Nicolas Gomez Davila: ‘Dying societies accumulate laws like dying men accumulate remedies.’ Benjamin Franklin: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” The below describes the life of an American reporter living in the Soviet Union: but it’s not particular to foreigners in the USSR … More The Intrusiveness & Cost of NZ’s Anti Money Laundering Legislation: [Subtitle: Boiling Frogs.]
Submission to the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill. 21 March 2018 To the Members of the Committee. It is important for me to submit in support of this bill, and to support considerably liberalising and widening it, but my job, and time taken to submit in support of David Seymour’s Choice in Dying … More My Submission to the Health Committee on the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill.
Again, this is not an arts and literature post: I will be getting back to those again, but in the meantime as I previously published my submission on David Seymour’s Choice in Death euthanasia bill, I may as well publish my submission to Michael Cullen’s Tax Working Group. Perhaps I do this for no better … More My Submission to the Tax Working Group.
I know, I’ve been gone a long while. Life and work commitments, I’m afraid. But the the choice to have a euthanasia option, should I get dealt a bad hand, is important to me, so below is the submission I’ve sent today to the Justice Committee (New Zealand) hearing on David Seymour’s important End of … More My Euthanasia Submission to Justice Committee.
The above is from contemporary Dutch artist Teun Hocks’ series titled Painted Photographs of a Man’s Mid-Life Crisis. There are a couple of posts from my old blog that pertain to this one, so I’m allowed to borrow a couple of them. Indeed, I’ve copied below the post that explains the waiting room that is … More Writing in Mid-Stream. Can You Escape the System?
The feature painting is by Guiseppe Arcimboldo: it’s called L’ete, and painted in 1573. We can take it as read Guiseppe was a vegetable man. Updating my Gardening Art post, we (three helpers and yours truly) have filled my vegetable frames – well, I didn’t build them, one of the helpers with more clues than … More Progress Report: Vegetable Garden.
The painting is called The Gossips, Bonchurch, by John Atkinson Grimshaw, put to canvas in 1880. I chiefly love how Grimshaw plays with the light, and the stark wintry exactitude of the trees. It’s more than gossip Pauline and I have finally berthed at our permanent – for now – resting place in the Mahau … More The Gossips and Jonathan Franzen in the Mahau Sound.
If contemporary British painter, Sarah Spencer, could promise me that brooding, moody weather, I’d book our next holiday afar to Morston in Norfolk. I love that seascape. I spent two great years living in a bach at Banks Peninsula’s Birdlings Flat, (New Zealand), and its desolate loneliness was beautiful. Exquisite (even). Kaikoura’s own hermit, Pete, says … More Heavy Weather…
No, I haven’t either, and I’m so busy with the demands of the day job, plus moving house mid-March from Geraldine up to the Mahau Sound, New Zealand, permanently, I won’t be going to Venice (anytime soon), nor blogging (probably), until April. If you’re interested, painter Guido Borelli was born in 1952 in Caluso, … More Have You Been to Venice?
I promised, posts ago, a lighter post, and work deadlines are ‘stressed’ at the moment, so, some outdoor aesthetics that make a life lived better. This is impressionist painter, and flowery braggart, Oscar-Claude Monet’s (1840-1926) painting of his garden with his family in it: This is a painting by Mr. Monet of his water lily … More Gardening Art | Art of Gardening.