Organ Farm

May 20, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

Glenelg Tigers v Adelaide Crows, Glenelg Oval, May 19, 2018 The Adelaide Crows and the AFL in general, continue to show its contempt for the SANFL and true SANFL teams. The Adelaide reserves team has some fine players, and several of them have been mined for the AFL brand, thereby denuding the team at SANFL level. They are the Crows’ “Organ Farm.”  But it is hard to avoid the thought that they don’t give a damn about the competition at this level, which is why they’re now regarded as ‘The Bye’.  The struggling Bays took the latest advantage of this…

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Happy Tigers Bite Back

May 9, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

Friday Night, May 4, 2018 at Richmond Oval: Glenelg Tigers v West Adelaide Bloods, Wolves, whatever… It shaped like an early battle for the wooden spoon and if this was to be the case, The Varnished Culture would rather not be there.  (Anyway, there was champagne and Impressionists on offer at the Art Gallery.)  Consistent with the bad luck charm that we are, and with the Milera Boys flying, our absence ensured that the lads lost the battle (for the Spoon – or at least it’s deferred for now) by winning the game.  We’ll let Senior Coach Mark Stone report,…

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…And the Winner is…

May 8, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | LIFE, POLITICS, Ulalume, WRITING & LITERATURE |

When the Nobel made some sense...Selma Lagerlof is honoured

…Nobody! Gerald Murnane must be spitting chips. The Nobel Prize for Literature won’t be handed out this year. Not because the prize has become a global joke (recipients of the recent past: Mo Yan, Kazuo Ishiguro and Bob Dylan); not because there’s no-one worthy (now that should be a reason), but because the Committee may be under legal interdict. The criteria for inclusion in the Academy, and its selections, are obscure. Academicians must be blonde, of course. They gather at a secret location, parking their Volvos underground. Then, over herring eaten-off recyclable plates, the sound of “Fernando” tinkling gently in the background,…

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Thoughts for the Day

May 2, 2018 | Posted by Guest Reviewer | LIFE |

Ilja Richter bei den Proben zu seinem Stueck Altweibersommer am Muenchner Volkstheater, Oktober 1998

We liked this and wanted to share it. Other burning questions in these dark times: Why does grape flavor taste the way actual grapes don’t? Why do Americans ask for a ‘grape drink’? Why does the Easter bunny carry eggs? If you have two options, don’t you have one choice? If tonight there’s going to be a ‘jailbreak somewhere in the town’, wouldn’t that be at the jail? At a cinema, or on a plane, which arm-rest is yours? When did ‘Off’ and ‘On’ switches disappear? If an author writes a book about failure and it is remaindered, is it…

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Snooze and Lose

April 30, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

When we were Kings

April 28, 2018 at the Bay – Glenelg Tigers vs Central Districts Bulldogs With all teams’ form decidedly patchy early in the season, but the Bays being patchier than most, we were filled with dread (as well as a splendid lunch at the Holdfast Hotel) ahead of this Round 5 clash at home. April 28 was the day of the massacre by the lunatic Bryant – we feared another. We learned that the Milera boys were ‘outs’ due to ‘personal reasons’ – no offence lads but really, does a death in the family have to interfere with the football?  After…

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