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Scissors, hell and the Twilight Zone


There were some references to hell today. My esteemed mate subscribes to the view that we’re already in it but just don’t recognize it. In other words, we’ve already been naughty people and have been consigned down here.

What brought this on in his case was that there was a clear road on Sunday on our usual jaunt, so he swung round to do a three point turn and suddenly there were, I counted, 34 cars the other way and a bank of cars honking our way. Now there had seriously been none at all at the point of turning.

What brought this on in my case were scissors first and a prepayment key for the lekky second.

The scissors. It’s been a week now and they still have not reappeared. I don’t believe anyone stole them, I clearly mislaid them and yet, on the law of averages, they should have turned up by now.…

In which James Higham comes out of the closet


Anonymous Interviewer: So what made you come forward after all these years?

James Higham: Well, I didn’t want to live a lie any more. I just felt … [voice drops to a whisper] … I had to.

AI: And when did you first notice these tendencies?

JH: Well, it was when my mates and I went camping and they all wanted to go out shooting frogs in ponds – blowing them up you know. And I didn’t want to go and said I had a headache.

AI: Did they accept that?

JH: Well no. Some of them started calling me wimp and frog-lover.

AI: And what did you do?

JH: Shot them with the airgun.

AI: So it wasn’t the shooting which was the issue?

JH: No, it was the frogs. I mean, admittedly they were a pain in the butt and I said a few times I’m going to kill those little bstds -

AI: But you didn’t really mean it?…

To reincarnate or not reincarnate, that is the question

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind …

It’s generally best not to run too many “left field” posts in a week at NO, otherwise the rationalists, engineers – in other words, sane people, the readers of this blog – get a bit restless.


However, there appears to be no choice in this story of the Dalai Lama and China. You can read the whole thing here at The Wire but essentially:

The Dalai Lama has said he may be the last Dalai Lama, and that he will not reincarnate inside Tibet if it is still under Chinese control. The Chinese government is not amused.

In an interview on Sunday, the 14th Dalai Lama (born Tenzin Gyatso) was quoted by the German paper Die Welt as saying that perhaps it’s best for the Dalai Lama to go out with a bang rather than a whimper. “We had a Dalai Lama for almost five centuries.

Of the feel of autumn and the colours of life

Saw this tweet:

adelaide hills rain

… and thought yes, we’re coming into the autumn, my favourite season and maybe yours by far, especially in this country.

Then – hey, that’s not this country, though it looks it in some ways. It’s Adelaide, so what are they moaning about? They’re coming into spring and summer.

Autumn’s the most real, IMHO, the most immediate, the most vibrant season and it’s sad that this year I wish it could be held off for a short time until I can get the boat done.

The colours, the colours are everything. Speaking of colours, I was reading about the colour of the universe. What colour is it? Someone said beige, someone said taupe. How would they know?

And what is actually coloured? The combined surfaces of suns and planets? But someone went further and asked – if the suns and planets have colour, and there are suns within range every which way you look, giving off that colour, even given that the light from said suns takes so long to get here, why is the night sky black?…