piled high. This is a good thing.

I get greedy in the library. I head to a section that interests me and I find so many books I want to read. I grab armfulls (armsfull?) of volumes and suck up facts and knowledge and stories and references. Delicious.

SLV reliably has some ripper exhibitions. The current one, As modern as tomorrow, has lovely, lovely modernist photos. There’s one from a photography brochure where lass clearly has made a lascivious suggestion to the young man who is kindly showing her the secrets of the darkroom. I think she understands quite a bit about chemistry already.

Dacre Stubbs, Printing equipment, Kodak Australasia, c 1951, gift of Martin Stubbs, 2005

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More? Of them?

October 12, 2010

I’m loath to promote anything to do with any bank but I like Barbara. I’d much rather be friends with her than the insipid smiley blonde lady at the end. Wouldn’t you?

Plus, it just seems like a far more honest transaction when the bank doesn’t conceal its disdain.


On PostSecret today

May 24, 2010



May 9, 2010

Squid thinks we should get octopus chandeliers for every room in the house.

She has such exquisite taste, that dog.

Her exquisite taste extends to chicken. And chickens. Which could be a problem, given that we’re thinking pretty seriously about getting a couple of birds. They would, of course, reside in something like this:


The mothy coat!

April 9, 2010

This is it! From here! The same coat! You know, the one with the big moth hole in it!!

That’s not the Curmudgeon wearing it. No.


New favourite blog

March 10, 2010

Go have a look at Mr. New Boyfriend. It’s a blog featuring nothing but pictures of Bruce, the mini bull terrier puppy.

But really, what more does a blog need?


Camera obscura

February 16, 2010

Golly gee, I love Black and WTF. Where else can you find, all on the one site, pictures of a child in a carriage drawn by turkeys, a gas-proof shelter for pets and a monkey in a bunny suit pushing a wheelbarrow?

Disclaimer: It’s sometimes NSFW. Like the pic of the woman balancing teacups on her expansive boozoooom.