Friday, November 24, 2006

some words

I really like words that trigger sounds and pictures in my imagination. At the moment I'm particularly enjoying words that are melifluous. There is a rhythm and melody to some words - melifluous is a great example - I think it's got to do with the repetition of the ls.

Then there's echolalia

It doesn't appear in my old collins paperback and it's too late at night for me to go ratting around in the dark to try and find my big new macquarie so I'm going to give what is my understanding of the definition of this especial favourite word. It's the spontaneous and uncontrollable repetition of words spoken by others. It can also be the sounds a baby makes repeating sounds they hear around them.

And echopraxia

Not such a melifluous word but good looking - meaning the spontaneous repetition of the actions of others. Words to do with movement are generally popular with me. Of course theres somnambulate and perambulate and perambulations, anything of an ambulatory nature...

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Favourite song lyrics

My Sea Monkey - secret track on the end of a Clouds CD

My Sea Monkey mustn't love me
he has no fur, nor eyes for to see
he is no king, he cannot wear a crown
my Sea Monkey can't even swim around

but I love him

and I'm sure
he's gonna love me
when he gets to know me more...

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

It's snowing

I am sitting at the National Gallery of Australia looking at the snow flakes melting as they hit the windows. Ahhh Canberra in November - there's an old wives tale that you must not plant your tomato seedlings until after the Melbourne Cup has been run, to safequard against late frosts. Well the Melbourne Cup ran last week, I won 60 dollars and I guess I'm lucky I'm a lazy gardener.

Sarah's churches

Sarah writes the best emails. Here's her list of Texan churches (real ones seen whilst driving through Texas):

Freedom Church
Cowboy Worship
Church of the Prairie
Fellowship of the Leather Saddle
Old Time Fellowship

Monday, November 13, 2006

acting up

Just started going to an acting class - man it's fun. I have no pretentions to acting prowess of any description - this is purely for fun. What I didn't expect was all the running 'round, this little chicken isn't as fit as all that. The lying on the ground singing, throwing chairs around and wrestling shakespear to the floor is certainly a helluva lot more entertaining than sweatin' it up at the gym.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


Go see this exhibition right now:


make sure you have a few hours

take a magnifying glass

If you don't live near Sydney - it's worth travelling to see