The Faucian Bargain

(With apologies to Christina Rossetti and her “Goblin Market”) Morning and evening Folks heard the coolies cry: “Come buy our pangolins, Come by, come buy; Bats and lemurs, Bits of Uyghurs, Human femurs, Embargoed seegars – All ripe together In wintry weather,- Morns that pass by, Fair foreign bats fly; Come by, come by; Pass the wet market.” ♠ Evening by evening Beyond the fence and bollards, Shi Zhengli bowed her head to hear, Her Wuhan boss, who hollered “Lady, veil your blushes Crouch in your office like a cave In the cooling weather; With cautioning arms and clasping lips,…

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I Did But See Her Passing By

June 15, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

Glenelg v North Adelaide, Glenelg Oval, Queen’s Birthday, Monday 14 June 2021 A gloomy, blustery but dry day at the Bay, for the Queen’s Men (i.e. Us) to take on the feisty North Adelaide Roosters, before a holiday crowd of nearly 4,000. North were up and about and threw a lot of pressure at the Tigers, and led by 3 half way through the 2nd quarter.  But the Bays steadied and rattled on the next 5 and led by about a goal at half time. The holy trinity – Liam McBean, Marlon Motlop and Luke Reynolds – had a big…

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ABC Classic Shall Not be Shot

June 8, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, Classical Music, MUSIC |

The ABC (Australian Bolshevik Corporation) uses a lot of the nation’s money to fund its anti-Australian, anti-conservative, anti-rational stances. TVC, if charged with the nation’s finances, would probably cut its funding by about 80%, assuming we couldn’t just break it up and sell it off. What would stay? Well, Sean Micallef’s Mad as Hell, Tom Gleeson’s Hard Quiz, Behind the News, Parliament and we suppose the news could stay, but only if it were the news written and read by James Dibble. And further, ABC Radio could stay. ABC Radio, despite its manifest Marxist destiny and predilections, is consistently better…

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Weekend Regained

June 7, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

A fine footballing couple of days, one in which defeat stared closely at us but in which the Glenelg Football Club dug deep to find the riches of victory and regain a lost weekend: Glenelg v West Adelaide (SANFL Womens Grand Final) May 5, 2021; Glenelg v Norwood at Norwood Oval, May 6, 2021. THE GRAND FINAL The Glenelg Ladies’ Team [Can one still say ladies? – Ed.] took on tough opponent West in the Grand Final at Thebarton Oval, looking far more picturesque than we remembered it. The Women’s competition seems entirely admirable: the players are tough and committed, and…

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All Making It Up as They Go

June 6, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

(With apologies to Blaise Cendrars’ “The Captain is a Terrific Guy”) All the same the P.M.’s a terrific guy Yesterday he had a quarantine hub set up just for me Today without much word and simply to please the Victorian Gangsters and their running dogs He swung the plane around And skirted New Zealand’s bubble so closely I could have almost seen                                                                         the New…

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