I have a confession to make, this fifty something refugee from a life well lived used to be a heavy metal aficionado. Hard noise in the teenage years echoed the testosterone within. My first rock ‘n roll love was dark and heavy, and the first album I ever bought was a headbanging opus. I was totally into one band and that group was Black Sabbath. I was nine years old, and I loved the Satan worshipping boys from Britain. Geezer Butler on bass, Tony Iomi on lead guitar, and, yes, Ozzy Osborne on vocals. These were my foot stomping and riff pounding heroes. I prayed at the dark church of the Black Sabbath.
Batman would have to be my favourite movie franchise. But Batman won’t save us from war. This collection of stories has progressively mined the darker trenches of the superhero soul. Batman, unlike most other superheroes, is decidedly human. He is not blessed with any supernatural powers only with extreme wealth. This is an iconic hero for our materialistic age. Batman is driven by pain, grief, and a rage for revenge. Criminality has brutally impacted upon his life at an early age.
We live in a media dominated age where the outer appearance of things has never been so highly elevated in terms of societal importance. President Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech brought this into stark relief. Politicians have to be models of public relation presentations. It is not enough to have ideas and fire in the belly. Those judging and commentating on the performance of President Biden are most often drawn from the media. Biden’s gaffs and mispronunciations galls these media professionals. Americans, it seems, would rather have acting Presidents who don’t fluff their lines, like President Ronald Reagan. But President Joe Biden’s gaffs demand more of us.
The official definition of the term ‘cathedral’ is, according to the Cambridge Dictionary – “a very large, usually stone, building for Christian worship. It is the largest and most important church of a diocese.” Of course human beings love to use figurative language to describe their world employing metaphors to Continue Reading
After decades of neglect Australia and the US are finally spending some money in the Pacific. The announcement of the laying of an undersea cable to provide internet to island nations in the Pacific is a prime example of this. Why are they doing this now? In one word China. Continue Reading
Lots of people use the internet without understanding how it works. This is not unusual as most of us do not comprehend exactly how many things work. If I asked how electrical current passes from the mains to your device, the majority of folks would say it runs down the Continue Reading
The Morrison led Liberal National coalition government is taking their do-nothing strategy to new low levels. This is the federal government that wishes to govern by not governing and not showing any leadership. Weasel word Morrison the PM from marketing is ever ready with a glib one liner for the Continue Reading
If one casts one’s gaze back to the beginnings of the modern European and western conception of the value of human life you soon bump into the notion of property. Human beings have sought to own property wherever possible and free themselves from slavery and servitude upon this basis. John Continue Reading
It seems to be a modern phenomenon the 4WD adventure holiday. Man vs terrain or vehicle vs terrain to be exact. Driving skills are important of course in this equation too. The powerful 4WD vehicle testing its mettle upon the rough and treacherous terrain explicitly present in outback Australia. Who Continue Reading
The getting of wisdom traditionally comes with pain. No pain no gain. This is why we call these third molars wisdom teeth. A third set of teeth that come through around the age of 20. For the lucky few these four molars can be a useful asset but for many Continue Reading