Word Became Flesh: The Strange and Real Afterlife of Ces Bludgett….

Some of the more colourful political news of the past few days jarred my memory about something from over three decades ago…. In the mid 1980s, the Melbourne University Student Newspaper Farrago occasionally ran an ‘Op-ed’ piece by a fictional character called ‘Ces Bludgett’. As I was never a student at Melbourne University, my readership …

Growing Oranges – one of the simple pleasures of suburban ‘peasant’ life….

My mother sometimes gets quite incensed when I refer to myself as a simple peasant (‘un semplice contadino’). As she likes to point out, whilst I am the son and grandson of peasants, I am not one, and have never suffered from the deprivations and hardships which they have. Indeed, through the expectations and encouragement …

If a picture tells a thousand words, a Sunday cartoon can sum up my abandoned MA thesis….

Half a lifetime or so ago, I was enrolled in a Master of Arts by thesis course, which I eventually abandoned – hence my proud boast of being a post grad dropout. Nietzsche, Hegel and the End of History all seemed so intriguing to me back then. But this Sunday cartoon strip from Calvin and …

So, Google Plus was good whilst it lasted….

I am not exactly an early adopter of technology. About six years ago, a colleague suggested, after I finally got an iPhone, that I should join Google +. Prior to that, I had not been on social media – Facebook and Twitter and Snapchat remain undiscovered countries for me. Henceforth, for five and a half …

Narrow Minded Italian Catholic Conservative Peasant From Footscray

The prompts from the blog platform suggest that I introduce myself. In short, I am several things. Firstly, I am a Narrow Minded Italian Catholic Conservative Peasant From Footscray. I have been describing myself as that for at least the past 15 years or so. This description might not be totally accurate. I am probably …