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Vivid-ish

Posted in Spur of the moment, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 11, 2018 by EnglishStreet

I’m sitting, alone, in the pub at the bottom left (the big black bit), the Observer Hotel I think. I have the whole dining room to myself (there are people in the bar and other seating areas).

I hope that doesn’t say anything about the quality of the food I am eagerly anticipating. Apart from the thumping music there is a sense of calm, as if there aren’t hundreds of thousands of people thronging outside the front door. The line up was out the door and to the footpath for the Ribs and Burgers, to the point that there was no guarantee that there would be a seat to eat your food at when it arrived. Or is that how the place works? It was empty when I ate there last time.

Circular Quay around to Cockle Bay was chaos. Anxiety inducing chaos. So many people, too many people. I ‘did’ Vivid, for about 10 minutes, then escaped to the hotel. Peace.

PS. The food was great, rib eye, medium well, chips and pepper sauce on the side. The sauce was creamy, lovely taste.

Wesley’s bad day…

Posted in Uncategorized on March 18, 2015 by EnglishStreet

This originally started out as a facebook status update. It’ll get less airtime and look less like a cry for help here:

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So, lesson learnt today (or perhaps refresher) and I’m sharing it with good folks instead of my mood diary (which I have been diligently forgetting about for the last month) is: Don’t do anything for anyone for money. It just ruins you, breaks you down, grinds you so you are indistinguishable from the dirt and sand (everyone else in this miserable situation I guess). Sadly I guess Coles, Telstra, Origin, NAB, ANZ, let alone music shops etc etc won’t accept infrequent, hastily writen blog posts, songs and dodgy sketches to keep us serviced. Rooned. Sorry, that was meant to sound a lot more jovial (hence the lame use of ‘rooned’ at the end).

Vale Phillip Hughes

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2014 by EnglishStreet

Feeling absolutely gutted. I was never Phillip Hughes’ biggest fan, but he demanded your respect. In the last few days what has been said more than once was that his response to adversity was to work harder.

Cricket is worse off for his loss. I was thinking back to when I would have watched him play, remembering that even early in his career he was targeted by the short ball. A game against Tasmania at the SCG saw a barrage of short pitched bowling with a stacked leg side, as close to Bodyline as is legal in the modern game. He battled through to make a good score.

I went back to his stats and now realise that was his debut first class innings, 51 in a strong NSW first innings. I watched his first ball, his first run and his first boundary of his first class career, along side his family and team mates, some of whom were with him on the SCG on Tuesday.

My thoughts will remain with Hughes’ family, friends and team mates past and present. With Sean Abbott & his family. Both Abbott and Hughes were just doing their jobs to the best of their ability. I just hope that Abbott can overcome this tragedy and be able to reach his full potential, both as a cricketer, and as a man. The image of Abbott holding Hughes’ head is one of the most powerful sports images I’ve seen, and even more so now.

Rest in Peace Phillip Hughes. Your light shone briefly, but brightly. You won’t be forgotten.

G is for Gathering

Posted in A to Z, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 8, 2014 by EnglishStreet

G is for Gather to the Chapel.

We are gathering for a mate, someone I’ve written about a few times before – Hessie.

Liam Finn was born in 1983, the year that Paul Hester joined Split Enz. When Hester died in 2005, he left behind a friend and mentoree, a passionate and eloquent, yet experimental musician in Finn. Fin honoured Hessie on his 2007 debut album ‘I’ll Be Lightning’.

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C is for chocolate

Posted in A to Z, Music, Reflection, Theology, Uncategorized with tags , , on July 3, 2014 by EnglishStreet
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C is for capo

C is for chocolate, more specifically Chocolate Jesus.

“This is a  song for those of you in the audience who have trouble getting up on Sunday morning and going to church” Tom Waits on Letterman

This is one of those songs, a piece of writing, that can be interpreted in many, many different ways. And if you want proof of that, just go and have a look at the comments on the various YouTube editions of the song.

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