No human endevor is of any importance - Plato

This building has been knocked down. The photo was taken around July 2012 while I was on my way to work. There is a large hole in the ground there now filling slowly. 

Smith Street : Collingwood - Opposite Webb Street


If you're not rich then you should at least make yourself look useful...Louis Ferdinand Celine, Journey to the End of the Night

Wounds are cured by the body...

A gin and tonic is a long drink - this particular one, Martin Miller with a squeeze of lime and fever-tree tonic water to taste - don't drink it too fast... gin takes time to work its effect on the body, and too many, too fast, leads to gin madness...

Sackville Street : Behind Jim's


A Red, Red Rose

And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry:

Smith Street : Opposite Perry Street

Neither mystery nor beauty...a method by which to regret nothing

And it is, after all, as good a way as any of solving the problem of existence to approach near enough to the things that have appeared to us from a distance to be beautiful and mysterious, to be able to satisfy ourselves that they have neither mystery nor beauty. It is one of the systems of mental hygiene among which we are at liberty to choose our own, a system which is perhaps not to be recommended too strongly, but it gives us a certain tranquillity with which to spend what remains of life, and also — since it enables us to regret nothing, by assuring us that we have attained to the best, and that the best was nothing out of the common — with which to resign ourselves to death - Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

Smith Street Cellars  - 22 Nov 2012


Dank

Soothed by the lane-ways and buildings of Collingwood, a nip of gin and a nestle into my sweetheart's arms. I will be admitted to Rendle's clinic this afternoon, to kill off this love of V.A.S - the trilogy of women who have tortured me - VenArnSal.

My father was from Basque country sitting between Spain and France. He liked to remind me that it was a northern language and the oldest living language in Europe. His father made cheese in the foothills of the Pyrenees, until one day his wife went out to look for him, having not returned from his dairy at the usual time and found him seated motionless, beside a bale. His wife, VAS, called the neighbour, saying she didn't know what was going on and he chided her like a child. “You foolish woman, the man is dead”. She felt a great shame thereafter and left the Basque Country - Mifune


Budd Street Lane-Way


Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita - Nabokov

Correlation and Causality

had been advised strongly by my psychoanalyst Carlos to avoid the habit of finding the literary match of each person with whom I have had a relationship. Literature,” he told me “it is designed to set you free, not to become the tool of your own imprisonment.



Every man is a revolution

my reading had taught me that from personal destruction a new man could arise, a reconstructed beinas had happened to Raskolnikov at the conclusion of Crime and Punishment and so at times of great doubt, I would even go so far as to imagine that this new view of the world could be mine too...


No man is truly happy unless he believes he is a revolution


Valhalla

776 BC - Olympic Games. All sport mimicked military conflict. 

Valhalla - High Street, Northcote - February 2014


Cobbled Lanes

Void is impossible. The bluestone lane-ways of this place...the empty spaces of Fitzroy North...a certain kind of void...

Pardon - Fitzroy North

Belief and Knowledge

We should not trust the way of opinion - Parminedes


Stupid Little Girl

Men are affected not by events but by the view they take on them - Empedocles

The death of Socrates - 399 BC

…οὗτος μὲν οἴεταί τι εἰδέναι οὐκ εἰδώς, ἐγὼ δέ, ὥσπερ οὖν οὐκ οἶδα, οὐδὲ οἴομαι

...this man, on one hand, believes that he knows something when he does not know anything, while I know that I know nothing (anything)

Sackville Street - 2014

Past Love

She comes back to haunt but when I look for her she is not there...

Kent St : Smith Street

Cigarettes are Sublime : Richard Klein

Cigarettes are not positively beautiful, but they are sublime by virtue of their charming power to propose what Kant would call "a negative pleasure": a darkly beautiful, inevitably painful pleasure that arises from some intimation of eternity; the taste of infinity in a cigarette resides precisely in the "bad" taste the smoker quickly learns to love. 

Why complain when you will never be king

Fatalitis

An inflammation of the bones and joints resulting in a severe, deep-seated ache that is caused by an unknown virus. 


A Federation Square Book Fair - 2011


Endurance - Love is a huge, evil spider

Human life is the capacity to endure much - Dostoevsky

Charles Street


It has always seemed to me, that you would bring me to some place where there lives a huge, evil spider, as big as a man, and we would spend our whole life there looking at him and being afraid..The Devils

His Dark Lolita

In the fourth century BC Plato wrote in his work ‘Phaedrus’ that there are two kinds of madness, one caused by human illness and the other by divine release from the norms of conventional behavior.


Otter Street - May 2012


The Odyssey

Will you allow a friend to speak his mind sincerely, and still put his oar with you? - Odysseus to Agamemnon

Gin & Tonic : Medicinal

St Georges Road

One cannot step in the same river twice...Fragment of Heraclitis


ποταμοῖσι τοῖσιν αὐτοῖσιν ἐμβαίνουσιν ἕτερα καὶ ἕτερα ὕδατα ἐπιρρεῖ

Edinburgh Gardens

It is always dangerous to touch an enemy's gifts...Ajax

The Nets


Gin - In search of excellence

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit...Aristotle. Nichmachean Ethics - Book II


Juniper Berries. The stuff that drives gin...add a good squeeze of fresh lime juice and some tonic water over ice...the perfect weekend drink...long and sometimes sloe...

My favorites : Tanqueray No. 10, The West Winds Cutlass, Hendrick's, Martin Miller; Don't mind Sipsmith...