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 …